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“Scottish Mussel” (2015) Movie On “Amazon”: Cute Enough Story, BUT Kicker Is Learning About Scottish Pearls!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access ‘IMDb.com’ listing.



Click to access this Website and learn about Scottish pearls.


Click to access this Website and learn about Scottish pearls.


Despite my Scottish heritage and all the time I have spent in Scotland I had never heard of Scottish pearls! I know that for a fact, because it isn’t something I would have forgotten.

This movie, ‘Scottish Mussel‘ appeared in my Amazon Prime Video recommendation list. It looked vaguely promising. So, the other night when we decided we should try a comedy to get a break from murder-mysteries we gave it a spin.

And then we learnt about Scottish pearls and, boy, am I glad. I felt that there was a gaping hole in my knowledge.

Movie is not something to write home about. Some magnificent shots of the eternal beauty of bonny Scotland and there are some funny bits. But, we watched it to the end because the Scottish pearl angle was so intriguing.

So, don’t watch it as a comedy. Instead treat it as an amusing documentary of Scottish pearls.


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Happy St. Andrew’s Day 2017 — Thursday, November 30.

by Anura Guruge



Click to ENLARGE and browse here. From ‘scotland.org’.




Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Andrew%27s_Day. Note the ‘X’-shaped cross.


This is a BIG Holiday to us Scots — and my Scottish heritage, via adoption, is well documented here. Not as big as Hogmanay but close — and a warm-up for Hogmanay which will be but 31-days hence.

Patron Saint of Scotland — among others, BUT it is Scotland that counts. Other than Trump and Putin who really cares about Russia? {Smile}

St. Andrew is also, vicariously, a part of us British and his fame is immortalized in our GLORIOUS Union Jack.


So, with no further ado, let me please wish you a “Very Happy St. Andrew’s Day 2017”.

Cheers.


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The Last Catholic Cardinal To Resign — Truly & Properly (Unlike O’Brien).

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Scotland’s Keith O’Brien (b: March 17, 1938, created: October 21, 2003) resigned from his Cardinalate 0n March 20, 2015, 2-years after the public disclosures of his homosexual practices with other priests. Though not precluded by the Vatican he had on his own volition decided not to attend the March 12 – 13, 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis given that his crimes and cover up lies had been widely published in U.K. newspapers just a few weeks earlier. It, however, took 2 more years before his resignation was ‘partially accepted‘ by the pope.

Pope Francis, inexplicably, allowed him to retain his ‘Cardinal’ title. So, his resignation as a cardinal was only partial. A quasi-resignation.

I complained about it it then. Click image to access my original March 22, 2015 post.

So, we can’t really just say that the disgraced O’Brien was the last cardinal to resign — because he continued on as a cardinal, if only in terms of title!


The last cardinal to TRULY (and fully) resign was French Cardinal Louis Billot, S. J.in late 1927 [he having tendered his resignation in September and it being made public in December].

No, this is not a typo, an oversight or a lack of diligence on my part. << smile >>

Yes, it is 1927. So, NO we haven’t had a TRULY, REALLY cardinal resign in over 90 years.

Louis Billot, S. J.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Billot


The eleven Canons in the 1983 Code, i.e., Canons 349 t0 359, does not address the resignation of a cardinalate (only dealing with the need, if they are curial, to tender their curial office resignation to the pope after their 75th birthday).

But, Cardinal Billot’s resignation, when he disagreed with Pius XI’s (#260) condemnation of French political movement [viz. Action Française], demonstrates that it is, of course, possible for a cardinal to resign — provided the pope is willing to accept the resignation. That appears to be the rub. [Though we, the public, are unlikely to ever hear, it is possible that the lack of resignations during the ‘current’ clergy scandal is because the popes did not want to ‘hurt the Church further’ by having the resignation of cardinals.]

So, contrary to what many believe Austrian Hans Hermann Groër, the disgraced and discredited ex-Archbishop of Vienna, died a cardinal — though he was forced to relinquish all posts in Austria.

The infamous Bernard Francis Law, though he appears to have taken liberties with the LAW of the land, also continues as a cardinal though he, like Groër, had to relinquish his pastoral ties. He is in exile, but as a cardinal.

Hope this helps. I know that may think that Groër resigned. He didn’t. Or at least if he did, the John Paul II (#265) didn’t accept the resignation.


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I Am Strangely Calm & Ambivalent About Brexit Referendum — Cool With EITHER Outcome!

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From the U.K. “Mirror”.

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I should not be ambivalent and incredibly calm about the outcome of the Brexit referendum.

I should be agitated and anxious as I was ahead of the Scottish Referendum two years ago.

I had, for decades, been extremely ANTI-European Union (EU). I voted in 1975 AGAINST staying in the EU.

To start with I was, of course, in the LEAVE camp.

Then I started having second thoughts. Though I will, alas, never get the chance it is kind of nice to know that I could go and live anywhere in the EU that I wished, say Italy or Holland. Would hate to lose that. Also the unhindered travel.

So in this case, much to MY surprise, I can see ‘positives’ in either outcome. Amazing.

So I am very calm. Emotionally unattached, so to speak.

The results will be interesting and I will stay up to watch them — if need be.


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Charlie Zahm, A Modern Day Troubadour, At Old Orchard Beach, Maine, June 4, 2016.

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IF you do NOT know Charlie Zahm
it is definitely time to rectify that.

You will thank me for this recommendation.


Click pictures to ENLARGE.

All taken with my new Fuji X-E2s.

Attribution WILL be enforced.

Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge
Fuji X-E2s image Anura Guruge


A 15 second YouTube video!
[You know I prefer stills to video. SMILE]


Charlie Zahm’s very welcoming Website.

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