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    1. Croompenstein says:

      Just give me one good year..

    2. Smallaxe says:

      Brian Doonthetoon:

      I’ve seen Yours have You seen Mine! I think Yours may be longer than Mine but Mine has more Substance to it!
      Oooh Matron! Cheeky 🙂

      Peace Always

    3. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Smallaxe.

      Here’s something for you – but don’t you go exploring the other stuff at that site! I cannot hold myself responsible for your curiosity…

      (Scroll down for download links.)

    4. Smallaxe says:


      Curiosity kill di cat Brian, I n’I nah look truss I, mi Bredren

      Peace Always

    5. Smallaxe says:

      Brian, I n’I ashamed to sey but mi tek a likkle peak an yuh a very bad man 🙂

      Peace Always

    6. Smallaxe says:


      I only showed the picture of the video if you want to see what it’s about. go and look for yourself, it’s Japanese 3rd vid down.

      Will Brian LOOK, Tune in next week for the shocking conclusion to Brians Dilemma, Will he Dare! Will he faint, freak out or Fart!

      Peace Always

    7. Smallaxe says:

      A well-respected man:

      The Kinks

      Peace Always

    8. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Smallaxe.

      No, I didn’t have a skeck – Japanese should remain with the Japanese, in this context.

      Some classic stuff on that site though. Click on the UK category and be prepared for a hit of nostalgia from the 60s and 70s. Who can forget “Adventures Of A Handyman”?

    9. Smallaxe says:

      Peace in the Valley:
      Elvis Presley

      Peace Always

    10. Big Phil says:

      Smallaxe. TUNE, love it. 😉

    11. Smallaxe says:

      Big Phil:

      Phil your Boots

      Do you have a Wooden Heart?

      If you don’t want them Return to Sender!

      Peace Always

    12. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Smallaxe.

      “Howard The Duck”.

      It really gets my goat when somebody uploads a video to YouTube and decides to play around with the actual video, like by uploading at 16:9 when the original is 4:3, so making all the characters wee and dumpy or, like Howard The Duck, deciding to crop ACRES of video from each side.

      I cannot enjoy an hour and a half of such sacrilege against the creative arts.

      Onnyhoo, I’m in the middle of my Indian then beddy-byes, so I’ll bid you Gute Nacht.

      BTW: Japanese. Stick to Suntory…


    13. Smallaxe says:

      Yoku nemuru Brian San

      Peace Always

    14. Smallaxe says:

      For our European Scots
      Bienvenidos amigos
      Bienvenue les amis
      Willkommen Freunde
      Welkom vrienden
      Fáilte Cairde
      Welcome ALL

      Peace Always

    15. Smallaxe says:

      Scots Guards ~ Pipes & Drums ~ Skye Boat Song

      With views of Scotland

      Peace Always to All

      Guid nicht folks 🙂

    16. Big Phil says:

      smallaxe , my wedding song was ‘please dont stop loving me’. the king lives.

    17. Smallaxe says:

      Big Phil:

      Phil, why didn’t you ask? Always happy to do requests.Just Ask.

      Encore! Encore!
      Love me Tender
      Just can’t Help Believing
      Unchained Melody
      One night wth You

      Peace and Love to You and Those to whom you give your Love Phil

    18. Smallaxe says:

      Big Phil:

      Why didn’t you ask?

      Peace Always

    19. Big Phil says:

      lol . brilliant. 😉

    20. Smallaxe says:

      Big Phil:

      Any time Phil, just ask I’m happy to oblige anyone who wants to hear a song or tune.
      Especially when their name starts with BIG.

      Peace and Love to you Phil and Those to whom You give Your Love

      Peace Always

    21. Smallaxe says:

      She had picture of a cowboy tattooed on her spine saying Pheonix Arizona 1949:

      Little Egypt

      Elvis has left the building!


      Peace Always

    22. CameronB Brodie says:

      More on inclusiveness, which British exceptionalism has a problem with.

      Are Human Rights the Rights of Social Justice?

      II/ Human Rights as Membership Norms
      Human rights are often distinguished from social justice by virtue of differences in their respective justificatory interests. Whereas human rights are widely theorized as resting on a narrower, more urgent, set of basic interests against standard associative threats, principles of justice are justified by the general interests of an ideal status of membership in a political association. Membership here is a substantive ideal of the relationship between institutions and those exposed to them that distinguishes legitimacy from domination. The inclusive ideal of membership as distinct from subjection is central to John Rawls’s distinction between domination as ‘merely socially coordinated activity…by orders issued by some central authority’ and a legitimate system of genuine social cooperation, ‘guided by publicly recognized rules and procedures that those cooperating accept and regard as properly regulating their conduct’ (1993: 16). Membership is an inclusive status since, as Joshua Cohen puts it, ‘to be treated as a member is to have one’s interests given due consideration, both in the processes of authoritative decision?making and in the content of those decisions’ (2010: 328).

      Human rights, in contrast, are widely held to rest on different justificatory grounds than inclusion in an ideal status of membership. To take an influential example, James Nickel’s conception of human rights treats them as distinctive regulatory principles for political association, primarily the relationship between authoritative state structures and those exposed to them, however the justificatory interest is not inclusion in the status of membership but the more basic interest in standard protects against ‘common threats’ of exposure to associative institutions to a ‘minimally good life’ (2007: 36). While they are, like social justice, political principles, human rights are a ‘political morality of the depths’ aimed at ‘avoiding the terrible’ rather than an ‘attempt to prescribe a general theory of distributive justice’ drawing on a richer kind of relational interest (36).

      N.B. The spirit of international development law is such that the British state, is required to do all in it’s power to assist Scottish independence.

    23. CameronB Brodie says:

      More on inclusiveness, which British exceptionalism has a problem with.

      Are Human Rights the Rights of Social Justice?

      II/ Human Rights as Membership Norms
      Human rights are often distinguished from social justice by virtue of differences in their respective justificatory interests. Whereas human rights are widely theorized as resting on a narrower, more urgent, set of basic interests against standard associative threats, principles of justice are justified by the general interests of an ideal status of membership in a political association. Membership here is a substantive ideal of the relationship between institutions and those exposed to them that distinguishes legitimacy from domination. The inclusive ideal of membership as distinct from subjection is central to John Rawls’s distinction between domination as ‘merely socially coordinated activity…by orders issued by some central authority’ and a legitimate system of genuine social cooperation, ‘guided by publicly recognized rules and procedures that those cooperating accept and regard as properly regulating their conduct’ (1993: 16). Membership is an inclusive status since, as Joshua Cohen puts it, ‘to be treated as a member is to have one’s interests given due consideration, both in the processes of authoritative decision?making and in the content of those decisions’ (2010: 328).

      Human rights, in contrast, are widely held to rest on different justificatory grounds than inclusion in an ideal status of membership. To take an influential example, James Nickel’s conception of human rights treats them as distinctive regulatory principles for political association, primarily the relationship between authoritative state structures and those exposed to them, however the justificatory interest is not inclusion in the status of membership but the more basic interest in standard protects against ‘common threats’ of exposure to associative institutions to a ‘minimally good life’ (2007: 36). While they are, like social justice, political principles, human rights are a ‘political morality of the depths’ aimed at ‘avoiding the terrible’ rather than an ‘attempt to prescribe a general theory of distributive justice’ drawing on a richer kind of relational interest (36).

      N.B. The spirit of international development law is such that the British state, is required to do all in it’s power to assist Scottish independence.

    24. CameronB Brodie says:

      Oops, sorry.

    25. Smallaxe says:

      CameronB Brodie:

      You’re forgiven 🙂

      Double Trouble

      Peace Always

    26. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Just testing this archive thing again…

    27. Smallaxe says:

      Ian Brotherhood:

      Looks like you cracked it Ian, well done!

      An interesting read too.

      Peace Always Brother

    28. Fred says:

      Twas ever thus Ian! A Venetian diplomat visiting the British Isles c.1500 reported back to Venice that,
      “The English are, for the most part, both men & women of all ages, handsome & well proportioned…..the Scotch are much handsomer; & the English are great lovers of themselves; & of everything belonging to them; they think that there are no other men than themselves & no other world than England!”

      True Dat.

    29. CameronB Brodie says:

      @David Torrance
      Here’s one for you, with your psychology degree and shit. Some background on the things you stand in opposition to. Perhaps it will stimulate discussion with BLiS___d’s Dr. Scot and others in your circle.

      Inequality and Human Rights

      Human rights has indirectly addressed the issues of economic inequality by affirming basic social and economic rights as well as international obligations of co-operation for the realization of these rights. It has also addressed the problem of international inequality between countries by affirming a right to development. More recently, there have been discussions of a “rights-based approach” to development, endorsed in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (2000–2015) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) (2015–2030). The section below lists several human rights documents that could be read to encompass inequality concerns (discussed in chronological order).

      Junior Byles – Fade away

    30. CameronB Brodie says:

      @David Torrance
      Perhaps you could also have a chat with your circle about the radical, de-humanising and unsustainable nature of neo-liberalism. You might not agree but there is an alternative. Given the glaring imperative to find such an alternative, what do you think it might look like and how could Scotland achieve such under Westminster diktat?

      @Andrew Neil
      Sorry, this appears to be above your pay grade.

      Social Investment after Neoliberalism: Policy Paradigms and Political Platforms

      The concept of the ‘social investment state’ refocuses attention on the productive function of social policy eclipsed for some time by the emphasis on its social protection or compensation roles. Here we distinguish between different social investment strategies, the Nordic ‘heavy’ and the Liberal ‘light’, with particular reference to the inclusive growth approach adopted in Australia. In 2007, social democrats in Australia returned to government with a clear mandate to reject the labour market deregulation and other neoliberal policies of its predecessor, and to tackle entrenched social and economic disadvantage in Australian society. For the last five years, social investment and inclusive growth has been at the centre of the Australian social policy agenda. Against this background, the article examines and critically assesses the (re)turn to ‘social investment’ thinking in Australia during Labor’s term in office (2007–13). Analysis focuses not just on what was actually achieved, but also on the constraining role of prevailing economic and political circumstances and on the processes that were used to drive social investment reform. In many ways, the article goes some way to exposing ongoing tensions surrounding the distinctiveness of ‘social investment’ strategies pursued by leftist parties within the (neo)liberal state.

    31. Tinto Chiel says:

      CameronB: fascinating as always, but these dudes ain’t listening.

      That’s their problem and their destiny. So long, suckers!

      While on the lam in Ruchazie, I mused upon its meaning and came up with this:

      “This name includes the apparent z which is actually the old Scots letter yogh or consonantal y, as represented also in Cadzow for Cadihou. A possible non-phonetic original pronunciation would be Rach-aye-ee.

      This old Glasgow name seems to be a corrupted form of Gaelic ràth àthaigh, “fort at ford-place”. The modern version seems to have been influenced in part by Ruchill, Scots “rough hill”.”

      If any locals can give information re local burns, please let me know.

      Otherwise, it’s the usual slog through OS Sheets.

    32. Tinto Chiel says:

      And as regards the relative merits of The Trumpster/Clinton/BBC, all I can say of that existential non-choice is:

      Thankfully, we have our own impervious heroes in the SG and beyond who will fight the good fight to deliver an independent Scotland.

      Hey, Theresa: things fall apart, the centre cannot hold.

      Yeats, ya bass.

    33. CameronB Brodie says:

      Cheers mate, though the search engine does the heavy lifting.

    34. Tinto Chiel says:

      Meant to say, pop-pickers…..

