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Morag Eyrie
I'm a Village Auntie who lives with my spouse and a cat.
Interests: intersectional feminism, anti-racism, Scottish independence, anarchism, socialism
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In August this year I walked the West Highland Way with my sister Elaine and her husband Geoff. It's 95 miles long; we did it in 7 days, minus a 6.5 mile stretch between Tyndrum and Bridge of Orchy (not... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2011 at Morag's Eyrie
My most recent project (in May of this year) has just made the outputs, created by me, available. I found this project really interesting and inspiring; I got to travel around the country interviewing some of the UK's pre-eminent open... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Morag's Eyrie
The new blog, Village Aunties, is up and running with three inaugural posts! Please spread the word, and read and comment on the new blog if any of it is of interest to you. If you think you might like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2011 at Morag's Eyrie
So happy for you hen! :-D Houses, jobs, relationships: if you're muddling along in the wrong one it makes everything vaguely bleak. When you find the right one, the sun rises again xxx
Toggle Commented May 9, 2011 on What to Say at Slugs on the Refrigerator
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So lovely to hear how fine you are :-) Especially with the sleep being better. Does the new house play a part in how good things are (apart from the obvious additional love in your house since Theo arrived I mean)?
Toggle Commented May 9, 2011 on What to Say at Slugs on the Refrigerator
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It's the start of a new political era in Scotland, and I want to make a long-standing dream come true: I want to start a shared feminist blog, providing political and cultural commentary about and for Scotland. I hope that it will become an online community as well, as we generate discussion around blog posts. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2011 at Morag's Eyrie
Me in the stairwell in Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Genève - you get a very nice view of the city and lake, and very sore thighs by climbing the tower. Lovely pic by Caroline! Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2010 at Morag's Eyrie
Connected by MOTOBLUR™ Thanks to Babs MacGregor for sending me this photo from Faslane Peace Camp in memory of Tigger. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2010 at Morag's Eyrie
Wow, this got some comments! My personal view as a chocoholic: I really appreciate that the money from these birthday gifts went to such a good cause, and I love my dear friend Jude even more for sending them, and I'm glad to have this photo as a memento, but I thought the chocolate was not great. It was very like cheap American (US) chocolate (so clearly made for that market).
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2010 on Shamanism and chocolate, together at Morag's Eyrie
That last picture is so adorable. I was feeling a mite soppy today myself, this really stokes the fires of love. Congratulations on making it this far, and wishing you all the best for the next 9 years and beyond. (I guess we rarely see all three of you in one photo, seeing as usually one of you is operating the camera! It's fab)
Toggle Commented Mar 16, 2010 on What Love Is at Slugs on the Refrigerator
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Mar 15, 2010
Thanks dear Jude my fellow Pisces and Crow Sister, all the way in Americkay, for this lovely birthday gift. Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2010 at Morag's Eyrie
This incredible photo from a London tube station, taken by @RadioKate on Twitter, just needs to be shared. It looks really small here but click on it to go look at the real thing. Someone asked RadioKate about what happened... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2009 at Morag's Eyrie
Tore Hoel took this of me this morning in Vienna on our way to the Perspectives on Metadata Conference. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2009 at Morag's Eyrie
Heh. It's not just me then (I knew that actually- enough friends have told me of similar experiences). Someone went to the trouble of commenting on The List website about the poor service check the first comment.
Toggle Commented Sep 28, 2009 on Me and Tapa are quits at Morag's Eyrie
Hi Kat, great that you're thinking this through well ahead of time! I know Lusi has been having similar ruminations. You'll see on Facebook that I've put you in touch with my friend Lou who does home learning with her boy (after years of his misery in school) and still maintains her own interesting work life- maybe she'll comment here or maybe you two will chat offline? Good luck xxx
Toggle Commented Sep 17, 2009 on On School at Slugs on the Refrigerator
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Oh no. I don't know the folk involved so I'm sending you a hug (((((Kat))))) because you are clearly being called to give love to people who really need it this year.
