The Scottish Enlightenment (part 1)

Scotland genuinly has a history to be proud of. From a backwards nation it became a country which changed the world in many areas. First with free education and a legal system based on reason not precedent (as in England) … Read More

Hitchhikers Theme Tune

Eilidh became an evil pirate last week when she copied some music being shared by flurble. Among them an interesting find: Journey of The Sorcerer by the Eagles which is the theme tunes to the Hitch Hikers Guide to the … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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, … Read More

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 … Read More

Cabbage

Eilidh just came round and brought me this potted cabbage as a present. What a gal. by

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More

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 … Read More