Money, money, money…..Merry Dancers……More Cosmic Doings….CAAT…..

by Bernie Bell - 09:54 on 17 September 2022

Money, money, money…

I get the impression that folk don’t use actual money anything like as much as they used to – but – for if you have got any resting in your wallet…..


I hope that replacement notes are as well designed as some of the old ones….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/02/09/money-moneymoney/


It’s the time of year – and the right kind of weather – to see the Merry Dancers….


Our neighbour took this pic of the Northern Lights a couple of years ago, dancing over the hill behind where we live ….

If you look closely you can see The Bear in there….

Image credit – Steve Davey


After saying yesterday that it’s maybe not a good idea to ‘humanize’ what we see in the sky – I remembered sending this to a friend in 2008…….

Fickle little beast, ain’t I?

“A smile for troubled times?   Here's the link so you can see it yourself….. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/in_pictures/7759643.stm

What's happening is a conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the Moon on the 1st of December .  The pictures are taken from all over the world.  We could see the conjunction from our house last night, it's too cloudy tonight.  We haven't seen the smiley face, maybe that's only clear in other parts of the world.  Anyway, I see it as a brilliant thing - I suppose it depends how a person sees things.  Too me, it's a big, smiling face in the heavens.  A smile for troubled times.  I'm sure that the planets do matter, not necessarily as in horoscopes and all that, but as part of the whole universal pattern of LIFE.  The ancient cairn builders built their cairns and stones to align with the Sun, Moon and Stars, (often Venus, my favourite planet), and there's a bloke in America who is constructing something similar in the Painted Desert.  I could ramble on about this, but I won't.  Suffice it to say, that when I saw that conjunction, making a smiling face in the sky, I saw it as definitely a good thin - a wonderful, marvellous thing, and I sent it out to everyone I could think of that might enjoy seeing it.  ‘ A smiling face is, an earth-bound star, a frown can't bring out, the beauty that you are.’ - Stevie Wonder.  That's all, really.  Also, I liked the fact that we saw that on the day that we 'planted' Graham.  I see connections everywhere.  It makes life endlessly interesting.” 

The reference to ‘planting Grahame’ is because we’d been to the funeral of a mutual friend.


I received an email from the Campaign Against Arms Trade – and thought I’d bung the whole thing on m’blog……

“Hi there! I’m Amber, CAAT’s new Campaigns and Communications Coordinator and here’s a bit about what we’ve been up to this month!

Arms fairs: 12 months til DSEI!

DSEI, Defence and Security International, is one of the world’s largest arms fairs, taking place every two years on our doorstep in London! In 2021, DSEI brought together over 30,000 arms buyers and dealers to network and make deals. Governments and military delegations, including countries involved in military conflicts and war and those on the UK’s government’s own list of human rights abusers, browsed the wares of 1600+ arms companies. This is where war starts, but it is also where we can stop it!

Every 2 years, Stop the Arms Fair (STAF), a collective of organisations and individuals, come together to take action against DSEI, with our support. It’s now one year until DSEI and people are busy organising, ready to make the resistance to DSEI 2023 bigger and better than ever! Each year people use talks, workshops, music, creative walkabouts, direct action, community organising and solidarity to say NO to DSEI here or anywhere! If you’d like to get involved then you can join STAF meetings, you can do so by messaging them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or email: resistDSEI@protonmail.com

If you’d like to take action against other arms fairs taking place in the UK then please do send us an email and we can point you in the right direction!

Stop Arming Saudi Demo

On 6th September, Liz Truss took office as the UK’s new Prime Minister, following Boris Johnson’s resignation. Members from Campaign Against Arms Trade, along with numerous activists, handed in an open letter to Downing Street, signed by over seven thousand people across the UK - from local CAAT activists to Vivienne Westwood - to call on the new Prime Minister to stop arming the Saudi-led coalition for its bombardment of Yemen.

The war on Yemen has been made possible by weapons supplied by the UK, and sustained by their ongoing military support. Since the bombing of Yemen began in March 2015, the value of UK arms sales to the Saudi-led coalition amounts to at least £23 billion.

Many people took to Downing Street to protest the arrival of Liz Truss, however, we were still able to make our voices heard, with an infectious chant of ‘Stop Arming Saudi’. Andrew Feinstein, author of ‘The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade’ and guest speaker said “Anyone who feels empathy for the suffering in Ukraine must oppose the UK’s arms sales to Saudi Arabia which are causing even greater harm and devastation in Yemen.” 

Excessive police presence disrupted the physical hand in of the letter detailing the thousands who demand an end to the UK’s role in this conflict, however, the letter will be delivered via post in the coming weeks and we will be sustaining our opposition to the sale of UK weapons to Saudi Arabia. 

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for information on more actions and events in the coming months to say NO to the UK arming Saudi Arabia!

Stop Saudi Sportswashing

Sportswashing is when unethical regimes use sports to improve their public image. When human rights abusing countries buy or fund sports teams or events, they are not doing so out of their love of sport but as an attempt to improve their reputation. This is a tactic we have seen Saudi Arabia use multiple times, a country with an appalling human rights record. 

This August, a major boxing tournament between Ukraine's Oleksandr Usyk and Britain's Anthony Joshua took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud, was joined by FIFA president, Gianni Infantino, to watch this event. Many people have been appalled by the relationship between FIFA and Saudi Arabia, and are concerned this meeting may lead to a future World Cup being held there. 

Recent reporting has also highlighted the Saudi goal of hosting a future Olympics. These are attempts by Saudi to hide their poor human rights record, including use of torture and executions as well as their war crime atrocities in Yemen. 

Currently, the UN is calling for Phd student, Salma al-Shehab, to be released who has been charged with 34 years in prison for following dissidents on Twitter. She has reported several incidents of rights violations in prison, including possible physical or sexual violence. It is vital we challenge sportswashing, and demand sporting events aren’t held in Saudi or funded by them. 

Palestine: Stop Arming Apartheid Day of Action in Oct; Human rights organisations raid

On the 1st of October, you can join actions at your local high street Barclays to demand they stop investing in arms companies that supply weapons used to target Palestinians. Over the past decade or so, Israel has carried out four devastating military assaults on the Occupied Gaza Strip, all of which have resulted in large numbers of civilian deaths and have been said to be in violation of international law. More recently, in August 2022, Israel once again bombarded the Gaza strip, resulting in the death of 49 Palestinians, including 17 children.

Palestine Solidarity Campaign’s research shows Barclays has invested over £1billion+ in arms companies supplying Israel, as well as providing them with financial services. This includes investment in Israeli arms manufacturer, Elbit Systems. 

You can challenge this by joining the action at your local Barclays and show solidarity with Palestinians!

Thank you for your support.

Amber Rose-Dewey
Campaign Against Arms Trade

P.S. CAAT would not exist without your support! If you would like to donate to CAAT, you can do so via our donations page. If you don’t have one already, why not set up a Direct Debit? More details on the donations page


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/06/28/memory-musings/


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