Around the world in 50 Scottish blogs

Well, they asked me back so either they were desperate or I didn’t mess it up too badly on my first round-up outing.  But it’s always a pleasure to surf the Scottish blogosphere in search of rambling, ranting and ruminating about all things Scottish.

But what’s this?  Philosophical Zombie writing about the revolt in Libya and A Scottish Liberal pondering the psychology of its deluded dictator.  What’s in Kelvin’s Head offers thoughts and a prayer for Christchurch, while Moridura manages to combine New Zealand and Libya in a post about Black Tuesday.  

Elsewhere, on the eve of Ireland’s General Election, Bella Caledonia analyses the state of Ireland and Irish politics from Dublin, Alex Massie considers where Ireland currently stands in the Kubler-Ross model of grief and Sean McP senses change is in the air in the People’s Republic in his Blogfeast.

More globetrotting:  Bright Green Scotland flits to Cardiff to interview the Welsh Green leader, Craig Murray considers if an American killer has diplomatic immunity in Pakistan, Go Lassie Go wonders if the layout in the Norwegian Parliament might be good for Holyrood and Dear Scotland wonders why the *glamour friendly* twixt Scotland and Brazil is being played in England.

Holyrood Chronicles hotfoots it to Spain, SNmr commemorates the end of the Banana Wars, Another Side of Lesley Riddoch sends a podcast from the most Northern town in the world, and Scotland for the Senses even manages to find a little bit of Italy in Perthshire.

Some bloggers focus on UK matters: Munguin’s Republic has a wee pop at David Cameron’s interpretation of an ethical foreign policy, Scots and Independent tries to define the Big Society (while Ellen Arnison decides it’s patronising nonsense), the Absurdist imagines – hilariously – a conversation between Jacqui Smith and civil servants, Sub Rosa laments no one noticing that the British Government robbed its pensioners and Caron’s Musings manages to link the EU, fluffy handcuffs and the AV referendum all in one post.

Sheesh!  Did no one stay home this week?  Fortunately they did, allowing me to use my most favourite Scottish word – in the world!

For what we get from the staycationers is a remarkable, rip roaring gallimaufry (look it up!)

Ben Lomond Press reckons the SPL and Scottish League merger is a marriage of connivance;  Suitably Despairing is eh, suitably despairing, at the news that baby boomers are the worst eco villains; The Streetlamp Doesn’t Cast Her Shadow Anymore – what a great blog title! - looks at the band, Conflict, and how one of its songs became a criminal offence; Will Patterson bids adieu to one of the Parliament’s old guard in his Notebook, as does Iain McWhirter Now and Then, Tales from the Dark Side entertains with his awards for the worst guide in the world and the Drum Up outlines which up and coming Scottish cyclists the Braveheart Fund will be supporting in 2011. Oh, and Jacqui Blogs Off with a tale about Strawberry, the Blue Meanies and Bulldog (you’ll just have to read it).

In what can only be termed – enviously – as the Pointy Heids Corner, Malc at Better Nation examines whether states can, or should, legitimately use force;  Scot Goes Pop explores the themes at work in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel Never Let Me Go; Devolution Matters discusses constitutional reform and flawed constitutional processes; A Place to Stand debates Public Choice theory and the reinvention of political science; Lallands Peat Worrier dissects Scotland’s recorded crimes and offences involving firearms and Absolvitor celebrates a legal victory over local authorities that might help families with a child with additional support needs. 

Don’t these boys realise we all kent their faither?!

More talent in evidence in the blogosphere and in Scotland. Scots Whay Hae looks forward to Glasgow’s Aye Write festival, Let’s Get Lyrical posted a review and audio clips of its session with Alasdair Roberts and Robin Robertson, and A Burdz Eye View (yep, that’s me) rounds off her contribution to Get Lyrical month with a guest post from a Mad Mackerel.  Thoughtland made a passionate defence of libraries, and the Mitchell library in Glasgow, in particular, while the Scottish Book Trust details how one teacher in residence found expression through poetry. Song, by Toad promotes the latest album from Ringo Deathstarr, Peenko has a whole host of downloads available, including Admiral Fallow, King Creosote, Mondegreen and Broken Records, and the Indelible Ink strand of Dear Scotland reviews the biography of the wonderful Stuart Adamson (the Skids, Big Country).

Ach but we wouldn’t be Scottish without a fair number of us focussing on the parochial.  Which doesn’t mean these bloggers didn’t have big thoughts to share nor points to make. 

Thus, Freedom-2-Choose highlights new Scottish Government guidelines which aim to make mental health services smoke free, Planet Politics seeks an apology from Dundee Council’s leader over spurious claims about the previous Labour administration’s alcohol consumption, and Holyrood Horrors pokes fun at a Unionist defecting to the Unionists.  Meanwhile, Lena the Hyena and  Blerr de Blerr Blerr  lament the loss of arts and enteprise funding for the Union Terrace gardens project in Aberdeen.  And in probably the most parochial post of the week on an issue of wider significance, Ewan Aitken reveals how he is still fighting for the No 12 bus. 

Finally, Nicholas beneath the Kilt wraps up this theme rather neatly with his post on why Power Corrupts, taking us all around the world and all the way home again, and sharing a word or two of Burns on the way.

That, folks, is your lot. 

Around the world in 50 Scottish blogs, and if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to shake the sand out of my flip flops and pack the suntan lotion away for the next trip.

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