Relaxing – and some Scotland memories

On my way back I stay near London with a friend. Following the news about the election and discussing, what the result might mean to the Brexit negotiations and the country in general. Quite complicate situation – and not easy to manage.

I did a little sentimental video about the bridges of Dumfries. So many very special memories about Scotland. This was really a highlight of my tour. Definitely worth an extra trip.

And then I saw this Mini Cooper offered for sale. About 20 years old, looks gorgeous, seems to be in good condition., reasonable price. Present owner: Jeff Beck, guitar legend. Should I really do this?

Mayday – day of decision

2.-polling

The polling station in Crick, a village near Northhampton.

We have Thursday and it is election day in Britain. Another British special: Voting during the week. From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.. So everybody has the chance to go to his/her polling station. But you have to be registered in order to be allowed to vote.

When polling station closes, the counting of the voices starts immediately. There is a traditional competition among Newcastle and Sunderland. Both cities want to be the first nationwide to present their final result. This evening Newcastle won – in both cities Labour candidates received most votings.

The procedure lasts through the whole night, first trends and definite results come out early next morning. This system is completely different to Germany. In England the winner takes it all. All other votings are worthless. By this small or new parties have nearly no chance to be represented in parliament. Usually it is Tories or Labour.

Seems that the Conservatives will loose their majority. But they are still the biggest party, just before Labour. Brexit situation will not become less complicate.

3. TV

First winners in TV late evening.

Goodbye, Scotland, goodbye

(Sorry, but I’m unable to translate this to English)
Ein leicht wehmütiger Abschied von Dumfries und Schottland.
Schnell noch beim örtlichen Fußballclub vorbei geschaut, wo der Greenkeeper gerade seine Runden zieht. „Queen of the South FC“ – ja, so heißt der Verein wirklich – spielt in der zweiten Schottischen Liga. Spitzname: The Doonhamers – was immer das heißt. Klingt jedenfalls vielversprechend.
Dann, nach einem kurzen Abstecher zum Hadrianswall, wieder eine dieser Zufallsbegegnungen unterwegs, die ich so liebe. Crosby Moor Garage. Irgendwo in der nordenglischen Einöde. Ein Laden wie aus einem Roadmovie mit einer ziemlich schrägen Handlung. Eigentlich muss ich nur tanken und erst auf den zweiten Blick sehe ich, wo ich gestrandet bin.
Zapfsäulen, wie sie sonst vielleicht noch in Bulgarien in Gebrauch sind (nichts gegen Bulgaren), eine Rumpelbude als Kassenhäuschen, zwei Gebrauchtwagen-Angebote, die sicher schon länger auf Käufer warten, eine Werkstatt, die in Deutschland die Innung sofort dicht machen würde und einen Tankstellen-Chef, der genau zu diesem Ambiente passt, sich aber leider nicht fotografieren lässt. Aber auch: Golfbälle, vier Stück für ein Pfund, die für einen guten Zweck verkauft werden. Kannst Du Dir nicht ausdenken, gibt’s aber tatsächlich.
Der Chef und ich verplaudern eine lässige halbe Stunde – anschließend weiß ich alles über die Gegend, die Nachbarn, und wer morgen die Wahl gewinnt.
Habe ich schon erwähnt, dass die Briten laut dem gallischen Philosophen Obelix spinnen?

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Kerr Little talks straight

I just wanted to try some Haggis for the first time in my life.
What I got was a good roll and a furious speech of Mr. Kerr Little, the owner of the bakery and of “Little Café”. He is absolute against Brexit and can’t stop getting excited.

Unfortunately I recorded only a few seconds of his furious speech in pure Scottish language. Sometimes hard to understand but worth every moment.
Even more unfortunately the woman in the background refused to stop her noisy Machine for a while. She just ignored us and continued doing her work.

And then there was Haggis. In a delicious roll. Better than any burger I have had during the last months.

Later I went to the betting shop to find out about the betting odds concerning the election. Theresa My is in front, but Mr. Corbyn’s coming closer. He is 7/2 now.