The Calendar Lies

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I always forget how much I enjoy winter. Not all of it, I could happily live without seeing a pile of dirty, melting slush, but I do enjoy those crisp, clear mornings which still seem eerie and magical, a light dusting of ice, sprinkled over the land, glittering in the glow of sunrise. We were…

10 kilometres

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A little over 6 miles, and the last in the series of Polariod 10K races. It was this time last year that I started jogging, but one thing I’ve never mentioned is who spurred me into action. It was someone I bumped into at the end of last year’s race and if I seem him…

Drawn to Water

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Recently, Hg was musing on how he is “fascinated by the sparseness of the planet’s polar extremes and specifically by artistic responses to the territory”. He quote from Brian Keenan’s book, Four Quarters of Light, and it’s such a great quote that I have to repeat it here: “Wilderness to the creative mind is like…

Weekender

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We had few plans for this weekend, which is fairly rare. However Sunday was my late mother-in-law’s birthday so we had already decided to go to Cashel where we have a tree planted in her memory. But before that we had a free Saturday and, after pottering about in the morning, we headed to Kelvingrove…

Puppies and Mountains

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What a wonderful weekend. Nothing much on Saturday, we pottered about the house for most of the day before heading down to visit our new god-puppies. I’ve not seen them for a week or so but they are growing up fast. They were very excited — I’ve got the scratch marks to prove it —…

M.I. : Sunshine

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to find me a good forecast for this coming Sunday. I am only able to find ones that suggest it will be cloudy, or that it will be raining. This is not acceptable. Why, I hear you ask? For, this very Sunday, we will be living…

M74

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Unlike Route 66 and the N17, no-one has ever written a song about the M74, but there is time for that to change. With the news that the proposed extension of the “motorway that goes nowhere” is to be built, and naturally that a variety of protest groups are up in arms at the decision…

R.E.M.

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Whilst I remember, I have one spare ticket for this Saturday’s R.E.M. gig in Balloch on the shores of Loch Lomond, the venue is amazing, and if the sun is out it should be a great day. If you want the ticket, make me a (monetary) offer. P.S. You’ve only got a couple of days…

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Concerts

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I forgot one other thing that I promised myself this year. More concerts. I’m toying with going to see Ed Harcourt in February, already got tickets for R.E.M. at Loch Lomond (couldn’t NOT go as it’s my spiritual home) and then U2 announce their dates. I’d LOVE to see them again but £45 a ticket…

The High Road

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R.E.M. are to follow Runrig and Oasis and play at Balloch. Ahhh memories. Runrig, at the time, were huge. Their version of “Loch Lomond”, recorded at the event, charted in the top 10 (I think). The gig itself was more like a mini-festival, with several bands on stage before the headliners – Wolfstone, Hothouse Flowers,…

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Paint the whole world

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Every morning should have one, arching across the sky as the drizzle falls, all the colours in such glorious vibrancy. Site news: HaloScan continues to play silly buggers, I’m trying to get in touch with the site admin to see what the problem is. Other news: Mark Conrad wrote about the media coverage of Beslan…

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Life on Air

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As we now have a smaller car, the trip through to Loch Lomond yesterday required one of us to take the train (I’m convinced that one of the in-laws suitcases contained only alcohol and cigarettes, I digress). I quite enjoy a leisurely train journey and jumped at the chance knowing it would give me some…

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Forging ahead

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My best mate is handing in his notice today and is off to startup his own company. I’d tell you what it is but I’m not 100% sure and it’s very specialised so I doubt you’d need his services anyway. He works in the Lighting industry (as in concert/stadium/T in the Park) and does clever…

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Home

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I grew up with a dog. No, not JUST a dog… She was part of the family, always there, she went everywhere with us for the most part. She was a bit daft, as golden retrievers are prone to be, but she didn’t have a nasty bone in her body. She loved giving people presents…

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Survived

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Loch Lomond was fun. Beached the boat on Inchconnachan, had a few drinks, a BBQ, and then spent the best part of 30 minutes trying to get the damn thing back off the beach… If you have ever tried getting onto the front of a boat you’ll understand our quandary. Been a while since we…

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