Category Odds & Sods

Things that don’t fit the other categories

Quick though about time in quarantine

As we are all locked down (more or less) by this global Covid-19 pandemic, maybe we should look to find ways of using the time. In 1665, Cambridge University closed because of the Bubonic plague. hayamix Isaac Newton quarantined himself… Continue Reading →

Happy 2019!

Happy New Year, lets hope for great things in 2019. Although the out looking is bleak we have to hope for the best. For me it will be another busy year with the seventh Edinburgh Festival of Cycling to organise,… Continue Reading →

Pending Tax Refund?

Some time ago I wrote a blog post called Beware Notice of Tax Return e-mail which has been receiving a lot of traffic of late. I was wondering why until I received an e-mail with subject “ID: 441013829” from “email.correspondence@gov.uk”…. Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

You might not realise it, but today is the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, which takes place on the third Sunday in November every year as the appropriate acknowledgement of victims of road traffic crashes and the… Continue Reading →

Wow

Occasionally you come across a video which just makes you say “Wow”, Beautiful Scotland – Aerial / Drone Showreel by John Duncan is one such video. “Living in Edinburgh we’re fortunate to have some truly magnificent sights on our doorstep”,… Continue Reading →

Keep active, keep healthy

It is well known that, to be healthy in both mind and body, it is important to keep active. As Juvenal (55 – 138 AD) put it, Mens sana in corpore sano. These days there is plenty of advice on… Continue Reading →

Trivial fact for today: No. 2

Some time ago I decide to run an occasional series called “Trivial fact for today”, it is very occasional so here is… Trivial fact for today: No. 2 In 1228 the Scots’ parliament passed an act to allow women to… Continue Reading →

Absam the village of the Olympians?

I have long been told, by Ulli, that Absam (in Austria) is the village of the Olympians, that it has more Olympic medal winners and Olympic medals than anywhere in the world. Today when the Linger brothers (Andreas and Wolfgang)… Continue Reading →

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2013

Today is the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) there are 1.24 million road traffic deaths every year and Road Traffic Accidents (RTA) are the number one cause of death… Continue Reading →

Grow Wild update

Last month I wrote a post on the Grow Wild Scottish Vote, the vote has now taken place and almost 20,000 people took part (some of them through this blog). The winning project is the Barrhead’s Water Works project, they… Continue Reading →

Grow Wild

These days I often get e-mails from PR people either offering to write something for my blog about a product they are wanting to push, or wanting me to write something about a product they are wanting to push. Generally… Continue Reading →

Notes on a short tour on the mainland of Europe

This September Ulli and I took a well deserved holiday on the mainland of Europe. We took up the invitation to visit France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria. Here are a few things I noticed on my travels. First off, arriving… Continue Reading →

Time to end the myth of road tax

The following was sent as a letter to the Editor of The Herald newspaper and appeared in a slightly edited form on the 26th July 2013 The full original version is here: Dear Editor, In your recent correspondence regarding cycling… Continue Reading →

A wish ye were here…

Having just said good bye to my cousin from South Africa and his family, who thoroughly enjoyed their brief visit to Scotland, I realise just how much I enjoy showing friends and relatives my country. With that in mind I… Continue Reading →

Happy New Year!!

So here is the end of another year, but the time you read this it will be a new one, So here is wishing you all a Happy New Year!!! Prosit Neujahr! Blianadh Bha Ur! Glückliches neues Jahr!! All the… Continue Reading →

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