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  2. samscafeamericain

    West End Glasgow Old Pics

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  4. maryspetses

    EU Withdrawal Bill

    Listening to Radio 4 this morning I heard one of the 27 reps say, 'I don't understand what the fuss is about Northern ire land'. If reps of the 27 don't understand, what chance has anyone else. That's rhetorical by the way. Recently Paul Merton, on reading the headline 'What is the problem with Ireland?', commented the newspaper then took pages 2-98 to try and explain. Many books have been written about 'the problem of Ireland'. I've read some of them and was married to a Belfast man for a long time - from the Falls. The in-laws 'put me straight'!!! Have also studied a lot of English/Irish history which does back to at least the twelfth century. Like it or not we sowed the wind and have been reaping the whirlwind ever since. Northern Ireland voted to remain in the UK and still want to remain. We dumped the Commonwealth to join the EU. We now believe that they will rally round and allow us to form trade links. How arrogant. We screw then and then want them to help the 'Mother' Country. Are we about now about to abandon Northern Ireland? It is a problem, one that we created. I can only remember one of the questions on my 'A' level exam paper. Gladstone said (1868): 'My mission is to pacify Ireland.' Discuss! I had an hour to answer.... Four ministries later he hadn't succeeded... Doubt we ever will.
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  7. samscafeamericain

    Oil Painting Classes

    Daughter and I took up oil painting classes on a saturday morning. 5 weeks in and learned loads, know I will never be a great painter but what a lot of fun and enjoyment is being had. I have also decided to grow a goatee beard to look more bohemian - it was either that or cutting a ear off
  8. samscafeamericain

    Gawd Bless Em - A Royal Baby

    Fair play to the royals, when the establishment need a distraction for the hoi poloi they never let them down. Wonder if they will name the baby Brexit
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  10. samscafeamericain

    Bloody Scotland

    ach the butler did it
  11. samscafeamericain

    Excessive pay

    the obscenity of executive pay is something we have all let happen. Most of these companies are listed, they have shareholders, the shareholders approve these payments. No doubt the the wages for the workers who actually deliver the value will be hammered down
  12. samscafeamericain

    Sauchiehall Street Revamp

    Byres Rd with the same stupid redevelopment plans
  13. samscafeamericain

    AUOB Edinburgh Massive turnout

    Nicola Sturgeon's outstanding keynote speech at the SNP conference deliberately under reported by BBC; who of course led the previous week with everything Ruth had to say
  14. Pat

    The Cry

    See it's arousing a great deal of speculation on Twitter with various outcomes suggested. Hope you enjoy it, samsamericancafe.
  15. Don't know what all that was about. Don't think Historic Scotland's got a remit as gatekeeper. Event covered in New York Times as well after picked up by Reuters. BBC thin on the ground but the world is watching.
  16. samscafeamericain

    The Cry

    Interesting, yet to watch it, but trailers looked good
  17. samscafeamericain

    SNP Civil War

    Jackie Bailley fired That'll give her more time to campaign to keep the largest nuclear arsenal in western Europe on her constituents doorstep.
  18. samscafeamericain

    AUOB Edinburgh Massive turnout

    An outstanding event carried off in great humour despite Historic Scotland near disastrous behaviour
  19. A wee trip doon the watter would be worthwhile. Great programme at Dunoon Film Festival 9 – 11 November, 2018 http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/dunoon-film-festival-2018-announces-full-programme/
  20. Reckoned to have been 100,000 marching in Edinburgh but main stream media don't appear to think this story is newsworthy. They did cover it in Japan.
  21. Pat

    The Cry

    New drama filmed in Scotland and Australia. Hard to follow The Bodyguard but good to see Scottish Productions on BBC
  22. Pat

    Sauchiehall Street Revamp

    Don't know what's happened to the revamp. Looks like there's been a delay. Possibly due to Art School fire but oh so badly needed.
  23. Pat

    Excessive pay

    Given that Nicola Sturgeon hasn't taken pay increase since 2009 or thereabouts and puts the difference back into Scottish Goverment coffers, I don't think she's into huge pay for the bosses.
  24. Pat

    Crying earth

    Not sure about Glasgow but Scottish Government certainly in the forefront in the UK with regard to tackling climate change. World leader in generating electricity from renewables. But Green Party always driving for better performance. I think most businesses, encouraged by the Tory Government see their goal as profit at all costs. Makes me sick everytime I hear these boasts of full employment when we know so many are on zero hours contracts and low wages.
  25. Pat

    SNP Civil War

    Hilarious. Few mixed messages from the Labour Conference. I'm expecting one huge shambles from the Tories.
  26. samscafeamericain

    SNP Civil War

    Amazingly no mention of civil wars in the labour or tory parties......you'd think the media had an agenda
  27. Tom"ar"To

    Boris Johnson's estranged wife

    Yes and I reckon she is better off without Boris. Shame on him. I still find it hard to believe that Boris would wreck his own marriage by cheating on his (ex) wife.
  28. Tom"ar"To

    Crying earth

    I agree 100%, Pat and I wonder how long (if ever) will it take to bring about a much-needed change to the way humans treat the planet and its precious resources? I can't see it taking place in my generation (i'm 51) even though here in London there is a ''slow'' push towards electric cars in order to deal with the pollution from diesel cars. What is it like in Glasgow Pat? Are people concerned about pollution etc and if yes what are they doing to change things? I really believe that the two main culprits are big business and the governments because they seem to be focused on profit at any cost and that is what has led to our planet being threatened by man-made pollution. It's a sad fact of life in the 21st century. One more thing Pat, have you noticed how the thoughtful caring people always seem to be in the minority whereas the uncaring reckless people tend to everywhere ( especially in business and government)? The imbalance is concerning Pat.
  29. Tom"ar"To

    Excessive pay

    I agree with you, Pat, it is indeed ''outrageous'' and I wonder why the Scottish public put up with such a thing? I wonder how Nicola Sturgeon feels about it?
  30. Went through to Stirling yesterday to catch some of the Bloody Scotland Scottish Book Crime Festival. It was very entertaining, very busy and friendly. Caught Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan talking about Muriel Spark to Alan Taylor, a friend of the author. Then round the corner to the Albert Halls to hear Irvine Welsh. He wasn't at all what I expected – humorous, affable and no big ego.
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