Daily Archives: November 18, 2014

Things to do in Edinburgh, Scotland – My Home

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On top of Arthur Seat, dorment Volcanoe

 

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Princess Street, our main shopping street. Can attrack millions in the festival months

 

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High up Arthur Seat looking to my area of Edinburgh. I am behind the hill at the top left. I am on a hill, I see the water you see on the right, The River Forth

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe can dominate some people’s thoughts about Scotland’s capital city, and not without reason – it is the world’s largest arts festival, after all. However, that’s not to say Edinburgh isn’t bursting with things to do for the remaining 11 months of the year. Whether you’re just visiting or have lived here for years, here are the 20 essential things you have to do for a true Edinburgh experience. Living here I drive past the Castle most days and never look, when I say this to someone from foreign shores they ask how I can, only answer I have is, all you see here I see most days. I have lived here 41 years, my whole life. We attrached Millions of tourists a year, something the people of Edinburgh get grumpy over, I guess I am one of them. At the height of Tourist season you can’t move in your own City, but turn the coin around, it is why Edinburgh is one of the richest cities on Earth. I find it odd talking about my own city because I JUST KNOW some fool will read and think “He has a high opinion if his life” And I am not that type of guy. I was bored, I have a blog page, so take it or leave it 😀

Enjoy my home, it is paradise here, would swap it for medical reasons only….

Wash your face in the dew of Arthur's Seat

Wash your face in the dew of Arthur’s Seat

Not many cities can boast an extinct volcano at their centre – Edinburgh squeezes two into as many miles. Arthur’s Seat, visible from much of the city centre, rises out of the wide grasslands of Holyrood Park and, at just over 250m, it’s a relatively easy hike that offers unmatched views of the city skyline. On May Day it’s traditional for young women to wash their face with the hill’s morning dew to make them beautiful, though we’d argue it’s a bracing start to the day at any time of the year.

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Eat a hearty breakfast at Hemma

Eat a hearty breakfast at Hemma

A stone’s throw from the foot of Arthur’s Seat, Hemma is one of the city’s five family-friendly Swedish-run bars (and the only one that lies outside of the Leith area). Their Arthur’s Breakfast is hearty fare suitable for anyone returning from a morning hike: haggis, bacon, poached eggs, sautéed potatoes, mushrooms, roasted tomato and a generous hunk of toasted bread from the local Manna House bakery. They’ll also mix you one of the most luxurious Bloody Marys in town if you’re in need of non-exercise-related recuperation.

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Go on a shopping spree on Victoria Street

Go on a shopping spree on Victoria Street

The long curve of Victoria Street swoops from George IV Bridge down to the historic Grassmarket, and is home to Edinburgh’s finest selection of independent boutiques. There’s hip fashion on offer in Swish and more formal, tweed-based couture in Walker Slater; designer homewares in The Red Door Gallery and Context; vintage hardbacks in The Old Town Bookshop and party tricks in the A-Ha-Ha joke shop; not to mention a range of foodie delights, from the distinctive whiff of IJ Mellis’ cheesemonger and the hog roast of Oink to the array of flasks and bottles in the windows of Demijohn and The Whiskey Shop.

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Old Town

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Sip a coffee at Brew Lab

Sip a coffee at Brew Lab

Adding a splash of science to your everyday espresso, Brew Lab’s high tech fittings wouldn’t count for much if they didn’t make such a damn fine cup of coffee. It’s also the perfect place to sample the wares of some other indie Edinburgh icons, including soup from Union of Genius and cakes from Lovecrumbs.

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Old Town

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Ride a tram

Ride a tram

Coming in years late and millions of pounds over budget, the Edinburgh Tram system (in reality just a single route from the airport to the city centre) is something of a sore point among the locals. As such, it’s almost certain to be a topic of conversation in any bar or shop you visit along its route – make sure you have a go on it so you’re fully equipped for the debate.

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Take a stroll through the Meadows

Take a stroll through the Meadows

The large, leafy expanse of the Meadows lies in the shadow of Edinburgh University’s central campus, so it’s not surprising to see the place swamped with sunbathing students during the summer months. A relaxing, airy alternative the rushing traffic and labyrinthine wynds of the Old Town, the Meadows also connects the city centre with the calmer suburbs of the Southside, home to many a deli, cafe and boutique.
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Grab brunch at Falko: Konditormeister

Grab brunch at Falko: Konditormeister

Among the Southside’s many trendy eateries, Falko: Konditormeister is one of the least precious about its food. Sturdy German breads and pretzels accompanied by wooden platters of cold meats and cheese make a basic but tasty brunch, and you can always peruse the more delicate cakes and gateaux if you’re still feeling peckish after.

