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andy arthur @cocteautriplets By the Lochend ducks

Keeper of the Magnificent Octopus - sometime illustrator, attempter of DIY and bicycle enthusiast. Bide in Edinburgh and yes, I've had my tea.

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Arthur's Seat, Edinburgh 14:42 17/9/14 #indyref http://t.co/I8GmcDreBu http://t.co/UIxm1qrmd4
Retweeted by andy arthurEdinburgh Street Scene http://t.co/xmEG4G69ZH
Retweeted by andy arthurUrgent Appeal: George Square in Glasgow is shrinking. Please Help. @WingsScotland @medialens http://t.co/LKxXa8ddec
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@oobr added in 2014 Euros. These put Glasgow and Edinburgh out, especially when adding high Green votes. Each out by 2 or 3 placesBest thing about this tonight is that the organiser just told me 3 month ago she was voting no. Then she did this: http://t.co/Mv0NwdsIlx
Retweeted by andy arthurHounding Miliband on his photoshoot achieves nothing. He's more than capable of messing it up for himself in front of the cameras #indyref@oobr might have a shit averaging it across last Holyrood, Euro and Westminster results. Just for a larfDear Westminster please stop lying to us. NHS Scotland, Wales & NI are under pressure cos ur cutting our Block Grants http://t.co/hYhCbYIYd1
Retweeted by andy arthurwhat a strange #Indyref bot. Trying to get "I am voting no" trending? http://t.co/pb2utafV1i@rebelraising it's quite something what a little panicked Westminster/London Media can do to cloud an otherwise civil campaign until now@benmorrisillo agree! Can think of far better places to watch the night unfold. Like comfort of my own sofa surrounded by snacks and beerWhat hope have we when even @EdinburghPolice block the cycle lanes (at Gayfield Square) http://t.co/qcXtsppVeH
Retweeted by andy arthurEdinburgh: still going to be here on Friday. Still going to be grand. Whatever happens. Keep the heid. #indyref http://t.co/qZChp5s42G
Retweeted by andy arthur@bbclaurak @andywightman how many are excited and optimistic?@cocteautriplets @highlowlandlad @GreenYes2014 I’ve now quoted how the “Yes” ratings were derived by CS, on blogpost: http://t.co/G3v3gIIUAg
Retweeted by andy arthur@oobr also does not account for W. Isles, Orkney and Shetland being run by independents on local platform (minor point given o/a vote share)@oobr index appears derived from ranking council areas by SNP vote share, 10 = highest, 0 = lowest. But 3 areas with ~20% SNP vote get a 0?@JoeGirl80 @NaeFear Jim has to pay for his column inches through crowdfunding. BT get theirs for free.@oobr thanks for clarification. Given difference in how people vote GE / local / Holyrood / Euro it does seem bit of an odd predictor@ianmb and I've been more than happy to lampoon politicians of the SNP in past too https://t.co/5Oh5EX9ijC https://t.co/B7djYy7QU1@ianmb it's not the mockery or otherwise of the face (the BT leaflet doesn't), it's just a wearily thin "argument" that doesn't help case@ianmb I'm not actually in charge of a campaign trying to win a referendum or put over a positive case for the Union though, am I@highlowlandlad @GreenYes2014 @oobr confused by "Yes" ratings. Are they really based only on 2012 (local) elections? Seems odd choice@urbancyclist @velocast of course, but with 2 days there's probably better and more productive messages for them to be getting out thereSo the latest Better Together #indyref game-changer is a picture of Alex Salmond's face. Cogent. That's changed my mind for sure.@JamesMcLeary @NewScotGirl in Andrew Burns (right, Edinburgh Council leader) defence, he's neither a millionaire or from London.@EDIWorstDrivers @edinburghpaper really. you should have something more constructive to contribute than a poor attempt at misleading voters@tomallan that would be the second Edinburgh Trikes-for-yes picture I've seen today!Never done any canvassing before, but I'm heading to Stenhouse Cross to help @Radical_Indy tonight! #indyref http://t.co/zZLm87PuVb
Retweeted by andy arthur@scotbot you'd think such passionate believers in the Union would at least get all their flags the right way up. You'd think...Not returned your #indyref postal vote? You can hand it in to Waverley Court or City Chambers reception. Or at an Edin polling place on Thur
Retweeted by andy arthurThought that was an #indyref convoy going up the road. Turns out it was just your common or garden human cannonball plus cannonSome amendments (coloured) to @georgemorrall's "proof" that "current democratic process works" http://t.co/sXtnc595r6 #indyrefEngraving from the wall of the Scottish parliament http://t.co/s3tEDU36vM
Retweeted by andy arthur@Goatstoeso @AdamPollock social media kept people briefed, it's the door-knockers, voter registrars and meeting organisers who've done it@scotbot I often find channelling Iain Paisley helps to validate my point of viewI see lots of Better Together stickers being worn, not so badges. A badge is for life, not just the photoshoot.http://t.co/r9hSxM3erH "don't leave it to others to decide what is best for you..." Quite. That's obviously the USDAW's job #indyref
@AidanMcGlynn "Informed Decision" and the Daily Record. Does not compute.If only Gordon brown had been Primeminster when he was an MP he'd have got us those new powers no bother.
