Alison Tennent, The Garrulous Glaswegian
Scottish by birth, bloodline & temperament, Aussie by citizenship Eclectic, passionate, something for everyone. Links to all my writing, PodCasts and videos here:
Black book, black heart
Like a tired reveller the summer morning was weary yet winsome. Lackadaisical tourists strolled sweatily from coffee shop to sultry boulevard, gasping for the reinvigoration of cool ocean breezes.
What's in a name?
You might not know what a bogan is, so let's clear that up straight away. In Australian parlese a bogan is what you might think of as poor white trash. They may not be, actually, poor, they may live on an average street in an average suburb. But they're the sort of folk who feel quite at ease partying in in their suburban garage at 2am, doof doof music blaring, roller door wide open, sharing their shitty musical taste with their unwilling neighbours, yelling across the drum fire as they sup on their stubbies, preferably in their undershirts and thongs.
A Love Letter to Libraries
I remember well my cautious disbelief; there had to be a catch. Free books? Surely I had misunderstood. When the librarian at the Pollokshaws library assured me I could indeed borrow books and it would cost me nothing if I obtained a library card, I ran at breakneck speed all the way home with the permission slip clutched in hopeful fingers. My mother signed her name with an inscrutable smile, reminding me I must promise to return the books when they were due. “I will mummy, I will”, I squirmed and wriggled with impatience and made the promise eagerly and willingly, a promise very rarely broken.
What Is The Cashless Con?
What is the Cashless Con? The Cashless Con is being promoted in Australia and several other countries as supporting public hygiene, safety measures and technological progress. But actually, it’s a means for governmental control of people in lower socio-economic classes. While governments worldwide seem content to allow billionaires to pay little or no tax and reap astonishing benefits from predatory practices, they also seem determined to punish poor people for being poor. The prospect of ever-tightening reigns on any minuscule amounts of cash that struggling people may have access to and a push to monitor and scrutinise each and every cent being spent or saved by the poor is imminent. Under the false guise of health restrictions and tech progress, the Haves harming the Have-Nots while pretending to care about them has never been easier.