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Monday, 28 January 2013

Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announces her abdication

The Dutch monarch has just a short time ago announced her abdication as Queen of the Netherlands, in favour of her son, Prince Willem-Alexander, with the change taking place formally on 30th April 2013 - see (*) at end. The Queen said in her television broadcast to the Dutch people that she had been thinking about this for some time; she is approaching her 75th birthday (which she will reach on Thursday 31st January). She herself succeeded to the throne in 1980, when her own mother Queen Juliana abdicated at the age of 70, whose own mother Queen Wilhelmina abdicated in 1948 at the age of 68. Prince Willem-Alexander is currently 45, so if recent tradition holds and he enjoys a reasonably-long life he will presumably be on the throne for 25-35 years. The BBC has a report here.

This practice is very different from our own in the UK, where the monarch normally reigns until He or She dies.

(*) 30th April is celebrated as "Queen's Day"; about Princess's/Queen's Day - this has since 1885 been celebrated as Princess's Day, later Queen's Day, although it was originally observed on 31st August, the 5th birthday of the then Princess Wilhelmina, being moved to 30th April in 1948, on the accession to the throne of Queen Juliana as this was her birthday and this tradition has been maintained by Queen Beatrix, although her own birthday is on 31st January.

Unusual website searches

I haven't written a blog of this kind for several years, but a visit to my little blog earlier today piqued my interest, specially as the search parameters involved have a definite 'Nairn' connection, as it alighted on a blog article I wrote almost six years ago.

In any case, the item that I noticed originated from a place rejoicing in the name of 'Truth Or Consequences', New Mexico. I must admit I wondered how any place could ever have chosen such an unusual name, even in the generally little-populated western and south-western United States, but that 'fount of all knowledge' Wikipedia (however flawed it may be in its detail when analysed with objectivity) informs me that this place really exists (as indeed does a similar search in Google Maps), having changed its name from its former nomenclature of 'Hot Springs', because of the spas created there, to its present name because of a radio programme called 'Truth Or Consequences' having run a competition in 1950.

One can only assume that someone with Nairn connections has fetched up in this corner of the US - if so Howdy!

(Funnily enough, there is a similarly unusually-named place in Scotland called 'Rest and be Thankful' in Argyllshire [now Argyll & Bute] - read more here.)

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

Education Scotland are high-lighting the need to educate younger generations about the genocide in Europe in the middle of the 20th century and other genocides here - long before many of today's youngsters were born, emphasising the need not to forget what can so easily go wrong in sophisticated modern societies.

- Never Again -

In the UK, today 27th January is Holocaust Memorial Day, the date being chosen to commemorate the day that Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated in 1945; visit the dedicated website, or visit the website of Yad Vashem.

Friday, 25 January 2013

Happy Australia Day tomorrow ...

... or in fact 'today' because it is already 26th January on that part of the planet! Happy Australia Day! to any antipodean readers who may pass this way!

(shamelessly 'filched' from Brenton on his Aussielicious website)

'Schmallenberg virus to hit UK milk production'

The above title is taken from an article published today in the website of Farmers Weekly. As the article points out, this malady is not 'reportable' so whilst farmers are 'encouraged' to do so, they are not obliged to, so the 1,000 cases reported across England and Wales may 'be the tip of the iceberg'. The disease 'causes deformed and stillborn calves and lambs'.

Although the article does not mention that any cases have been reported so far in Scotland, who can say whether lack of such reports means that no cases have occurred here so far, given that the diease is not 'reportable'? I mention this only because there is a major milk product distribution (and perhaps only temporarily renewed processing) facility here and one wonders whether the problems with UK milk production mentioned by the linked article as a possible consequence of this dieases will have an impact on farms and milk processors locally. Hopefully not.

Another article in Farmers Weekly earlier this month has more details of the apparent impact of the disease on sheep production. A little more research has thrown up a number of other articles mentioning this disease in the DEFRA website (here) and on the BBC website (here and just a couple of weeks ago here), although I do not think it has [yet] crossed over into mainstream television reporting (i.e. national news bulletins).

I suppose I am hoping that the impact of this disease will mean that it does not affect dramatically local economies in my area or more widely throughout the country. However, it appears from what I have been reading that this is quite a recently-identified livestock virus widely spread across Europe (see DEFRA article linked above). Developments awaited anxiously.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Capital punishment for drug traffickers

I'm writing about this because of the news today that a 56 year old British woman has been sentenced to death for being caught with almost 5 kilos (over 10 lbs) of cocaine concealed in the lining of her suitcase on arrival on a flight in Bali from Bangkok.

Firstly, let me state very clearly that I am opposed to capital punishment - killing is wrong and state sanctioned killing (which is what capital punishment is) is no different.