Retweeted by andy arthur@realcolinquinn @andywightman I know... CALL THEM FISH! Nobody's tried that one before, gotta work... 1/10 for originality, 8/10 for artworkBacon Wrapped Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Smoked With Cherry Wood http://t.co/ewdSpO0Qrn
Retweeted by andy arthur@nataliemcgarry try revoking permissions of unnecessary (or all) AppsLabour's eve of poll leaflet just says "Vote No, it's not worth the risk". How did these people ever move out of their parents' basements?
Retweeted by andy arthur@iainmacwhirter Well, it's printed on fake parchment with fake yellowing edges, so it must be a Very Serious Document
Retweeted by andy arthur"Vote No. It's not worth the risk". Wow. Just wow. http://t.co/fMXJ9eJghI
Retweeted by andy arthurthat omits 5 GEs, '51 & '59 aren't right, overlooks SNP under-representation, dubious logic @GeorgeMorrall @LAHinds http://t.co/sXtnc595r6Hello Yes campaign! @WeAreNational are looking to collate the best articles about the #indyref for a blog post - send me your favourites!
Retweeted by andy arthur@SuseJohnston you mean I wasn't already? I was on the damn telly! ;)@elainehutton ah sorry my misinterpretation. Didn't mean to bite your head off!@ChristainWright @AdamPollock which is why I had to leave out the bit that said "...when a No vote meens heehaw all additional powers" ;)@filmscorematt seems rather vainglorious, all that talk about being champions of the world@elainehutton why should anyone be sorry? It's been a marvellous exercise in getting people to wake the *** up from their democratic slumber@filmscorematt really? not one wee tune? whatever the result it will be better with a singalong@CollectCelticFC @AdamPollock picture says it all. "LOL"Speaking on Panorama, Peter Andre said that 'Yes' voters are "sleepwalking towards existential oblivion" #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthurSeeking views of celebs on political issues isn't new. In Ireland Jedwards views on subordinated bondholders are worth listening to #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthurTomorrow, on the Politics Show, Kerry Katona will explain the dangers of a constitutional crisis, in the event of a 'yes' vote. #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthur@ChristainWright @AdamPollock you forgot the bit about "and then they claim you're voting for additional powers with a No vote"Folks. What songs are on your September 18th/19th #resultsnightplaylist? #indyref@ballboymusic watch this space. I know a pole in need of a flag
@threefromleith @lee_carson @ScalareSorpasso there's the pre-requisite, alcohol-induced outpouring of orgasmic affection to be done first@threefromleith @lee_carson @ScalareSorpasso analogy still stands. whatever the result, for many it's going to be the baby they didn't want.@lee_carson although I had a dream to that effect (missed voting ) on Friday night! Everything else turned out well in the end :)@lee_carson @ScalareSorpasso excellent analogy. Except the referendum can't come 12 days early so I miss it like the boy didcan't think of one celebrity whose opinion matters so much to me it would outweigh the informed decision I arrived at all by myself #indyref@sallyhinch  @soorplooms will get that sorted for youHey Yessers, how about instead of marches you all get to the polling stations for opening then spend the rest of the day getting vote out?
