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  • Cabogganing at Hillend

    Yesterday we reinvented the legendary extream sport of cabogganing (kabogganing?). A cross between canoeing and tabogganing we squashed 4 people and a canoe into a car and took a joyride up to hillend ski centre in the dead of night to make best use of the empty slopes. It works very well and makes for […]

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  • Politics

    In a piece to camera on last night’s ITV News Tony Blair said the that Turkey being a muslim country is not reason not to let it enter the EU. The only person who thinks this is a significant factor is the pope, not a big presence on the political stage these last few centuries. […]

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  • Trains

    Not a single instance of the old ScotRail logo is left anywhere on the route from Haymarket to Bridge of Allan, someone has been very busy putting First logo stickers everywhere. Some of the trains have even been repainted already to a purply colour. The easiest thing that First could do would be to put […]

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  • Science Books

    Recently I’ve read a few books by Bill Bryson who does comical travel books. His African Diary is particularly good because it has a political edge as he describes the problems of a slum in Nairobi or a refugee camp, a whole town in the middle of a desert where generations have lived unable to […]

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  • ScotLUG Meeting September

    Very rough notes from the meeting last night Started with a question and answer session because the ones at the end just mean people go to the pub. Why is Glasgow in Lanarkshire? It hasn’t been for many a year but we don’t know which database keeps getting this wrong. KDE t-shirts and badges were […]

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  • BCS

    Arriving in the post today was this certificate from the BCS saying I had been elected a member, which is somewhere (low) on their scale of being a chartered professional. It came in a nice envelope addressed to “Jonathan Riddell MBCS”. I find this curious because I havn’t paid my membership fees for the BCS […]

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  • World Gathering of Young Friends

    The World Gathering of Young Friends is a gathering of young adult Quakers from all over the world due to happen in 11 months time. It’s very exciting. Quakers in Britain do what Quakers have always done and sit around in silence waiting for the spirit to move them to say something. That’s how we […]

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  • Olympic Slalom Course

    This is the canoe slalom course in Athens for the Olympics. It looks exceedingly nice, I think I can even see a conveyer belt going from the bottom to the top to bring paddlers back up. I would be happy to have the French build one in my back garden if I had to promise […]

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  • Travels to Dublin

    I went to Dublin for a meeting of the World Gathering of Young Friends. I might add an entry about WGYF at some point because it’s a very exciting event. I took a train to Stranrar, which is a bonny town but not that well signposted, and boarded the high speed catamaran. The polis gave […]

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  • Books I’ve Read Recently

    The best book I’ve read this year is Quicksilver by Neil Stephenson, a hefty 900 pages of amazing history, a blend of science and adventure that works well. I hope to read the sequels soon. I went through a Scottish phase and read Rob Roy by Walter Scott which was disappointing because it wasn’t about […]

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  • Maisie MacKenzie the Morningside Cat

    I’ve always had a secret desire for Maisie MacKenzie the Morningside Cat. That lovely smile, the red hair, just the name is enough to make anyone agree she’s the sort of lass you should get to know. The Internet doesn’t know very much about my other favourite country teuchter but Eilidh bought me a couple […]

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  • Dublin

    I’m going to Dublin next weekend for the World Gathering of Young Friends, it’s annoyingly difficult to book train tickets to Belfast (never mind Dublin), the Scotrail site insists none exist so I had to cycle to the station and put up with the moody woman selling tickets. Online Cigarettes Store deliver 200 Marlboro Red […]