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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, politics, and life in the Highlands of Scotland, 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 use Fitheach as my online pseudonym, on this website, on Mastodon, and on Matrix. 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.

My latest Life articles

My most recent ramblings can be found in the Life section.

My latest Mastodon posts

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Wed, 24 Apr 2024 09:01:05 +0000

Here's an idea for all you tea drinkers. When we ordered a pot of tea in the café, they brought this three part tea timer. The different coloured sand timers are marked "weak", "medium", and "strong". When your colour of sand runs out it is time to remove the tea bag.😃

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Tue, 23 Apr 2024 13:33:09 +0000

The pub did have one saving grace: they were dog-friendly. I only realised this when we sat at a table next to the gallery of canine customers.

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 20:09:58 +0000

When in Perth (see previous posts), we visited the Brew Dog pub on George Street. Never again.

Firstly, the default for ordering food is scanning a QR code on the table, and then entering your order via a web app.

Secondly, the pub doesn't accept cash, only credit cards. This only became clear to me when we wanted to pay.

Do they purposely go out of their way to make it difficult for the customers?

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 10:19:29 +0000

We were seated in the balcony front row. which gave us an excellent view, albeit rather far away. I was rather surprised that the venue hadn't sold out. The stalls were full, but, the balcony only had a few hardy souls in addition to us.

Eddi complimented Scotland as being a fine country, and listed some of her favourite places. She then said she wasn't so sure about Edinburgh. No doubt that anecdote will be amended when she plays Edinburgh's Queen's Hall in a few days time. 😃

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Mon, 22 Apr 2024 10:09:09 +0000

Eddi Reader & band
Perth Concert Hall
April 21 2024

It was a superb concert with fine musicianship, superlative singing, and many humorous anecdotes. None of that was a surprise. Eddi is a one-off.

The songs were mostly her own repertoire, which included traditional, folk and pop. Although, the accompaniment was entirely acoustic. She also cited Édith Piaf as an influence, and proceeded to do an over-the-top impersonation.

The gig started on time, lasted ~135 mins, with no encore.

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Thu, 18 Apr 2024 22:54:49 +0000

Initial impressions of the vacuum cleaner:
it sucks. 😃

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