Retweeted by andy arthur@lee_carson @ScalareSorpasso you're right though. People - inc. me - so caught up on 18th as a date they struggle to think one day beyond@sallyhinch you need to ask @soorplooms @sooif you want the correct answer. She's the one in the know on these things@lee_carson not at all. Stinker of a hangover and then years of hard, hard work first. Under no illusions it's as simple as the referendum@Sneekyboy @cocteautriplets what do they think #indyref is? Scotch Mist?
Retweeted by andy arthur@sallyhinch not automatically and not necessarily (and probably not). Crystal clear answer from my person in the know on these things@ballboymusic found my "I Hate Scotland" t-shirt the other day. What do I do with it on 19th?serious question - will an independent Scotland be a member of the @OECD?
Retweeted by andy arthurOoohhh... Vote NO for a guaranteed House of Commons debate in October on further devo... BE STILL MY BEATING HEART... A DEBATE... THATS IT!
Retweeted by andy arthur"let's get to work" cc @BikesNBukes  http://t.co/PKNTEzK4S6@CityCycling @YesScotland @scotbot #VoteYes tomorrow we start laying in supplies for best/most heartbreaking election night of our lives!I just had a premonition of Friday evening. And Scotland has won back its sovereignty. :) http://t.co/eVP5iiKIiG via @YesScotland #IndyRef
Retweeted by andy arthur@threefromleith should sort out your constipation too, if you were afflicted in that way!@SkyNews I'm sorry? Where exactly is Sterling? http://t.co/5SRXKFsaYR
Retweeted by andy arthurIsle of Man (not part of UK) has M&S, Tesco, PC World, Next, etc. Goods cost exactly the same there as in the UK #indyref @YesScotland
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Glasgow was amazing today. Edinburgh tomorrow. Spread the word. See you there :-) http://t.co/FNNjDb0dUY
Retweeted by andy arthurNote to Scottish Lib Dems - putting a big display in your window so it reads "SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS. NO THANKS". That I can agree withExpected #indyref declaration times for every Scottish council area. via @gerrybraiden @scottreid1980 http://t.co/6JUnOyJYKA
Retweeted by andy arthurVolunteers from @YesScotland stall are currently helping clear #OrangeOrder litter in The Meadows. #indyref http://t.co/qDruYZR3Cg
Retweeted by andy arthurWould like to thank the buses of angry Lodge supporters passing my @YesWindaes for confirming my stereotype of them
We repeat, all Yes campaigners should stay clear of the march in Edinburgh tomorrow. Focus on campaigning. #VoteYes #IndyRef
Retweeted by andy arthurSTOP THE WORLD. Scotland wants to get on https://t.co/Om4GdRrvNl #IndyRef  http://t.co/h4uBvphUgeGoodness. Accidentally saw a @UK_Together scare story on FB that @NaeFear is planning some sinister "round up the unionists" future state@TheRealMcGowan @WeAreNational #IndyRef #Yes you missed the subtle symbolism of wiping ones feet on the union flagWhatever the outcome, will we be able to work together to make Scotland a truly cycle friendly nation? http://t.co/zCYjgqx8l7
Retweeted by andy arthurThe Meadows stall will relocate to Cameron Toll tomorrow, starting at 10.30am. The Orange Order can have the Meadows all to themselves.
Retweeted by andy arthurPlease note we have no plans to move our depots to London in the event of a yes vote. We're not taking sides; it just wouldn't be practical.
Retweeted by andy arthurOne of the sentences of the year. Politician’s name removed to honour my #indyref tweet moratorium. ;P http://t.co/ynDdeWuHAF
Retweeted by andy arthurRegretting your postal vote? http://t.co/CUPcK7WzCn "Can I use the form to cancel an existing postal vote?"