      While stuck in the bog and hall sizing the plastered walls and doing the skirtings this week, I enjoyed adenoidal Melvin Bragg’s In Our Time prog. for once (wot am I saying?).

      This week it was about one of my heroes (irony), John Clare, a man destroyed by the English Enclosure Acts, when the rich stole all the land and destroyed his local landscape for filthy lucre. All his landmarks and their history and heritage just disappeared. He spent much of his life in an open-door asylum as his fragile mind struggled to cope. Those with a sense of place will perhaps understand his mental turmoil.

      This is his best and saddest, imho:

    35. Fred says:

      @ Tinto, anciently Rachasie, the name originally applied to the whole ridge south of Hogganfield & Frankfield lochs, name means a rath beside the water which is spot on. From a scarce wee book “Ruchazie” by J.F.Miller, Millerston, who I suspect is off that family who occupied Frankfield House/estate, that being the name of their property in Jamaica where they were sugar merchants, the old name of the loch was the Cam Loch (Gaelic or Welsh, a bend). Lethamhill was originally Garthliscan Hill, Comedie is from Caermedie. Millerston they modestly named for themselves. I once came across a farm near Loudon Hill called Ruchazie! Very strange eh?

    36. Tinto Chiel says:

      Thanks, Smallaxe, old #MankyMate. Will zoom through the night, and, as my lawyer used to say, will consider and revert (but it won’t cost YOU onnyhing).

      When I think of Clare, I always think of Mr R. Burns.

      Listen to this great Scots voice:

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    38. Tinto Chiel says:

      Fred: thanks for that, most interesting.

      I’ve started two long answers to you but they’ve disappeared into the ether, so the short is the Rachasie near Loudoun may well mean the same. Obviously the hill may well have had a round fort and there are streams in the area, like the Dumduff Burn and Glen Water, precursors of the River Irvine arising in EK parish.

      Much to mull over. Didn’t know of the form Rachasie but it strengthens my idea of “rath” in the original construction.

      Thanks again, MM2.

    39. Tinto Chiel says:

      As regards doublers, Fred: there is the famous Crossraguel Abbey in Ayrshire and a wee farm between Hamilton and Strathaven of the same name, just meaning “royal cross” in Gaelic. No trace of the original cross now, unfortunately, so nothing else can be known just now.

      GCHQ obvs. don’t like Scottish place-name discussions…..

      Or anyone else, for that matter.


    40. Smallaxe says:


      The poem was a silent and a plaintively unheard plea towards a humanity deafened by the sound. The Burn’s song flowed as if a warm sweet breeze had softly disturbed the Autumn leaves of the rushes lining the old river Doon rippling as it flows lazily out of view of Dalmellington on and under bridges built from ancient stone aeons old

      The actual reality is, I am lying with my head in the oven breathing deeply.I’m utterly destroyed by the sadness that you have gifted me with through those two mediums, beautiful pitiful sadness. In return for your gift may I offer you both music and poetry in gratitude for this dark deep despair.I will be listening as a last hope that it will lighten my thoughts

      I wish this was a gas oven! Sob!

      Peace Always

    41. Tinto Chiel says:

      Fred: Lethamhill is just G. leathann, “slope” with later unconscious duplication. There’s a Letham near Strathaven.

      I was discussing this earlier this week with Taylor Swift, but she didn’t seem interested.

      The ladies, eh?


    42. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi peeps.

      You guys researching Glasgow waterways…

      A few months ago, I found myself researching Grahamston (previously mentioned in ‘off-topic’) and, for some reason, found myself, subsequently, following the line of the Forth-Clyde Canal through Glasgow. Did you know that the M8 used the line of the canal, well its northern line onnyhoo, from Junction 16 to Easterhouse?

      I was discussing this with a workmate and he put forward the supposition that that line was used, because it was already clear of buildings so would need a minimum of demolition.

      The map I used was from the Georeferenced maps at:-

      This is a brilliant idea. You zoom in your desired location, then, from the panel on the left, you choose your “old” map (in the example at the link below, I chose the “OS 25 inch, 1892-1905”) and by default, the site gives you the modern Bing hybrid map as an overlay.

      The beauty is that on the panel at the left, at the bottom, there is a slider that lets you fade the modern map so you just see the old map, and vice versa. It’s great for seeing what is there now and what was there then.

      Of course, you can zoom in and out and move around by clicking and dragging. It’s a great resource.

      Here’s the link to the map I used for my research.

    43. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      There’s also Lethams in Angus, Fife and Perthshire.

    44. Tinto Chiel says:

      Hey, Smallaxe, isn’t that the Motherwell FC anthem (rueful, desperate laugh)?

      Get yer heid oot the killogie, we need you for the May election canvassing!

      Off to bed, but I leave you with an old classic:

      *The young lovers, Samantha and Roger, are having an amorous conversation in the moonlight..

      Roger: Oh, Samantha, it’s been so long…

      Samantha (nervously): And how long is it now?*

      Boom! Boom!

    45. Smallaxe says:

      Music not

      Jack white with some bass to make you vibrate

      I don’t need a map to know where I am 😉

      Peace Always
      # Manky

    46. Tinto Chiel says:

      BDTT: amazing map, thanks. May be up all night. Samantha will be pleased: Carry On Cartography.

      Yes, Lethams in several places.

      Smallaxe: sub-woofers blown. Thanks!

      Dormez-bien, mes braves.

    47. Smallaxe says:

      Hawaii is not all hula skirts and beaches, they have similar problems to our own Politically. Like us, they also have some good music to help them fight their oppressors.
      Peace Always
      ka Maluhia Allahu

    48. Smallaxe says:

      Goodnight Tinto, or are you just having a wee map?

      🙂 #Manky

      Peace Always

    49. Smallaxe says:


      An American guy in Africa with Gumboots

      Peace Always
      Amani Daima

    50. Nana says:

      Start the week with a little bit of history

      The curse of Scotland

    51. Smallaxe says:


      The curse of diamonds doesn’t bother this girl.

      Peace Always xx

    52. Fred says:

      @ Tinto, Lethamhill was named after a merchant of that name I’m afraid. MOT time so must dash!

      @ Brian, that was the Monkland Canal, older than the F & C and it made money!

    53. Fred: #Manky Mates.

      A lot of us remember the Monkland canal as a rat infested sewer that we played in (“some drowned”) at the back of Easterhouse, built to give fresh new homes to the slum dwellers of Govan etc.

      #Concrete Bungle, a desert with windows.

      Peace Always

    54. Tinto Chiel says:

      Thanks, Fred. The importance of local knowledge. At least his surname means “slope”.

      And it should have been leathan not leathann (G. for broad), though since the former means a broad slope they are probably linked anyway.

      Apart from all those mistakes I was completely correct.

      It’s called the Tony Blair defence.

      No “wee maps” for me today, Smallaxe. Mrs TC has bought one of those super turbo wallpaper steamer machines and it’s like a Chinese laundry in here.

      *Special Offer:Shirts pressed 75p. Two “Smalls” free for every shirt steamed.*

      “Starting the Week” with Andrew Marr on Pravdasound4. That put-on plummy voice is really annoying.

      Bliss: he’s just finished and I’m steaming.

      Cheers, chinas!

    55. Fred says:

      @ Clint Easterhoose., remember the Noll with fond affection, the rats were really Watter Voles & despite the canal being now piped the voles are still there, but now landlubbers & black (Scottish variant), rare & protected.

      @ Tinto, The Provan was boughtby the Toon Cooncil from the Hamilton’s, who were skint after the Wars of the Covenant, in 1667, it just means the Prebend, a possession of the Cathedral, a far older name is Barlanark (the Bar L) presumably Welsh? It appears in the “Inquest of David” in 1116 when that King was only the young Prince of Cumbria & establishing the extent of the church lands of the Provan, then Barlanark.
      Have U read “Welsh Origins of Scottish Placenames!” by William Oxenham, £6.50. This wee tome-ette would be right up your street kid. Loadsa names we assume are Gaelic he has as Welsh, so much older. Edinburgh has a chapter tae itself.

    56. Ian Brotherhood says:

      TC is steaming and stripping?*
      Blimey – the Monday Club starts early these days…

      *one for the ladies

    57. CameronB Brodie says:

      If Scots consider the advise from crack heads, then we must be in serious peril. Then again, this deeply flawed individual was advising the former Chancellor of the Exchequer.

      Time to ditch these reprobates.

      “rise and sine for the sake of future generations”

      Bunny Wailer – Rise & Shine (& Dub)

    58. Chick McGregor says:

      Grrr! Another crossword incomplete. Pashmina, the answer to 25 Ac. Fancy Glasgow novelist wearing a scarf.

      Never heard of it.

      Typed Pashmina into Google, apparently it is a type of cashmere and can be used to make scarves.

      However typing ‘Pashmina Glasgow Novelist’ into Google found no linkage, so still no idea what that part of the clue referred to.

    59. Fred says:

      Chick, you’re as well deid as oot the fashion!

      Anent Tinto’s new strip, check oot Limmy’s, “Margaret & the Stripper” on YouTube, hilarious.

    60. Tinto Chiel says:

      Tea break.

      “*one for the ladies”.

      Probs not, Ian. My pectorals ain’t wot they used to be.

      Thanks: Oxenham will be purchased, Fred. I think Barlanark is usually regarded as a rare Gaelic/Welsh hybrid, barr plus llanerch, ridge plus clearing, isn’t it?

      I feel your pain, Chic, and it’s much too early for the Yard-Arm Solution.

      Just discovered I can steam jasmine sticky rice and tiger prawns using this machine.

      Oh! Supervisor has just called.

      Coming, dearest!

    61. Tinto Chiel says:


      For some reason this came into my head.

      Wot is wrong with me?

    62. Smallaxe says:

      Chic McGregor:

      This may be of help (or not)

      Denise Mina (born 1966) is a Scottish crime writer and playwright. She has written the Garnethill trilogy and another three novels featuring the character Patricia “Paddy” Meehan, a Glasgow journalist. Described as an author of Tartan Noir, she has also dabbled in comic book writing, having recently written 13 issues of Hellblazer.[1] Since 2006, she has had two plays performed with successful reception. Wiki.

      Pash; Pash definition, an infatuation for another person; crush.

      I hope I have not just made it more convoluted for you.

      Peace Always

    63. Smallaxe says:


      Are you sure it was “Telephone Man” that you were thinking about or did you confuse it with this!

      Good luck with the Steamie, Mrs Culfeathers 🙂

      Peace Always #Manky

    64. Smallaxe says:


      Barlanark, my Alma Mater, have a look at some of the street names.
      Pendeen, Garlieston, Bressay, Lochbridge and Burnmouth etc.
      No relevance just a distraction technique. 🙂

      Peace Always

    65. Smallaxe says:

      A.K.A. Clint Easterhoose


      I can assure you that I know the difference between the water vole and a Long Tail (rat).

      The distinction is very obvious to me.They taste entirely different from each other!
      Hedgehog is Preferable (cook in a mud casing under campfire) Tasty Tasty very very Tasty

      Peace Always #Manky

    66. Smallaxe says:

      If anyone replies please do not think I have ignored you. I’m afraid that I am floating into the arms of Morphia. Will get back to you.

      Peace Always

    67. Stoker says:

      WOS Archives for August 2013

      Consumed with what’s to transpire

      Talent borrows, genius steals

      The war of the worlds

    68. Stoker says:

      WOS Archives for August 2013

      Quoted for truth #26

      Looking for someone to trust

      In, out, and shaking it all about

    69. Stoker says:

      WOS Archives for August 2013

      Unclouding the truth

      Now with added fear

      Not living in Yorkshire it doesn’t apply

    70. Chick McGregor says:


      Thanks for that.

