A weekend tonic

The year of 2016 has not been the easiest (in particular, two bereavements) so Kathie and I decided a weekend away with our dog Roscoe would do us the world of good – and so it proved. Since we left London in 2010 we have tried to visit at least one new Orkney island eachContinue reading “A weekend tonic”

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Life

Life is sad, depressing, hopeless. Life is happy, joyous, full of hope. Which of these statements is correct? Or is it something in between? I think it is all three, depending on life experiences, the day’s events, illness, state of mind, luck, money (sometimes), expectations, and so on. The first weeks of 2016 for meContinue reading “Life”

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A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events

So, after weeks and months of campaigning – years and decades for some – we are coming towards the end of the Scottish independence referendum campaign. The vote on 18 September is three weeks away and the pace of debate and argument is more frantic. Many of us watched this week a heated, that isContinue reading “A Californian and an Englishman taking part in momentous Scottish events”

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An album to take through the pearly gates

Every now and again an outstanding album comes along. I don’t just mean an album of music that you like, but one that has a powerful resonance and that will be with you for years to come, for the rest of your life. And not just an album of great individual tracks, but one thatContinue reading “An album to take through the pearly gates”

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Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland

  The devil is in the detail. What a great expression. And like many old sayings it carries great truth. Here in Scotland we are moving towards our vote on whether to become an independent country. The referendum will be held on Thursday 18 September, 2014. I think the vote will be against independence butContinue reading “Across the Border: Broadcasting in an independent Scotland”

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Lost

  Our house, like most I imagine, has themes that run through the events taking place there. One of my wife’s themes is lost, or missing, expressed in phrases commonly heard here such as “I’m sure I had a copy of that book…” or “I can’t believe I would have got rid of that book..”Continue reading “Lost”

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Turn on, tune in, but don’t drop out

The BBC’s recent celebration of 90 years of radio broadcasting has got me thinking – I reckon I’ve been a listener for around half of those years, which is a bit scary. I’m not sure exactly when I started listening to the radio. I would love to say I can remember the so-called pirate stationsContinue reading “Turn on, tune in, but don’t drop out”

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Guardian angels, the gods & lost friends

Some years ago I had a good friend. I’ve had several over the years, you understand, but this blog is about one friend in particular. I won’t tell you her real name, let’s call her Sally. I met Sally at work in the late Seventies, then we lost touch, and then a few years laterContinue reading “Guardian angels, the gods & lost friends”

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