NEWS LESS ORDINARY OR WHAT THEY PREFER YOU DONT KNOW

It  is some time since I blogged been ill and in hospital so now im back and hopefully will get back to a normality a new blog per fortnight.  The range of topics is likely to be wide ranging as usual.  

When I got home I was in time to see the Tennis from Wimbledon and a range of matches  ending with the winning Mens Singles on the Sunday won by Scotland’s own Andrew Murray.      I  also  was treated to the politial mayhem from the run up to the referendum   on the 23rd and then the brexit aftermath shock of the media.  They really have to stop being so hide bound and controlled by thier political friends.   They seem to be totally flumoxed when Brexit won south o fthe border.

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However,  there is  now everything up for grabs a shocked PM resigned and the ship of government in UK became rudderless and people lined up to be the new PM.   in the end there was a single person came through the mayhem = Theresa May , Home Secretary who is not the new PM.

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Forth Bridge.

So now we could be ready for the Brexit Mayhem.  Scotland want IN  England Wales want OUT and Northern Ireland like Scotland want in. over all the UK votes were a narrow Victory for the OUT brigade led by former Mayor of London Boris Johnson who now ended up as Foreign Secretary.   The challengers Gove ended up being fired as was Osborne the chancellor.  As the government did the hokey kokey pushing some IN and other Out and others reeling at the result.  We now are ready to dance with the EU but not as partner.

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With the USA election on the horizon and the two main contenders being Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton  the future is possibly more Mayhem!

The  future is probably more uncertain than usual but with careful planning and a lot of good will on all sides it can turn  out even better.  My heartrate was out of rhythm but so was our politics and indeed so is world politics at present we live in interesting but dangerous times.  and even more surprising the Chilcot report is published AT LAST!   it concluded Blair Lied, there were no WMD in Iraq and yes they not interested in looking at the PM BLAIR!  but have the temerity to suggest some soldiers may be prosecuted not before BLAIR AND BUSH PLEASE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

VALENTINES DAY MASSACRES.

      The month of February is coming to its short close with 24 extra hours as it is a leap year!   It has been more like a month of death than love!   The middle east is in an unstable situation thanks to the WEstern Governments and NATO interference in places such as Libya, Syria, and Iraq and Afghanistan.  

The death toll in Syria is massive and unknown in real terms at the moment.  The US regime  change policy – get rid of Saddam,  of Qadaffi et al now Assad is something of a disaster and in an Presidential election year we have the rise of Donald Trump. promising to build walls!   What next!

 

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The idea and spin of suggesting all this is done in the name of spreading democracy is spurious and people are beginnin to see it.  What is ironic is that hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing the death and destruction are heading for what they see as the promised lands of the west particularly Britain!   The European union and the easy borders agreements have now been put under so much strain that the whole project is creaking at the seams as well as the economies sorely tested.   Even the Strong Germany is having a rise of the right wing facists very worrying indeed.  Sweden always once a welcome open border is shutting the gate to stem the tide of those seeking a better life for them and their offspring.

Even those is Libya who were anti Gadaffi wish he were beck in control!! that tells you it all and to make it worse it is where ISIS is seeking to headquarter.  The global political secene is too unusual   Putin is  out of favor as is Russia Iran is in favour with the WEst. However time they looked around !

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the man the new world order people hate.

todays Kremilin Press info:-

Mr Putin and Mr Rouhani noted the importance of continuing their joint efforts to resolve the Syrian crisis, including by continuing the resolute fight against ISIS, Jabhat al-Nusra and other groups on the UN Security Council’s list of terrorist organisations.

Should they all not be singing from the same hymn sheet as the US keep telling us they want peace and democracy but you dont get that at the barrel of a gun!

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Lebanon may well end up in turmoil.

Let us hope that as we go into March we get more peace and democracy!

In the west wishe Presidential elections and in Scotland a Scottish Parliamentary Election as well as a referendum on in or out of Europe! it will be a time to vote for one and all able so to do.   Ballot papers is what is needed in the mid east while the bullets fly little or no democracy can follow.   We can keep our eyes open in these elections in the U.K for the new political kids on the block in Scotland the SDA !

