Thank you for dropping-by, I hope you enjoy your visit. The main content is to be found in the blog where I discuss everything and anything but topics including photography, nature, technology, food, movies, music and politics make regular appearances.
I commonly write reviews of movies (or films, if you prefer). Some movie reviews are short, others will be discussed in more detail. The scope covered will be mainly mainstream English language movies from the 1930s until the present day.
My name is Iain MacDonald and I live in the Highlands of Scotland (although I have lived elsewhere in the past). I am a big fan of Free & Open Source Software which I use both professionally and at home.
Computing and technology tend to infuse themselves into my other interests, as once you learn some skills in one area it is convenient to use them to solve problems in other spheres.
When not tinkering with computers, I am likely to be found repairing things because living in the countryside you learn to be resourceful.
Of course, man doesn't live by SSH tunnels and kerosene vapour burners alone so food, as a subject, makes regular appearances too. Did I mention I used to work in hospitality?
My most recent ramblings.
I'd like to apologise, publicly. The poor woman went for some peace and quiet, and what did she get? Two eejits rolling-up in a campervan, blaring out the Eurovision song contest. [Read more...]
I went for a walk along a forestry style track, yesterday. Ahead of me was a ewe, with two lambs. The ewe felt nervous about my approach, and started to trot away from me. The lambs were, of course, following her closely. However, the sheep didn't trot away uphill or ... [Read more...]
I needed to buy a waterproof jacket for use when working. I also have a Gore-Tex jacket from Craghoppers, which is excellent, but I didn't want to ruin that jacket by using it for working every day. I have a few other Regatta products which are well made, so, for ... [Read more...]
It is quite extraordinary, I've never experienced anything like it. We are now a couple of weeks away from Easter, which is normally the time when the summer tourist season starts. The roads would see increased traffic, and the tourist hotspots would start to be busy. Not this year. [Read more...]
I was without my vintage wooden Zassenhaus, so I rushed out and bought a new manual coffee grinder. The one I got is from Maison & White, and it is amazingly good. It is adjustable from very fine to coarse. Grinding is done with ceramic burrs, and the rest of ... [Read more...]
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Wee Willie Davis appeared in several big budget movies of the 1940s & 50s, including "Samson and Delilah" and "Reap the Wild Wind".
He acquired his in-joke name from his days as a professional wrestler in the 1930s. He was 1.96m (6' 5") tall.
In the attached photo Wee Willie is on the right.
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That's 10 more than usual.
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We were both looking forward to lunchies, too.
As alluded to previously, the weather became a bit stormy last night.
#Gruoch normally sleeps with her back along my legs. Last night, when the wind increased in intensity, she put her front paws across my chest and her muzzle under my chin
Now comforted, she fell asleep again, in seconds. I wasn't so lucky.
The last few rainy days I've been listening to Beethoven.
The conditions have now become full-on Rachmaninoff - Isle of the Dead weather. I wish I could find a free audio source to post.
I can't remember the last time I used Usenet.
Is it still alive?