Outlander, Mr. Peabody and Time Travel

  Having binge watched the first two seasons on Netflix, my wife is now reduced to a single weekly episode of Outlander. The hugely popular historical time travel series is in its third season, with a promise of a fourth to follow. …I have never really been able to grasp books or films that includeContinue reading “Outlander, Mr. Peabody and Time Travel”

Scots Vote NO; We Still Have A United Kingdom; Now The Fun Begins

By garnering a 55.3% share of the votes cast, the NO side in Scotland’s independence referendum assured that country’s place within the United Kingdom. As is so often the case, the old adage that claims the only poll that counts is the one on voting day was borne out. For the most part, polling leadingContinue reading “Scots Vote NO; We Still Have A United Kingdom; Now The Fun Begins”

Referendums: What Can Québec Learn From Scotland?

With the September 18th voting day fast approaching, the BBC recently published a piece on what Scotland can learn from Québec’s experience with referendums on sovereignty. I would like to put the shoe on the other foot and look at what Québec can learn from the Scots. To paraphrase John F. Kennedy: Ask not whatContinue reading “Referendums: What Can Québec Learn From Scotland?”

Celtic dourness; Irish and Scottish

As we enter the period of solemn preparation – no not Lent, that started weeks ago – the week leading up to St. Patrick’s day, there’s a great piece in the New York Times by playwright John Patrick Shanley. The Darkness of an Irish Morning recalls the author’s trip to Ireland with his aging father to visit relatives andContinue reading “Celtic dourness; Irish and Scottish”

No havering about Scottish referendum question; North East still hunkering down for Sandy

The question of Scottish independence will be addressed in a referendum to be held in 2014 – and the “question” is being debated currently. Alex Salmond, First Minister of Scotland, has stated in the Scottish Parliament that the preferred question would be “Do you agree that Scotland should be an independent country?” The wording wasContinue reading “No havering about Scottish referendum question; North East still hunkering down for Sandy”