Scotland's new SNP leader takes the reins


Ozymandias By Percy Bysshe Shelley

Many of the later temples of the Egyptian kings (2000-1800 BC) are found on the Western Bank of the Nile at Thebes. The most imposing of all in some respects is the Ramesseum, where the huge granite colossus of Ramses II is found, which Diodorus knew as the statue of Osymandyas. This name is a late corruption of Ramses II's throne-name, User-maat-Rà, pronounced Ûsimare. This is the statue to which Shelley refers in the poem.

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed;
And on the pedestal, these words appear:
My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

ISIS Emergency - Refugee Misery For Iraqi Christians

ISIS Bomb Kills Iraqi Police Chief

(AGI) Baghdad, Oct 19 - Islamic State (IS) militants killed the chief of police of Salahuddin province in Iraq on Sunday.
According to Aalatjah Television, Hamad Nams died when a car bomb went off near the vehicle in which he was travelling to Tikrit together with other officers. At least 20 people were injured in the blast. On Saturday, 12 people died in bomb attacks in southwest Baghdad.

Church With Figures - John Cooper


Grand Canal Impression By Dave Moore

The Haw Lantern By Seamus Heaney

The wintry haw is burning out of season,
crab of the thorn, a small light for small people,
wanting no more from them but that they keep
the wick of self-respect from dying out,
not having to blind them with illumination.
But sometimes when your breath plumes in the frost
it takes the roaming shape of Diogenes
with his lantern, seeking one just man;
so you end up scrutinized from behind the haw
he holds up at eye-level on its twig,
and you flinch before its bonded pith and stone,
its blood-prick that you wish would test and clear you,
its pecked-at ripeness that scans you, then moves on.

ISIS Tightens Grip Around Baghdad

ISIS Solidifies Control of Anbar Province
Since August, Anbar Province has been the scene of intense back-and-forth fighting with the Islamic State.Related Maps and Multimedia »
Source: Institute for the Study of War

Dance Party On Train in Perth, Scotland

If we can start a party on a train, it's time we started our own government.



Threat Of ISIS Flying Stolen Fighter Jets


The White Hat - Brynhild Parker

ISIS - US Securocrats at Loggerheads

Women Campaign Against Segregated Campuses in Baghdad

Cream With Ertegun and Epstein (1968)

Beehives At Catterline - Joan Eardley

Be Seen To Do Something, Even If It's Stupid

The heading summarises US foreign policy now in my opinion. Since 1980 America has invaded, occupied or bombed 14 Muslim countries. Just in case you were wondering where ISIS appeared from. Every 'intervention' has made matters worse and only served to promote the spread of jihadism. The power vacuums left behind in Iraq and Libya and Afghanistan (soon) are a barometer of the superficiality as well as the ineptitude of the US and her satrap's foreign policies in the Middle East. Obama hesitated over ISIS, presumably realising the potential futility of another adventure. Media and securocrat pressure forced his hand for no other reason than giving the pretence of power. A hollow, shallow power indeed.

ISIS - Iraqi Militias Make Modest Gains


Iraq War Chilcot Inquiry Should Be Published Before Election - Hague

The Iraq War Chilcot Inquiry Should Be Published Before Election, Says William Hague
There is deep frustration among many MPs that the report, set up in 2009 and expected to be highly critical of Tony Blair, has yet to see the light of day. It was due to be published three years ago. The election is in just seven months time.
"I'm not in control of the timing of the release of the report, certainly ministers hope it will available in the not too distant future," Hague, the leader of the Commons, told MPs on Thursday. "I hope it reports before the general election but I'm not in control of that."
The former foreign secretary also blamed the previous Labour government for the delay. He said if it had agreed to begin the inquiry sooner, it would have reported back by now.