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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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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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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Now We Are Six(ty)

Well, clearly there has been some error of calculation. But, it is said, I turned 60 in the month of December. Reaching the ages of 30, 40 and even 50 did not concern me much. But 60 does seem more challenging, that bit closer to the, well, the end, I suppose. Still, Winston Churchill –Continue reading “Now We Are Six(ty)”

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That Was The Year That Was

Well, 2016 is nearly at a close and for me it feels like a year of loss, disappointment and sadness, but also much love and laughter experienced through the year – and I must remember there is always hope. It seems hard to know where to begin with 2016, so much has happened, but forContinue reading “That Was The Year That Was”

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Back to vinyl? You’ll have to speak up, I got beans in my ears…

If you are a music listener you have probably noticed the “back to vinyl” trend of recent years. Fans of vinyl, or records as we once called them, say the sound quality is better than on a CD and the artwork is better realised on a larger platform. However, despite having a large and stillContinue reading “Back to vinyl? You’ll have to speak up, I got beans in my ears…”

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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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