Working for 14 hours a day leaves me unable to sleep, so I’m certain that by the time the weekend rolls around I’ll be dead on my feet and happy to have a lie-in on Saturday morning. With that in mind, I’ve got one more post1 coming before I pause for a couple of days.…Continue reading Briefly

Tales of Endurance

Tales of Endurance by Fergus Fleming To call this book a history of exploration may seem at once both overly optimistic and slightly redundant. It is by no means a complete account of the expeditions it covers, nor is it a history per se, focussing more on the will, desire, and often the tyranny and…Continue reading Tales of Endurance

No smoking

It’s such an historic occasion that I can’t let it pass quietly… Scotland is now, legally, a “non-smoking in enclosed areas” country. Uproar and nonsense have been spewed forth on this topic for many months now, and loathed as I am to add to it I feel compelled to put forth a non-smokers view. First…Continue reading No smoking


The smoking ban has started in Scotland. From this point onwards my one retort, to anyone wanting to argue the case (a la David Hockney) that this law is impinging their civil rights, will be short and sweet. I don’t care about YOUR civil rights, I care about MINE, and MY civil rights are not…Continue reading Miscellany

You know…

(stolen from the ever lovely Gunnella) … you are living in 2006 when: 1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave. 2. You haven’t played solitaire with real cards in years. 3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three. 4. You e-mail the person who works at…Continue reading You know…


Thank you ALL for responding so generously over the past couple of days. It’s been fun for me, and I hope not TOO boring for you. I’ve got a few ‘action items’ from it, least of all the comment form order thingy, but mostly I’m just happy that YOU seem quite happy coming here. Putting…Continue reading Enough


Well that was interesting. A few random thoughts about yesterdays… um… experiment. Yes, let’s call it that. Makes it sound a little more like I planned it rather than just fell prey to the insatiable “muse of frequent blogging” (she’s beginning to get on my nerves mind you, I much prefer the caring caress of…Continue reading Answer


This is not a plea for re-assurance, nor a cry for help. It IS a quick and easy post for which I make no apology whatsoever. Look, just humour me, ok? Yes… AGAIN. Why do you come here?