A Short Musical Interlude with Panda Paws

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With the farce of the UK government and the recent presidential visit you could be forgiven for thinking you had jokers to the left of you and jokers to the right and Here I am Stuck in the Middle with You. The orange faced one left Scotland for Helsinki and boy was that an illustration of how the Fool on the Hill really is Putin’s Puppet on a String.

So, what of us here in Caledonia?

We face a no deal Brexit we didn’t vote for. We’ve not yet left but already there is a shortage of migrant workers meaning soft fruit is rotting unpicked. We can’t assume there will be Strawberry Fields Forever. When we do leave continental travel will be dearer and more difficult; it won’t be as easy to visit Vienna or Club Tropicana.   A hard Brexit will be a disaster. At best The Road to Nowhere, at worst The Road to Hell.

We have an escape route if only we can grasp it – independence. But we have to convince No voters to come to Yes across the country by reaching out to them. Perhaps some may travel Over the Sea to Skye (by boat!). Others staying local going Downtown (especially for Tris!) and talking to the Common People. We need to welcome No voters. They thought they were doing the right thing, so reassure them You’ll Never Walk Alone.

There is no longer any Status Quo. It will be tough either way but with independence, the future will be in our own hands. There Will Always be an England. But whilst they want to pull up the drawbridge at the White Cliffs of Dover, Scotland wants to remain in the EU trading freely, not relying on selling jam and Jerusalem to anyone who ’ll buy it – with WTO tariffs!

We Gotta to Get Out of This Place. People don’t like change, it scares them but change is coming anyway. So, we have to stop being fearties. It’s time for Scotland the Brave.




Or so we are told. So Munguin is reluctantly turning the central heating up a degree or two, and Tris has been sent to get in provisions (mainly lots of Veuve Cliquot) so that we shall be sustained should it get bad.


Keep warm, Munguinites. Check on your neighbours too, offer a helping hand if you can. Munguin is sending Tris around the neighbourhood to do just that as we speak.

And make sure the birds are fed.


It should be over by the weekend.

On the other hand, it might not happen at all. And the beast from the east may be nothing more than next door’s disgruntled cat.

But in any case, whatever else you do…


It’s very unpatriotic. And not at all British!



Richard Leonard For Scottish Labour Leader Campaign

Munguin would like to point out that he doesn’t give a twopenny damn what football team Richard Leonard supports.

Admittedly, if Leonard were Scottish First Minister it might be rather embarrassing for him to attend an international and support the away side, but, let’s be honest, he’s pretty unlikely to ever be in that situation…and he can cross that bridge when (or rather if) he comes to it.


None of us at Munguin Towers can understand why Kezia Dugdale decided to join the   H-list celebrities in the jungle. It seems a really weird thing to do, and she’s likely to make a fool of herself..but it’s a matter for her and the Labour Party to sort out (and they seem to have agreed to do what London said, which was ‘no suspension’).

She’s a list MSP so other people can cover her duties, and as long as she isn’t being paid, I really don’t care, although I’m intrigued to know what would happen to the average public employee who just took time off to play. I imagine that she won’t stand again for parliament or at least she will not be selected for the list. I don’t know what future she has planned for herself, but whatever it is, I hope it will make her happier than she has been as a politician.


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At present under EU law, animals are considered to be sentient beings. It is acknowledged that they can feel pain, experience fear, discomfort…and joy.

During the transfer of EU law into the various legal systems in the UK countries, all being overseen by the “capable” hands of Westminster, the clause recognising this fact seems to have been left out.

It appears that there will be no obligation in our new Britain, once we have taken back control, to treat animals as sentient beings. Of course, many people will, but it may not be illegal NOT to.

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I’ve signed this petition to try to get the government to reconsider, but they have little in the way of feelings for other humans, so I’m not holding out much hope. It’s a pity Scotland couldn’t make its own laws on these matters.


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Robert Mugabe has resigned, at long last. Let’s hope his successor is less inclined to let people shoot all the Zimbabwean wildlife while there still is some!


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Bruce Crawford criticised the tweet. He tweeted back: “This being done for political purposes is beneath you, John – only hope a staffer posted this.”

Lamont later deleted the offending tweet and said that he acknowledged that PoppyScotland was not a political organisation. However, it is interesting that Poppy Scotland’s Chief Exec, who also absolutely denies that he is political, is also a Director of Scotland in Union.

Odd that!

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Late to the party, Aberdeen South MP, Ross Thomson, posted “UK government will be supporting the Lady Haig Poppy Factory with £2.5m which not only makes poppies but provides employment to our veterans. A clear example of Scottish Conservative MPs delivering for Scotland at the heart of government.. and showing how positive and constructive engagement with the UK government gets better results than nationalist grievance.”




1. Didn’t have time to comb my hair before I got my portrait done. Welcome to Soppy Sunday anyway.



2. Colours of autumn in the English Lake District.
3. Coolangatta Mountains. (Thanks Kangaroo.)
4. More autumn colours.



5.Yellow Billed Ox Peckers, pecking a giraffe!



6. Shhhhhh, I’m sleeping.



7. I’d not like to be where that came to earth!



8. I mean, do I look like an ox?



9. Castel Mezzano.



10. What a perfect place to land.



11. If you could work out a way to tow that to Saudi, you could make a fortune.



12. Jasper, Kangaroo’s beautiful dog.



13. Sorry, I don’t seem to be able to resist autumn colours.



14. This is, or rather was, Lily, the Alpaca. She was killed not long after by a snake bite. (Kangaroo.)



15. Yes, can I help you?



16. Oh look, winter colour for a change.



17. I’m too little to introduce Soppy Sunday. My mum’s looking after me.



18. I’d love hedgehogs in my garden, but it’s too small to sustain them, unfortunately.



19. Cottage on Jura.



20. Well, that’s it for another week. Back to politics tomorrow for you lot. Back to playing for me!

I’d like to thank Kangaroo for sending me pics for this week’s Soppy Sunday. (There’s another one to come.)

I apologise for the spacing. Absolutely no idea how it gets like that. It looks ok in the draft, but when it goes out, it goes all to hell.