Visiting the Merlion

Talcum powder is at the top of my packing list. Internal debates about camera lenses and electronic devices have begun. Laptop or iPad? Prime and Telephoto? Neither or both? One or all? Flights are booked, same hotel in Chinatown as last time, which means the same street bar on the corner. Race tickets are bought,

The rivers flow

My home town of Dumbarton sits on the River Leven, the second fastest flowing river in Scotland, don’t ya know. The Leven is the main outlet from Loch Lomond and flows from the Loch down the valley, through my home town where it joins the mighty River Clyde. The Clyde dominates the history and culture

Water Falling

The menial chores were easiest when she was lost in herself, a place she had visited more or more since it happened. Deep in thought she slowly moves around the kitchen, putting each item back in the proper place, wiping down the surfaces, filling the sink for the stack of dishes waiting to be washed.

Stolen Bike

Saturday was not a good day. It started with a broken bottle. I’d ordered a replacement bottle of vanilla syrup, a little bit of decadence for my weekend coffee, but it arrived shattered and oozing syrup everywhere. Not a great start to the day. I tidied it up, washed down the other items that were

The White Stick

I can still remember the white stick. That’s what we called it, “get the white stick” we’d say. It must have been an old chair or table leg, the dull chipped white paint from years gone past, reconstituted into a rounders bat, or corner post, or whatever other need we had for a foot or

Apple Watch

Uh oh A photo posted by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Apr 12, 2015 at 4:22am PDT On Sunday I got to try on an Apple Watch. Two in fact, one was the stainless steel Watch with the stainless steel link strap, the other was the space grey Sport Watch with a black rubbery strap. I


I, I will be king And you, you will be queen Though nothing will drive them away We can beat them, just for one day We can be Heroes, just for one day David Bowie - Heroes I don’t think I’ve ever really looked at one person and identified them as a hero. But I

IKEA life

The first few nights were the hardest. I guess it was fear of the unknown and being in such an alien, yet oddly familiar, environment. I soon learned the schedules the building ran too, when the generators would kick in, the ticking of the heating system as the pipes warmed in the morning, the slow

Looking after yourself

Poly Means Many: There are many aspects of polyamory. Each month, the PMM bloggers will write about their views on one of them. Links to all posts can be found at Despite having written many posts for Poly Means Many, and many more that are introspective, the topic for this month has lead me to

Happily Imperfect

Never settle. Always push for more. Strive to be better. Why is it that the older I get the more these clichéd phrases seem to resonate? When did my life become the subject of motivational posters? Perhaps I’m realising that life is actually quite simple, and that no matter how I try to bend things