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Bruntsfield

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Catch a film at the Cameo

Catch a film at the Cameo

Apparently one of Quentin Tarantino’s favourite picturehouses, the Cameo Cinema has been operating under one name or another for over 100 years. Recently refurbished with some of the comfiest reclining cinema seats in town, it’s the ideal place to catch a well-curated season (usually focused on a specific director’s work) or special cinematic event (such as their legendary All Night Horror Madness marathon sessions). Even if you don’t fancy a film, the Cameo Bar is an easy-going place to sip a pint and eavesdrop on some serious cinephile chatter.
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Scale the Scott Monument

Scale the Scott Monument

Its sooty spire a throwback to Auld Reekie’s polluted past, the Scott Monument (dedicated to the memory of Sir Walter Scott) is a gothic marvel puncturing the well-manicured greenery of Princes Street Gardens. Squeeze your way up its narrow spiral staircase for a breathtaking view that recently made an impression on the silver screen, making a cameo appearance in ‘Cloud Atlas’.

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New Town

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Sip a schooner at the Hanging Bat

Sip a schooner at the Hanging Bat

Craft beers are a fairly commonplace sight in pubs and bars these days; less common are those brewed on the premises. The Hanging Bat’s selection is partially drawn from its own glass-walled microbrewery in the back of the bar; indeed, they’re so proud of their beer that they’d rather you savour it in 2/3 pint ‘schooners’ rather than thoughtlessly knocking back pitchers of the stuff.

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West End

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Enjoy the view from Edinburgh Castle

Enjoy the view from Edinburgh Castle

One of the UK’s premier tourist attractions, Edinburgh Castle is worthy of the attention: sitting boldly atop the city’s other extinct volcano, it’s a grandiose and constantly visible reminder of the settlement’s historic roots. Plan your visit to coincide with one of the Castle’s many actor-led historical tours – those old stone walls really come to live when it’s Robert the Bruce showing you around.

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Take in some art at the Scottish National Galleries

Take in some art at the Scottish National Galleries

Whatever your artistic preference, there’s a Scottish National Gallery to suit you: the Greek columned National Galleries Complex is located right at the heart of the city, at the foot of the Mound on Princes Street; the red sandstone Portrait Gallery is nestled five minutes away in the New Town; and both Modern Art One and Two occupy the grassy area above the picturesque Dean Village to the west. Set aside an afternoon to absorb some resident masterpieces and visiting exhibitions.

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Imbibe a cocktail at Bramble

Imbibe a cocktail at Bramble

Regularly cropping up on worldwide Best Bar lists, Bramble makes a lot from a little: its packed basement premises can probably fit less than 100 people comfortably, but the expertly-curated cocktail menu ensures you’ll be rubbing elbows with the hippest of Edinburgh’s drinking set.

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Watch a play at the Traverse

Watch a play at the Traverse

Edinburgh’s not short on theatrical ventures – its annual hosting of the world’s biggest arts festival makes sure of that – but in terms of promoting Scotland’s best and brightest dramatic talent year-round, the Traverse leads the pack. Proudly proclaiming itself ‘Scotland’s New Writing Theatre’, it’s the place to go if you want to witness fresh, thought-provoking performances, or if you just want to immerse yourself in the post-show hubbub of the Traverse Cafe Bar.

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Eat a swanky dinner at Castle Terrace

Eat a swanky dinner at Castle Terrace

A definite destination for lovers of fine dining, Edinburgh is home to five of Scotland’s 16 Michelin-starred restaurants. The newest of these is Castle Terrace, a city-centre eatery with links to The Kitchin (itself the worthy proprietor of a Michelin star in Leith). Chef Dominic Jack’s signature dish is spelt risotto with ox tongue and confit veal heart – splash out and treat yourself to something sublime.

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West End

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Experience a gig at the Queen's Hall

Experience a gig at the Queen’s Hall

Despite suffering a series of venue closures over the past decade or so, Edinburgh still has a vibrant live music scene – you just have to know where to look. The high-ceilinged Queen’s Hall is probably the venue with the broadest scope of genre: in addition to hosting gigs as part of the annual Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival and being the permanent home of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, it’s also welcomed Canadian pianist Chilly Gonzales, pop chanteuse Sophie Ellis-Bextor and grunge survivor Mark Lanegan in recent years.

