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Weekly Ramblings

Issue 12 - Social Media and Me Wednesday 11 November On Tuesday I watched The Social Dilemma on Netflix. A docudrama which I would recommend spending 125 minutes of your life watching and by watching, I mean with no social media apps open and no laptop screen blocking your view of your television. As someone … Continue reading Weekly Ramblings

Martians, Millennium & Maitlis: Nine Novels of Lockown

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On entering lockdown in March my catalogue of recently read novels was looking pretty sparse. My last fray into fiction being the completion of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, arguably best read onboard a ferry to Shetland. For the first two months of 2020 I'd been too distracted by Netflix and an unhealthy addiction to Rugby … Continue reading Martians, Millennium & Maitlis: Nine Novels of Lockown

Running is Badass. Period.

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While flicking through an issue of Runners World recently I came across images of toned athletic specimens in perfect fitting gear. Beside the images of barely sweating bodies are finely tuned weight loss regimes, 10K training plans and endless lists of foods to avoid. Although I often envy the kitted out gentlemen in these publications … Continue reading Running is Badass. Period.

Granite City Getaways

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There was some faint hope yesterday on a sad day for the North-East that Nicola Sturgeon would announce a lifting in lockdown restrictions for Aberdeen. Alas there was understandably no change in the five mile travel restrictions currently imposed on Aberdeen's 205,000 odd residents. August is of course a time of the year when many … Continue reading Granite City Getaways

The Spookiest Castle you’ve never heard about

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It was a particularly gloomy evening as we made our way towards Dufftown in Leah's yellow corsa. The bright colours of the car contrasted with the dull greys of the sky above Speyside as we navigated the wet roads. This was a perfect example of a cheaper and shortened version of a good old road … Continue reading The Spookiest Castle you’ve never heard about

Searching for Dracula

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In the midst of an overcast Scottish summer there are wonderful days where this country is literally shown in it's best light. I think us Scots quite often deliberately forget about these days, feigning for some average conversation starter about how the weather is always rubbish. Thursday was definitely one of those days, the type … Continue reading Searching for Dracula

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A Crash Related Ramble

Never do I feel so confident as when I'm going great guns on a bike or tearing down a technical hill side like an ungraceful mountain goat, just about managing to keep my balance. Those moments are blissfully rare insights into a fantasy life which could resemble total self-belief while anxiety remains absent. Reality does … Continue reading A Crash Related Ramble

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Like Riding Through Treacle

It's always difficult to get out of bed when you can actually hear the rain and wind battering your bedroom windows. Friday morning was no exception to this rule. Awaking early for my planned ride I thought, 'it's June, it can't be that cold outside.' Spoiler alert: it was pretty cold. Not only was it … Continue reading Like Riding Through Treacle

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French Flair, Irish Intelligence and Scotland’s Silly Errors

This weekend was always going to be just that little better than usual as the crème la crème of sporting events got underway in Cardiff. I speak not of the Super Bowl in Miami, but instead of the Northern Hemisphere’s rugby showpiece where long-time supporters and long-suffering girlfriends (or boyfriends) alike were treated to two … Continue reading French Flair, Irish Intelligence and Scotland’s Silly Errors

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That Road Trip Kind of Weekend

Last weekend was both enjoyable and surreal in equal measure. Over two days my girlfriend and I spent a huge amount of time traversing the North-East. We were able to show each other our local haunts from before we moved to the big city in search of fame of fortune. Well, to the moderately sized … Continue reading That Road Trip Kind of Weekend

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Race Report: Kinloss to Lossiemouth HM

Location: Kinloss & Lossiemouth, Moray Time: 11:00, 17 February 2019 Distance: 13 miles (approx. 21km) On Sunday I ran my second half marathon race and was pleased to come away with a Personal Best, running the 13 mile road race in 1:32:35. Achieving this time was especially pleasing because I had failed to PB in the Lumphanan Detox … Continue reading Race Report: Kinloss to Lossiemouth HM

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Weekly Rambling

What’s this I hear you ask? Well its an idea which includes telling whoever is unfortunate enough to have stumbled across this, some random thoughts on a weekly basis.

These thoughts will attempt to correspond with the previous week and will be posted every Monday. Also a quick warning this is likely to contain a significant amount of rambling which will hopefully make some sense.

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Six Nations 2019 Preview

With the Six Nations only a week away we interviewed armchair expert and former Deeside RFC Under 8's legend Finn Nixon... What is the Six Nations? The Six Nations is an annual rugby tournament contested between the best international sides in the Northern Hemisphere and Wales. Who are the Six Nations? England, France, Ireland, Italy, … Continue reading Six Nations 2019 Preview

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Weekly Rambling

What's this I hear you ask? Well its an idea which includes telling whoever is unfortunate enough to have stumbled across this, some random thoughts on a weekly basis.

These thoughts will attempt to correspond with the previous week and will be posted every Monday. Also a quick warning this is likely to contain a significant amount of rambling which will hopefully make some sense.

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Race Report: The Lumphanan Detox

Location: Lumphanan, Aberdeenshire Time: 11:30, 2nd January 2019 Distance: 10K   Usually I stand at the start line of the Lumphanan Detox feeling a few pounds heavier perhaps, but confident and feeling physically fit all the same. This year was slightly different. Yes, I still a good level of fitness, safe in the knowledge that my … Continue reading Race Report: The Lumphanan Detox

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Nightclubbing – what’s it all about then?

My first experience with drinking was three years ago and I can remember it vividly. I was 16 and most of my schoolmates had already had a taste of the 'naughty juice'. I remember stumbling around a friend's field, being an utter and total lightweight, a category I would likely still firmly place myself in. … Continue reading Nightclubbing – what’s it all about then?

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A Half to Celebrate Freshers’ Please

The day before Kenyan super human Eliud Kipchoge claimed a new world record by a whole minute and 18 seconds at the Berlin Marathon, 369 runners gathered to participate in the annual Crathes Half Marathon on a sunny September day. These runners gathering on the beautiful grounds of Crathes Castle weren’t going to come away from … Continue reading A Half to Celebrate Freshers’ Please

English Premiership: Dominant Chiefs restart season with bonus point victory against battling Tigers

Exeter Chiefs 26(12) Leicester Tigers 13(6) Exeter Chiefs began the restart with a controlled victory against a competitive Leicester at an empty Sandy Park. In a match where both sides had plenty of chances, the hosts got the job done against a fighting Tigers side on Jonny Gray's debut for the hosts. The second rower … Continue reading English Premiership: Dominant Chiefs restart season with bonus point victory against battling Tigers