Birth, rebirth and renewal – maybe Spring has arrived at last

It seemed to me, as we finally saw some weather that could be identified as being Spring-like, that there was a seasonal theme around rebirth and renewal in the blogosphere.

With Margaret Thatcher’s funeral this week, the main theme of Audrey Birt’s excellent Roundup last week continued.  What was Mrs Thatcher’s legacy and what did it mean for Scotland? How did she affect us as individuals?

A Scottish Liberal was unimpressed by the talk of protest at the Funeral and challenged those to roll up their sleeves and improve the world:

If you dislike what Thatcher stood for, and I understand that fully, why not find some more useful outlet for your political expression? Why not join a political party?  Why not get involved in a democratic movement? Why not work for one of the many voluntary organisations promoting social inclusion?  Essentially, there are very many ways you could serve society more effectively than via a short-sighted demonstration of hate. Hate is, after all, very easy; working to create a better society is a long, hard challenge.

Douglas McLellan, one of the newest and possibly most right wing (his description) members of the Green Party in Scotland writes at Better Nation that it’s time for Scotland to get over Thatcher.  He argues that many of our problems are to do with our choices of today:

Instead of looking back to the failures or successes of Thatcher, why can’t Scottish politicians move forward, looking to provide solutions to current problems regardless of their supposed origin? It seems no policy now can be brought forward without genuflecting to the memory of Thatcher. The peculiarly Scottish approach of developing public policy by first referencing bad things in Scottish history means that often the proposed solutions are not as helpful as they could be. For example, Scotland has a health problem. I am part of that problem as I am very overweight. If I still lived in Fife my weight problem would no doubt be attributed to living in a former mining village suffering from unemployment caused by Labour in the 1970s and the Tories in the 1980s (remember Labour never did anything bad to mining communities….). However my weight problem is actually to do with a disposable income large enough to fund far too many takeaways, full fat soft cheeses and high sugar/caffeine drinks.

Kate Higgins likens the referendum campaign to Tom and Jerry and says that it should be more about inspiring people than the campaigns  kicking lumps out of each other.

Living on words alone tells us of David Steel spending a night in the cells after a demonstration against the closure of the Borders rail line. This week, work started on its reconstruction.

Kelvin Holdsworth has been fending off attacks from China, France and Russia this week. Thankfully his websites are now back in safe hands and he has some advice to help us avoid the problems he experienced. On a similar theme, The Admiral’s Album had a photo which highlights just how useful our laptop could be to a fraudster but is that what we care about?

Bear Bahoochie recounts a story of unread books and fascism – a conversation overheard in a school library.

Yesterday was Record Store Day, a highlight of the year for my husband. He was out of the house to catch the first train to Edinburgh so he could be first in the queue outside Underground Solu’shn in Edinburgh. Well, he’d planned to be first, but ended up being 11th.  I was particularly chuffed to see he’d brought me a new edition of “Maybe I’m amazed” by Wings.  Ralph’s Life wrote about his thoughts on record shops in general. Circus Girl wrote about why she was supporting the event.

Sticking to a musical theme, Raymond Weir combines musical appreciation with grammar pedantry. What’s not to love?

A new blog reviewing places and events in Edinburgh has recently started up. Edinblogger reviews a Mexican restaurant.

My Beautiful Bailey tells of her adventures on her first Munro bagging trip in her new caravan.

Tartantights enjoyed her afternoon of sport.

Things are changing in the In a Bun Dance household. Will she succeed in ensuring that the whole family pulls their weight when it comes to the domestic chores?

Finally, wonderful news from one of the Roundup family. Regular Roundup editor  Shoogly Peg, wrote very movingly about her first four weeks of motherhood.

As Eilidh finally emerged on that sunny Thursday, she was met by a row of three smiling female doctors and my two wonderful midwives, all calmly helping our little girl  into the world with kindness, knowledge and confidence. I wish I could show Eilidh a photograph of that moment. Because this is what we want you to aspire to, little Eilidh. You can be anything you want to be: a doctor or a teacher, a plumber or an actor or a travelling acrobat. Whatever makes you happy: but if you have kindness and confidence, then you have everything you need.

Many congratulations to the whole family.

That’s all for this week. We are about to start compiling the Roundup rota for May-August. If you fancy a week in the editor’s chair, let us know by Twitter @scottishroundup or email

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