Blast From The Pastie - A Jimmy McCracken Mystery


This short story takes place in Glasgow and features some dialogue that may be difficult to understand for non-Scots. If you come across an unfamiliar term, or find a word used in a context that seems to make no sense, please consult this handy glossary.

Jimmy McCracken woke up late one Wednesday morning to the sound of his phone ringing on the bedside table. With no idea who was calling, since he had not yet put in his contact lenses, he picked up the phone and answered it.
“McCracken,” he said hoarsely, before moving the phone away from his mouth to cough.
“Jimmy, hi, it’s Moira Docherty here,” came the soft, sophisticated voice in his ear. “Did I wake you?”

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I wrote a wee story. You might like it, or you might not.



My (possible) next purchases - I wanted posters/art of every city I’ve lived in. I think I’ve decided on these ones? Deffo the Durham one cos it’s only like £15 (if you’ve ever wanted a vintage rail poster for literally any city/town/coastal resort in the UK I would recommend that site, there are loads, espesh of Northumberland/The North East & Yorkshire coast, and they’re all beautiful). The London one is from etsy and inspired by Mondrian (cool.)

The Newcastle (to the coast) one is £85 quid but it’s A1 sized (one size only) and it’s hand drawn and quirky as all hell so… maybe that’ll be that last one I get.

I can’t decide on the Berlin one cos I’d like another ~arty print~ rather than a map but the Berlin maps on etsy are cooler looking than the art prints.

If anyone spots a cool poster for one of the above (epsesh Berlin) do let me know, A3 size or bigger. I like the London one but could be persuaded if a cool tube map poster comes up, I do have a lot of love for the tube. Think I’m sold on the Durham and Newcastle ones though, even though a painting of the bridges or Grey Street might be nice.

This is a pretty cool idea, although I’ve only lived in three cities, and I can’t find any for Stirling or Glasgow. There are some nice posters of Edinburgh, though.



Emma Watson Fights For Gender Equality With Powerful UN Speech

Watson formally invited men to join the fight for gender equality in a moving speech on Sept. 21, launching the HeForShe campaign. 

For more on Watson’s U.N. speech and HeForShe go here.

I wanted to include this trend as a major theme in my dissertation. My tutor told me not to bother because it was irrelevant and there wasn’t enough evidence. Did it anyway.