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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and democracy, I compiled a list of all the City of Edinburgh Councillors with a Twitter account, as that one is now out of date… Continue Reading →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 →

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 →

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