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