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Have a chuckle at The Stand

Have a chuckle at The Stand

Rightly considered the leading light of the Scottish comedy scene, The Stand (which also has branches in Glasgow and Newcastle) is just as likely to have old hands like Frankie Boyle and Stewart Lee practising new material as it is rising stars treading the comedic boards for the first time. Keep an eye out for their Monday-night Red Raw sessions for a helping of both.

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New Town

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Dance yrself clean at Sneaky Pete's

Dance yrself clean at Sneaky Pete’s

The LCD Soundsystem-inspired murals that cover the rear walls of Sneaky Pete’s should clue you in that this is a club with impeccable taste. It’s open every night to crowds of 200 max, but don’t let the small size full you – with recent guests including The Juan Maclean and a residency by tastemaking Glasgow label LuckyMe, it’s probably the finest club in town.

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Old Town

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Do almost anything at Summerhall

Do almost anything at Summerhall

Art exhibitions, theatre performances, gigs, clubs, films, talks, workshops – there’s very little you can’t do at Summerhall, the multi-arts venue housed in a former vetinary school just off the Meadows. It even has its own microbrewery – the tasty and refreshing Barney’s Beer – which you can sip while enjoying a meal at the wood-panelled bar out back.

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Sleep in the lap of luxury at the Balmoral

Sleep in the lap of luxury at the Balmoral

If you enter Edinburgh via the Waverly train station, the first sight you’re likely to see as you exit is the imposing bulk of the Balmoral hotel. Topped with a clock that allegedly runs a few minutes early so commuters  get to their trains on time, it’s an old-school hotel that follows in the grandest of traditions – after you’ve stayed here once, you won’t want to fall asleep (or wake up) anywhere else.

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Invisible killings: Israel’s daily toll of Palestinian children

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Palestinian youths throw stones during clashes with Israeli border police after Moatez Higazi, a man suspected of trying to kill a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem, was shot in east Jerusalem on Oct. 30, 2014

Palestinian youths throw stones during clashes with Israeli border police. WOW Stones DO kill you know!

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ ShaunyNews

Kamal Shawish is too old to throw stones, but he understands why a generation of young Palestinians has again turned to stone-throwing as a form of protest against Israel. “We are conquered here. What can we do, we are stuck here against one of the World’s biggest war machines? Demonstrations? This is not enough,” said Shawish, 78. “We do what we can do”

Shawish is a Palestinian with Israeli residency who lives in the East Jerusalem suburb of Shuafat. He met US Media in the middle of the day as he shopped on the main street of the affluent neighbourhood. It was a quiet day. Over the din of traffic, you could hear a bell ringing to warn of the approaching light rail transit train. At night, Shuafat has turned into a place where violent confrontations between young Palestinians and the Israeli security forces have broken out frequently in the past four months.

Uprising without organization

Two of the most violent attacks against Israelis recently have taken place a few stops down the light rail line. Again, this gets reported but NOTHING about Palestinian Deaths/Murders

Earlier this month, two people, including an Israeli border police officer, were killed when a Palestinian man rammed his van into a crowd of security forces, then into those waiting at the tram stop. A similar attack at a nearby LRT station two weeks prior left two dead, including a three-month-old baby girl. Again, one sided story. Anyone STUPID enough to believe this one sides propaganda is either a religious freek or too stupid or just plain ignorant

Last week, an Israeli soldier and a young woman were killed in two separate stabbing attacks on the same day. One attack was in Tel Aviv, the other near a settlement in the West Bank it was claimed, but are the media going to tell the story of the Palestinian Bus driver being killed? http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2837518/Palestinian-driver-hanged-Jerusalem-bus.html The Daily Mail have, stange as it is other media outlets have left it out, surprised? Yeah, didn’t think so

Palestinian rioters have also smashed ticket machines at LRT stops. They’re now covered by sheets of metal. Many of the traffic lights no longer work, as the power cables have been cut. For many Palestinians, this is a new kind of struggle, an uprising without leadership, where individuals are moved to act against the Israeli occupation and policies. These attacks, along with the frequent outbreak of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces, have led to a great deal of discussion here about whether a third intifada is underway.

