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We all have personal battles we have to fight and win so let’s find jewels in the dust as we search for tomorrow’s rainbows

Hey everyone It’s round up time again so lets see what’s been getting you talking in a week with plenty of talking points.

I’ll start this week with a wee bit of humour. God knows it seems to be in short supply at the moment. Though sometimes you find it like a jewel in the dust and Ellen at In a bun dance made me laugh with her hilarious post on 20 things I want my sons to know. I hope her sons are listening when she has this chat with them as her tips are excellent as she translates man speak in to common sense. We girls know this is never an easy task

Staying on the theme of parenting Richy Black, The only boy in the house warms the heart with a brilliant post on the joys of having two young daughters and how this can sometimes upset his morning routine. Not that I suspect he minds too much even when he is being told off by his 4 year old.

Raymond Weir is as we know a very sporting chap. This week he has FIFA in his sights over their decision to award the 2022 World Cup to Qatar without thinking of the consequences. He points out that the weather can be a wee bit on the hot side over there especially during the summer months when the tournament is traditionally held. I mean in the unlikely event that we (Scotland) actually qualify the Tartan Army will need factor trillion sun screen.

Now on to political matters and in particular the thorny issue of the independence referendum. Neil Scott at Plot’s Plot says that when it comes to the crowd who attended the march there are lies damned lies and pro unionist statistics which are being peddled by our friends in the press and media. Do you think he might believe they are making things up?

The Burd is puzzled by Scottish Labour’s opposition to Independence and has her own ideas as to why Labour wants us to vote no. If she is right and I stress the word if, then they believe the referendum is not about Scotland but about their electoral interests.

Last word on politics for this week goes to Muteswann who reminds us that the conference season is in full swing and has some pretty powerful opinions on the usefulness or lack of it of party conferences. Indeed she goes as far as to question their importance to members of parties and public alike.

Meanwhile Audrey Birt reminds us to be kind to each other as everyone is fighting battles we know nothing about. This is something I have very personal experience of and many people in to use a phrase I now expect to be used by all political leaders, my online communities of interest have been very supportive of me in all I try to do. This is an excellent and very heart warming read.

Talking of reading, I once wrote a poem called Fashion Fanatic which I really should post on my blog. This week our resident fashion fanatic, the ever reliable style queen who is Lauren at Living in a Boxx tells us she attended the French Connection sketch to store event recently. This was a unique event where everyone was given the chance to create an outfit with the winner getting money to spend in the store. Lauren says she has always been a fan of the brand even though she admits that it is a bit out of her normal price range.

Meanwhile, Nurse with (Knitting) Needles has written a post about not blogging and says she thinks she’s lost her voice. I have to disagree I think she may have rediscovered it. Well by my way of thinking, if she can create a post by writing about nothing then she really does have more of a magic touch than she thinks.

As the last post demonstrates writing a blog from nothing requires imagination. It is in many ways the same as writing a poem and this week’s cultural contribution comes from a very well respected east of Scotland poet as Colin Will at Sunny Dunny’s blog. Colin shows the majestic power of nature in his excellent lyrical poem West Barns Renga Tomorrow’s Rainbows. Perhaps it was no accident that this was posted on the day of the march and rally for independence. I say this, as I believe both sides have a duty to talk about their own rainbow coalitions and the visions they offer our people rather than threatening the end of the world and gathering storms if the voters don’t do as they tell them.

So as you can see its been an interesting week with the personal showing it can be political and the political demonstrating it can often be the result of very personal circumstances. However as we shape up for what will be a very interesting year it would be wise to remember to be kind to each other whatever decision we make and make it our personal crusade to search for tomorrow’s rainbows.

Paintings, poetry and recipes for style cook up a winning menu

As I enjoyed doing Roundup last week I thought probably against my better judgement that I’d tackle it again. So let’s see what interesting topics have been attracting the blogosphere’s attention.

I’ll start with a recipe from Scottish Mum for Mars Bar Chocolate Crispie. This is a very temptng recipe and I’ll probably gain half a stone just thinking about its yummy deliciousness.

Still on the subject of food, Foodiequine is enthusing about her first cook book. I don’t think my mum ever bought me a cook book I think she was too scared I’d blow the building up. Well either that or she thought the only things I would ever make would be caramel cake and a mess.

Next up Living in a Boxx informs us that she went, as I predicted she would, for the red dress for her anniversary dinner and posted some pictures of herself looking amazing in a dress which is in my opinion to die for.

Meanwhile the power of poetry is illustrated brilliantly as All at Sea Scotland shares her truly awe inspiring poem Tide. Fitting as we change seasons and move from summer into autumn we are reminded of the majestic force of nature in all its glory.

