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Friday, 8 October 2021

HAUNTING THE FODDERTY STONES, AND KILVANNIE HOUSE

                                                                         


                                                                               



                                             FODDERTY STANDING STONES (BLAIRNINICH)


                                                SCOTLAND PLACES



                                                                           




                                                 KILVANNIE MANOR


                                                                 



From a stone age ceremonial site, to a church, to a hotel, to a home - that's the unusual story of Kilvannie Manor near Strathpeffer. Built as Fodderty Parish Church in 1807, the kirk was converted into a hotel in 1900 after the congregation started to worship in the spa village of Strathpeffer. The building now makes an interesting home with aspects of the church design transformed into residential features. The minister's porch is now a study and rounded doorways have become French windows.

Many other original features have been retained, including high ceilings, deep skirtings, carved cornices, timber panelling and most of the fireplaces. The house now has two public rooms, five bedrooms, and a 1.25-acre garden with two standing stones believed to be 4000 years old. Some of the stones which flank the driveway are thought to be part of a stone circle.

Kilvannie Manor is within a short drive of the ghost -ridden, Tulloch Castle Hotel in nearby Dingwall, which has been visited over the years by several of my friends in Edinburgh. I  wonder how many prehistoric ghosts there are around the Fodderty Stones.


                                                                 


                                       

  Maybe the ceremonies in Neolithic times were similar to the joyful fertility celebrations enacted at the


                                                         BELTANE FESTIVAL


                                                                           



Wednesday, 6 October 2021

GEORGE STIGLER: REGULATION CAPTURE

 

. as a rule, regulation is acquired by the industry and is designed and operated primarily for its benefit... We propose the general hypothesis: every industry or occupation that has enough political power to utilize the state will seek to control entry. In addition, the regulatory policy will often be so fashioned as to retard the rate of growth of new firms.
– The Theory of Economic RegulationGeorge Stigler, 1971[5]



                              


                                     


George Stigler was a very right wing economist of the Chicago School, a member of the Mont Pelerin Society with Milton Friedman, These guys are responsible for many of the evils of Capitalism today. They strongly influenced neo-liberalism.

                                             


                                                 KEY CONTRIBUTIONS (1962, 1971)



                                                                WIKI

Sunday, 3 October 2021

REVEREND LAURENE LAFONTAINE (INCOMING MINISTER BROUGHTON ST. MARY'S CHURCH, EDINBURGH)

 

     

                                                               




Laurene is currently minister of Kingswells Parish Church in Aberdeen. She was previously highly influential in the Presbyterian Church in Colorado and Minnesota, for example in the LGBT movement with Rev. Scott Anderson. She will bring new life to Broughton St, Mary's, a caring all-inclusive church with a social hub, following the sad death of Rev Peter McDonald during February 2020. Like Laurene, I have fond memories of Madison, Wisconsin, a liberal and very spiritual city in a more conservative Mid-West, where I was an LGBT activist some thirty years ago.


        FROM COMMUNITY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH



      LGBT RELIGIOUS ARCHIVES


       KINGSWELLS PARISH CHURCH


                   

The Garden Room, Broughton St, Mary's, where we elected Reverend LaFontaine to be minister, following her homily from St. Mark on 26th September 2021 and her message that all people should be included whatever their differences,



BROUGHTON ST. MARY'S