Archive | July, 2017

Time for some tough talking

31 Jul

Well said.

Wee Ginger Dug

It’s been a bruising and bloody week in the world of Scottish independence. Not because of anything that the Unionists have done, they’ve been sitting back with the popcorn while they watch the independence movement tear itself apart with mutual recriminations, insults, abuse, and aspersions being cast like stones. I’ve been attacked. The National has been attacked. It seems that everyone is attacking everyone else. Yet all of this was sparked off, not because of any matter of great import to the future of Scotland, not because of an existential threat to the cause of independence, not because of anything that the vast majority of Scots who don’t use social media either know or care about. It happened because someone said something on Twitter that some people took exception to.

It’s time for some tough talking here. A movement which descends into such paroxysms of anger and spite over something…

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I Have A Dream 

30 Jul


I can remember like it was yesterday the day I visited the Martin Luther King Memorial in Washington DC. It was breathtaking and such a humbling experience.

He could not have imagined that some woman from the other side of the world would one day be standing in his memorial and feeling inspired by his immortal words.

I was struck by the power of someone to look beyond the pain, the suffering, the ignorance and the social norms to want to make a difference.

It takes a certain personality and a powerful dream…

As humans we all tend to dream and sometimes we can imagine a goal or an idea so powerful that it has the strength to pull us along, even in the most difficult of circumstances.

Dreams and ideas take on special meaning and significance to the health impaired, they become the lifeline which we anchor ourselves…

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A sense of perspective

30 Jul

Wee Ginger Dug

There are some people who want to spend their time obsessing over how nasty a certain independence blogger has been on Twitter. They’d prefer to vilify anyone who has dared to point out that the nasty thing he said was not nasty in the way they’d like it to be nasty. They’re obsessed with getting outraged on someone else’s behalf – and the someone else in this instance is a Tory MP and his MSP son. They’re attacking the couple of traditional print media outlets that we have, The National and iScot magazine, for their lack of ideological purity. They’re telling one and all that everyone who isn’t right on enough for their liking is causing a schism in the independence movement. Meanwhile there’s a case for independence that’s not being made and the only people who are benefiting from the entire episode are the Unionists.

Sometimes things need restating…

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28 Jul


We call upon Scotland’s government to provide the people of Scotland with an online register, to allow everyone to either confirm their desire for Independence, or not.

This can be positioned in exactly the same way as Scotland’s pioneering groundbreaking E-Democracy 2016 #NationalSurvey – with one very significant difference. It needs to be fully and securely interfaced with Scotland’s electoral roll.

Two distilled quotes about Scotland’s 2016 #NationalSurvey

‘Overwhelming’ Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland 1.12.2016

‘Highly effective’ Alex Salmond, Former First Minster of Scotland


As part of a future online register citizen sign-in, authentication and user journey online process, it also needs to be compulsory for all users to download a completely simplified and updated White Paper, and opportunity should be provided for time to be taken to appraise that content prior to moving to the stage of answering the big digital question:

Completely straightforward?

Ask only one question…

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And then we will win

24 Jul

Wee Ginger Dug

I have a long standing policy of refraining from attacking other people in the Yes movement. If we are to win Scotland’s independence, we can only do that with a broad based movement which encompasses a wide range of opinions, and a diversity of viewpoints. We need to attract those who disagree with us, and we can only do that if we contain within our ranks people whom those wavering No voter can identify with. That means that, by definition, our movement will contain voices which I individually don’t agree with. After all, if the Yes movement only contained people who agreed with me, it wouldn’t be a very broad based mass grass roots movement, it would be a fan club.

In this blog post I’m about to do something I never do – criticise certain parts of the Yes movement. I love this movement. I am committed to the…

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Spread The News !!

24 Jul

Spoonies unite!


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Charity News 

23 Jul


Omg we are excited!!
For a long time now D and I have been trying to put together a charity which would help raise funds for research and support…
It’s been a long journey and has stalled sometimes due to many different factors…
But today we had a step forward and spoke to a wonderful lady about getting some merchandise together a ready for sale.
All profits to go to the charity!
This is a big thing for me personally as for as long as I have been sick I have also wanted to make a difference. Do something helpful. Make a small contribution rather than just suffer on.
The blog Autoimmunitygirl, the support groups and this charity has all been part of that plan to make a difference.
I am so grateful for the people I have met along the way, the ‘family’ I have connected with, and the…

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Meeting with the tea boy

22 Jul

Love the description of the Daily Fail.
Hate the way Scotland’s Parliament is being treated.

Wee Ginger Dug

The Daily SiegHeil is the favourite newspaper of the frothy tendency of the British right. The British press is renowned around the world for its extremism, its bile, and a dedication to the truth that makes Walter Mitty seem like the editor of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, but the Daily Mail is the worst of a bad bunch. Although it does have to be said that there’s a lot of competition. When you manage to be the most vile right wing tabloid in a field that includes the Daily Express, you have to be as appetising as a wasp byke in a cup of vomit soup, flavoured with the essence of bile and spiced up with the sour decay of lost Empire. Only in a society where the checks and balances on media ownership have gone seriously awry could the Daily Mail be a major organ. In this case it’s one…

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The row of the summer

18 Jul

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Well that went well. After loudly proclaiming that it’s time to get down to business with the EU, David Davis, the Secretary of State for Thick Vain Lazy Toads, spent less than 15 minutes with Michel Barnier in Brussels followed by a cursory meeting involving senior officials lasting an hour before heading back to London in order to leak something embarrassing to the newspapers about his colleagues. Who wants to be in Brussels ensuring that the country isn’t turned into an economic basketcase worse than the worst predictions made for Scotland by the frothiest of frothing Unionists during the independence campaign when there’s very serious business in London to get back to – shafting fellow members of the government as they all jockey for position once Theresa May has been tossed off the Brexit cliff along with the economy.

You’d have thought that 110 days after his boss pressed the…

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The Body Beautiful

16 Jul


Body image is sucha difficult topic to deal with for many of us.

We are, essentially, a complex mixture of social norms, evolution, advertising, biology and self talk. All resulting in how we feel about ourselves and our physical appearance.

Everyone wants to feel attractive, healthy, confident, able and desirable. We want to feel like we are acceptable and admired for the way we look, think and behave. None more than women.

Women carry an extra weight of social scrutiny and I won’t even begin to go into the reasons for this within this short post, But the burden is real and it can be crushing.

Teenage eating disorders are at an all time high. Some even starting as young as 5. Teenage suicide and psychological trauma is climbing, and still we wonder what we can do about it all.

We judge our bodies for every line, every wrinkle…

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