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A GUID NEW YEAR!

In Scotland the title is what many would say to friends wishing them a good new year and indeed the coming of this year is going to be a busy political one what with the Scottish Parliamentary elections, the possibility of an early Referendum on Europe and at the end of the year no less than the  United States of America’s Presidential Race while just around the corner are the Primary elections for those in the race for nomination of their party.

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logo of the new political organisation on the scene

 

 

In the USA electoral battle there is the wildcard of Donald Trump amongst the most outspoken of all the Republican Candidates.   The more wild the outburst he makes the higher in the polls he seems to rise.  However,  it does not follow that he will atomatically end up as the choice for the Republican Party nor is it a shoe in for Hillary on the Democrats.  Late entrants and underdogs have been know to come to the fore just in time.  There are a couple of dream tickets possible for those more socially minded in the Democrats .  Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren  while on the Republicans it is harder to find such a ticket but Jeb Bush aint finished yet and remember if he does become nominee you heard it here first.

looking towards Gourock.

looking towards Gourock.

In Scotland there is all to fight for in the Parliamentary elections with a landslide victory in Scotland which left the major parties south of the border with just one candidate each!!  the battle to get more representation for the Conservative Party and the Labour and Lib Dems will be crucial if there is to be anything other than a yellow coloured parliament and i aint meaning liberal!!

The key issues will be the economy and indeed the amount the UK government give to increase funds to ensure local authorities can function well.   The Oil revenues  will although down be a talking point.  Remeber the Forties Field came on stream when the price per barrel was in the teens and twenties  only reaching the thirties much later.    The massive spike in oil prices were a massive bonus for the UK government which kept all but 7 or 8% of it ..  The Meager remainder going to Scotland.  In recent days David tries to be magnanimous to Abereen announcing a billion for  the city peanuts when set against the 2 million barrels of income to the UK Government.

The health service is a key issue and not well funded in line with the amount of work there is  to do there.    I  also think that the transport infrastructure  is in need of a bonus influx of money if we are not to totally fall beind the rest of Europe.

     The membership of the Eu is also high on the Parliamentary agenda  as the UK government seem to want to pull the referndum into this year.  although it would be  a suprise if all the protocols can be completed in time for a referendum in June.

Indeed it is  the EU membership which may well trigger another Scottish Independence referendum in Scotland.  The first Minister Nicola Sturgeon has made no bones about in recent times.    The negotiations between Cameron and Sturgeon recently at No. 10 would have been worth being a fly on the Wall the young First minister is no pushover Cameron will have found out.

So with Trump picking a fight with former first Minister and being less than flattering and in view of the suggested Ban on Trump called for in UK after his outburst on Muslims  he is far from Popular and the same goes for his neighbours  at his Scottish North East Golf course.  He has picked a fight he lost when one neighbour could not be bought  out.

Indeed his attack on the former First Minister was seen by some Republicans as an attack on Scotland a place dear to them.   It may have damaged him more than he realises.  Scotland is in some way finding a greater interest in Politics with not just one but two new political kids on the block.  They are in their embryo stages but the Scottish Democratic Alliance formed back in 2007 is now slowly developing into a small but interesting force.    It clearly scared the powers that be were scared enough to try to break it up with agent provocateurs.

I hope to develop  coverage of the elections from a slightly different angle but none the less informative.  I will let you know what the polls say too.

it is going to be a guid political new year indeed!

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This blog unlike many is a pleasure to write as it tells of the new hope in the upcoming generations.

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Aberdeen  Christmas Lights Union Street.

    The name Amira Willighagen may not be familiar to you unless you already one of her many fans.   She is a young girl who lives in Holland and at the age of nine won the HOLLANDS GOT TALENT contest ..  As if her tender age  was not enough of a surprise win the fact that in 2013  she won sining OPERA!, makes it doubly amazing, but not once you hear this new talent.

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Amira  Willighagen official photo.

