Indy Ref – the day after

Spent chunk of the day with visiting cartoonist/journalist I know who was up to cover the referendum, and at one point we strolled down the Royal Mile, passing so many media crews (more camera crews than even during the festival). There was a crowd of Yes campaigners there, this was just after Alex Salmond had announced his resignation as First Minister, although we didn’t know that until we spoke to some of them. This chap got up to make an improvised speech, and, I am glad to say called for understanding and moving on:

Then he finished by calling on the crowd, in Scots tradition, to forget divisions and come together, hold hands and sing Auld Lang Syne, and there they were singing and dancing in front of the Scottish Parliament

This chap started up with his pipes…

And there was the crowd doing some Scottish country dancing, Strip The Willow, right in front of the doors of the Parliament – loved it (and what a contrast to a small cadre of bigoted boot boys in George Square later in the day and their disgraceful behaviour)

And here’s the media village set up by the parliament – think half the world’s media has been on the streets of Edinburgh the last few days

The singing of the Mighty Shat

It’s official – in a poll to mark the 40th anniversary of the Beatles’ first Number One William Shatner has been voted as ‘singing’ the worst ever cover version of a Beatles number. Anyone who has heard Shatner’s Transformed Man knows just how godawful our favourite Starship ham is in the singing game – just one step up form Leonard Nimoy’s Ballad of Bilbo Baggins. Shatner’s cover of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds beat Pinky and Perky’s All My Loving, which in turn beat Gareth Gates and his fellow crapster Will Young. Details on the BBC news site.