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Thanks to John, Derek, Marcia and Dave.

160 thoughts on “ALL OUR YESTERDAYS”

  1. Pic 1 is a reconstruction of Mary Stuart.
    Pic 8 – that railtrack is now a cycle path. It is a lot easier to cycle down than up!
    Pic 22 is a ferry across the Tay. Rail bridge visible on the right of the photo.


    1. It is Mary Stuart… John will have more to say on that when he does his nocturnal wanderings.

      LOL 8. I bet its hard going. Id rather walk it.

      Yeah, one of the last ferries over the Tay


    2. Oh. First honours to you DonDon.

      Prize is a weekend in the Clyde Tunnel with Douglas Ross, which you may wish to donate to the Tory Xmas part as a prize. 🙂


      1. Unfortunately I cannot accept that prize as I am allergic to tunnels. Same goes for the second prize – a whole week in the Clyde Tunnel with Douglas Ross.

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      1. Pic16 is a Ford model B, probably a 40B from 1934 but hard to tell as hot-rods are chopped about so much.
        I often wonder what Henry Ford would have thought about these things…
        Another Ford, a UK 103E “Perpendicular Pop” Popular from the 1950s in the background.

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  2. 9 -Bridgeton Central station with the Blue Train logo.

    12 – I saw that GWR railcar at the Didcot Railway Museum about a decade or two ago.

    13 – Those waists are rare these days, especially after eating number 18.


    1. Re pic 9: The Bridgeton Central building is still there on London Road. A mini-market is located in it. It was a branch line to this station and the station was the end of the line. I think the track from the main line has been built on, but I am not certain. When the Argyle Line from Glasgow Central Low Level opened in the 1970s the current Bridgeton Station at Bridgeton Cross was opened and the line to Bridgeton Central was closed.

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      1. According to Wiki, it is a Cat B listed building and as you say in commercial use. They must have made the top floor into flats, because it says it’s also residential.


        1. About 7/8 years ago, it was one of these really hot and humid summer nights and I could not sleep and headed off on a cycle up the Clyde at about 4am. After about an hour I turned for home and decided to return via London Road because there was no traffic. As I passed the former Bridgeton Central a voice shouted ‘Ya Papish basturt!’ and a big stone missed me by about a foot. I could not see anyone around. As I scurried on, I realised the reason for the attempted assault. I was wearing a tee shirt which was white with thin black and green stripes. There was no way, it could have been mistaken for a Celtic top.

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            1. Things have improved hugely with regard to sectarianism in Glasgow and the west of Scotland since I was a boy in the 1950s. It is confined to a few places and the area near Bridgeton Cross is one. The chaplain of a Roman Catholic Church in the area was spat on a few years ago as an Orange Order church parade passed. So, there are still bampots around. But, things are much better.

              The “Scotland’s shame” trope is one that the media and a few opportunist politicians, like Jack McConnell maintain. They still portray Glasgow as the myth of “No Mean City” and the razor gangs.

              Since the Violence Reduction Unit came into being about 15/20 years ago violent crime and murder, particularly with bladed weapons, has reduced substantially in Glasgow. It is a safe place.

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              1. Oh yes. I know it’s a much safer place than it was before. As I think, is Dundee.

                It’d be fair to say that as fewer and fewer people have real ties to religion…even yer grannies and grandads no longer go to church, the “war” between catholics and protestants has in most places, all but disappeared.

                And violent crime has reduced too.

                I don;t think that sectarian violence has anything to do with religion. It’s hard to believe it ever did between two so-called Christian sects. I mean, which side would Jesus have backed??

                It’s more political now.

                But it’s still shameful that people beat other people up or spit in their faces because of a religious label (as it is over the colour of their skin or their sexual orientation).

                When I went to school in England, there was absolutely no religious war (although skin colour and orientation was as big an issue).


                1. I think Irish people suffered a great deal of antipathy in parts of England at various times. There was also hostility to Gaelic speakers in parts of Glasgow.