Mustafa Barghouti, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said there is little doubt that another uprising has begun. “What is happening today in the occupied Palestinian territories in response to occupation and oppression is a popular, mainly non-violent resistance in the form of demonstrations,” Barghouti said. He says because of the anger, he understands why some Palestinians have chosen violence.

Above is from the America media. I am not even surprised by it’s one sidedness. It is an outrage but again, is anyone surprised? Isreal blew up Gaza’s ONLY powerstation in July and charged Gaza’s for fixing it then put prices up.

When will the World realise that Palestine is land locked? These people can’t all go elsewhere. They are up against probably one of the top 5 War machines on the planet. This is David Vs Goliath if we want to quote stupid scripture that keeps Israel ok. People say “Oh but people want to destroy Israel” That won’t happen, there are over 100 Nuclear sites and protection sites around Israel that belong to the Israeli’s or America. America is the ONLY Country in the Word to back Israel this much. American people back Israel while the rest of us human beings with a bit of humility can see past religious hatred and understand all the propaganda to make Israel look innocent. This should be a UN cause and I think it really will be one day. Israel can’t keep treating Palestine like a Zoo.

Invisible killings: Israel’s daily toll of Palestinian children

When your land has been occupied by a foreign army as long as your children have been alive, and this occupying army regularly brutalises and humiliates the friends and relatives of these children, stopping kids from confronting the invaders is naturally going to be very difficult. Convincing the Israeli adults in control of this weaponry in civilian areas that they should not be using it to kill children who are merely stone throwers should not be difficult. The statistics sadly tell a different story, of a deep-rooted Israeli contempt for the lives of Palestinian children that should inspire Western outrage. Photo by Musa Al-Shaer.

When Israelis are killed and injured by a Palestinian attack, the TV news networks are quick to cut to “breaking news” reports. Harrowing footage from the scene and interviews with outraged Israeli government officials are swiftly broadcast, and harsh statements are quickly issued by government and UN officials to appear in tomorrow’s front page newspaper stories.

Meanwhile, the steady killing of Palestinian civilians, many of them children, by the Israeli occupation army goes largely unnoticed and unreported.

By consistently emphasizing the suffering of Israelis, and downplaying or ignoring the killings of Palestinians, the media convey a false impression that Palestinian “attacks” are the principal feature of the conflict.

Statistics unambiguously clarify that this impression is the exact opposite of the reality on the ground. A total of 1,926 Palestinians have been killed from 29 September 2000 up to 8 December 2002, and more than 21,000 injured. 669 of these killings occurred since Israel’s total reoccupation of the West Bank began last March, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

EI looked at the one-month period from 31 October to 2 December 2002 in detail.

According to our research, forty-three Palestinian civilians were killed during this period and dozens wounded or permanently maimed.

Fifteen of those killed and several dozen of those injured were children. A summary of the circumstances of the killing and injury of this group appears below.

Details and circumstances of Palestinian children killed by Israeli occupation forces, 31 October to 2 December 2002

December 2:
Jenin: Mutaz Odeh, 18, died of a gunshot wound to the heart when Israeli occupation forces opened fire on a group of civilians who were stoning Israeli tanks and armored vehicles. 21 others injured, two seriously. (PCHR, LAW)

November 30:
Gaza City: Hatem al-Ajla, 16, shot dead by Israeli occupation forces, with gunshot wounds to the back, according to hospital sources. (AFP)

November 28:
Hebron: Abbas al-Atrash, 3, was in his house, when he was killed by bullets fired by Israeli occupation forces. Doctors said that he was hit by a bullet in the abdomen as he stood at the window. The occupation army claimed the toddler was killed by shrapnel from an explosive device thrown at its forces. No occupation forces were injured by the alleged bomb. (Agencies)

November 25:
Nablus: Jihad Al-Faqih, 8, was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces with a bullet to the heart. The killing occurred as many Palestinians decided to ignore the permanent curfew imposed on the city and go to school or work. Some unarmed Palestinians confronted the occupation forces who were in tanks and armored vehicles, and some people stoned them. The occupation forces opened fire on the civilians, killing Jihad, who was not among the stone throwers. 13 others were injured by the soldiers, including 7 other children and two women. (LAW, Agencies)

