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Sell Scotland to me.....

RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
edited July 2016 in The cake stop
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Nicola Sturgeon
Could be in the EU
No Tuition Fess
No greenhouse gases (ok embellishing)
No Andrea Leadsom (there's a big one)
No IDS or IBS or whatever his @ucking name is
Highlands
Lowlands
erm Haggis / Whisky / Fishhead soup
Cheap property?

Gets more civilised by the minute.


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  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
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  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 19,103
    How it usually looks. With midgies. Billions of the feckers.
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    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,337
    How can Nicola Sturgeon be a positive? I love Scotland and have lived there with my family for 12 years (long enough to no longer believe tablet is fudge gone wrong ;) ). But Sturgeon is even more irritating than the midges on the west coast. I don't know anybody that likes her.

    The Highlands is a fabulous place to live. Low crime, little traffic, beautiful scenery, clean air, some great state schools. Downsides: Spring/summer takes forever to arrive and it never gets very warm. In winter (Nov-April) you can expect ice on the roads in the mornings most days. It's a long way from anywhere - a round trip to Glasgow is 360 miles (not great if you're taking your child there for chemo).
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  • FishFishFishFish Posts: 2,152
    Deep fried mars bars is a plus but having been brought up there, educated and done first jobs, I find England better to be honest and I'll not return.
    ...take your pickelf on your holibobs.... :D

    jeez :roll:
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    Spring/summer takes forever to arrive and it never gets very warm...

    Whereas Wales... :roll:
  • BelgianBeerGeekBelgianBeerGeek Posts: 5,226
    You hade me at item one on your list :D
    IMO when the weather is fine, the SW of Scotland takes some beating. Stunning scenery and amazing beaches which you will probably have all to yourself.
    Nobody would ever move to Scotland for good weather anyway.
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  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    OK I hear you but it's not England...
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 19,103
    RideOnTime wrote:
    OK I hear you but it's not England...
    That could be enough to sell it the way things are going these days.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • veronese68veronese68 Posts: 25,288 Lives Here
    PBlakeney wrote:
    RideOnTime wrote:
    OK I hear you but it's not England...
    That could be enough to sell it the way things are going these days.
    But if all the English that are fed up with the current state of affairs move to Scotland will the Scots not get fed up with all the English? Then it would be a divided nation with half the country resenting the other half. So just like England, but colder, with more midges.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 19,103
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PBlakeney wrote:
    RideOnTime wrote:
    OK I hear you but it's not England...
    That could be enough to sell it the way things are going these days.
    But if all the English that are fed up with the current state of affairs move to Scotland will the Scots not get fed up with all the English? Then it would be a divided nation with half the country resenting the other half. So just like England, but colder, with more midges.
    Fair point.
    Keep it on the QT.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • lesfirthlesfirth Posts: 1,283
    PBlakeney wrote:
    How it usually looks. With midgies. Billions of the feckers.
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    This photo was taken on one of the few good days. :lol:
  • crescentcrescent Posts: 1,102
    FishFish wrote:
    Deep fried mars bars is a plus .......

    I've lived in Scotland all my life, almost 50 years, and I have yet to come across a deep fried Mars bar, or anyone else who has eaten one or seen one for that matter.
    As for the weather? If you don't like it just wait for twenty minutes, regularly get four seasons in a day.
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PBlakeney wrote:
    RideOnTime wrote:
    OK I hear you but it's not England...
    That could be enough to sell it the way things are going these days.
    But if all the English that are fed up with the current state of affairs move to Scotland will the Scots not get fed up with all the English? Then it would be a divided nation with half the country resenting the other half. So just like England, but colder, with more midges.

    They won't... they are all heavily in debt and stuck in some property chain
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    Crescent wrote:
    FishFish wrote:
    Deep fried mars bars is a plus .......

    I've lived in Scotland all my life, almost 50 years, and I have yet to come across a deep fried Mars bar, or anyone else who has eaten one or seen one for that matter.
    As for the weather? If you don't like it just wait for twenty minutes, regularly get four seasons in a day.

    I've lived in Italy for 27 years and never seen a mandolin, let alone a mandolin and a plate of spaghetti at the same time... let's debug some myths... :lol:
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,337
    Crescent wrote:
    FishFish wrote:
    Deep fried mars bars is a plus .......

    I've lived in Scotland all my life, almost 50 years, and I have yet to come across a deep fried Mars bar, or anyone else who has eaten one or seen one for that matter.
    As for the weather? If you don't like it just wait for twenty minutes, regularly get four seasons in a day.

    You've clearly not tried hard enough. One local Highland chippy in Dingwall does both Mars and Bounty. I've tried the Mars (have to really) - never again. Other places locally do deep-fried pizza.
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,373
    edited July 2016
    Crescent wrote:
    FishFish wrote:
    Deep fried mars bars is a plus .......

    I've lived in Scotland all my life, almost 50 years, and I have yet to come across a deep fried Mars bar, or anyone else who has eaten one or seen one for that matter.
    As for the weather? If you don't like it just wait for twenty minutes, regularly get four seasons in a day.

    I lived in Aberdeen for 3 years and the Carron in Stonehaven supposedly invented them - plenty of availability... We had developed a New Year's tradition of getting one from the Carron before the fireballs, soaked up the whisky brilliantly.

