Whit’s aw this?

My name is Paul Kavanagh. I was a full time carer living in Glasgow. I had to give up work in order to look after Andy, my partner of 25 years, who was diagnosed with dementia in 2012 and required 24 hour care and attendance. We used to live in Spain, where we acquired the Dug and I was the editor and publisher of a monthly English language features magazine.

When we returned to live in Scotland early in 2013, I had hoped to get involved in the independence campaign, getting out canvassing and campaigning. Sadly Andy’s health deteriorated badly shortly after we returned to Scotland, so that was not possible. Instead I started this wee blog. It was a way I could make a contribution, and it was my therapy – giving me something to think about other than care visits, social services, and hospital appointments. This blog kept me sane.

Sadly Andy passed away shortly before the independence vote in September last year, but not before he had a chance to cast a postal vote. He voted Yes. He would have been disappointed at the result, but not devastated – Andy was a fighter and he wouldn’t ever give up on something he believed in. And neither will I. So now I keep this blog going, and it’s become my new job. I’m doing this for Andy and for all those people who believed in a Scotland that determines its own future but who fell by the wayside on this country’s long journey. Let’s never forget them.

I am not a member of the SNP or any other political party, and am not associated with any official campaigns or organisations. The contents of this blog are my opinions and mine alone. I speak for no one but myself. If Alicsammin is sending secret mind control messages, my fillings aren’t picking them up.

I encourage people to leave comments, but I ask everyone to respect the fact that as blog publisher I am legally responsible for anything you post here. I do not wish to prevent anyone’s freedom of speech, but any comments which I think are liable to get me sued will be removed. And I’ll block you if you persistently annoy me, because it’s my blog and I can do that … mwuahahahaha

47 comments on “Whit’s aw this?

  1. Hugh Wallace says:


    Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your thoughts. Along with Wings, Newsnet and BfS your blog is one of my favourite haunts of the moment.


  2. Nigel Mace says:

    Your witty contributions help keep a lot of us going. Best wishes to you both.

  3. Maree Todd says:

    I only recently discovered this blog, it is a delight. Thank you for your intelligent and witty contributions, inspirational stuff.

  4. MolliBlum says:

    “It’s a way I can make a contribution…” And what a contribution it is! I always look forward to your latest writing and share widely with all and sundry…under whatever name I happen to be using at the time😉 Especially loved the Transformational Generative Glamour post

  5. dennis mclaughlin says:

    Paul,your contributions to this entertaining referendum debate are a continuing source of enjoyment……give the wee dug a pat from me plz!.

  6. Shetltie2014 says:

    Dear Paul
    Just stumbled across you recently and think what you write is fabulous. Keep up the great work.

  7. Geoff Huijer says:

    My thoughts are with you and your partner.

    I came back to Scotland in 2007 to be near my mum who had developed dementia.
    It can be a stressful time.

    Unfortunately, whilst in Cameron Hospital in a locked ward (with one other bedridden patient)
    my mum’s 11-stone diamond engagement ring disappeared – 3 weeks later I was told that
    nothing could be done about it as she’d signed a disclaimer (legally it wasn’t worth the paper it was written on). However, lawyers are expensive, my local MP (Gordon Brown) didn’t give shit or even respond to my registered letter. Sorry, I could go on about the horrors and duplicitousness of it all. Suffice to say my mum died in 2010 and the ring is lost forever.

    Thanks for doing this blog; it helps me at least to believe there are good people out there.

  8. Really like your blog- it does make a difference. My Border Terrier says Hi to wee ginger

  9. Thank you for reminding me I can laugh, after being ( no to good ), health wise . Keep them coming . Margaret Garthamlock Glasgow .

  10. John Bell says:

    Simply, thank you Paul.

  11. Valerie Gauld says:

    Enjoying your articles. My dad also has vascular dementia, so I know how very hard caring for your partner must be for you.
    Wishing you all the best, hope you get your house in Spain sold soon. (Am not well-off enough, sadly!)

  12. Mark Wringe says:

    What a wonderful, absolutely wonderful riposte to the wee Duggie’s sermon on the Mound. thank you!

  13. setondene says:

    Paul thanks for everything you’re doing on this post and respect to you for your dedication to your partner. My 93 year old mother developed dementia at the back end of last year and it’s certainly a challenge. Love keeps you going.