November 22:
Jenin: Muhammad Bilalweh, 12, was shot dead by Israeli occupation forces with a bullet to the left eye. The occupation forces opened fire on a group of children who began stoning them after an Israeli armored bulldozer had demolished a building that was home to six families. Earlier the army had entered the camp in force, firing indiscriminately. Three other children suffered serious injuries from gunshots and shrapnel. (LAW, Agencies)

November 19:
Tulkarm: Ehab Alam al-Zalqa, 16, was shot and killed by a member of an Israeli death squad disguised as a Palestinian. The killing occurred when the death squad, who had been spotted by civilians, was stoned. After killing Alam, the death squad caught and executed on the spot the person they were hunting after confirming his identity. Two other civilians were killed by the death squad, and ten others, including five children injured. (PCHR, LAW)

November 20:
Tulkarm: Amr al-Qudsi, 14, was shot dead by an Israeli soldier with a gunshot to the back. Following an earlier incident, in which an Israeli death squad killed four people in the town, a group of children gathered and stoned an Israeli jeep. The jeep stopped, a soldier got out, took aim at Amr, and killed him. (LAW, Agencies)

November 16:
Jenin Refugee Camp: Ibrahim al-Sadi, 17, was shot and killed by Israeli occupation forces. Israel surrounded a number of houses in the center of the refugee camp, including the house of Sheikh Bassam Ragheb al-Sa’di, wanted by Israel for alleged activities in Islamic Jihad. Israeli soldiers noticed al-Sadi’s son Ibrahim, 17, passing near a house with a gun in his hands. Immediately, they fired at him without warning. He was killed by a live bullet in the chest. According to eyewitnesses, the son passed by the area accidentally and he did not fire at the Israeli soldiers, rather he was trying to get away from them. Ibrahim’s brother, Abdulkarim, had been killed by Israeli occupation forces on September 5. (PCHR)

November 15:
Nablus: Imran al-Shila, 15, was killed by a bullet to the chest by Israeli occupation forces who opened fire on a group of children who threw stones at them in the Old City. (LAW)

November 14:
Nablus: Jalal Awijan, 17, was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest, when Israeli occupation forces in tanks and armored vehicles opened fire on a group of school children. (LAW)

November 13:
Rafah, Gaza: Hamed Asad Hassan al-Masri, 2, was killed by a live bullet to the chest. That evening, Israeli occupation forces began shelling Block J in Rafah refugee camp, forcing the little boy’s family to flee their home. As they left the house, Hamed was hit by a bullet fired by the occupation firces. His mother, Asmaa, 31, was critically injured by live ammunition and shrapnel to the abdomen, pelvis and limbs. (PCHR)

November 11:
Rafah, Gaza: Nafez Mishal, 2, was shot by Israeli occupation forces who opened fire on civilian homes in the Tel al Sultan neighborhood of the refugee camp. He died two hours later of a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Nafez had been sitting on his father’s lap playing with a balloon, when the balloon escaped. The toddler got up to run after it and was then cut down by a volley of bullets from an occupation army watch tower. The occupation army claimed it was “returning fire,” although all witnesses said that the soldiers had, as they often do, opened fire without provocation. Two other children, aged 9 and 14 were injured in the same incident (The Independent, PCHR)

November 11:
Rafah, Gaza: Muhammad Rifat Abu al-Naja, 9, died of wounds he sustained the previous month. Abu al-Naja was seriously wounded when Israeli forces at the Egyptian border, south of Rafah, shelled Palestinian houses in Block O in Rafah refugee camp on 17 October 2002. Six Palestinian civilians, including 3 children and 2 women, were killed in that incident, and more than 40 others, including Abu al-Naja, were wounded. (PCHR)

November 5:
Rafah, Gaza: Adham Ibrahim Hamdan, 16, shot by live bullets in the head and Eyad Nafez Abu Taha, 17, shot by a live bullet in the head. The two boys were killed by Israeli occupation forces who had invaded Block L of Rafah refugee camp, demolished three houses, and fired indiscriminately at civilians. 12 Palestinian civilians, including 4 children under the age of 18, were wounded. (PCHR)

When will our World wake up to the evil that is ‘Organised Religion” and the harm it does?

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/palestinian-youth-uprising-faces-uncertainty-as-clashes-with-israel-increase-1.2837116

http://www.stopwar.org.uk/news/how-bbc-bias-justifies-war-crimes-in-gaza-by-conforming-to-israeli-state-propaganda

http://electronicintifada.net/content/invisible-killings-israels-daily-toll-palestinian-children/4263

 

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Have Labour learnt nothing? Check this!

