Greetings to all. I have been busy visiting family and friends in Scotland over New year, so rather silent. However, I am also preparing a book proposal on the Nordic-Scottish Connection, mainly because the SNP’s vision for a post Independence Scotland is to get closer to the Nordics, and the two peoples need to have ready access to an account of the historical and present day connections between the nations. Also, I am reading! Keith gave me the link to the book ‘Treasure Islands’ a truly shocking but very readable analysis of tax havens (By Nicholas Shaxson) and also the book by Sylvia Nasar ‘Grand Pursuit: The Story of Economic Genius) which I have just started. That’s in addition to many other more recreational books for christmas! What is everyone else doing?

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