For the next few days I’m going to be sampling the (cold, wet) delights of Torridon, over on the west coast….if it stops snowing I may even get to hop up one or two of the local mountains. No doubt I’ll have a few pictures to share on my return but in the meantime, if you need me, I’ll be in that hut there.

With tomorrow’s forecast being what it is, the view may well look pretty similar to that.





what happened in roughly 1870 though

why was there temporary internet

with a few people searching for pokemon?

It’s a search of Google books, but the question still stands, what the Fuck happened in 1870


In the Cornish dialect of English, Pokemon meant ‘clumsy’ (pure coincidence).

In the mid 1800s there was a surge of writing about the Cornish language and dialect in an attempt to preserve them with glossaries and dictionaries being written. I wrote about it HERE.

I just love that this post happened to find the ONE HUMAN ON THE INTERNET who had the answer to this question

You chaps need to read that article. The Cornish word for a bat is an “airymouse”. That is adorable.

(Source: neilcicierega)

(Source: huffingtonpost)


sorry! your password must contain at least seventeen roman numerals and the entire script of shrek the third

(Source: mermeme)


(Source: mikesgun)

Why is there this odd fad at the moment for branding the views of any public figure who speaks against independence as being, among other things, ‘politically motivated’?

The article linked here is a case in point. Martin Kelly is shocked and appalled that Sir Ian Wood, a highly respected figure in the O&G industry and a native Aberdonian, should take the time speak his mind about the momentous event facing his home country as he is entitled to, lest it influence voters. While I don’t necessarily agree with the article as a whole anyway (and I happen to think Wood’s latest estimates are a more accurate representation than those in the original Wood report), the most grating point for me was Kelly’s facile accusation that wood’s comments are “political”.

"Someone with a major stake in the outcome of the independence debate may have political leanings that influences their views? Shocking! Clearly they can’t know what they’re talking about!"

I find this accusation strange, coming from the source that it does. I notice that newsnetscotland’s selection of articles follows a very clear and straight path; the only gaffes it publishes are Better Together’s; the only referendum-related articles are those that support the independence case. Do I detect a hint of, dare I say it, political motivation? I could say the same thing about Wings Over Scotland (I noticed a link to that site in related articles). It claims proudly in its tagline to be “soaring above Scottish Politics” despite miring itself thoroughly in the political muddy waters by serving as a vehicle for only one side of the argument…are we somehow supposed to believe that content such as “How Scotland will be robbed”, or the even more subtly titled “Gordon Brown is a liar” are not at all politically motivated or influenced?

Of course not, silly me.

Likewise, whenever Alex Salmond, or Nicola Sturgeon, or any other SNP MSP speaks out in favour of independence they are not being political, while Ian Wood is? Are we all suffering from a collective amnesia whereby we forget that the SNP is a political party with a particular world view and agenda, the same as any other political party?

I fully understand the desire for those on both sides of the debate from politics and politicians; politicians are not our favourite people at the best of times. However we need to stop kidding ourselves that the referendum campaign is some sort of politics v anti-politics struggle. Both Yes Scotland and Better Together are campaign groups that have the support of major political parties and therefore many of the things these campaign groups say and do will either reflect or be reflected by the parties that back them. This political colouring is also passed from campaigner to supporter. So it doesn’t surprise or offend me at all that Ian Wood’s comments could be politically motivated, why should it?

It’s all politics, and it’s all biased one way or the other; can we just accept that please and stop this charade? And moreover, can we please stop using “politically motivated” as weapon to discredit those that don’t share our views?


i love the teenage mutant ninja turtles!! leonardo, raphael, donatella and versace!!!

Oh, the girl in the room next door is banging around and using her hairdryer at 1 in the morning. Just as well I wasn’t just about to drop off to sleep.

This being the same person who was having a massive row down the phone at midnight last night. If she’d thumped the wall any harder she might have broken through.