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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.

  • Push or Pull?

    A couple of days ago I saw these two boats coming up the canal towards us, as we were doing the daily dog walk. It was clear from a distance that the two boats were very close together, and I assumed the first boat was towing the second. [Read more...]

  • Bright Eyes

    I took this photo on the evening dog walk two nights ago, when we had some lovely weather. I quite liked the composition of the photograph, but it wasn't until I started processing the photo that I noticed something else special about it. As it was in the gloamin my ... [Read more...]

  • Fàilte don Ghàidhealtachd

    Who did this? Who added Nessie to the Highlands' welcome sign? Whoever it was, it is absolute genius! The original sign had an empty loch, someone has used a marker pen, or similar, to add the Nessie image. I drove past this sign, northbound lane of the A9 at Dromochter, ... [Read more...]

  • 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...]

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Tue, 22 Oct 2019 07:27:41 +0000

Winter is coming.

* Completely dark when I got up this morning.
* The car's diesel heater is needed.
* Leaves are falling furiously.
* Almost frosty mornings.

Lovin' it!

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 22:11:01 +0000

Things I never want to see again in my whole life:

* fire hydrants
* bicycles
* crosswalks
* buses
* traffic signals
* cars

Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:44:59 +0000

I don't know Aberfan, or any similar mining villages. So, I've always imagined the geography of Aberfan to be a bit like the village in How Green Was My Valley (1941).


Mon, 21 Oct 2019 11:18:52 +0000

Back to the Future trailer

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Mon, 21 Oct 2019 09:43:56 +0000

"The SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has landed in Dublin seeking political asylum, along with her deputy, John Swinney, and the party’s constitutional affairs minister, Mike Russell. Their hasty departure follows the conviction of 13 Scottish "separatists" who helped organise the illegal 2022 independence referendum."

That is fiction, but what is happening in Catalonia isn't...

An excellent article by Iain MacWhirter


Mon, 21 Oct 2019 08:19:45 +0000

On this day, October 21, 1966, the Aberfan Disaster occurred. The colliery spoil slippage engulfed the village school, and many houses, killing 116 children and 28 adults.

The actions of the National Coal Board and the Westminster government, before and after the tragedy, were severly criticised. The disaster could've been prevented, and remedial action elsewhere was fought against on the grounds of cost.

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