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Lots of stuff on politics, food, photography, technology, movies, music and other things of interest (but not necessarily in that order). All of them viewed from a vantage point in the Highlands of Scotland.

From Hot Space to 32GB

A musical journey encompassing cassette tapes, a sleeper train and Ogg Vorbis files

2017-09-12 10:05 | Read more

Green capsicums

Does anyone actually like green capsicums? I know they have their uses but I'm not that keen on them and I suspect most people feel the same way.

2017-09-04 23:20 | Read more

Hot Buttered Rum

My easy to make recipe for the classic Hot Buttered Rum

2017-05-23 20:55 | Read more


The oatcake (aran-coirce) has been a staple of the Scottish diet for hundreds of years. A few simple ingredients but fiendishly difficult to get just right when baking. This recipe will give you a ...

2017-01-02 11:35 | Read more | Comments (1)

Not built to last

Contrary to my experience of round-pin sockets Wellington boots (Wellies) are certainly not built to last. I might get a year's use out of them but that equates to only wearing them about 30 times.

2016-12-11 22:55 | Read more

Built to last

I recently removed an old style British round-pin 5 amp electrical socket and back box. The back box is incredibly solid compared to modern equivalents. You could drive a tank over the back box ...

2016-11-08 14:25 | Read more

Fermented porridge

This article describes an accident, not a recipe.

2016-11-01 00:25 | Read more

Johnny Weissmuller

Quite some guy! Many people will remember Johnny Weissmuller as Tarzan from the string of hugely successful MGM films from the 1930s and 1940s but there was much more to him than his acting career.

2016-10-31 18:30 | Read more | Comments (4)

My kingdom for a transponder

Getting a replacement key was easy, throwing away one of the important bits was easy too.

2016-09-10 11:40 | Read more

Don't do this at home

Could anyone be this dumb?

2016-07-19 00:38 | Read more