So, is silly season over yet? It all started to get a bit serious over the last month, with Trump and his North Korean oppo squaring up for who can press the nuclear button first - the Japanese are, understandably pretty worried. The South Koreans? Well, all I know about them is from re-runs of Mash. I’m guessing it’s not strictly accurate. Fake news?
But as we all once more stood on the brink of something truly horrible, along came not one, not two, but three wee hurricanes to take our minds of man’s inhumanity to man. Hurricane Irma has shown us that nature still holds the trump (no pun intended) devastation card in the pack.
I can’t help but wondering what is going on between US/N.Korea in the background though. And let’s not even begin with Brexit. If America and UK are two countries divided by a single language, the ‘lost in translation’ between UK and our European ‘cousins’ is clear for all to see. Not only are we not singing from the same hymn sheet, we’re not even holding anything that looks like a roadmap. Doesn’t stop the Tories from trying to take all the power in a Henry VIII style ‘land grab’ – Be afraid, be very afraid of The Great Reform Bill. That’s a warning from history for the future.
Looking forward is scary, so why not look back and get more of an idea how we came to this ugly pass. This month we have Leatham writing about The Peasant’s Revolt, and ‘The Worst Thing in the World’ as well as a lighter piece set in Turriff a century ago. But they all serve to show us that the more things change the more they stay the same. There’s a Doric poem from Tibby Tamson of the Cabrach – one of those remote and desolate places. It was always remote but the desolation was man-made! And bringing us bang up to date there’s the Orraman gaun his dinger about ‘culture’. What more do you need when the world is falling around about you? Enjoy this month’s Gateway. It’s better for you than all the Bake Off’s, Celebrity MasterChef’s, Strictly Come Dancing’s or this week’s J.K.Rowling plays grown up drama put together. In my opinion at least.
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