BY EFFIE DEANS Few people in Scotland probably know very much about Belarus, a small landlocked country of 9 million to the east of Poland. But then again, few people in Belarus know much more about Scotland than that men wear skirts, play bagpipes and imitate Scrooge McDuck. People in Belarus are frequently blissfully unaware of the parts of the United Kingdom. They describe the … Continue reading Europe’s Penultimate Dictator?
VICAR Dear Readers of Country Squire Magazine, I trust that You are well and that Your families are healthy. For those of You pushed back into lockdown I do not know what to say. I feel for You. 2020 shall be a year that many wish to forget. For whatever You are planning when things get back to normal, You will need strength and confidence. … Continue reading Prayer For Strength & Confidence
BY NIGEL BEAN & PAUL READ The second year in a row and we find a bird of prey conveniently turns up dead two weeks before the grouse shooting season starts on 12th August. Last year it was a Hen Harrier caught in a trap – an incident that appears to have been staged to catch the headlines; an incident carefully designed not only to … Continue reading Who Killed the Sea Eagle?
BY FRANK HAVILAND Once the envy of the world, British Education has lost its way of late. While we still have world-class institutions, almost three quarters of Britain’s universities have slipped down the world rankings. This is not a coincidence. Education has been on the slide for decades now, something successive administrations have desperately tried to quell with soundbites. For John Major it was ‘back … Continue reading Should I Go To University, Dad?
THE CITY GRUMP Last week the Financial Times reported that Zoom now has the same market capitalisation as the combined market caps of Barclays, Deutsche Bank and Unicredit. The downward progress of the banks won’t come as much of a surprise to the City Grump who, in an article from 2011, warned investors never to go anywhere near bank stocks, and indeed airlines and textile … Continue reading Blowing Bubbles
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN While the highly respected journalist John Ware’s attack in the Jewish Chronicle on “deceitful propaganda” was a wholly merited blast at anti-Semitic Corbynite ideologues – the Lansmans, Mendozas and Rachels from Swindon of this world – John came up with some useful paragraphs for those running blogs and websites which by choice or nature are outwith the mainstream media and regulatory control: … Continue reading Ware’s Almost Perfect Wisdom
Ingredients: 50 ml. brennivin One egg white 30 ml. lemon juice 25 ml. raspberry syrup 15 ml. montenegro amaro 2 dashes rhubarb bitters (Fee Bros recommended) Dash of cream Instructions: To make it, you’ll add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and first dry shake (without ice), before adding ice and shaking vigorously . Then, fine strain it into a chilled goblet … Continue reading Svartafell
BY JIM WEBSTER When you work your way down the list of jobs you have to do on a busy dairy farm, you’ll notice that one that somehow has to get fitted in is ‘looking dairy heifers.’ As soon as there is grass and the heifers are old enough, I always tried to get them outside onto it. I could still give them some supplementary … Continue reading Young Ladies of Uncertain Temperament
America has lost its collective mind – not a new phenomenon in history. If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him. Somehow, it is un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America. Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegals voting in our elections are good. It was cool for Joe Biden to “blackmail” … Continue reading So Bad Over There?
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE It was sexed up as the smoking gun to shoot down Brexit, but the Russia report squanders over 18,000 words without ever risking a climax. One must wade through reams of apparatchik gobbledegook only to find tepid talk of a Russian ‘threat’ – the word ‘threat’ mentioned 67 times in the report – without the committee ever committing to say just what … Continue reading From Russia With Nowt
BY ANDREW MOODY Millennial audiences see 70s movies as “old movies”, there are many that have never even heard of Chinatown, let alone obsess about how this could well be the most perfect film, above all of the masterpieces New Hollywood threw up in that decade before Star Wars mega bucks and cocaine took over the film industry. Back in the early 1970s, Hollywood was … Continue reading Chinatown
BY EFFIE DEANS The British Government has already ruled out a second Scottish independence referendum during the course of the next Parliament. It was in the Conservative Party manifesto and the Conservative Party won a large majority. That should be the end of the matter. Constitutional matters are reserved. The Scottish Parliament should be getting on with devolved issues and using the increased powers it … Continue reading How to Stop Scottish Nationalism