Not my circus, not my monkeys?

Glasgow city council has decided to build a tennis court for a Scottish open championship. They chose to call it ‘The Alex Salmond court’.

Although some of the players don’t like it because it’s too slick. However it benefits players with good spin.

It’s interesting listening to the wailing and bellowing which is taking place to the north of here. Are the Scots going to vote for independence?

It’s funny, I’ve travelled a bit in Scotland and like the place. I’ve gone a few times into Wales, and crossing the borders into these two countries is a very different experience.

When you go into Scotland, everything changes, even the architecture.

Straiton main street

Whether it’s the long low terraces of Galloway and the Borders, or the classic ‘Sixties Soviet’ that you hit further north, it’s very different to the English side of the border. Indeed as you travel across Scotland various bits are very different to each other as well.

But when I’ve driven into Wales, if it wasn’t for Welsh road signs you’d never notice, and if you follow some roads you can wander backwards and forwards between the two countries without ever really knowing which one you’re in. The road signs don’t help to be honest. When I saw a sign which said ‘Pant’ I wasn’t sure whether it was a place or an instruction which would make more sense to Welsh speakers.

I suppose like most others in the North of England, we’ve had a generation or more of Scots independence. You get used to it, and treat the ‘Braveheart wildmen’ with the respect their grasp of history deserves.

I could say more but won’t. It’s their circus, their monkeys; their bed, theirs to make and lie on.


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20 thoughts on “Not my circus, not my monkeys?

  1. The Story Reading Ape September 12, 2014 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Too slick but benefits those with good spin is an apt description of said Political Ubermeister who will be forever known as The Hero of Scotland no matter which decision is made
    [Yes – FREEDOM (with all the challenges that will bring), or, No – DEVOLUTION (with all the concessions and benefits that will bring)]
    I hope they vote with their brains instead of their bravado next week 😀

    • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 2:05 pm Reply

      My feeling is that if they vote with their bravado next week, then sadly, there was no home for them in the UK anyway. We need brains and people with the wit to make a democratic society work better, not the wild romance which somehow manages to hark back to a future golden age that they’re going to create

      • The Story Reading Ape September 12, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        Sadly it’s a Celtic Condition to think the days of yore were better somehow Jim 😦

      • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 2:39 pm

        Well at least they’ll still be able to blame us when something goes wrong. After all it’ll be the English who stabbed them in the back and kicked them out in the cold if independence goes wrong

      • The Story Reading Ape September 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm

        Not really, when you think about it – Cameron is a good Scottish name, Miliband is a follower of the Judean Traditions and Clegg…..enough said there….. 😀

      • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 3:04 pm

        The fact the English have had to put up with Scots politicians for four hundred years means we ought to be able to sue them 🙂

      • The Story Reading Ape September 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm

        AND it was a Scots King who created the union (and flag) and started this whole thing off 😀 😀 😀

      • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 3:13 pm

        They come here, stealing our jobs, telling us how we ought to live.
        Home rule for the English! 😉

      • The Story Reading Ape September 12, 2014 at 3:43 pm

        FORWARD TO THE PAST 😀 😀 😀

      • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 3:54 pm

        How’d they like it if we went into their country and tried to run it for them. We’d never hear the last of it!

      • The Story Reading Ape September 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

        Oh wait – We DID – ooops 😀 😀 😀

      • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 4:13 pm

        And we haven’t. We’ve had to put up with sixteen generations of Scots politicians and they’re still moaning about Edward 1st

  2. M T McGuire September 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm Reply

    As my mum says. It was ok while we had a Scottish king then it all went tits up.

    • jwebster2 September 12, 2014 at 9:00 pm Reply

      The problem with the Stuarts is that the Scots keep assassinating them. Anyway we tried them and after two generations we realised why they did that and executed ours
      But we’re a fair broad-minded bunch, so we gave them another try.
      And ran the last one out of the country because he was too fast for the tar and feathers 🙂

      • M T McGuire September 13, 2014 at 11:01 am

        Exactly. And Bonnie Prince Charlie… oh dear. He was like having Justin Bieber on the throne… except Justin Biever comes across as a bit deeper than BPC.

        Lorks I’m going to be strung up for writing that.



      • jwebster2 September 13, 2014 at 11:32 am

        Classic Scots politician.
        Started off north of the border but the minute he saw a chance of the big time he went south

      • M T McGuire September 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

        Mwah hahahargh. This conversation is going to get us lynched! To be honest, I genuinely believe that yes or no it’s up to Scotland and the Scottish people. I really, really dislike Salmond, I think he’s a glory hunter and all his arguments seem to be based on “don’t listen to him he’s a wanker” phrased a bit more tactfully, of course. He doesn’t seem to have thought through the currency issues or… well… anything really. But if the Scottish people want to leave the union it is their call. I just hope that, when he’s got his ‘yes’ and it comes to the knitty gritty, he has more up his sleeve than the current, “let’s sock it to those English bastards” argument. Because having united his folks in their hatred of the English, he’ll have to find something else to drive them when the hated English have been booted out.


      • jwebster2 September 13, 2014 at 11:43 am

        He’s backed himself into a corner where he personally probably cannot lose. If there is a ‘No’ vote, then it’s the English lying. Also the fact that there are so many English ‘White settlers’ in Scotland acting as a 5th column.
        If he wins and things go badly, it’s the English being petty and vindictive and not giving the Scots a fair crack of the whip by giving them a decent share when dividing everything up.

      • M T McGuire September 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

        Sigh… yeh. I’d say so. Teflon coated.

      • jwebster2 September 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

        Hence the joke about the The Alex Salmond court 😦

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