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  1. Thanks Rory. Nowadays I can do the Jimmy bunnet thing without props. My favorite joke is about the pet centipede. Not necessarily a Scottish joke, but the hermless lead character and his squalid environs reminds me a lot of certain byways of Dundee.
  2. A guid New Year tae Yin and Aw. Mrs. Sgriob read my greeting and asked if Yin and Aw are pandas. Nae culture, some folks. I know I know I know, I only post here when I need help. Here's the issue: I'm doing three Burns Suppers this year and have run out of suitable jokes. Any ideas? Said joke can be only tangentially associated with Burns (i.e. Sex, drink, religion and politcs are fine) and if vulgar should be mild enough to provoke blush and titter, rather than outrage or accusations of racism or sexism. Some killjoys aver that the Immortal Memory is no place for silly jok
  3. Wild horses annat, Pat. I'l be staying near Perth starting on 8th Sept. I have sworn a solemn oath not to discuss this issue with my No-saying rellies. But I'll be singing, dancing and disgracing myself as much as possible with the old gang. I hope the gap in the polls gets no narrower. The Ayes need the inspiration, and mebbe some Naws will think it's in the bag and not bother to vote. Today I feel it in my bones that it will be Yes. Even if it's not, I'm more sure than ever that Independence is inevitable sooner or later. I daydream about spending my final years in an Independent
  4. Absolutely clueless. I did laugh -- it had the rhythm and subtext of a Harry Enfield sketch -- but I also blushed in shame. She sounded painfully like some women I know who are, let's just say, not a million miles from my own family circle. Sadly, that kind of attitude -- "it's aw above my head and I'm too busy with life to pay much attention to such matters and besides every politician is out for him/herself and doesn't give a rat's bahookie about ordinary folk" -- is commonplace where I come from.
  5. I had a pal pick me up a souvenir copy of the Sunday Herald today. Sold out in Blairgowrie and Dunkeld, nabbed the last one in a Pitlochry shop. It's a turning point, if you ask me. Victory is in the wind. I read the editorial to Mrs. Sgriob, who sniffled and went all shiny eyed on me. She used to do that without newspaper editorials.
  6. Outstanding indeed, Sams. It's heartbreaking to see what has become of 'my' party.
  7. Connolly, me. Even tho I went for the full English breakfast.
  8. 35 years of marriage have not dimmed my rose-coloured specs. Maybe I just got lucky.
  9. I got the bowk after ten minutes. Very disappointing. Very depressing. Call me a chauvinist pig, but I expect better of women.
  10. Me neither. I'm a size 12. McWhirter in the Herald today: "What is remarkable in Scotland, at this turning point in history, is the almost complete absence of street politics in the referendum campaign. I think this a good thing, on the whole, but it puzzles the many foreign journalists who come to Scotland looking for drama - for million-strong marches, megaphones, riot police." That will be my problem in September too. My Editor here expects literal and rhetorical fireworks, photo ops and megaphones. Still racking my brains for the right way to report this.
  11. Me too HH. Even if the No vote prevails this is an exciting moment in Scotland's history. I'm beginning to think that Independence is an inevitability -- regardless of September's result. This whole debate is giving us all a clearer view of how we think of ourselves, and of how the rest of the UK views us.
  12. In discussing September's coverage this morning, my American friend proclaimed that the denial of the Pound to Scotland is surely a death blow to Independence. (I don't think I did a good job of persuading her otherwise.) Does anyone here regard this development as fatal?
  13. http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/columnists/osbornes-politics-of-dirty-harry-on-currency-union.23407532 A positive spin on Osborne's threat/bluff to deny Scotland the use of sterling in the event of a Yes vote. "Rough wooing" indeed.
  14. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/07/scottish-referendum-david-cameron_n_4744207.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics This made me laugh. Seems a fair response to those who want to make the Referendum about Alex Salmond.
  15. Thanks all (HollowHorn? You yet live?). The rough plan so far is to catch a couple of weeks of the Festival, then repair to Tayside to await our fate. Probably set up HQ in Perth. So far I'm the only one in my (original) family who supports Yes. I gave them all a good lambasting last time I was in-country, but whit can ye dae, short of sending them to re-education camps? I'm definitely up for a swally or two.
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