Corrupt English senior civil servants,
luxuriating in ill-gotten tax-wealth,
have been cheating the fishermen of the UK - just as they cheated the Welsh miners
Just as they cheat all working people in Britain
For some years `Perceptions' editor lived and worked in
Scottish fishing communities, from Mallaig - in
the West, up and around Shetland - to the North, and out
to Aberdeen in the East. Most time was spent with
the folk of Buchan. in the N-East. We (ed. & partner)
were welcomed and made happy in their company
Some might mistake hard-looking trawlermen for
grim or unsociable people - Wrong! They are grand friends we're
always glad to meet over a meal and a glass. The Boddam men and women
welcomed us many times for food and drink, good company
and great music. One Skipper (exRNVR) with a dour
and hardbitten exterior, was secretly as musical
as any Welsh miner or bard.
And his singing of "The Flower o' Scotland" - wild
and gentle - forced a lump in the throat - and sore eyes - for
even the tough ex-whalerman.
They were good friends, not letting us pass their
ever-open doors, so there were many good evenings,
in Peterhead, and in Boddam, Buchan.