      Confess I can’t recall Ms Mina even though I have read quite a lot of Scottish crime.

      Must give her a try.

      ‘Pash’ now you mention it, I have heard it used that way very occasionally by my in laws.

      I had momentarily thought the compiler may be meaning a usage more common hereabouts which I will illustrate with the following old Saints fan joke.

      BDDT – look away.

      Q: What is the difference between an Arab and a Pashtoon?

      A: No a’bdy fae Dundee is an Arab but they’re a fae a Pash Toon.

      Actually, these days, I prefer Dundee. Perth has been on the slide and Dundee is definitely on the up.

    71. Tinto Chiel says:

      Smallaxe: no, I definitely meant Meri, who had a very strange effect on me as a young man, hem, hem.

      For anyone seeking extra motivation to canvass for SNP during the May elections, I recommend Stoker’s link to “the furious cringe”. A cleansing of the Augean Stables required, imo, and then Indyref2 will have a chance of proper administration.

      Wish I’d spent £28 quid on a steamer before: at least 5x quicker and no swearing.

      Lovely to see you behind the Green Door, Nana. I append my 2017 tariff for Address to The Haggis……

      Standard Address (with feeling): two haufs, single malt of choice, sausage roll.

      Special Address (with actions and movement): three haufs (sm), full neeps and haggis portion.

      Platinum Address (A&M, sgian dubh brandishing, kilt worn): 4x sm haufs, full haggis, neeps, tatties dinner, taxi home.

      NB: Mates’ Rates may apply.

      Please advise,

      Magic Mike, aka TC.

    72. yesindyref2 says:

      Also perhaps with “in”.

      Wife has breakfast TV on [ ;-( ] so maybe I half-heard it on there.

    73. CameronB Brodie says:

      And there I was, warming to you. 😉

    74. Fred says:

      Anent Denise Mina, was she not of a Unionist persuasion in 2014? unlike ma personal fav’ Val McDermott!

    75. Stoker says:

      A serious question for the ‘techies’ among us:

      Can i remove the battery pack from my laptop and just run it off the mains power? I’m aware of the risks of losing data if this procedure is possible.

      I never use my laptop in portable mode and the battery icon is repeatedly showing a steady reduction in battery power and doesn’t seem to be charging.

      The whole set-up is only a few months old and i can’t understand the steady drainage on the battery and would like to do something about it before warning bells start going off.

      The laptop itself sits on top of a soft rubber perforated slip mat which in turn sits on a hard flat surface so the ventilation slots should be clear of obstruction, thus preventing overheating.

      I’m down to my last 3 hair follicles.
      Any advice greatly received.


    76. Tinto Chiel says:

      Stoker: I suspect BDTT is the Go To Guy here.

      CameronB: intrigued by your Gotan Project on the MT.

      My female GP recommended all sorts of this stuff for various minor ailments.

      Did wonders for my snake hips/unnatural beauty/abs tightening.

      It’s a funny old game, Saint.

    77. Smallaxe says:


      I’m not a techie but I have a Toshiba L/T that had the same problem.The battery pack went completely dead, it still worked with the dead battery in and using the power cable with no loss of data.

      Shampoo useless. #comb-over 🙂

      Peace Always

    78. Stoker says:

      TC & Smallaxe,

      Thank you! Smallaxe, you’ve reinforced my belief that it is possible but no disrespect meant to you when i say i hope one of our more knowledgeable comrades can give it the go-ahead.

      BTW, looks like that wee job may be back on for me so if i suddenly disappear offline i’ll be back asap with the WOS archives.

    79. Tinto Chiel says:

      Good luck with the job, Stoker. You’ve earned a break from the archives.

      Hey, Smallaxe, does my bum look big in this Bri-Nylon tartan mankini?

      Too much sticky jasmine rice the day, my manky friend, methinks.

    80. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Stoker.

      The stuff you value – docs, photos, videos and so on – is stored on the hard drive. The only way you can lose it is by a hardware failure of that drive. It doesn’t matter whether the laptop is powered by battery, PSU or is off. The stuff is retained on your hard drive.

      What I would recommend is an investment in an external usb hard drive, the same size as your internal one, then get hold of an app that can be set to backup your internal hard drive to the external one periodically (3 times a day?).

      I learned this the hard way a number of years ago but was able to get my stuff off my drive using a recovery app (Disk Rescue, for Macs).

      I now have three external drives, all having backups of my Mac’s internal drive so even if an external fails, there are another two doing the backup job. There are probably around 8 backups a day, spread over the 3 external drives.

      Macs also have a provided app called “Time Machine”. This backs up your internal drive to an external drive every hour. The beauty of the app is that it will save previous back ups until the external is full, then deletes the oldest backups to release space. It works kinda like – if you’ve deleted something that you subsequently need, you can go into its ‘calendar’, find the backup of the file you want, then restore it to its previous location on your internal drive.

      Really, what I’m saying is that BACKUP is important, so you don’t have to worry about drive failure.

    81. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Fred.

      Thanks for “@ Brian, that was the Monkland Canal, older than the F & C and it made money!”.

      Eh’m no fae that Glasgow so I made a Dundonian assumption that it was the Forth/Clyde. Yir iye learnin’, iye?

      It’s interesting to fade between the maps and see then and now though. Many minutes at work taken up with ‘research’…

    82. Stoker says:

      Thanks, Brian.

      So, in a nutshell, i can remove the battery pack, run the laptop off the mains power (without any battery backup in the event of power cuts/shortages etc) but install backup procedures as recommended in your post?

    83. Smallaxe says:

      Tinto Chiel says:

      “Hey, Smallaxe, does my bum look big in this Bri-Nylon tartan mankini?”

      I have never ever ever in my long legged life, seen such a disgusting sartorially obscene display. Bri-Nylon, Boaking!

      Yer bahookie’s braw Tinto, don’t let anybody tell you different show it with pride.I’ll have the bail money ready #MANKY MATE!

      Peace Always

    84. Nana says:


      Tinto has been telling us he’s been doing a lot of stripping lately. I wonder if he does yoga in his spare time?

    85. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Stoker.

      The only problem I can see is if it’s built into the laptop’s system that it can’t run without a battery in situ.

      You can always try – you won’t lose your content from the hard drive, according to logic.

    86. Smallaxe says:


      He’s doing well enough for a bit of busking to help pay for his Steamer.

      Peace Always

    87. CameronB Brodie says:

      Tinto Chiel
      I’ve only scratched the surface of what the Gotan Project have recorded but I’ve liked just about everything I’ve heard.

      Sarah Vaughan – Whatever Lola Wants (Gotan Project Remix 2003)

    88. Nana says:


      Aw gings Billy, I’m tempted to try that but I might end up tying myself in knots and I don’t think there’s any WD40 in the shed.

    89. Smallaxe says:

      Tinto was a child prodigy, not a lot of people know Dat!

      Peace Always

    90. K1 says:

      Having just been to Priceless to get an old Dell laptop fixed just last week, one of the issues was that the internal battery needed replaced. The laptop was fixed and ready to go the next day ‘without’ it’s battery, as he had to order it, we still haven’t picked it up yet. (lazy bastards)

      This was why it wasn’t charging properly and the wee icon wasn’t filling up when the charger was in.

      So of course the laptop is now running on mains only. You won’t lose anything Stoker.

      Go get a price for a new battery, we thought it was the charger initially and so tended to run it on the mains the whole time before it gave up the ghost (hard drive problem separate from battery issue).

    91. Smallaxe says:

      A blast from the past Chris Mclure

      Culminating in his 50th Anniversary Concert

      Sing Along 🙂

      Peace Always

    92. K1 says:

      ‘long legged life’

      Noo yer just showin’ aff…(fuckin’ knew that’s how you could climb drain pipes so easily!) 😉

    93. Smallaxe says:

      This music video was recorded on Oahu in the fall of 1991 features Henry Kapono Ka’aihue.
      “Broken Promise,” a Hawaiian mele ku’e (song of protest).
      See the Similarities?

      Peace Always

    94. Smallaxe says:


      An old song, sung by Glesga lassies when they were playing ball.

      Have you ever ever ever in your long legged life
      Seen a long legged sailor with a long legged wife?
      No I’ve never ever ever in my long legged life
      Seen a long legged sailor with a long legged wife!
      Have you ever ever ever in your short legged life… (replace long legged with short legged)

      Have you ever ever ever in your one legged life…

      Have you ever ever ever in your bow legged life…

      Have you ever ever ever in your knock kneed life…

      Have you ever ever ever in your pigeon toed life…

      Last verse:

      Have you ever ever ever in your long legged life
      Seen a short legged sailor with a one legged wife?
      No I’ve never ever ever in my bow legged life
      Seen a knock kneed sailor with a pigeon toed wife!

      Try saying it FAST!

      Peace Always

    95. Smallaxe says:

      Carlos Santana and Peter Green playing Peter’s “Black Magic Woman”

      Like, far out man, really really out there man******

      Peace Always

    96. Smallaxe says:

      Buddy Guy in 1969 with Jack Bruce and Buddy Miles

      Peace Always

    97. K1 says:

      Laughing…I managed to say it ‘very’ fast indeed…

      I’ve never in ma short legged life met a long legged smallaxe wi a wit like a well sharpened knife 😉

    98. Smallaxe says:

      BB King Calls This One Of His Best Performances

      Peace Always

    99. Smallaxe says:

      Elvis Presley – A Little Less Conversation (Original Movie Version) This one’s for you Phil if you’re listening 🙂

      Peace Always

    100. Chick McGregor says:


      Enjoyed those Chris McLure videos, great voice. Always felt he suffered from an incompatible pop look. Crap, but that’s life.
      A bit like Chris Farlowe

      Also powerful song about Hawaian indy.

    101. Smallaxe says:


      Chris Farlowe is one of my favourite singers of some songs

      Hawaii: America/Britain who taught who?

      Peace Always

    102. Chick McGregor says:

      Found this interview with Alan Gorrie the founder of AWB

    103. Smallaxe says:

      Otis Redding, Eric Burdon & Chris Farlowe – Shake (Live, 1966)

      Peace Always

    104. Smallaxe says:

      They say “It aint over until the fat lady sings”. Here she is!

      Peace to All

    105. yesindyref2 says:

      Laptops were designed to be used on the move without connection to the mains, not for permanenet connection to the mains, so it used to be standard advice to discharge them completely every couple of months and then recharge them if using from mains all the time. You can just do this by unplugging the charger until the laptop puts itself to sleep.

      But apparently you shouldn’t do this if it’s a Lithium-ion battery, so check that out first.

      The other thing is that if you have it on a rubber slip mat, the fans are on the underneath and rubber is a heat insulator, so it could be over-heating. Perhaps as well the “legs” of the laptop are sinking into the rubber, and decreasing the gap so not allowing so much air to circulate. That could affect the life of all the components.

    106. Michael McCabe says:

      Described as a great Blues Singer. Elkie Brooks-Red House

    107. yesindyref2 says:

      You’ve got to love unionists. So fixated are they on Wings they mention it on MSM forums, which means we can reply to that and give it even more publicity.

      There ain’t no such thing as bad publicity, in show business.

    108. Stoker says:

      K1 (12:22 am) & yesindyref2 (2:43 am):

      Thanks for the extra input, very much appreciated.

