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Scottish Referendum: The Pipes, The Pipes Are Calling… Yes And No

August 26, 2014

There’s an historic vote coming up: the Scottish Referendum on independence.

On September 18, 2014, Scottish voters will decide whether Scotland becomes an independent country (vote = YES), or remains part of the United Kingdom (vote = NO).

Polls have consistently shown voters leaning NO (against independence), though the gap has narrowed in recent weeks.

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I recently did an illustration on the Referendum for London-based Diplomat Magazine. The concept: competing bagpipes.

The one on the left shows the Flag of Scotland, with the pipes spelling out YES for independence. The one on the right shows the Union Jack, with the pipes saying NO, preferring to remain in the British Union.

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Two bagpipes playing music, one bag as Scottish flag with pipes spelling out YES, one bag with Union Jack United Kingdom flag with pipes spelling out NO, reference to Scottish Referendum scheduled for September 18, 2014 to decide if Scotland should be independent country

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I submitted several other ideas that weren’t selected. One was based on the uniquely Scottish sporting event called the caber toss, in which competitors toss a long wooden beam.

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Two Scotsmen wearing kilts, competing in caber toss, one caber flying Scottish flag, other caber flying Union Jack United Kingdom flag, reference to Scottish Referendum scheduled for September 18, 2014 to decide if Scotland should be independent country

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How on earth did this sport originate? One interesting theory: from the need to toss logs across chasms, in order to walk over them.

I was surprised to learn that distance thrown is not important in the caber toss. Rather, it’s a matter of finesse: the objective is to flip the caber end over end, so that it lands on its head and falls away from the tosser.

I don’t know if the guy on the left below is a member of the Armstrong Clan, but he should be.

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Scotsmen wearing kilts carrying and tossing caber at Scottish games

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And of course I had to do something with good ol’ Nellie, the Loch Ness Monster, who seems to be keeping a low profile these days.

Hmm. She appears undecided at this point. She’ll certainly cause a sensation if she shows up at the polls on September 18th.

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Nessie the Loch Ness Monster in Scottish Highlands looking up at two airplanes flying across sky, one plane pulling banner with Scottish flag that says Vote Aye, other plane pulling banner with Union Jack United Kingdom flag that says Vote Nae, reference to Scottish Referendum scheduled for September 18, 2014 to decide if Scotland should be independent country

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Are you familiar with the referendum? Would you care to share your thoughts on this complex issue?

Are you a fan of bagpipe music? Any pipers in our reading audience?

Have you ever tossed a caber, and were there any fatalities??

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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Social Media: Everything You Need To Know To Launch A Beaver

August 13, 2014

Social Media. Blogging. Getting Likes. Getting comments. Getting followers…

Making connections. Attracting clients. Attracting customers. Building a network…

Is it possible to sum the whole thing up in just two illustrations?

More or less.

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Besides this blog, I get my social media kicks on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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I use Twitter and Facebook to post single illustrations that aren’t a good fit for a blog post.

I also tweet links to posts I find interesting. Most of these involve art, design, illustration, freelancing, blogging, writing, business, marketing, and social media.

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LinkedIn contains my business profile, and recommendations I’ve received from clients. It pays to create a LinkedIn account if you’re trying to build a professional network.

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If any of that sounds appealing, click on the buttons below to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn. I’d get a kick out of it.

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Are you a blogger? Do you spend a lot of time on social media sites?

Do you use social media as a marketing tool? Has it brought in customers?

Have you ever booted a beaver? If so, how far exactly??

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