A Glen for the Less Cynical

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I'm no dentist but as I face Shrek and Donkey with their, bulbous wide open eyes I can't help but notice their truly terrifying teeth. Fiona is nowhere to be seen and nearby Barney the purple dinosaur looks like he's been out on the town the night before. His mouth agape in a twisted smile … Continue reading A Glen for the Less Cynical

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.

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

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