Whose blog is topical anyway?

It’s the burd here with the round-up this weekend.  The observant among you will have noticed that I took a bit of a blogging holiday this summer.  Partly it was down to there not being all that much to blog about, but also because I couldn’t quite get round to blogging on topical issues timeously.

No such problems with this week’s batch of bloggers, who’ve been scribbling and tapping furiously on a host of topical issues and themes.

Well done, then to the Ben Lomond Free Press for being quick off the mark and acknowledging the passing of Neil Armstrong by resurrecting the moon landing hoax theory.

Scots Whay Hae has been submerged in all things book festivaly – and has the podcasts to prove it.  While Song, by Toad has been helping out at Fresh Air Radio in their Fresh Fringe Friday slot and kindly posted a top class playlist from the final show.

Elsewhere, it seems everyone has an opinion on the Julian Assange case.  Including the lawyers:  Love and Garbage’s post prompted quite the debate.  Bright Green Scotland, tried to steer a middle course, while Another Side of Lesley Riddoch demonstrated that little has changed in relation to the wider issue of rape since Ken Clarke’s controversial remarks last year.  And Caron’s musings highlighted the hitherto-unknown situation in the US whereby men who rape can claim access to children conceived as a consequence.

Ian S Smart attempts to shine some light on to what has been a far too heated debate on what constitutes rape.  Proving this point, here’s The 21st Floor highlighting the ongoing  internet war with hacking and vandalising of people’ s sites by Assange supporters.  How mature.  But there was room for humour: Love and Garbage made a second post this week having a wee pop at some of the more censorious attitudes prompted by George Galloway’s distasteful fulminating.

On the domestic political front, Labour Hame prepared for Better Together’s weekend of campaigning with a post by Jim Murphy MP in which he explains why, for the first time, he was preparing to join forces with the Tories.  In the interests of political balance, you understand, Stop the World, Scotland wants to get on (a newbie on the political blogging front, hurrah!) sets out the problem with said campaign.

Meanwhile, in the week a Unionist expert panel presented its referendum option, Calum Cashley ponders the difference between a statement and a question on independence.  Malc Harvey also blogged on its pros and cons.  Just to show we’re all still obsessed by the question or questions, Scot Goes Pop! takes a Scotsman columnist to task for his opposition to there being a second question.

There were lots of headlines about university places and whose students were getting their fill:  Tim Haddow helpfully outlined who wasn’t getting the places in law.  Clue – not young people from working class backgrounds.

The decision by Aberdeen City Council to overturn the local referendum result on the refurb of Union Terrace Gardens prompted Basedrones to suggest that a new proposal, complete with acronyms, will be along soon. Though Lena the Hyena – a long time chronicler of this issue – celebrated this week’s decision with a delightful visual blog. Urbanity…history runs the runes over Scottish Government proposals for community empowerment and renewal.

Some have taken the inspiration of the Olympics and turned it into action.  Whatever next?  So here’s the Jimmi Henshite Experiences taking part in the Springburn Harriers Canal Canter, and here’s In a Bun Dance investing in some new pants to assist her cycling schtick.   If you really are missing the Olympics – keep up, Paralympics coming soon! – follow the Absurdist’s advice and try not to laugh out loud.

And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical.  In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being.  Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are?  Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.


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