     Amira has a unique voice not just that it has an amazing range but that she has such a strong and accurate pitched voice.   Her first appearance guaranteed her a place and she in the end won the final which took her across the Atlantic to the USA and Las Vegas.   Her concerts there wowed audineces  and began her career.   She was heard on you tube by no less than  Andre Rieu and his orchestra who were so amazed and impressed thjat they offered her a master class.  Something she eagerly accepted some months later she appeared on stage with Andre and the full Orchestra  and brought the audience to their feet for a standing ovation.

The other day I had the privilege to interview this bright as a button youngster now 11 + soon to be going to High School.   She was a bright and polite girl.  she answered my questions with eagerness and energy.

I wondered what it was like at school for her once she returned as something of a celebrity.   My school mates were excited and thought it was great as did the staff of her school.  It is somewhat fun when she has to have a little time off and they ask where she may be going. She replies some exotic location.  managing life as a school pupil and star can be difficult but her Father Gerrit Willighagen has the task of managing the  new found star and keeps things as balanced as possible.   from what I saw of Amira in the interview he is doing well.

She has been on stage with a range of stars in the last few years and when i asked her about this she clearly relishes the experience and enjoys it very much.  She also is keen to learn from their expereience too. They have all been very nice and helpful was the impression I gained.  She has a strong voice and one that is not phased singing with adults who are more than three times her age at times.  She loves opera songs and her favourite seems to be Mio Babbio Caro the song which rocketed her towards victory in Hollands got Talent.   before she is 12 years old Amira has made no less than two CDs the latest one a Christmas one you can get an idea of her  talent at this link  AMIRA MERRY CHRISTMAS

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TRAVEL

     The travelling for such a young girl I thought she might find difficult or tiring, but like the bubbly personality she is she told me that she actually enjoys travelling to different countries next year she will be in USA and in Hong Kong.  Earlier this year she was in Venice and sang in a beautiful and very big Church as she described it.  it was interesting travelling on the Canals in Gondola with her brother Fincent, who is a talented violinist and a they get on well.   As well as stage appearances she has done interviews on various Television channels in Holland and other mainland European channels.   Wherever she goes she is a bright light and makes people who meet her enjoy her company.

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      Another travelling companion is her mascot called   Schilpaddie bounz This is a very cute soft toy turtle! and where Amira goes so does Schilpaddie Bounz.  Possibly the best travelled soft toy.  It has even been in the Vatican with Amira .     She thinks it is a great mascot.  I agree too.  Even though im not good at pronouncing the name!!

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Amira with her mascot in Monte Carlo

   Like many youngsters she has an enjoyment of sport and games.  She likes Gymnastics especially and is learning backflips.  although she has a busy schedule she still has over the years time to win athletics events too and now is doing gymnastics when she can.  Her favourite school subject is Mathematics which is perhaps not surprising as many talented musicians are good mathematically too.  She admitted she has other subjects she likes.   Amira is an easily likeable soul.  She is also a caring one for her tender age.   She has built a playground in South Africa for youngsters much less fortunate than herself.  The playground equipment put there as one of her first projects from income off the first CD.   She hopes to create more play grounds too in the coming year she told me with a broad smile.

One thing im certain is that Amira will be a star of the Opera scene of the future if that is what she chooses to do or perhaps win an olympic gold in Gymnastics who knows but I hope she keeps singing whatever the future brings her.  She has a big following in the world already and she has a facebook page for fans to keep up to day with all that is happening.  You can find it at FACEBOOK PAGE

At this Christmas time I wish her God’s blessings and a Healthy and Happy New Year!  Thanks for the interview Amira!

 

 

 

 

 

 

PEACE ON EARTH GOODWILL…

TIS the season or so the jingles go and the commercial bandwagon is at full throttle getting us to go out and buy that  yet another present un needed often and oft recycled or returned afterwords.  However the good will of the season is perhaps the time to capitalise on to defeat those who have blood money on their hands dripping from the carnage in Syria and the middle east not to mention the other trouble spots.  Since it is Christmas it is worth focusing on  Christianity and its state in the west; or north as it is called.