However, the laws on this matter that apply in the UK, the EU and many other countries around the world, which forbid capital punishment, do not apply in countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, China or indeed the USA, however much I may find their justice systems appalling - I live in the real world, though, and know that sovereign countries do what they think is correct. Nobody travelling to countries in the Far East which operate a very harsh criminal justice system with regard to drug smuggling is left in any doubt about it - the first time I flew into Kuala Lumpur, for example, I recall that although I was well aware of their laws on this matter, I was still somewhat 'thrilled' in a morbid kind of way by the warning printed in heavy red ink on the landing card that the consequence of carrying more than 10 grams (grams, not kilos) of drugs was a MANDATORY death sentence; it certainly focusses the mind. Many of the countries in that part of the world, such as Indonesia have similarly harsh policies. There is no secret about it - everyone who travels there is made aware of the consequences. I got a similar 'thrill' the first time I flew into the USA and had to complete the landing card which asked one to state whether one 'was now or had ever been a member of the Communist Party' - I knew long before I travelled there that this was one of the landing-card questions.

The bottom line is that if you travel to a country that imposes capital punishment for trafficking in drugs, and you carry almost 5 kilos of cocaine in your luggage to that country, then you must be prepared to live (or in this case die) with the consequences.

Lindsay Sandiford, the British woman in the Indonesia incident, has apparently apologised for her crime, fair enough, and has stated in 'mitigation' that she "would never have become involved in something like this but the lives of my children were in danger and I felt I had to protect them", which is put into context by the British human rights charity Reprieve being quoted as stating that she had been: "targeted by drug traffickers who exploited her vulnerability and made threats against her children". As an appeal is apparently going to be lodged by the condemned woman, I imagine that these factors will be investigated and taken into consideration, if this was not done [adequately] at the trial.

Saturday, 12 January 2013

UKIP pretence at being 'reasonable' comes unstuck

This rather amusing 'Downfall' spoof sums up neatly the reality behind UKIP's pretence at being a reasonable political alternative for anyone with any kind of pretence of being house-trained:

- see also here

Asteroid 'Apophis' (2004 MN4) eliminated as Earth-collision risk

NASA has 2 days ago finally been able to eliminate Asteroid 'Apophis' (2004 MN4) as a risk for an Earth-collision in 2036 - see the NASA website here to read more about this re-assuring news.

Earlier orbit calculations some years ago had eliminated the risk of an Earth-collision in 2029; at one point in December 2004 the risk of this particular collision had been set as high 2.7 percent - it briefly reached a classification of 4 on the Torino Scale at the time. I wrote an article here on 25th December 2004 ('Christmas Day') about the seeming threat then, with updates over the next few days. With the Indonesian Tsunami which happened early on the morning of 26th December ('Boxing Day') that year and which I wrote about here a few days later it seemed then that life on Earth was becoming pretty precarious - unfortunately the estimates of 125,000+ deaths in the immediate aftermath were dwarfed in later updates, it now being believed that upwards of 230,000 (possibly upto 280,000) people perished in the hours that followed the underwater earthquake off the north-west coast of Sumatra and the subsequent tsunamis which affected countries all around the Indian Ocean.

In any case, NASA's latest update on Asteroid 'Apophis' (2004 MN4) at least means that major regional destruction, at the very least, from this 270 metre object is no longer a danger. Which certainly merits a modest 'Cheer!' in my view.

More hate mail from the Catholic Church on same-sex marriage

A letter from a number of senior Catholics, plus over a thousand Catholic priests, has today been published in the Daily Telegraph on the topic of same-sex marriage. I am quoting the letter in full below, together with the name of every signatory. Not of course because I agree with what is said in the letter, but because I want to record here the depths to which this so-called 'Christian' organisation will stoop to further its hateful bigotry. Also to place on record here the names of those who have lent their support to this bigotry so that all may know who they are - they will have to answer for their action one day I hope. Personally, I would like to see the charitable status of the Catholic Church revoked in the UK - it offends and disgusts me that my taxes contribute to the funding of this hate-peddling organisation. There are many flaws in logic in the letter and a few actual falsehoods (e.g. it is factually incorrect that Catholics may currently participate fully in the life of this country, given that a Catholic many not be Monarch of the UK, not a situation which I feel acceptable, whatever I may think of the Catholic Church). Quite why an organisation which forbids its own personnel from entering into any kind of marriage (priests and nuns are bound by vows of celibacy and chastity) can be considered a source of moral guidance on marriage of all subjects is really rather bizarre, don't you think? In any case, the legislation being proposed will not force any religious organisation to marry same-sex couples if it does not wish to, any more than the Catholic Church is forced to go against its 'doctrine' by marrying divorced persons. Nor do some heterosexual couples who choose to get married necessarily have to procreate by having children, either because they do not wish to or because one or other of the couple cannot do so. Are these marriages any less valid? Whether the Catholic Church itself chooses to marry same-sex couples or divorced persons is, to be quite honest, a matter of supreme indifference to me, but they should certainly not be able to exercise any kind of veto about such unions taking place under civil authority or by religious organisations that do wish to perform them; the same comments apply to the Church of England, incidentally. There are, despite the scaremongering that the Catholic Church seeks to engage in, NO negative consequences in legislating to permit same-sex marriage - instead it will be a very positive development both for those directly involved and for the wider community by encouraging stable family units. I don't particularly 'like' divorce, any more than does the Catholic Church, but I do not believe same-sex marriages will diminish in any way the value of heterosexual marriage or reduce its stability, rather they are likely to increase the cohesiveness or society as a whole. Whether a married couple (heterosexual or same-sex) stays together long-term in happiness is entirely a personal matter between the two people concerned and about which outsiders very often have little useful to contribute, except to wish the best for the couple involved and perhaps, if invited to do so, to offer a sounding-board for them to discuss the ways in which their marriage may be failing. I think the Catholic Church would be a much better and more worthwhile organisation if it were to re-evaluate its stances on these and other matters.

