Posts Tagged ‘Great Scots’

Scotland, the future could be bright.

September 25, 2014

If, on the 17th of December, in 1903, had you suggested that a new invention would enable wars be won and lost, and ordinary people would have used such to go on holiday thousands of miles from their home, you would have been locked up for being a madman. On that day, Wilbur and Orville Wright flew the first powered flight. Let me sidestep the argument that a Scotsman may have invented powered flight for a moment and concentrate on my point. Even if you knew the Kitty Hawk aeroplane had made her flights that day on the beaches, you would still be hard pressed to understand the future of nations would either fall or be victors because of such a momentous event.

Scotland has access to oil under the North Sea. How much oil depends upon which expert or scare monger you choose to listen to, either or both are to some degree correct. However, my belief, as much as the world could not predict the events that would follow the flight of the kitty Hawk, nor can we predict the future for the oil and gas under the north sea. How long will it last depends not only on the extraction rate, but the extraction difficulty, boundary ownership and political geography of the location of the wells in the North Sea.

To base a countries future on one argument could be catastrophic if things went wrong. It is one heck of an argument, if we are right, and we believe we are right, the future could be bright. If we are not quite as right, well maybe there will be a little less, but the future would not be dimmed. To follow this line of reasoning misses the point entirely. Let me revert to the original metaphor.

The dream of flight was always there for the Wright Brothers, the construct of the aeroplane was always there for them, they had it just about right and they knew it. It took a retired mechanic with a little insight to produce an ignition coil and spark system, that in turn allowed the small engine to produce enough horsepower to maintain powered flight long enough to fly the distance needed.

The SNP has the metaphorical aeroplane, it has the belief, it even has the engine, they just need enough people in the right place to make things happen, and slowly, they are getting them together. It is known the country of Scotland cannot base it’s future on the North Sea alone, technology will change and such change will alter the rate and value of the oil, but Scotland has a powerful army of bright thinkers, an intelligent army of inventors and if they put their minds together, so many more avenues will become apparent that Scotland will be able to fly along hitherto hidden pathways to increase the wealth, the power and the success of Scotland.

Had you been in a position to wager a few gold coins on the Wright brothers given what we know now, you would indeed be wealthy. I know many Scots not in Scotland, would love to come home, make more money than they do now, have a brighter future than they do now and have greater stability than they do now, to the benefit of everyone proud enough to support Scotland and her brilliant people. We need to stop basing all our trust on the ‘experts’, but have a side wager that if Scotland were self governed, she could choose her own paths and make of it what she will. I have no doubt in my mind, Scotland would be a most successful place to be.

Scotland, the future could be bright.

by Kaela Street, 25th September 2014

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Scots manage the impossible

September 21, 2014

For many people, the entire concept of Scotland Versus England is nothing more than an archaic football match once a year, and for many, football matches are so far down the priority list, it is of little interest. But for a lot of people, people who remember the recent wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, the South Atlantic, will know the Scots are not only exceptionally brave but mightily powerful opponents. To hear the skirl of the pipes in the distance lifts many a heart to go on and work harder in the most appalling of conditions.

As a Brit, I have heard in the distance the pipes of 2 Para and have known with absolute assuredness, the Scots were there and prepared to hold the ground while refugees poured over the line. To quote the Infantry web site, “The Second Battalion forms part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. Through … hard training, the airborne soldier is expected to develop resilience, self-confidence and a fierce determination to succeed, whatever the difficulties. … a winning factor time and again on operations.

In other words, the Army trains and selects only the best, and the best are the best in the world, a lot of Scots are selected because Scots exhibit all the qualities that are needed to be successful.

Problem solving is a skill that creates invention. Scots are among the most prolific of inventors, they solve so many problems it is hard to keep track of, some include Penicillin – Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 – 1955), The Television – John Logie Baird (1888 – 1946), The Telephone – Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922),(Tarmac – John McAdam (1756 – 1836), RADAR – Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt (1892 – 1973) (visit http://www.scottish-at-heart.com for more information)

The above inventions changed the world, changed for the better, the above men were Scots, the men were problem solvers. And lets not forget people like King William I “The Lion” (1143-1214), he adopted the heraldic symbol of the red lion rampant on a yellow background. That symbol is still seen on Scotland’s Lion Rampant flag today. William Wallace (1274 – 1305) at the Battle of Stirling Bridge he Defeated Edward I’s Army.

Think about people like Arthur James Balfour, James Keir Hardie, John Mackenzie and others too numerous to mention. My point is, these people were not born to be famous, they were not given all the success automatically, they didn’t all inherit the rights riches and privileges to become world famous and legends in their own right, they were for the most part, ordinary people, no, they were people of Scotland.

They were for the most part advised and coerced to stop doing whatever it was they were trying to do, because it wouldn’t work, or there was no money in it, or it simply couldn’t be done. They all, to a man, had to struggle, work harder and stay focused because they had a feeling, a feeling they were right, it was something they wanted more than anything else.

They did not have 45% of the country on their side, they were most often alone, and entrenched in the profound belief that what they were doing was right.

These Scot’s I talk about went on to achieve things that were believed to be impossible, they managed through self determination to change the world and every element in it. The Scots have now shown they are capable of self rule, of walking onto the world stage and staking a large claim of it. The Scots have the ability and determination to change the world as we know it. The Scots manage the impossible.

Should England be worried of this? The only people in England that worry are those that seek to milk and steal the fortunes of the Scots for their own advancement, from Parliament to the BBC, from the Banks to the Shipyards. Keep the Scots looking in bins for food and queuing up at food halls and you have them in your pocket, is the common misperception of many of the English Lords and Gentlemen who believe they have the power.

If you should ask an English politician , or even a past Prime Minister who was kicked out of office for complaining about a woman being dour, if this is true, they will fall over backwards to convince you it is anything but the truth. As soon as you turn your back, they change the rules, invoke new laws and make it harder for anyone to get a foot in the door, they have been doing this since Queen Elizabeth the first, and they are good at it.

Now we have all the ingredients for the Scots to secede from the United Kingdom, except for one thing, Mr Alex Salmond started a ball rolling, a ball that gathered so much momentum, a ball that was intercepted by a wall of lies and untruths, a wall of disinformation.

Yes it stalled, but we need only one person to get that ball rolling with so much more vigour and might than the English can hardly imagine. It is possible the country that has so many Inventors, poets, builders, politicians or note, so many explorers and soldiers, carers and nurses, is it possible that we can find one person with the ability to grab that ball and continue the devolution roll, is it possible in four million people, I bet you it is, and I can tell you with some certainty, that person will be a Scot, a Scot with a dream and a Scot with a sense of purpose, and they won’t be working on their own, they will have forty five percent of the nation’s population working with them, cheering them on and motivating them.

The Saltire will not be hidden from the World Stage, The freedom of the Scottish nation will not fade away.

Scots manage the impossible.

by Kaela Street 21st September 2014

Attributed in part to: Famous Scottish People http://www.scottish-at-heart.com/famous-scottish-people.html#ixzz3DwNdy5iA


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