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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.

About me

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?

Latest Life articles

My most recent ramblings.

  • Pole Pruning Saw

    It is the time of year when the beech nuts are developing, and, consequently, the branches are getting heavier. A few branches above the house were sagging, and as a result were touching the chimney head and the apex of the roof. These branches required to be dealt with immediately, ... [Read more...]

  • O' Mice an' Men

    It seemed like a good idea at the time. We were due to have a guest visiting for ten days, so I decided to clean the chimney flue in the lounge. This flue is used by the wood burning stove and hadn't been cleaned for a few months. I thought ... [Read more...]

  • Leave Her to Heaven (1945)

    Leave Her to Heaven is a 1945 film noir, directed by John M. Stahl, starring Gene Tierney and Cornell Wilde. It tells the story of published author Richard who meets Ellen, while both are on vacation in New Mexico. Within a few days Ellen proposes to Richard, and two days ... [Read more...]

  • Kill Me Again (1989)

    Kill Me Again is a 1989 film noir modelled on the classic films of the 1940s. A down on his luck private investigator owes money to some nasty loan sharks, which he is unable to repay. The loan sharks rough him up, and make it clear worse will happen if ... [Read more...]

  • Love in the Afternoon (1957)

    Love in the Afternoon is a romantic comedy film directed by Billy Wilder, starring Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn. The movie tells the story of Ariane, the daughter of a private investigator who specialises in cases of extra-marital affairs. Despite being discouraged by her father, Ariane always shows an interest ... [Read more...]

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My latest Mastodon posts

Mastodon is a microblogging app that is part of the decentralised web known as The Fediverse. See this article for more details.

Fitheach (@fitheach@mstdn.io)

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 10:05:01 +0000

ToysRus went bankrupt here. They are about to re-emerge as "Tru Kids" in the USA.

I look forward to seeing the off-shoot: ProtestorsRus.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:27:33 +0000

Talking of France...
What is happening with the Gilet Jaunes protests? The media here have gone quiet on the subject.

Thu, 22 Aug 2019 08:21:26 +0000

Boris Johnson to meet Emmanuel Macron today in Paris, for lunch. I wonder what they will have to eat.


Thu, 22 Aug 2019 07:45:01 +0000

How disagreements escalate on The Fediverse, an illustration.

Here are photos of my kitten.

Don't you think puppies are also cute?

Person1 replies:
F*** off, and die, you Nazi scum.

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 15:10:26 +0000

The first Paddington Bear stuffed toy was made by Gabrielle Designs, a small business run by Shirley and Eddie Clarkson. The prototype toy was given as a Chrismas present to their two children: Joanna & Jeremy.

The boy grew up to become this Jeremy Clarkson. 👇

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Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:30:26 +0000

Report (in Dutch) of a new ferry service between Rosyth (near Edinburgh) and Eemshaven (near Groningen, Netherlands).

Service to be put into operation by October (think: ).

Strangely, I've not seen any reports by the local press here.