Notes From the Northern Colony

Scotland in the End Times of the UK

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The Rebel City podcast is one of my favourites. But I have now tried several times to listen to this episode, and each time I have had to stop listening quite early because of how the two male hosts kept interrupting their female guest, Jen Murray. They kept asking her questions, then talking over her as she began to answer.

If you listen to other episodes, it is clear that these are decent, compassionate men, and their willingness to discuss their own mental health and other vulnerabilities is admirable. But male conditioning is a horrible thing, causing harmful blind spots in all men. Such blind spots are likely incurable, so the best we can do is try to be aware of our impaired vision, and, when it is pointed out to us, listen.

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Pilate Washes His Hands, painting by Duccio

The Scottish government’s current handling (or absence of handling) of the pandemic has created a terrifying cognitive dissonance.

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Today, a walk downtown from Maryhill baffled but did not surprise me. The outdoor seatings of restaurants and cafés along Great Western Road were packed; no masks, no social distancing, patrons and staff alike. Most people walking the pavement in groups behaved the same. There was a smattering of people wearing masks and dodging others to maintain a safe distance, but they were the minority.

The pedestrian corridor of Sauchiehall Street was reminiscent of holiday shopping: throngs of people walking close together, few wearing masks.

Most did not seem concerned about the record number of Covid infections from yesterday, or today’s announcement of almost 5000 new cases and 14 new deaths, or that Glasgow is now the number 8 European Covid hotspot.

I predict we will rise in the rankings soon, beating our Scottish rival Dumfries and Galloway, which is currently number 6.

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Scotland recorded 5021 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours. And there are no plans to resume restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon “urges” us to get vaccinated, wear face coverings, keep to hygiene measures, stay a safe distance away from others, stay outdoors if possible and ventilate spaces.

But only if we want to.

This reminds me of how, last December, she asked us to “perhaps think about” not killing people.

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Pieter Bruegel's The Triumph of Death reflects the social upheaval and terror that followed plague, which devastated medieval Europe

In Scotland, who is winning the battle between magical thinking and reality?

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A graph of the relationships between users on Facebook

Protesting Facebook's spying is absurd if you do it on Facebook.

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Today, Scotland moves beyond level 0.

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Filthy cotton bud on stair

I feel a strange sentimental attachment to this filthy cotton bud.

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While I advise against following the leaflet’s advice to “search F******k,” and I find the “End Glasgow Life” slogan unfortunately ambivalent (it sounds like an honest Tory manifesto), I will be at this rally against closures of Glasgow’s libraries and other public venues. We will assemble at St Mungo’s at 12:30pm and head to the People’s Palace half an hour later.

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