Monthly Archives: February 2011

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66: Parliamo Politico IV

Let’s Talk Pencil-Pusher: Lesson IV—Opinion Polling (Fourth of a series, translating bureaucrat-speak into what it means for folk in East Lothian) The Sunday Herald is abuzz with another poll. “Labour is on course for a resounding victory in May’s Holyrood … Continue reading

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We Are Not Making This Up

“The SNP under Alex Salmond has demonstrated that they can run a competent government and Alex Salmond makes a fine First Minister. I think Alex deserves a second term in office, and he is the best choice for Scotland during … Continue reading

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67: Playing Hand Grenades

This week saw a UK effort to rescue its citizens from a rapidly disintegrating Libya that more resembled a Keystone Cops action. No reflection on the crews of HMS Cumberland who dared lift 200 from Benghazi or C-130s flying deep … Continue reading

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68: Harmonising with Joni

Growing up in the fifties and sixties, like most kids of my era, I was swept up into playing rock ‘n’ roll as protest and exploration of life’s possibilities. While many followed the Beatles, Stones and others that pushed the … Continue reading

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69: Centenary School

Off to Dirleton School last night to meet with two dozen parents, teachers and locals. This was not the normal enthusiastically attended School Parent Council (I attended one where two in three pupils had parents there) but a gathering called … Continue reading

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70 Days to Decide

Much has happened in the last ten days, not least the poll putting Labour and the SNP neck-and-neck to control Scotland’s Parliament after May 5th. But, for me, it’s the more mundane things that can slip by almost unnoticed that … Continue reading

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71: Parliamo Politico III

Let’s Talk Pencil-Pusher: Lesson III—Disabling Envelopment (Third of a series, translating bureaucrat-speak into what it means for folk in East Lothian) “Enabling Development” is a phrase used by planners in councils to allow things to be built they would not … Continue reading

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72: Round in Circles

Starting in 2007, Haddington had a one-way system imposed on the town centre for months while the jewellers was reconstructed. That was barely done last year when the huge John Gray Centre conversion of the historic Sinclair-McGill building and Procurator … Continue reading

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73: Archaeology of the Mouth

I was flattered to be asked by Paul, a budding local director, to do a brief Q&A on the whale’s jawbone atop our Law. He had decided that his assignment from Telford’s Digital Media course to document a statue lacked passion and … Continue reading

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