                  “Xenophobia” is often associated with nationality but it is really hostility to ‘the other’ whether that other is a different skin colour, religion, gender, sexuality, etc. Some people have a fear of ‘the other’ and this sometimes expresses itself in violence. The media play a large role in stoking fears, indeed, it is a staple.

                  I remember reading – years ago – an academic article about the media and the author described them as ‘misanthropic’.

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                  1. Oh yes, Irish people did have a hard time in England.

                    There used to be signs in windows “Rooms to Let, No dogs, no blacks, no Irish”. Religion didn’t seem to come into it. It was the hard working Irish navvy was also hard drinking.

                    Yes, misanthropic sounds good.


  3. #20……..Does anyone know why “Lord” is not spelled “Lourd” in British English, which otherwise puts a wholly unnecessary “u” in almost every “or”. It just now occurred to me that the Labour party is represented in the House of Lords.

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    1. It became commonly accepted in Britain that in cases where an English suffix or suffixes of Greek or Latin origins are attached, the u is kept. This came from a judgement at the Old Bailey in the 17th century.

      U will have had your tea – old Edinburgh saying from the 16th century.

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    2. That’s a puzzler, Danny.

      English spelling is completely bizarre.

      Try teaching it to people who speak a relatively logically spelled language.

      Through, thought; rough, ruff; their, they’re, there; to, too, two and tutu.


      Yeah, as I may have laughed (there’s another idiotic spelling. Why not laffed?) about it numerous time, the House of Lords contains 175 noblemen who are supposedly members of the Labour Party.

      As long as it is there, the Labour party will use it as the Tories do. Basically to bribe their MPs to be faithful.

      No prime minister wants to give that up.

      So it’s as corrupt as the rest of British politics.

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        1. Danny,

          Will your government be sending out invitations to celebrate the passing of your country’s last king?

          George III died in January.

          I’m sure chas the turd would attend tomeet up with your new couple planning to take over, reports the daily hail.

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            1. The Hewitts have a claim that the monarchy was thrown out against the law of the land, seems the supreme court will declare them the right resident monarchs.

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          1. Dave……Always something new to learn on Munguin’s, but Google has failed me regarding a King George death in January. 😉

            I did find an article in the Daily Mail about the California branch of the royal family who continue to torture the English branch at every opportunity. There’s a TV series on Netflix now and Harry’s book is coming out next month.


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            1. It’s like nothing is going on in the world here.

              The low brow newspapers are obsessed with hatred of Harry and Meghan and adoration of Snarls and Wee Willie and his clothes horse.

              It’s odd how her being of mixed race is such a problem to them, but Airmiles being best mates with a paedophile and trafficking girls for sex … and allowing said Paedophile to sit on the throne… Hah, nothing to see.


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              1. So the disgraced Kevin Spacey got to sit on one of the Queen’s thrones.

                Amazing that it’s believed that no one but British monarchs have ever sat on St. Edward’s coronation chair in modern times. I would have thought that every night watchman who ever worked at Westminster Abbey had sat on it at one time or another. 🙂

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                1. Anyone who has money to bail him out when he or his spendthrift wife have gone broke, can get to do anything… or could do, when mummy was the boss.

                  Snarlie will be a bit harder on him, I think

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      1. The weirdness of English spelling goes back to the fifteenth century when printing was introduced.
        At the time, spelling was phonetic, so that the words were actually pronounced as they were spelled.
        Over time the language and pronunciation changed during what became known as The Great Vowel Shift but printing retained the spelling and people merely allowed for the disparity.
        It doesn’t look strange to us because we’re used to it…
        I blame Bill Caxton…

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          1. Tris……:-) 🙂 🙂
            Very funny! I’m always surprised to see Hugh Laurie playing comedy, since I first saw him in the long-running American TV series “House,” where he played the title role, Dr. Gregory House. House is a dark, drug-addicted medical genius who hates everybody and everything. The drama is so dark and depressing, and his character so mean and hateful, that I never watched it regularly. It was quite a surprise when I first saw him plying comedy.



