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We've been working with the team at +Contract Mortgages recently. Fab team and definitely an important place for contractors and freelancers to find out how to secure a mortgage!
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Thanks Ali, it's been great wokring with you.. looking forward to times ahead!
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Facebook and the Scottish Independence Referendum
If Facebook “likes” were an indicator of votes, the Yes campaign will win on September 18. Its campaign page on Facebook has attracted 258,000 likes to the 182,000 of the No campaign and grew by 27% in the five week period, compared to Better Together, which grew by 17%.

http://news.stv.tv/scotland-decides/news/292182-facebook-release-data-showing-independence-referendum-interaction/

#socialmedia   #indyref   #scotland   #scotlanddecides  
Facebook will be launching an “I’m A Voter” button for Scottish people eligible to vote.
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Angry, frustrated and sleepless in Scotland
This is how I'm feeling about the media in the UK right now! It's a black out.

  #indyref   #muse   #timeisrunningout   #scotland   #scotlandindependence   #indyref2014   #propaganda  
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Wow Spaceheadintheclouds,such venom in the above posts,tut tut,shame on you.
Scotland will have around 46/47 new members in parliament,we will tell you lot what to do instead of it being the other way around,we will be your new masters,we will dictate what England can and cannot do and you will learn how to obey us.
Before you start ranting like the lunatic you clearly are,take a wee breather and count to 10,if you can't count to 10 then it's clear you need taught a lesson,just like England will learn to beg,you will be brought to heel.
Oh,and have a nice day son.
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BBC gets a slap down at last.  BBC have been biased regarding the independence debate... I pay my TV licence in Scotland too and want balance. Whatever, the outcome the veil has very much been lifted on the influence of the government over our supposedly 'impartial' national broadcaster. #indyref  
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Which one will you go for +John McHugh ?
 
Sorry Apple. I think you've been bested.

Can you tell which one is Apple and which one is Android? The times have changed kiddos. Apple is, officially, no longer the greatest tech designer. I'll opt out of the Apple WATCH - Nano Wrist Edition.

#Apple   #AppleWatch   #iWatch   #Moto360  
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Odd Stanley singing about the independence referendum in Scotland... Not long to go now. Definitely worth watching for insight into history and hope of the people voting Yes.





Check out this video on YouTube:
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This is fab - just went over to iTunes to buy but couldn't find. Sharing on FB now. 
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Scottish Referendum and Social Media
We don't know the outcome of Scotland's Independence Referendum, and with only 3 out of 32 counts complete we may not find out until after 7am.

What we do know however is who has won the battle of social media & digital marketing. See post for full details.
#indyref #scotland #social  
The Yes Campaign is the undisputed victor of the social media battle.
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This is very interesting. You have Bonnie Greer, novelist, playwright and chancellor of Kingston University calling for balance in the reporting of the Scottish independence debate. She cites Aberdeen Asset Management, the largest asset management company outside the USA, located in Scotland said we won't go. "Why don't we get him in the paper" Fair point from an impartial outsider.... 
Then you have, James Max, the chap from the reality TV show, The Apprentice telling her that balance doesn't matter. James doesn't understand her point, on listening to the other side, he responded.. "why... don't understand your point"...   #indyref   #scotland   #pressbias  
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Is Facebook Trending Biased Regards the Scottish Independence Referendum

Living in Scotland, the independence referendum is a huge topic of debate on social media for the people living here in Scotland. My timeline has a steady stream of posts on the subject and the threads have hundreds of comments, not to mention the three different community groups or forums I've joined. 

The reason I ask is that prior to a poll showing Yes in the lead, the debate was trending.  Now post Poll, the debate is no where to be seen on FB's trending box. However, a death of a wee cat in St Andrews is. I like cats, but really can poor wee Hamish McTamish honestly be hotter than the future of a nation?

  #socialmedia   #facebook   #indyref   #scotland   #scottishreferendum  
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Our latest Preparing to Export programme launches in Glasgow on 2 September. Don't miss it! Book here: http://ow.ly/Af0nW
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Why I'm Voting Yes in the Scottish Independence Referendum

So many different reasons and of course I have my reservations. However, if I had to pick one its because of the NHS. I believe that after only 60 years of it's existence the NHS is being dismantled.

