Old Susannah's Journal - Scrapbook

Here's the 411 on Old Susannah - literally.  It's now 411 articles including Old Susannah columns that have been published on Aberdeen Voice.  It's quite a paper, it's quite a team, and it's quite an editor, Fred Wilkinson, who brings it all together.  If you're interested in finding out if I covered a particular topic, this might help.

May 2015 - For some reason the Trump organisation has been remarkably coy about its public consultation regarding the proposed second golf course at the Menie Estate, the 1900 'leisure units' and 850 homes it plans to build on the estate, forever changing the character of the area. Menie had two SSSIs, the highest level of environmental protection an area can get.  But then there was money to be made, and the protection removed - by Alex Salmond's government.  Getting this info was far from easy.  The legal notices were hidden in the back pages of the Evening Express - why no proud advertisements, which this organisation is happy to place normally?  The people in charge of the consultation made me - and several others - miss the deadlines that had been set.  WHAT TO DO:  see documents to the right of this text; write to Jamie.Hunter@cms-cmck.com and object to the plans, copying in me at sgvk27@aol.com.  What will your children and their children prefer you do - nothing, or object to this loss of greenbelt, which is permanent?  Cheers.


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Old Susannah's Dictionary Corner is an occasional, satirical column appearing in Aberdeen Voice. 

 Old Susannah's Scrap Book

I'll be saving some of my source material and working documents here, starting with a little chart showing who's on what in Aberdeen, just to show how transparent, open and honest and above board everything is. 

Get in touch.  Have a story?  Have a rumour?  email sgvk27@aol.com



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May 2016 - Aberdeen Voice is still here, and so is Old Susannah.  Perhaps you'd like links to a few recent satirical works ...

The Princess and the Pee (how Sarah Malone is pursuing a granny for allegedly answering a call of nature when at the Menie Estate

New columnist on the Block (a look at Donald Trump's exclusive column for his employee's husband's newspaper http://aberdeenvoice.com/2016/04/old-suz-special-new-columnist-block/


The Beautiful Princess Part I (an introduction to Sarah Malone and the Trump golf course at Balmedie)  http://aberdeenvoice.com/2013/06/old-susannah-no-123-the-beautiful-princess/

The Beautiful Princess Part II (further adventures of Malone-Bates)  http://aberdeenvoice.com/2015/08/old-susannah-no-180-the-beautiful-princess-part-ii/

Just go to www.aberdeenvoice.com and search for Trump, Malone, Bates, or whatever takes your fancy.  Hope you enjoy

April 2015 - Aberdeen Voice has published its 250th edition of independent, advertising-free news.  But on a sad note, Mr Bob Smith, who was a cornerstone of Aberdeen Voice, contributing fantastic Doric poetry has passed away.  RIP Mr Smith. 


Public Image?  A recent article covered the story of local photographers' work being offered by Aberdeen City to SHMU Media with no consent and no compensation.  A debate on Facebook and other relevant attachments are on the right


Aberdeen's City of Culture Bid - this was not exactly a strong submission in the Class of 2013 City of Culture candidates.  Compared to the powerful, reasonable, feasible, clear Dundee bid, the judges were rather kind to us.  Gigs  on Rigs?  One of the unusual, unworkable ideas Aberdeen's business and civil servants put forward (just don't mention the musical performance with ship's horns and, er, horses.  Read what the judges thought in the documents to the right.   Alas, at 18MB in size, Aberdeen's bid is too large to share on this page.


Music can bring out the best in people, and for the 700 hundred or so people who got to see Deborah Bonham and Paul Rodgers perform on the same bill - and duet - music brought out astounding levels of generosity.  Money was raised for Aberdeenshire's Willows Animal Sanctuary and two other worthy animal causes via ticket sales, music and craft sales, and an auction of music memoribilia to make music lovers giddy.  Feel good factor?  Strangers talked to strangers all night long, sharing admiration for the causes and the performers.  Could not believe what a huge, happy, warm success the event was.  Thanks go to many, not least the performers' families - they know who they are - and Paul's wife Cynthia, who was instrumental in getting help for Willows.

Some of my reactions to Bonham's performance took me totally by surprise.  If someone had told  me I'd be smiling ear to ear and then 'happy crying' a minute later, surrounded by men and women doing pretty much the same, I'd have told them I'm above such reactions. Well, I wasn't.  Her brother the late, great John Bonham was a  powerhouse of a percussionist; she is a force of nature in her own right on stage. Just go see her.  Here's her website; I'm heading to London to see her soon:


But if you wind up crying and laughing at the same time from her lyrics, voice and soul, don't say you haven't been warned. 

Can't recommend the new album from Deborah Bonham enough; I don't have to though, as it's dominating the Reverbnation charts. 

