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“Come on, get to sleep now, you’ve got school in the morning and it’s very late”. Maddie is offering her usual resistance to the bed time routine. A movement catches my eye. I turn towards the door and there is Guy, trying to sneak in so he can sleep in the girls room. He stands […]

2000 Miles

Last Thursday saw the passing of the 2000 mile mark since I started cycling to work in April. It would have been good to have been out on a nice ride but the event passed quietly somewhere along the North Edinburgh Cycle Path on the way to the office.

Instead, I clocked up a few […]


This coming week sees the culmination of another huge drain on my time, once again for no financial recompense. Leith FM and Leith Festival. I really hestitate to add up the time these two ventures take up, and why? They are both thankless tasks without appreciation for the efforts given. The results are taken for […]

Jack of all trades

Sitting here stressing out over the astonishing level of poverty we are currently facing, I couldn’t help thinking about how I ended up here. I’m actually pretty good at most things I do (apart from dancing) and therein lies the problem. I think I’m suffering from terminal perfectionism. But that’s perfectionism from my perspective, i.e. […]

Complimentary Scotsman

My sister and her husband were in Edinburgh last week and it was nice to get to see them, albeit briefly. My brother-in-law has a high-flying executive position with a large computer organisation. If he won ‘The Apprentice‘ he would have to take a pay cut.

Needless to say, they were staying in a very […]

Spaced out

Tuesday night I was doing the usual flick through the eight hundred channels of cable crap which Teleworst deliver to us, when I spotted a documentary on BBC4: “British Space Race”. For years my late uncle worked for Hawker Sidley, later British Aerospace, eventually becoming Senior Space Designer, so I decided to see what […]

Home and away

The past two or three weeks have been a bit of a roller coaster ride, to be honest. We’ve been back from Spain for 5 days and definitely suffering from the post-holiday blues.

Before we left for the sun, we received the rest of the amnio test results and everything seems fine. Trouble is […]

Middle years

I slipped quietly into middle age on Tuesday as my 45th came and went. Well 45 is the start of the “middle years”, isn’t it? I did a quick Google and discovered that the US Census Bureau defines middle age as 45 to 64. So it’s official. Unless you believe the definition of middle […]