Many people are saying the NHS is not in danger. That it is a big YES campaign lie. This TED talk by Allyson Pollock below, has made it clear that in England billions of funds will flood from the NHS to private companies. The speaker is Allyson Pollock, Professor of Public Health Research & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London.

How is the NHS being Abolished?
In 2012 the Social Care Act removed the 60 year duty on the Secretary State to secure and provide health care to all citizens in England.

This will allow the private providers the ability to pick and choose the patients they want to serve.

Why do I care?
Created in 1948 the NHS provided a universal duty of healthcare. It is one of the 5 pillars of the welfare state conceived by William Beveridge during the Second World War. He designed it to slay the 5 evil giants of disease, ignorance, idleness, want and squalor.

An awesome  vision
It strikes me as amazing that something so good could be imagined during a catastrophic World War. I was proud of how the citizens of the UK looked after each other and as such would automatically vote no in the referendum. I believed that the people of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland shared a vision of universal care. It was one big huge audacious goal, but you know what Britain did it! Ok, things weren't always perfect in the NHS, but the vision of care for all was so positive and bonded us as citizens. It said so much about us as a nation.

Compromised & Complacent Politicians
Westminster (and most shockingly for me Labour) does not share this vision any more. As was highlighted during the 2nd  'Darling V Salmond' debate, Labour politicians like Alistair Darling, are increasingly being compromised in the 'duty of care' to UK citizens by the money they are making privately.

Darling made £12,000 for an after dinner speech organised by Cinven. The company is a leading buyout firm, who in 2008 bought 25 private hospitals from Bupa for £1.44bn. He is just one example though, lan Milburn and Patricia Hewitt, both former Labour Health Secretaries are said to have benefited in their roles as advisors. I expect the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats to edge towards privatisation but Labour... I though they were fighting to keep it..

I don't know what Labour stands for anymore in the UK. Ed Miliband is just a suit in a red tie. Had he came to Scotland with this one vision, just one to stay in the UK to save the NHS for all I would be voting No.

NHS in England is just a logo
Virgin, Care UK, Circle, Net Care, PWC, Alliance Medical, Atos Healthcare, Spire Health Care are all receiving a share of NHS funds. Ultimately that puts universal health care through a market model.

Who is responsible then for the universal health care of UK citizens. Not the Secretary of State. The aforementioned 2012 Social Care Act abdicates him of that responsibility. So where does the buck stop? With the thousands of shareholders of these international multinationals? As a shareholder in a private company, all you seek is profit, it's hardly a pillar to unite a nation.

Voting Yes Because
I'm not a nationalist, I'm not even a socialist, I've worked in private business, corporations and now I run my own business. I believe in the vision and economic benefits of a universal health service for all.

The politicians, our ruling class on all sides of Westminster have broken their bond with the people of the UK. They no longer share the universal health vision. I don't share their vision of a market model for health care, so for that reason I'm out.

I'm voting Yes, because I think the current administration and Labour needs a very loud and clear message to halt the systematic dismantling of the NHS.

Don't take my word for it - watch this video
This talk is by Allyson Pollock. It's has no bells or whistles. In fact it's a wee bit dry. Point is, I believe her.

She is Professor of Public Health Research & Policy at Queen Mary, University of London. She is one of the UK's leading medical intellectuals, and undertakes research and teaching intended to assist the realisation of the principles of social justice and public health, with a particular emphasis on health systems research, trade, and pharmaceuticals.
#indyref   #yesscotland   #scotland   #independence  
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There's no doubt that the UK has people talented enough to manufacture, but we're too expensive. It makes sense to import these goods from overseas at lower prices.

Well, recessions are a product of government policy. They artificially control the money supply by setting interest rates. To "force" economic growth, they set them too low so it's cheaper to borrow money, incentivising investment. Unfortunately, this leads to inflation (a tax on the poor) and promotes reckless lending by the banks.

It's awful government policy, also, to be "in bed" with the large corporations, who use this influence to write regulations and laws preventing smaller companies, or potential new companies, competing. This is what we call crony capitalism, or crapitalism. The perfect ideal would be a level playing field, where companies have to fight for customers rather than lobby government to help them out.

