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Mystic Rab

The new bridge at the Forth is to be known as the Queensferry Crossing right enough!

Fulsome Prism News

I don’t really know enough about Prism to comment all that much on it.

I did notice that the number of reports that GCHQ is alleged to have compiled from ‘harvested’ data in the past year is 197. As I understand it, the programme will monitor billions of pieces of data and will only highlight stuff containing certain word patterns which indicate use of coded language common to terrorist groups.

Of course that’s fine if the parameters are clearly defined but the concern has to be that once established, there will be a temptation for authorities to use and abuse the monitoring of emails and postings on social media.

I think the days of the authorities being interested in stuff like “Just had fish and chips – there goes my diet lol!”  are still some way off.

I’ve just read that….

…..Google and Facebook intend to inform users ‘if they have been spied upon’



Although I am still away from my editorial desk and in foreign parts, Lenin the Parakeet sends news of The Shoalaway which is moored at Greenock:


The Shoalaway is a dredger. Dredging of the Clyde is necessary at shallow points between the Firth and Glasgow.

One Brave Lady

According to the Telegraph, cub scout leader Ingrid Loyau-Kennett asked (one of the attackers): “Would you like to give me what you have in your hands?”


She added: “I did not want to say weapons but I thought it was better having them aimed on one person like me rather than everybody there – children were starting to leave school as well.”

More Sailing Matters

Firstly, Lenit the Parakeet reports that today’s ship at Greenock was the Vega Stockholm.

Who knew that Ryanair had entered the cruise market?


And Glade Rover sends the following news of events in Oban last night

Hi Robert,

Re my comment to https://bigrab.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/and-todays-luxury-cruiser-at-greenock-was/

Attached are screen grabs of her track history for yesterday from marinetraffic.com
. The apparent overland passage of Scarba will be because she went out of range of the land based signal receiver. The Corran Ledge runs out from approximately the Catherdral and can be clearly seen on Google Map.



Great pic here including the buoy – including flash – that she should have passed the other side of…


What the?

Some things it seems are always with us. The boom and bust economic cycle, the weather and bad news spring to mind here. And then there are these curious annual events like the publication of Old Moore’s Almanac, the solstice at Stonehenge and of course the Eurovision song contest.

I haven’t watched it since Clodagh Rodgers was in her pomp but I heard an article on the radio news yesterday about Greece’s entry entitled ‘Alcohol is Free’ by Koza Mostra & Agathon Iakovidis. I thought it my duty to investigate this on behalf of my readers and found the video below.

‘Curious’ doesn’t do this justice. The band in a kind of ‘lets go to work’ stroll through a food market try to look their best in a selection of facial hair, tank tops and comfortable trousers that wouldn’t have looked out of place at a 1970s Liberal party conference.

Almost certainly this is the only music video to feature close up shots of Feta cheese, an aubergine and hanging tripe.

Performed by men in kilts…….playing ska….


Abu Qatada has agreed to leave the UK if Jordan signs a new treaty on human rights. It’s a strange request but if it gets him out the country….


Quote of the Day

“I knew something was wrong when a pretty little white girl runs straight into a black man’s arms – Something is wrong here!”

Ohio rescuer Charles Ramsay.


Operation Yewtree – New Shock!