Toggle Commented Aug 21, 2009 on Two Sides at Slugs on the Refrigerator
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Aug 18, 2009
This is indeed very sad, and is happening everywhere as you say. This is the effect of years of neo-liberal policies at government and local authority level. For many years now planners have not really been interested in fostering and supporting communities, whatever the rhetoric. It's much the same where I live (Govanhill) and even parts of Glasgow city centre are becoming very depressing. I never thought about it til I started goin' wi' a politics academic with a particular interest in urban planning, but it's planning that can help this and planning that has caused it. The places where decisions are made are behind closed doors on planning committees and in planning offices, with sometimes lip service paid to community consultation. I'd suggest lobbying one's local councillor, and MSP as well. But really, we need a political party that actually gives a damn about this stuff: in Govanhill we have awesome Green councillor Danny Alderslowe, but he is just one voice within an overwhelmingly Labour-run council, which has been selling out the people of Glasgow for many years now. At national level I'm not sure the SNP are a real alternative to Labour for an issue like this: they are also mainly interested in helping big business with neo-liberal policies, with a few keep-the-leftie-activists-happy bits and bobs around the edges. It's so important to document this though, to talk about it, I love that you've put photos up. I think everywhere people are talking about it one-by-one and in groups, locally, but there are so few places where one can get any information or leverage to do anything about it. This is an important step, what you've done here. And, just to finish on a positive note: Glasgow City Council did eventually back down on the Go Ape proposal at Pollok Park after huge community protest, although some of us suspect that Go Ape pulled out when they saw the breadth and depth of community opposition!
Toggle Commented Aug 17, 2009 on Tarnished Stirling at Slugs on the Refrigerator
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Actually, I had every intention yesterday of also writing them a letter. I've taken the wind out of my own sails a bit now though. Sometimes that's the trouble with blogging. But you're quite right. I've pretty much written it now, I might as well send them a letter version. Will report back here as to any response I get!
Toggle Commented Aug 16, 2009 on Me and Tapa are quits at Morag's Eyrie
Well, let's just say I pick my battles these days :-) . I only have so much energy and if it's literally going to be laughed at by a "complaints department" and do noone any good, I won't bother; it actually makes me feel worse. For instance, that whole incident with the GFT and the Tyson film left me *very* dispirited and triggered a lot of bad stuff. And in the end all it did was clue me into how much more of a rape culture we live in today than when I was a young woman. Even the feminist organisations I contacted weren't interested. Yay. However, am going to take up the little matter Kevin emailed me about today (ask him if he hasn't told you yet). I think there may be some specific mileage in bringing some stuff to the attention of Glasgow City Museums decision-makers. And of course, I think complaining to the NHS is extremely valuable, and courageous too, even if it only has a tiny trickle of an effect, who knows, maybe you made one person think, maybe that made one woman's experience a bit more bearable.
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I *so* wasn't bored! Re: 1. Me too!* Isn't the worst thing taking out a major bank loan to buy a big tub of B&J's CCCD and it *doesn't have very many cookie dough bits in it*!!! But I guess you just 14.? 14. I am sad to say that, as someone, like you, from a customer-service-oriented country, I hardly ever write no. 14s any more. I still fantasize about it and loudly plan about doing so with C (we even have a couply term: "writing in"- the joke being that often there's nowhere to "write in" to anyway). Like when the wankers in Sole Trader were incredibly rude and homophobic to me & C, I went and spent a lot of money at Schuh and was going to send a copy of the receipt from Schuh in with my complaint to Sole Trader, just to prove what they missed out on. Great idea huh? (Actually C came up with it). Never did it. There are only so many humiliating responses to complaints that a girl can take, and you never know what you're gonna get in this country. Sometimes the offence is egregious enough to push me through the risk barrier, like when we got very rude service at Bean Scene after finding the "sour cream" on our nachos was decidedly, well, cottage cheese. We got a classic Basil Fawlty "sorry you're such an annoying customer but we believe our staff (even though, and I have this on good authority from someone in the trade, they know he's a temperamental prick)" apology. Anyway, if this is you not feeling creative... keep at it :-) * Actually, I lied. I do like ice cream. It's just B&J's best flavour for me is CCCJ and I often just eat the cookie dough bits.
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Thanks Owen! Have added your suggestion and comment to your map. Also added scotproof's suggestion of Vanilla Skye, a place that makes handmade chocolates on the Isle of Skye. Incidentally, I also got this comment on the main blog from Lou at the Opposite Cafe in Leeds: "Thanks for the link Scottish chocolate lady - we'd only been open a week when you came (hence no signs)! Love from Opposite xxx".
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2009 on Morag's Chocolate Map at Morag's Eyrie
Wow. That's a bad day of Olympic proportions. That's a 10.0 from all the judges, gold medal bad day. And you still managed to turn it into a great wee poem! Hope things are better today! xxx
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