It’s 1st of January 2017, or the above date in the Discordian calendar, which seems altogether more appropriate given the topsy-turvy way the world’s been of late. A lot of Scottish/independence-related anniversaries will be coming up for 2017:
- 50th anniversary of the last Glasgow Trolleybuses, Winnie Ewing’s landmark election, and the launch of the QE2 from Clydebank;
- 75th anniversary of the Queen Mary’s transport of 10,000 U.S. soldiers, the secret biological warfare tests on Gruinard Island, and birthdays of Aonghas MacNeacail; Dennis Canavan, Fraser Stoddart, and Greenock’s own Bill Bryden,
- Centenary of the Stornoway Gazette, the world’s first female Professor of Brewing & Biochemistry Anna Mcleod, and Finland’s independence from Russia;
- 150th anniversary of Queen’s Park Football Club, Scottish Oceanographic hero William Speirs Bruce, and the nation of Canada;
- 200th anniversary of the Glasgow Botanic Gardens, Ardrossan Railway, the Kaleidoscope, Alexander Greek Thomson, The Scotsman, and Rob Roy;
- 300th anniversary of the Indemnity Act,;
- 500th anniversary of the Treaty of Rouen, the Battle of Torran Dubh, and the death of the “White Knight” Antoine d’Arces;
There are likely many more I’m forgetting, but it’s nice to mark them after all the anniversaries of the past few years.
The Reverend Stuart Campbell has boldly proclaimed it will be “the most tedious year in Scottish politics” since Wings Over Scotland began. After a series of frighteningly accurate predictions, not to mention the utterly depressing predictability of the media and the other political parties, only a fool would challenge such a track record.
Let the fool step forward! (The fool is me, by the way)
But that can wait. For now, let’s enjoy the hopes and dreams for the future, before we get back to work.