I don't believe we get to see Paul Rodgers again in the UK anytime soon, but I'll keep you posted.  He as you'd expect lit the stage up, but when he dueted with Bonham, there was some indescribably unique harmonisation going on which I'd desperately like to  hear again.  I've seen him perform in giant stadiums in the 70s 80s and 90s - but to be in the third row for this night was, well, just wild.  The entire audience stood and sang along for virtually the whole set.

There is more on the night on Aberdeen Voice at http://aberdeenvoice.com/2013/04/willows-benefit-from-rodgers-and-bonham-charity-success/ 

More on my initial reactions are on an old Old Susannah column which can be found here:  http://aberdeenvoice.com/2013/04/old-susannah-no-116-black-april/ 






DEBORAH BONHAM 'TAKE ME DOWN' 5 weeks at NUMBER 1 on ReverbNation UK Rock Chart



I have to say my long  pursuit of musical excellence has some serioius highlights; I am a very lucky girl.  I saw Les Paul at Fat Tuesday's more times than I can remember, with a host of amazing guests.  I've seen the Stones, I've heard Richard Thompson playing acoustic in my friend's kitchen, I was at the first Foo Fighters ever gig in London, and I managed to get a ticket to Led Zeppelin at the O2.  This night in Chichester is up there with my favourite memories.

Finally, Aberdeen Voice didn't get room for many photos from the night, so here are some more for you to enjoy, some courtesy of the very nice Lorraine, and some low res stuff from me - sorry about the photo quality in my case.  (One other thing I'm appalling at - making decent layouts using free web tools).




The spread sheet on the right is a work in progress, attempting to keep track of our elected officials and especially how they voted on green issues.  If there are any errors, I will be happy to correct them if proof of error is submitted.  Please consider downloading and updating with voting results which are important to you.  Information on how councillors voted can be found on the City's website. Eventually.





http://oldsusannahsjournalchildrenschristmasartwork.yolasite.com/ - Artwork from Easter Anguston Farm, September 2012 and Aberdonain children’s artwork submitted to a competition in December 2011 – over 300 beautiful pieces of artwork across several powerpoint presentations

http://suzannekelly.yolasite.com/ - a report into Tullos Hill and plans to kill its deer; links to Forestry Commission soil reports showing why trees are very unlikely to make it on the hill, and documents detailing the whole sorry saga from first secretive beginnings

DEER CULL - VIDEO IS AT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SP8qb4j32Qc AND MORE INFO FROM suzannekellytullosimageryhazardsandrockygroundvideo.yolasite.com on the state of Tullos Hill after the gorse was destroyed in early March 2012

How much has Aberdeen City Council been invoiced by Aberdeen  Chamber of Commerce for the City Garden Project?  Over £90,000!  The spreadsheet on the right will give you a breakdown of the invoices for public relations, catering, speakers and photos the taxpayer's money has gone on.  Did you know a photo was commissioned for £180 to show the gardens are 'inaccessible'?  This comes as news to Anne Begg and others with mobility issues; they access the gardens on the north side.

The PDF file 'Aberdeen City Square TIF invoices PWC (right) shows how much Aberdeen taxpayers have paid for PwC's advice on TIF.  Given that the people who briefed PwC and paid them were for the project, it raises a few issues.


Finally in the third document on the right we have the strange situation where ACSEF gets work done to further the City Garden Project, various people / companies carry it out, the Chamber of Commerce then invoices the City  Council for these services without listing who provided the work.  Why is this set up like this except to obscure who is involved?  Who got the work and how were they apointed?  Was there a tender process?  The Chamber refuses to comment because they are 'a private limited company' - how does a private limited company become the go-between between the quango ACSEF and the City Council?



Aberdeen City Council 25 January 2012 - my deputation speech notes (right) asking the City to stop committing taxpayer money and resources on the City Gardens Project until after the Referendum.  Councillors went ahead with supporting this project in advance of the referendum.  This included allocating up to £300,000 from City Council money for legal fees.

The Excel spreadsheet (left) lists your favourite Aberdeen Councillors, celebrities, multimillionaires, board members and other people, many of whom are dedicated to giving your children and their children  £140 million pound concrete ramps in Union Terrace Gardens. (one in a new version of Excel; the other is old school)

One of our City Councillors, John Stewart (coincidentally appearing on the above spreadsheet) has publically complained that Union Terrace Gardens are full of grass.  Here are some photos to illustrate how our gardens look now.  To see the lovely, thoughtful £140 million pound design proposed, see this BBC story:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-16573250  The picture will no doubt leave you  breathless (if not speechless)

These photos of mine show how Union Terrace Gardens looks today.  Then think about building a series of concrete ramps over it.  Do you agree with the City Gardens Project people that tourists and incomers will flock to Aberdeen if we build the ramps?  


Here are some of my other pages:   

http://menie-estate-report.yolasite.com/ - my report on what is wrong with the Trump course being created on the Menie Estate, and updates