In Between Talking About the Football

No Po Sco Blo Ro

Not fluent Judoon, but – with apologies for the delay – a welcome to the non-political Scottish blogging round-up which gathers together a series of the best of the non-political posts from the Scottish blogosphere. Having volunteered to do this review I have increased admiration for those that have completed the reviews before, and for those 24 hour news channel hosts that have to segue effortlessly from one topic to another. In what follows feel free to participate in the spot the joins contest (but nae prizes).

I’d like to begin by referring to the late Sir Neil MacCormick, whose death was recorded in the political round-up last week, but as he bridged the political divide let him bridge the divide between political and non-political round-ups. Sir Neil was a great legal philosopher, Scotland’s finest twentieth century contributor to the discipline. His son-in-law, taught by Sir Neil in Texas, published a very moving tribute to the great man on his blog this month and for those of us that knew him the personal descriptions there will bring a smile to the face. The memorial service for Sir Neil is held at Greyfriars Kirk at 11 am on Friday 17th April.

24th March was Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace was the first computer programmer – writing programs for Babbage’s Analytical Machine and on 24th March bloggers were encouraged to post about women in technology. Two fascinating posts were nominated – Ben Plouviez’s post on electronic music pioneers Daphne Oram and the wonderful Delia Derbyshire (subject of the fantastic Blue Veils and Golden Sands, a 2002 play dramatising her life and whose original arrangement of Ron Grainer’s theme tune for Doctor Who still surpasses all others); and Ewan Spence’s post on Pauline Gower – who ensured female pilots aided the Air Transport Auxiliary in the Second World War.

The behaviour of Barry Ferguson and Alan McGregor after Scotland’s unsuccessful sojourn to the Netherlands and their behaviour in response to the reaction to their behaviour, and their behaviour in response to the reaction to their behaviour in reaction to the response to their behaviour exercised our leading sports journalists (and Chick Young), for what seemed an eternity at the start of April. Having hastily christened the scandal with the appropriate suffix we had Loch Lomondgate (I’d still have preferred Nedgate personally but with the MSM you can’t have everything) the story was given detailed consideration across the Scottish blogosphere. See the views of Flying Rodent, Malcolm, and a typically thoughtful piece from Will who momentarily turned his forensic eye from politics to point out the past behaviour of the players and their treatment of Paul le Guen. And Big Rab noticed a wonderful juxtaposition in the Daily Record.

The past month has also seen a veritable plethora of posts about Twitter (take delight in the unnecessary adjectives and verbiage because it’s not possible within the 140 characters). Kimire’s post seems reminiscent of the late Dennis Potter’s suggestion that we should live in the instant, enjoying each moment, delighting in the “blossomest blossom”. And Technollama and Pangloss consider the work related benefits of tweeting with hashtags. Finally Woken looks at another aspect of social networking with the jealousies that Facebook friendships can create and the curious affair of the demise of her facebook friends.

As a teenager I used to keep racing pigeons* and consequently was intrigued to see the two nominations from South Side Happenings about the mysterious pigeon-napper of Queens Park– whose persistence in attempting to entrap pigeons finally paid off. South Side Happenings asks if anyone can tell what was going on. Is the recession biting deep? Or is this part of the old school pigeon fancying where the fancier used particularly attractive pigeons to entice pigeons from other lofts, or doocots (it would be the season for it)? Answers and suggestions to South Side Happenings please.

There have been some fine instances of photography on Scottish blogs this month – Up My Tree has “A Stranger View”  a collection of some pictures taken from a disposable camera; Rhythmaning shares some beautiful images of Landform at the front of the Scottish National Gallery for Modern Art and Richard Havers, celebrity novel dedicatee (it’s an Ian Rankin thing) gives us a Saltire in cloud formation.

The travails of getting service at Edinburgh bars are brought to you by Mike Smith (I see that nothing has changed in the past 18 years).

Angry Steve proffers an explanation of employment practices that it occurs to me may help explain the Peter Principle.

Last Year’s Girl anticipates a fond farewell to video tapes (they’ll be telling me to get rid of the 8 track cartridge next).

15th April was the twentieth anniversary of the Hillsborough tragedy as a result of which 96 Liverpool supporters tragically lost their lives. Stephen Glenn’s moving recollection reflects on his own experience as a supporter with a ticket for the Leppings Lane end, and the impact on football.

And welcome to a relatively new blog brought to our attention: Celebrity Litigation – a blog that lets you read posts from people that should blog but don’t (from which list we must now exclude Iain Macwhirter, but no doubt you’ll be hearing a lot more about him on Sunday in the next political round-up).

And finally, as they say on the news, one last item – How the Second World War was won. Best not to spoil it, but I almost resorted to text speak acronyms.

Thanks for having me, and remember to keep the nominations for the round-ups (both political and non-political) coming in via the widget to your right or to the usual e-mail address .

* cue bad joke about only stopping once I’d beaten them.

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