Dorkymum looks forward to her knew life in Australia and takes us through the magic of blogging on a sightseeing tour of Tasmania the place where she and her family will soon call home. I must admit reading this one is a reminder that the Scottish poetry scene is losing the man we call ‘The Godfather. I wish the family all the best in their latest adventure and somehow I’m sure she’ll tell us all about her family’s new life on the other side of the world. I, for one, look forward to reading that.

Staying on cultural matters singing sensation Rachel Sermanni has written a wee blog about her recent gig at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall and tells us that no Edinburgh gig would be complete without a contribution from a certain friend of hers.

As I move on to matters political, and Caron informs us that Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie says that Scotland needs a new claim of right to deliver a greater degree of home whilst remaining part of the United Kingdom.

Ian Smart acknowledges the contribution of SNP finance minister John Swinney who he says professionalised his party during what refers to as his brief spell as party leader though a certain Alex Salmond has been the chief beneficiary of the changes Swinney made.

Talking of changes Stephen Noon senses a change in the attitudes of ordinary voters with regards to next year’s referendum. In his post he reminds readers that the yes campaign is not just a small group of people in an office in Hope Street but is made up of everyone who wants a yes vote next year.

Moving swiftly on Daft Mamma has a rant about the media and why the break up of a celebrity marriage is considered more newsworthy than the international crisis in Syria and she doesn’t miss celebrity big brother either. Trust me there may be her own admission a few choice words in this post but it shows a fiery feisty blogger who is well worth checking out.

Kevin Williamson at Bella Caledonia laments the passing of the painter John Bellany saying he was an artist who spoke to the people, his work reflecting the concerns of the fishing communities in which he grew up.

MummyCentral appeals to us to help raise awareness of her neighbour’s fundraising effort for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in memory of their beloved grandson who tragically died last year.

Ellen of In A Bun Dance tells the story of an unexpected adventure which shall we say changed the mood of her morning and not necessarily for the better.

Finally Anabel Marsh tells her readers of her visit to Scotland’s oldest lending library at innerpeffray. In her post Anabel informs that this lending library first opened it’s doors in 1680 which to my reckoning means that libraries inScotland pre-date the Act of Union. This is just a historical fact I thought you would like to know.

Oh well that’s me just finished another tour of duty. I hope you enjoy the selection in a week when there has plenty of interesting posts to read. You could say that a mixture of paintings, poetry, and recipes for style cook up a winning menu.

Have a good week.

Even Pollyanna would be really hacked off by all this unfair play

Hey everyone. As I sit in the editor’s chair It is time to reflect on another busy week in the blogosphere. This week’s round up is a varied selection covering topics from football to children literature from politics to shopping that’s just for starters so let’s crack on with what I hope will be an entertaining review of this week’s blogs.

It starts  with Raymond Weir informing us that football pundit Robbie Savage he of Strictly Come Dancing fame, claims when a big name football star wishes to leave a club he often gives ever so slightly less than less than 100 per cent when he crosses the white line. This is as Raymond points out an insult to the fans who pay the salaries of players who often earn more in a month than the fans will in a lifetime.

On a completely different note, in  100 years of Pollyanna. Anabel Marsh asks if little girls still read this literary gem that inspires her despite the fact that this year sees its centenary. I would like to think they would, after all, Pollyanna was the girl who could see only good in others

In their post Landscapes 365 says generally they don’t suffer for their art. Apart this is, for one thing, the dreaded midges which seem to be the curse of Scotland or at least the highlands and islands of Scotland.

DorkyMum informs us she is a mad blogs finalist and says she decided to take up blogging to save her sanity after two years of motherhood I think I can relate to blogging saving your sanity as I took it up for that very reason and you can blame the fact that I was and still am a regular reader of Kate Higgins at BurdzEyeView for my decision to give it a try.

Talking of the Burd she seems have caused a wee bit of a stir this week with her comments on Bulmergate/Hackergate scandal and I have to say at the risk of pelters from some people I don’t disagree with all her findings. The trick to understanding this post is as far I see it as not only to read the lines but to read between them.

Continuing on the political stories of the week Ian S Smart offers advice to the SNP on Bill Walker and domestic abuse some of which they would well advised to take. Whilst over at National Collective A Thousand Flowers has listed the top five silly season independence irrelevances. These include topics such as Bulmergate, Andrew Marr and the Commonwealth games.

Spots and Sparkles has a Zara obsession, and posted on the topic after a recent visit to their store in Seville. Yeah that’s right make me jealous why don’t you, but it all goes to show that a true shopper will find bargains just about anywhere.

Still on the theme of fashion,living in a boxx was looking for advice on what to wear for her five year anniversary dinner and the photographs on her blog show some gorgeous dresses. Personally I would have went for the red one but it is as everyone tells me all a matter of taste.

