Tag Archives: Scotland

NaNoWriMo: Done, Dusted and Over For Another Year

It’s all over! NaNoWriMo is complete, at an end, finished, over, caput, at an end, over and done with. It is no more. Fin. And I completed the challenge! Tired and just a little surprised with the monumental effort it … Continue reading

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Iain Banks: Scotland Won’t Be The Same

Yesterday was a tough day among the readers and writers of Scotland and far beyond, as Iain Banks went public that he is in the final stages of gall bladder cancer and has been given only months to live. It … Continue reading

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Your Majesty, This Is Your Life

It seems that it’s a requirement, particularly in these potent days of nationalist and republican debate, for Scottish writers to be card carrying nationalists and republicans. Week after week I listen to writers getting behind the SNP and taking potshots … Continue reading

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Broken Nation – A Poem in Response to the Debate on Scottish Independence

There is a lot of debate going on here in Scotland just now, most of it surrounding the issue of Scottish Independence. When the SNP won the Scottish parliamentary elections in May 2011, they ensured their manifesto contained a promise … Continue reading

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How Not To Make Friends On Twitter

Image: Telegraph.co.uk I’ve started using a service to monitor who follows and unfollows me on Twitter. Through registering with TwitQuit, I’ve been able to highlight some interesting activity that I wouldn’t otherwise have been aware of. As you might expect, … Continue reading

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Time is Tight and the Scotrail Fiasco Rumbles On

Image: FoxNoMad Tight with Time Things are starting to get tight with time and for once it’s NOT to do with the eternal battle between the day job and my writing career. This time, it’s Christmas versus DIY. The house … Continue reading

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Not Even Hurricane Bawbag Can Squelch the Scottish Humour

Image: Spoof Yesterday was probably one of the most exciting days Scotland has had with regards to the weather, in decades. And while the aftermath of the storm will mean a lot of cleaning and tidying up, in true Scottish … Continue reading

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