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By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

MP’s from England phoning Scottish LP members to ask them to vote Jim Murphy as leader, they are delusional, have they Learned nothing ?

After interviewing the candidates yesterday, GMB have today announced that they will be backing Neil Findlay to be leader of the Scottish Labour Party and Katy Clark to be deputy leader.

This makes GMB the seventh trade union to back the two candidates, and it is a particularly interesting announcement as earlier in the week there were suggestions that GMB would come out to back one of the other leadership candidates, Jim Murphy – which is also the union that he is a member of.

Harry Donaldson, GMB Scotland Regional Secretary explained the union’s decision: “After having gone through a thorough process in which all candidates for the Leader and Deputy Leader were interviewed, the lay member-led Scottish Regional Committee decided to support Neil Findlay and Katy Clark for leader and deputy leader.

“The view of the committee following a lengthy debate was that it was time for change and that Labour had to return to its roots and regain its Socialist values.”

This is the latest from the ongoing “Field Office” leadership for Labour in Scotland. I don’t think Labour realise that the Scottish people actually don’t like them any more. Labour thought Scotland was stupid, now Scotland know Labour are Stupid. They sold their souls to the Tories. For that! There is no come back. Expect a HUGE surge in the region of 70% SNP PM’s in Hollyrood next year. The thrashing labour will take in the election will be swift and hard, but they deserve it. Now they are calling Scottish people from England. Scotland’s Labout leader and her Deputy have resigned, Johann Lamont to be fair said it as it was, she admitted London Labour no longer look to Scotland for votes. I wonder how Ed Milliband feels knowing he has lost the Scottish vote and the dynamics of Scottish Politics have been changed for EVER!

I ask ALL Labour members one simple question

ARE YOU STUPID ENOUGH TO FALL FOR LABOUR LIES AGAIN?

This is a hard truth for Labour to understand away down in London

This is a hard truth for Labour to understand away down in London

OH DEAR, GORDON, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!

OH DEAR, GORDON, WHAT HAVE YOU DONE!

Jim thinks it's 'COOL' to have Nuclear weapons on Scottish soil but not in England.

Jim thinks it’s ‘COOL’ to have Nuclear weapons on Scottish soil but not in England.

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The Real Day ‘The Rangers’ Died

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The media DID say “R.I.P Rangers” but talk of them as the same team, strange as it is

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

Monday 13 February 2012 was a day I as a Celtic fan look back to and remember the fun and joy we all had. The coffin the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse, everything was just brilliant. It was a time where Celtic were doing well, good times were here and were about to get better, it was a brilliant time to be a Celtic fan.

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Monday 13th February 2012 is the day Craig Whyte admitted he had refused to remit the pay-as-you-earn tax deducted from his employees to HMRC, told Edinburgh Court of Session he was giving his notice of their intention to appoint administrators for Rangers FC as we knew them, into Administration. This was the day Rangers died, forget every other event, this was the moment that killed them and to this day still is killing them, and one day soon will see Ibrox and other assets taken by one man who seemed like a knight in shining armour and they will finally be laid to rest. But make no mistake, Craig Whyte’s ability to appoint Duff & Phelps was the day Rangers died, this appointment brought the story to where it was today. Had it been the Blue Knights, it wouldn’t be the story, I think we all know this. What Mr Whyte and through Duff & Phelps did was start a chain of actions that led us to this day, a day where Sevco breath, just, but it could have been oh so different.

The two men who were FORCED to take Rangers to death. We all know this now

Look at Hearts as a model. The administrators gave the club to the correct people. People who had the heart of the club in mind. Hearts are run perfectly now on and off the park. They live with the money they have and we see it on the park how well Hearts are doing. Living with Hearts fans and having so many friends as Hearts fans they all say “This is what Rangers should have done” See not all Hearts fans are Sevco minded. I would say 5% are, the rest of the Hearts supports hate them and their British Flag. Just so people know, it’s a minority, what I am saying is, Hearts will come back to the SPFL better than they left it, Rangers if they do manage to get back up will still be in a bad place

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Premature or what?

Premature or what?