Unfortunately, most people's answer to symptoms arising from this is to want the government to intervene, i.e. what caused the mess in the first place.

When you have a pure form of capitalism without government interference, the poor actually prosper. This is why whenever a country move away from socialist policies towards free market policies, there's always a drop in poverty and an increase in standards of living  Then, we drift back to government interference n markets, as is happening in the UK, France and USA.
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Hello and welcome to my Google+ page! My moto is ... think well, speak well, do well ❤ 

I love beautiful photos, travel, inspiring quotes, parenting tips, politics and amazing tips on using Google+.

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Mindful Mum - UK Parenting Magazine based in Scotland

I am editor and founder of Mindful Mum, the online magazine for mums who demand more! I started out as a blogger when I first became pregnant and 3 boys later I work with a community of bloggers to produce our online magazine. 

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I have three gleeful barbarians. Three toddler boys who motivate me and  drive me up the wall then round the bend with their energy - I adore them. I'm married to John and here's a wee post on my life as a mum of boys.

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Social media is crucial for engaging with Mindful Mum readers and followers and that is what led met to Google+, where in terms of social media I feel most at home. I'm keen to network and share posts on social media with people across the globe but also want to build a community of Google+ in Scotland.

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I would like to spend an hour a day on G+ but in reality it's more like 2 hours each day Mon to Thur as I am with my young children the rest of the week. So apologies if I don't get back to your comment or post immediately - I will try to get back to you asap! I've learned that pre-school crafting and G+ don't mix ;-)
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Magical! I went back with my 3 little boys twice during the October break. Aged 3 & 4, my children were captivated by the puppet show for the Gingerbread Man and laughed out loud at naughty Pinocchio. Both performances were pretty packed but we still managed to get a seat on the back bench. A wonderful place for curious minds. One of my boys loves 'make believe' and the other 'likes to know how things work' and you get both at the Puppet Centre. The boys even tried to recreate the puppet theater with lego when they came home. Both puppeteers came out after their performance and let the children touch the puppets. There are lots of puppet and mask displays, a vintage Punch and Judy set (found in the Gorbals during the 1930s), a cafe with fun treats and best of all a real puppet maker!
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You can't really miss The Hub. It's a big black cube of an office block that sits opposite Glasgow's Science Centre. It sits in Glasgow's digital quarter with the BBC, STV and Film City Glasgow. Parking directly outside is tough unless you arrive early. However, there is plenty of free parking on Govan Road. As a creative business, I love the fact I share office space with loads of creative and digital businesses. The cafe is great and they make an effort to vary the soup and main meal. View over the River Clyde is fantastic and I often see helicopters, sea planes and boats during lunch. Best of all is the foyer - absolutely huge and plenty of break out space for creative collaboration. I hold team meetings there! It's a great place to take clients.
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This was our favourite 'after work' bar when I worked in Berkely Square. Great service, reasonably priced food and enough choice for everyone (even the fussiest.) Went back in July for a networking meeting and we all sat outside. Service was excellent and the food is still good.
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This Glasgow Museum is great for everyone and a Glasgow treasure trove. I first visited when I arrived in Glasgow 20 years ago as a student and have been going back every year (now with husband and three small boys.) A huge part of the attraction is the building itself, an enormous collection of art - from hanging heads and planes to the wonderful Glasgow Boys collection. I also love the organ recital and the fact it is so near to a lovely kid friendly park. Some of the children's areas are looking a bit shabby when compared to the brand new Transport Museum on the Clyde, but I still love going to Kelvingrove Museum. My favourite part - the Glasgow Boys paintings.
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I took my 3 boys to The Alford Transport museum in April 2013 and there was still snow on the ground. We had a fun time - the boys love Thomas the Tank Engine so were very happy. They have a fun park to stop off at too. Think it would be even better in summer time.
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It's a weekly treat. My husband and I love the chilli and salt prawns with fried rice. Friendly and fast service.
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Beautiful building and good food. We sat upstairs for our lunch (delicious fish cakes and chocolate mousse). Enjoyed cocktails downstairs in the bar. Then as it was summer finished our day outside eating nachos. Every year one of my best friends comes back from Boston, USA and arranges a girly lunch for 20 of us at the Citation. This year was one of the best - excellent service and good food.
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