  14. Carrig Mick says:

    Love your blog Paul. Informative, intelligently written, cutting and very funny! Much love to you and yours, M

  15. lockhart Murdoch says:

    Dear Ginger Dug, aw the best wi’ yer blog. I was at Stirling when John Reid was a postgrad. I admired him and liked him. Disappointed to see how low he has stooped.

  16. Eddie Ladd says:

    Blog ardderchog! Fantastic blog! Ymlaen/onwards! Cofion cynnes, eddie (Caerdydd/Cardiff)

  17. graham says:

    Looks like WGD is being blocked in England. I can only access it using a vpn or proxy. Direct access through my isp Sky returns a blank page or url not found error.

    Normally I’d put this down to the vagaries of the internet but I experienced the same problem with the stv livestream which played fine when it thought I was in the US but blocked me in the UK.

    Hat tip WOS for mentioning that you seemed to be offline.

  18. Gillian-Ruglonian says:

    Simply wonderful!

  19. bbobhastings says:

    Hi Paul
    I’d like to submit an article I’ve written for publication as a guest post. How should I send it to you?
    all the best
    Bob Hastings

  20. Shirley Nott says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you – sending love and strength and real hugs.
    – Karen

  21. Stepan says:

    Hi Paul, could you maybe share our independent song? Every little helps, we can dea it!



  22. […] un canvi que depèn directament d’ells mateixos’, m’explica el periodista Paul Kavanagh. Amb ell he visitat un d’aquests barris, Shettleston, d’on és fill, i hem acompanyat […]

  23. […] un canvi que depèn directament d’ells mateixos’, m’explica el periodista Paul Kavanagh. Amb ell he visitat un d’aquests barris, Shettleston, d’on és fill, i hem […]

  24. Hi Paul! I posted this link as a comment on Derek Bateman’s blog and on Bella Caledonia. I wonder if you’ll find it interesting and want to share it with your readers?


  25. Cait Clarke says:

    Hello Paul! It’s been more than a decade, nearly two, since I first wrote emails to you, learning Scots from you. And then I had the pleasure of meeting you and Andy face to face in June (or July) 1997, when you were in London. I don’t know what made me plug your name into Google today. I’m so sorry to hear about Andy. He is such a lovely gentleman, and the two of you seemed then (and I’m sure it hasn’t changed) to be a perfect match. Having had family members with vascular dementia, I have seen first hand the challenges you both face. I wish you love, peace, and strength. Xxx

  26. georgeclark1954 says:

    Hi Paul, just catching up there and noticed you were looking for a computer table. I have one surplus to requirements, though it’s a little on the large side, 1200mm X 700mm.

    It’s steel framed with a glass top and includes a pull out keyboard tray, about 660mm X 330mm, and you would be very welcome to it as long as you keep writing:-)

  27. amanda mcginley says:

    wee ginger dug, you continue to amuse, your article on the, ahem, new vow is just great regards amanda

  28. Cuddis says:

    Wee ginger dug. Your blogs combine pithy political insight with top notch humour, resulting, collectively, in a damn good read time and time again. Thanks for that.

  29. Dear Wee Ginger Dug.

    I’m a wee Springer Spaniel, I’m Brown and White, not ginger and my name is Blue.

    That’s my name, Blue.

    I’m not Black or white in the way humans define themselves, and I’m neither a Blue tory nor a Red tory.

    My name is Blue, I’m a wee Springer Spaniel.

    My entire life has been devoted to catching balls for my humans, it’s a complete misunderstanding! They actually think I enjoy this? I don’t!! Really, if they just put the ball they hate so much in the bin rather than tossing it asunder and expecting me to retrieve it, a lot of trouble would be saved.. Pointless human nonsense, huh?

    Anyway, my name is Blue, and I’m actually quite a savy wee dug…..

    I can see through all this human bullshit…

    (Interesting that when a Bull shits, it’s Bullshit, when I shit, it’s a ‘poo’ but when another dog does the same it’s a shite on the pavement then when David Cameron talks, it’s just plain crap).

    Anyway, I was born in Scotland, a country with endless hills, mountains, glens and rivers for me to walk, run, cavort and swim in……

    What a wonderful place, but there’s something strange about the humans.