Retweeted by andy arthurSuggestion. All future #indyref debates to take the format of Just a Minute@stubryant @free180914 #indyref more of a borg cube@carltonreid @DavidjHendy @robinlustig I'm not a No voter, but the campaign would be immeasurably improved by sending 100 Robins northHelp me out here people. What does the I in #UKIP stand for? I'm bamboozled #indyrefDon't get angry with Sky/BBC coverage, get even; use our power and win. #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthurIf you need a "deputy director of operations" for a grassroits movement, it probably isn't one #indyref http://t.co/uuvQqJZh9FFeel the love Glasgow, you "primitive" YES voters #indyref http://t.co/WzG7puDal6
Retweeted by andy arthur@aaronsicotte unlike US, UK has no equivalent of the Ship-Submarine Recycling Program, so is simply stockpiling its old subs@aaronsicotte ah well these vessels are all decommissioned and dumped, with no real plan as to what to do with the waste@AidanMcGlynn @KidCanaveral guilty@aaronsicotte providing sanctuary as you describe is far removed from dumping your own nuclear submarines in centres of population@aaronsicotte there's no history of preventing a vessel in need a safe anchorage to conduct repairs, or reason not to allow it
The trouble you've got @bbcnickrobinson is that the whole world knows the First Minister gave you a 7 minute answer .. #bbcbias #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthurGordon Brown warns of the "potential damage" to banking system if Scotland becomes independent. Pot accuses kettle of being a dark colour.
Retweeted by andy arthur@_rachalia_ will love @stitchbirdie's fantastic Yes tweed badges #indyref http://t.co/434el4e0V9
Retweeted by andy arthur@andywightman @hunter_eddie indeed, it's a symbolic move of plaque and registration, not the bricks and mortar or peoplesAn out-n-out No voter in my office. Won't debate #indyref but tells us Blair "was quite good" and financial crisis due to "that pie Salmond"@WeAreNational http://t.co/L1SVYD439F
Retweeted by andy arthur@milesosborne @doubling in RBS case that shouldn't be too much of a worry for years to come@cocteautriplets It is complex. Probably need a special stone drill bit. And no-one's even mentioned the rawl plugs yet.
Retweeted by andy arthurI'm voting #yes because arcane power structures of deference patronage & heredity have no place in a modern democracy #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthurAdmittedly, relocating RBS and Lloyds HQs will be a complex operation involving unscrewing 2 brass plaques and moving them 600 miles southIn other words, under Union management, 20% of Financial Services jobs have already gone in Scotland. Such careful stewardshipI went to England to work in 1973 and switched from Royal Bank of Scotland to Lloyds. In 1976 I moved to Williams & Glyn. So what? #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthurBRES for Scotland. From 2008-2011, 19.6% cut in Fin. Serv. jobs. 21.7% cut in nationalised banks. All on Westminster's watch #indyref"Hughie, vote naw! Thir puttin the price o tapas up in Waitrose" #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthur@bellacaledonia Taking a lecture from lloyds & rbs on financial conduct like taking a driving lesson from an addled drunk #voteyes #indyref
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@nataliemcgarry I once did a graph of Scotsman readership trend. Interminable decline gave it about 10-15 years until 0 circulationUlster Bank has NI HQ in Belfast, ROI HQ in Dublin and group HQ nominally in Edinburgh. Banks don't let borders get in way of doing businessLooked up BRES for Scotland. 19.6% cut in Fin. Serv. jobs 2008 - 2011. 21.7% cut in nationalised banks. All on Westminster's watch #indyrefBecause you've all read enough articles I put my vote story into 2 and a half minutes for you! Love and positive... http://t.co/5QArvy7I3z
Retweeted by andy arthur@5ilverback @nataliemcgarry all together now... http://t.co/kujctmKgcBTwitter does a pretty good job of suggesting who I might follow. Facebook just suggests I might "like" Better Together. Or is it paid to?@instography might even get back to drawing / tweeting about cycling#indyref Scotsman to back a No vote tomorrow. I haven't been so astonished since I heard that Maggie Thatcher was a Tory.
