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I May Not Be A Person Of Interest But I Do Have An Interesting Life

As a blogger of over five years I would like to say there are few if any issues which have caused me concern since starting tartan tights in March 2012 .

I have put a lot of effort in to what I hope is now a site worth reading and strive to create quality content on a number of diverse topics in which I could be said to have an interest. This has not been an easy journey but it has in the main been an enjoyable and rewarding one . However at this stage of my blogging history I am perhaps for the first time experiencing a very slight unease and if you’ll allow me the privilege I’ll explain the reason why 

It started at the beginning of this month when I suddenly noticed a spike in my stats. Now normally this would be a good thing which would leave me feeling pretty positive but to me at least it was a problem, you see though the views were substantially up the only real increase was in my home page. When added to the fact that this increase was coming not from the UK (my site doesn’t give separate figures for Scotland) but from the United States I was shall we say ever so slighty puzzled .

As a political activist I worried that since I hold views which would lead to the alt right calling me a snowflake that I may have become a person of interest but even for a Celtic fan that may be taking paranoia to a whole new level. I mean I know I have been a vocal critic of President Trump and his friends in the UK Conservative Party but person of interest surely not.  

After putting my paranoia to bed I thought about other potential reasons for this sudden spike in my stats, and the only reason I can possibly think of is that unlike my genuine American readership they don’t actually know what my blog is about and perhaps because of the name they believe it to be focused on one of the following areas. 

(1) Tartan 

(2) Tights

(3) Both 

When they discover it is about neither the tartans of the clans of Scotland or the latest fashion hoisery I can only begin to imagine the horror in their faces, no doubt this will be made even worse when they realise that the blogger concerned is a spoken word poet who is also a transsexual woman and an ardent supporter of both Scottish independence and environmental issues such as climate change. Yes I am really what some would a liberal minded progressive which in Scotland we call normal. I guess this is why most of them don’t make it past the home page. To me the fact they don’t read my posts is their loss rather than mine and message to them is clear if you don’t want to read my content then don’t re-visit my site in the hope it will change,  because it wont and neither will I. Anyway as you should know the definition of insanity is repeating the same action and hoping for a different result. 

So having made all the points I wanted to make,  I will conclude by saying this is my blog. It is my space on the information super highway that is the internet . It a place where I’ll share my thoughts in my way and I’ll try to produce the kind of content I know my regular readers enjoy reading and after five and a half years of tartan tights I think I know what that might be. Why do I say this you may ask, well I’ll tell you why and it all comes down this simple fact, I may not be a person of interest, but I do have an interesting life. 

Till next time

Gayle X


Trophy Hunters

Hey Readers  Though I am a card carrying member of the SNP, independence is not the only issue on my political agenda. Those of you who know me will know that I have a proven track record of fighting in support of many causes and campaigns including equality, trade union issues and the environment. It was the last of these topics which motivated me to write this poem after reading on the internet about the senseless killing of a young dolphin in Argentina by trophy hunters who had grabbed it from the sea and passed it round their friends to enable them to take selfies with it. As someone who graduated in geography and politics I was angered by this act of what I consider to be environmental vandalism and wrote this poem to illustrate my displeasure at these reckless actions. I have given the poem the title Trophy Hunters I hope you enjoy the read

Trophy Hunters

I couldn’t believe my eyes
when I saw the picture on the internet
a young dolphin taken from the sea
and passed around a group of friends
all for the sake of a selfie 
this selfish act enraged me
to the point of fury
It is our duty to protect endangered species
not take them to beaches
and hold them up like trophies
for a transient moment of glory
I silently wept when I read this story
this act of cruelty left me
Incandescent with rage
incredulous that people could stage such a shocking stunt
for 15 minutes of of vanity
this barbaric act of insanity
contrasted with happy memories
made on a holiday to Rosemarkie
when we went to see the dolphins at Avoch
in their natural environment
they danced
in the gentle heat of an early autumn Wednesday
creating a memory to be cherished
in the days before selfies
made trophy hunters of us all

@ Gayle Smith 2016