A few (dis)connected thoughts


“What is the difference between Tradition and Traditionalism? Tradition is the living faith of the dead. Traditionalism is the dead faith of the living.” (Jaroslav Pelikan from The Vindication of Tradition)

“…the truth will set you free.”  (Jesus in John 8:32)

I just spent over an hour composing and sending an e-mail of ‘truth’ to someone higher up ‘the system’ than me. I felt relief as I openly shared in this way. There was freedom in sharing like this. I never quoted Pelikan in the e-mail, but I did touch upon what he says in this quote. I’m not sure where the e-mail will go, but I just wrote what I felt needed to be written and left it at that. Maybe it’s something I should do more often, who knows.


A month of not eating meat and it’s almost like it’s all I ever did. I’ve lost weight, I feel fitter, and talk of juicy steaks no longer induces mouth-watering.


If you haven’t listened to No Line on the Horizon yet, then why not? I can’t stop listening to Unknown Caller. It’s definitely the best track on the album, maybe even one of their best songs ever. Listen to the last couple of minutes – just awesome!


This Sunday will not, after all, be our last gathering in our present location. By mutual consent, Easter Sunday (12 April) will be instead. Not sure when our first gathering will be in the new place. The work is a little behind, but it will be ready well ahead of the grand opening on 23 May.


Looking forward to seeing Monsters vs Aliens with the family on the weekend. Looks like it’ll be lots of fun.


(P.S. Don’t look for any hidden meaning in the inclusion of the demotivational poster at the top. It’s just the one that made me laugh the most today)

50 pure dead giveaways that you’re Scottish!

In amongst all the busyness of the time of year, I thought I should post this, which I received on a Rangers list I belong to:

50 pure dead giveaways that you’re Scottish!

1. Scattered showers with outbreaks of sunshine and a cold northerly
wind, is your idea of good weather.

2. The only sausage you like is square.

3. You were forced to do Scottish country dancing every year at high

4. You have a wide knowledge of local words, and know: Numpty is an
idiot, Aye is yes, Aye right is No, Auldjin is someone over 40, and
Baltic is cold.

5. You have an irrational need to eat anything from the chippy, as long
as its deep fried – Haggis, pizza, black pudding, sausage, fish, chicken
and battered Mars Bars.

6. You used to love destroying your teeth with – Penny Dainties,
Refreshers, Wham Bars, Cola Cubes, and Soor Plooms.

7. You always greet people by talking about the weather.

8. Even if you normally hate the Proclaimers, Runrig, Caledonia , Deacon
Blue, Big Country, etc, you still love it when they are played in a club

9. You have an enormous feeling of dread when Scotland plays football,
even when they’re playing a diddy team.

10. You are proud that Scotland has the highest number of alcohol and
smoking deaths in Europe .

11. You used to watch Glen Michael’s Cartoon Cavalcade on a Sunday
Afternoon with his lamp Paladdin.

12. You got Oor Wullie and The Broons books Every Christmas.

13. You only enjoy Weir’s Way on the telly, when you are p****d.

14. You are able to recognise the regional dialect,
( Glasgow ) ‘Awright pal, gonie gies a wee swatcha yir paper nat, Cheers,
magic pal.
( Aberdeen ) Fitlike Loon? Furryboots ya bin up tae? Fair few quines in
the night, min.
( Inverness ) Ah-eee right enuffff! How’s you keeeepeeeen?

15. You know the police are about to arrive when you hear someone shout

16. You have witnessed a ‘Square Go’

17. You know that when you are asked which School you attended they
really mean, ‘Are you Catholic or Proddy?’

18. You have eaten the following: Mince and Tatties, Cullen Skink,
Tunnock’s Teacakes, Snowballs and Caramel Wafers, Porage, Macaroon Bar,
Baxters Soup, Scotch Pie, Oatcakes.

19. A Jakey has ask you for 10p for a cuppa tea.

20. You wait at the shop counter for 1p change.

21. You know that the right response to ‘you dancing?’ is ‘you askin?’
followed by ‘am askin’ and finally ‘then am dancin’.

22. You associated sawdust with vomit, coz the ‘jannie’ always, used to
pour it over sick in school.

23. You lose all respect for a groom who doesn’t wear a kilt.

24. You don’t do shopping, you ‘go for the messages.’

25. You’re on a bus and the drunk picks you to sit next to.

26. You are able to conduct a 20 minute phone call using three words
only,– Awright, aye, and naw.

27. When you refuse the offer of a drink, you hear, ‘ You no well?’

28. You have heard the following:

You canny fling pieces oot a 20 storey flat,
700 hungry weans’ll testify to that,
If its butter, cheese or jelly,
If the breed is plain or pan,
The odd against it reachin’ earth,
Are ninety-nine tae wan.

29. You know that going to a party means bringin a Kerry oot.

30. Your holiday in Benidorm is ruined when you hear there is a heatwave
back home.

31. Scotlandgo 2-0 up against the French, and you immediately think,
getting beat 3-2 was ‘no a bad result’.

32. You can pronounce: McConnochie, Ecclefechan, Milngavie, and Kirkcaldy.

33. You’ve eaten deep fried Pizza and liked it.

34. You can’t pass a Kebab shop after being at the pub.

35. You are used to four seasons in one day. (winter, winter, autumn,

36. You can fall when drunk and not spill your drink.

37. You see people wearing shellsuits with Burberry accessories, and
think ‘that’s class’.

38. You measure distance in minutes.

39. You understand Rab C. Nesbitt.

40. You have had a caravan holiday in Saltcoats but spent all of your
time in ‘the amusements’ because it was p*****g it doon.

41. You can make a whole sentence using only swear words.

42. You know what haggis is made with, but you still enjoy it.

43. You know someone who planned their wedding around the football

44. You have been to a wedding and the football results have been
announced in church.

45. You are not surprised to find one shop selling ALL of the following:
Pizzas, Nappies, Fags, Curries, Milk, Paint, Shoes etc.

46. Your seaside home has Calor gas under it.

47. You know that Irn-Bru is a good hang over cure.

48. You could swear before you could count.

49. You would stick the heid in a terrorist if they tried to bomb your

50. You are not only Scottish but Glaswegian when you understand the
following- Who’s comin tae Clatty Pat’s? How’s it hingin’, boggin’,
clatty, cludgie, bawheid, bawface, bawbag, and double nougat.

The Olympics

I haven’t been watching the olympics. Besides the disappointment/disgust of China being chosen as the host nation, the original ideals of the olympics got lost many years ago and now are pretty much completely hidden from view. I liked this cartoon I stumbled upon yesterday: