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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.

There is also a dedicated section on movies (or films if you prefer) where I will discuss and review in more depth. 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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Fitheach (@fitheach@mstdn.io)

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 20:19:14 +0000

Some extraordinary things happening in the Sheffield Hallam constituency tonight, including a mutiny by Jared O'Mara MP's office staff.

I can sense a recall coming.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:12:52 +0000

Boris Johnson has been elected leader of the Conservative party, and therefore will be the next UK Prime Minister.

Johnson got nearly ⅔rds of the vote from Tory Party members.

Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:28:50 +0000

A scene rather like this is probably happening outside 10 Downing Street, this morning.


Tue, 23 Jul 2019 09:02:11 +0000

Gutted I didn't get an invite to Theresa May's leaving party (last night) in the garden of No. 10 Downing Street.

After all the nice things I've said about her for the last few years.

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:18:17 +0000

Sadly, many a true word spoken in jest... 😢

Mon, 22 Jul 2019 18:16:52 +0000

How will Christmas dinner be different after Brexit..?