Doune the Rabbit Hole 129

This year’s Doune the Rabbit Hole Festival will be at the Cardross Estate near Port of Menteith again from 21-3 August. As our long-term readers know, while there is no formal link between this blog and Doune the Rabbit Hole, and the festival has no political view, the general tone, tenor and atmosphere of the event is one likely to appeal to people who enjoy this blog, and I shall as ever be running the bars.


I can’t quite describe what makes this little festival more appealing than others. It has an extraordinary sense of community and idealism, and I always find it seriously refreshing and uplifting, with confidence in my fellow human beings restored. The bands are very eclectic, and a reminder that great live music is made all over Scotland by people that largely you have never heard of. A particular selling point is that it is very family friendly, and it is not just that there are one or two examples that enable you to say the age range is 9 weeks to 90, it really is like that.

To say that it is a not for profit event is an understatement. We need people to buy tickets, and you can do so here. If you can afford it, you really will have fun. For those short of cash or free to enjoy hard graft (and it is quite tough), readers of and commenters on this blog make up a high proportion of the volunteers who are needed to make it happen at all.

I do hope many of you will come again this year, either as guests or volunteers. Lifelong friendships are forged, and it is great for me to meet you in real life rather than virtually, though I am more free to pull you a pint than engage in profound discussion. The bar – the Whistleblower’s Arms – will have an even wider range of superb local ales and ciders. I can taste it already.

I am happy to tell you that a month’s consultancy work has mended my personal finances, and I shall be back from Africa next week. We shall therefore avoid the need for a donate button to keep the blog going after all, rather to my relief. I should have been at Julian Assange’s birthday party in the Ecuador Embassy today, and am sorry to miss it. Happy Birthday, Julian. There is a good exposition of the state of his case here, for those interested in fact rather than derogatory mainstream media slogans. Julian, Chelsea and Edward have done so much to improve human understanding and resist the powers of the corporate state, and each has had a normal life denied them.

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129 thoughts on “Doune the Rabbit Hole

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  • Alcyone

    Brilliant — for once we agree!

    Stay well Mary. Enjoy this gift of a day and of life.

  • ------------·´`·.¸¸.¸¸.··.¸¸Node

    Alcyone/Villager : “Ganglion, I shall leave you with a challenge: I submit Krishnamurti was the wisest human being, (in his understanding of the whole of LIFE and all that it entails and encompasses), to have walked the planet in modern times. Which, probably also means in all time. Challenge it!”

    Node : “Did Krishnamurti believe he was the wisest human being in all time?” If not, then you are claiming to be wiser than him.”
    Alcyone/Villager : “Everything he had to say was grounded in hard logic and rationale, unlike your statement.”

    That’s ironic because your original claim is a logical paradox unless Krishnamurti also believed he was the wisest human being in all time. Did he? If not, you are claiming to be wiser than the wisest man of all time …. which would mean that you are the wisest, not he …..which would mean that your claim was wrong … which would mean you’re talking shite.

  • ------------·´`·.¸¸.¸¸.··.¸¸Node

    Hi Mary, glad to see you back, and particularly glad that you haven’t given in to the obnoxious creep. We need you here. I hope you’re feeling better.

  • Mary

    ‘Stay well Mary. Enjoy this gift of a day and of life.’

    I do not need any of your smug and hypocritical wishes nor the faux sanctimony.

  • ------------·´`·.¸¸.¸¸.··.¸¸Node

    Mary, thank you but don’t worry about it. Their childish nickname is my badge of honour. It proves I’m doing something right. I would be more bothered if they didn’t try to insult me 🙂

  • Mary

    Moronic remark there.

    ‘Mary, Node’s nama is not Node, if you had any capacity to think….left.’

    Of course that is not Node’s name. We all know that. It is a name here just as yours is Villager and not Alcyone!

  • Mary

    Interesting obituary for Sir Anthony Duff, the MI5 chief who assisted in the cover up for the squad of Tory paedophiles.

    Sir Antony Duff
    After a life in diplomacy and intelligence, he devoted himself to the homeless
    Richard Norton-Taylor
    Friday 18 August 2000

    Sir Antony Duff, who has died aged 80, was the epitome of the wise public servant on whom Whitehall’s ship of state has traditionally relied. The irony is that Margaret Thatcher, in her early years as prime minister, also relied on him, an experience he did not entirely enjoy.

    Twice she persuaded him to forego retirement, first when she asked him to take over the role of security and intelligence coordinator in the Cabinet Office, and subsequently when she persuaded him to clear out the Augean stables of MI5. When finally retired, he spent years working on behalf of London’s homeless. Earlier, he had served as ambassador and diplomat in many countries, culminating in a crucial role organising Zimbabwe’s independence in 1979.


    Q Why did he protect them?

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