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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.

 


Delivery charges for the Highlands and Islands

Delivery charges for goods purchased online to addresses in the Highlands and Islands has been a big problem for years. There are two issues which contribute to the problem.

The Class System

Eighteen years into the 21st century and the class system is still alive and well, in the UK. The apex of that class system seems to be as popular as ever and we still have an unelected parliamentary second chamber where our "representatives" get called Baron or Baroness, except for the ones called Bishop. I've always liked to believe that the people in Scotland are more egalitarian, and indeed support for the monarchy is much lower (53%), but an absence of the class system is too much to hope for. The class system creeps into every aspect of people's lives.

What you know

This is a great wee sketch, which pokes fun at the constant changes in advice for healthy eating over the decades. The illogicality, and the humour, becomes obvious because 35 years of advice is squeezed into less than five minutes.

How did we do?

It is not possible to do anything online, and sometimes in meatspace, without getting follow-up communications by email or SMS asking: how did we do? It has become a disease. Organisations must be doing it to harvest email addresses, solicit social media "likes", satisfy a management consultant's recommendation or a combination of all three.

Highland oxpecker?

For more than a year we have had a sika deer hind coming, on a regular basis, to our garden to graze. Last May, the hind had her fawn right next to the house and we were lucky enough to see it within a couple of hours of its birth. In the last fortnight we have seen the deer in the house vicinity every day, and it is likely she has chosen the garden as a nice safe location to bring another fawn into the world.

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