      K1 – That’s reassuring and helps add to the reinforcement from Brian and Smallaxe. Cheers!

      yesindyref 2 – You make a couple of points i had already considered such as the rubber matting being soft and the laptop sinking into it and not giving as much ventilation clearance as i thought. Yeah, it’s no longer standard advice to fully discharge the batteries and my battery pack is ‘Li-ion’ so was aware of that also.

      Thanks again everyone for your input, all worries have subsided.

    109. Fred says:

      Some brilliant stuff by the Hoolets the day!

    110. Tinto Chiel says:

      Some party here last night. Who brought the popcorn? What a mess! Bet it was that Ian Brotherhood.

      Thanks for the bahookie reassurance, Smallaxe. I feel better now. I think all this scraping is helping my belle forme. And Mrs TC often calls me a big prodigy. At least, I thinks that’s what she’s saying…

      Nana, you’re a marvel! How did you find that footage? That’s me on the right in the first shot! You can have my Burns Platinum service for free (excluding taxi) now. Have haggis, will travel.

      CameronB: re Gotan Project, I got Mrs TC the box set called Revenge of the Tango and the single CD Lunatico (!). The only problem is, I hate rose thorns in the lips. The music’s infectious, though.

      Fred: Mr Oxenham should be arriving soon.

      This other guy knows his stuff re. Old Welsh/Cumbric, though. It’s very technical and a bit of a challenge, and definitely not user-friendly but there’s lots to think about:

    111. Fred says:

      Scholarly stuff Tinto! this Oxenham guy’s presumably Welsh so allow for some bias? 🙂

    112. Tinto Chiel says:

      Don’t know anything about Mr. O, Fred.

      Looking forward to reading it.

    113. Tinto Chiel says:

      All steaming done.

      Yes, Michael, Elkie had a great voice. Don’t know why she wasn’t a bigger star. Liked “Pearl’s A Singer” v. much too.

      This is an oldie but I never tire of it. I had a colleague who had a crush on Karen Matheson. One day she sat opposite him on the train and he couldn’t bring himself to speak to her for the whole journey.

      Silly sausage.

      I think Ishbel MacAskill’s version is finer but if you click on the Show More button on the Capercaillie track you get bi-lingual lyrics.

    114. Stoker says:

      WOS Archives for August 2013

      Vote No, close Holyrood

      Together on tour

      Won’t somebody think of the children?

    115. Stoker says:

      WOS Archives for August 2013

      Quieter little voices

      The spokesman who won’t speak

      Please do not leave a message

    116. Smallaxe says:

      Don’t blame me.Blame Stoker’s last link!^

      Peace Always

    117. Stoker says:

      Smallaxe (and others):

      I’m not one for poetry but rummaging through some family history materials i came across this which was written by one of the female members of the family.

      As i said, not really one for poetry but sometimes i think certain pieces give a unique incite into life at the time of writing, especially in the mining communities etc.

      Those book titles i referred to a few days ago have a bit of poetry in them and reading the stuff conjures up very vivid images in the mind. Great stuff!

      The Fighting Cooks

      Our Dick who worked in old Wellhall,
      Was always very sad,
      He had a chronic stomach & his teeth were very bad,
      But he went and joined the navy,
      A stoker for to be,
      And now he’s sweeping up the mines,
      Out of the bright blue sea.

      Our Jimmie is a right good lad,
      He is an engineer,
      You see him when he’s at his best,
      That’s mopping up the beer.

      There’s Jock he’s got an M.P. crest,
      He’s never in the wrang,
      By special request he will do his best,
      And sing ‘Accordian Dan’.

      Big Bill he’s in the army too,
      But never should have been,
      Like all the rest he’s one of the best,
      But he’s always had bad een.

      Now there comes Tam the fighting man,
      He fought out East and West,
      The Jerries did not like him much,
      They said he was a pest,
      He fought against them in Norway,
      They maybe thought him civil,
      But now the Jerrie up and cries,
      By God the Wee Red Devil.
      In Italy he floated down,
      And Jerry he did run,
      My God, there’s that Red Devil again,
      And he’s got a Tommy gun.

      Next comes the man, Old Crapper Dan,
      I think he takes the kitty,
      When the guns did bark he got off his mark,
      And landed in Dodge City.

      I’m off my nob i forgot wee Bob,
      You know he’s a Jack Tar,
      Talk about girls you should see his curls,
      And you know what sailors are.

    118. Stoker says:

      insight even!

    119. Smallaxe says:


      Thanks for that, I like rhyming poetry that tells a story. I don’t read much poetry ever, excepting Rab the Ranter of course and Nonsense poems (which mine is usually) I could never be arsed with a host of Daffodils, I prefer Bluebells and Thistles anyway!

      The BaNNed: Looing for the Steel

      Peace Always

    120. Smallaxe says:

      They were not Looing for the Steel, that’s a lot of Sh!t. They were looking for the Piggin’ Steel.

      Here’s some Pig Iron from Lonnie Donegan: “Rock Island Line”

      Peace Always

    121. Smallaxe says:

      Sorry for my mistake with the last link, I’ve been getting pestered with THIS and It’s twistin’ ma melon.

      Peace Always

    122. Smallaxe says:

      The Hot Violinist:

      And don’t fiddle with her, any of you #Manky Mates

      Peace Always

    123. Smallaxe says:

      You can keep your Pavarotti and the rest.

      I’ll take this “Vocalist” any day.

      Mario Lanza’s “Nessun Dorma”:
      Be My Love

      Peace Always

    124. Nana says:


      Ooh Mario Lanza, just wonderful

    125. Smallaxe says:

      Hi, Nana 🙂

      I’ve had the place to myself and was indulging my Passion.
      This Guy is not as handsome as Mario but he could carry a tune.

      Enrico Caruso

      Peace Always xx

    126. Nana says:


      My dad had some of his recordings along with many other singers of the times. I’m fairly sure those heavy gramophone records are in the attic.

      His favourite female singer was Callas

      I prefer Sissel

    127. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      A quick visit…

      Re: Mario Lanza.

      I have the 78 of this, within the shellac collection in my hovelhold.

    128. Smallaxe says:


      Even though you were too much of a snob to watch “Howard the Duck”
      I did read what you posted about 60’s and 70’s, it was really interesting Thanks.
      Here’s a video of a wedding in the Fenwick Hotel in Kilmarnock that you should enjoy.Really!

      Peace Always

    129. Smallaxe says:


      I think that I played Sissel recently singing Pie Jesu, here it is again in case you missed it.

      Peace Always

    130. Cactus says:


      Went to see T2 at the cinemar tonight, smashin’ film, excellent soundtrack and they chose to..

      Choose life and have a lust for life

      Good times.

    131. Smallaxe says:

      Wilson Pickett – “In the Midnight Hour”

      Peace Always

    132. Smallaxe says:

      Stevie Wonder Superstition

      Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness

      Peace Always

    133. Smallaxe says:

      Hi, Cactus:

      Movie good then? Music sounds good, drums, I like Drums!

      Peace Always

    134. Still Positive says:

      Thanks for the link to Chris McClure: saw him in the Hamilton Trocadaro (sp?)in late 66 or early 67. Brilliant.

    135. Smallaxe says:

      Still Positive:

      Here’s another one

      Peace Always

    136. Still Positive says:

      Just occurred to me: are all of us oldies on here recent converts to Indy or have we believed since we were much younger?

      For me: When Winnie Ewing won Hamilton in November 1967 and it was reported that, “the SNP believed Scotland was a country so should be independent.”

      I had just turned 17 (born September, 1950) and I have not wavered from that sentiment.

      I have voted SNP at every opportunity since I was old enough to vote.

    137. Smallaxe says:

      Del Shannon:

      With the same song

      Peace Always

    138. Smallaxe says:

      Eddie Cochran: “Three Steps To Heaven”–MkqACY

      Peace Always

    139. Smallaxe says:

      Still Positive:

      I’ve been a Communist a Socialist an Anarchist and Activist.I’m now a Pacifist a Humanist I worked in a railyard a steelyard and a Prison yard courtesy of Scotland YARD! NOW! INDY CALLS ME!

      Peace Always

    140. Smallaxe says:

      Remember the rule if you go here!

      Peace Always

    141. Smallaxe says:

      Country Joe and the Fish:

      You know what you get if you play country music backwards? You get your dog back, your trailer back, your wife back, your good memory’s back. :-)?

      Peace Always

    142. Michael McCabe says:

      Josef Locke The Irish Tenor

    143. Smallaxe says:

      Greece, when disaster comes then you know what to do. We will join with you in this.

      Peace Always

    144. Smallaxe says:

      Michael McCabe:

      Hi, Michael, we seem to pass like ships in the night.

      Alexander – A Million Years

      Peace Always my Friend

    145. Smallaxe says:

      Gary Moore – Parisienne Walkways

      Peace Always to All

    146. Michael McCabe says:

      Smallaxe we do seem to pass in the Night. Anyway here is a wee song for you. Hopefully we will meet up a Wings night out and we can have a wee Blether over a Courvoisier.

    147. Smallaxe says:

      If we do meet up Michael, make mine a Remy Martin.

      The Be Good Tanyas – Waiting Around to Die

      I’ll leave you to do the night shift Michael, see you soon.


      Peace Always My Friend

    148. Michael McCabe says:

      Smallaxe. Remy Martin You say Goodnight My Friend.

    149. Nana says:


      I hadn’t seen your link to Pie Jesu, I have a couple of her albums. I would also recommend Renee Fleming’s version and highly recommend the Dark hope album.

    150. Smallaxe says:


      Will do thanks, after I’ve read your links. 🙂

      Peace Always

    151. Fred says:

      The Manky channel gets classier n classier, will enjoy these the night with the decanter & cravat! 🙂

    152. Smallaxe says:


      Michael and I do requests (for a small fee). I will print out our tariff for you later. Nana works for free as she is more altruistic than us. 🙂

      Peace Always

    153. Tinto Chiel says:

      That was a great wedding video, Smallaxe.

      I didn’t know they were called Clanedonia. I passed them so often in Buchanan Street I just called them The Mad Picts.

    154. Smallaxe says:


      Put their name into you tube and you will find quite a few videos of them.

      Peace Always

    155. CameronB Brodie says:

      I get the impression that Alex Massie considers himself an exceptional mind. As a result of this conceit, he appears to be comfortable rejecting both Hegel and Heidegger.

      @Alex Massie
      You may be a Tory but that is no excuse to be a dick all your life.

      “The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.” (Article 1.1,
      Declaration on the Right to Development)

      “The human right to development also implies the full realization of the right of peoples to self-determination, which includes, subject to the relevant provisions of both International Covenants on Human Rights, the exercise of their inalienable right to full sovereignty over all their natural wealth and resources.” (Article 1.2)

      An Analysis of Ethnic Prejudice in Cognition and Conversation

    156. Fred says:

      Obviously Hand Pict guys?

    157. Smallaxe says:


      Have you got your jacket?, if not we have spares (for a small fee) of course.
      #Manky Mates Rates. lenusajkt [at] miserable [dot] dosh

      Peace Always

    158. Tinto Chiel says:

      CameronB: I think more and more that the inalienable right to development, like sovereignty, is something which needs to be asserted/insisted upon. As you have pointed out, our right to develop as Scots is being hampered and hindered by the dreadful democratic deficit in Scotland.

      Fred, your jokes are getting as bad as Smallaxe’s.

      “What do you call a man wearing a suit in East Kilbride?

      “The accused.”

      Can only get away with that ‘cos that’s whareicumfae.

