Everyday life in a rickety old French farmhouse with two very lively Polish Lowland Sheepdogs.
A record of those little things too unimportant for a diary but too important to be forgotten.
Antique tractors....maybe....but those displays of stationary steam engines, with crowds of admiring men watching pistons....bewildering.
The temperature of the referendum debate is white hot here in Aberdeen. Yesterday at work, Ross, our 'quiet man', an Arbroath-born geophysicist famous for never ever initiating a conversation on a non work-related topic, volunteered that he was concerned about the lies Alex Salmond would tell to achieve independence. He warned me to steer clear of engineer Stuart, our loquacious pro-independence colleague from Glasgow. Later I ran into Andy, one of the English/Oxford PhD/exBP crowd, approaching retirement, and never known for understatement, ranting "I'm heading south of here on the 19th if the votes goes yes. It'll be an utter disaster". And all this in an office where we never talk about politics... I think I would like to read more about tractors. Cheers, Gail.
Aren't all Glaswegian loquacious ? Angus can admit to being a Glaswegian. His mothers waters having broken on the Waverley paddle steamer on the way home from the London train to Central. In those days not many Presbyterians were delivered in Catholic nursing homes. Your office politics can only get more impassioned. Farage heads north for a speech on Friday and 50,000 Orange men march on Saturday. Both will go down well in Girvan and East Kilbride ! Bob and Sophie are thankfully oblivious to all this. Lucky things.
I can't imagine what "promises" are being made that will in fact never come into being - by both sides of the fence...It really does seem to be too close to call. What's your view on the fact that English living and working in Scotland (who will surely be affected by this) are not being given a say?
English living and working in Scotland can vote. It's Scots who aren't living in Scotland, even though they're on the electoral roll, who are excluded. In other words I can vote in parliamentary elections but can't vote in the referendum. Someone, somewhere, worked out early on how Scots with jobs in London or the rest of the UK would cast their vote !