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A SUMMER SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR THE TRUMP ERA

Here’s a summer survival guide, 10 ways to relax during the era of Trump.

1.  Take a day off from the news, one day a week.

 2.  Don’t get into an argument with a Trump supporter, especially if it’s a member of your family. Remember, there are more independents and non-voters than Trump Republicans. And the 2018 midterm election will be won on the basis of turnout.

3.  Pay no attention to Trump’s tweets. They’re becoming increasingly bizarre and irrelevant.

4.  Watch an old movie of biting political satire, like “Wag the Dog.”

5.  But don’t watch “Doctor Strangelove.

6.  Join an Indivisible group near you and take action with them, attending a congressional town meeting and organizing others to contact your members of congress. It’s having an effect. Plus, it’s therapeutic.  

7.  Drink lots of water and get plenty of exercise. Helps with the anger.

8.  Read good books of fiction, like Harry Potter. Don’t read George Orwell’s “1984” or Sinclair Lewis’s “It Can’t Happen Here” or Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America.”

9.  Go to a county fair with your kids, and watch the pigs.

10. Have a cookout with your neighbors and see what resources you yourselves can offer to your community. Start a tool collective or teach a class in a library or out of someone’s house. Tangible change can come from your hands, not only your votes. Remember, resistance works best when people come together and work together.         

Have a great summer!

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The Battle of Altimarlach - Scotland’s Last Clan Battle

The battle of Altimarlach was the last clash fought between highland clans with no bearing from wider, national politics.

In 1672, debt forced George Sinclair, 6th Earl of Caithness, to resign his titles and estates in favour of Sir John Campbell. Campbell took possession of the estates on Sinclair’s death in May 1676, and was created earl of Caithness in June the following year. Sinclair’s heir, George Sinclair of Keiss disputed the claim and seized the land in 1678.

On 13 July 1680, Campbell took a force of 800 men north to evict Sinclair of Keiss, who was waiting for him with 500 men near Wick. Inflamed with drink, the Sinclairs attacked the force of Campbells and were routed. Legend has it that so many Sinclairs were killed that the Campbells were able to cross the river without getting their feet wet.

The Campbells’ piper composed a tune before the battle, whose English translation is “Gaffers in Trousers”. This was meant to taunt the Sinclairs who, unlike the Campbells who wore kilted Highland dress, wore tartan trews.

Having failed to regain his inheritance by force, Sinclair of Keiss then turned to the law. He took his place as Earl of Caithness on 15 July 1681, and his lands were restored on 23 September. Campbell was made Earl of Breadalbane by way of compensation.

Greta Garbo as Camille (George Cukor, 1936) in a photo by Clarence Sinclair Bull. Costume by Adrian.

“Orson Welles was a passionate fan of [Greta Garbo], and was raving about her to me once and, being still a bit pedantic, I agreed but said wasn’t it a pity she had only made two really great films — I was thinking of Camille and Lubitsch's Ninotchka — and after a few moments, Welles said quietly, "Well, you only need one…”  - Peter Bogdanovic

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Keiss Castle, Scotland

The castle was built on the site of an earlier fort in the late 16th century by George, the 5th Earl of Caithness (1582-1643). In 1681, George Sinclair of Keiss, a descendant of the 5th Earl of Caithness, by a second son, succeeded to the earldom. He died in the castle in 1698, and thereafter Keiss was acquired by the Sinclairs of Dunbeath, themselves descendants of the main Caithness line. The castle was ruinous by 1700. It is located less than a mile north of Keiss, overlooking Sinclairs Bay in Caithness, Highland. It stands within the grounds of the Scottish Baronial house that replaced it in the 18th century, which is also called Keiss Castle.

Between us on the desk is a copy of the new biography on Harrison called The Quiet One, by Alan Clayson. It is wrapped in a plain white cover. Harrison has not read it. ‘This Italian guy called Red Ronnie just gave it to me,’ he says picking it up gingerly. ‘I don’t know who this writer is. All he knows about me is what he’s read in the papers or heard in interviews. He doesn’t know me. There was another one last year. God knows why these people bother, to make some money I suppose, because it’s not important to history to have a stranger’s version of what my life is supposed to be. There have been far too many Beatles books and it’s depressing when you read a load of nasty things and even if you read about good things, it doesn’t serve any purpose. I expect that I’ll just leave it lying around the house and then my wife can read all the extra-marital affairs I’m supposed to have had and all the drugs I’m supposed to have taken.’
—  David Sinclair, UK columnist, interviews George Harrison, c. October 1990