Food

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It took ten minutes of chopping – carrot, celery, onion – plus a bag of yellow split peas and some vegetarian stock, add salt and pepper, some more water and, after slow cooking for several hours the kitchen was filled with the wonderful aroma of split pea soup. Thick, creamy, utterly deliciously. I’ve written about…

Failing

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Do, or do not, there is no try. The challenge was to get from the outdoor centre to a specified point a few hills away, and back, before anyone else. Four teams were assembled, all going to different points on the map that only they knew, and we all set out at the same time….

Trying

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A Saturday morning alarm set for 6.45am. I try to fight the urge to hit SNOOZE. I succeed (!) and rise from the warmth of my bed. I have a plan. Once ready, I head downstairs, eat a slice of toast and rouse Dave, one of our dogs, from his slumber. As ever he gets…

Recollection

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It’s probably set in the kitchen in my parents old house. Habitat (?) wallpaper, and a wall mounted set of scales with a dark blue bowl. I think that’s where it’s from, or it’s entirely possible that old photos have further blurred my increasingly bad memory. I can remember one Christmas morning, before my sister…

Why am I STILL blogging?

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Is it just me or are the number of blogs on the rise again? Despite all the other methods of social media available, blogging remains a unique option, better suited to those wishing to publish thoughts, ideas, commentary and the like, than the more recent incumbents of Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Honourable mention for Tumblr…

20 Years

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In 1996 I attend a day long training course to learn how to use a new technical language to publish text on the internet. I was working for a small firm in Helensburgh at the time, the internet was still new, we’d only just upgraded to Windows 95, and I was put in charge of…

Draft Posts

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I have a habit of starting to write posts but not finishing them and then complaining (to myself) that I don’t have anything to write about. The moment will pass and then a few days later the urge will come rolling back in like a gentle tide and I’m back at the keyboard, typing out…

The baseball

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A few days ago a short video clip went viral, in the way short video clips do. It was taken during a baseball game and showed a foul ball (a hit that lands out of bounds) landing in the front few rows of the stand. A child scrabbles under his seat to get it but…

Weekender

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Years ago I used to write up posts that recapped my “fascinating” weekend (that’s some ironic quote marks, just to be clear. I used the same title for these – Weekender – and all of them were written in a vague, pseudo diary style which I think fitted the purpose for which I wrote them;…

G to the D for the PR

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Do I really have to? I mean what’s the worst that could happen to a little ole blogger… what? a fine? HOW MUCH!!? Well, shit. ok. So what do I store. Well, in the database that holds all the comments ever left here (and there have been at least a few) will have your name…

What’s Next?

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The new year looms ahead of us and whilst I know that logically it’s purely an arbitary numbering scheme that governs this thinking, one can’t help but think of the coming weeks and months as something fresh and full of possibilities. I guess the secret will be to keep that thinking through the rest of…

December in review

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The last monthly review of the year! Not sure I’ll keep these going next year but time will tell. Lived Highlights Another visit to Six by Nico Completed my third (and final) BootCamp I got an inspirational Awesome Fiver Enjoyed the Gorillaz gig way more than anticipated Bought a new drinks cabinet Ohhh and Honeyblood…

November in review

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Lived Highlights Review: Loop and Scoop (finally!) Review: Potluck (again, finally!) The magical Slava’s Snowshow The wonderful iPhone X Royal Blood blew the roof off the Hydro Gorillaz did it again a few nights later (review to follow) Scotland ALMOST beat the All Blacks But we beat Australia!! A busy month that has flown in,…

October in review

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Lived Highlights Weezer did what Weezer do. Great big silly riff based gig. Sixth visit to Six by Nico Blade Runner 2049 Someone turned 44 Trainspotting at the Citizens Theatre My birthday month, something I am increasingly not bothered about celebrating (hence why it doesn’t pop up on Facebook) and a few gigs as we…

September in review

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Lived Highlights LCD Soundsystem at the Barrowlands was utterly amazing Splurged on AirPods (still loving them) Gin Festival shenanigans A good month, quieter than August even though it was my Mum’s birthday at the start of the month, and my Dads at the end. Singapore envy not withstanding (my friends were there again), I confirmed…