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PeerTube test

Just wondering about the best way to add PeerTube videos on WordPress? Is by putting in a link like this or embedding an iframe like this Maybe both work just as well, please let me know if you can’t see… Continue Reading →

Guten Rutsch!

Hope you all have a good slide into 2024, whatever it brings! Happy New Year! Update: It would appear that my blog didn’t have a good slide (Guten Rutsch) into the new year, but instead tripped over and fell flat… Continue Reading →

Some thoughts on cycle route signage

Some thoughts on cycle route signage. Just had a conversation with a tourist about the lack of cycle route signage in Edinburgh, if you don’t know the city, it can be hard to find your way about. Even more crazy… Continue Reading →

The World’s Largest Landowners

Do you ever wonder who the world’s largest landowners are? Maybe because I was born and live in Scotland, a country where ~70% of the land is owned by 1,125 owners, that this question interests me so much. OK, so… Continue Reading →

Testing security

Testing security. Having recently moved this site to a new server, I thought it was a good idea to do some security testing. Having faffed about a bit with the SSL certificate and the recommended security headers, I ran an… Continue Reading →

Good night Vienna and a Nightingale sang at Laxenburg Bahnhof

For the last month, Ulli and I have been living in Laxenburg just to the south of Vienna, while Ulli has been working as a visiting scientist at an international research institute. Last night, we were finally able to meet-up… Continue Reading →

Inn beaver update

We were back in Tirol at Easter and went out for a quick cycle ride as you do, just Schwaz and back, so only about 40 Km with ~300 m of climbing. When we were last visiting for Christmas and… Continue Reading →

First bat of the year 2023

For some years now, I have been reporting sighting of the first bat seen outside the windows of my flat in Edinburgh each year. Well today, just as it was getting dark, I saw a Common pipistrelle (Pipistrellus pipistrellus) or… Continue Reading →

How to type a degree symbol ° in Linux

Every time I go to type a degree symbol (°) in Linux, I seem to spend at least half an hour searching for the solution, so I thought I would write down here to remind me and help others. The… Continue Reading →

Beavering down the Inn

Went out to do some shopping in Innsbruck by bike today, and on the way back, stopped to take a few photos as the Inn is unusually low. But the real surprise came a little further down stream, we started… Continue Reading →

Now on Mastodon

For more years than I care to remember, I have been on Twitter. However, Twitter is not the place it used to be, so I started to look at the alternatives, and hence I am now on Mastodon (if you… Continue Reading →

A time to come and a time to go

On Sunday evening, I talked on the phone to my parents as I have done for years (before that, as a child, as a family, we would phone my father’s parents every Sunday evening). This Sunday, my mother answered the… Continue Reading →

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 →

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