      2. The Labour Party’s job has always been to manage ordinary peoples expectations. Their reward is a seat in the House of Lords with expenses and subsidised food and drink. Baron Foulkes of Cumbock is a wonderful example of a true Labour Lord.

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    3. Danny, certainly in some Scots dialect there is an affection for the “U”. Quite often an “O” is chucked, or other vowel, to just leave the “U” and sometimes replacing a vowel with a “U” eg bird to burd, word to wurd, woman to wumin. No hard and fast rule, all fluid.

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            1. PS: The brief “lord” reference:

              “Lady” results when you say the Old English term for “bread maid” quickly and repeatedly for centuries — specifically, “hlaef-dige,” where “hlaef” was what we now know as “loaf” while “dige” doesn’t really translate in our language today. Just as the “f” dropped out of “wifman” to become “wimmin,” the “f” dropped out of “hlaefdige,” and as both the start and the finish of the word frayed, the result was what we pronounce as “lay-dee.”

              “Lord,” too, may have started out as “hlaef-weard” or “loaf guard.”

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            1. Thanks Jake, I was wondering about wumin and it seems may also have its roots in old/middle english, not slang. The Doric quine, looks to have its origins in old English. Queen started out as quinne and referred to a young female, before altering through the ages, becoming a royal queen.

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  4. Mary Stuart’s mammy was French, her first husband was French and of course she spent a fair bit of her life in France. So I feel she would join us in saying, for tonight,

    Allez Les Bleus

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  5. Pic 24 – I looked in vain for the (then) bearded figure of Alistair Darling who was a student at Aberdeen University around that time and a firebrand in a socialist group, far to the left of the Labour Party. What happened to him?

    In these days, Labour Party MPs were unashamed about describing themselves as ‘socialists’ and speaking about ‘socialism’. They sang “The Red Flag” with gusto at the end of the party conferences and not “God Save the King”.


    1. There’s our Alistair looking for a socialist republic

      And here he is now:

      The working class can kiss my ass;
      I got the foreman’s job at last.

      I must remember to bow and scrape if I ever see his nobleness.


      1. ‘Lord’ Darling was never working class. His grandfather was a Tory MP and his father was a lawyer. He was educated at Loretto School in Musselburgh.

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    2. I was looking for Alistair Darling myself. Its that era.
      I recognise the guy under the banner ( in the middle but not carrying it).
      Its annoying because his name escapes me. Anyone help?

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        1. It’s a Young CND march along Union Street, passing the Music Hall. The date appears to be 1965 so rather early for Alastair Darling (b.1953)
          The CND movement was very active in Aberdeen in the early 60s, attracting a variety of anarchist, trotskyist and young socialist groups. Ian Sutherland is credited with being the driving force behind the group so he may be the man under the banner, but that’s a guess.
          He would have been a bit older than most of the members who were mostly teenagers. (in later life he was known as a regular contributor to various Scottish publications such as the Scots Magazine).
          You can find a flavour of the group’s activities here.

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          1. The hairstyles – long hair and beards on the men – and clothing – flared trousers, anoraks and trainer shoes, suggests 1970s rather that 1965, Roddy.
            Almost no men wore their hair long then.
            On close inspection, it does look like the baron-to-be, in the times before setting off on his long road to the right; a journey from which no man ever returns…
            Now assimilated and neutered – and worse – a palimpsest of who he once was…

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            1. Well, the image is one of a number accompanying this article on the same blog
              … and they’re all credited by the article’s author as being c.1965.
              (also I doubt that Aberdonians would have been driving Morris Oxfords and Ford Consuls in the 1970s)
              So I’m sticking to my guns on the date. 😉

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                  1. That may need some explanation for readers for overseas.. the Furry Boots Toun will be a mystery to many… and I have to admit that “loon pants” is a mystery to me!


