Disconnected thoughts

For the first time in more than three months I am writing a blog entry. I have not written before now for a few reasons: not knowing what to say at this time of pandemic; expecting anything I do say to be overtaken by events almost at once; and, to be honest, not really feelingContinue reading “Disconnected thoughts”

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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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2020 vision

So, here we are in 2020. What will this new decade bring? Will it be the Roaring Twenties, as it was 100 years ago? Or another Jazz Age? That would be nice. More seriously, though it can be foolish to make predictions, I imagine much of the decade will be – or should be –Continue reading “2020 vision”

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Spring into summer via Edinburgh

Spring into summer? Well, it’s been more of a stumble. One of the aspects of life which surprises me about Orkney is the amount of nasty viruses going around the place. You might imagine that with all this fresh air we would be immune to them. Perhaps it is because this is a sociable, friendlyContinue reading “Spring into summer via Edinburgh”

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The newest (and most addictive) joy of charity shops

If you are a regular reader of this blog you may have spotted that Mrs Brown (Kathie Touin) and I are habitual visitors to charity shops. In fact, my previous blog entry “Mysterious books” was about charity finds. But in the past year or two there has been a sinister development. I find charity shopsContinue reading “The newest (and most addictive) joy of charity shops”

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Carry On in the Central Belt

“Listen, listen. Ooh – aah – titter ye not. Ooh no missus… Settle down now, settle down,” as Frankie Howerd might have said. First of all, my apologies, for the cheeky title to this blog – well, we all need to promote ourselves a little. Second, some explanations, for those not born in the UKContinue reading “Carry On in the Central Belt”

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Brief impressions of a trip to Glasgow

In late April I made my first proper visit to Glasgow for many years. When I say proper I do not mean previous visits were improper, they were just very short. I paid a brief visit with my parents as a teenager, and two brief day trips for work when I was at the BBC.Continue reading “Brief impressions of a trip to Glasgow”

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Auld Reekie

Mrs Brown, that is Kathie Touin, and I spent a weekend in Edinburgh – the excitement of the big city, in contrast to our quieter, slower life in Orkney. The noise – of traffic and people – is one of the most noticeable differences from our home life. But the journey from Edinburgh Airport toContinue reading “Auld Reekie”

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Reflections on Edinburgh – and back to a busy Orkney

If you are a regular reader of this blog you will know I am a big admirer of Gretchen Peters’ music. So much so, that my wife Kathie Touin and I travelled 200 miles to Edinburgh to see her in concert at Easter. Well, it was everything I hoped it would be, and much more.Continue reading “Reflections on Edinburgh – and back to a busy Orkney”

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Sorry I can’t be in London, or Belfast… but I can be in Edinburgh

Two of my favourite singer-songwriters are touring the UK now. The good news is that I can get to see one but, sadly, not the other. I have mentioned in many blogs and countless Tweets how much I love living in Orkney, a part of the world frequently described as being “remote”. But for thoseContinue reading “Sorry I can’t be in London, or Belfast… but I can be in Edinburgh”

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