The Last Temple of the Celts

Feral Words

druids The Druids Bringing in the Mistletoe, by Edward Atkinson Hornel & George Henry

The west of Europe used to be full of Celtic temples. In every settlement, every holy grove, every mountain top and ring of stones that held any import for the peoples of old there would have been some structure marked out as holy, a place to connect the people to the spirits who lived alongside of them. There were statues of gold and idols of stone, rings of trees wreathed with cloth, wells encircled by the swirling patterns of the art called La Tene. A vivid, distinct and technically accomplished culture did as all such cultures have done; piled up in its holiest of holies the greatest achievements of its civilisation, to honour the gods that it worshipped.

The afterglow of their achievements still hangs on the horizon. The illuminated gospels of Ireland, the giant carved stones of the Picts…

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The people have spoken – the bastards. Voters upset various applecarts in Holyrood 2016

Iain Macwhirter

IT didn’t take long for Labour to lose its cool on Friday morning. As the results started to trickle in at 12.30 am, the former MP and Holyrood candidate Thomas Docherty announced that the party had committed electoral suicide. “Our tax and Trident manifesto,” he declared, “was self-immolation for dummies.” He was denounced as a selfish publicity-seeker by Labour’s shadow Scottish Secretary Ian Murray. From then on the night went downhill.

It was undoubtedly a catastrophic election result for Labour, the party that used to dominate Scottish politics. Docherty went on to declare it “the worst result in 110 years”. Labour was wiped out in Glasgow, something that would have been unimaginable only a decade or so ago. They lost seats across Scotland and ended up a humiliating third behind the hated Scottish Conservatives, who now replace Labour as the main opposition force in Holyrood. Somehow, it seemed to hurt…

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