Friday, 19 September 2014

A Long, Long Night

I went to bed at 6:00 am today, then got up and 9:00. it was a long, long night. And it doesn't look to be over yet.

I don't normally talk politics on my blog, but this month I made an exception. I am a YES voter for Scottish independence. Being an anti-nuclear blogger for Peace and pro-Green, a YES was the obvious choice for me.

It was an equally obvious choice for all my in-laws and friends, including many born in England and elsewhere. There were so many well-wishers, including most of my English friends who saw this as a move towards sanity for the entire UK, for various reasons. People like Keith, who writes a political blog down in England. Here's the letter he sent to 10 Downing Street, before the voting began. A letter supporting the YES vote, as many of my English friends do, both here in Scotland and in England. 

To say last night's NO results were a shock is an understatement.No-one I know was expecting such a low YES count. And the shock keeps deepening...there have been videos on Youtube and Facebook showing what looks very much like vote-rigging. This is appalling viewing!

I've lived in two African countries where vote-rigging has taken place. I've witnessed it first hand in the 1980s, as a teenager helping out at a polling station. Sadly, the world shrugs when you mention election fraud in Africa, but in the UK...??? 

It looks to be a very long night. :-(

Thursday, 18 September 2014


Scotland goes out to vote today.

Four YES votes in this family. ;-)

I thought I'd put up a song for the day. Everyone seems to be putting up Dougie MacLean singing Caledonia. So I went with something different. One of my favourite musicians, who also happens to be a YES campaigner -  Eddie Reader. Singing a slightly different version of one of my all time favourite songs by Fairground Attraction - Perfect.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Summer photos 7 ~ Loch Ness

The next batch of our summer photos are from a trip along Loch Ness. We took a walk down to the loch edge for this photo.

There were Highland cattle in a field near where we stopped. They were hiding in the shade as it was a hot day.

We stopped at Fort Augustus, for ice creams. :-)

Houses just visible through the trees...

...and yatch masts just visible above the walls and fences.

I took some photos of St Benedict's Abbey, on the edge of the canal locks. It was a working Abbey up until 1998.

50 ~ Be the Change

50 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge - Be the change you want to see in the world. I made this video for blogblast 2010.

From here I'll be doing the countdown on my blog on every 10th day until we're down to the last 10. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

52 ~ Be the Captain of your Soul

52 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge -Be the captain of your soul... it's a line from a poem. INVICTUS by William Ernest Henley (1849–1903). 


Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate,
I am the captain of my soul.

Which is why it was chosen for the Invictus Games, which started on the 10th Sept:

Finding the courage and strength to rise again

The word ‘Invictus’ means ‘unconquered’. It embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury. The Invictus Games will celebrate this through sporting achievement that recognises the journey to recovery these men and women are on.

Prince Harry was driven to bring the event to an international audience following his inspirational visit to the Warrior Games in Colorado in 2013. The event in London will bring together for the first time servicemen and women – both serving and veteran – from 14 nations. The Invictus Games will spotlight the sacrifices these men and women made serving their country, and their indefatigable drive to overcome.

Several celebrities support the games, including Brad Pitt and the cast of FURY.

The Games logo sums it up perfectly...

I AM... the unconquerable soul.

Never forget
YOU can make a difference.

Thursday, 11 September 2014

53 ~ Make a Difference

53 of the 60 ways of Peace challenge -Make a Difference.

Which is why I will be voting YES next week, on the 18th of September:
For an independent Scotland that can choose NOT to have weapons of mass destruction any more.
For an independent Scotland that can choose NOT to enter wars that it personally feels are immoral.

Posters from the marvellous website/magazine Bella Caledonia.