Bits and bobs

AKA stuff that should probably be tweets. The restorative powers of hanging out with a toddler should not be underestimated. Even is she is currently, essentially, a tiny drunk shouty dictator. She is also as cute as a button. Since moving to a flat with a west facing living room window, I seem to have become a little obsessed with sunsets (as those on my Instagram can attest). This is a good thing. A gentle reminder that we are all just dots on a massive spinning ball of carbon, that every day has an end, and a new day will arrive soon enough. Calming moments. Anyone else have/remember the shooting gallery game Magic Shot by Ideal? And when I say …

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Rose Royce

Every now and then I get the notion to wash my car by hand. However as it doesn’t happen very often that equates to taking it to one of those DIY car washes with the high pressure hose and soapy brush (ohhh I do like a soapy brush!) option. So that was how I found myself, a couple of Sundays ago, pulling into a local garage forecourt with just such a machine. My pockets were heavy with old pound coins as I aligned the car, got out and wandered round to the machine. It’s pretty straightforward, a slot for the coins and various buttons to choose but I knew what I wanted! A nice soapy brush before a damn good …

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The Dark Side of the gym

Welcome to the dark side – free from running machines, douchebags and those trainers who like to scream at you… Instead we offer a friendly and encouraging environment for you to work up a kick ass sweat! Sound good? Head to – https://www.agfitnesstraining.co.uk #agfitness #gym #glasgow #weightlifting #fitfam A post shared by @agfitnesstraining on Aug 4, 2016 at 5:10am PDT “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering.” It was a chilly Wednesday evening. The clouds overhead muted the world to dull colours and greys. I can remember driving their on the first night, the churning in the pit of my stomach, I was definitely nervous, I had …

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I want choices and I want them now

Modern life is consumption. Modern life is the internet. Modern life is choice. Choose everything. Get exactly what you want. When you want. At a cost. This is where we are as consumers. If I can find something online, and it’s what I want, I can order it and it arrives at my door in a few days. As the type of person who is careful what he spends his money on, and who will research most purchases of any value so knows exactly what he wants, it’s a perfect storm. To be clear, I do get a little obsessed when it comes to making purchases online. For example, I’ve even researched and bought a specific tin opener (made by …

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Contemplation

Contemplation A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Apr 23, 2017 at 2:46am PDT Crisp morning air snaps at my exposed legs, gravel scrunches under my feet. I start the timer and head off, full of purpose on this bright Sunday morning. It’s cold in the shade of the trees but I know I will warm soon enough as the dappled light throws long shadows across the pathway. I follow the well trodden route down to the water, following the laughter of squabbling ducks which dash from shore to sanctuary as I pass. Further along the loch opens up before me and adds a further chill to the passing breeze. In the distance a boat bounces on wave tops …

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Write way forward

This year I’ve deliberately kept to a schedule here on this blog. Tuesdays and Thursdays I post something, Saturdays are for the Weekend Reading compilations, so aside from monthly roundups, I’ve gotten into a routine of writing. That was the point, to make myself write more. Sometimes it’s a bit forced, but sometimes it feels easy. There have a been a few bits of creative writing thrown in and they have (I think) mostly worked, but overall it’s about getting used to writing. I had gotten away from it here, away from writing in my journal, away from any notion of picking up the novel I started as part of NaNoWriMo. I think it’s starting to pay off though. I’ve …

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Happily Downsized

My recent move to a smaller flat was prompted by a few factors but I decided to use it as a chance to downsize and minimise my belongings. Moving from a large roomed two bedroom flat to a small roomed one bedroom flat made more sense financially, and enforced a level of de-cluttering . That process was, in hindsight, the culmination of the last few years of trying to have less, but it was the push I needed to tackle some of the things I’d been avoiding; it’s easy to put off sorting through your clothes when you have a large double wardrobe for yourself, but not when you’ll only have a small single wardrobe in your new flat! I’ve …

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Six by Nico: The Chippie

TL;DR – my tweet from last night: I'm not sure I have the superlatives to describe that meal from @SixbyNico. Suffice to say we've already booked for the next menu! — G 💙💜💖 (@Gordon) April 11, 2017 Despite the fact the ‘parent’ restaurant (111 by Nico) was a 2 minute walk from my last flat, I only ate there once but it was a fantastic meal. So when I heard about this new venture, and started reading the reviews, I was desperate to try it out. The premise is simple enough, as explained on their website: A NEW RESTAURANT EVERY SIX WEEKS Six by Nico will be home to a series of carefully curated and constantly evolving restaurant concepts. Each …

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Boot Camp

Two down, eighteen to go! I wasn’t really sure what I was getting myself into when I signed up for the Summer Boot Camp at AG Fitness, but with the first week complete I’m (already) glad I did. The sessions – run on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings – are HIIT based (oh yeah, I’ve got all the lingo now!) aka High Intensity Interval Training , which is exactly what it sounds like. A new form of hell on earth!! OK, it’s not actually that bad; there is a range of exercises which you rotate through, we did a set of 6 repetitions of each; 15 secs exercise, then 15 secs rest on last Wednesday night. I’ve already got some …

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An iPad is not a computer

Last year I bought a 12.9″ iPad Pro to replace an ageing 2012 MacBook Air which, like its owner, is noticeably slowing as time passes. I did my usual round of research before making the jump. I love my MacBook, is does everything I need but the screen is a shortcoming, especially these days switching from iPhone/iPad to the MacBook was jarring. I could’ve gotten a retina screened MacBook but that’s when the second consideration kicked in (our old friend money). For a lot less moolah I could get a gorgeous big retina screen, if I switched to an iPad and having seen pictures of the 12.9″ retina screen I was very tempted. I had an iPad Air and a …

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