September 1, 2014
Again, if they say we’re better together, why are we not already?
This is Scotland in 2014. Don’t let this still be Scotland in the future.

Again, if they say we’re better together, why are we not already?

This is Scotland in 2014. Don’t let this still be Scotland in the future.

September 1, 2014

Westminster: “If you vote no, we’ll give you more powers!”

Scotland: “Like?”

Westminster: “Well… we can’t tell you exactly what yet.”

Scotland: “Huh. But if we vote yes, we can have all of the powers.”

Westminster: *sweats*

September 1, 2014
A question to the no voters

stubaccaa:

If we’re being promised these new powers if we vote no then why don’t we have them already?

Or to put it another way, if we are better together… then why aren’t we better together already?

September 1, 2014
indylass:

from: indyposterboy.info

This. Same goes for anyone that votes ‘no’ because they don’t like Alex Salmond. There will be elections! You can vote for other parties! And Salmond won’t be around forever, far from it.

indylass:

from: indyposterboy.info

This. Same goes for anyone that votes ‘no’ because they don’t like Alex Salmond. There will be elections! You can vote for other parties! And Salmond won’t be around forever, far from it.

September 1, 2014
indylass:

http://www.indyposterboy.info/scottish-independence.asp

indylass:

http://www.indyposterboy.info/scottish-independence.asp

September 1, 2014

Dear friends, I realise that the reason that you follow this blog is because of the amusing/odd/weird pictures I take and other ones I share about my wonderful city. And I thank you all for that. Never did I imagine that I would have over 1500 followers, because I really just started taking pictures of discarded mattresses, hah. How time changes!

Anyway, I digress.

It is now September. And contrary to what the man from Green Day said about this month, this is where we need to be at our most awake. I haven’t done too much reblogging on Scottish independence because, well, I didn’t want to deluge you with so much. Although judging by the pictures I see on my own dashboard, it would certainly break up the pictures of cats, Dr Who, plants, kitchens and, err, pseudo-‘art' shots. You know the kind I mean.

But this month is terribly important and I also know that many of you don’t even live in this country either so the vote will have very little impact on your life, so I will understand if you choose to unfollow for whatever reason.

I was once of the opinion that political discourse and discussion was dead in this country, dead due to apathy and a lack of interest. But now it is simply impossible to get away from any talk about the referendum. Naturally, this has involved a lot of heated debate and arguments as well. Certainly, I make no apology for arguing with my sister’s friends at her engagement party and nor am I going to apologise for the customers at my work that come in spouting nonsense. Not a day goes by where a text message isn’t received or sent with discussions we’ve had.

As a political geek, it’s been brilliant.

I’ll also say this, over the past year, I have not met a single person that has changed from being a ‘yes’ to a ‘no’, but I have known many to change their mind after they’ve read more about it from a ‘no’ to a ‘yes’.

So, September. The most important election that I’ve ever taken part in. And I can only hope that we don’t fall to the fear and intimidation of the no campaign, but embrace the chance of being a proper country and taking control of our own affairs. 

YES!

September 1, 2014
Banksy for YES

Banksy for YES

August 31, 2014
A strategically placed moustache at the 13th Note.

A strategically placed moustache at the 13th Note.

August 29, 2014

Anonymous said: You fail to mention that we'd have SNP until 2016 when the elections roll by. Independence may be a good idea, but if they get re-elected, they're not going to handle it well.

I’m not sure if I follow what you’re saying. Could you elaborate on that please? Do you mean that the Tories wouldn’t handle Scottish independence well? In any case, the UK has a general election in 2015. And disappointingly, Labour have already said that they’re not going to offer anything different from the Tory plan. So… the electorate are stuck between voting for Tory or Tory-light. Hurroo.

August 29, 2014

Anonymous said: Should Scotland be an independent country?

Ah, now that is a better question, dear anonymous.

There are no countries that, having gained independence from their colonial masters or neighbours, ended up regretting it later on down the line. This is a chance for us to actually be a country and not, in the eyes of the EU, simply a region, that we are now.

There are many benefits to independence. Why shouldn’t we be allowed to make our own decisions? At least this time we’ll be able to get the government that we vote for. Oh, and for anyone who says “I don’t like Alex Salmond so that’s why I’m voting no.” There will be elections! You can vote for whoever you want! And there will be more chance of having independent candidates and smaller parties being represented.

I’ll be voting YES for a better future for this country, for a fairer, democratic political system, to protect the NHS (which the Westminster system are privatising piece-by-piece in England), and to get rid of nuclear weapons from our shores and not have our armed forces dragged into and killed in immoral invasions.

August 29, 2014

Anonymous said: YES or NO?

Ah the anonymous question asker, scourge of the internet. I don’t mind questions from people that wish to remain anonymous. Certainly people that do so have their own reasons for it.

"YES or NO?"

they ask, as if they have clarified the situation surrounding their question.

"YES or NO?"

To what?

Yes to more strawberry cheesecake ice cream?

No to a slap in the face with a four-finger Kit-Kat that’s been left to harden in the fridge overnight?

Oh, would it have killed our anonymous friend to have scrawled a few more words to confirm their line of questioning?

Such is life.

August 29, 2014
Ah, the old scratching out part of a word trick.

Ah, the old scratching out part of a word trick.

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August 29, 2014

Glaswegians! Does anyone have two spare tickets for the Tim Burgess DJ set at The Admiral tonight? Please?

August 24, 2014

wee-bit-breid said: What does an ice cream with Irn Bru taste like? How different is the taste of the native Scottish drink from the one that's imported across the pond?

Oh, it is glorious. There is nothing better on one of those rare sunny days. Vanilla ice cream, preferably from the Queen’s Park cafe or the University Cafe… or other such local cafeteria places where they do that particular mix of ‘homemade’ ice cream. Get it in a glass and pour over the Irn-Bru. Let the bubbles settle, get a spoon and savour the delicacy of an Irn-Bru float.

And the Irn-Bru that we have here is very different from the version sold in the US market. Because, according to the US government, it contains a banned additive, which seemingly causes no harm to the rest of the world. Of course, this is the same government that classifies pizza as a vegetable, so make of that what you will. Given that Scotland is one of those countries where Coca-Cola is not the number one soft drink, my own theory is that if the pure version of Irn-Bru was to be sold in the US market, it would be so successful that it would be a threat to Coke’s position in the market. If you’ve ever read the Mark Thomas book ‘Belching Out The Devil’, you’ll know what extent the proprietors at the Coca-Cola Company will go to, to ensure that they remain number one.

Anyway, the sun is out and I’m away to the Brooklyn Cafe for lunch, where I may just have an Irn-Bru float.

August 21, 2014

36 hours in Glasgow.

By the New York Times.

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