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Lots of stuff on politics, food, photography, technology, movies, music and other things of interest (but not necessarily in that order). All of them viewed from a vantage point in the Highlands of Scotland.

 


Volkswagen Up!

Recently, we had a courtesy car while the insurance company were deciding what to do about our car accident claim. The car provided was a Volkwagen Up! I was initially dismissive of the car due to its diminutive proportions, to the extent of thinking about it as a motorised roller-skate. We also had never ending puns based on the model name prefixed by any verb imaginable. Oh, and VW really do use the exclamation mark as part of the name.

Chillin'

I was working outside on the washing green which entailed walking up and down the steps several times during the early evening. I happened to notice that each time I passed the cornflower plant, at the side of the steps, there was a stationary ginger bumblebee perched on top of one of the flowers. The bumblebee was still there more than thirty minutes later in the exact same position, I decided to investigate. I very carefully prodded the bumblebee and it moved in response, so it was still alive.

A Lidl expensive

When I went shopping recently I noticed Lidl were offering sausages at a reduced price.

Anything to declare?

Buzz Aldrin revealed on Twitter that after his Apollo 11 mission he had to complete an expenses claim and a customs' declaration form. Which just goes to prove that if you work for the government, US Government in this case, you can't get away from completing the proper paperwork. The forms include some real gems which sound like they might have been made tongue in cheek.

Weather with me

The image below is a screenshot of the weather forecast for my home area by the Met Office for today August 1st, 2015. The "feels like temperature" (centigrade) was wildly optimistic as it didn't feel anything like that warm. This should be the height of summer but I had to light the wood burning stove today as it was too cool to sit around without heating.

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