    159. CameronB Brodie says:

      Tinto Chiel
      I’m trying to interpret Scotland’s circumstances through the lens of critical social theory, which originates from the Frankfurt School and was introduced into British academia by the Fabian Society. Unfortunately, the majority of British Fabians appear to be English nationalists content to look inward from their ivory towers of English Socialism.

      @Fabian Society
      Socialism and colonialism don’t mix. Never have and never will.

    160. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Fabian Sociaety

      Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

      Our shared principles and commitments

      10. The new Agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties, the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document. It is informed by other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development.

      “The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.” (Article 1.1, Declaration on the Right to Development)

      “The human right to development also implies the full realization of the right of peoples to self-determination, which includes, subject to the relevant provisions of both International Covenants on Human Rights, the exercise of their inalienable right to full sovereignty over all their natural wealth and resources.” (Article 1.2)

    161. Smallaxe says:

      Tinto Chiel says:

      “What do you call a man wearing a suit in East Kilbride?

      A debt collector!

      Peace Always

    162. Stoker says:


    163. Smallaxe says:


      If your post means that you have the new job, Congratulations*****

      Peace Always

    164. Tinto Chiel says:

      Big One landed, Stoker?

      Congratulations too.

      Your joke, Smallaxe, reminded me of a pal of mine who, when he joined the council, was given the task of doing a council survey around the doors in Hamilton. He was sent to a scheme where there was, shall we say, some suspicion of unexpected callers.

      Rings doorbell.

      *Sound of TV getting switched off*.


      Rings door bell again.

      *Faint, muffled sound of approaching foosteps up long hallway*.

      From inside, low, flat voice asks, “Whit is it?”

      “Morning , sir, I’m here to do a survey for the council.”

      *Long pause*.

      “Ah’m no in.”

      *Faint, muffled sound of receding foosteps up long hallway.*

    165. Tinto Chiel says:

      And for all you culture vultures out there, I meant to offer this as an end-piece to Meri’s breathless little ditty from yesterday:

      Pyoor klass, btw.

    166. Smallaxe says:


      Talking about the accused, a wee guy in Glasow Sherrif Court was found not guilty of theft, and he said to the Sherrif “Does that mean that I can keep the gear”
      True Dat!

      Peace Always

    167. Smallaxe says:


      I know that you don’t particularly like poems (Rhymes) so please forgive me for this:

      Stoker has a new job and everyone’s overjoyed
      There’s no doubt that it’s well deserved
      And it comes with lot’s more pay
      But I’m just slightly worried now
      That I’ll be Unemployed today

      Your faithful (ex?) Minder
      (sob’s n’ snotters)

      Peace Always (Boss!)

    168. Tinto Chiel says:

      Very interesting account of Tinto, Fred.

      When we were in P7 we had a very earnest young teacher who decided to take us to climb Tinto as an end-of-term treat. She chose 12 from her class of 53(!) and we set off from EK by public transport, i.e. the red SMT/Western bus. I can’t remember how many changes we needed, but do remember getting dropped off at Thankerton crossroads. It was a nice summer day and from what I remember, there were no crises/outbreaks of cannibalism, just a great view from the top and a packed lunch with an hb egg: bliss.

      Surprised the octogenarian hadn’t heard that most folk agree the name is almost certainly from G. teinnteach “fiery (place)”, referring to the beacon which would probs. have been placed there originally by the Dumnonii as a warning of approaching enemies, e.g. Romans, Nigel Farage or Wee Fluffie himself.

    169. Tinto Chiel says:

      Hey, (forgot to append) anyone fancy some class in a glass?

    170. Tinto Chiel says:

      Smallaxe, you’ll never be lonely with one of these, nae fears….

      Right, enough nonsense; back to painting the hall.

    171. Smallaxe says:


      AKA: Billy the rhymer;

      On Tintock Tap I first was kissed
      I’d tried before but bloody missed
      In the Kiss there was a trap
      She got pregnant and I a slap
      Don’t tak a kiss on Tintock tap
      Or you’ll pay main-tenance
      Until ye Drap
      Peace Always

    172. Smallaxe says:

      Gon oot fir a wee wile back soon!

      As if embdy ker’s

      Peace Always

    173. Liz g says:

      Just got the weirdest leaflet through the door..Well when I say me I really mean wan o the dugs actually received it…
      So I should say I just got 4 bits of a weird leaflet!

      Anyhoo….Scotland Messenger is the title.
      Looks like the group are religious, definitely the abrhamic wans but no sure which one.
      Quite the fantasy around the stone of Destiny,but can’t see the purpose of the leaflet.
      JAH seems to be the website for them but at a quick glance it looks like a conspiracy site.
      Very professional leaflet through.
      Anybody know anything about them?

    174. Smallaxe says:

      liz g:

      I checked their website, they are “up the lum” and trying to find someone who will publish an interpretation of their bible which seems to be an amalgamation of the KJ bible, the koran and Star Trek. Of course, I signed up immediately as I could do with a laugh. 🙂

      Live Long and Prosper

      Peace Always

    175. Tinto Chiel says:

      These fruit loop Scotland Messengers must be Yoons then, surely?

      And my name’s not Shirley.

      In dangerous times like these, we need things like this:

    176. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Smallaxe.

      Thanks for the “video of a wedding in the Fenwick Hotel in Kilmarnock that you should enjoy.Really!”.

      Watched it at work today. Reminded me of a band called MacUmba, who I saw in City Square, Dundee, a few times some years ago. Did a search on YouTube.

      “MacUmba is a unique fusion of Scottish Bagpipes and Brazilian Samba.”
      “Mac Umba… schottisch brasilianische Band
      exotsich schottisch eben ;-))… passt bombastisch”

      Here are three examples for you.

      “Macumba at the Thames Festival”:-

      “MacUmba bei den Highland Games Fehraltorf 2011”:-

      “MACUMBA (Dumfries) (Samba & Bagpipe Fusion 08/07/2012)”:-

    177. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      I can’t recall if this guy’s been mentioned on ‘off-topic’ in the past so here you are onnyhoo.

      He went/goes under the name of “Funtwo” and became a YouTube sensation. Here’s the original video that was uploaded. I believe it was shot in a South Korean bedroom – well, he is South Korean and it is a bedroom. Pachelbel’s Canon…

      It got to the point where he performed his piece de resistance on stage with Joe Satriani.

    178. CameronB Brodie says:

      I once decided to troll the Scientologist for a laugh, a year or so after sustaining a serious brain injury. My eyes were still spinning so they thought they were on to a winner. Extremely creepy dudes and not expecting to be trolled. It was braw, though I made a move when their heavies appeared. 🙂

    179. Smallaxe says:

      Brian, they are very good. Try some Albannach: “The Gael” this will make you reach for your Claymore!

      Peace Always

    180. Smallaxe says:


      Welcome to the Brain damage club,(lack of Oxygen) in my own case.

      Like you, I enjoy having fun with some people, if they want to take their chances and knock on my door I invariably invite them in to discuss their views.
      Mormons etc, I n’I mi kno who di true god, your’s false ya know!

      I have a collection of religious books in my house and I have found in the KJ bible two different people killing Goliath at two different times. By the time they leave it’s obvious whose brain damage is worse and it’s not mine. I’m looking forward to the next coven of profits (NOT A TYPO) to arrive.

      Good Hunting!

      Peace Always

    181. Smallaxe says:


      Tin soldier, Stevie Marriot was/is one of my top 5 male vocalists.

      Likkle more?

      Peace Always

    182. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      When the Small Faces did “Tin Soldier” on Top of the pops, Madeline Bell provided the backing vocals. I remember it well. One of my favourite Small Faces singles – behind this one:-
      (One of the few toons I can pick out on the ol’ keyboard – it’s quite classical in its construction.)

      Onnyhoo, Madeline Bell…

    183. Smallaxe says:

      Dis mi bredren Nyabinghi drummas, them Nyabinghi dem nuh 12 Tribe Rasta like I n’I but them irie all de same…Seen?

      I found some of the Nyabinghi to be slightly racist and prone to
      violence in some cases, only some. OK for the most part.

      One Love One People

    184. Smallaxe says:


      Forgot to mention, Funtwo is Smokin’ on the axe it makes me want to throw my guitars out.

      Black Label Society

      Peace Always

    185. Tinto Chiel says:

      Smallaxe, Brian:

      Small Faces: at the time I found Steve Marriot looked a bit mad in an unpleasant way, although I really liked the band. Singer (whichever), bass, drums, keyboard always seemed to be really together.

      I haven’t heard My Mind’s Eye for ages and MB was always a great singer.

      The wonders of YouTube: you hear stuff you missed at the time but can really enjoy it now .

    186. Tinto Chiel says:

      We will all need to remember this MB song over the coming years, pre-independence, I think:

    187. Smallaxe says:


      Stevie was a lovely guy, he was a bit narky if he had been drinking but sober he was a gentle man who liked a laugh.Stevie was killed in a fire at his home in 91′.Sad

      Peace Always

    188. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Tinto Chiel.

      You typed,
      “The wonders of YouTube: you hear stuff you missed at the time but can really enjoy it now .”

      There’s a track I have on 7″ single. I’ve checked YouTube every year for the past ten years or so and it still isn’t there. (Just checked again – nope.)

      Some time between now and January next year, I will find the single within my hovelhold, digitise it, put a video together, then upload it for the wider enjoyment of Scots, wherever they have their hovelholds.

      Don’t you just feel that air of anti

    189. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Before I retreat towards my nosebag, one more Small Faces track, with a nod to an independent Scotland.
      “Wouldn’t it be nice to get on with me neighbours”?

    190. Smallaxe says:

      Another Bell that rings a name; Anyone who did partake of a small refreshment in Burns Howff will remember her with “Stone the Crows!”

      Maggie Bell: After Midnight

      Peace Always

    191. Tinto Chiel says:

      Smallaxe: thanks for that. I think you should preserve some of your memories for Posterity, but I’ve heard he can be an ungrateful cove. The SMs were rather unlucky health-wise, etc., weren’t they?

      Brian: you’re a bigger tease than Paula Rose!

      Any sightings of that lovely girl at all?

    192. Smallaxe says:


      What’s posterity ever done for me?. I will give you one memory from Ilford and what we did there!

      Peace Always

    193. Smallaxe says:

      Paula Rose: Are you out there?,

      Peace Always

    194. Tinto Chiel says:

      Always loved that one, Smallaxe: obvs. the band had good times there dogging the school and exploring some “substances”. It reminds me of the sheer fun and promise of the 60s. Was that one of the earliest egs of phasing?

      And then we had the bloody 70s: Ted Heath, power cuts and Maggie, Maggie, Maggie.

      Was that one of the earliest egs of phasing?

      Night all.

      Don’t have nightmares…..

    195. Smallaxe says:

      G’Night Tinto:

      DON’T think about Clowns on a dark dark night hiding in your house and just waiting for their chance to…………

      Sleep Tight sleep light…just in ca..


      Peace Always

    196. Fred says:

      The Burns Howff, remember it well, some good stuff tonight.

      @ Tinto, Class in a Glass is classy, liked the abandoned Bucky bottle. Now ah know what MacPhail in the Para Handy stories was on aboot when he refered tae the teuchters who lived doon-stream of “Dead Slow” in the Clyde!

    197. Smallaxe says:

      Fred: did you see my little ditty at 3;24pm?

      Peace Always #Manky

    198. Fred says:

      It’s no picnic for the Teddy Bears nooadays Smallaxe! Very creepy. Schlaf gut mien freund!

