Not long now

as of about 50 mins at least. Then watch the one at the bottom the linked page.


We are approaching the two month point.  The vote will be soon.  There are some interesting things happening.

The NHS is crucial, having been an independent body north of the border since inception back in the 40s.  Labour are on record as wanting to merge the various health services; whilst the tories are intent on creeping privatisation which in turn reduces public spend down south and thus the block grant elsewhere.

A few months ago a surgeon came to town, you may remember her address to a gathering.  That footage has now been viewed over 30,000 times, thanks to the wonders of You Tube.  And what’s more the Daily Record, yes the Daily Record which is virtually the Labour Newsletter, very much unionist supporting, has highlighted Philippa Whitford’sfears for the NHS.  Wow.  Whatever next?

And still on the subject of the party of the red rose, there’s a superb…

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George Bush the painter: product of political ideology

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Picasso famously said: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” For Picasso art was a way of life that was to lead to culmination in enlightenment, both of himself and others. Today the Western world is full of “part-time painters” most of whom have little to say. Art as a means of expression has yielded to art as a need for “balance”, according to the motto “you need a hobby” as if art wasn’t work. The question is whether everyone who paints or writes as a “hobby” should also seek an audience: should the inner search become an outer one? And yet some art which would otherwise have been ignored if not for the personal biographies of the painters are hung in public places, for example, in the George Bush Presidential Library. An example of such a painter is George…

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Fallen First World War Poets: 1. August Stramm

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In much the same way as Kandinsky broke with the confines of expressionist-style representational art to portray more abstract realities in his paintings and Schönberg fled the limitations of existing musical notation to create sounds that hang in the air with the weight of the piano they’re being played on,

August Stramm shook off the confines of the grammar of his native German – a strongly regulated language — to create purer forms of expression.

For this year, the 100th Anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, I decided about two years ago, as many obviously also decided, to translate German First World War poets. At school we had WW1 poetry rammed down our throats. They were all English (and not more generally “British”) poets, but I was one of those nerdy pupils who loved it. Of course the “losing side” (whatever that means) also wrote poetry which was largely…

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