                    1. “Furry boots toun”
                      Never mind your overseas readers, its a mystery to me!
                      (Loon pants, on the other hand, were tight fitting extreme flares favoured by some in the early 70s)

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              1. We’re talking at cross-purposes here I fear, Roddy.
                I was referencing the Edinburgh march featuring the good lord and it appears you were discussing the Aberdeen one.
                Agree the latter could well be 1965 with the Series III Oxford, Morris Minor and MkII Consul in shot, all originating from the 1950s and getting thin on the ground in the 1970s…

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                1. Ah! 😊
                  I did wonder why someone so perspicacious on all car related matters would have thought that.
                  (also puzzled that I couldn’t make out any flares or trainers….. 😁)
                  The Xmas lights which feature were acquired 2nd hand from Regent Street in 1964 and date it to Xmas – either 1964 or 1965..

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                  1. Aye Roddy, looking closely (for the first time!) at Pic24 it is a good fit for 1965 as there’s an anti-Vietnam War poster and this was the year that American ground troops were first deployed, when US Marines went ashore at Da Nang.
                    This marked the ramping up of the conflict, which sparked protests all over the world.
                    No flares, no trainers – ergo no 1970s!
                    Regrets for the confusion 😕

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  6. #5…….I immediately thought of Jeff Chandler in the role of Cochise in “Broken Arrow”….20th Century Fox, 1950.

    But Broken Arrow starred Jimmy Stewart.

    So this is a film poster of “The Battle at Apache Pass”……Universal, 1952…..which starred Jeff Chandler, reprising his role of Cochise from two years earlier.

    Wiki: Cochise was a “Chiricahua Apache. A key war leader during the Apache Wars, he led an uprising that began in 1861 and persisted until a peace treaty was negotiated in 1872. Cochise County [Arizona] is named after him.”
    “The Battle of Apache Pass was fought in 1862 at Apache Pass, Arizona, between Apache warriors and the Union volunteers of the California Column as it marched from California to capture Confederate Arizona and to reinforce New Mexico’s Union army. It was one of the largest battles between the Americans and the Chiricahua during the Apache Wars.”


      1. Tris…..Why not indeed! And why “translate” the American English rendering of the name “Cochise” as “Kociss?”

        Italian Wikipedia deals with the translation of the two film titles this way:
        Kociss, l’eroe indiano (The Battle at Apache Pass) è un film western in Technicolor del 1952 diretto da George Sherman. È il sequel di L’amante indiana (Broken Arrow) di Delmer Daves (1950).

        According to Google, “Broken Arrow” literally translates as “The Indian Lover.”,_l%27eroe_indiano

        I rana onto this article about the various ways French deals with “Unit


          1. PS: I noticed this:

            15. Hawaï (Note: no article. As for the gender… long debate… masculine if you are referring to the state “l’état d’Hawaï est beau”, feminine if you are referring to the island “l’île d’Hawaï est belle”)

            There are eight major islands in the “Hawaiian Islands,” which form the State of Hawaii. However, the biggest of the eight islands is named “Hawaii.” So what do you call it to differentiate it from the State of Hawaii? Wiki: The island is often referred to as the Island of Hawaiʻi or Hawaiʻi Island to distinguish it from the state. It is also [very often] referred to simply as the Big Island.

            The Hawai’i rendering apparently reflects the old Hawaiian language pronunciation, with a full stop before the final syllable and a “V” sound…..HaVa-EE.

            Old Hawaiian joke:

            Two people meet in Hawaii. One asks the other:
            –Is the name pronounced Hawaii or Havaii?

            –It’s Havaii!

            –Thank you.

            –You’re velcome.

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          2. Yes… that last one was all in Italian…

            I guess for people not used to French all this liaison stuff is a bit of a pain.

            You need to remember Le Missouri.

            I can never remember which sate are masc or feminine . In the great scheme of things I doubt it matters that much. 🙂

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            1. Tris…..Fascinating! I wonder who in France decides which English nouns are masculine and which are feminine.

              I’ll try to remember Le Missouri. And Le Kansas. I wonder what Kansas City is. 😉

              I hope the MAGA Republicans don’t find out about this gender differentiation among the states. In the current political culture wars, the GOP is in a tizzy about transgenderism, and the debate could get really nasty. 😉


              1. This may hurt MAGA (although I thought that now it was MAGAGA)… He’s certainly GAGA. and he definitely makes me GAG.

                Anyway, there is some ambiguity about the names of cities.