Mummy Central has concerns of a different kind as she admits to feeling more anxious than her son during his first days at school

All At Sea reminds us about graphic design and how quality artwork can make a difference to your book or blog.

Finally, with all the cultural goings on in Edinburgh for last three weeks I feel I have to post something on the Fringe and who better to write it than the excellent Claire Askew in her blog  One Night Stanzas. Her topic of choice is Diversity And Scottish Poetry where she fearlessly states that there is still much to be done on this issue. This is an issue close to my heart and Claire makes a lot of valid points in a very well written and well argued post.

Well I think that’s me said all I want to say, so keep blogging. I look forward to reading your posts

Have a good week.

Summer’s end?

The weather is no longer scorchio – is this the end for the Scottish summer? Most kids are now back at their school desks leaving their parents, especially those with first-timers in the family such as The only boy in the house, with mixed feelings. He calculates that young Heather has approximately 2,499 school days to go, and if it takes another 14 years to arrange a Scotland-England match she will have left before the next one. I’m thinking he maybe shouldn’t read the post at On the cuff about weaning an adult child off the bank of Mum and Dad. Not just yet.

There was another clue to the end of summer in that first paragraph – the football is back! A Burdz Eye View muses (before the event) on previous outings for the Tartan Army and ends “forever travelling in misplaced optimism and expectation, here’s to a famous victory over the Auld Enemy.” Well, we know how it ended but over at Narey’s toepoker optimism still abounds: “It’s a dangerous thing, optimism.  But I’m more confident about Scotland making it to Euro 2016 than I have been since about 2009.  To be fair, I think the chances are now ‘slim-to-middling’ rather than ‘virtually nil’, but it’s a start.  And let’s face it, I am a cynical bugger.”

But wait! Edinburgh is still in full Festival mode, so summer can’t be finished yet. I haven’t made it over myself, but online reviews are plentiful, too many to mention. Audrey Birt reflects on the performances she has seen and what she has learned from them, concluding, with Joni Mitchell, that  “I really don’t know life at all”. How many of us do? Of course, no Festival is complete without a stushie. Several commentators, including Better Nation, took issue with Jonathan Mills’ pronouncement that next year’s event would remain “politically neutral” by not featuring any work on the theme of the independence debate. “Instead the Festival is to be complicit in perpetuating the establishment myth that an unprecedented celebration of the start of World War 1 and celebrating the Commonwealth is of more cultural significance than our biggest political decision in 300 years – all whilst remaining apolitical.” Quite.

Any more signs of summer? Transatlantic Blonde Feminist is still showing her legs. I’m not being personal, she wrote about them: the dilemma of “to shave, or not to shave” provoking an attempt to reconcile her feminist beliefs with her personal beauty beliefs. Clairwil has been disturbed by an outdoor lovers’ tiff (not hers) in which endearments such as “Skelly-eyed boot” are bandied about. Class. No wonder, as she says, her nerves are in ribbons. Pride 2013 took place on Glasgow Green – Tartantights was there, in fact I believe she was everywhere and talked to everyone. Just reading her account made me feel exhausted!

Finally, let’s return to the children going back to school – we hope they’ve taken some fond holiday memories of Scotland with them to keep them going through the long term ahead. Cue an excuse for some snaps to show off our beautiful country!  Lynne Rickards’ family visited Mull and Playing by the Books’ went to Orkney – beautiful pictures in each, making me want to go back to both places. In the meantime, I took my teenage nieces to Culzean as documented on Anabel’s Travel Blog. Wherever YOUR travels take you this week, enjoy the remaining days of summer.

And the new Doctor Who is….

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I suspect everyone knows by now. What do you think? Here Caron Lindsay muses on who might pick up the sonic screwdriver next.

And as Peter Capaldi prepares for the challenges ahead, so does Polar Scott.  She’s decided to prove she has the Comando Spirit. Hat’s off to that woman.

Hats off elsewhere too. Touch and Tickle talks movingly of an encounter with a devoted mother and the affect it had.

And for making taking a huge decision to move down under, hats off to Dorky Mum. She will very much be missed.

Mary de Bastos who some time previously made that huge decision to move to another country – this time Scotland – has some words on rain.

While All At Sea is still at the seaside with a poem for her children.

And still at sea, Scottish Boating  - went skiff cruising, with some lovely photos of what looks like a great adventure.

It’s August so it must be Festival time, Audrey Birt finds it – and other things – life affirming.

Tartan Tights has fond memories of Alison Hunter.

And as we gear up for work tomorrow, Mike Ritchie recommends The How Not To Guide to PR for anyone on either side of that particular fence.