Oct 23

Pulling Away

Right, it's time to get back to blogging. The project I am currently working on is coming to successful fruition so a wee bit of time once again becomes available.


Unfortunately that bit of free time soon gets filled up with urgent little jobs: like fixing the clothes pulley. All it needed was a new bit of rope but sometimes these wee jobs take the longest to get done.

If you don't live in the west of Scotland you may not have understood what I was talking about, but we call a slatted clothes drier suspended from the ceiling a "pulley". Almost certainly this is because it is operated via two pulleys - one single, one double.

That was a bit patronising, I know. You knew how it worked, didn't you? You just call it something different where you live. What you probably don't know is the only pulley joke in the world, and if you don't call it a pulley you probably won't understand the joke.

It seems that a cooncil team were round fixing a few problems in one of the old tenements. Old Mrs McGlumphert saw the boys working next door and asked one of them if he'd have a minute or two to fix her pulley. He agreed and came round to her scullery when he'd finished his own job.

It only took him a few minutes to re-hang the pulley and when he'd finished he turned to Mrs McGlumphert and said "Right, missus, that's it fixed. Ye'll can get yer claes up noo".

"Weel OK son, if ye want", said Mrs McGlumphert, "but I was really jist thinking o' gein' ye a wee boatle of whisky".

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Oct 23

Sunday Afternoom

There's not a great deal of significance or point to this post, it's just to show you a little bit of the countryside here in the Republic.

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Sep 11

A New Scottish Tennis Sensation!!

At last Scotland can celebrate the appearance of a new tennis champion. Many years of hard work, dedication and frustration have at last borne fruit in the highest ranking for any British player for over three quarters of a century.

Click through for a full appreciation of this magnificent feat:

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Aug 23

She Said, He Said, He Said

This is a bit of an unusual post for this blog. It is a response to a post on another blog, which is itself a response to a first post on the wonderful Subrosa's blog. Rosie's article was prompted by the publication of a paper on wind power economics, which we will return to.

In what is fast becoming a Republic tradition we will interleave the original text in black, with our comments in green. It would probably be easier if you were to go to the original two posts and read them in their entirety first.

floppy fan

Done that? Good, let's go...


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Aug 9

From My Window

Well, my nomadic lifestyle has brought about yet another move and I have travelled east. Having finally conquered the local customs and arranged for a new abode I can now look out across the city and admire this wonderful sunset over the romantic towers and spires...

mysterious west

... of Strangeways Prison in Manchester. I can't actually open the window yet because the landlord hasn't quite managed to get me the key, but you can't have everything.

By the way, didn't Andy do well?

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