                An Old Grammar Rule. According to L’Office Québécois de la langue française.

                Cities ending in a mute E or ES tend to be feminine in French
                Rome, Venise, Londres, Vienne, Lisbonne, Bruxelles, Marseille… are feminine.

                Cities ending in another letter are masculine
                Paris, Montréal, New-York, Lyon, Orléans… are masculine.

                So, according to this rule, you should say:

                “Le Paris de mon enfance” (The Paris of my childhood) but “La Rome de mon enfance”… (The Rome of my childhood).

                And I have to admit that this does “sound” right to me.

                The article then adds that this is only a tendency, and that the rule is not absolute, and that in French cities tend to be masculine in spoken French, and feminine in literature.

                So back to square one.

                So yep. les villes semblent être capables de plier le genre. Towns appear to be capable of gender bending!!

                My guess it that is should be Le Kansas City. I’d stick with that if you are in Montréal !
                Information taken from this site:


                But as usual you can find a way round it.

                Le Beau Kansas City or La Belle Kansas City, can be rendered as ‘Kansas City est une très belle ville’ removing the issue.

                If you just say I am ging to Kansas City (Kansas City here I come) you don’t need to distinguish. “je vais à Kansas City; Kansas City me voici”


                Honestly. Foreigners, I dunno! 🙂

                I bet you wish you’d never asked! 🙂

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                1. LOL Tris……..Interesting!……but nothing I could ever learn.

                  And how to differentiate between TWO Kansas Cities in two states. The one in Kansas BTW is not remotely “La Belle.” 🙂

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                  1. LOL… Oh come on mate. I never said I was an expert.

                    Disons… le beau Kansas City dans le Missouri, et la laide Kansas City dans le Kansas.

                    Who knows, it might even be right!!! 🙂

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  7. No 22 is Scotscraig, one of the last Newport to Dundee ferries which crossed the River Tay before the road bridge was completed in 1966. She made her last crossing in 1968. She was towed to Malta where she was converted to carry vehicles and believe it or not ended up featuring in a Hollywood movie. She was converted once again in 1980 to become ‘Popeye’s Barge’ in the movie Popeye starring Robin Williams. It doesn’t seem to have been a great success. She was finally scuttled and is now a diving site.

    She was built by another great, but sadly also defunct, Scottish shipyard, Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd, Dundee.

    With regard to the original rail bridge across the Tay which collapsed in 1879 and parts of which are still visible, many years ago I worked with a lady who told me that her grandfather I think it was, was the driver of the train which ended up in the river, David Mitchell.

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    1. I always think its a bit sad that we can’t take a ferry across the river any more.

      The Scotscraig at least had an exciting career after she gave up ferrying people across the Tay.

      I went to an interesting lecture a few years ago where Professor Swinfin gave a talk on the disaster.

      I thought it might be rather dull, but I was wrong.

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      1. There’s a book called “Battle For The North” (ISBN 978-1-86207-940-3), which deals with the expansion of the railway network and the Forth and Tay bridges.

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    2. Went to the jiggin’ in Dundee by ferry one night – magical ! Can’t remember if the Palais matched up to the journey and the anticipation.
      I recall (early 60’s) that the saloon cost 1d extra.
      Saw a Fifie in Malta, mid 90’s, derelict by then. Glad to know it now serves a purpose still.

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      1. If you remember the journey more than the Palais, I suspect it didn’t.

        Can you remember what the fare was for the journey, return, with or without the saloon?


    1. I can see the resemblance but pic2 looks like a 55 Pontiac Star Chief Custom Safari station wagon, Derek.
      V8 engine and Hydra-Matic transmission.
      Quite a thing…

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          1. Derek…..Yes that’s right. The Buick ventiports were on the wings. This probably remained true even in later model Buicks which sometimes had decorative chrome simulations for “ventiports.”

