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OT - Distasteful person not welcome in Scotland

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  1. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Bicycling has historically been an egalitarian practice, despite occasionally being pressed into service by fascist armies. On Saturday - which is the 229th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and therefore the beginning of the notion of universal human rights in Europe - there will be an opportunity for anyone who wishes to express their support for these rights on the day that the Secretary of State for Scotland welcomes the President of the United States to Scotland on our behalf.

    I can only imagine that Mr Mundell finds this task every bit as distasteful as I would, possibly more so. He is a gay man and a democrat after all and his party leader described the President as a 'clay-brained guts, knotty-pated fool, whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch'. There is a demonstration to make sure that the opinions Mr Mundell surely holds but cannot voice himself are broadcast loud and clear. I would feel that I was letting him and my grandparents - who fought fascism with shovels, spanners, guns and knitting needles - down if I did not attend. Appeasement has a poor track record.

    People will gather at the Scottish Parliament from noon on Saturday 14 July, and then in The Meadows from 2.30pm.

    I've never felt the need to make a placard before, so I suppose that means writing a suitably melancholy haiku.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  2. Trixie
    Member

    I couldn't hold my head up in public again if I wasn't there.

    I've never bothered with a placard before either. I need to buy marker pens later but I've still no clue what to write. How does one fit pages and pages of how I feel on one bit of cardboard? "Get tae!" might have to suffice.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  3. neddie
    Member

    You do realise how Trump will spin this, using his own variant of fake news:?

    "Look at all my fans who came out to show support to me at the Scotchland 'committee' building - So Amazing to See. Now, coffeveve"

    Posted 2 months ago #
  4. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @neddie

    Fight psychosis with serenity.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  5. gembo
    Member

    His mother, Mary Anne MacLeod from Lewis, once asked What kind of son have I created?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  6. fimm
    Member

    'clay-brained guts, knotty-pated fool, whoreson obscene greasy tallow-catch' that's positively Shakespearean.

    Quote from my mother " I did suggest we should go into Edinburgh on Saturday to protest about Trump's visit but it is the Lifeboat Day and that wins" lol.

    Perhaps we'll go, I don't know. I already have a placard, though I'm not sure that "Give Us Space For Cycling" is quite the right slogan for this occasion...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  7. Cyclingmollie
    Member

    The BBC report that "US President Donald Trump has said he is "fine" about the protests expected to be held during his UK visit". And since they generally relay what he says without comment or correction* I don't doubt this is the case.

    *I fact-checked Trump's statement on the BBC Radio 4 lunchtime news that the US contributes 90% of the cost of NATO. In fact the US contributes, according to the Washington Post, 68.7%.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  8. Iain McR
    Member

    Posted 2 months ago #
  9. SRD
    Moderator

    all suggestions for clever signs welcomed. am hoping to manage a BIG banner, but undecided what to say.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  10. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I haven't written my haiku yet, but was considering;

    "Things are so bad that I, an entirely ordinary person, am carrying a placard in public."

    and

    "La reconnaissance de la dignité inhérente à tous les membres de la famille humaine et de leurs droits égaux et inaliénables constitue le fondement de la liberté, de la justice et de la paix dans le monde."

    and

    "The honest man, tho' e'er sae poor, is king o' men."

    Posted 2 months ago #
  11. gembo
    Member

    We Object

    Or

    We Object to the Orange Object

    Posted 2 months ago #
  12. unhurt
    Member

    Am going.

    @iwrats #3

    Posted 2 months ago #
  13. ARobComp
    Member

    "Be gone wi your gammon, sonsie face,
    Great chieftain o some of the puddin'-race!
    Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
    Full o, tripe, an' spite;
    Weel are ye worthy o' oor grace?
    O how unfit..."

    With apologies to the bard.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  14. SRD
    Moderator

    @iwarts @unhurt

    Right. I think we're going with #3 too.

    thanks.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  15. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    @SRD

    Cool. I'll do my lettering the morn. Madame cogitating for the B-side.

    Makes one proud to be British I expect;

    Posted 2 months ago #
  16. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    All four of them hate every atom of their own beings;

    Posted 2 months ago #
  17. spytfyre
    Member

    Posted 2 months ago #
  18. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Have gone with Rabbie and a generic Euro-tinged omni-rejection that ought to be good for any protest in the next thirty years.

    Note that I actually changed font. This is serious.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  19. spytfyre
    Member

  20. spytfyre
    Member

    Hmm last post failed - URL must be secured by a login, trying again

    well heck.
    Guess you can see it when it is there

    Posted 2 months ago #
  21. gembo
    Member

    @iwrats, lovely art but what you got against possums?

    Posted 2 months ago #
  22. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    Possums have no nous.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  23. gembo
    Member

    My Aussie relatives have invited themselves to my sister's wedding in Italy this sept. Though they have also asked to be invited too. (Same thing?) As they are in Croatia competing in a dragon boat race (kind of made up thing?). Anyway they want to give my sister a present of a possum throw. Like man a blanket made of like totally Australian rat fur.

    Nous nous y opossums

    In other facts, you can see Chartres cathedral if you are cycling a road 43 km away, or maybe if you are in a helicopter with a zoom lens above a peloton cycling on a road 43 Kms away. DavidMillar quite good at reading from the guide book today too.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  24. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    The high plain between the Seine and the Loire is so flat it makes people mad. I cite Dreux as proof.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  25. unhurt
    Member

    Kerning. Always a challenge.

    I have no cardboard and may not be able to acquire any in time...

    Posted 2 months ago #
  26. I were right about that saddle
    Member

    I have no cardboard

    Autobiography chapter heading.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  27. SRD
    Moderator

    @unhurt ours needs two people. you are welcome to help carry.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  28. wingpig
    Member

    @unhurt Use your oldest, plainest T-shirt?

    "I couldn't hold my head up in public again if I wasn't there."

    If I was going to be in Edinburgh, I'd be there, but can't be, so have settled for crowdfunding helium, signing petitions and so on.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  29. unhurt
    Member

    Have obtained cardboard from the bar staff at Brandon's. Now just have to stay sober enough to write it.

    Posted 2 months ago #
  30. Ed1
    Member

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    Posted 2 months ago #

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