Just Four More Days…….

In Four days time, the people of Scotland, the country within the UK where I live, will vote in the most important poll in British polling history. We will have to answer the serious question that will, regardless of the outcome, change Scotland and the United Kingdom for ever; should Scotland be an independent country?

The answer that the people of Scotland give to this question will very likely bring about an end to the 308 year long Union as we know it today. It will do one of two things: it will either, strengthen the bonds between the Four Home Nations, while at the same time leading to greater governmental powers to them; or it will lead to the formal dissolution of this mighty Union forever.

Either way, the Union as we know it today WILL change.

Over the years since devolution began within the UK, there has been a growing voice for modernisation of our Union, perhaps into something far more modern, like a Federal Union – The Four Home Nations self-governed with regional assemblies within them, within the strength, security and skeletal structure of an overseeing central Government that provides a strong framework constitutionally, acts as a final check & balance fiscally, and provides the political Union required to support a formal currency union. This political union is what we have now fundamentally.

Independence for Scotland would not provide any political union that would provide full access to the British institutions like the £ with the Bank of England as central Bank and Lender of Last Resort. Scotland could use the Pound with no central band or lender of last resort.

Panama is an example of a country where this happens with the US Dollar. The Nationalists would like to see this happen. What they conveniently overlook, however, is that Panama has been bailed out 17 times since 1973 and had 9 cash injections by the US Federal Reserve. Clearly, this currency arrangement does not work and is FAR too risky. But this is the option favoured by the Nationalists, because they know, as evidenced by the Eurozone crisis, a currency union without political union and an agreed economic policy universally is as flawed as the Panama option. Their final option is to join the Euro. This is flawed as well. The EU regulations clearly state that a new joining member must have a central bank and have it’s own healthy currency, with a track record of at least two years.

With all the banks and major businesses, in the event of a Yes vote, either vowing to leave Scotland or be forced to raise their prices due to the loss of being able to spread costs across the whole UK, the vision for Independence is looking daily more and more like it did at the start – like building a new house on the sand. When the storms, high winds and high tides come in, without these vital foundations in place, the house will be destroyed.

For me, these are the reasons that I am voting NO to the Question of independence. I feel very confident and certain that the vast majority of Scots, and Scottish residents will do the same.

In conclusion, the Union MUST change and MUST modernise, in my opinion. This Referendum has forced the issue, and forced the pace for the beginnings of a new age of our Union. I do not want to see our Union, that we have built over the last 308 years, and defended with our blood, sweat, tears and our lives, destroyed for ever. But I do believe, that if we are to prevent that from happening, we, the people of this Great United Kingdom, unique in the world, must come together as ONE to modernise it and bring about a fairer, more balanced Union.

A new Union where the dark tones of Nationalism are never again given the chance to be heard again.

I apologise that this post is WAAAAY more serious and weighty than any previous post. But this is my expression of my passion for our Union. Once the NO vote has been secured, normal service will be resumed!

See you all on the flip side…….

New Season…..New Hair

In recent days, the weather in Edinburgh has turned much colder and much wetter. A fabulous staycation summer has come to a crashing halt. With that, many new changes have come.

Our daughter Anna has settled in to Primary 1 fantastically well, reconnecting with old nursery friends and making some new friends as well. Each night she raves about her day and is eager to share her learning and homework tasks with us. Long may this enthusiasm last!

Our son Samuel is beginning to get used to not having his big sister around to play with, and so is wanting to play with Daddy a wee bit more. So, out come the drums and the drumsticks and we play! Then on goes the Electric Piano, and we play some more! Out comes a mini Cricket bat and ball and we play some cricket, or we go to the park. Fun times! Somewhere, in the midst of all this play I find time to get domestic stuff done (says he, smiling at wife….she needs further convinced!)

So….I guess you’re wondering about the new hair. Well, I am now of that age where I can no longer hide my balding and receding hairline under a mass of curls, and so I did something which is, for me anyway, pretty radical: I went and had it all chopped off!

Here’s to the future of kids in education, less hair and far more…..FFFFFFUN!

Until next time……

 

Oh….almost forgot. Here’s a pic of me in my studio…..less hair. Enjoy!

 

Nae hair!

Nae hair!

A new Earhole…..

