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I play for community and commonwealth not competition nor conflict.

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Woot Woot - thanks so much

Right Answers… It’s very difficult for me to reflect on things without touching on politics and other contentious issues. I’d ask if you all roll along with this and if we need to debate we pop along to RSP. Clearly these are all merely my interpretation of things… and I am know to change my mind and be wrong… frequently.

Oh and there'll be a lot of folk music as that is my way.

Octavian wrote:

1- Who is your favorite world-famous Scottish celebrity?

Best Scot…

Well I’ve got to be honest - I try very hard to reject all of the trappings of Nationalism (though I do put it on a tad to do my part for the Scottish tourism industry).

But I think if I had to pick a neighbour I’d go with one of our writers, comedians, artists or poets…

Now world famous might be the challenge.

I suppose Rabbie Burns may be the best known a most iconic Scot.

Now I stumble back to Nationalism… In my personal opinion we Scots at our best and most enduring have tried to unlearning privilege, think of looking after others while treating power/status/class with some degree of scepticism and doubt.

A certain folk consciousness has been created and forged through injustice, struggle and making do with less - I hope that it’s something we will hold onto.

Anyway in that vain here’s A Man's A Man For A’ That / Is There For Honest Poverty

Is there for honest Poverty
That hings his head, an' a' that;
The coward slave-we pass him by,
We dare be poor for a' that!
For a' that, an' a' that.
Our toils obscure an' a' that,
The rank is but the guinea's stamp,
The Man's the gowd for a' that.

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an' a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man's a Man for a' that:
For a' that, and a' that,
Their tinsel show, an' a' that;
The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor,
Is king o' men for a' that.

Ye see yon birkie, ca'd a lord,
Wha struts, an' stares, an' a' that;
Tho' hundreds worship at his word,
He's but a coof for a' that:
For a' that, an' a' that,
His ribband, star, an' a' that:
The man o' independent mind
He looks an' laughs at a' that.

A prince can mak a belted knight,
A marquis, duke, an' a' that;
But an honest man's abon his might,
Gude faith, he maunna fa' that!
For a' that, an' a' that,
Their dignities an' a' that;
The pith o' sense, an' pride o' worth,
Are higher rank than a' that.

Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a' that,)
That Sense and Worth, o'er a' the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an' a' that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
It's coming yet for a' that,
That Man to Man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that.

monkeyhandz wrote:
Octavian wrote:

2- Tell us about your favorite famous Scot that most of the world might not know about.

Well I don’t know about famous but I’d like to name a few:

Hamish Henderson was poet and citizen of the world who helped, created and shared.

Here’s his Freedom Come-All-Ye which addresses Scotland’s dubious role of perhaps doing things that aught not be in its nature.

Roch the win i the clear day's dawin
Blaws the clouds heilster-gowdie owre the bay
But thair's mair nor a roch win blawin
Thro the Great Glen o the warl the day
It's a thocht that wad gar our rottans
Aa thae rogues that gang gallus fresh an gay
Tak the road an seek ither loanins
Wi thair ill-ploys tae sport an play

Nae mair will our bonnie callants
Merch tae war whan our braggarts crousely craw
Nor wee weans frae pitheid an clachan
Murn the ships sailin doun the Broomielaw
Broken faimilies in launs we've hairriet
Will curse 'Scotlan the Brave' nae mair, nae mair
Black an white ane-til-ither mairriet
Mak the vile barracks o thair maisters bare

Sae come aa ye at hame wi freedom
Never heed whit the houdies croak for Doom
In yer hous aa the bairns o Aidam
Will fin breid, barley-bree an paintit room
Whan MacLean meets wi's friens in Springburn
Aa thae roses an geeans will turn tae blume
An a black laud frae yont Nyanga
Dings the fell gallows o the burghers down.


I’d give a nod to many of the Red Clydesider’s for their part in leading a Scottish radical movement. I don’t necessarily agree with all of their views but I do appreciate peaceful radicals (those of them that truly were).

Tell me whaur ye're gaun, lad,
An who ye're gaun tae meet
A'm headed for the station
That's in Buchanan Street,
A'll join 200,000
That's there tae meet the train
That's bringing back tae Glesca
Our ain dear John MacLean

There was nane like John MacLean,
The fightin Dominie

Tell me whaur he's been, lad,
An why has he been there?
They've had him in the prison
For preachin in the Square,
For Johnny held a finger up
Tae aa the ills he saw,
He was right side o the people,
But the wrang side o the law

Johnny was a teacher
In one o Glasgow's schools
The golden law was silence
But Johnny broke the rules,
For a world o social justice
Young Johnny couldnae wait,
He took his chalk an easel
Tae the men at the shipyard gate

The leaders o the nation
Made money hand ower fist
By grindin doun the people
By the fiddle an the twist,
Aided an abetted
By the preacher an the Press
John caad for revolution
An he caad for nothin less

The bosses an the judges
United as one man
For Johnny was a danger
Tae their '14-'18 plan,
They wanted men for slaughter
In the fields o Armentiers,
John caad upon the people
Tae smash the profiteers

They brought him to the courtroom
In Edinburgh toun,
But still he didnae cower,
He firmly held his ground,
An stoutly he defended
His every word an deed,
Five years it was his sentence
In the jail at Peterheid

Seven months he lingered
In prison misery
Till the people rose in fury,
In Glesca an Dundee,
Lloyd George an aa his cronies
Were shaken tae the core,
The prison gates were opened,
An John was free once more.