Retweeted by andy arthurSomething or another about banks moving their HQs in event of #YES. Do they assume we'll all be so poor we wont need to bank our money?@Ian_Fraser @bbckamal and good luck finding RBS HQ at its registered office in St Andrew Square, been 8 miles away at Gogarburn for years#Lloyds' "HQ" in Scotland is no more than a brass plate. Actual HQ is 25 Gresham St. Few if any jobs would move https://t.co/0wbYhx5y7Z
Retweeted by andy arthur@BCCletts @Captain_Deltic just tack a refurbished Class 73 on the front and call it "bi mode" instead? A parochial service but a bargain@DickWinchester @Ian_Fraser RBS's centre of gravity has been drifting interminably south for years@SkiverMacIver they'd put their country before their own wallets right? *cough*Assume Dave, Nick, Ed and Prezza won't be claiming the Lovebomb on expenses as a symbol of their love and commitment to UK? #indyref@baldcyclist very nice! congratulations on impending arrival of sprog (I assume it's sprog right. You aren't getting a tiger?)@tomallan whatever happened to that East of Suez policy?I'm significantly more interested in the standard of life in Scotland than the fortunes of Standard Life in Scotland.
Retweeted by andy arthur@AlexDRobertson @YesWindaes more power to them. I'm sure they know how best to run themselves than Edinburgh does.The @YesWindaes in Leith around Montgomery St. and Hillside are amazing. They'll be looking for their own secession soon at this rateCycled home Gyle > Corstorphine > Roseburn > Leith > Meadowbank. @YesWindaes : 46 vs. Nowindaes 3 #indyref@velocast @IronPugsley shucks. Lovebomb!Some will find a THOUSAND reasons why it can't be done. Champions will find the ONE reason it can. #Lennoxism
Retweeted by andy arthur@ianmb my fin. sector employer has cut 40,000 jobs. More to come. Our dept has been gutted. Been at risk twice in 2yrs. UK not done us greatThe YES campaign must be running the BBC. Getting John Major, who lost every single seat in Scotland, to order Scotland to vote NO is genius
Retweeted by andy arthurThree white men in suits, each one fabulously wealthy, coming north to save us from ourselves. #notimpressed
Retweeted by andy arthur@velocast @IronPugsley I think most if my illustration followers may have given up on me! Trigger's broom though. Whole new head and shaftJohn Major nails it. Independence means "the end of Britain's nuclear weapons".
Retweeted by andy arthurSwastikas, "Nazi" and "No" spray painted all over Newington and Southside Yes shop. Fucking pathetic #indyref
@BrutalHouse fascinating building. Do you know of any others that so closely reflect the logo of their parent company?@PeteWishart don't forget the Lib Dem vote. They're both voting "No" on the 18th.Baby Jenny https://t.co/HDYVXK1X2X @soorploomsImagine a country where our national leaders don't make 'emergency' visits to Scotland, one where they're here all the time. #VoteYes
Retweeted by andy arthur@dagwells have a wee shuftie at the flag of TenerifeEds Liverpool flag was Reflex Blue it should of course (as everyone knows) be Pantone 300. Wonder where he got it?
Retweeted by andy arthur@Rossmatthews86 @lcdabdoujaparov here's that message in pictorial form to share http://t.co/wFsrTg6EaX@cullenskinked @gregmoodie I'm assuming @Grahame_Case has one of these badges?This is just utterly magnificent. Going for 1 of those media set-ups like toppling Saddam statue and this happens.. https://t.co/80LUCnTY9K
Retweeted by andy arthur"SNP are Edinburgh lawyers doing the highland fling" said law dropout @DavidCoburnUKip, now strutting roond in a kilt and going to Ceilidhs@dnmnsmith needless to day, the European plumbing in them was not up to the job of operating in Canadian winter..@cocteautriplets May be of interest - http://t.co/EKvyRyPOrt The bit in bold; Eurostar was contingent on providing service to scotland.