It would appear that, for whatever reason, the Catholic priest at St Mary's Church in Nairn, Rev. Francis Barnett SJ, does not appear as a signatory to the letter, as a matter of information.

The letter in full (to read it in the Daily Telegraph, click here and scroll down the page):

Same-sex marriage law


After centuries of persecution, Catholics have, in recent times, been able to be members of the professions and participate fully in the life of this country.

Legislation for same-sex marriage, should it be enacted, will have many legal consequences, severely restricting the ability of Catholics to teach the truth about marriage in their schools, charitable institutions or places of worship.

It is meaningless to argue that Catholics and others may still teach their beliefs about marriage in schools and other arenas if they are also expected to uphold the opposite view at the same time.

The natural complementarity between a man and a woman leads to marriage, seen as a lifelong partnership. This loving union – because of their physical complementarity – is open to bringing forth and nurturing children.

This is what marriage is. That is why marriage is only possible between a man and a woman. Marriage, and the home, children and family life it generates, is the foundation and basic building block of our society.

We urge Members of Parliament not to be afraid to reject this legislation now that its consequences are more clear.

Rt Rev Peter Brignall - Bishop of Wrexham
Rt Rev Terence Drainey - Bishop of Middlesbrough
Rt Rev Philip Egan - Bishop of Portsmouth
Rt Rev Malcolm McMahon - Bishop of Nottingham
Rt Rev Mgr Keith Newton - Ordinary, Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Rt Rev Daniel Mullins - Bishop Emeritus of Menevia
Rt Rev Philip Pargeter - Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Birmingham
Rt Rev Patrick O’Donoghue - Bishop Emeritus of Lancaster
Rt Rev Francis Walmsley - Bishop Emeritus to HM Forces
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Rt Rev Dom Aidan Bellenger OSB - Abbot of Downside
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Rt Rev Dom Paul Stonham OSB - Abbot of Belmont

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Thursday, 10 January 2013

Scottish Referendum "Propaganda" begins

I write above that the "Propaganda" efforts with which we will undoubtedly be faced in the many months leading up to the referendum on Scottish "Independence"/"Separation" have begun, because I found in my mail-box this morning a leaflet from the "Yes" campaign - the organisation that published this particular leaflet calls itself "Yes Scotland" and has, according to the leaflet, an address in Glasgow. Although no mention is made of it in the leaflet, this is the organisation supported by the SNP Scottish Government in furtherance of its [the SNP, that is] political aim to take Scotland out of the current political arrangements it has as one of the partners in the United Kingdom, along with England, Wales and Northern Ireland and establish a separate country.

Scottish Referendum "Propaganda"

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The "Yes Scotland" campaign
(All pages from a one-fold leaflet received today)




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People who have read my blog over the years will be under no illusions where I stand on this issue and I make no pretence that I do not have very strong views on it. I oppose the "Yes Scotland" campaign, instead I support the "Better Together" campaign, because I want to see Scotland remain fully integrated into the UK with its partners England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, just as I am doing today, I will publish here any leaflet I receive through my mail-box in support of either side of the question and shall describe them all as Scottish Referendum "Propaganda", yes even those which support the views I hold, just as I have published all electoral leaflets received through my mail-box in most election campaigns in recent years

If you wish to find out more about the Yes Scotland campaign, you can visit its website here.

If you wish to find out more about the Better Together campaign, you can visit its website here.

Sunday, 6 January 2013

Happy New Year folks

This blog entry is really just to indicate that I am still here and that I wish everyone who happens to pass this way a very Happy New Year for 2013.

Of late, however, I have felt no particular impulse to blog regularly so have not done so. Whenever anything that I consider to be of especial interest happens, though, I shall most probably record it in print here.

Meantime - Go in Peace.