Posted on February 24, 2014 by bigrab
Thankfully things seem to be resolving themselves in Ukraine and I hope that matters progress to a good outcome for the people.
In Scotland meanwhile there were some pretty strong arguments at the weekend in places like Auchterarder amongst old ladies who each insisted on paying for the scones and tea.
From the official EU website European Union External Action
“The EU is seeking an increasingly close relationship with Ukraine that goes beyond mere bilateral cooperation, encompassing gradual progress towards political association and economic integration.
Ukraine is a priority partner country within the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and the Eastern Partnership (EaP). The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which entered into force in 1998 provides a comprehensive framework for cooperation between the EU and Ukraine in all key areas of reform.”
It goes on
“The EU takes note of the unprecedented public support in Ukraine for political association and economic integration with the EU and remains ready to sign the Association Agreement on the basis of determined action and tangible progress on the EU’s benchmarks. To this end, important progress has already been achieved.”
By way of comparison, the official EU line regarding cooperation and membership with an independent Scotland, a country which would meet all membership criteria and which geographical area has been a member of the EU for 40 years, after the referendum can be summed up by the following statement (apologies for paraphrasing slightly):
“How about naw?”
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Posted on February 20, 2014 by bigrab
Oh my! What a stushie David Bowie has caused by saying, via Kate Moss, “And Scotland, stay with us.” at the end of his/her acceptance speech at some mind numbing award ceremony of the type that I, or indeed anyone with an IQ higher than that of a geranium, would never watch.
Good luck to him, he’s expressing a view and I’m sure he’s an intelligent man. The view is probably sincerely held. He hasn’t sermonised about it, he simply made a brief remark.
It’s the people who have resorted to social media venting their spleen about Bowie that I worry about.
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Posted on February 18, 2014 by bigrab
In the light of Jose Manuel Barroso’s recent comments that it would be ‘All but impossible’ for Scotland to join the EU as a new member state, I’m in need of a reminder.
Can someone remind me how impossible it was for East Germany to join both West Germany and the EU? I can’t remember myself but the way that the EU high heid yins are going on it must have taken years……
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Posted on February 18, 2014 by bigrab
Posted on February 14, 2014 by bigrab
Posted on February 12, 2014 by bigrab
It’s not bad being a supporter of Dumbarton FC these days. Best part time club in the land by a country mile and in the quarter finals of the Scottish Cup for the first time in 35 years.
The quarter final draw has paired the Sons with in-form Aberdeen at Pittodrie. I have been listening and reading the media comments over recent days and it seems like it’s bad news for my team. The decision has been made that the Dandies are this seasons cup winners and no mistake.
Dons’ legend Willie Miller seems to be getting quite carried away by the fact that his old club are already in the League Cup Final and ‘Only two games away from a second final appearance of the season’. He came out with a humdinger of a comment in the press this week, i.e. that he regarded the current Aberdeen side as potentially as good as the one that he played in in the early 80s.
The side that won the European Cup Winners Cup and the European Super Cup.
Whilst I wouldn’t make any extravagant claims about Dumbarton, I would urge caution to those tipping the Dons for cup glory. Their opponents in the quarter finals are unbeaten in 2014 and are top scorers in the Championship. Confidence is high.
Aberdeen have a good cup tradition punctuated only by defeats in recent years from lower league clubs including the likes of Stenhousemuir and Queens Park.
I think the Sons and manager Ian Murray, who was on the radio with Miller on Monday night, are wise to keep their powder dry. Miller was a tad patronising to Murray who gave some modest, self effacing responses.
Come on the Sons!
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Posted on February 11, 2014 by bigrab
Problem pages. A glimpse into other peoples’ lives…..a vignette……
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