Happy St Andrew's Day! For once the Council and the Parliament are both off at the same time. This means I get the same day off from both jobs, hence I'm blogging from my living room and listening to crap music.
I had Boss, Boss's wife and a few colleagues round for a drink on Wednesday night. I took advantage of an offer at Sainsbury's and bought 60 bottles of Stella for £20. Unfortunately, pretty much everyone drank wine and I now have a fridge packed with bottles of Stella, with only enough room for a pint of milk. Girlfriend made Chile for the event and it went down very well. I enjoyed the banter.
I was amused to see the SNP are voting on whether or not to work with us Tories on a local govt level. I think I have inferred before that I have struggled to comprehend the difference between attitudes at Holyrood and the Cooncil. At Holyrood its not unusual to join staff or MSP's from other parties in the canteen at lunchtime, go out for a drink after work and generally enjoy the company. At the cooncil, at times I get the impression the opposition would happily burn me at the stake whilst fuelling the flames with pictures of Thatcher. Although to be fair, things have improved lately.
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland last night as Angus Council has bought an original scale model of the Bell Rock Lighthouse at Sotheby's. The lighthouse, built by the famous Stevenson family is a triumph of engineering and has been standing for almost 200 years and personally, I'd like to see more made of our link with a family who have influenced engineering all over the world. Have to say I was horrifically nervous beforehand. It was my first time in a radio studio and I was in Edinburgh whilst the guy doing the interview was in Glasgow. It was a weird experience I have to say.