Plunder & Salvage

Michael Blackburn. Poet. Dark-brained cycloptic.

Apr 23

When Scotland becomes a foreign country, what then?

When Scotland becomes a foreign country, what then?

And – this is where I apologise, because I keep saying this – while our shared ties would persist (for a time), there is no denying the fundamental core of what independence means. The Union will be broken. Scotland and England will become foreign countries. Those born on one side of the border but living on the other will become immigrants in their new host state. There is no way on Earth that…

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Apr 20

Apr 18
Kindle Singles – the return of the pamphlet as ebook.

New formats in literature are rare, and disruptive. They usually accompany a change in technology. Amazon was the first big player to realise that digitisation would allow for a new literary format.

Kindle Singles – the return of the pamphlet as ebook.

New formats in literature are rare, and disruptive. They usually accompany a change in technology. Amazon was the first big player to realise that digitisation would allow for a new literary format.


Apr 17
Wee Eck and jam for Scotland tomorrow.

In the land of David Hume and Adam Smith intelligent debate has been reduced to name calling and evasion.

Wee Eck and jam for Scotland tomorrow.

In the land of David Hume and Adam Smith intelligent debate has been reduced to name calling and evasion.


Apr 8

European court rules European data retention law invalid.

European court rules European data retention law invalid.

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The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on Tuesday overturned a controversial* EU directive that allowed telephone and email providers to store private citizens’ data en masse for scrutiny by investigators in later cases of serious crime.

The Luxembourg-based court ruled that the directive – passed by bloc’s Council of Ministers in 2006, after terrorist attacks in London and Madrid – amounted to a…

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Apr 7

Europhile eaten by shark. Or Clegg monstered by Farage.

Europhile eaten by shark. Or Clegg monstered by Farage.

I’M NOT A fan of bloodsports but I did enjoy watching the battering that Nick Clegg took from Nigel Farage on British television this week in their debate on the merits and demerits of staying in the EU. Clegg was not just outclassed in performance but was also reduced to a lump of bloody meat in the process. It was like watching a shark going for a naked swimmer in a glass tank.

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Apr 6

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Mar 30

The mad English garden.

The mad English garden.

THE DAY BEGAN, as it so often does, with a mild grumble at the state of the world. Or more specifically, the state of the nation. I’d read a piece by Simon Jenkins, complaining about the government’s intention to allow developers to build homes all over the green belt. Indeed, all over any green bit they can find outside the towns and cities. That includes where I live, in the quiet rural…

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Mar 29

Book your holiday with our ovulation discount, you sexless Danes.

Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. There again, these are the people who banned Marmite.


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