My friend Ken Fitlike has a hilarious piece about boycottscotland. Well worth the read by clicking the link.
Just been reading some fascinating stuff on Scott’s Love and Garbage blog, where he expresses intelligent opinion hewn from his broad and deep familiarity with the practice and processes of Scots Law.
Scott also directs me to the blog of Jonathan Mitchell QC who writes:
If Megrahi was indeed rightly convicted of mass murder, which I doubt, it is not in doubt that he acted on the orders of the Libyan government. He was a senior member of its intelligence service. Yet both the UK and US governments have for some years been on friendly terms with the people who, they say, ordered the destruction of PanAm 103. They dine with them. They have cocktails with them when they meet at mutual friends. The week before Megrahi’s release, as reported in the Washington Post, a delegation of four American senators led by John McCain met with Colonel Gaddafi to discuss the sale by the US to Libya of military equipment. In April, Hilary Clinton welcomed another member of the Gaddafi family, the régime’s National Security Adviser, to Washington. She said “We deeply value the relationship between the United States and Libya. We have many opportunities to deepen and broaden our cooperation. And I’m very much looking forward to building on this relationship. So, Mr. Minister, welcome so much here.”
Jonathan Mitchell perhaps sums up better than most the hypocrisy filling the air at the moment. He also has a quite brilliant demolition of the letter from FBI director Robert Mueller to MacAskill here
As the Telegraph, Mail et al don their deep sea diving gear to see which new depths they can now plumb, Tory windbag Bill Aitken calls into question the medical prognosis on Megrahi. The Telegraph has wheeled out a doctor to say that like Gordon Broon, Megrahi could well survive beyond three months.
The doctor of course has never examined Megrahi.
How long before the headline ‘Megrahi release could affect housing market recovery’?
I wouldn’t totally discount it.
I hope you can help me.
The other day, I set off for work leaving my husband in the house
watching TV. I hadn’t driven more than a Kilometer down the road
when the engine conked out and the car shuddered to a halt.
I walked back home to get my husband’s help.
When I got home I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in our bedroom
with the neighbor’s daughter. I am 32,my husband is 34, and the
neighbours’ daughter is 22. We have been married for ten years.
When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted that they had
been having an affair for the past six months. I told him to stop
or I would leave him.
He was made redundant six months ago and he
says he has been feeling increasingly depressed and worthless.
I love him very much, but ever since I gave him the ultimatum he
has become increasingly distant. He won’t go to counselling and I’m
afraid I can’t get through to him anymore.
Can you help?
A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by
a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there
is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the vacuum
pipes and hoses on the intake manifold and also check all
If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could
be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery
pressure to the injectors.
I hope this helps.
From pocket lint.com
A cash machine operator in east London has introduced Cockney rhyming slang to its ATMs. People using machines from “Bank Machine” will have the option to get everything in a more authentic dialect.
Instead of asking for your pin, you’ll be asked for your “Huckleberry Finn”, and then you’ll be prompted as to how much “Sausage and Mash” you’d like to take out. You can ask for a “Speckled Hen”, rather than £10, and the ATM will contact your “Rattle and Tank” for confirmation.
It’s undoubtedly a gimmick, and it’s only going to be in place for a few months, but it’s a bit of fun. “Whilst we expect some residents will visit the machine to just have a “butcher’s”, most will be genuinely pleased as this is the first time a financial services provider will have recognised the Cockney language in such a manner”, said Ron Delnevo, managing director of Bank Machine.
More usefully, the machines – which normally charge a £1.50 transaction fee – will be free to use during the promotion.
Coming soon no doubt the Scots version. “Ye’ve entered the wrang number ya tumshie!” “Insufficient funds ya scunner!” “This wan’s f****d son!” “Ye’ve been charged hee-haw for us gie’n ye yer ain siller” etc. etc.
Interesting stuff from the Scotsman from a few years ago.
New Scotsman, Sun 28 Aug 2005
A FORMER Scottish police chief has given lawyers a signed statement claiming that key evidence in the Lockerbie bombing trial was fabricated.
The retired officer – of assistant chief constable rank or higher – has testified that the CIA planted the tiny fragment of circuit board crucial in convicting a Libyan for the 1989 mass murder of 270 people.
The vital evidence that linked the bombing of Pan Am 103 to Megrahi was a tiny fragment of circuit board which investigators found in a wooded area many miles from Lockerbie months after the atrocity.
The fragment was later identified by the FBI’s Thomas Thurman as being part of a sophisticated timer device used to detonate explosives, and manufactured by the Swiss firm Mebo, which supplied it only to Libya and the East German Stasi.
At one time, Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence agent, was such a regular visitor to Mebo that he had his own office in the firm’s headquarters.
The fragment of circuit board therefore enabled Libya – and Megrahi – to be placed at the heart of the investigation. However, Thurman was later unmasked as a fraud who had given false evidence in American murder trials, and it emerged that he had little in the way of scientific qualifications.
Then, in 2003, a retired CIA officer gave a statement to Megrahi’s lawyers in which he alleged evidence had been planted.
The decision of a former Scottish police chief to back this claim could add enormous weight to what has previously been dismissed as a wild conspiracy theory. It has long been rumoured the fragment was planted to implicate Libya for political reasons.