A few updates on projects and campaigns today.
Oor Wey – the grassroots karaoke mix
Yew Choob have received a fantastic response to their wonderful rendition of Oor Wey. Now they’ve suggested taking it one step further and making it into a grassroots song for a grassroots campaign. The idea is to do a version of the song a bit like the Band Aid single, with lots of different Yes groups and campaigners each singing one line of the song. In the accompanying video, we’d also like to give a shout out to as many different Yes groups, campaigns, and organisations as possible. That way the song can show the true breadth and extent of Scotland’s only real grassroots referendum campaign. Are you listening Vote Nob Orders? And maybe the BBC will show oor sang on Reporting Scotland too … aye right …
At the moment this is just one of those mad ideas you have in the pub when you’ve just grabbed the karaoke mic. In order to make it a reality we’re going to need your help and involvement. Firstly, and most importantly, we need a volunteer who is willing to act as co-ordinator to liaise with everyone and act as an initial point of contact. Unfortunately I’m not able to do this myself.
In order to bring this about, we’re going to need someone with video recording equipment, possibly a venue, or venues, for doing the recordings, a sound engineer, someone with experience in video editing and production, and probably a whole lot more that we’ve not thought about yet.
If you’re willing to help, or would like your local Yes group to get involved, please get in touch with me at weegingerdug[at]gmail.com (replace [at] with the @ symbol in your reply).
Solidarity with Scotland
The Solidarity with Scotland website is now online at the following URL www.soldaritywithscotland.com The site is multilingual – more languages will follow soon. The site gives the background to the project, and explains how expat Scots and friends of Scotland outside the UK can get involved in a practical demonstration of solidarity with the idea of an independent Scotland.
The campaign was started after it was revealed that the British Government is contacting foreign governments and companies to gain support for their anti-independence position. The UK Government is inviting foreign companies and individuals to write to the British Embassy or High Commission in their country, in an effort to amass documentation useful to the No campaign.
Solidarity with Scotland invites expat Scots and friends of Scotland to write a letter to the British Embassy or High Commission in their country expressing their support for Scottish independence, and their disquiet that the UK Government is seeking foreign intervention in a peaceful, legal, constitutional and democratic Scottish referendum. The site has draft letters available for download in a number of languages.
The BNG – the largest pro-sovereignty party in Galicia – and the Aragonese regionalist party the Chunta Aragonesista have both expressed their support for the campaign, and hope that their activists will help to spread the message once the European elections are out of the way.
Pilar, who is co-ordinating the campaign from Galicia, and myself would like to offer our sincere thanks to everyone who has helped to get Solidarity with Scotland this far. Unlike certain organisations which get splashed all over your “national news”, this one really is grassroots. No Tory donating financiers or London based PR companies have been involved!
Please tell your friends about the new website, share it on Facebook, tweet it, spread the news.
Here are a couple of pics showing the progress on the model tramway. I’ve run out of cork sheeting so can’t do much more for the time being. But it’s slowly coming together. I’m doing this as a reminiscence / memory project for dementia sufferers and elderly people. I care for my partner who has dementia. When you care for a dementia sufferer, one of the worst things is the helplessness you feel, because there is nothing you can do to help your loved one recover. This project helps me to feel that in some small way I can do something for people who are affected by the incurable diseases of Alzheimers and vascular dementia and to encourage them interact with their carers and families.
The track is standard model railway track. I’ve built up the edges with cork sheeting so it is level with the top of the sleepers. The cobblestone are made from a flexible latex roll made by a German model railway company. I cut the roll into strips to lay between the rails and on the outside edge. Later I will add strips of cut up wet and dry sanding paper to make the asphalt road surface.
I’d like to give a very big thanks to Jim, one of the readers of this blog, who very kindly painted a pair of model trams for me in Glasgow Corporation livery. They look beautiful. The trams are currently with a mate in England who is motorising them and putting in working internal lights. Once the work is completed they will run on model railway track. The tram in the pics is a model London tram. The same tram used to run along the end of the street in London where my partner was brought up. It’s brought him a lot of pleasure to see it running around the table top in the living room.
And finally. I’ve added a new page to the menu bar at the top. Please have a wee look, and if you can help – with something which is entirely personal and not independence related – I’d be very grateful.