Oil and gas companies have seen the writing on the wall about the future of energy: it’s all about renewables. The Norwegian state-owned company StatoilContinue reading
Ms Soapbox and her eldest daughter “Missy” just returned from a 10 day trip to Scotland. We explored Edinburgh (refined and dignified), Glasgow (gritty andContinue reading
In a few hours I'll be leaving the country and setting off for Edinburgh, to attend the wedding of one of my oldest friends.And sinceContinue reading
Scotland is a small, peaceful country, but one with a proud history of resistance dating back about two thousand years.The people of that land have hadContinue reading
It was only a tweet, but it was like a flash of decency in a darkening world.It has been favourited more than 500,000 times already.AndContinue reading
Of all the horrible things Donald Trump is threatening to do, and there are so many, his promise to end the war against climate change isContinue reading
About four years ago I made three political wishes. The first one was that Stephen Harper and foul regime be totally destroyed.And that one was granted.MyContinue reading
Portugal reached a very significant milestone on its path to being fully powered by renewables by consuming energy only from sustainable resources for four days.Continue reading
Last Sunday was the second anniversary of Scotland’s independence referendum, which as you may know, was for me a day of great disappointment.
And one I’ll always remember.
But I haven’t dared even mention the anniversary when talking to my family in the Scottish highlands, because for them it’s a day best forgotten.
They don’t want to talk about it. It’s too traumatic.
And they all voted NO.
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Every year when I return to my family home in Scotland I find myself doing the same things.Reliving my childhood on the massive beaches that line the north east coast.Returning to the bay where I first learned to sail, as the jet fighters from the near…Continue reading
This past weekend Scotland generated enough electricity from wind turbines to meet all its power demands. A day of strong winds and low demand combined to make this the first time Scotland has achieved this renewable milestone. For a compression, in 2012 Germany got 50% of it’s electricity from renewable sources, and today Germany gets […]
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In just a few hours I'll be leaving Canada and heading for my family home in the Scottish highlands.And since I won't be able to do much blogging, and because the news is so grim these days, I thought I'd leave you with a message of hope.A…Continue reading
In a semi-surprising move Britain voted to leave the European Union late last week.There has been endless discussion on how bad this might be forContinue reading
As Britain tries to recover from the shock of the Brexit referendum result. With its economy and its political scene in a turmoil.And its racist bigots on a rampage.I'm sure many of its REMAIN supporters were glad to hear Nicola Sturgeon, the First…Continue reading
ILLUSTRATION: Press Progress’s take on Jason Kenney’s “Brexit” broadsides Thursday night and yesterday morning (Press Progress image). Below: The Acme Professional Dog Whistle, now commanding attention all over the world. It is made in U.K. You…Continue reading
In one of my last posts I tried to explain why most Scots hate Donald Trump so much.And why so many are planning to protest his visit. And now that he has arrived in that country, there was more evidence that Trump just doesn't get it.And why h…Continue reading
It's hard for me to imagine a more disturbing image. This file picture of Donald Trump screaming like a maniac at one of his two Scottish gold courses. With a piper beaming behind him.And in the background the grass covered dunes, that line the sho…Continue reading
It's the ultimate irony. Donald Trump the billionaire, who is always boasting about how much money he has.The man who claimed he could self finance his own campaign.Now finds himself in a really embarrassing position.Up to his big mouth in a money…Continue reading
For eighty-five years the statue of Lieutenant General Edward Cornwallis has loomed over a park in Halifax.To honour him for being the first governor of Nova Scotia, and the founder of Halifax.In recent years native groups have tried to have the statu…Continue reading
The other day I told you how Scotland was getting ready to welcome its first group of Syrian refugees, and how that small country had been working hard to try to make them feel at home.In a country so different from the ones they were coming from.Well …Continue reading