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  1. As long as i'm here.....some time ago I watched a video about Gregory Peck, some of that was in regards to "To Kill a Mocking Bird". Harper Lee visited the set and Peck told how he had finished a scene and noticed that Harper had tears in her eyes. He admitted that his first thought was that he had done something right which caused the tears. Harper explained, "it's just that when you took out the watch it reminded me so much of my father". Harper gave the watch to Gregory and he was most appreciative. Mention was made of his Academy Award and Gregory said, "Bob Duvall, a major role, almost two hours and he never said a word, now that was acting".
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    Cannot access the section I want and will try again. In case I cannot find what I am looking for: read on BBC Scotland how the virus had arrived and been dealt with on the Shetlands. I thoroughly enjoyed the writing and the information.

    Also read the article in regards to the top ten Scottish writers. No problem with Sir Walter and I am aware of how Denise (God love her) feels about Sir Walter. Surprised that we are claiming J K Rowling. Brilliant yes but why Scottish ?

    If we are going to claim Rowling then why not Robert Service or even Byron.....

    BUT, wondering if Denise Mina has peed in someone's porridge.

  3. That is good to here, Pat. No disrespect to the health care workers in England, I think they have a tough row to hoe, I just do not understand the people who are praising their PM, seems to me he spent three to five weeks shaking hands and doing photo ops with him visiting hospitals etc. I said on another web site that when he was diagnosed they gave him a hospital bed immediately and not sure I would have.
  4. Not claiming this to be true but I did look at some figures, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and all three have diagnosed, deaths but no recoveries, are we to assume that diagnosed less deaths would leave recoveries ?
  5. I just read the numbers in regards to Sweden, on Reddit I think. The nay sayers do not appear to have any Swedes. The virus deaths did seem to be high until you look at total deaths and there is a comparison between this year, past month, to the corresponding time last year and death totals are almost exactly the same, the high death total attributed to the virus include anyone who died with heart, cancer etc. ,are list with the virus deaths if they had been seen to be positive. One f the things the Swedes fear with the isolation is that once the numbers drop and all is seen to be well there will be a sudden surge in new cases because those of us who are doing the six meet et al will have no natural immunity. A lot of people in England are sending get well cards to Boris; to be honest that never crossed my mind.
  6. Have to start with a wow. Have been doing the isolation for some time, Monday out for a little shopping, one shop, lottery tickets and to mail one letter....Ido one letter per week to a 95 year old friend who has no use for e-mail. I have read most of this page and that gave me reason for the wow, received more information from Yonza than I have gleaned from all other sources this week, and, as we were wont to say at one time, "well done that man".
  7. I am always surprised at the closeness when the votes are counted. I would think that any Scot living back hame would know enough history to beg for independence. I have a niece who lives in Perth and a few years ago knew people who had non government pensions and those people were afraid that their pensions would be lost. Last year when I talked to her about Independence she was of the belief that all military personnel who were born in Scotland would be kicked out of service. My own thoughts along those lines are that England would gladly keep their Scots, if they did not Donald trump would welcome every Scottish Regiment plus the Scots who were enlisted men and women.
  8. I too remember meeting the lady, a play, a pie and a pint. Also remember the book you bought for me and Denise signing same; by the way that book disappeared when I moved from home, also lost was my Armani suit, the suit bought for me by one of my daughters, $400 at that time and the same suit today would be close to $1,000. The play was performed by one woman and I remember thinking, at that time, Denise might very well have had that woman in mind when doing the writing. That time back hame is probably the most treasured memories I have of all my trips. I guess I'm off topic, I can almost hear you say, "not for the first time".
  9. Just stopped by for a minute, oo many problems with the IMac. I am reading Boswell, his account of the trip to the Hebrides accompanied by Samuel Johnson. Had a think in regards to what Denise Mina said about Sir Walter being an "arse licker" to the English. I am having a great deal of difficulty with Boswell's pandering to Johnson....my kindle tells me that I have another hours reading and I will, almost for sure, forget the last hour. My IMac shows a series of columns, seven in number. These columns do not move but I can move the part behind them, it is time consuming which makes me not bother and hope there are not too many typos.
  10. During my visit I watched the part of the English parliamentary proceedings/debates/rants in regards to Brexit, quite surprised when Corbyn/Labour voted to accept the "path". Had a think and came up with the notion that he and the party were trying to force another referendum or a General Election whereby Labour would be in a win win situation.....and now I haven't a clue. A friend of mine, born in Dundee, spent his working life in Grangemouth, says that the Conservatives should win in a landslide, he thinks that the reason for that is Corbyn. As for the BBC, just my opinion, it (BBC) found the slippery slope some years ago and loved the downward spiral, I look at the sports and apart from Jolyn Palmer and McNulty good writing has disappeared.
  11. Perth for a few days. last time I was here glasgowwestend was blocked by the PerthLibrary, you folk must have been on your best behaviour for a few years. was in Suffolk for five nights, train to Perth had a change in Peterborough and there the change in temperature was quite noticeable, temp must have dropped by fifteen degrees F. First walk doontown had tae make sure Murray's was till in business, outstanding Scottish Baker two years in a row. Bakery products are great, Murray's Scotch pies are mouthwatering. Met some English folk that wurnae too bad.
  12. I don't know who yonzabam is, I thoroughly enjoyed the post, so many places I have missed; not at all jealous but a wee bit of "one day". Weird as it might be but Hollow Horn came to mind, very quickly while I was reading. He was great at finding, or having a different view of very ordinary things and he was great company. Another person who came to mind was a man frae Greenock, and a lunch with him and Pat...were we in a museum(?) just cannae mind. Last time I was in Perth I left the nieces and caught the bus for downtown. It was a Sunday, no regular buses and the driver never mentioned my fare; I had put , I think it was two pounds and away we went to a number of small villages, time spent for the round trip was better than 2 hours....had my camera and took many photographs, don't think there was one worth keeping, lots of hedges and such. Saw my COPD doctor. She is moving out of town (Chatham to Woodstock Ontario). She re-newed my inhaler presciptions for a year and I asked if she was being a bit optomistic; she shrugged.
  13. Sam: I will need to do a bit of reading.
  14. Three years before another General Election; yes it can occur before the three years but that happening appears to be in the hands of England. Looking ahead and seeing an England parliament which will include a small number of ridings in Scotland represented with limited debate time tapering off to an era of "no voice". Associating with the US of A will produce a bigger military but far diminished manufacturing. New Labour will elect a majority and will be led by someone from Missouri, quite possibly another Truman. Imports from China will exceed 90% of all that is used in the UK, this figure will include food, chopsticks and Halal meat will be commonplace. Aberdeen Angus will still be bred but in secret. The breed will be banned except for that which is produced for the upper crust of society. Those people involved in the illicit trade of the banned breed will be given three days to surrender and if they do not cease and desist the top third of Scotland and the western isles, except the ones owned by Americans, will receive a thorough doing with nerve gas. And I am thinking of a trip hame, Autumn, a Sunday bus frae Perth to the surrounding communities will be a for sure....a grand child or two for a driver and a wee tour, Almondbank (the new(er) shooglie bridge, Scone, Paisley, Bannockburn, Inverness, and, if at all possible, the monastery on Kinnoull Hill, etc, etc, etc.
  15. Question: Is Ken Macintosh, MSP a member of the Labour Party ? Could find no party affiliation n the link but a search engine says he is a member of labour cooperaativ And Foulkes seems to be advocating another national vote.
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