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This week I have made it my mission to make at least fifty percent of the featured posts in the Roundup to be from Scottish bloggers who haven’t been featured here before. Thanks to everyone that answered my call out on Twitter this week. I’ve tried to include the best ones. If yours isn’t included it’s only because of the massive response- your blog will doubtless feature in later roundups.

My  secondary mission is to make the featured posts as diverse in content and subject matter as possible. We’ve got subject matter from news, cookery, health, parenting, personal stories, walking, tourism, interior design, photography technology and football.

Between the Hammer and the Anvil on Israel and Palestine

“Okay, let’s look at this from an unusual angle and see what we get out of it. Let’s say you were a cartoonish, Ahmadinejadesque lunatic fixated on destroying Israel. How would you go about achieving your goal?”

Read the full post here: http://flyingrodent.blogspot.com/2010/05/self-clowning-lunatics-strike-again.html

The Ben Lomond Free Press on Cumbria tragedy

“In 2006 who wrote this?

‘If legislation was a guarantee of greater public safety, this country would be the safest nation on earth.’”

Read the full post here http://bigrab.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/knee-jerk/

Caledonian Comment on media coverage of Cumbria Shootings

“Whatever these reasons may turn out to be, there are already the first signs of a disturbing media witch hunt beginning to be attached to this tragedy. ITV national news started it last night, voicing speculation not only about the late murderer’s mental state and access to firearms but also, most disgracefully, whether Cumbria police had “acted quickly enough” and whether they had been ‘up to the job’”.

Read the full post here http://www.caledonian-comment.com/?p=11226

Auld Reekie Rants on first dates

“Sadly, it dawned on me after about an hour that the girl I was after was not there. My mate Stuart was and we were both determined to make our final night at Linksfield a success. As the evening wore on, however, we remained probably the only two lads who hadn’t danced with anyone.”

Read the full post here htp://auldreekierants.blogspot.com/2010/05/31-may-1978.html

Martel Maxwell on WAGS

“A survey shows girls who used to count being a teacher, doctor or lawyer as something to aim for now want to marry rich and spend the spoils.”


Bletherskite on a trip round Loch Ness

“My son was excited to find a full knights costume in the shop which he wore the whole of the day, mostly with the visor down. He charged around the castle shouting “ATTTTAACK” everywhere he went.”

Read the full post here http://ht.ly/1SCs0

Lena the Hyena on Aberdeen City Councillors

“Molluscs – These are soft-bodied creatures and similar to arthropods are protected by hard outer shells. Mollusc elected members become shorter and fatter when confronted with an adversary and for many they retain this form for the remainder of their existence. This group holds a reputation for its slimy behaviour when challenged but often its most effective deterrent is its ability to bore.”

Read the full post here http://lenathehyena.wordpress.com/2010/05/23/aberdeen-city-councillors-a-biological-classification-2/

Islay Nat History

Photographs from Islay  http://islaynaturalhistory.blogspot.com/

Hopeman Man on David Bowie’s visit to Hopeman  and World Cup memories

“I wasn’t there that day but one hot summer afternoon in the mid-80s, David Bowie walked into the Hopeman cafe and ordered a cone. ‘Can I have an ice cream cone,’ he said in a David Bowie voice, for it was him …”

“The man in the Viking helmet sits next to me and lays down his crutches. He points at his leg in plaster and starts talking. I nod sympathetically, pretending to understand him. I don’t speak Swedish. Then I realise he’s speaking English….”

Read both posts here http://www.hopemanman.com/?p=452

…and here http://www.hopemanman.com/2010/06/my-world-cup-rescue-mission/

AnnieB celebrates an inquisitive mind over the traditional markers of success

“Last night everyone was upstairs so I was greeted by an empty hallway. On the wall next to the door was a framed certificate awarded to my friend for having ‘An Inquisitive Mind’”.

Read the full post here http://theskinnydippingchapter.blogspot.com/2010/05/inquisitive-mind.html

Little Mummy on her choice of voices for Sat Nav

“I can’t believe Nokia are suggesting I record my child’s voice so that I may receive directions from the little darling when she’s not present. Well let me tell you Nokia, I hear enough of her little voice thank-you-very-much…”

Read the full post here http://www.littlemummy.com/2010/05/28/satnav-voices/

Excellent photoblog Clinically Fed Up

See all posts here: http://clinicallyfedup.com/

Tim Nunn gets a visit from an often unwelcome bird

“Of course I shouldn’t resent the magpie its kill. If the young bird had left the nest too early its chances of survival were minimal. Even if it were a survivor it was still destined to be part of the food chain one way or another.”

Read the full post here  http://www.timnunn.com/2010/05/magpie/

Lisa Gordon Scott’s design and interiors blog Yeah OK Bye will make you want to rebuild your house

“Think of all the stuff you own that has emotional or historical significance,” says Court. “It’s just a matter of finding ways to incorporate them into your surroundings. This means you’ll end up with a home that’s distinctly yours, and not just a replica of a homewares catalogue.”

