Category Odds & Sods

Things that don’t fit the other categories

Half bike problem (again)

Some 14 years ago, I was given a Genesis Croix de Fer 2009, or rather bits of a 2009 Croix de Fer. The story of my (re)build project is here and a catalogue of the bits. However, that bike no… Continue Reading →

First bat of the year 2024

First bat of the year 2024 This might be a new record! I have just seen the first bat of 2024! For some years now, I have been reporting sighting of the first bat seen outside the windows of my… Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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and democracy, I compiled a list of all the City of Edinburgh Councillors with a Twitter account, as that one is now out of date… Continue Reading →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

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 →

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 →

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