Archive for the 'Items Various' Category


It’s Halloween and of course Holly is at ramming speed levels of madness. The table was set for Halloween dinner last night and we we warned not to touch it. And her dressing up? A Victorian ghost. With shades of Alice Cooper. Awesome.

Friday, October 31st, 2014

Black September

I don’t want to talk about it anymore, but I have to mark the moment here so that years from now when I look back through these pages I’ll know where that lingering feeling started.

Monday, October 13th, 2014


It seems like that was when I last wrote a post. Don’t even know where to begin, so much has been happening. Most importantly, my band TwoMetresDeep are playing the Glasgow ABC this Friday. I’m going, so should you. Once that’s done, on with other stuff. I’m scared of it to be honest, too big, […]

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Doctor Who Trailer

Help ma boab, this is exciting.

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Munro Show

Other than the many companions I’ve spent time with in the hills only two people have ever inspired or engaged me when talking about the Scottish Mountains*, one is Tom Weir and the other is Muriel Gray. I’ve spoken about Tom Weir many times, his books and Weir’s Way TV show are an endless source of […]

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Legend of the Jellyfish

Just back from a cracking wee trip where we were enraged by environmental vandalism, eaten by many many flying and crawling insects, had some quality hill time and slept in very clever lightweight sleeping bags that will get launched in Friedrichshafen in a couple of weeks. Plenty to talk about, so I’ll start with the Legend […]

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

People in glass houses

My working day takes me to a lot of old buildings of which many are churches. They’re probably my favourite places to work, quiet, mostly empty and with kitchens full of tea bags and biscuits. They’re also lovely places to look at, even the post war concrete horrors have their charms because of their quirky […]

Saturday, June 21st, 2014


CBS Action have been rerunning Taxi, the classic US sitcom that ran from ’78 to ’83. I’ve been taping the whole lot and watching episodes when I can and while I’m always a bit retro-minded, this has been carrying some unexpected extra resonance. It’s a brilliant show. The old-school presentation might look dated to younger […]

Saturday, June 21st, 2014

Charley Pride: The Country Way

Was out on another bat survey at the Lang Craigs with fellow ranger Jo. The summer nights mean a late start to try and get some darkness around us so it was about half ten before we started to look for any bats. I say look for bats, I mean stand still and wait for […]

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The possibility of unperceived existence

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound? Well Montague in the white vest thinks she head something but since she didn’t see it she’s not sure what to make of it. Giles didn’t hear a thing, she’s too busy trying to identify […]

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Less is also less. More or less.

It’s been busy one way or another. Where the hell have the last two weeks gone? Some of it was in Glen Affric which was, well, hurried. But I’ll get to that soon. We had an epic day at the Lang Craigs with the final community tree planting day and two family members in hospital. […]

Monday, May 19th, 2014


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