Is this the end of the road for Scottish independence?

I believe that over the past 8 years under Nicola Sturgeon’s leadership of the SNP and First Minister of Scotland, the Scottish Independent debate has been confined to the doldrums. Despite, mandate after mandate Despite, Scotland, being dragged out of Europe against the will of the Scottish people Despite, all the powers that should haveContinue reading “Is this the end of the road for Scottish independence?”

How short, these long summer days

The morning laundry over, I wheeled my bike out through the common area where the planning department (female residents) were in noisy conversation – they, almost in unison, questioned my sanity about venturing out on a bicycle today. The little back road down passed the Golf Club Hotel was still closed to traffic, something toContinue reading “How short, these long summer days”

“Why are we always playing catch up?”

By the start of the 19th century, Edinburgh was already disparagingly referred to as Auld Reekie, from the Old Norse word reykr meaning smoke or steam (from where the Icelandic capital, Reykjavik, also gets its name). In 1805, Edinburgh’s newly-fledged Police Commissioners has responsibilities for controlling chimney fires in the city. But they were alsoContinue reading ““Why are we always playing catch up?””