The Christmas tree is up
The Christmas tree is up
After years of dilly-dallying, I have finally bought myself a new record player. But I’m still not convinced vinyl provides the superior sound quality.
Twice this year I have been sent customer feedback surveys before I have even received the items, because they were delayed so badly. Arse, meet elbow.
If you’re interested, the guilty parties are Specsavers (my glasses took 6 weeks to arrive) and Currys PC World (I’m still waiting on my new Chromebook).
This year I took part in Pedal for Scotland, an annual charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh. I had never cycled anything like that distance before.
On Saturday 4 November, we had been together for 2 million minutes. So I whisked Alex off for a mystery trip to the north east of Scotland.
There is a new street art trail in Dundee. Open/Close consists of 18 doors painted by 18 different artists.
In Dundee this weekend, so here is the obligatory photo of the V&A.
Planning mischief with Oor Wullie
Last month, Alex and I were one of 50,000 people to take part in a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing.
I’ve gone a bit over the top baking a cake for a charity coffee morning at work tomorrow. I didn’t fancy making muffins or anything simple, so I have ended up making something way too elaborate. I won’t be able to finish it until about 1am. 😩
The more we come to understand about the big social media networks’ impact on society, the less appealing it becomes. It’s time we stopped letting them control our digital lives. This is why I will start blogging again.
We’d both had a few jars, but we weren’t imagining this. There was definitely a bird bounding around the bay window.
A lot of bad stuff has gone down in the world in 2016. But we still go about our daily lives, which can make the larger global changes seem merely like the cherry on top. Here are some reflections on my 2016.
This month Alex and I took a long weekend break in Berlin. Despite almost getting caught up in something nasty, we had a brilliant time.
A fascinating and honest snapshot of Kirkcaldy — good and bad — from 40 years ago.
I have been fairly quiet on this blog recently, mostly because things have been pretty busy in real life. The biggest piece of news is that I have now moved to Edinburgh, and moved in with Alex.
Five weeks on from my cycling accident, I am delighted to be back on my bike.
Last weekend I packed a spare pair of pants for a “passenger drift experience” at Driftland UK.
Now that I am living and working in Edinburgh, I have decided to take up cycling. Unfortunately, I have already managed to injure myself on my bike.
Our trip to Tiree was my first visit to a Hebridean island. The beautiful and quiet island reluctantly revealed its secrets over the course of the week.
This is the most difficult voting decision I have ever had to make. Whoever I vote for, I will be compromising on one principle or the other.
Highlights from the most unique city I have ever visited.
Alex and I took a trip to Italy for new year. Among our highlights from Rome were a visit to the Vatican City and new year’s eve at the Colosseum.
Stories and photographs from my holiday to Wales last month.
You don’t need to have a purpose to walk. The physical and mental health benefits are manifest. My daily walk is as important to me as brushing my teeth.
Bars are not open before midnight at new year in Reykjavik. But that didn’t stop it from being the best new year’s experience I have ever had.
It is true that Iceland can be an expensive place to eat out. And their beer is not always great. But with care, you can get around both issues.
There is some interesting architecture in Iceland. Here are some buildings that particularly caught my eye on my recent trip there.
My brother got me this wooden racing car construction kit for Christmas.
It’s no secret that Iceland has some stunning scenery. Its geography is just fantastic. Nature does not get much more extreme than volcanoes. But more visually spectacular are its waterfalls — and, of course, the northern lights.
About half of my trip to Iceland was spent in Reykjavik. Read about my trips to a geothermal spring, Reykjavik’s museums and shopping for an Icelandic jumper.
I went on holiday to Iceland over new year. I have plenty to write about, but this first article looks at my general impressions of Iceland as a country.
I decided to add header images to this website’s design. I opted for a parallax effect, despite the fact that I normally rail against them.
The archives to doctorvee, my old blog, have now been restored. It would have been so easy to just not bother restoring it. But I am glad I did.
On Sunday, Dundee’s tallest buildings disappeared from the skyline forever. They were merely 40 years old, but were said to be too costly to maintain and too difficult to rent out. In seconds, these proud, sturdy structures collapsed into rubble — but not without a fight.
I recently decided to switch my main Google account. But how can you do that when your old account contains all of your data? I found out that the process is not entirely straightforward. But with some care and a few sacrifices it is possible.
Bucklemaker Court and Butterburn Court are currently the tallest buildings in Dundee. But in less than a month they will be gone entirely.
One of Dundee’s most notable buildings currently undergoing demolition.
The new sculpture at Dundee Law initially served to confuse me rather than amuse me. But hopefully it is the first of many improvements needed in the area.
I have an interest in architecture, and I was excited when I learnt that Lego has an Architecture series. One of the sets is of a favourite of mine — Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright.
This was our final day in the Lake District, so we had just a few hours to spend before we had to think about making our way back home. I returned to Aira Force, and we explored further around Ullswater.
Our fourth day in the Lake District saw us trying to climb the Old Man of Coniston, before taking a more relaxing — though unsettling — trip to Keswick.
This was a day of getting lost and unexpected adventures. But it was probably the highlight of our holiday. We took in a waterfall, two high hills, a lake, a beautiful village and a great pub.
Last week I went on a holiday to the Lake District with my girlfriend. This is the first post in a short series about our adventures in the Lake District. In days one and two we explored Ambleside and walked to Windermere.
A shortage of spare time has seen me deciding how to spend my spare time by using a random number generator. An experiment by Steve Levitt of Freakonomics fame has got me wondering if I could make even bigger decisions at random.
Celebrating ten years of blogging, a potted history of my web presence.
I have decided to start blogging again — sort of. I explain why I had to stop in the past, and how I plan to carry on in the future.