Look back to 1994, Celtic were given to the right man, we are alive due to Fergus McCann. There should be a statue of the man outside the ground. North Stand named after him. Celtic could have gone the same way as their Glasgow Rivals, no we never died as Sevco will tell us, we were saved, we paid our bills and what we see today, this huge impossing stadium and all that comes with being a Celtic fan, we thank Fergus, in time I think we will, we have to. McCann acquired a 51% controlling stake in the Celtic Football and Athletic Company Ltd in 1994 for £9.5m, after it became clear that the club was facing bankruptcy. Acting as a guarantor for the club’s £7 million debt, he injected additional finance, floated the club on the London Stock Exchange as a public limited company, Celtic plc, in order to raise capital from a share issue, and oversaw an extensive redevelopment of Celtic Park. He raised £14m in a share issue, and that contributed to funding the rebuilding work of the team and the stadium. By the end, Celtic had 53,000 season ticket holders

His vision we didn't get at the time, we will one day

Strange picture to look at looking back

Back to Rangers, I have read books, articles you name it about Rangers FC and how they died and came back to life as the exact same entity with soul attached. The hate and bitterness was and is still there, but not for long. The day Craig Whyte was allowed to make London-based financial advisers Duff & Phelps the club administrators was key, or ‘The Keys” I know many Rangers fans, decent people, people who put in a fortune more than once to see the same event happen twice, they tell me they wanted the ‘Blue Knights’ for obvious reasons. 4 men have been arrested and I believe another 3 will be, maybe 4 will also be infront of a judge. Duff & Phelps should have, if you are a Rangers fan handed the reigns to the Blue Knights, they didn’t and look, they are dying a slow death, had the Blue Knights got the gig, we would see the same model as Hearts took

£1 - Good luck Craig - We know now this was all a pantomime about to start

The news to take money, well done Duff and Phelps

As expected, there had been several expressions of interest in taking Rangers out of administration. These included so called prospective bids from America and the Far East, were never going to happen, but the act was to look like all avenues of approach were being done correctly. The administrators gave the impression they were trying to sort out which bids were serious and backed by sufficient funds by the end of a period of time. In an implied reference to the Blue Knights consortium, the administrators commented that some prospective buyers had gone to the media but others who were equally serious had not sought publicity. Given that the Blue Knights bid involves supporters’ groups, this for Ranges fans would have been the perfect match. A group of people who didn’t want to rip the club’s flesh for years till it’s final death, a date we won’t know now, but rest assured, it’s coming. I was involved in writing Rangers for a year, I made some friends and some enemies. In the end I got bored, the day I left the Rangers story looking back and then to now, not a lot has changed, they are a carcass being surrounded by many capitalistic vultures

You don't become rich by spending money. He ownes the lot, the keys have been found at last

So now Mike Ashley has Ibrox, Murray park and Albion car park as collateral for his £3 Million in loans to keep ‘The Rangers’ breathing . Many have pointed Edinburgh as being the place where Rangers died, or the decisions were made to make them die. They had to die, the debt would take them under. These days they are called Sevco and not unsurprisingly by the Scottish Media, the same Rangers of old. They got to keep readers and viewers right?

An Image Rangers Fans best get used to

When I look back at my time writing about the death of Rangers it was a lot of fun, I got to meet and talk to people I otherwise would not have. I peddled the St Mirren Story, trust me, that wasn’t too far from coming off. I got too involved, I felt like I was some stupid reporter, my god I can look back and be embarrassed of myself, but I still laugh, I got caught up in moments, happens to the best of us. I remember being in Radio Clyde arguing with Hugh Keevins about the lies coming from the Media. Only the BBC tried to tell ‘Some’ truth through Mark Daly

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Thanks to Wealth Offtheradar on You Tube Via BBC TV

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Ashley is just the next man to take pickings from a dead club, a club that doesn’t know it’s dead yet, but a few men with the keys now, they know the outcome. As many go before a court over the dealing of the Administration process, Mr Ashley above can do as he pleases. See the plan was to sell the company to one man to the next, thereby losing the paper trail. Plausible deniability is now the story coming from many, the carcuss has been handed over too many times to let it re-grow and tell the truth

So we look back to one day, a day that definded today, there is when ‘The Rangers’ died

HH

Shaun

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Defining life in a confusing World

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Little Shaun, me, Isle of Skye, I was maybe 10 years old, I don't know

