friends of scotland

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Counter-Protest against fascism and far-right group SDL (Scottish Defence League) in Perth, 10th September 2017 

the minibus used by the SDL on the second picture was forced to leave the train station where it was parked due to hundreds of counter-protesters. 

Bagpipe guy was playing Bella Ciao, and woman in headscarf was shouting “I love you people!” as people were cheering and applauding the both of them walking by 

Algy leaned back on the sand as the sun dipped lower in the sky and stared at the still blue water. He had been away from Tumblr for a wee while, and was feeling strangely lonely… He missed all his Tumblr friends, and found that life was less interesting when he didn’t see all their wonderful images, so he resolved to make sure that it didn’t happen again :)

Algy sends you all lots of very fluffy hugs, and wishes you all a happy weekend xoxo

ID #40671

Name: Venice
Age: 23
Country: UK

Hi I’m a Scottish guy looking for new friends!
I love to draw, write and make music but mainly drawing is my passion.

I’m looking to swap letters and maybe drawings with other artsy people. I also love the idea of sending each other surprise gift boxes if it’s possible.

I like to keep contact with new friends online too, but I would so love to trade art with people 😊 I love to draw monsters and animals!

All ages, genders, locations welcome 😊

Preferences: No preference

Algy perched on a cushion of orange-brown seaweed on the cold, grey rock, as the storm clouds gathered overhead and the waves crashed all around him - a fluffy bird alone, facing the wrath of the elements…

For a moment he was reminded of a famous poem by Edgar Allan Poe, but then he reflected that in fact he was never alone, as he had so many amazing friends, all around the world.

So Algy sends you all his very fluffiest hugs, from the stormy shores of the wild west Highlands of Scotland, and reminds you that if you should ever feel isolated, as Poe did, remember that you are not really alone, as you will always have a very special friend, waiting to send you a fluffy hug :)

From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken
My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—
From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d
In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—
From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—

[Algy is quoting the poem Alone by the 19th century American writer Edgar Allan Poe.]

ID #45435

Name: Lauren
Age: 16
Country: Scotland

I have always fancied the idea of having penpals, being friends with people all around the world so I would genuinely love to hear from anyone who is down to have meaningful chats (because I have a deep rooted hate for small talk), Intense debates or just generally wants to talk and get to know someone from somewhere else. I would love to communicate however, through tumblr, email, iMessage, snapchat, snail mail or a combination of any.

I want to get to know you, hear your life story, your fears, your worries, your dreams, your quirks and anything else that you would care to tell me, I am open to everything.

Preferences: anyone above the age of 15 is cool, I have no preference about your gender, sexuality, religion or anything else, as long as you’re a decent person we will be fine.

The fog had decorated every tiny blade of grass and every delicate seed head with pearly drops of water which hung motionless in the unusually calm air. Algy was surprised to see that there were still a few wee heather flowers blooming here and there, although it was nearly October, and the bees were still buzzing busily, despite the excessive dampness which not only descended from above but oozed up squelchily from below to soak Algy’s tail feathers whenever he perched on the ground…

Algy has been touched by the very kind “Welcome Back” he has received from his Tumblr friends. He’s very sorry that he was absent during much of the summer, but the rain it raineth’d every day, and Algy’s assistant was unusually busy seeing to all kinds of work in connection with his adventures and his books, so poor Algy was left to adventure alone in some truly dreadful weather… He hopes it won’t happen again, and sends all his wonderful friends lots of very fluffy hugs xoxoxo

babedur replied to your photo “I’d like to say I hate all of you, but mostly I just hate myself.”

okay, I must ask… the Devil went down on Georgia? :)c

The Devil Went Down On Georgia is a planned follow up novel to a Scottish based contemporary romcom I have planned which is entitled The Devil’s Sporran, which sprung up from this post and me running out of fucks to give. 

It’s about a hapless in love character called Georgia (previously named Kate in that original tumblr link) who winds up being Maid of Honor to her friends wedding, which is in Scotland. Therein she must contend with a lot of the local customs, including wearing a matching bridal dress to ward off evil spirits, and also trying to keep everything together for the Bride, the other Bridesmaids, the Mother of the Bride, her own failing relationship, and whilst also dealing with the Best Man, who she is almost certain is Satan in a Kilt (hence the name of the series, Shirtless Satan In a Kilt) and hates herself for liking him. Shenanigans ensue.

It’s the next novel I plan to work on after I get book one of Hunger Pangs up on amazon. Followed hopefully soon after by TDWDOG.

You can read part of what is in that folder here: Ao3 link

It’s NSFW and intended for audiences 18+. Which might seem obvious but I would ask that any of my younger followers not interact with my adult themed material. For your protection as well as mine. There will, as always, be a smut free version of the story available for those who want it when the time comes.

The great day has arrived! It is Algy’s 5th Tumblr Birthday.

Algy’s surprisingly fluffy 5th birthday party will start at midday, over on his sideblog @lovefromalgy

It is YOU, Algy’s wonderful Tumblr friends and followers, who have made these five years of Algy’s adventures possible, and YOU who have kept Algy going through good times and bad. Thank you all so very much!

A HUGE THANK YOU to all the thousands of almost-invisible followers who Algy does not really know but who see his posts and leave notes from time to time…

And a VERY SPECIAL HUGE THANK YOU to those hundreds of amazing friends and followers who Algy has come to know and love over the past five years - who frequently “like” Algy’s posts, leave kind comments, and send Algy messages. 

Algy loves you all and sends you all lots of surprisingly fluffy birthday hugs, and hopes that you will be able to join in his birthday celebrations xoxo

To take part in Algy’s birthday party on @lovefromalgy, submit one or more images, or post on your own blog and send Algy a link (your own original work, please). If you post on your own blog, please be sure to let Algy know, as the Tumblr notification system for being mentioned on another blog doesn’t work…

And of course come along to @lovefromalgy and enjoy the fun whenever you can. This very special party is likely to run on into the night here in Scotland (GMT).

Submissions can be made at any time from now until the end of the party. Here’s the link to the Submit form again: again:http://lovefromalgy.tumblr.com/submit

To celebrate, Algy is also running a small retrospective of his 5 years of amazing adventures, on his main blog @adventuresofalgy. This was originally planned for just two days, but Algy has now decided to spread it over 5 days - one day for each year :)