Notes From the Northern Colony

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Being dead makes people like you better.

In this article, Gerry Hassan eulogises Donald Dewar, Scotland's first First Minister, who died 20 years ago. Mr Hassan's admiration for Dewar seems to be based on how bourgeois he was:

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Dear Mr Murray,

You are an impressively meticulous reporter. You are also thin-skinned and self-absorbed, and, as I have previously written (while defending you), you have a tendency to embarrass yourself when you take things personally.

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Not all websites track you. This one does not, and neither does Gerry Hassan's. But here are some that do (information found using Blacklight):

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There are activists, and journalists, and people who are both, who have blind spots about the dangers of surveillance technology even when writing about it.

In this article, Mike Small, editor of Bella Caledonia, begins: “I ‘sign-in’ to my phone with my fingerprint.”

No journalist or activist should use fingerprint (or face) recognition on their phone. While seductively convenient, it's dangerous. Police are not allowed to force you to give them your password so they can get into your phone, but they are allowed to force you to open it with your fingerprint. This exposes not only the owner of the phone, but everyone they communicate with. A strong password, entered every time you check your phone, is surely worth the inconvenience.

Also published on The Harbourmaster's Loug

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The Dockyard Press Harbourmaster's Loug has Bart Lessard's story “Gang Aft Agley and Deek Brodie's story “Company” — two very different tales, both set in Maryhill, Glasgow.

Also on the Loug is “If Is Cave wis in Glasgow” a Zen Buddhist poem by dubh.

The Shetland poet and novelist Robert Alan Jamieson is recovering from suspected coronavirus, and has been writing a sequence of poems during the process, which are being published on Bella Caledonia.

The new issue of Northwords Now has a Gaelic section, with Zen poetry by Caoimhin MacNeill, and poems by Babs Nicgriogair, Aonghas Phadraig Caimbeul, Meg Bateman and others. In the English-language part of the magazine, there are seven haiku by me, under the pen-name Barry Graham, though in the online edition they're bunched together like one poem. The excellent prose includes this story by Maggie Wallis and this essay by Chris Arthur.

Babs Nicgriogair's poem “Because the night belongs to us” was first published in both Gaelic and English on The Harbourmaster's Loug.

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