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The Middle east the cradle of all the troubles and the beginning locus for Christianity in Palestine! , as it was  then .   The Christians in Iraq and Syria are under attack and mortal danger yet we only seem interested in self defence? not proactive to save those attacked.  The danger in kneejerk reactions such as that by David Cameron is they play into the hands of the evil.   Indeed he should be in Vienna at the talks what arrogance he has to suggest the leader of a sovereign nation should be replace maybe he should be replace by Boris!!!, it is arrogance and nothing other than the regime change pogramme of those behind the scenes who want to control the world.

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the man the new world order people hate.

We should be concentrating on the good will we could generate in talks not bombs.  Who created the Mujahidin who morphed to  al qaeda who morphed to al nussra and now the title ISIS.. Cameron should learn there is no such thing as a good terrorist they are CRIMINALS MURDERS AND WORSE.    The media also should treat them a ssuch not giving them any oxygen at all. blanket no coverage of atrocities unless reported as mass murder by!!!

The media of course is in the hands of those who like to control the politics of our world.  So I give every citizen of this world it is one planet, a challenge this season of good will.  Start to put real pressure on your political represtentatives to TALK not to cause war.  Bombs by thier nature are indiscriminate they cannot ever be accurate what is euphamistically called collateral damage are your brothers and sisters.  the children deserve better.   Any politician  who suggests bombing invited bombing there is not one rule for one and another for another.   Prior to 9/11 we had an order of sorts far from perfect, but intervention was not on the table.  nor was regime change, what arrogance and considering the dictators sponsored by the USA s track record Guatemala being the worst., many decades ago, we can hardly talk.   Democracy grows in a country ours took at least 1000 years before real order and even now only in the last century did we give women half the population at least the vote!   Who are we to decide what system is best for others fix ours first!  The last election is good example less people voted for SNP but they have over 50 MPs UKIP got considerably more share of vote but few if any MPs.


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a devastated street in Libya after NATO bombing how did that protect innocent civilians?

crazy certainly not perfect democracy now that democracy grew out of Christianity and its Moral compass of freedom and care.   The moral compass has all but disapppeared in the corridors of power as Political Correctness, a trojan horse if ever there was one, is the blunt instrument in the west. Among all religions Christianity is being quietly strangled.  Time now to have goodwill and a braveheart.   We need to  back what we believe and stand up and be counted there are times we need to do that. too often others suggest we turn the other cheek.  This is not that time.

By all means do all the good things and be proud of your religion however, flawed we all are. we all need forgiveness from God, but there is a judgement to come beyond this world and some arrogant people are going to get a shock for eternity and infinity.

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PEOPLE LOOKING TO GET REAL DEMOCRACY. PEACEFUL PROTESTS.

 

 

 

 

 

We get selective biased news indtead of the ‘warts and all’ version. Journslists need tobe societys watchdog not a pet.

 

 

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MERRY  CHRISTMAS AND REMEMBER  JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON

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A s  christmas approaches it is good time to send some reading material to friends   allow me this week to suggest two titles.

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the first is a handy reference book as we approach all saints day!

 

A BOOK OF  SAINTS  BY  STEWART H. NICOL

cover is a suitably Scottish saint. St. Margaret of Scotland .

cover is a suitably Scottish saint. St. Margaret of Scotland .

 

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This is an interesting look at a large number of  Saints and could well have been titled  MIRACLES AND MURDER!

 

The second title is an excellent story of hidden treasure and where Dan Browns stories left off this tale could well take over as Roslin Chapel features as well as much information on Leith Port and its history connected to the Knights Templar!

The book is Search for Templar Gold.  by Alexander Wilson.

The author of this sadly died before he could conclude his sequel!

 

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If you like scottish based novels this is one for you in the da vinci code style.

 

ENJOY!

 

 

SCOTTISH DEMOCRATIC ALLIANCE

O K.  I guess not too many will have heard of this political party.  However, before it hardly got

off the ground the security services were trying to destroy it from within.   Yes you read correctly agent provocateurs came in wolves dressed as sheep  and did their utmost to unseat the very founders of the party no less.  Now seven years later it is still in survival mode.  The President of  the SDA lives in Vienna and has a wealth of international legal knowledge as well as much knowlege of the Scottish political scene over decades.    His name is Jim Wilkie and was awarded the highest honour for his work fof the Austrian Government.

 

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