The Pale White – Reveiw

The Pale white are a band who have recently emerged in 2017. They have currently released four new singles and have 116,547 followers on spotify signaling that they could be a new up and coming popular rock band.

Their music is catchy and engaging with simple lyrics but upbeat rythm.

Their most popular song That Dress starts with an upbeat raw guitar riff and tells the story of the bitterness of love even in with the few simple lines.

Lyrics 

“give me something a little bit more

cause I need to know

are you staying or just playing , with me….?

 

Its not the best , when your around

and you wear that dress

Its not the best  , when your around

and you wear that dress.

Guitar riff

 

So are you staying?

cause its not the same anymore

you can take what you like.

 

cause its not the best when your around

and you wear that dress.

It’s not the best when your around

And you wear that dress.

guitar riff 

It’s not the best , but I’ll make do

It’s not the best when your around

and you wear that dress. ”

 

They also released a song called Reaction. My personal favourite. I always get a sense of daja Vu when I listen to this song like I’ve heard it somewhere before. Perhaps it’s just it’s catchy rythm but it sounds familiar to me.

 

They also have a song Second Place. This song has there most slowest rythm and is the most darkest and melcholy out of all of their songs. With echoey haunting accoustics.

Overall this band are very good and their music can be attractive to all tastes. I think It’s not hard to predict this band is soon going to explode.

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1st Of July ( A Poem For Everyday In July)

I’ve decided I want to produce a poem for everyday in July in an aim to write more. Hope you enjoy.

 

1st Of July

I walked the paths of the Glen at three o’clock

Through the shadows of the trees.

Up towards the towers of the abbey

And the tired Cobbled streets.

 

I’m becoming a woman

I feel it in my bones.

The gnawing fear.

The mission of self-preservation from the sharp edged cold.

The constant battle for survival that haunts the old.

Knots And Crosses – Inspector Rebus Series (Review)

Knots and Crosses Is the first book in the Inspector Rebus Series by Ian Rankin. The book is mainly used as an introduction to the main character Inspector Rebus whom we follow throughout the series. The Series are popular for Ian’s masterful depiction of reality. He manages to successfully dig beneath the surface of Scotland’s facades and create a gritty picture of Scotland’s underclass and reveal its flaws.

The stories are told through Rebuses eyes. As a detective, he has access to some of the most chilling crimes and settings and we see some of the harsh truths of Scotland from his perspective. The personality of his character is important. He is not a character that a reader can easily fall in love with he can be grumpy, callous and perhaps even stoic at some points. He suffers from person flaws such as being a divorcee maintaining a weak relationship with his daughter and suffering from alcohol abuse. Despite this we trust as the characters flaws make him appear more human.

The plot of the book centres around young girls going missing and getting murdered in Edinburgh. The reader is given an insight into Inspector Rebuses past before his life in the police force when he is put under hypnosis by his brother Michael. We discover that Inspector Rebus used to be in the SAS and was captured as a prisoner of war and tortured by being placed in solitary confident. After escaping he suffered a breakdown and left to join the police force. We discover that this has a relation to the kidnappings and the main antagonist in the book was also in solitary confinement with Rebus in the SAS. The book climaxes at the end when Inspector Rebuses own daughter Sammy is kidnapped. The kidnapper is framing as an innocent role of librarian and this is how he is gaining access to the young girl’s identity’s.

Overall the book is an exciting short introduction to the series and the adventures of Inspector Rebus which are yet to come……

The Scottish Tag !!!

 

Where is your favourite place to visit in Scotland ? – Emm …probably  Glasgow because of it’s great music scene as I like gigs , or Livingston for the shopping . Else that  Inchcolm because of the great ruins and it’s a nice wee trip.

Where would you like to visit in Scotland ? -The Outer Hebrides as I wan’t to go somewhere quiet that had beautiful scenery . Scottish cities I would like to visit are Aberdeen because I’ve never been there. And Glasgow as I wan’t to check out the culture and Art scene .

What Is your favourite Scottish film? – Eh to be honest there’s not that many Scottish films out there apart from Trainspotting which I haven’t watched as I’ve never read the book so wouldn’t want to ruin it , although I’ve heard the film is very good. I’m gonna say Open Season even though it’s not a Scottish film but it has Billy Connolly in it (oh well) . Also It’s not a film but Waterloo Road because it was my favourite program. #bringbackwaterlooroad

Do you match up to any Scottish Stereotypes? Probably. I used to do Scottish Highland dancing when I was younger. I also don’t eat that healthily. And I’m quite frugal with my money.

What Is your favourite Scottish food ? –  I like shortbread and also Scottish fish such as haddock that you get from the chippy. Although I’m gonna be honest and say I’m not a big fan of Irn-Bru. (Or my stomach isn’t would be more accurate)

Do you follow any Scottish Traditions ? – eh I celebrate Hogmany but I think that is it. Hogmany is quite a big thing in Scotland. Scottish people really like a party. We have two cultural holidays on the side of Christmas and Easter . St Andrews day and Burns night.  We like to use these night as an excuse to have a ceilidh ( a Scottish dance party.)

What Is Your favourite Scottish word? – Aye diny Ken ??

What Is Your Favourite Scottish Song – ooooohh There is so many!!!!! My favourite band are Glaswegian so I’m gonna have to say  Free by Twin Atlantic (Great Song!!) . Or Auld Lyne Syne.

