One year on from the SNP minority win and we seem to have stopped talking about Queen Betty.
I remember years ago when Nationalism was the preserve of what was called the lunatic fringe of politics, the Queen was to be first against the wall, she was Queen of England and she would have to go, come independence.
Please don't make the mistake of thinking this was funny, this was deadly serious, every Nationalist held fast to this part of the faith, she was not the Queen of Scotland and never would be.
"Scotland hasnae got a King and she hasnae got a Queen
how can there be a second Liz. when the first wans never been"
This elegant little piece of doggerel was sung to the tune of "The Sash My Father Wore" at SNP gatherings everywhere and they gave it laldy, big hairy rough Nationalists with wee daggers and big bottles of whiskey belted it out, and the men were every bit as bad, 'wee fund raising ceilidhs' regularly turned into tartan 'Nuremberg Rallies' only a wee bit less aggressive.
What has happened to that fervour, how did we get from that to " we can see no reason for not having the Queen, (Betty that is) as the head of the Scottish state" (Alex 'the Spiv' Salmond) SNP leader.
In those days there would have been "blood and hair on the walls Salmond (the spiv) would have been filleted by a hundred of they wee daggers that they hide down their socks.
The serious side of course is that those Nationalists were indeed the lunatic fringe but, they were sincere, absolutely no shades of grey, they meant what they said about the English and their bogus Queen, they were proud of their beliefs and their beliefs were sacrosanct.
Where are they now? some are still around, some in fact are in the council chamber, skulking and neutered of course but no doubt still dreaming of the future Scottish Kings and Queens but it's only ever going to be a dream now, they won't be carrying anyone "over the sea to Sky" not ever.
Like many other things, such as SNP claims to be on the left as well as the monarchy it's all been dumped by 'the spiv' he is afraid to even suggest that Betty is not the rightful monarch of an independent Scotland, to him and many Nationalists of a more modern stripe it was never going to happen.
Singing and stamping the feet is one thing, restoring the rightful Scottish heir is a different kettle of haggis, it's not even funny any more, in a strange way it's rather sad, all those passionate wooly headed sincere Nationalists have been conned by (Alex the spiv) will they ever rise again ? I doubt it.
IT never rains but, The highest prize for the manufacture of Malt Whiskey has been won by, wait for it, a Japanese company.
"Yoichi 20 year old" has won Whisky Magazine's first prize, there will be a lot of "ochoneing ochoneing" as well as girning in the hills and glens. That wee guy Nackawhatsit ? that plays with the Celtic, him that can open a tin of peas with his left foot, he better get a body guard.
Still they can take our lives, our whisky, our oil, but, will never, ever take our stinking weather !