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You can read about some of my interests by using the 'Interests' link.
My take on topical issues, mainly from a British domestic perspective,
is in my 'Comment' section (see link at left). My comments are updated regularly
(for several years these have been in a linked blog), and earlier
comments may be viewed in linked 'archive' pages.
You can do a websearch using the
Google search box available on my 'Links'
page. The 'Int. Rel.' link is to pages about the UK's major international
relationships and from there you will find links to various relevant websites.
My 'Graphics' library includes themed images and buttons which you are welcome
to use. The 'Terrorism' link will take you to memorial pages for those lost
in recent acts of terrorism. The 'Atkins' link will take you to a section
which discusses my experiences (very successful!) with the Atkins diet.
Site last updated: Saturday
4th March 2017
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Here you'll find brief details of recent
additions or changes to my website; the most recent updates are shown in
black print. Please click on the link you want
to find in the right-hand column.
|'Homepage' and 'About Me' page
photographs updated - 4th March 2017
4 March 2017 - I don't update my 'profile' photographs here very often,
but the one on this page (the 'Homepage') now shows a 'selfie' taken earlier
today in the living room of my home in Nairn, whereas the updated photograph
in the 'About Me' page shows me in my dining room in late November 2016 (click
on the link in the left column for that page). Photographs of me in my early
years, in my 50s and now in my 60s, can be accessed through the 'Photograph
Album' gallery page - the link for this is in the colum at the right.
|The United Kingdom (UK)
held a referendum on 23rd June 2016 on whether to remain a member of the
European Union, or not - and voted NOT to remain a member, but instead
20 January 2017 - Apart from the 'minor event' [irony alert] across
the Atlantic today, with the inauguration of a new President (the 45th, President
Trump) in the United States of America, there have been some major developments
here too in relation to the United Kingdom (UK) and its forthcoming
exit from the European Union (EU) in the past few months. In
October 2016 the Prime Minister Mrs May announced that she would 'trigger'
Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty no later than 31st March 2017. Much
more recently, on 17th January 2017 she delivered a major speech in which
she set out 12 key areas in her plans for implementing our departure, one
of which specially pleases me, that we will no longer be a part of the 'Single
Market' (aka the 'protectionist cartel' of the EU). I have again added
some relevant information to the general 'European Union' page here
- see link at right.
25 July 2016 (24 June 2016) - The United Kingdom (UK) voted to LEAVE
the European Union in the referendum held on 23 June 2016. Although
this is the result I favoured, so am pleased, it has still somewhat surprised
me. I wrote a blog article in my blog on 24 June with fuller details and
you can read it by clicking
4 May 2016 - The United Kingdom (UK) will hold a referendum ('plebiscite')
on Thursday 23rd June 2016 to decide whether it will remain a member of the
European Union or whether it will leave the organisation. I have not
yet finally decided how I shall vote in this referendum, but I am increasingly
tending toward voting to 'leave', having been until the last few years a
fervent supporter or our membership of what was formerly the EEC and
is now the EU.
You can read more about the referendum by clicking on the link at right.
|Terrorism Commemoration Page
30th March 2016 - it is quite some time since I uploaded an update of
this page, although I did continue to update it offline for a while after
the last upload online. However, there came a point during the middle of
last year that I became quite depressed by the sheer volume of separate terrorist
outrages occurring on an almost daily/weekly/monthly basis so I decided to
take a break. That break, partly because of changes in my own personal
circumstance (I recently got married - see the 'About Me' page) is now at
an end, so the republished page (link at right) includes some later items,
as well as a few earlier incidents not included before, but not yet the most
recent - for example the major incident in Paris in November 2015 and the
more recent incidents in Brussels and Lahore. In addition, I am introducing
a new section to cover individual horrific killings, rather than just those
affecting numerous victims. Two incidents above all that shocked and disgusted
me were the brutal hacking to death of off-duty Fusilier Lee Rigby by two
'Islamic' terrorists on the streets of London in May 2013 and the murder
of a Jordanian pilot by 'Daesh'/'ISIL', allegedly being burnt alive in a
cage, if a video issued by these murderous barbarians in February 2015 deserves
credence, but whatever happened to these unfortunate men was undoubtedly
horrific, no less than the other brutal murders committed by these so-called
'Islamic' maniacs. I will hopefully feel able to bring the link on the right
fully up to date fairly soon, without too many additions being required from
|Schengen Agreement faces risk of
two year suspension - 27th January 2016
26 January 2016 - The Schengen Agreement is in grave danger of at the
very least suspension and perhaps complete dissolution if the intitial two-year
suspension being considered becomes more permanent. One proposal is for Greece,
which alone has no common land border with any other participating country,
to be excluded completely. The Schengen Agreement was signed in 1985 completely
separately from the then EEC, and implemented fully in 1995 when it was
incorporated into what had by then become EU Law with opt-outs for two countries,
the UK and Ireland. Currently there are several EU member states which, although
obliged to participate eventually, do not yet do so. There are in addition
several non-members of the EU which do participate. You can read more about
this by clicking on the 'Int. Rel.' button in the left column, or you can
go straight to the 'European Union' page by clicking on the link at right.
The various news media that I have consulted are somewhat contradictory at
this stage on what precisely has been agreed and what is merely being proposed
and negotiated and at present the EU official website is silent on the matter.
I have also today written a much lengthier article in my blog which you can
here. There is a general link
to the homepage for my blog further down this page too of course.
|Referendum on Scottish Independence
- 18th September 2014
(This section will remain a permanent feature on my homepage for the
foreseeable future, given its major importance to me personally and to the
UK and Scotland generally.)
19th September 2014 - The referendum held yesterday to decide whether
Scotland would remain a part of the United Kingdom, or whether it would become
a separate/independent country has now concluded with the final result being
announced officially earlier today. In brief the "Yes" campaign has been
defeated and therefore Scotland will remain a part of the United Kingdom,
a decision that pleases me greatly. The results for the "no" vote were 2,001,926
votes (55.3%), with the "yes" side of the debate receiving 1,617,989 votes
(44.7%). However, there are going to be significant constitutional changes
both in Scotland and in other parts of the UK (specially as they affect England)
that if successful are likely to ensure that this ugly problem does not rear
its head again anytime soon and that people's reasonable democratic expectations
are addressed throughout the whole country. The "Devolution settlement" concocted
by the last Labour government in 1997/8 was defective and has in my opinion
led us directly to this impasse and its current efforts to deny English voters
sole say in domestic English matters, for purely partisan political reasons,
must be resisted at all costs, otherwise the amended settlement currently
being negotiated is unlikely to be very durable. Whatever else may be said
about this referendum exercise, it has on the whole been conducted in a civlised
manner, with only the 'aggressive' tactics of some of the "yes" supporters
marring this; it seems clear that many countries around the world have looked
on with some amazement both that such a referendum for a part of a country
to 'secede' was ever held in the first place, specially in a country that
has existed for so long and been as stable as the United Kingdom, but that
it was actually permitted in the first place, not to mention that it was
mostly carried out in a peaceful, civilised manner. It was also completely
honest and transparent, as all elections have been in this country for a
very long time, so the pre-referendum agreement of all to accept the result
will be honoured without question. What this really shows is that the home
of modern democracy, the UK, has demonstrated once more how secure and
self-confident we are in our democratic beliefs and credentials. Full results
of the referendum can be found in the dedicated BBC website page linked
to at right.
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