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Adam Smith: Part VI

Friendship with David Hume, friendship No.2 The Scottish Enlightenment was characterised by a thoroughgoing empiricism and practicality where the chief values were improvement, virtue, and practical benefit for the individual and society as a whole. David Hume (1711 -1776) best friend … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VII

Friendship with James Oswald, friendship No.3 James Oswald (1715 – 24 March 1769) The Oswald’s were a highly successful family and their wealth seems to have had three sources: trade, farming and coal. They also distinguished themselves in a number … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part VIII

16th to 18th century, the mood seemed to be that we were, as an island people, not going to be invaded ever again. Those who had wealth wanted to become richer, thus more influential and more powerful. Those with family … Continue reading

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Adam Smith: Part IV

The will of the people of Scotland was crushed so many times once they signed the Act of Union in 1707 due to the financial crash of the Darien debacle. Here is an important Act they designed to avoid being drawn … Continue reading

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Blueberries for my delight

The health value of blueberries have been promoted and I eat them  with relish.  Anyone who lives in Scotland is acutely aware that eating such luxury items comes at a high cost.  The supply is currently sourced from Peru.  Previous … Continue reading

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Buzzard Territory

The Buzzard is a medium to large sized raptor, and is as an effective killing machine as a Golden Eagle. Geneticist Steve Jones suggests that the Buzzard is one of many creatures probably descended from a ‘segmented worm-like being in … Continue reading

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Weasel Family

There are many badger setts around and beyond our cottage. This is the European Badger (latin name Meles meles), part of the Weasel family. It evolved over 2-4 million years, since the end of the Pleistocene era. Researchers have speculated … Continue reading

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