Little Shaun, me, Isle of Skye, I was maybe 10 years old, I don’t know

By @ShaunyGibson – Used to be @ShaunyNews

A question I always ask myself is ‘Why’ This could apply to any given situation through my history, my life or Earth’s history. As many know I love to research but I also love to research how far my own feelings define me as a 41 year old lad from Scotland. See my life was never easy but I felt it was. It is very hard to explain. Where there should have been hurt, pain and more, there was not. I sometimes challenged myself to have feelings and all along I did, I just denied myself ‘Feelings’
I told my story once and I will share it here. The reason for this article being about me and not news is because I really do hope I can get more friends, understand people better and understand our World better. The link below I did (Thanks Mel x) on Deliberate Donkay. A family member replied in the comments, kinds odd I thought at the time, the feel of the reply, but it made it more real a person in my history replying.
This is my story: http://deliberatedonkey.wordpress.com/2013/07/02/murder-and-more-through-the-eyes-of-a-child/
I grew up in a bad place, a bad area of town I now know to be bad, at the time I thought was heaven, at the time being a kid, I knew no better, it was my existence. Not until you walk away from something do we see it for what it is, not what we hoped or thought. I am called a ‘Writer’ these days but don’t see myself as such. People in my life will say ‘Oh Shaun you are a writer now’ In an instant I think ‘No I am not’ But I guess I am in some form. Had someone told me I was doing this at this moment in time in my life 20 years ago I would have done a bad deed. This was my life for a long time. I had a dysfunctional family, we were loved but hurt was always there, I guess young Shaun to the left in that boat refused to see or feel the hurt.

Little Shaun is circled in red bottom left, this was 'Family'

Little Shaun is circled in red bottom left, this was ‘Family’

This is ‘Ace News Services’ and I know many will be thinking “This isn’t news” Well let me explain this. Why I write this today. I want to help Ace News become global, this is my Editors design and I follow his lead, it’s why I closed ‘Shauny News’ with almost 1,000,000 (1 Million) hits in 5 months. See I never cared for ‘Well done’ or ‘Congratulations’ I guess I hate flattery. I have asked many times why this is and I always come back to the answer ‘Other people helped’ and this is true. If you are reading and you write also then isn’t what you write inspired by others? It is never about numbers of for me, it’s about quality. Quality over quantity. But for people to understand why I write as I do, I must share why I came to be today.
I am disabled now, yes I know, ‘Boo Hoo’ So I have time to sit and think and I am not my best company. What I mean is I get bored being alone, I am not good company for myself. Over time I found a source of company that many call ‘God’ and that is my source of not being alone. Many will go to Church or Read the bible or both, me? not yet I say. I have a relationship with God. I told my Mum the other day in a text, I don’t know if she believes me but I can only be me. The past can keep a person trapped in the past without them knowing or understanding. I let the past go, today I laugh, Smile and love life. Only when I am around certain people do I see the past again. I am trying to change this and I will. I just need time. Often a song can change us, define us, make us see something different, bring love to our door. This is my Song with my Partner. This song saved my life. My Partner showed me ‘Real Love’ a real life, a different life, a ‘Perfect Day’

Today I am no longer the tortured soul I once was after all the bad things I did. But I believe in Karma. I am in agony always, this is my Karma hurting me for the bad I did. I ask, what is your Karma? I am asking out loud not to one person. I said to a loved one, a person I would die for “You don’t know me” And I was right to say it, I said it in the wrong context. So I guess I should have said “We don’t know each other no more” But time heals all things I am sure of this. Only when we understand there are problems can we mend them. Sure I open my soul to the World a lot but I would rather be known for telling the truth, being Shaun and being honest. Why make yourself out to be something you ain’t? My 20 year old son left the family home 2 weeks ago now and I was deeply upset. A family member, saying what he felt needed said and meaning it in the right way said “Grow a pair” He may be right. But for me to change now would be an outcry on myself.

See, we are all alive, sadly some choose to become dead, dead to feelings, dead to the World and dead to themselves. I have never figured this out, but I will. I guess we all carry ourselves in a different way. Anyone with Fibro will know Fibro speaks for us sometimes. When stress happens, pain happens. For me to get people I truly love deeply to just understand that line, no more, no less, is hard. I need loved ones to know I smile, I am blessed, and I am happy. The past hauntes me, I can’t change the past so I don’t let it define me. It can haunt away, it won’t beat me. I can’t allow it. So here I am, love me, hate me, like me, struggle to understand me, whatever. Here I am!

This is Shaun, this is my life, this is why I write.

More love, less hate
Shaun

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