Klingons, Scones and the Musical Forest

This week’s Scottish Roundup is brought to you by the letter E and the number 6…
It was compiled by Hercules Moments’ Eoin Smith (@eoinsmith), a journalist, student and magician from Aberdeen.

Let’s kick things off with  an uncharacteristically political – but comfortably surreal – moment, as The View from the Hills compares Scottish political parties to classic Star Trek villains. Will Scotland be assimilated by the dastardly Borg, terrorised by the Klingons, or did you vote for the ever-multiplying Tribbles?

Set in Darkness discusses politics of a local sort, extolling the benefits of countryside wind farms to Scottish villages like Fintry: “Whilst some wind farms are cash cows for a single land owner, or the developers, not Fintry. The village of Fintry secured a wind turbine on the farm, and take a 15th share of the income. Using that money, they are investing in both their village and their future. The plans are for a carbon neutral village.” Inspiring stuff, I’m sure you’ll agree.

Love and Garbage also gets in on the topical act: as founder of WICILEACS (Worldwide International Campaign for Information Liberation from Executives and Cabinets on Scones), he describes how he has refused to co-operate with himself in the writing of his upcoming unauthorised autobiography.

Scottish author Wulf Kurtoglu releases the first chapter of his upcoming book written in Shetlandic, ‘Braken Fences’, for free via his blog. Also to be released in English, the book depicts a near future society and promises to “explore themes of identity, allegiance and freedom”.

Elsewhere in Scotland, Kids, Craft and Chaos took a trip with the family to the “Musical Forest” at Loch Drunkie, near Callandar. There they played with giant instruments strewn around the forest and, quite understandably, jumped in some big puddles. Who wouldn‘t?

The riskily-named Whale Oil Beef Hooked describes how he overheard an odd conversation about curing hiccups, while In A Bun Dance describes how she has developed the exact opposite to a bucket list. (Warning: the latter link contains a sweary word.)

Writer Emma Kempsell laments the recent demise of R.E.M. as she struggles through a brisk Scottish morning. Meanwhile, over on The Blurst Times, Graeme Aitken enthuses about “Scotland’s other national drink” – Irn Bru – as makers AG Barr release a new, limited edition spicy variety: Fiery Irn Bru.

And finally, in a strange case of mistaken identity, Scottish magicians Fifth Dimension reveal how a national magic magazine once reported that they had been inducted to the Las Vegas Walk of Fame… only to later discover all was not as it seemed.

Have a good week, and happy blogging…


  1. Mony thanks for the mensh – it brocht some traffic tae ma blog. Cud Ah juist say, though, that the novel’s no aa in Shetlandic – it’s juist the Neanderthals that spicks that wey! (Nae offence intendit – Ah juist likit the auld-farrant saur o Shetlandic.)