it may come on a midnight clear!  That elusive quality of peace. where Palestine and Israel learn to live together and Western governments stop the policy of regime change!  

Since Blair &  BUSH  LIED about WMD and plunged Iraq into mayhem for over a decade destroying a country’s infrastrcture not to mention the millions killed and maimed for life.

NATO with more lied from CAMERON PM! DESTROYED  Libya and plungef a stable country into all out civil war still raging today. neither of the puppet governments have any controle or authority and even adversaries of Colonel Muamer Gadaffi  long for him and ehat he presided over rather than the anarchy and violence.  while the west is concernef at the tidal wave of migrants from Africa trafficed by the people smugglers now thriving rathet tjan being contained and executed by Quddafi.

in 2017 LET US PRAY for a new political broom to TRUMP the warmongers and encourage the Builders up.  more saints than sinners. Less DESTRUCTION more care love and Construction.  More work for architects and none for armaments.



The general Assembly of 2018 celebrates the 50th anniversary of the ordination of Women into the Ministry of Word and Sacrament.   To mark this occasion on the  fourth day of the Assembly a march was made up the Mound to the Quod of New College atop the Mound by many of the women ministers ordained in the last fifty years.   The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland is Rt. Rev. Susan Brown of Dornoch Cathedral. 



    The Kirk was in feisty mood as the threw out the Strategic Plan of the ASSEMBLY  COUNCIL. for being short on detail and heavy on platitudes.  although it did have some key points overall it was weak.  It fell as the commissioners voted it down.  

Rt. Rev. Susan Brown


      The World Mission report covered a range of issues and during the debates and question time many raised the issues of Palestine and some speakers sought the church to encourage the UK government to  recognise Palestine state.  It also highlighted the plight of those who were oppressed by the Israeli government and lived in a a virtual prison due to the massive walls and checkpoints erected and the continued taking of Palestinian LAND  for new building projects. 

     The Kirk though under pressure as it shrinks in size and the lack of Ministers sought to find new ways to attract the younger generation who seem to have lost their faith or have little or no interest in religion.  

photos will come next week

The Plight of the Palestinians too was highlighted and called for the Israelto recognise them as people also she called for the Kirk to demand UK Government recognise of Palestine as a state at the Kirks General Assembly.  The General Assembly met atop the Mound And celebrated the 50th annversary of women in the Ministry on the fourth day. There was a march up the Mound in Edinburgh by many of the women ministers. 

The General Assembly covered a wide range of issies and the commissioners as the delegates are known by come from around Scotland.  There were several overseas delegates too from various areas.   The key issue facing the Kirk in the early days was the reduction in membership and indeed the shortage of Ministers.  There were moves to encourage more young peopleto become ministers.

The debate on oil and energy eas a long and key one on the fifth day of General Assembly.

Final update snd full report next week.

THE  LAST few terrror attacks have taken a new turn love wolves is a term used by media perhpas advised by the security services.  in many cases after the incident the lone wolf or wolvves end up dead in a hail of police bullets not surprising but a bit counter productve if we want to stop this type of attaack.

Sadly the Rambla Barcelona has been the location of the latest attacks plus a locale near Barcelona  this time there is a pack if not more than one pack at work  again most seem to have ended up dead or at least not caught yet! Major gas finds in Syrian area and in the middle east.  may be to blame .  Im fascinated that my statistics jumped up from one turkish source  why i wondeer.???

In the coming days we will hear more of this sad terror attacks and the loss of life even children died a three year old.       The key is to make sure we capture one of these wolves and make him talk see if just a criminal decided to do deed on own or if he was inspired by rubbish on the internet or dark net.  was he paid as there are costs in the terror someone pays for hire so a money trail needs to be found .  it can be found too .  Trouble is most of the clamp downs are at the wrong end of the market thoe ordinary punter suffers while the big fish swim freely.

There are some intersting alliances forming in the asian area Turkey and Russia forming more friendly relations also Russia and China. also forming relationships.  The USA in the misdst of confusing messages from a President who seems to be more   interested in firing people around him than taking their advice.   Also far right and left groups are  becoming hostile openly to each other.   It is an unusual time indeed


more to follow more research on going.






World in Confusion!

Source: World in Confusion!

The current state of the Planet is best described as confusing there are things happening which half a century ago would be looked on with amazement and incredulity.  A massive commercial airliner dis appears totally no wreckage found and no bodies and a hint that it was remotely  hijacked .   Poland’s whole government was killed in a plane crash as they were going to a funeral.  rumours of this incident include that gunmen roamed the wreckage ensuring all were dead!!   There has been a move to leave the EU in the UK after a referendum where a narrow margin voted to leave.    There was an election called within a few weeks after the Prime MInister in a TV interview said there was no reason for one.  There are a number of terror attacks.

