Letâ€™s kick things off with Â 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: â€œWhilst 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.â€ Inspiring stuff, Iâ€™m sure youâ€™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 â€œexplore themes of identity, allegiance and freedomâ€.
Elsewhere in Scotland, Kids, Craft and Chaos took a trip with the family to the â€œMusical Forestâ€ at Loch Drunkie, near Callandar. There they played with giant instruments strewn around the forest and, quite understandably, jumped in some big puddles. Who wouldnâ€˜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 â€œScotlandâ€™s other national drinkâ€ – 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 Fameâ€¦ only to later discover all was not as it seemed.
Have a good week, and happy bloggingâ€¦