Archive for the 'General' Category

Voting Yes in Scottish Independence Referendum

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Next month Scotland has a referendum in whether to be an independent country. Here are the main reasons why I expect to vote Yes..
Staying United and Reducing Government
All countries need to work with their neighbours, when Europe was a patchwork of protectionist countries that like to have random wars with its neighbours life was […]

ESO (External Site Operator) training at Pinkston Watersports Centre

Friday, May 16th, 2014

Pinkston Watersports Centre is an awesome new facility at the canal basin in the centre of Glasgow. After many years of hard campaigning and fundraising by canoeists around the country Scotland will finally have an artificial whitewater course to canoe on. England and Wales have had these for years but the difference is […]

Voting Green in the European Parliament Election for Scotland

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

It’s time to vote for the European Parliament elections which happen next Thursday 22nd May 2014. It’s hard to get excited about European elections because the EU parliament is just a revising chamber, so candidates can’t say “we will create a law on X and spend money on Y” they can only say “we […]

Canoe Polo Referee Training and Exam Grade 3/4

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

I did the Canoe Polo Referee Theory Course and Exam (Grade 3/4). This is a three hour computer slide presentation taking you over the rules of the game followed by a multiple choice exam. Here’s my notes for my own use and anyone else who is interested.
The BCU Canoe Polo Rules 2013-2015 describe […]

Andy Jackson Fund for Access

Monday, February 17th, 2014

The Andy Jackson Fund for Access is a charity set up in the name of a legendary Scottish whitewater paddler to help the access situation to interesting rivers for canoeists.
Last year a paddler who I respect lots Chris Dickenson posted a rant on ukriversguidebook forum, a common place for people to post rants on. […]

Small Claims Court in Edinburgh against Brian Porteous, BJP Properties

Monday, February 10th, 2014

A year ago I organised some repairs to the communal parts of the tenement I live in. All the other owners while incapable of organising the repairs were happy enough to pay up once I organised repairs to their property for them. Except property shark Brian Porteous who trades as BJP Properties. […]

Motorcycle CBT in Edinburgh with Saltire

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

In my never ending quest to better myself I took my motorcycle Compulsory Basic Training, CBT. It’s a 1 or 2 day training course to give you basic safety knowledge for riding a motorbike and some practical experience which is required before you can use your provisional category A licence. I did mine […]

Shepherd Edinburgh Landlord Paul Dickens Makes Idle Threats

Monday, December 16th, 2013

I have spent a lot of this year in conflict with ignorant landlords. The other week I got a neighbour notification notice about a planning application (13/04474/FUL) and being someone who likes to know what’s happening in his neighbourhood and care about improving it I looked it up. It was described as an […]

Passing a D1 Minibus Licence in Edinburgh

Friday, October 4th, 2013

I passed my D1 minibus licence This makes me very happy because I have a mild brain injury and this shows I can still learn and achieve new things.
It is quite a faffy thing to do because of the limited number of driving schools that do D1 licences. The law in […]

3 Star White Water Assessor

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

I’m now a 3 star white water assessor. This has been a long time coming, I’ve had to do: 4 star WW training, White Water Safety and Rescue, 4 Star WW Assessment, UKCC Level 1 including Foundation Safety and Rescue, UKCC Level 2 Training,child protection, first aid, LTPD crap web quiz, UKCC Level 2 […]

Brian Porteous and Cruz Property Management, disreputable property sharks

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Warning: bitchy blog post…
In Edinburgh tenement flats are communally owned. The stair, outside wall, drains, roof and garden and all owned and maintained equally by every flat. There’s no factor or English style freeholder to take care of it. I really like the spirit of this, everyone should look after their own property and […]

Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

This year’s SCA Club and Volunteer Conference didn’t have as much in the way of certificates as previous years but I did do the full day classroom qualifications of Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning. I’ve been wanting to do this for a while to improve my knowledge of sea paddling theory and of maps […]

Outdoor First Aid at Lowport

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

I went on an Outdoor First Aid course at Lowport in Linlithgow with John Lewis to give my first aid knowledge the required three year refresh. First aid courses come in various shapes and forms. I’ve always considered the 3 hour evening courses to be useless, there’s so much to learn and practice […]

A Year with Head Trauma, Mild Brain Injury

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

It’s my birthday and Facebook does the function that it is best at, getting birthday wishes from many nice people around the world.
I’ve had severe head trauma for the last year, confusingly called in the US a mild brain injury, and alas it’s not fixed yet. The symptoms are very random, sometimes I get very […]

Riddellleaks M.D.

Friday, December 21st, 2012

My riddell@gmail address continues to get all sort of e-mails intended for other people called Riddell. Today I had the first chat with someone and ended up giving her advise on bronchiectasis. It’s nice to be able to help people.
Previously on Riddellleaks: Foreign Office Invites me to Security Meeting, RiddellLeaks - Foreign Office […] Subscription

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Today I subscribed to Being the self-righteous type I give to various charities and good causes monthly and I consider this to be the same. Newspapers are losing readers fast as people either read them on the internet or stop bothering to care about the news. Newspapers are responding to this […]

Recovery from Severe Traumatic Head Injury

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

At the end of November I was misfortunate enough to end up with severe traumatic head trauma and double vision. After 2.5 months the signs are good for a recovery.
Severe traumatic head injury is when you get a nasty shock to the head and end up in a coma for 1 day to 2 […]

Vendor-neutral file attachment formats

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Here’s another attempt at explaining a problem most people doesn’t realise and very few can be bothered with.
Until fairly recently there was no standard file formats for office
documents such as word processing, spreadsheets and presentations.
This ment every software package used their own file format. Having
no standard (in any industry) means one company will gain […]

Home Early

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I had an accident on Guadeloupe’s roads and spent some days in hospital. I don’t have a memory of the incident which means I’ll never know for sure what the cause of it was. The hospital looked after me as they would with any A&E victim then sent me home. They gave me […]

Tennis Guadeloupe Stype

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The problem:

The solution:

Tennis here is played with a raquette anti-moustique which uses mosquitoes instead of tennis balls. It makes a satisfying electric spark when you hit one.