Dez gives his take on the upcoming Scottish referendum on independence from the U.K. He also has a big announcement to make.
Dez: Hello Skip. Good to hear your voice.
Skip: Hi Dez. Good to hear yours too. Once again we must apologize to all our listeners for being off the air for so long as both Dez and I have been absolutely snowed under with work and other personal commitments.
Dez: Yes, indeed. Humble apologies. So what have you been up to, to keep yourself so busy Skip?
Skip: I have been working on a book, a series of books actually.
Dez: Oh wow. Is it Skip’s guide on how to win at high stakes poker?
Skip: You really think I would tell everyone my secrets?
Dez: Skip, I’ve seen you at a poker table and your ‘secret’ looks more like blind luck to me. So what kind of books are they?
Skip: As a matter of fact they are textbooks aimed at Japanese professionals on how to give an effective business presentation in English.
Dez: Very cool.
Skip: Thank you. But holy cow! This is the first time I have written a textbook and I am just amazed at how time consuming the whole process is.
Dez: I know. I’ve written textbooks in the past and there just always seemed to be a deadline looming.
Skip: You can say that again. But that is enough about me. You are the one with the big news. Are you going to fill everyone in?
Dez: Well, Roxy, my wife, had a baby girl a few weeks ago so that has kept us pretty busy.
Skip: Congratulations, from me and I am sure, all of our listeners.
Dez: Thank you everyone.
Skip: Fantastic. So, how are you coping with becoming a father for the first time?
Dez: I’ll tell you that I am not getting much sleep and I miss the house being quiet when I get home from work, but apart from that things are going fine.
Skip: So all of that must be keeping you really busy?
Dez: That and all of the paperwork that we need to do to register our daughter and get her passport, her visa and her identity card, and so on.
Skip: She has a passport already?
Dez: She does and pretty soon she might have two passports?
Skip: Really? How do you figure that out?
Dez: Well Roxy was born in Scotland and Scotland might very soon be a separate country so hopefully we can get our daughter separate passports for both England and Scotland.
Skip: That’s right, I have been reading about the referendum coming up later this year in September where the Scots will vote on whether they wish to remain in the union with England, Wales and Northern Island. And is that our story for today Dez?
Dez: It sure is.
Skip: Okay, let’s do it. Let’s get D2B… Down to Business with Scottish independence. Who wants it? Who doesn’t want it? And how likely is it to happen? continue reading…