There are what has become termed more lone wolf attacks and random terrorist groups  A coup in Turkey while the President manages to survive and not only that get rid of all opposition.  Judges Professors and others who oppose him.   The soldiers also jailed thought they were on an exercise!!   The american Presidential election finished up with the most unlikely winner a celebrity type candidate businessman who has been bankrupt six times at least.. H is running the place like his TV show having said to a number of his cabinet   YOU ARE FIRED!!! EVEN THE HEAD OF THE FBI WAS FIRED!   NOW HIS CHIEF LAW OFFICER HAS BEEN SIDELINED.    IN  EUROPE  THE PLACE IS BEING INUNDATED WITH REFUGEES FROM AFRICA AND ENDING UP IN GREECE AND ITALY 

Both countries are poor economies already.  strained to the limit now being overloaded with a massive problem despite Germany having an open door policy.  Many just want to reach britain.  while others Germany and France.   The welcome is not red carpet   from anywhere add to that the refugees from Syrian civil war it is a mess by any measure.
In 2011 NATO was used to destroy yet another country  LIBYA.    Gaddafi was murdered brutally in camera shot! his son barely survived another son died too also murdered six years later one of the most advanced arab nations is in ruins.  It is a mess of warlord factions fighting each other two so called governments which do not have any authority what so ever.  All this regime change is destroying the planet,  There are a myriad of other things in the political world Russia is being sidelined.   Putin villified by the west despite he is the Good Guy on the planet a Christian and the Russian Orthodox Church growing faster than at any time in the last century .  The Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church has said President Putin is a miracle for the Christian Church in Russia.  The Church in Europe on the  other hand there is reducing vastly.   The Church of Scotland was founded in the sixteenth century and has grown or at least stayed fairly static except for some times in the 17th Century.  Today it has a membership for the first time falling below half a million nearer 300,000. in a Scotland with a growing population nearly six million.   There is definitely a change in society towards more open and some would say immoral behaviour.  The Gay rights have steamrolled into almost the mainstream.  Yet the rainbow alliance may find there is a backlash to come.   It is this immoral behaviour which fuels the hatred of the west by the more narrow viewed Islamic society.  Indeed if you look at the middle east women are decades if not centuries behind their western sisters.  In more modern middle east countries they have been attacked ergo Syria. Libya.   Despite the mayhem life is going on as normal more people are going on cruise ships and the companies are building larger and larger ones.  Will it all end in tears possibly but here is a strange economic statistic  in a world of massive economic downturn the luxury market has risen about 60% while top incomes rose massively and the bankers who lost the billions end up with millions bonuses!!! The bottom 45% have faced frozen wages or at best a 1
% increase!   The news media broadcast and print is owned worldwide by a handful of people never a good idea.  In the journalistic world freelancers find it more and more difficult to eek out a living thanks to the owners greed trying to make citizen journalists!!  you can’t be both you are either one or the other you can never be both but that was Murdoch’s idiotic idea to make him more money and care less about the quality.  The world needs now are citizens to rise up and ask the real questions and to start to keep politicians  accountable.  

The beginning mentioned the puzzling happenings in recent times.  they have yet to be explained including the in-house possibly 9/11 which must be the craziest most covered up disaster in history.    Some 9000 architects say there is something to be explained. Ah well by the time of the next blog I hope more people will care to start to turn the world around to get the bad guys!  put them back where they deserve to be behind bars.    Pray for a change  I am will someone who reads this tell me if they are concerned about the world? .   thanks





   Atop the Mound in Edinburgh for seven days in May the Kirk more formally known as the Church of Scotland meets for its annual meeting known as the General Assembly to plan the way ahead for the Church and indeed act on   occasions as a court to deal with problems or problem ministers in the Kirk.   

Saturday 20th of May 2017: General Assembly of the Church of Scotland:

photo courtesy Church of Scotland.