    199. Smallaxe says:

      Seth Lakeman:

      Blacksmiths Prayer

      Peace Always

    200. Smallaxe says:

      World leaders will try to keep this from you

      To Smallaxe
      Amnesty International UK <action [at] webmail [dot] amnesty [dot] org [dot] uk
      Today at 20:16

      No more lies. No more blame. No more hate. No more fear.  

      Today we launch our Annual Report on the state of the world's human rights.

      This year's report covers investigations and surveys of over 159 countries, which reveal grave violations of human rights around the world. 

      The division of 'us vs them' has dominated global politics in 2016. World leaders are using 'otherness' to create discriminatory policies and spread fear. They’re even using it to commit crimes against their own citizens. 

      We have seen these kinds of divisive and toxic politics before. We said never again. 

      We can't rely on governments to protect human rights – we must take action today.

      We should never forget that whenever leaders seek to divide, demonise and repress people, there are always people willing to stand up and get in the way. Building a sustainable movement for change starts with this simple act of defiance. Never has it been so urgent to stand up and get in the way.
      Salil Shetty, Secretary General, Amnesty International 

      Watch the video
      The big question this year will be how far the world lets atrocities go before doing something about them.

      Our report calls on you, on all of us, around the world to stand up against the politics of fear, blame and hate. 

      2017 needs human rights heroes. Thank you for being one of them! 

      In hope,
      Kerry Moscogiuri
      Director of Supporter Campaigning and Communications
      Amnesty International UK

      Do you want to be a hero like me. 🙂

      Have a look at the website!

      Peace Always

    201. Smallaxe says:


      Danke, Ich werde mein Freund, auch Sie.

      Peace Always

    202. yesindyref2 says:

      I remember years ago back from working in Germany going straight into my local: “I get a beer” and Davie saying “Do you? Do you really?”.

    203. Smallaxe says:


      I had been playing with one of my daughters when she was just a baby.I went up to the club that I was running at the time and asked a customer “What would you like to dink today”.


      Peace Always

    204. Smallaxe says:


      Noir and Haze: “Around”

      Peace Always

    205. Still Positive says:

      Smallaxe @ 1.10am yesterday.

      My first vote in a UKGE was for a Communist because the Sunday before priests and ministers were telling their congregations, in this area, that Communism was not compatible with Christianity.

      I thought: ‘No man is telling me how to vote.’ And I voted for Jimmy Reid, the Communist candidate who later was a member of the SNP.

      I voted SNP thereafter.

      Tinto Cheil: I grew up in EK from 1957 – 1969. Originally from Cambuslang.

    206. Still Positive says:

      Smallaxe @1.10 yesterday.

      In Feb 1974 I voted for Jimmy Reid, Communist, because the priests and ministers locally telt their congregations that Communism was not compatible with Christianity and I thought that no man was going to tell me how to vote.

      Since then I have voted SNP at every opportunity and after more than 40 years now have a much-loved SNP

    207. Still Positive says:

      Sorry. I was told the first post was a duplicate which it wasn’t so I tried again with a slightly different post and both appear!

    208. Chick McGregor says:

      Great selection tonight.

      Sanfrancisco. Takes me back to me and a couple of teenage mates camping on St Andrews beach, being moved on by the polis, heading up into town somewhat forlorn and beautiful young hippy girl, flower tiara and all, coming up to me and offering me a flower. By the time I actually got to San Francisco, circa 1980, it was the crime capital of the USA.

      You and I must be ages.

      That Alexander vid was amazing, tune a bit Mumford and Sons but… maybe vice versa.

      Thanks for reminding us what a great axeman Gary Moore of Thin Lizzie was.

      Nice to hear great Dougie MacLean tunes from your hot violinesst???.

      Michael McCabe, Josef Locke – class.

      What a great bunch of good stuff merchants we have here.

      Suppose I better chuck in my 2p.

      First Free of charge.

      And, keeping it Scottish

    209. Smallaxe says:

      heartless bastards came a long way:

      Legendary Shack Shakers – Blood on the Blue Grass

      Lonnie Donegan: Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley (with original lyrics)

      Peace Always

    210. Cactus says:


      Diggin’ ra drums dude..

      Da boom boom.


    211. Smallaxe says:

      Still Positive:

      It’s got to be SNP all the way, it’s the only way!

      Peace and Love

    212. Smallaxe says:

      Chick McGregor:

      AYE Chic, we must be as young as each other, That was 3 crackers that you played.

      I leave you all with this Curtis Mayfield number.
      We gotta have Peace:

      PEACE LOVE and Goodnight to All

    213. Michael McCabe says:

      Chic McGregor great voice Paul Rogers has. After Free did he not fall into Bad Company. Last I heard of him he was singing for a band that knows all about Good Company And he is Doing

    214. Michael McCabe says:

      don’t get trouble in you mind.

    215. Michael McCabe says:

      Rhiannon Giddens- Lost on the River

    216. Michael McCabe says:

      I will leave you with some Mouth Music from Celtic Connections 2016

    217. Fred says:

      The night shift’s been busy. Thanks for the mouth-music Michael. You hauderim & ah’ll heiderim.

      Smallaxe, caught the poem, du bist die katze schlafrock.

      Hope you guys all caught “The news where you are” link posted by Dave McEwan Hill?

    218. Smallaxe says:


      Diese Katze hat Krallen. 🙂

      Frieden immer Mein Freund

    219. CameronB Brodie says:

      I think this could do with being posted here, as well.

      The Propaganda Model and Sociology:
      Understanding the Media and Society

      This article unpacks reasons why the Propaganda Model represents a critical sociological approach to understanding media and society, explores the model’s potential within the sociological field, and considers the trajectory of its reputational reception to date. The article also introduces the three central hypotheses and five operative principles of the Propaganda Model and suggests that the model complements other (competing) approaches that explore the relationship between ideological and institutional power and discursive phenomena.$FILE/The%20Propaganda%20Model%20and%20Sociology%20by%20Jeffery%20Klaehn%20and%20Andrew%20Mullen.pdf

    220. DerekM says:

      lol Seen The Cramps many times Rev they are with out a doubt the craziest band on the planet and probably the best show i have ever been to.

      It was just after they released stay sick in the Barrowlands,the place was mobbed big Lux came on leather trousers high heels no top out his mind the band cranked into you got good taste and Lux was flinging the mike stand about and smacked himself right between the eyes busting open his head,instead of collapsing in a heap it electrified him fuck knows what he was on but that night he was on the amps humping them,playing the bongo drum on the mike stuffed down his trousers,doing the dying fly crowd surfing.

      I came out the gig with a black eye and deaf as a post,Ivy had the lead so high it about blew out your eardrums and the slam dancing was more like a mass brawl lol

    221. Tinto Chiel says:

      Morning, all, or rather afternoon.

      Hardly slept last night and then slept in. Had strange dreams of a nasty blonde girl with her hair in bunches who chased me through some dark woods with a baseball bat, all the while blowing bubble-gum at me.

      And then this infernal voice in my head…..


      Any ideas?



    222. CameronB Brodie says:

      Re. The Cramps. My first live indoors performance, at the Barrowlands. I was only 15 so got a bit trashed in the mosh but what a night.

    223. Smallaxe says:

      Tinto Chiel:

      It wisnae me, here’s the guilty wan, #Manky Mate

      Peace Always

    224. Tinto Chiel says:

      Great stuff: I’d heard it before somewhere but had no idea who it was.

      Of course, French always sounds so sexy, especially that bit where she says breathlessly, “I’m just popping out for some sprouts, love, back in five.”

      A bit fruity for the afternoon, eh?, and what’s a half-naked woman doing wearing armoured gauntlets?

      I think we should be told…..

    225. Smallaxe says:

      Tinto: Pay attention to the lyrics!

      Peace Always

    226. Smallaxe says:


      My mistake, I meant this one.

      Peace Always

    227. Tinto Chiel says:

      Fascinating stuff, Smallaxe and I’m pretty sure at 1.37, JC says,“I’m just popping out for some sprouts, love, back in five.”

      Spooky, but at least I understand the gauntlets now.

      Love that Jamaican saltire! I’m sure Neil “Sivrikin/Pantene” Oliver will be around to expatiate (ooh, matron!) on our unique links to slavery, the KKK and the American Civil War in a minute.

      Was it for this the clay grew tall?

    228. Smallaxe says:


      It was for this that the clay grew tall

      Peace Always

    229. Tinto Chiel says:

      Quite a voice she’s got,#MankyMate, don’t you think?

      And is there honey still for tea?

      I am now going to pre-empt you in such a vile unspeakable way that even I tremble as I hit the Submit button.


    230. Smallaxe says:


      Honey? Mama Mia! I’ve heard about you.

      Peace Always

    231. Tinto Chiel says:

      You’ve taken that too far! 😛

      Until fairly recently, I was the only male, outnumbered 3-1 at Tinto Towers. I once opined Mamma Mia was the worst film I had ever seen in the history of the world after Spice Girls: The Movie (shudders).

      For this, I was metaphorically consigned to the cupboard under the stairs and received the Full Frost Treatment by the Chielettes/Quines.

      But, I mean, honestly…..

      Sample script: “What’s that about drums, Fernando? Do you have a hearing deficiency?” (cue song).

      Or, alternatively: “Hi, handsome hunk! From what London station did you depart before your unexpected arrival in Greece?” (cue song).

      Jeezo, man! Weasels rip ma flesh!

      I feel better now…..

    232. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Just sticking ma big napper in to say hello.



    233. Smallaxe says:

      On This Day:

      February 23, 1974, “Rebel Rebel’ by David Bowie entered the UK chart, the single reached No.5 the following month.

      Peace Always

    234. Tinto Chiel says:

      Hello, Ian. Nice to hear from you.

      Been worrying about Paula Rose’s extended absence. Was it my crass remark about her silly palms? Or my fitba’ refernces?

      Or was it your unusual deposit (hem, hem) under that plant pot?

      Any pointers?

    235. Smallaxe says:

      It is now after 9;30pm Time for some music?

      Peace Always

    236. Tinto Chiel says:

      “References” obvs.

      Do you think she ever thinks of the old days: the toilet with the chanky lock? The smoke house out the back and the strange gentlemen callers?

      Things seemed so simple in those days…..

    237. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @TC –


      That was just my stash – it’s a wee packet of Golden Virginia, but don’t tell anyone. It’ll soon be cheaper to buy skunk.

    238. Tinto Chiel says:

      Relieved, Ian, frankly. Ah, roll-ups. I had the wee rolling machine and kept my baccy in a Golden Virginia tin with an apple slice.

      Then I discovered Passing Clouds and it was all downhill from there: beautiful women, booze and Fir Park.

      Ou sont les neiges d’antan, eh?

    239. Tinto Chiel says:

      Smallaxe: charming girl but (sacrilege!) I think I prefer the Fleetwood Mac version.

      Am I a bad person?

    240. Smallaxe says:

      I’m not saying what I’m smoking!

      Peace Always

    241. Smallaxe says:

      Play that funky music white boy

      Peace Always

    242. Smallaxe says:


      Louis prima – sing sing sing (with a swing)

      Peace Always

    243. Smallaxe says:

      Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page Beck’s Bolero, Immigrant Song, Train Kept A Rollin’ 2009

      Peace Always

    244. Smallaxe says:

      Rockin’ Rollin’ Rockabilly: Dance!

