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  1. SNP are now the choice for anyone wanting a 'left leaning' party. I don't think it will matter who is the leader of the Labour Party as it will be difficult for them to appear relevant to the current issues. Whoever it is will be spouting the party line anyway - so what what's the point? I.e. the anti-indie, pro nuclear warhead, Brexit supporting, austerity pursuing Labour Party.
  2. I see that the Amber Restaurant on Byres Road is closing after 40 years. I'm not a restaurant person but It's sad to see any business close it's doors. There was no indication what the reason was in their press release - so I'm just wondering if there is some kind of crisis in the eating out sector - or if they just decided to retire (or something)? Jimbo
  3. Clearly London centric media is forming some very anti-SNP and anti-Nicola Sturgeon sentiment. Luckily for us up here in Scotland the blanket negativity around the SNP and independence from the unionist media has less impact; we recognise the bias. Which is why the SNP won the election by a majority in Scotland. The vote share loss was only -1.7 the large reduction in seats was in part due to tactical voting. The media story is always wide of the mark because it is designed not to describe reality but to influence it. Given that Brexit is the most irresponsible and uninformed decision every taken by UK voters, Independence is inevitable. Saving the Scottish economy from the Brexit disaster will be the catalyst. Nicola Sturgeon has zero chance of being removed as SNP leader. Jimbo
  4. Very sorry to hear. I remember well his wit and generosity. Jimbo
  5. Sad to hear it. From reading the reactions of fans and friends he was clearly a genuinely nice person. RIP Terry Wogan.
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    I've upped the storage for members conversations. Admin storage is already unlimited. Jimbo
  7. The forum recently got upgraded to version 4. One consequence is that each user now has only one name - rather than both a login name and a display name. Sorry about that; that's just the way the new version works - there is nothing we can do about it. Jimbo
  8. Sadly the problem I had with the last debate is that I'm starting to get a bit bored by the same old questions and the same old answers. I'm in no need to be convinced about how I will vote - as I've already decided. I did watch the Andrew Marr interview of Nicola Sturgeon at the weekend and I thought she did well. https://youtu.be/OwYQwcp6JNI Jimbo
  9. Heartbreaking news. I loved that building. I attended classes in it when I was a teenager. Fingers crossed that they don't decide to demolish it. Jimbo
  10. No it all happened as described. Nothing made up. Jimbo
  11. The Bar Stool Philosopher has been musing once more. Songwriting for people who will never have a hit: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/bar-stool-philosopher-songwriting-for-people-who-will-never-have-a-hit/
  12. The forgotten life: Part 2: Working, not working, half working: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/the-forgotten-life-part-2-working-not-working-half-working/ In this part I do start playing with computers. :-)
  13. Thanks Harper. The past is a different country; as they say. Jimbo
  14. Jim Byrne: The forgotten life – Childhood: http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/jim-byrne-the-forgotten-life-childhood/
  15. I'm still one of the undecided - for lots of reasons - but this Sterling thing is irritating me; the notion that 'Treasury analysis showed it wouldn't work' in relation to a sterling zone holds as much water for me as any other government economic analysis. Politics is politics; and all 'treasury analysis' is political. That's why two different parties always come up with different results and different policies when analysing the same situation. The SNP do their analysis and come up with one conclusion, the Tory government do their analysis and come up with another conclusion; that's not shocking - that's exactly what you would expect; both conclusions confirm the where each group stands in relation to independence. Apparently there is 'unacceptable burden on the UK taxpayer' due to the size of the Scottish Banks. The banks are the same size now as they would be in an independent Scotland; logically the burden is the same. My understanding is that Scotland (including me - as I pay tax) along with the rest of the UK owns a big chunk of the Scottish banking industry - after the bailouts; we've already assumed the burden in Scotland - along with everyone else. Basically it sounds more like - ascribing 'incompetence to any nation that is not England' when it comes to economic management. Jimbo
  16. Thanks.Rented Muscle Shoals film last night as a birthday treat. It was great. :-) Jimbo
  17. Sad to hear that Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers has died. He was one of the very best. RIP.
  18. They don't make film stars like they used to. Big personality and big talent. RIP Peter O'Toole.
  19. The Forum will be updated sometime in the next few days: durng the update the forum will be offline. In this instance the update will be carried out by the people who make the Forum software - due to the complexity of this update. For that reason I cannot be specific about the time the update will occur. JImbo
  20. Graeme Obree sets another world cycling record. You just can't keep this man down. Jimbo
  21. Ok now updated. If you see any problems get in touch. Jimbo
  22. The forum will be offline while I update it shortly. Will be offline for a few hours. Jimbo
  23. George Jones; best country singers ever. And a colourful character to boot. I covered that song a few years ago. Jimbo
  24. I was extremely shocked to see this news this morning; as like many other - I thought he was on the mend. It was probably back in the 80s when I first met George - as we used to use the same rehearsal studios. We jammed together quite a few times in the rehearsal studios on South Street. Even though he was a spectacular blues guitar player and I was simple 'punk style' - he never gave the impression that he thought he was the better guitar player. How he carried off that level of humility I've no idea; generous to a fault. I was pleased to be back in touch - on myspace a few years ago - and even though he wasn't well you wouldn't have known it from good-humoured tone in his messages. He'll be missed. RIP 'Big George'.
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