Here's Hamish Henderson's Nod to John Maclean:

Hey, mac, did ye see him as he cam doun by Gorgie
Awa owre the Lammerlaw an north o the Tay?
Yon man is comin an the hail toun is turnin out
We're aa shair he'll win back tae Glesca the day
The jiners an hauders-on are merchin fae Clydebank
Come on nou an hear him he'll be owre thrang tae bide
Turn out Jock an Jimmie, leave yer cranes an yer muckle gantries
Great John Maclean's comin hame tae the Clyde
Argyll St and London Road's the route that we're merchin
The lauds frae the Broomielaw are here, tae a man!
Hey Neil, whaur's yer hauderums, ye big Heilan teuchtar
Get yer pipes, mate, an merch at the heid o the clan
Hullo, Pat Malone, shair A knew ye'd be here, so,
The red an the green, laud, we'll wear side by side
Gorbals is his the day an Glesca belangs tae him
Nou great John Maclean's comin hame tae the Clyde
Forward tae Glesca Green we'll merch in guid order
Will grips his banner weill, that boy isnae blate!
Aye, weill, man, thair's Johnnie nou, that's him thair the bonnie fechter
Lenin's his feir, laud, and Liebknecht's his mate
Tak tent whan he's speakin for thae'll mind whit he said here
In Glesca, our city, an the hail warl besides
Och man the scarlet's bonnie, here's tae ye Heilan Shonie
Great John Maclean's comin hame tae the Clyde
Aye weill, whan it's feenisht A'll awa back tae Springburn
Come hame tae yer tea, John, we'll sune hae ye fed
It's hard wark the speakin, och, A'm shair he'll be tired the nicht
A'll sleep on the flair, mac, an gie John the bed
The hail city's quiet nou, it kens that he's restin
At hame wi's Glesca freens, thair fame an thair pride
The red will be worn, ma lauds, an Scotlan will merch again
Nou great John Maclean has come hame tae the Clyde


The author Robin Jenkins has reflected a great deal on Scottish identity. During the WW2 he was registered as a conscientious objector, which remains something somewhat controversial but for which I have a good deal of time for (in a way). His tour de force book is the Cone Gathers and it’s a really rather fine wee novel about the nature of civilised humanity. Playing with many of the big Scottish themes.


A fellow that doesn’t/didn’t get the attention he is due but who I must link to more than any other is Michael Marra. This is his song which some of us would like to become Scotland’s national anthem, I think it correctly identifies that under all of Scotland's swagger there is a humble nature - Scotland's Hermless:

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then Ah come hame for ma tea

Wi' ma hand on ma heart and ma heart in ma mooth
With arms that could reach o'er the sea
Ma feet might be big but the insects are safe
They'll never get stood on by me

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then Ah come hame for ma tea

Ah save a' the coupons that comes wi' the soup
And when Ah have saved fifty-three
Ah put three in the drawer and send fifty away
And something gets posted tae me

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
Ah go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then Ah come hame for ma tea

There's one or twa pals that Ah ca' my chums
They're canny and meek as can be
There's Tam wi' his car, Big Ed wi' his stamps
And Big Lexie Gilmour and me

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
I go tae the library an' tak' oot a book
Then I come hame for ma tea

Hermless, hermless,
There's never nae bother frae me
Naeb'dy would notice if I wasnae there
And I didnae come hame for ma tea

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
I dae what I'm telt and I tidy my room
Then I come doon for ma tea

Hermless, hermless
There's never nae bother frae me
I jist hang aboot and inherit the earth
Then I come doon for ma tea

My conclusion is be happy and excellent to each other.

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Jings - Mony a mickle maks a muckle!

Disclaimer: I like to do my best for the Scottish tourist industry so I’ll put it on a wee bit just to give you a taste.


The Isle of Skye is a tile laying board game with a core mechanic of valuing, selling and buying tiles from opponents. It can sit 2 - 5 players with the sweet spot arguably being 3-4. The game bosts modular scoring, so scoring changes from game to game with each game using four scoring variables out of the sixteen avilable.

Players interaction is limited to the sale of tiles but due to this being the core mechanic there is a good deal of interaction and keeping an eye on opponents fortunes is essential to victory. Players place tiles to build their own separate wee fiefdom with rules akin to Carcassonne.

While in no means does it attempt to simulate or be historically accurate it does use Clan names from the history of the Isle and while fairly cliche the images do a fair job of representing the sights of Skye.


Falling means your playing

Mony a mickle maks a muckle

Whits for you will no go past you

You won’t always ken what to do.
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