Archive for the 'Items Various' Category


Timing is everything. The sun was shining all through easter and I wasn’t anywhere near being able to take advantage of it which was a bit frustrating given the nice places I have to be going. But going out to play ’round the back kept me in a good mood. I’m getting used to the […]

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

Paper Plane

The last thing I expected to be doing this week was doing a close orbit around the sun to watch for signs of coronal mass ejection. But, when the phone rings, you have to go. Lucky I took my phone to take some photies out of a porthole, no one would believe me otherwise. The […]

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Reverse Parking

I can’t remember that last time I took a shot of the evening sky oot the windae. Old camera, same view and a new set of colours to delight my weary eyes. Bloody marvellous. Why does a step backwards feel like the right thing to do?

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Friends Reunited

So much for the rummaging and posting old photies. Got a couple of wee jobs in during the weeks that kept me busy and then a phone call from AJ Johnstone, they’d fixed my camera in much appreciated queue jumping style.. This is my old camera of course, now my only camera in fact. It […]

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Dear Aspiring Artist:

I was flicking through HR Giger’s website and came across the following set of suggestions to aspiring artists in the FAQ section. I don’t necessarily agree with all of it, but I’m not too far away from a lot of it. ************* Dear Aspiring Artist: Here is my advice. Think of it as a five-year […]

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Curse of the Black Spot

I have no camera. The LX5 is a paperweight and the LX3 is in the repair shop getting the black spot taken off its lens. It’s in almost every shot from the Torridon trip in the top right of the frame, I’d hoped it was dust on the sensor, but after a play at home […]

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

Oscar Marzaroli

Just watched a cracking programme about Oscar Marzaroli on BBC2. His photies are iconic and famous for capturing real life moments in Scotland, I suppose Glasgow in particular, but as the same time elevating the subjects in intangible ways. Children playing in the street in become a voice for their generation telling tales on life long […]

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Conic Screwdriver

Sometimes things work out just right, the Trail that’s in the shops has a route I wrote for Conic Hill above Balmaha on Loch Lomond which was the result of a quick schedule change. It was perfect as I know the hill so well, I’d just climbed it again so knew my facts were already […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Northern Alight

The north east of Scotland has no mountains except Bennachie, but it has beaches. It looks like I’ve become a beach bum, but that’s just coincidence, give me a couple of days or so, there’s something else cooking. There’s plenty more great stuff up around there of course, including family for us, and that’s where […]

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014


Sunday, March 16th, 2014

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

And as quick as it came, it was away. Holly went from spotty street urchin to a crazy pinball skiting off the walls overnight so she made it back to school on Friday. This also meant I got to go to work and it was an absolute delight. We were repairing some historic pipes and […]

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

A Mermaid’s Tale

Holly likes to be different so not long after me and Joycee came back from Sandwood Bay she broke out in a rash, revenge for not getting the beach? No, the girl’s happy enough and the second doctor’s trip in 24 hours confirmed the previously possible: she had scarlet fever. That’s different. It sounds medieval […]

Sunday, March 9th, 2014

Magical Mystery Tour

If you’ve been watching the news, which we were doing accidentally because Richard Branson screwed up our telly once again leaving us with just socialist TV and no cartoons to watch, that is five channels plus BBC 3&4, you’ll have seen the endless horrors currently unfolding around the world. It’s no wonder that this news […]

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Down on the Upside

It’s been the ultimate of contrasts the past couple of days and I’ve been thinking about things that I suppose we all know are always there but maybe we pretend they aren’t. Trail mag came through and I was pleased to see my Mourne Mountain routes are in there. That trip was brilliant in every […]

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Scooby Doo, where are you? There’s an imposter on the telly.

My mind is elsewhere and my feet wish they were with them. But more importantly when did Scooby Doo suddenly start being able to speak whole sentences? Back in my day we had “Raagggyyyy!” and “Huhhh?” and here he is helping along the plot with whole chunks of script. What the hell man, if children […]

Sunday, February 16th, 2014


They’re trying to make the Golden Eagle the national burd of Scotland. I don’t know about that. The Scots Pine is now our national tree and that’s perfect. It struggled a bit the past few hundred years, it needs looking after but it’s got a proud past despite being cleared from it’s land and it’s […]

Saturday, February 1st, 2014

Are any of these figures estimates?

I hate admin and I hate numbers too. Put the two together and you’ve got January, the month of doom. It’s a very hard thing paying tax, yes I know it’s our social responsibility, the part I’m happy with, as well as a legal obligation but I can’t help but feel we’re just handing a […]

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014