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  1. Tut tut tut. Fire that woman. Credulity is unbecoming in an educated woman. Someone is pulling her leg.
  2. I'll be flying in to give youse guise moral support and to help celebrate victory or drown sorrows, but I can't vote. I kind of think that's appropriate. I've been away from my homeland for 40 odd years. I'm profoundly fond of the Auld Sod, but not affected by how, and who, the place is run. The sentimental part of me imagines spending my final years in an Independent Scotland. The Grim Reaper may have other plans. I'm on the fence about Galloway. Love his combativeness and eloquence and most of his opinions. But see him sooking up to Saddam Hussein? Morally bankrupt.
  3. About time indeed, Canny Lass. I believe it's coming yet for a' that.
  4. Glad you're hanging out with the right people, Pat. My sympathies and instincts are left wing, though the only time I call myself a Socialist is when it could annoy somebody. I don't pretend to understand Marx. (Das Kapital is chloroform in print, to steal a phrase.) I believe times make the man. Too bad this usually means very bad times.
  5. I get that feeling too, Rory, but maybe it's because I correspond with the wrong people. I hope it isn't wishful thinking on my part. In the past 20 years entrenched social and financial elitism have conspired to widen the gap between rich and poor. The Rich continue to use racism, classism, anti-intellectualism and self-serving phantasmagoric economic theory to keep the Poor down. This was the same recipe that resulted in heads rolling in the Place de la Revolution in 1793. I am confident that the folk who brought us the Enlightenment still have the hearts, souls and brains to set an example of humane, enlightened, informed governance. I can't see how that's possible while shackled to the chinless wonders of Westminster.
  6. Some of it is surely linked with dislike of Salmond. Some of my rellies would die sooner than add to his self-satisfaction. To me he seems a very adroit politician, no slimier than the rest. Diet and exercise would help his image. If he looked like George Clooney he'd get more respect. NAME DROP ALERT!! A propos of nothing, I remember Tippi Hedren shuddering about Hitchock's moral failings (he hit on her repeatedly). When I asked her about Sean Connery's moral failings she had no comment. Three in one paragraph. I still have it.
  7. The comparative beauties of big cities has nothing, of course, to do with the issue. The question I'm trying to find an answer for is "What does Scotland lose by severing with England?" On another note, I'm also intrigued by the heated emotions shown by some of the antis. Exactly what these emotions are is hard to gauge. I sense anger, anxiety and impatience. Some feel insulted, some disgusted at their opponents' unworldliness, others hurt by the ingratitude of a thankless neighbour. I understand the traditional disdain looking South, but what are the anti-Unionists so upset about? Is it just that they truly believe separation would be bad for their pockets? It feels more like the bitterness of a spurned paramour. Enlightenment please.
  8. Here I go again. Which facets of the Union are 'magnificent'? And even if London is the most exciting city in the world (beg to differ; New York, San Francisco, Vancouver and Singapore get my vote) will Scots be barred from visiting if Independence is consummated?
  9. I'm not trying to be difficult, Harps, but I wonder if you can link me to any of Salmond's "dog whistle" statements that denigrate our much cherished friends in the South? I'm just a bewildered furriner in need of enlightenment, like.
  10. And I'm wondering if increasing disgust for the Westminster shower -- as their failed economic theories continue to bite -- will affect the referendum?
  11. I suppose that's what is intriguing me: our general lack of animosity towards the English en masse. I'm more of a classist than a racist anyway. The quasi-royal power structure in Westminster, where most players are drawn from a small pool of privilege and wealth, is what gets my Northern blood boiling.
  12. Someone referred to me as a "sweaty sock" the other day. Took a moment to realise it was rhyming slang and a lame attempt to be offensive. I racked my brains for a slang equivalent of "English." Apart from the weak Limey and sassenach, there aren't any. How odd is that, given our southron neighbors' wide usage of Jock, Taffy, Paddy and Geordie?
  13. None since Harry Styles, I'm reliably informed. Poor bugger, but I get it. I've gone out with a few mad cows in my time too.
  14. I'm partial to a Chota Peg. But that's Old Age.
  15. I use no Scottishisms in my daily speech, though a while back I was forced, for reasons of clarity and eloquence, to refer to someone as a "glaikit besom." We're in a small rural enclave tucked into the foothills between the ocean and the mountains some 80 miles north of LA. The only slang that is spoken locally is New Age speak, with words like "energy," "toxins," "Chi" and 'homeopathic" to describe imaginary bodily and mental conditions. Drab, fusionless, wersh stuff, I'm afraid.
  16. Hiya Hings. Good to see you too. Taste's an odd thing, eh? I wouldn't poke chorizo with a dirty stick, but I love a real haggis. My co-grandpa made one for our last Burns Supper. Sheep stomach being illegal here, he used the whole skin of a chicken. It was a first Burns Supper for almost all the guests, and their first haggis. They ate the lot. That's never happened before on this side of the pond. I saved some of it and used it to stuff grilled chicken legs to help the G and T go down............... I'm talking myself into a feeding frenzy.
  17. Just feel resigned, hopeless and too tired to argue and you'll get it.
  18. Love that one. Always before a vowel. Yer proper Cockney likes it so much he'll throw out a following consonant too. As in "I sor 'im last night (din I?)" Yer proper English toff sometimes does something similar. We'd say "America is...." and the newsreader might say "Americar is..." A lot of these differences come from the Great Vowel Shift -- changes to English resulting from population changes after the Norman Conquest, Black Death and other factors. I'm a little hard of hearing, so I first heard it as the Great Bowel Shift, which is what I felt at the news of Cameron's ascension to Number 10.
  19. It's the way you say "aye" while breathing in quickly, rather than out, usually as a form of agreement. Somehow it conveys that "whit kin ye dae?" sense of Scots fatalism. I don't recall hearing it in Glasgow, but it was common in central Perthshire and the North East. Don't know if it still is because I haven't been paying much attention.
  20. I think I did it wrong. Any hints?
  21. A Drunk Bird Sings at a Thistle Sex mad lazuli bunting holding forth on a prickly perch just down the road from us.
  22. Wow. The case of the libelous emoticon! That wouldn't happen in the US of A. I'm torn between schadenfreude and uneasiness about my own occasional electronic churlishness. Let's hope the DMGT doesn't come after you for that little smiley up there, Harps.
  23. OK, I'm an idiot. How do I post a picture here?
  24. (Mindful of tendency to wander off topic.....) Could Independence make any difference to Scottish speech, do you think? Teaching Lallans in schools, for example? As a starry-eyed furriner I'm getting excited about the possibilities of a Scotland free from the baleful influence of Lord Snotty and His Pals with their elitist, austerity is good for you nonsense. As if the Ruperts of this world could teach the Scots anything about austerity.
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