    Although having said that the chippy near my secondary school (just outside Bristol) also used to sell them 15+ years ago.
  • RideOnTimeRideOnTime Posts: 4,712
    PBlakeney wrote:
    RideOnTime wrote:
    OK I hear you but it's not England...
    That could be enough to sell it the way things are going these days.

    That was on the positive list!!!!!!!! :)
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 10,373
    Anyway I like Scotland - West Coast is possibly my favourite landscape on the planet and the highlands are great.

    Couple of years ago I spent 3 days canoeing down the Spey and that was fantastic. Had some cracking days skiing too (and some absolute shockers, but as they say if you can ski well in Scotland you can ski anywhere). Bike touring round the northwest coast was pretty sensational. I spent 8 weeks on Loch Assynt and Stoer during my degree as well, beautiful place. The midges are very annoying, but late spring and early autumn are usually reasonable. Sticking to places where there's a decent breeze (on the coast or up on the hills) helps.

    Edinburgh and Glasgow are both good cities - I almost prefer Glasgow as it's a bit less touristy.
  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    Scotland is better than England in every possible way... people are friendlier, properties are cheaper, towns are cleaner like for like, the outdoors are greater, there is less traffic, peole are friendlier (did I say that already?). Weather is worse, but if you choose England for the weather, you must be pretty desperate... Besides, June was better in Scotland than in Kent, go figure...
    England is the dull bit between the Cote d'Azur and Scotland
  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,705

    I've lived in Italy for 27 years and never seen a mandolin, let alone a mandolin and a plate of spaghetti at the same time... let's debug some myths... :lol:

    How do you get the finely sliced truffle on your pasta then?


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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    Capt Slog wrote:

    I've lived in Italy for 27 years and never seen a mandolin, let alone a mandolin and a plate of spaghetti at the same time... let's debug some myths... :lol:

    How do you get the finely sliced truffle on your pasta then?

    Not that mandolin, you silly... this mandolin

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    Besides, I come from a socialist background, we wouldn't want to be seen anywhere near a truffle or a golf course...
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,337
    Scotland is better than England in every possible way... people are friendlier, properties are cheaper, towns are cleaner like for like, the outdoors are greater, there is less traffic, peole are friendlier (did I say that already?). Weather is worse, but if you choose England for the weather, you must be pretty desperate... Besides, June was better in Scotland than in Kent, go figure...
    England is the dull bit between the Cote d'Azur and Scotland

    I think it's a bit of a stretch. As I'm contemplating a move from Scotland (the Highlands specifically) to England, I've been weighing this up.

    It's a tough choice. I will miss the friendly people, lack of traffic and stunning scenery. I'll embrace having access to a bit more "culture" (theatre, music etc) and Motorsport venues. It's easy to think of all the best bits of Scotland whilst forgetting the not-so-good.
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    It's a tough choice. I will miss the friendly people, lack of traffic and stunning scenery. I'll embrace having access to a bit more "culture" (theatre, music etc) and Motorsport venues. It's easy to think of all the best bits of Scotland whilst forgetting the not-so-good.

    I lived in London for 7 years, went to the theatre 3-4 times and to a few gigs... never really had the money to do much, that combined with the mega hassle of having to tube for nearly an hour every time I wanted to do anything. I'd take the Highlands as I do a lot more outdoor activity than any social one, so the trade off would suit me 100%
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,337
    Yeah - that's fair, Ugo. Mrs MRS really misses it.
    It's also a bind when you get charged stupid money for postage to "The Highlands and Islands". If it weren't for the fact that, apart from Knockhill (a 250-mile round trip) the next nearest circuit is an easy 500-mile round trip) I'd happily retire where I currently live.
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  • ugo.santaluciaugo.santalucia Posts: 26,758
    It's also a bind when you get charged stupid money for postage to "The Highlands and Islands".

    Isn't the idea that of escaping consumerism? :roll: Just buy less censored ... :mrgreen:
  • meanredspidermeanredspider Posts: 12,337
    It's also a bind when you get charged stupid money for postage to "The Highlands and Islands".

    Isn't the idea that of escaping consumerism? :roll: Just buy less shoot... :mrgreen:

    Still need bike bits :D
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  • capt_slogcapt_slog Posts: 3,705

    Not that mandolin, you silly... this mandolin

    DV016_Jpg_Large_1275425409511_A.jpg

    Besides, I come from a socialist background, we wouldn't want to be seen anywhere near a truffle or a golf course...

    I'll bet a dishwasher does that no favours. :mrgreen:


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  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    Yeah - that's fair, Ugo. Mrs MRS really misses it.
    It's also a bind when you get charged stupid money for postage to "The Highlands and Islands". If it weren't for the fact that, apart from Knockhill (a 250-mile round trip) the next nearest circuit is an easy 500-mile round trip) I'd happily retire where I currently live.
    Move to Edinburgh...
  • Stevo_666Stevo_666 Posts: 49,340
    I've been trying to sell it for ages but nobody wants to pay for it.
    "I spent most of my money on birds, booze and fast cars: the rest of it I just squandered." [George Best]
  • Garry HGarry H Posts: 6,639
    Stevo 666 wrote:
    I've been trying to sell it for ages but nobody wants to pay for it.
    I can pay you in 'kindness' :D

    (Would I qualify for tax relief?)
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