May 10th by Ian under Bird Watching, Miscellaneous

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Yes swifts, heard them today when the lawnmower was off when emptying the cuttings and after a bit of sky searching saw a pair. There was a patch of sun over the village so I am guessing they are not our swifts but migrating ones, don't recall ever seeing swifts so early. Had no time this weekend to visit the Ospreys or scan for marsh harriers. My flat mate from Devon, now in Aberdeen, wanted to buy my bike I brought back from Devon. His is in storage and mine I am ashamed to say was never used in Devon,…
The fire pictures are the sad end to the contents of our Bee hive that failed, this is the second one to fail in successive winters.¬† My wife insists on burning every frame for bacteria/pest control. This hive failed due to lack of numbers. It was a small captured swarm that either suffered a late swarm itself or the queen just didn't lay enough. Anyway when opened there were only a handful of bees left, all dead, there was plenty of food, just died from the cold and damp. The eclipse picture was from a windy wet…
Farming sheep is a messy business, having asked my friend whose daughter is partner to a farmer if I could get hands on with lambing, he duly arranged it. It is his hands you see assisting in the birth of twin lambs. Sheep who were in the shed and had given birth had to be moved to pasture and those about to give birth brought into the shed or if too late given assistance in the field. Not all the sheep are obligingly lying down but have to be caught, enter the quad bike, and a shepherd's…
visit yesScotland.net/thinkaboutit I was in Exeter airport on Friday 24th Jan and I overheard a conversation of SW English people regarding the trams in Edinburgh and how the Scots wanted the English to pay for them. I never heard so much rubbish in my life, but they were going to a match and drinking beer before 12, well nothing wrong with that I'm just trying to portray the type of people I was listening to. Being small and outnumbered, well I was with my director who is 6 foot and his phone plays flower of Scotland, but I bit my…
Two days ago Daniele Canarelli a French psychiatrist was given a years suspended sentence, what was her crime? well one of her patients committed murder, using an axe on his grandmothers 80 year old partner. The son of the murdered man took out a court action against Canarelli after the murder happened in 2009. Joel Gaillard had been under treatment by Canarelli for 4 years and had a type of paranoid schizophrenia and a history that would match such a person. So what's by beef or boeuf ? well I think this carries the pursuit of negligence too far, and…
The recent news of the Italian government jailing 6 earthquake geologists (seismologists?) for 6 years each struck me as the law going mad. Given the unpredictability of earthquakes these unfortunate scientists fell foul of "daft" Italian law. So these scientists are banged up for causing the deaths of 300 people as they did not give out proper warnings given the beforehand tremors. So assuming these geologists were government paid and responsible for ? what will the remaining geologists do? yes of course every tremor will be followed by a life threatening quake. And after every life threatening quake that does…
I bought a photograph slide to digital picture converter from one of my fav shops, Maplin, never got round to using it and took it on holiday to Lochaline as you always have rainy days up there that promote indoor tasks. Well I forgot to take the software and the works laptop would probably not have allowed it's loading. Anyway it set a point of disappointment and resolve, and the slides I took to Lochaline I discovered on digitising them at home were not the collection of middle east bird slides at all that I expected. On searching for the…

Aug 15th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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In the Scottish news you can hardly not hear of this old women's murder in her own home in a cottage near Forteviot from the ongoing trial. I happen to pass the very property where this took place and it brings it home to you that murder can and does happen near to you. But in this little rustic row of cottages next to a B road surrounded by fields of crops, why was this old woman not allowed to see her life functionally finished by the normal methods of ageing? Because the scene is near you and therefore real…
Dad suggested that we do an "easy munro" on Saturday (19-5-12) and take my wee 9 month old Jackadoodle pup Oreo. I agreed as I was keen for Oreo to achieve mountainous heights and test her resolve; being half poodle, a pup and a bit spoiled I did wonder if I would have to carry her at some points. I also want to climb Ben Nevis again later in the year with Oreo and thought it would be good training. Well she made me proud despite chasing a lamb beside Loch Turret earlier and with the odd frustratated whimper¬†Oreo fought…
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-17612550

where? well that's the first question, now if you didn't know where it was you now do. There are a¬† few "stans" out there beyond India and Pakistan. And beyond the pale is Uzbekistan's policy of involuntary sterilisation of young women. It is hardly believable that women can be treated this way as "a policy", then for a government statement to say their policy is advanced and a model for others to follow is infuriating. Avaaz where are you on this? Do click on the link, it is harrowing, but you need to know.…

Apr 11th by Ian under Miscellaneous

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In Shetland we live in an purpose built accommodation block, a polecat has been seen by various people who have reported the sightings to me of a polecat living underneath our new building. One sighting was of the polecat dragging a rabbit underneath the building. My Brother found a dead polecat on the road near our Sella Ness camp, On the Sunday equinox I was delayed as I forgot to forward my alarm, so on exiting the camp 1 hour late my brother had a surprise in the van, a dead polecat. We put the polecat back…
Meant to add these some time ago, these are before the recent solar flares that meant the Nth lights were seen as far south as Lincolnshire, the same photographer Peter Sevill was out on those days but clouds were a severe set back. These are his pictures from early February. Note the plough configuration in each shot and the perhaps presence of batman. I have never seen/experienced the northern lights yet. Bummer, need to stay awake longer!!…
Whilst on rota leave I was listening to radio Scotland's call Kaye, the subject was¬† the nurses as angels, the carers or have they gone too far with academic pursuance. I do have some opinion on that but the thought struck me about the ability to monitor everything via computers. So are we actually slaves to the computer as it can accumulate all and every piece of data and "analysis" it. This thought was sponsored by the nurses having so much paper/input work that patients can become "not the customer", the system is driven by feedback usually for costs and…
Being from the mainland, there is a strange to me, drinking behaviour. It is hiring a bus for a party, birthday, anniversary, just being a weekend day !! and going around several pubs. Its a lot like going round the halls for the squads at Up Helly A's. So there we were in the Welcome Inn in Mossbank, our get a few pints haunt,¬† and it was flooded by this party. I have no idea what it was for or why it was fancy dress, but given some tempting shots I had the camera out of the…

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