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Mind your language

At the risk of labouring a point (and a rant), here is the ‘front cover’ of the Scottish Parliament’s web leaflet “Garrin the Scottish Pairlament wark fur ye”

It is of course a completely ludicrous waste of money to translate into a made up language which nobody speaks  part of the fabric of our nation that we have such resources.
Further comment I feel is superfluous.

Edited to include:

“Cried Halyrude efter the pairt o Embra whaur it stauns”????

They have to be making this stuff up.





My Old School (2)

My correspondent ‘London Bloke’ asks for photographic proof of the demise of the old Hermitage Academy. Whilst the full demolition will not be completed until November, based on his comment, I’m sure London Bloke will derive some pleasure of these pictures of the main building.




You’ll have had your trams….

A friend, who owns a business in Edinburgh, remarked to me recently that he wished the trams, the rails, the disruption, the cooncilors and the contractors would all go to somewhere.

It had fewer syllables than Haymarket.

Can Scottish football sink any further?

Yes folks it’s time for that annual question, the answer to which has been a consistent “yes” over recent years.

Last night there was one bright spot as the Spurs ladies team failed to score against Hearts. Sadly though, Rangers were humbled by Moribund of Ruritania, whilst Celtic were dismissed by the Swiss equivalent of Kilmarnock.

I heard yon Stewart Regan, the mannie from the SFA on the radio this morning talking about the situation.

It was like buzzword bingo.

He even said “stakeholders”

But it’s not a crisis apparently.

A crisis is a problem to which there is no apparent solution, sayeth the man from the sport’s governing body helpfully, speaking directly from his bahooky.

However it’s not all doom and gloom is it? Surely the implementation of the McLeish report will complete the process begun by the Bosman ruling and the formation of the SPL.

Will ye no come back again?

I posed the question yesterday as to what dictator readers would like to be compared to. I’m genuinely surprised that the greatest, humblest and most benevolent human being in history didn’t even rate a mention:

From theNorth Korean News Agency

Koreans Miss Kim Jong Il

Pyongyang, August 25 (KCNA) — Nowadays, all of the DPRK people are
waiting for news of General Secretary Kim Jong Il on a visit to the
Siberian and Far East regions of the Russian Federation.

Many people stop at newsstands on the way to work in the morning to
learn about his Russia visit.

What the leader did during his visit is a main topic of conversation
among people.

Since it was known that Kim Jong Il left for Russia, the Korean people
have missed him, concerning themselves about his health.

One wonders if Colonel Gaddafi has “left for Russia”?

Another look at the DPRK news site highlights the following:

Dancing Parties of Youth and Students Held in DPRK

Pyongyang, August 25 (KCNA) — Dancing parties of Korean youth and students were held in different parts of the country on August 25, the 51st anniversary of General Secretary Kim Jong Il’s start of Songun revolutionary leadership.

In Pyongyang such events took place in plazas of the Arch of Triumph, the Party Founding Memorial Tower, the Pyongyang Indoor Stadium and other places.

With deep reverence for Kim Jong Il, the participants danced to the tune of such songs as “Our General Is Best”, “Thunder over Jong Il Peak” and “At a Breath”.

They were replete with the fixed will to praise the leader’s exploits and work miracles and feats in the drive to defend socialism and build an economic power true to his guidance.

As time flowed, more pleasant dances were presented to pick up the festive atmosphere.

The dancing parties fully represented the will of the youth and students to safeguard Kim Jong Il with their lives and strikingly demonstrate their wisdom and courage at the posts for defending the country and all work sites for a great surge.

Meanwhile, similar events took place in Phyongsong of South Phyongan Province, Sinuiju of North Phyongan Province, Hamhung of South Hamgyong Province and other provincial seats, cities and counties.


Ah cannae wait for the revolution!

(Thanks Claret and Amber)