Michael Jackson, and Scotland’s drained brains

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s NoPoScoBloRo.

Do you ever type “June” when you mean “July”? For some reason, it is one of those bad keyboard tics that I unwittingly employ all the time. It has been the cause of a confusion that I only spotted yesterday. It’s it’s lucky that I did spot it, or there would have been no roundup today. Yikes!

But I caused the error, so it has fallen upon me to step in at the last minute to try and save the day. It does mean that for the second month in a row you have to endure my attempts to package the very best of this month’s Scottish blogging in a handy digest, an endeavour which is not unlike trying to collect water with a net.

Inevitably, the subject that most bloggers were writing about this month was the death of Michael Jackson. Even regular features were hijacked, with Mr Farty producing a Michael Jackson tribute edition of ‘Computer Terms Illustrated’.

Craig collects his favourite bits of Michael Jackson’s career, as well as producing this thoughtful post on Michael Jackson’s life, career and death.

Stephen Glenn recalls his memories of Thriller, the first album he bought.

Tom Harris brought up a point that interests me. The traditional media was clearly struggling to keep up with the story as it unfolded. And it’s not just the fact that the newspapers were already out of date by the time they hit news stands. I wonder how an outlet like TMZ can be so far ahead of traditional media companies. A sign of the times.

Iain Hepburn spotted one PR company, Burkowski, that may have overstepped the mark when it comes to jumping on the bandwagon.

You can’t have failed to spot the sometimes desperate bandwagon-hopping. Local Jacko is a tumblelog dedicated to tenuous mentions of Michael Jackson in local newspapers. It includes this story from the Glasgow Evening Times interviewing his hotel cleaner from when he performed in Glasgow 17 years ago. The cleaner didn’t even like him.

But was there too much coverage of Michael Jackson’s death? Not really says Kezia Dugdale, who thinks that while the global sense of mourning may seem superficial, it is perfectly understandable.

Sistah in Scotland would rather that the people mourning his death “GET A FRICKIN’ GRIP!”

But according to Caron, this type of mourning is nothing new. She notes the comparisons between Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley.

Moving on to other topics now. Those good people at Glasgow Guerilla Gardening are trying to get their site at Townhead looking good for the spring. They invite you to join The Ten Thousand Bulb Challenge where you can donate bulbs or cash to help brighten up this part of Glasgow.

On the back of Roger Federer winning more tennis Grand Slams than anyone else in history, Malc asks who the greatest sportsman of our generation is. What do you think? I’m afraid four of them are mere games players, while Michael Schumacher was a serial cheat so no-one wins that award from me.

Meanwhile, Kat at Wearing the Troosers looks at Scotland’s first female Muslim football club, Ansar Women’s FC. But Fifa’s rules can prevent players from wearing the hijab on “safety grounds”, which means that the club will not be able to play its league games as anticipated. “Not just sexist, but also racist” is Kat’s verdict.

Another post of Kat’s looks at ten reasons why Scotland is suffering from a “brain drain”. It’s all depressing enough. Are they good enough reasons to motivate someone to leave in the “Homecoming” year? Big Rab, referring to Jackie Stewart (resident in Switzerland) has his own thoughts:

Maybe it’s just me but the Year of Homecoming seems to be characterised by people who have been successful and buggered off out of Scotland to forever pay their taxes elsewhere.

It is apt that the new website Dear Scotland was brought to our attention this month. It focuses on Scottish bands that are gallivanting around the world. There, Alec Downie writes about “our tragic national tradition that sees our brightest minds scattered like wilting heather around the globe.” He does, however, find that Scottish music induces homesickness.

Staying with the music theme, Lis at Last Year’s Girl is celebrating a staggering ten years in blogging. She does so by publishing an old post about her first T in the Park.

Meanwhile, one classic advert is celebrating its twentieth anniversary. Sara hails its return. But check out those subtle changes in the new version. What they say about political correctness must be true.

Jackie Walker asks, why was Humpty Dumpty sitting on the wall?

I write this roundup smack in the middle of a typical Scottish summer. Personally I find the heat difficult to cope with. You might think that those sporadic rain showers might offer relief, but the unpredictability is infuriating. I went out for one of my regular walks around the park this week wearing short sleeves. I came home drenched.

Gordon McLean had a similarly changeable commute home, but it sounds like he had a much better visual spectacle. It’s a shame they were unable to photograph it, but the description is vivid enough.

At least we have Amy Palko’s collection of rainbow photographs to compensate.

We always like a bit of photography here on NoPoScoBloRo. Flickr Scotland features this intriguing photograph of a flock of geese following a power glider. It was all a ruse by a couple of people that wanted to film the geese.

Meanwhile, Tour Scotland Photographs brought back memories for another Scottish expat, Colin Campbell, who recounts part of his Fife childhood.

Not so visually appealing is this example of how not to do user-generated content, as unearthed by Gary.

Jeff Zycinski shows the fluffier side of the BBC, recounting his attempts to calm down a couple, one of whom had been trapped in a car park lift. Is it just me or are most stories about malfunctioning lifts specifically about those in car parks?…

And that wraps up this month’s non-political roundup! Look out for the next one which will be published on 19 August. We could always do with more suggestions to be included. So if you see any interesting bloggery, please do send them in using the contact form on the right, or by emailing scottishroundup@gmail.com. Or you can tweet us @ScottishRoundup.

Please also get in contact if you would be up for editing the roundup one day, as I am hoping to get some fresh faces involved. Thanks!