    Most of the humans I encounter seem a bit unhappy despite living in such a wonderful and bountiful land.

    As I understand it, lots of them want the decisions about the future of this said wonderful land to be made by the people who live work sniff and bark here. And there’s another bunch who think we just ain’t smart enough to make our own decisions and want people in a Palace on the Thames to decide everything for us. And to be fair the palace sounds well cool, it has subsidised bars and everything, probably even free dog biscuits if us Spaniels had a voice in the House of Lords which could be bought for political influence / Dog Chews…..

    Meantime there seems to be a final bunch of humans that were terrified into to believing that their pensions would stop, their shopping bills would double and the cost heating their home’s would treble if they didn’t let the nice people at the Palace with the cheap bars and free dog treats continue to look after their future for them…..

    This is where I could get a bit confused, my cousin Azul lives in Spain, and his humans, like 3 million other ex-pat humans who retired there, draw their UK pensions quite happily, the food is cheap, the dog biscuits are plentiful and if it ever gets cold, they can import some Scottish Oil to fend off the chill….

    But hey, my name is Blue, I’m just a Springer Spaniel and I’d never see through all this human bullshit!
    ’s a dog’s life…..

    Soar Alba

  30. catherine murphy says:

    Hi Paul. .thoroughly enjoyed your blog posted by yes kirkcaldy..must remember to give Mr j. Murphy (no relation) his full title BA politics failed! !!
    Shows how astute our educators are!
    Sorry for your loss, keep strong with your wee dug.

  31. Neil Anderson says:

    Hello Paul. Your blog is undoubtedly the funniest of the entire Yes, independence, GE2015 campaign(s). Wings can occasionally make me laugh out loud, but I can’t remember any of yours not having at least one absolute belly laugh line, Many thanks for keeping us all entertained with your brilliant analyses.

  32. Your blog really brightens my day. Thank you for your wicked sense of humour.

  33. Alex Waugh says:

    I’ve said it before but it bears saying again: your writing is some of the best I’ve ever read – clever, incisive and informed. My morning routine of every day is coffee/WOS/WGD. It sets me up for another day of trying to convey the power of the English language to teenagers. You are a treat, sir, and much appreciated.

  34. Puzzled Puss says:

    Many thanks for your superbly written, witty and perceptive commentary. Speaking as a disenchanted and frustrated yes-voter, it fairly keeps my spirits up!

  35. Macky says:

    Thank you for this Blog; your writing is as inspiring as is your humanity, a joy to behold both.

  36. Cracking blog. Condolences on your loss.

  37. Toni says:

    Hi Paul and Ginger
    I discovered you in The National, you’re my favourite column, by the way.
    I bought the two volumes of your original blogs and have thoroughly enjoyed them, so I have every intention of buying the new one, even though I have read them already in The National.
    Please keep up the good work and keep the yesser’s on track.

    Thank you.

  38. douglasclark says:


    I do not know why I have been unable to buy your books. Could you, perhaps, contact me at clark184@btinternet.com because I think we should resolve this? I did what was asked, in terms of buying both your books, but delivery there has been none.

    Best wishes.

    Douglas Clark.

  39. Hi Paul, I think you will be interested in ScotBub (http://scotbub.com) my new site for Scottish news. ScotBub lets you add, upvote, and comment on Scottish-related news and commentary, from newspapers, magazines and blogs. Please register and feel free to add interesting news and commentary about Scotland you find across the web. (You can also add any new posts or articles you write). I am also returning to Scotland after over 25 years abroad (Japan and the US) Feel free to contact me at sparkzilla@gmail.com

  40. Ken Gilmour says:

    Hi paul.
    Minor point here but worth a mention. The link on your blog to NewsnetScotland is deid. I know you have other things to be doing, but a wee change to newsnet.scot would make folks’ navigation that bit smoother.
    Love what you’re doing. Keep up the good work.

  41. Born Optimist says:

    Hi Paul,
    Today’s photo of Ruth D on the back of a buffalo must surely give you great scope for writing about the demise of Buffalo, Custer, etc.and of course Unionist supporters.

  42. BigAL says:

    Enjoy your commenters on new politics. You, in return may enjoy this http://edinburgh-sme.org.uk/

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