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Narnia The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe : C.S Lewis

The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe is probably a familiar title to most. However I neglected to read this popular childhood Classic when I was young . Yet when I spied a book containing a collection of the entire Narnia series by C.S Lewis for 99p In a charity shop I had a moment of childish excitement and had to get it. I knew from experience that the Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe was one of my favourite films as a child so I had high hopes for the story. And it did not fail me. I loved the plot line and the characterisation (Mr tummus being my favourite character) and although I’ve never been a massive fan of fantasy, I was not let down by this story. Someone recommended C.S Lewis to me a while back (A person at my church possibly because C.S Lewis’s stories or adult books are quite heavily Christian) However what I have read so far of his children’s writing this has not been the case and I wouldn’t let it put you off because his writing style is lovely.

I think the main thing I loved about this classic tale was the narrative. His style was really warm and Whitty, and made you become very engaged and fond of the story as it went along and the characters. There were quite a few sections where you could sense the writer himself coming through the narrative as he had added his own real life wisdom to the fiction story which I loved (as I’m not one for shallow writing even if the plot is great)

The main theme or moral of the story that I took from it was honesty. There is a lot of character development surrounding this theme. For example, at the beginning of the book after Lucy first finds Narnia, her older brothers and sister do not believe her tale. They think she is lying, or has gone mad as it is not a logical story. They take it to the professor (who they are staying with in his country mansion after being evacuated from the London blitz, this house is also where they find the wardrobe and entrance into Narnia)  They expect the Professor to support that it is a lie as the truth seems impossible or stupid. But he only tells them that if they know a person to have been honest in the past they must assume they are telling the truth if they have no other evidence to support otherwise. The reader is taught subtle lessons like this throughout the story. Another example in the story surrounding the theme of honesty is an action that is taken by one of the main characters in complete Juxtaposition with it. Edward the youngest brother of the four siblings goes into Narnia on his own after Lucy has been the first time, however encounters the main antagonist of the story The White Witch. She feeds him enchanted Turkish delight and tells him to come to her castle if he wants more, but only with his other brother and sisters. Edward is then set to achieve this goal at any cost and deceives his brothers and sister’s numerous times, but this then leads to devastating consequences for him when he is imprisoned by the White Witch later on in the story. In relation to this another theme is forgiveness, after his brothers and sisters forgive him for deceiving them.

I wouldn’t like to give away to much of the story but overall this tale deffinetly deserves its place as a classic. It is an exciting , warm , impactful fantasy story that is perfect to cosy up with at bed time (even In adulthood) 🙂

 

Chased By A Bumble Bee

Currently were in the month of June , YAY! summer. And as much as I’m loving the nice weather (even in Scotland I know global warming really is getting bad) and light nights and the overall better spirits that come with this time of year. It’s also the time of year that bees and wasps come out to play. I don’t mind bumble bees they keep to their own business …usually and I know their really rare and we need them. Wasps on the other hand can please go instinct because wasps are the rats of the insect world. But today I was putting out the washing and I have steps going up to my grans garden and on the wall is a great big purple flower bush (not sure what kind it is I’m not good with plants so I’m just going to call it a big purple flower bush , because BEST DESCRIPTION EVER!! ) Anyway one came chasing me and I was like OMG!! get away. But it reminded me of a nice time when I was little and I wen’t to a bee farm and got to learn about bees and taste the different kind of honeys they produced one being Heather honey my name and overall it was a really positive experience.

It made me think about how that educational experience really changed my perception and how important it was as most children and adults could go through there whole life viewing bees as a negative thing and not one to be protected. I think education experiences like this are so important for children. I felt when I was little I didn’t get enough education on things outside the basics we learnt in a classroom and I think this makes children have a very closed minded , negative experience of schooling and learning when learning is a life long thing. We never got to learn about the natural environment and plants even though these things are so important for good mental health and I feel that schools should be playing there part in this. Also when it comes to politics we don’t learn about it until secondary this is far to late. Politics is so important and voting and learning about movements and local history that affects people in their area is so important. In primary I learnt about the Victorians and ancient Egypt before I learnt about woman’s rights movements or the different political parties this seems a bit backwards to me , as these are things that directly effect my life. Moral of the story just because education is compulsory doesn’t mean everything they teach is right and they have the right priorities. Also protect bees.

Cultural Inspiration !!

This is the post excerpt.

I’ve started a lot of blogs in the past but none that have really hit it off. Yet today I started this blog a Scottish Lassie and It feels like I’ve hit the nail on the head Finally. I thought about making a blog on a lot of things books , music , leftism but they all seem very generic and I’m not sure if I’m an outstanding enough reviewer to survive against the hundreds of  blogs on these topics out there. So I thought whats close to home? what is there about me that isn’t dull that I would like to be defined by? My culture of course! I come from Scotland and our culture isn’t something you could run out of writing about quickly for such a small population everyone knows we are a power house when it comes to the arts , sciences and recipes. America may have burgers but it will never beat a fried mars bar , England may have Easterners but can compete against Harry potter , Sherlock homes , and Doctor Who …… I think not !!! Music they can have Justine Bieber any day we have Biffy , Twin Atlantic , Frightened Rabbit .And our language is the brawest of them all. Should I go on ………

  • Tunnock’s Tea Cakes
  • Penicillin
  • Andy Murray
  • Sectarianism
  • The telly
  • coos
  • oats – We conquered hunger.
  • Aileen Paterson
  • Bagpipes
  • SQUARE SAUSAGE – HOW CAN WE NOT BE THE BEST COUNTRY WHEN WE LITERALLY INVENTED SAUSAGE IN THE SHAPE OF A SQUARE !!!!!!

OK you get the picture ,

other country’s may have their riches but it will never beat our whisky. 🙂