The day that Spain died

A shocking day for European democracy as the ghost of Franco rears his ugly head once again.

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Transitions 2.0


It’s been some time since I posted anything of my own up here. The truth is that I’ve been too busy with work on a full time basis.

Don’t get me wrong, I certainly enjoy the work but the shifts can be long and tiring on the roster I currently work. The high levels of concentration required on the job mean that by the time evening comes around and you’ve finally got home, you’ve walked the dog and had something to eat, there really isn’t much energy left for creative activity.

In truth I’ve done next to no modelling since April for these very reasons. The only exception over that time was during my leave period in July and it was during that time that I took stock and decided that it would be better to revert to part time working in the interest of balancing up work and all the other aspects of life that also matter. It had been two and a half years since I had last worked full time and shift work and my body has been reminding me of that in no uncertain terms. Abi’s recent health issues were another reinforcing part of the argument so when I returned to work after my break I enquired about going part time. The request was duly noted and though I had to await a suitable opening in the part time roster, one has now presented itself and I should be making the transition back to part time within the next three weeks or so.

I’m looking forward to this step down in gear immensely, not least as the opportunity for increased modelling activity and a return to a healthier lifestyle beckons.

One  result of my new profession was an increased interest in heritage buses and I unexpectedly found myself amassing a small collection of miniatures which are now seriously pressing the rail contingent in my other wall cabinet into the corner!



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The Tao of Independence

Three years on from the fateful day, Al provides us with an excellent and timely platter of food for thought.

A Wilderness of Peace

The leader who was elected 3rd in a 3-member ward, leading a council that lost the popular vote, who runs a minority council as if it was a majority.

Those 6 election results:
1992 (Clune Brae): 855 (47.4%). Elected (pre-STV system).
1999 (Inverclyde Six): 885 (56.3%). Elected (pre-STV system).
2003 (Inverclyde Six): 661 (51.3%). Elected (pre-STV system).
2007 (Inverclyde East): 2,122 (30.1%). Elected 1st round. 1st seat.
2012 (Inverclyde East): 1,607 (28.7%). Elected 1st round. 1st seat.
2017 (Inverclyde East): 953 (21.56%). Elected 2nd round. 3rd seat.

I try to be magnanimous. Really, I do. But there are times I wonder: do the people who campaigned for Scotland to stay in the UK truly have any conception of what we independence campaigners felt this time three years ago?

I’m sure some simply view it as another electoral victory, just like…

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Queensferry Crossing: Scottish not British

I’m afraid I can’t sat silent about the hypocrisy of the state media here and this post goes a long way to setting the record straight regarding a great Scottish achievement that symbolises my country’s vision for the future.

Butterfly Rebellion

by Jeggit


Have you seen it yet? Our new Queensferry Crossing is an engineering masterpiece, or – as we say here in Scotland, it’s braw. This bridge is the largest of its kind in the world, and it is unique in that it is constructed on a location where there are three bridges each built in three different centuries – a perfect testimony to the proud history of Scotland. We should all be very proud of what Scotland has achieved in this project.

Sadly, given the current political climate in Scotland, it did not take long for the British government and unionist politicians and media to start stealing the credit for it from the Scottish government. In the BBC’s promotional video – showcasing “British” engineering – Scotland was not mentioned once. This bridge could have been in London as far as it was concerned. This nasty little propaganda film…

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Blood’s A Rover

Genuinely Scottish cinema is a hard thing to find and I think this project deserves some support. Please watch the trailers and consider supporting the crowdfunding effort.


Wee Ginger Dug


The Wee Ginger Fundraiser has exceeded its target by an amazing amount, so it’s only right that I give some space to some other projects which are worthy of consideration and support. We all know that the Scottish film industry is struggling, movies made in Scotland, about Scotland, and starring Scottish actors, are few and far between. But that doesn’t mean there is a lack of talent and ambition in this country, far from it. Tim Fraser-Granados is an Edinburgh based independent film maker. He’s currently working on a feature film, a Scottish neo-noir thriller, but as Scotland doesn’t have the same support for its film makers as is found in other countries, finding the financial backing to get the film off the ground is proving difficult.

Over to Tim …

Hello everyone!
I’m Tim Fraser-Granados, an indie filmmaker in Edinburgh who’s been hugely inspired by film noirs and Raymond…

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All Stop!


Today sees me starting (after a slightly alarming bureaucratic glitch-quickly resolved!) two weeks’ holiday.

Nothing booked in terms of going away due to only being back in full time work since April so I’m going to just play it by ear.

Today though, after three very intensive months learning my new craft and readjusting to full time and generally going at something akin to warp speed since April, I think it’ll be wise just to park at the roadside, shut down the engine and just sit quietly.

A couple of light domestic chores, some dog walking with my convalescing pal and maybe a book are all that’s on today’s menu.

I feel like Iggy Pop on a come-down! 😂

Much as I like the great man I feel that something calmer is required musically today so here’s my tune of choice. 😊

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I do love an unusual photo.
Great effort here from Elizabeth. 😊

Fig and Pen

dinerStill one of my favourite shots.

Taken with an iPhone from the passenger window of a moving vehicle.

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