Clan Lipsham has entered a new phase, a new era: Our daughter Anna began her education career today. Admittedly, she was only in school for an hour, but during that hour, she was missed! She was all dressed in her uniform and ready to go pretty early this morning. As she said herself, she’s been waiting for this day for two years!

When she came home with her Mummy, Cate, I was not sure who was more tired out – Anna or us! For the remainder of the week, Anna will be in for just the mornings and then, next week, the real adjustment comes! Anna will be at school 0830-1430 each day except Fridays when the kids get a half day off. It may seem like a small thing to you, dear Reader, but to us, this is HUGE! 

In other news, the Studio website is progressing nicely, albeit slowly, as things have been manically busy here with projects and adding to the studio gear. I hope to have it up live soon!…..Promise!

Anyhow………until next time……have a great week/month/time-yet-to-be-determined……… 

Weird Weather and Website Developments

The weather in the UK these last couple of days has been extraordinary.

The web is replete with spectacular and awesome pics of lightning, and stories abound of roads and Cricket fields flooded knee deep within half an hour. One friend I spoke to was in a Cricket match, he was batting and had just played the ball into clear space and was looking to run two runs. The heavens spectacularly opened as he turned for the second run. He ran to the end of the pitch where he had played the ball and kept running, as fast as possible for the pavilion, along with his batting partner and the fielding team. Barely twenty-five minutes had passed, when the two teams, the umpires, bar staff and caterers and my friend were running again. This time FROM the pavilion! It was flooding, as flood water from the Cricket pitch came under the doors!

My friend managed to get to his car and drive out of the ground and up the nearby hill. There were two bright flashes of lightning, which struck the scoring hut and deafening thunder claps. And as suddenly as it had started, the rain stopped. The Cricket ground was under 2 feet of water!! Amazing!

In completely unrelated, and far less dramatic news, the new website for my recording studio – Jonny Lipsham Studios – is rapidly heading in the direction of its launch. I am really excited about this venture and about the future for me as a musician, producer and mixer; and for what this business can do for me and my family – especially for my very hard-working wife, Cate.

I will share more and more on this venture as we go forward.

Thanks for following my journey. It’s been amazing so far, but there are so many more amazing things to come. Care to join with me?

In the words of a very wise man: “come with us, we’ll do you good!”

Welcome!

Welcome, folks, to my blog! After not using it for about two years, rather than writing a massive “filling in the gaps” post, I decided to completely start again, in the hope that I might actually keep at it this time! Here’s hoping!

Anyways…..current news…..

I am now running my home recording studio as a more professional business. Check out the studio Facebook Page for more info (https://www.facebook.com/jonnylipshamstudios).

I have had the studio in a variety of forms since 2003 – crickey! Eleven years! – but have done little with it until 2011, when I began working on learning materials and audio resources for MusicTech Solutions. In the last couple of years, with my daughter growing up fast and my son being born, it has moved venue in our apartment a few times, but it is now settled in the spare bedroom. It has had a couple of upgrades of recording software, mics and monitor speakers, and is due some new acoustic treatment shortly, so it should be extremely possible to make some great recordings, mixes and masters; and hopefully some happy clients! I’ll have a new website for the studio up live shortly, so keep an eye out for that.

I am also doing some freelancing work as an online session musician. This is an aspect of my studio work, that appears to be growing nicely and has prompted me to promote my studio more widely.

My wife, Cate, is working very hard in her job as a senior Midwife, and being a fantastic mum to our two children. She has my profound and utmost admiration for the very difficult job she does and trying to get the work/life balance happy.

Our daughter, Anna, is four and a half and is growing up too fast! She has now finished at Nursery school and will be starting at Primary School in August. She is really excited and…..really daunted too.

Our son, Samuel, is now 2 and a half, and will be beginning Nursery school, hopefully in April 2015. He has a real talent for comedy, drama and music. He is growing up fast too! Both of our children have already phenomenal mastery of sarcasm, which can be very impressive and a little scary at times too. The family humour will live on for a couple of generations at least!

All in all, life is good. Finances are tight, but we are doing okay and trying to provide a great quality of life for our kids as much as we can.

So, this brings us up-to-date! Hopefully, in the next post, I will be able to unveil the new website for my home studio!

Until next time…….