Monday, December 30, 2013
If you are seeing this then you are not on the delete list.
I have cleaned up the Fb friends as I normally do at this time of year. This year my parameters are different. Normally I would 'de-friend' people who have moved on - in once sense or another - this year I have de-friended those people that I have moved on from. Those who I dont want to know the in-and-outs of my daily life. My full profile is for Friends only and not much is shown on my Public site. It is a cathartic experience and removes a lot of angst.
On the very rare occasions that I have removed someone during the year, I have normally, after a plea from them, re-instated them. This is not my practice with the Christmas purge. As the race commentator says: "their off!"
Only three removed this year: one of them is now singing with the angels, having died earlier in the year.
My comments on Independent Rule for Scotland have caused a bit of a stir on The Times Online website. Follow the previous links if you are interested. The debates have been robust but generally with a high level of respect.
Sunday, December 29, 2013
Some of you may have seen my contribution to an article in The Times on Scottish Independence. In response to a reply I received I have just posted the following:
"... Lily, I too believe that small is beautiful and in any other situation would support an independent Scotland. I also dont believe that this is a matter of Right or Left politics. Growing up in England, having friends at University who were members of the Wee Free (that’s probably not the correct spelling) Church, I had a view that Scotland was a very Black&White/Protestant, non-liberal, anachronistic society: thankfully I have been proved wrong. During my time in the Army - I was an officer in the RAMC - I met a lot of very fine Scots who made a significant contribution to the colour and dynamics that are essential in any tight-knit community. They, and my subsequent following of Scottish politics, have endeared me to the Scottish people.
I now spend the majority of my time in Australia. Here we have States and Territories and a Federal Government. The States are definitely independent, but when the chips are down the ANZAC spirit kicks in and the Nation unites. My fear is that Scotland alone may become vulnerable, not that England will be the weaker.
I do think that the Northern Ireland situation is relevant in maintaining peace though out the British Isles. Perhaps a federalism, like Australia, might work. Elizabeth II is still Queen of Australia and it is not that long ago that a referendum on a Republic was heavily defeated. I will not please some of my Ozzie readers with these comments, but it is still the mind of the People.
I do hope that whatever happens, it is enacted in a peaceful way with due process and the consideration of all, especially those who perceive that they do not have a voice.
Regards and Best wishes. "
This is what I said in my original post:
"...For a well-reasoned view of why we should make a strong case for the continuance of the Union and say ‘No’ to Scottish Independence see the current edition of The Spectator: Politics | James Forsyth; “If no one makes the case for the Union, how can we win?”
Here is a titbit from the article: “The Scots need reminding that independence will turn the English and Welsh into foreigners”.
The effects that an Independent Scotland would have on the Northern Ireland situation make serious food for thought."
Four months since my last Post on here, and as I have said elsewhere, the convenience of Twitter and Facebook have very much overtaken the domestic Blog. Quickly dictated Tweets, linked to Facebook with auto generated locations, times and picture up-loads have become the normative social media approach for most of us who have been blogging since the early days.
The data bears this out: twenty plus Tweets a day, the same amount of Facebook comments, plus the re-Tweets and Fb replies, keeps the world notified of how things are going - on not, as the case may be.
SO, I will endeavour to update this more frequently in the coming year and deal with some meatier issues here, hopefully in more depth than on Fb.
Let's see how we go. If I can get better integration of the other Social Media sites with Blogger and easier access to allow Postings from my iPads, life should be a lot easier.
We have just had dinner in the middle of me typing this (stuffed chicken with Broccoli and Roast Potatoes - no gravy) and we were talking about my mother's recent acquired skills with the iPad and Facebook. Yesterday there was an article in The Age (Melbourne) discussing how Facebook has fallen out of favour with the younger generation but is gaining ground with adults and their parents/grandparents. I think that this is true for the majority. Now there are no secrets hidden from the family and mother knows all (including what a 'Selfie' is!) :)
Enjoy the rest of the Christmas season and all the best for 2014.