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        1. Aye Danny, the first thing you see on a Buick is the ventiports but of course they were reduced to slots in latter years, which makes it much less easy to identify.
          Nice Star Chief with the distinctive chrome eyebrows above the headlight beauty rings and Pontiac Native American chief emblem on the front of the hood.

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  8. Number 15.

    Dumbarton used to have a distillery called Ballatines, my father called their product ‘Rot Gut’, it was rough stuff he said compared to a single malt, I personally couldn’t tell the difference.

    The storage was patrolled by the famous Chinese Geese, the facility still has some metal ones at the gate the real ones long gone.


    1. Ballantines was the name of the whisky brand (from blender Geo Ballantine & Sons) which was acquired by Canadian firm Hiram Walker in 1935, who then built the distillery which opened in 1938.
      The distillery was just called Dumbarton and mostly made grain whisky although there was for a time a malt distillery (Inverleven) included within the complex.
      The Ballantine on the lorry is (I think) a Canadian brewer of beer and so unrelated … 😉


  9. I hope you’re not going to claim that no 6 (a completely hollowed-out shell lacking an engine, transmission, any working parts or seats) & being sold for $500 by some chancer in Dallas is this week’s bus quota?
    Ah want ma money back!

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    1. Munguin has a no refund policy as well you know. What, you think he’s made of money?

      He is, however, out of the goodness of his wee heart, prepared to offer you an alternative for a small additional fee, plus MAT (Munguin’s Added Tax).


      1. I’m sure I’ve seen this pic somewhere already… 😒
        An open-top Dennis Trident (could well be ex-Edinburgh) and an ex-London Routemaster, Dublin sightseeing tours by the look of it.
        Both look very well turned out, although I’m not convinced by the mustard yellow….


        1. Jeez.. Some folks is never done complaining. You might have seen that pic before, however, it wasn’t in this august publication.

          Nonetheless, to prove that Munguin is magnanimity personified, or penguinified, here’s YET another bus.


  10. I read that France won 2 goals to 1, Kane missed a penalty to equalise.

    Allez les Blues.

    Something is coming home.
    Heard earlier a reporter saying that next game will be the finals after beating Morocco.

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    1. Yes, apparently the S*n put up posters all over Paris saying that Football was coming home…

      It really is tempting fate.

      Yeah, what is coming home it the team, empty handed.

      I expect the French will play Morocco now.


    2. Disappointing.
      I was hoping they’d go all the way and win in the final.
      My thinking was that their inevitable triumphalism would be so unbearable in Scotland that it would be worth at least 5% points for the “YES” campaign

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      1. They do tend to be a bit over triumphant when they win something.

        I’d be happy as could be if Wales had wone, but, when England wins anything its all you hear about for weeks.

        I mean we’re still hearing about 1966! 56 years ago!


        1. Between ’66 and Maradona’s arm (46 years ago) I think we’re all a bit weary. At least, had they gone through and won next week, I would definitely not be around for another 56 years of constant reminders. There’s always an upside, Dave. 🙂

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          1. I like that J, an optimistic, positive outlook on death, if England won the World cup.
            😊We should have been selling badges, “DNR, if England win the world cup.”

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                1. Yes, Alan.

                  I was going to say, all the class of a Wood Louse, but it’s a terrible insult to Lice.

                  I haven’t looked to see what their headlines are today, but I expect that “we was robbed” or “why was the ref on the froggy side” or something equally classy.

                  The S*n is a despicable nudes paper, and it says something about Brits that it sells so well in the whole UK (except Liverpool).

                  I note that it is probably still the best seller in the UK, although like several others, it has chosen to keep its circulation figures secret over the last couple of years, presumably because of a steep reduction in the numbers.

                  It is in every way an embarrassment.


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  11. We have already had plenty of the 66 stuff, adverts full of football themes.

    My elder brother, who will watch any football, is fed up with the biased coverage.
    Anyway a professional footballer should never miss a penalty as it’s a free goal.especially one that gets paid thousands a week.

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