      Peace Always

    245. Smallaxe says:

      Cab Calloway – “Minnie The Moocher” – ORIGINAL “VIDEO”

      Peace Always

    246. Tinto Chiel says:

      You’re really smokin’ tonight, Smallaxe, just as I’m going to bed. I have no doubt the Night Shift will be on soon.

      Isn’t that Singx3 Benny Goodman’s version? When my tinies were wee they loved The Manhatten Murder Mystery and that classic was in the title music credits.

      Am now off to commune with the ancients in my winceyette pyjamas…….

      Sleep well, all.

    247. Smallaxe says:

      I used to smoke 40 fags a day and at least a bottle of whisky and 6 cans of beer.

      But I packed all that in when I left school 🙂

      1st man “my wife is daft, she has just bought a car and she can’t drive”
      2nd man “my wife’s daft as well, she’s went on a diet and she’s skinny”
      3rd man “my wife must be the daftest, she’s taken 30 condoms on holiday and she hasn’t got a Dick”

      Peace Always

    248. galamcennalath says:

      Smallaxe says:

      Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page Beck’s Bolero, Immigrant Song, Train Kept A Rollin’ 2009

      Nce 🙂

    249. Smallaxe says:

      Bob Seger – Against the Wind

      Peace Always

    250. galamcennalath says:

      Wonderful creepy intro and cover version to a great movie ….

    251. CameronB Brodie says:

      Go easy there bro.

      Willie Dixon & Memphis Slim – Go Easy

    252. CameronB Brodie says:

      Sorry galamcennalath, must remember to refresh Smallaxe,

    253. CameronB Brodie says:

      I’ve made myself obscure again. That track and comment in reply to your r’n’r rock-out. 😉

    254. Smallaxe says:

      Hi, Cameron, you, my Friend will never be Obscure.

      Deportee’s, well, if T/M gets away with the inhuman decisions that she and W/Minster are making then we will all be complicit in this disgusting Union’s Crimes. People having a home and family on these islands will become Obscure.

      For the many immigrants who have worked, suffered and been deported from any place that they called Home.


    255. CameronB Brodie says:

      Re. whats’ inside a girl? Man has been searching for the answer to that for some time now. Isn’t it just as well attitudes evolve and new approaches are followed?

      “No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.” – Honore de Balzac


    256. Smallaxe says:

      galamcennalath: Hi!

      Welcome to the Jungle,

      Peace Always

    257. Smallaxe says:

      Something we don’t get a lot of from the MSM or the BBC!

      Alexander Ebert, “Truth”

      Peace Always

    258. Smallaxe says:

      Women Cameron? Here’s what I think of Them!!

      Peace Always

    259. Smallaxe says:

      The Blues Mystery: Back To The Dirty Town

      Peace Always

    260. Big Phil says:

      lol, my missus says she has a dick, wonder why she looked at me. wee biatch. loved yer joke. 😉

    261. CameronB Brodie says:

      Just try not to wake Hamish. 😉

      The Cadets – Stranded In The Jungle

      P.S. Were these guys buzzing Helium?

    262. Smallaxe says:

      Yardbirds: Heart Full of Soul

      Peace Always

    263. CameronB Brodie says:

      Sook. 🙂

    264. CameronB Brodie says:

      That obviously wasn’t the Cadets. Anyhoo, here’s one for Kez, poor lass.

      Dobie Gray- Drift away

    265. Smallaxe says:

      Big Phil: This Big Phil?

      If that is you, Phil, if you haven’t already, look back up this page to the 19th at 4;59 am. I left a load of stuff for you but it must have gone into Admin. because it only appeared 2/3 days ago.

    266. Smallaxe says:

      Dobie Gray, great choice Cameron, love it!

      And if you think that last lot were on helium, I want some of what Frankie take’s at 82 yrs young.

      Peace Always

    267. Big Phil says:

      I did indeed see it my friend ,I left a thank-you as well. so thank-you again. The King Lives. Some of the tunes on O/T are brilliant lots of good memories. I dont always post but I do listen.@ CameronB I smiled at that one. 😉

    268. Smallaxe says:

      I n’I mi ave ramp a likkle bit of bob’s music now..Seen?

      I know a place

      Chances Are

      Talking Blues


    269. CameronB Brodie says:

      Cheers Big Phil. I really hope you are right about me not being obscure Smallaxe. Sometimes I worry that folk might think I’m anti-English. Far from it, I had an English granny. I also have English cousins and have spent a good bit of time living there (London). I’m just not a fan of the English Establishment and their boorishness. The Scottish Establishment though, that’s a different matter. How can anyone be allowed out on their own, when they are of a mind to disown inalienable human rights?

      Yoon beliefs stand in opposition to the established world order, frankly.

    270. Smallaxe says:

      Nice to know someone’s listening Phil, Peace

      Bob gets inna yuh heart ya?

      This guy should give us a laugh
      Different Style

      Peace Always

    271. Smallaxe says:

      It’s late, everyone should have a bedtime drink, Horlicks or….

      Hot Chocolate

      Peace Always

    272. Smallaxe says:

      Cameron, I don’t think any of us hate the English, I have a daughter in England and another in Wales.I also have two beautiful
      Scottish/Caribbean grandchildren and two who were born in this area. And I consider myself a very lucky man.

      We are all related as human beings it can’t be any other way.
      Cheer Up My Brothers & Sisters

      Out of many One People
      One Love

    273. Chick McGregor says:

      Smallaxe pick of the night and a pleasantly surprising one, the Rockabilly Dancing, thanks for that. Close second, the Dirty Town bluesy thing.

      One of my current favs. Sorry if I’ve posted it here before, I’ve posted it on several forums:

      Caution, may contain ear worms.

    274. Still Positive says:

      Well said Smallaxe.

      It doesn’t matter where people were born: if they share our beliefs they are one of us.

    275. Michael McCabe says:

      Just watched that Kez Dugdale on STV and I wonder why. I Drink

    276. Michael McCabe says:

      Smallaxe. Hot Chocolate I prefer a cup of Horricks.

    277. Smallaxe says:


      If you played that before I don’t remember it.Saying that I can’t remember my phone number.

      Peace Always

    278. Smallaxe says:

      Still Positive:

      Colour, Creed, Belief matters not as long as we live in Peace.

      Peace Always

    279. Smallaxe says:


      Good to see you on so early, I’m down here at the River Annan and you’re away across at the Forth.

      Tell this other friend that we miss her

      Peace Always

    280. Michael McCabe says:

      Chick McGregor a wee add on to one of your current Favs.

    281. Smallaxe says:

      Friends from Hawaii

      Koa Hewahewa “Strength”

      Peace Always

    282. Smallaxe says:


      I like this because my mother was a Woman

      Peace Always

    283. CameronB Brodie says:

      Still Positive

      In his historic play The Melting Pot, Israel Zangwill (1864–1926) introduced into our discourse a potent metaphor that for nearly a hundred years has served as a key definition of the United States. The play, enthusiastically espoused by President Theodore Roosevelt, to whom it was dedicated, offered a grand vision of America as a dynamic process of ethnic and racial amalgamation. By his own admission, The Melting Pot grew out of Zangwill’s intense involvement in issues of Jewish immigration and resettlement and was grounded in his interpretation of Jewish history….

      ….Edna Nahshon’s in-depth introduction to this volume includes a biography of Israel Zangwill that especially pertains to these works and situates them within the Anglo-American theater of the time. The essays preceding each play provide rich and hitherto unknown information on the scripts, their stage productions, and their popular and critical reception. While some issues addressed in From the Ghetto to the Melting Pot are uniquely Jewish, others are universal and typical of the negotiation of self-presentation by ethnic and minority groups, particularly within the American experience.

    284. Smallaxe says:

      John Leyton: Johnny Remember Me

      Peace Always

    285. Michael McCabe says:

      Loving the Music on off topic. Then again I am a Slave to the Rhythm.

    286. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      Hi Smallaxe.

      Strange night tonight. Put my head down for a wee snooze around 7.30 and woke up at half past midnight. Just about to turn in again but, referencing your “Johnny Remember Me”, here’s another classic “teenage death” song from the early 60s. Definitely a ‘classic of its genre”…

    287. Smallaxe says:

      OK.Brian one more morbid memory:

      Peace Always

    288. CameronB Brodie says:

      Brian Doonthetoon
      Not quite a “teenage death” song from the early 60s but I probably shouldn’t go there. 🙂

      The Kingsmen – Death Of An Angel

    289. CameronB Brodie says:

      Oh no, too late. Black, black, black…..

      Famous Metal Riffs without Distortion #1 aka Surf Music From Hell

      Metal without Distortion #2 aka Satanic Surf Music!



      Surf rock and black metal are secretly identical

    290. Dave McEwan Hill says:

      We’re remembering Roy Orbison on Argyll Independent Radio in
      my Not Fade Away Rock’n’Roll show (8 -9pm)

    291. chick mcgregor says:

      Ah the young death era. Wonder, were these inspired by James Dean and Buddy Holly real life tragedies?

      Here’s one from a little star in the 60s

    292. CameronB Brodie says:

      Another from the same era.

      Jonna Gault – I’m Never Gonna Cry Again

    293. Smallaxe says:

      where did all these morbid tracks come from?

      Peace Always

    294. CameronB Brodie says:

      ‘Cause we’re a bunch of alt-right narrow nationalists trying to shut down opposition through a project of fear, coordinated from Bath. Moving right along, here’s one for BLiS___d.

      Grover – Monster in the Mirror

    295. Smallaxe says:

      Let us not forget that WE have to be the change we want to see in the world and as the song says, “It’s our right, to right the wrong.”

      On and On | War & Pierce | Playing For Change

      peace Always

    296. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @Smallaxe –

      Plenty folk diss Pat Kane nowadays, but this track managed to project anti-Thatcher feeling in a ‘funky’ way, and I loved it at the time. The guy’s a rare chanter, nae doots…

      ‘Labour Of Love’ –

    297. Smallaxe says:

      Where There Is Love | Playing For Change

      Playing For Change | Song Around The World

      Peace Always

    298. Smallaxe says:

      Playing For Change is a movement created to inspire and connect the world through music.
      Music can show us the way

      What’s Going On Playing For Change Song Around The World

      Peace Always

    299. Smallaxe says:

      Cole Swindell: You Should Be Here

      Peace Always

    300. Smallaxe says:

      Hi Ian: and Cameron:

      Just back from a late Burns Supper, Had a talk with the wee Ginger Dug and Joan McAlpine MSP, Richard Arkless MP and Emma Harper MSP
      So I got it all sorted and gave them their orders 🙂

      Brad Paisley

    301. Smallaxe says:

      Margaret Thatcher How Does It Feel To Be The Mother Of A Thousand Dead.

      Peace Always

    302. Smallaxe says:

      Lauren Alaina: Road Less Travelled

      Peace Always

    303. Smallaxe says:

      Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner’s Daughter

      Peace Always

    304. Smallaxe says:

      Willie Nelson: Always On My Mind

      Peace Always

    305. Big Phil says:

      smallaxe i know im being a fud but when i share a youtube vid it disnae go.. how do i do it?

    306. Smallaxe says:



      Peace Always

    307. Big Phil says:

      I dont want hammers . lol

    308. Smallaxe says:


      Peace Always

    309. Smallaxe says:

      Delete everything before the

      Peace Always

    310. Smallaxe says:

      That should be delete everything before Sorry, I’m a bit tired if you want to ask anything Phil, please do.

      Peace Always

    311. Chick McGregor says:

      Ian B,
      Much as I concur with the political views of PK (I recall in particular, an internet discussion between myself, Pat Kane and Stuart Cosgrove on the merits or otherwise of ‘The Scheme’ some years ago) Jazz has always been somewhat of a Curate’s Egg for me.