Read all posts here http://yeahokbye.blogspot.com/

Barry Dewar discusses Tweeting etiquette

“When you visit Facebook people speak relatively normally for instance but on Twitter, the prevalence of multiple hashtags, @s and shortened links make it pretty much impossible to read for the uninitiated.”

Read the full post here  http://barrydewar.wordpress.com/2010/06/02/mind-your-language/

Plan B has only been living in Scotland for 4 weeks- and is a wee bit homesick

“I am suddenly conscious that if I wander into town here, the only person I am likely to meet who knows my name is the postman, and he’s not going to care whether he sees me or not.  And although I hope, and believe, that both L and I will find new friends here, and that I will become part of this community, it is going to take time and work.  And the longer it takes, the worse the nostalgia will get. “

Read the full post here  http://isthereaplanb.blogspot.com/2010/05/return.html

Mummy Do That on bringing up bi-lingual children

“So I hope that whether or not you raise your children with more than one language, you will enjoy this selection of posts. Hopefully it’ll encourage some to start or continue the bilingual journey with their children, or you may get some new ideas how to make the trip that little bit more exciting for yourself and your children. “

Read the full post here  http://mummydothat.blogspot.com/2010/06/lets-hear-it-for-multilingual-kids.html

ShopaHolly on a women’s health issue that must be read by all of us in possession of a “hoohoo”

“I ummed and ahhed about whether or not to write this post due to it’s personal and somewhat graphic nature. However, I feel it’s for the greater good to speak up about these things so here goes.”

Read the full post here  http://shopaholly.wordpress.com/2010/06/04/when-vaginas-go-bad-a-totally-safe-for-work-post-that-doesnt-contain-pictures-of-broken-hoohoos/

In a Bun Dance on a kids’ book that is misunderstood

“You can see it’s a tale of cunning and the triumph of good over evil. Not in the slightest bit racist really. The boy in the story is little, called Sambo and he’s black. And, er, that’s it. More of a lesson about taking responsibility for your new clothes.”

Read the full post here  http://bundance.blogspot.com/2010/05/tigers-coming-to-tea-and-turning-to.html

A Place to Stand asks HOW MUCH for a new bridge??

“Holyrood is preparing a bill to build a new Forth crossing costing £2.3 billion(at least so we are told). The previous bridge, which was larger than this one, cost £19 million which, after inflation, is £320 million. This price is also comparable with other such projects around the world. So why the difference? “

Read the full post here  http://a-place-to-stand.blogspot.com/2010/05/forth-bridge-fraud-i-accuse-hoyrood-of.html

Writes of Way is in Jura
“As well as chewed up wrappers, the surfaces were covered in mouse pee and poo. Leaving food behind in a bothy is a bit of a negligent thing to do, but we thought perhaps the last visitors just forgot. However, a little later we discovered some broken bottles on the beach, which really pissed us off. “

Read the full post here  http://writesofway.com/

Needled is walking again in Islay

“Loving Islay as I do, I find myself strangely emotional when I think that it is now also now somewhere that will forever be associated with this important stage in my recovery: the moment that I first saw myself as a walker again. So to anyone who is toiling away at the lonely work of improving their mobility,”

Read the full post here  http://needled.wordpress.com/

Islay Blog has the full Islay Blog Round Up

“It won’t come as a surprise that the Islay Festival features in many blogs this week “

Read the full post here  http://www.islayblog.com/2010entries/20100531-roundup124.shtml

Dear Scotland writes a letter to England to read just before the World Cup

“I am Scottish – and I won’t be supporting you at the World Cup. I will be supporting Algeria, the USA, and Slovakia. Or maybe Slovenia – I can’t remember which one is in your group.”

Read the full post here  http://dearscotland.com/2010/06/03/dear-england/

A Wee Bit of Cooking does tomato curry

“With so much going on, I hadn’t been very adventurous in the kitchen, instead relying on simple dishes, old favourites and more than a few takeaways.  Last weekend, however, I got my cooking mojo back and had a super Sunday trawling through cookbooks old and new then tearing up the kitchen trying out new ideas.”

Read the full post here  http://aweebitofcooking.co.uk/2010/05/18/simple-tomato-curry/

Words to Good Effect does all things plume related

“…this is what “plume” has come to signify for us all in 2010…”

Read the full post here   http://wordstogoodeffect.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/la-plume-de-ma-tante%E2%80%A6/

I hope you’ve enjoyed discovering some new Scottish blogs and if your blog was featured why not nominate your favourite Scottish blogs next week.

Blog on!

Misssy M


  1. Delighted to be included! Thank you very much. But even more delighted to have discovered many new fantastic blogs… Off to get cross about Scots not supporting England, and opine on the delights of the Tiger who Came to Tea…