Do Tories imagine we are all stupid? There is no SNP proposal to charge a car park tax. However, the Tory party insists on describing a permission given to councils which – please note – is already in place in Tory England, as an 'SNP tax'. This is pathetic and manifestly untrue. This hypocrisy is breathtaking. It will be entirely up to councils to decide whether they wish to make use of it. Many of the councils in Scotland, facing the result of massive Tory austerity slashed council budgets, have been demanding that the SNP government give them permission to raise tax. Then, helped by lots of the media, they go bananas when the SNP government gives them the permission they asked for.
It is a diversion aimed at the easily deceived to take their minds off the disaster the Tories (and the sleep-walking Labour party) are carrying us to. This level of rubbish is all the unionists seem to have.
David McEwan Hill
With reference to the article 'Hijacking the Jellicoe Express' by David Ross
, the first sentence stating 'You got it wrong!' applies equally to the author himself. The train carrying naval personnel to and from the Grand Fleet based in Scapa Flow was indeed only ever referred to by the 'establishment' of the day as the 'Euston to Thurso Naval Special'. However, those that used the service referred to it by its nickname, 'Jellicoe Express'. I have spoken and met with people who travelled by this train (even a driver) and they only ever knew it by the name 'Jellicoe Express'.
Nicknames crop up all over the place in all walks of life. This name entered into common usage in the same way, for example, the bridge over the River Clyde, officially known as the 'Clyde Arc', is only ever referred to now as the 'Squinty Bridge', a name given by those who use and see it every day. Reducing history to plain black and white leaves the world in a sorry state. That is why these names occur, to bring colour to life.
I was intrigued by Eileen Reid's
article on the use of psychedelics by people facing death. A word of caution, though: the article focused on psilocybin; the accompanying photo, however, is of the amanita muscaria mushroom – hallucinogenic (or entheogenic, from another perspective) – not the psilocybin mushroom. The active ingredients in amanita muscaria are different, and a google search suggested that taking the mushroom may produce unpleasant side-effects but that reported deaths from doing so are few. Perhaps, for those who might follow the photo and not the text, a cautionary note to readers may be warranted.
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