      Whereas I can appreciate the virtuosity of the likes of Oscar Peterson, Stephane Grappelli or Django Reindhart and even appreciate at a lower level the pleasing musak effect of the likes of ‘Trad Jazz’, a lot of it falls, for me, into the category of ‘self indulgence I do not ‘get”.

      Sadly, for me Hue and Cry were in that category although I am more than willing to accept that that was simply a perception problem on my part

    312. Big Phil says:

      I’ll try the morra Smallaxe , tired as well, read all the comments and im feckin knackered , sleep well buddy. 😉

    313. Smallaxe says:

      That’s cool Phil Goodnight, my Friend.

      Peace always

    314. Chick McGregor says:

      Thanks smallaxe.

      Rockabilly is a bit of a revelation for me.

      Thought your first vid was a better standard but the couple with the guy with horizontal striped shirt were excellent.

    315. CameronB Brodie says:

      The Major of London appears to picture Scotland is as it is imagined by History Woman. I wouldn’t want him to be insensitive to the minority concerns of Scots or to indulge in ethnic prejudice, so I thought I’d suggest some background reading for him. Hopefully the Major will reappraise his comments in light of this critical and semiotic re-edumication. If he truly values the principle of universal human rights, he may hopefully find a way to support Scotland’s self-determination.

      @The Major of London
      Get enlightened or wind your neck in, otherwise folk might think you a bigoted racist.

      For a theory of nationalism
      Nationalism is too diverse to allow a single theory to explain it all. Much of the contents and specific orientation of various nationalisms is determined by historically distinct cultural traditions, the creative actions of leaders, and contingent situations within the international world order (Calhoun, 1997, 123)

      A critical evaluation of theories of nationalism

      Gellnarian Theory of Nation and Nationalism: A Critical Appraisal

      Toward a New Critical Theory with a Cosmopolitan Intent

    316. CameronB Brodie says:

      @ The MaYor of London


      Race, Nationalism, and Transnationalism

      Kosovo: An Identity between Local and Global

    317. CameronB Brodie says:

      @ The Mayor of London
      Not forgetting the anthropological perspective.

      Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives

      Anthropology and the Future of the Nation-State and Nationalism

      Ethnicity and Nationalism
      Anthropological Perspectives

      Max Weber on Nations and Nationalism: Political Economy before Political Sociology

    318. CameronB Brodie says:

      @ The Mayor of London
      As that was only a tiny selection of theories of nations and nationalism(s), you may be intimidated by the level of your ignorance, so let’s cut to the chase. Do you or do you not support the principle of universal human rights?

      Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

      Our shared principles and commitments

      10. The new Agenda is guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect for international law. It is grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, international human rights treaties, the Millennium Declaration and the 2005 World Summit Outcome Document. It is informed by other instruments such as the Declaration on the Right to Development.

      “The right to development is an inalienable human right by virtue of which every human person and all peoples are entitled to participate in, contribute to, and enjoy economic, social, cultural and political development, in which all human rights and fundamental freedoms can be fully realized.” (Article 1.1, Declaration on the Right to Development)

      “The human right to development also implies the full realization of the right of peoples to self-determination, which includes, subject to the relevant provisions of both International Covenants on Human Rights, the exercise of their inalienable right to full sovereignty over all their natural wealth and resources.” (Article 1.2)

    319. Smallaxe says:


      Peace Always

    320. CameronB Brodie says:

      @ The Mayor of London
      I thought you may need some help in understanding the degree of your ‘insensitivity’. IMHO you owe Scotland the most humblest of apologies bud.

      Critical Race and Postcolonial Theory

      Neither critical race nor postcolonial theory can be understood apart from histories of anti-racist and anti-colonial political struggles. But while their specific histories may differ, what critical race and postcolonial theories share in common is the fact that they emerged out of—and represent intellectual challenges to—contexts of racial oppression. They also borrow heavily from one another, and share a commitment to developing theory based not solely on the thoughts of academics, but also from the voices and experiences of people of color and the former subjects of colonialism….

    321. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Fabian Society
      Critical social theory’s a bugger eh?

      The Coasters – Run Red Run

    322. Smallaxe says:

      @ The Mayor of London
      Critical Race and Postcolonial Theory

      To simplify the theory that my friend CameronB Brodie has espoused, in case you may not have the critical capacity to comprehend.You, my dear Sir, are an arse.

      Peace Always

    323. CameronB Brodie says:

      That’s about the size of it Smallaxe, cheers. 😉

    324. Smallaxe says:

      You are more than welcome, Cameron my Friend.

      A wee tune for You!

      Peace Always

    325. Paula Rose says:

      Lots of folk have been making art for Lindsay Jarrett who inspired us all with her climb up the castle rock in Edinburgh to place a giant Yes sign at night. You can view them here –

      and some of them on twitter #Art4Lindsay

      If you would like to paint, draw, design or write something please do.
      My twitter handle is @PaulaHoneyRose tag me in if you post a pic and I’ll post it on the page.

    326. Smallaxe says:

      Paula Rose:

      I have just read Lindsay’s story and I am humbled and inspired by her bravery and commitment to our cause.Thank you for bringing it to us.

      Peace Always

    327. Tinto Chiel says:

      Seen this, Smallaxe?

      Mr Khan of Lunnon should be ashamed of himself.

    328. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @TC –



      I’m pretty sure yon dude in yer link used to be in the SSP. If not, he was certainly around a lot back in the heady Sheridan days, when we had half a dozen MSPs.

    329. Tinto Chiel says:

      Ian, today we got a taste of the MSM shit-storm ahead of us: utter lies, hypocrisy and desperate cynicism from the Yoon Last Chance Saloon (including Ruthie’s wee “Let us register you for a postal vote” letter on my mat this morning).

      I can only hope that once May presses the Article 50 button, the EU is unequivocal in its support for our rights as EU citizens to remain. I can’t imagine it can do anything else without fatally undermining its position and reputation.

      I suspect there will be a certain amount of relish from Mr Verhofstadt as he tells May she’s getting diddlysquat and “negotiations” will be short and sweet.

    330. Tinto Chiel says:

      Moody and doom-laden? You got it….

    331. Tinto Chiel says:

      Biffy ya bass: agreed.

      Four great instrumental solos on this one but few will know it:

      Night all: early start the morn’s morn.

    332. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @TC –

      Hear ye mister, hear ye…

      And I do hope you’re right.

      Nothing will ever change the London-centric mindset, but the maximum possible embarrassment may, just may give its foremost champions some food for thought.

      In the meantime, no-one on this planet would do anything other than cheer our departure from such a rancid, irredemiably nasty ‘partner’.

    333. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Something a wee bit different.


      Sometimes I wish I still smoked hash.

      When I see stuff like this I’m glad I don’t! –

      ‘Largest Glacier calving ever filmed’ –


      Thanks to the National for publishing my article. Any help much appreciated

    335. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      I just tuned into,

      and the track playing was Dougie MacLean – Caledonia.

    336. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Some serious James Brown here, a compilation of his Soul Train gigs…

      Soo-perb, even in snatches:

    337. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Apologies for subbing this for the umpteenth time, but it’s got to be one of the best-ever live recordings of anything:

      Stevie Wonder, ‘Superstition’ –

    338. Smallaxe says:

      H, Ian, And anyone else still awake:

      Curtis Mayfield

      Peace Always

    339. Paula Rose says:

      All tearful now *leans on shoulders*

    340. Smallaxe says:

      “I Started a joke”

      Robin Gibb

      Peace Always

    341. Smallaxe says:

      “Rally Round The Flag”

      Steel Pulse:

      Peace Always

    342. Ian Brotherhood says:

      @Smallaxe –


      Just about to hit the flea-pit. Hope you’re well there, and not awake if you’d rather not be.

      Great sounds, as aye mister.

      Hoots to ye, and all.

    343. Smallaxe says:

      yah, look like everybody inna likkle bed cep’ fi I n’I, nah matta I n’I ramp A likkle music fi mi, seen?

      The Specials: “A message to you Rudy”
      Alton Ellis

      Peace Always

    344. Smallaxe says:

      Mi sorry Bredren Ian mi nuh notice yuh post at first mi head mashed, Seen?

      Likkle Sound fi you Bredren!Yuh wi enjoy it.

      One Love Mi Bredren

    345. Smallaxe says:

      Hi, Ian, I’ve just been poking around the Interweb, just to see what I could find, you know?
      Amy: Valerie

      Peace Always

    346. Smallaxe says:

      “Rasta have the angle”

      No matter how the mountain may be high
      We’ve got to reach the top
      And no matter how the hill might be steep
      We’ll never stop
      And no matter how dangerous the cliff
      We’ll never fall
      ‘Cause Rasta have the handle
      Babylon, you hold on on the blame

      Peace Always

    347. Smallaxe says:

      Sissel: “Going Home”
      Peacefully Peaceful, Beautifully Beautiful, Truthfully Truthful

      Peace Always

    348. Smallaxe says:


      “Abuse of words has been the great instrument of sophistry and chicanery, of party, faction, and division of society.”

      John Adams

      Peace Always

    349. Smallaxe says:

      Good Morning, Michael, For You.

      Peace Always my Friend

    350. Michael McCabe says:

      Smallaxe you have played some great music on here today my Friend. Here is some Sweetness Riddim for you. 1 Riddim 5 different Songs.

    351. Smallaxe says:

      I leave you with this and give you a chance to play some of your
      good (as always) Music.

      Peace Love and MUSIC

    352. Michael McCabe says:

      I don’t have to think twice about playing this.

    353. Michael McCabe says:

      Smallaxe that last song you played made me Snap.

    354. CameronB Brodie says:

      @Jeremy Corbyn
      English Socialism might suite English Marxists, Fabians and the English Establishment but it fits poorly with needs of Scotland. Why can’t you respect the principle of universal human rights? Is it because of a Marxist objection to acknowledging cultural values and difference or are you simply an English nationalist at heart? A bit of mix?

      The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Do The Get Down

    355. Chick McGregor says:

      Exclusive video of the SLAB conference in Perth.

    356. yesindyref2 says:

      The current battle and one to come is this anti-English idea, and it is one we can win now (and are winning I think). I have an ace in the hole but am keeping it until needed – those who’ve talked with me would know what it is, even though I was born in Scotland and lived most of my life here.

    357. Fred says:

      Some cool stuff today guys. Did anybody catch the Govan weans pipe band today on Alba at 1500? Superb prog’ bring a tear tae a gless eye!

    358. Ian Brotherhood says:

      Can anyone imagine what the festivals will be like post-indy?

      Getting properly goose-bumply even thinking about it…

      Scissor Sisters, ‘Laura’ (Live, T In The Park)

    359. Brian Doonthetoon says:

      A quickie before I turn in.

      Smallaxe – I remember seeing the Bay City Rollers a number of times in the JM Ballroom in Dundee, around 1970/71. They did A couple from Pendulum – “Have you ever seen the rain” and “Hey Tonight”. They also did a credible version of “Born To Be Wild” (that was when Archie Marr was their organist) and a decent version of this, which was never a hit. You can hear how Nobby Clark’s voice would have suited it though.


      Hi Ian B.

      Typing about post-indy festivals. I’ve linked to this video in the past. What gets me is that many of us know the song from pro-indy rallies but this was a young(ish) mainstream audience at a mainstream festival, who knew all the words.

      Tea In The Park 2015.

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