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City of Edinburgh Councillors and twitter: 2022

City of Edinburgh Councillors and twitter: 2022 Some years ago, in the interests of openness and democracy, I compiled a list of all the City of Edinburgh Councillors with a Twitter account, as that one is now out of date… Continue Reading →

The annual painting of Salisbury Crags

The annual painting of Salisbury Crags Workers in Holyrood Park today began the annual painting of Salisbury Crags, which will continue for the next six to eight weeks. It is a little known fact that the Radical Road is closed… Continue Reading →

First bat of the year 2022

Just spotted the first bats of the year, there are two of them flying past the east side of my flat as I write. This is not the earliest sighting I have had, that was 26th March 2012, although in… Continue Reading →

To EuroBike and Back: a continental journey (part 4) Bludenz to Friedrichshafen

I am painfully aware that I haven’t taken you, the reader, all the way to EuroBike yet, let alone back home. The account of this journey is currently incomplete and, therefore, it is time that I overcame my writer’s block… Continue Reading →

Some thoughts on COP26

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow ends tomorrow, and I feel the need to jot down a few thoughts. To start with, let’s be clear, COP26 is going to be an abject failure because… Continue Reading →

Octopus Energy and GB News

The GB News television channel launched this week, it is backed from pro-Brexit tycoons with a mission to produce “anti-woke” US-style news content in much the same manor as Fox News in the USA. Fox has poisoned the political discourse… Continue Reading →

Phone call from “Microsoft”

Just had a call from someone claiming to be from Microsoft, just randomly on my home phone line, the call came from 01767329973. There have been repeated calls from this number and numbers like it over the last few days,… Continue Reading →

First bat sighting of 2021

Well, here is first bat of the year post for 2021. It was quite likely to have been a Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) or Soprano pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pygmaeus), impossible to tell them apart in flight without a bat detector (The… Continue Reading →

The Climate clock is ticking

The Climate clock is ticking, we are running out of time, we have to get to net zero in less than seven years. The time for action is NOW!

Road safety and the definition of insanity

So far, this week there have been three serious crashes in Edinburgh (and it is only Friday) which is not good news. Then on seeing a tweet this morning my heart sank further. The tweet spoke of influencing “culture change… Continue Reading →

To EuroBike and Back: a continental journey (part 3) Arnhem to Austria

On our third day of cycling across the Netherlands, we started the day riding downhill from the outskirts of Arnhem to the centre. A descent of all of 70m, but hey, this was in the Netherlands. Arnhem is best known… Continue Reading →

City of Edinburgh Councillors and twitter: 2020

City of Edinburgh Councillors and twitter: 2020 Some years ago, in the interests of openness and democracy, I compiled a list of all the City of Edinburgh Councillors with a Twitter account, as that one was some what out of… Continue Reading →

First bat of 2020

Just seen the first bat of 2020, probably a Pipistrellus pipistrellus or a Pipistrellus pygmaeus (based on previous identifications). I take the bat sighting as a sign of the coming summer. This year is later than most of the years… Continue Reading →

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 →

To EuroBike and Back: a continental journey (part 2) Utrecht – Hoge Veluwe – Arnhem

We were in Utrecht on the day that the world’s biggest multi-storey bike park was opened. Not that we saw it, we left the city three hours before it was officially yalla match opened to the public. We only found… Continue Reading →

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