     This year 2017 the Kirk is probably facing its most critical problem for the future since its establishment nearly 500 years ago.  It is worth wondering what John Knox its founder  would have though said and more likely done in the current climate.  The country he lived in and founded the reformed church became in time the land of the Book.  The book in question being the Bible. frequently it is said by commissioners they feel the Kirk is in a land that no longer is a Christian country.  With the growing  population increasing from differing ethnic and religious backgrounds it is little surprise that the members and ministers feel under much pressure.   In the past decade many Churches have closed and been sold often turned into apartments and houses.   It is not what some feel the biblical words In my father’s house are many mansions! is about.  Some 700 plus commissioners comte to debate the issues facing the Kirk.  They are from the Highland to the Lowland and everyplace in between.   They are a wide range of theological views to from evangelicals conservative to the much more open liberal views who see need for change and adaptation to modern1491729702559

photo courtesy sninternational


     This year the agenda included a celebration of the Balfour declaration Centenary,  The need for allowing older people to train for the ministry or in other words a U-turn from when they shut the door on anyone over 55 being trained for the ministry.  The development of new types of ministry too has taken place but with reservations among some in the congregations.

princess in gallery

photo courtesy Church of Scotland.

        Some fear the diminution of the value of the Ministry of Word and Sacrament in such changes.   The idea of Hub ministries is gaining ground as is closer ecumenical ties the lack of funds in all denominations seems to encourage best use of  resources and the ability to share with each other.  Those in the Ecumenical area seem to feel this is changing the tide towards more ecumenical work over Scotland and the wider world.

During General Assembly there used to be much erudite speeches some key arguments put well and some memorable lines and quotes for the press who covered the issues closely indeed until devolution and a Scottish Parliament in 1999 the Kirk was the voice of the Scottish People.   It is perhaps fitting that the first Parliament meetings pushed the Church of Scotland General Assembly aside they held it not in the Assembly Hall but in the Conference centre in Edinburgh while the Parliament met in the newly refurbished Assembly Hall.!  since that time the Kirk’s assembly has seen a marked diminution of its import to the Scottish Society.

    The Kirk always invites delegates to attend from all over the world from Church partners around the Globe.  Among those this year was Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan.  He was invited to address the General Assembly by the new Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the Rt. Rev. Derek Brownning of Edinburgh. Prince Ghazi’s speech proved to be  words of warning to .  the kKirk AND THE WORLD. He painted a bleak picture and one of violence and tragedy in the wake of the MANCHESTER BOMBING many may feel he is right to be concerned about the future and about the rift between the west Christianity and Islam.


photo courtesy Church of Scotland.

    However, it was not doom and gloom and much waas there to be clelbrated including the work of the Guild, the Youth General Assembly and many other projects including one to tackle the pay day loans companies who charged astronomic rates to the poorest in society.


general Assembly Hall

There is one thing for sure over the week long Assembly the Kirk is not pessimistic but full of faith and ideas which the next General Assembly will undoubtedly discuss, argue debate and discard as well as wholeheartedly embrace to ensure a future of faith for the faithful few though they are at present.

To Be or not to be…SCOTLAND THE BRAVE!

IT is  fitting title for a puzzling time in the U.K.  what with BREXIT and perhaps the exit of Scotland from the Union?  The first part of the title is from the English Bard Shakespeare while the remainder of the title id the bedt known Scottish song!   The answer is multi level and far more complex.



There are several Nordic countries smaller populations yet survive and even thrive.  However, more younger Scots feel they are Scottidh before British unlike 50 years ago!  The last referendum result was narrow and some suspect was rigged.  It is no surprise a SECOND referendum is needed. THE  SNP  are simply keeping to thier manifesto promise due to BREXIT result. Unlike the Chancellor who had to make s sharp ordered U TURN!!!  Under internstional law and treaties PM May will be unable to stop it. As cameron was reminded and came to Edinburgh with Blank paper to sign!  😅  according toa reliable source.


oil industry in Aberdeen the Oil and energy Capital of Scotland


The real question is the economy and the constitution. Well a written one has been dtaftef by a thonl tank prior to first referendum and as for economy well Maggie Thatcher destroyed the mining and steel industries and was convinced of Friedmans  market driven model which even Friedman admitted eas WRONG AND RUBBISH!  What of Oil. Well despite recent politically low pricrs to try tp damage the Russian economy.  In reality prices must rise. In the medium term maybe little but in far future some predict high demand and smaller reserves $200  a barrel!

However the opposition tp the SNP paint it oil is a bonus not the bread and butter that is thibgs like tourism and  agriculture and Whisky currently put performibg oil sector on i come.  Interesting that Cameron visited Shetland just before the teferendum vote day and failed to announce BP’S largest westof Shetland basin find which will produce millions of barrels daily. BP afmit it is larger than the forties find whichkicked off the oil bonanza!



Highland Mary still looking for a proper ferry!


So if the people of Scotland the brave dare to say YES!  then they will simply return to being a more active Nation in Europe with thier own currency to boot they could be all but debt free! That is for another blog.