Ten years in Orkney – now what?

Ten years ago Kathie and I moved to Orkney. By coincidence we arrived on 16 April which is St Magnus Day – he is the patron saint of Orkney. And so each year we go to St Magnus Kirk in Birsay, not far from where we live, for the annual St Magnus service which alsoContinue reading “Ten years in Orkney – now what?”

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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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Arizona Dreamin’

Yes, I know the The Mamas & the Papas’ song is California Dreamin’ – incidentally, a great song and, according to Wikipedia, number 89 in Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. But California Dreamin’ is now off limits and it’s Arizona for me. Let me explain. My wife Kathie TouinContinue reading “Arizona Dreamin’”

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California breezes

I’ve recently returned from Southern California – my wife Kathie Touin and I were visiting her family – and I’d like to share some reflections on our trip. Do not worry! This is not going to be a blow-by-blow account of our trip, like those slide shows your neighbours would show you long ago ofContinue reading “California breezes”

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