Monthly Archives: July 2012

Our revels now are ended…

The London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony will stay with me for a long time. This morning I felt at once exhilarated and a little ashamed of my curmudgeonly post yesterday. The production was fantastic. Danny Boyle and his team of … Continue reading

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The Olympics – Dearer, Closer, Snider

Motivated by a drive into Manchester along Mount road in Gorton (and being struck by the impact of London 2012 on the area) and a memory of the dismissive attitude our metropolitan friends towards Manchester’s commonwealth games, I felt I … Continue reading

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The olden days

My curfew was the street lights and my mam called my name, not my mobile. I played outside, not online. If I didn’t eat what my mam made me then I didn’t eat. hand sanitiser didn’t exist. But you could … Continue reading

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…and I’ll take the low road

After leaving  the Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright, our drive across the Southern Uplands was a treat. In 20 miles we passed fewer than 20 cars, enjoyed views of Galloway’s thriving Red Kite population against rolling fields, forests and hills. An … Continue reading

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You’ll take the High Road…

We are relatively inexperienced travellers to Scotland. Aside from a couple of trips to Edinburgh, one day trip to Gretna Green to buy potatoes and my geology field trip to Arran in 1970 our knowledge of Scotland seems almost otherwise … Continue reading

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But if it rains again like it did today..

..I’m going to have to leave a little bit sooner. The Met Office has confirmed that June 2012 is the wettest and dullest on record. And July seems to be heading in the same direction given last night’s downpours. When … Continue reading

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