Retweeted by andy arthur@dnmnsmith ah, yes, "Nightstar". Bought the trains but never used them. They ended up being stored then sold to VIA in CanadaRT @nickeardley Oh lord RT @JonathanHaynes: WOOOPS: Raising saltire over Downing Street, gets half way up, falls off! http://t.co/a4sf1cDhj7
Retweeted by andy arthur@RantinRovin Howling at the moon. Mute button: ACTIVATE.@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski it's not a "grassroots" paid for and manufactured in London like @VoteNoBorders@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski grassroots nature is reflection of efforts of the local workers and activists@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski nobody has claimed there haven't been big donations. On both sides. As you say, can't be hidden@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski "promises that can't be kept" sounds rather like devo-more offer that's being tabled during purdah@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski you'll have to ask economic magicians on that. Small countries can have own currency. It works.@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski all Scottish banks could go (properly) bankrupt tomorrow and notes would still be backed@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski if you have £1,500 Scottish notes today, they are backed by £1,500 of BoE notes on 19th.@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski "worthless" = original posters words, not mine. All Scottish notes backed by BoE notes held in bond@AntiAssessment @RantinRovin @gibbouski that particular question doesn't have anything to do with scaremongering banknotes will be worthless@UK_Together @LAHinds you've seen the ballot right? The one that had the "more decisions" option taken off it? The one which is in/out only?@TWNFS @LAHinds Embassy sharing is not uncommon. The Nordic nations do it. UK and Canada have started doing it as a costcutting measure.@RantinRovin @gibbouski the "cerebrally" challenged are those that don't know every single Scottish note is backed with a BoE note in bond@tomallan @OwenJones84 if you look closely, that dark blue St. Andrews cross is the flag of Tenerife, not Pantone 300 of Saltire@blindmanonhorse many!@cocteautriplets do I get a prize for pointing out that Ed wants to save Tenerife http://t.co/vdv6SgP2MG
Retweeted by andy arthurWith polls neck-and-neck, Westminster calls on its crack A-Team: Cameron, Clegg, Faragé, the Orange Order and a royal lizard-baby. #indyref
Retweeted by andy arthur@cocteautriplets @StrongerUntied or as BBC 24 hour News wrote of it on tickertape this morning The Saltaire. I kid not. #YesScotland
Retweeted by andy arthurLesson one of flag politics. Get the flag right #indyref #milishambles http://t.co/D73SAZ5Iht@TonyBarretTimes @WingsScotland that's the Pantone 280 of the Union Flag. Saltire should be a lighter, sky-like Pantone 300 #vexilogicalfailThis is 1971 calling. PAY ATTENTION! https://t.co/QihqfhQQIg #naevandalism #naehooliganism http://t.co/l61Vdl77a3@YesKirriemuir @frastalicam Not until 10:01 on the 18th!Today is also a good day to re-share this https://t.co/xCxbHMJAeD #indyref http://t.co/sdUAS3seMqhttps://t.co/QihqfhQQIg 1971's #indyref advice to all campaigners cc @WeAreNational @bellacaledonia @WingsScotland http://t.co/wFsrTg6EaXhttps://t.co/QihqfhQQIg heed the words of the late Jimmy Reid in these final #indyref days #nohooliganism http://t.co/64sGHx6ug1
Don't have a telly, but I gather from le tweets that Bernard Ponsonby is interviewing Bernard Ponsonby tonight?@AyeWeCan2014 best avoid city centre. How about somewhere like Stockbridge, Bruntsfield, Morningside? Far away and plenty floating voters?Breaking the purdah for some half-baked ideas that took a day to manufacture is a pretty odd thing for @JohannLamont to take "pride" in@craigilynn @cocteautriplets "The box! The box!" said no-one
Retweeted by andy arthur@scotbot where's the VOTEXNO bus at? Is Gordon at the wheel? Are we heading for a Young Ones style finalé to his political career?Scotland you can have Independence or you can trade it all for...... What's in this box #indyref http://t.co/uYyG30yZuR
Retweeted by andy arthurSorry. Been away putting up a shelf. If more empty promises and half-truths from Broon is the answer, what was the question? #indyref@Crowrivernet cheers. I'm on it