A nation of artists

We Scots are an artistic lot.  We’re famed for it too: our history is in many senses defined by creative talent from novelists such as Walter Scott and Lewis Grassic Gibbon, painters of the calibre of James Guthrie and William MacTaggart and of course our celebrated poets.  They’ve all chartered our historic, spiritual and cultural progress as a nation, as Scotland’s bloggers continue to do today.  We really are a creative bunch.

Pat Kane writes a thought-provoking article in Play Today, urging inventive play initiatives and advocating an ingenuous play policy as an investment in tomorrow’s citizens.  Pat also suggests that creative workers of the future should “expect a degree of creative play in their lives”, which seems a reasonable claim to make. 

Meanwhile, Misssy M appears to have been having some fun filming The Lorelei in Camden (love the kilt!); she also reflects with some humour on the frustrations of a filmmaker.  Similarly, Ken takes a look at the ill-luck and difficulties that plague authors – and himself particularly. 

With news of a certain footballer’s alleged infidelity and super-injunctions dominating the headlines recently, Scottish Mum questions whether such injunctions are in fact legal and asks about the ramifications for taxpayers.  

Onto political matters, and Freedom-2-choose champions a more evidence-based approach towards public indoor smoking.  Abuse of people with learning disabilities, recently exposed by BBC’s Panorama, has resulted in public outrage.  A Burdz Eye View not only criticises the institution at the heart of the matter but also highlights cases of neglect closer to home and asks wider questions about how we, as a society, treat our most vulnerable.  

The Scottish government has expressed its objection to the UK Supreme Court adjudicating on appeals for Scottish cases under European Human Rights law.  Caron argues for pragmatism over political posturing and asks whether justice or geographical location is more important.

G’s Spot considers the rather interesting predicament of a US congressman and a compromising photograph. 

Sadly, one of our most prolific bloggers, an inspirational friend and arguably the friendliest person in politics passed away on Friday.  Andrew Reeves, known to many as an active blogger and an enthusiast for online communication, was the campaigns director for the Scottish Lib Dems.  But he was far more than that – an amazingly talented, hardworking, funny and deeply human person who touched countless lives. 

In an unusually busy week of blogging, Andrew found time to discuss the problems at FIFA, the jailing of Lord Taylor for expenses fraud, Scottish Labour’s internal turmoil and the e-coli outbreak.  His straightforward style will surely be missed in the Scottish blogosphere.

I leave the final word to Stephen Glenn, who writes a fitting and heartfelt tribute to Andrew.

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