19 Oct 2010

"There's a Place" by The Beatles

How do you say the name to this little village called Ysbyty Ystwyth?
It is a village in Wales near Aberystwyth. I have been told by a local person it is pronounced " uh-sbuty uh-st-with"

Ysbyty Ystwyth

25 Aug 2010

16 Aug 2010

"Celebration Day" by Led Zeplin

Grant Graduation, originally uploaded by IainCameron.

My son, Grant, graduated at Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen with a First Class Honours Degree in July.

I am the proud Dad but he does not like to boast about it. Here he is graduating.

22 Apr 2010

"I'll Find My Way Home" by Jon & Vangelis

I was in Stuttgart when the volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, in Iceland erupted. This caused significant disruption to air travel across western and northern Europe. It also meant that I had to look for a way to get home because British Airways cancelled my flights. There was chaos everywhere and thanks to my little netbook I was able to research many options to get me home. There were a few of us in the same situation and we helped each other to decide how to get moving.

Everyone needs to know that P&O ferry did not want to know about walking passengers! "We only take cars with passengers" BUT we were saved by SEAFRANCE Ferries who took as many walking passengers as the ship would carry. THANK YOU SEAFRANCE for altering your planned activity.

11 Apr 2010

"I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash

Deeside Walk

The winter weather has eased a bit and allowed me to take a walk with my friend, Harry R, between Aboyne and Ballater in Aberdeenshire. The walk is along the disused railway line that starts in Aberdeen and ends at Ballater.

At Cambus O'May we stoped for a picnic at the suspension bridge and noted that it has been awarded the Best Scottish picnic spot chosen in 2007 by Warburtons Bakery. I certainly agree it is a beautiful spot to take a rest.
Deeside Walk

Deeside Walk
Deeside Walk
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25 Jan 2010

"Heinz Baked Beans" by the Who

BRANSTON BAKED BEANS come out top in a Consumer Testing Survey by WHICH?

Branston : Remember to try these beans next time you go shopping.

Thanks to a good Blogger and pen friend of mine (she knows who she is)I started to eat them about 5 years ago and I, and my family all prefer them to Heinz or the other big named brands.

Heinz may be the bestselling beans.
But when it comes to taste, it might be better to bring out the Branston's.
In a series of blind tasting tests, Branston beans came out top, with four out of five stars for taste.
Heinz could only manage fourth place, behind Asda and Morrisons beans. Consumer group Which? asked 120 shoppers to sample 12 brands and award them marks for appearance, aroma and texture.
The panel liked British brand Branston's "tasty sauce" and were impressed by its thickness and colour. At an average 63p a can, Branston beans - launched only five years ago - are also 1p cheaper than their US rival Heinz, which has 67 per cent of the market.
Bottom of the pile were "value" range beans from Tesco, Sainsbury's and Asda.

"For A' That" - by Robert Burns

Robert Burns Day, 25th January

Robert Burns was born on 25 January 1759, the first of William and Agnes Burns' seven children. From an early age Robert had to help his father on their small, impoverished farm in Ayrshire, in south-west Scotland.

Although he received little formal education, Burns was fluent in French and had a working knowledge of Latin and mathematics. He was a voracious reader across a range of literature, though he often liked to present himself as nothing more than a simple country poet.
When he was 15 he fell in love for the first time, supposedly with a girl with whom he was harvesting wheat. He promptly immortalised her - Helen was her name - in his maiden poem, "Handsome Nell".
In 1781 Burns became engaged to Elizabeth Gebbie, but her father disapproved of the match. The disappointed suitor took himself off to Irvine to learn the trade of flax-dressing, but had to return home a few months later when the flax shop burned down.
In 1785 Burns met Jean Armour at a dance in Mauchline. She became his wife and eventually bore him nine children. Burns also fathered at least four more offspring with other women, and had other romantic entanglements along the way.
He wrote his first collection of poetry - Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect - in order to raise money for a sea passage to Jamaica, Jean Armour's parents having initially opposed his prospective marriage to their daughter. The poems were an instant success, however, so Burns abandoned all thoughts of emigrating and moved to Edinburgh to pursue his literary career.
Burns signed up as an Excise officer in 1789, with a starting salary of £50 p.a. On one occasion he and his men captured a smuggler's vessel, the Rosamund, in the Solway Firth. Burns later purchased four of the ship's guns to donate to the French revolutionary cause.
Robert Burns wrote over 600 poems and songs in his relatively short life, though one of the most famous, "Auld Lang Syne", was not all his own work. A traditional ballad, Burns "took it down from an old man's singing" and reworked it. The tune itself dates back to the 17th century.
The poet died on 21 July 1796 in Dumfries, at the age of 37. The cause of death is thought to be the result of a streptococcal infection entering the bloodstream following the extraction of a tooth, though it has also been attributed to a freezing swim in the Solway Firth in a vain attempt to restore his failing health.
According to the Burns Society, the bicentenary of the poet's birth in 1996 was officially celebrated by more than a million people worldwide. A remarkable and enduring tribute to one of the world's greatest poets, whose passion, humour and love of the common man lives on in his work..
For A' That
Tho' women's minds, like winter winds,
May shift, and turn, an' a' that,
The noblest breast adores them maist-
A consequence I draw that.
For a' that, an' a' that,
And twice as meikle's a' that;
The bonie lass that I loe best
She'll be my ain for a' that.

Great love I bear to a' the fair,
Their humble slave, an' a' that;
But lordly will,
I hold it still A mortal sin to thraw that.
For a' that, &c.
But there is ane aboon the lave,
Has wit, and sense, an' a' that;
A bonie lass, I like her best,
And wha a crime dare ca' that?
For a' that, &c.
In rapture sweet this hour we meet,
Wi' mutual love an' a' that,
But for how lang the flie may stang,
Let inclination law that.
For a' that, &c.
Their tricks an' craft hae put me daft.
They've taen me in, an' a' that;
But clear your decks, and here's-"The Sex!"
I like the jads for a' that.
For a' that, &c..

To A Haggis
Fair fa' your honest, sonsie face,
Great chieftain o' the puddin-race!
Aboon them a' ye tak your place,
Painch, tripe, or thairm:
Weel are ye wordy o' a grace
As lang's my arm.

~Robert Burns~

Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish normally made with the following ingredients: sheep's 'pluck' (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal's stomach. It is traditionally served with neeps and tatties (turnip and potato).

Haggis is traditionally eaten at Burns Night on 25th January each year when the life and times of the poet

16 Jan 2010

"One Night in Bangkok" by Murray Head

Flavours of Bangkok.
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Anyone for a cup of tea?