Category Archives: This and That

Weak bridges in Scotland.

Scandal of Scotland’s crumbling bridges after years of warnings SCOTLAND’S motorway and trunk road network has 36 weak bridges, including some of the country’s busiest and most historic crossings. The list includes raised approaches to the Erskine Bridge and the … Continue reading

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“Never Fear” – reliving the life of Sir Francis Chichester – by Ian Strathcarron.

This biography by Ian Strathcarron tracks the life of a remarkable man who rightly became world famous long before the word “celebrity” was in common use. Available in hard back from Amazon. Christopher Macgowan @chrismacgowan

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Wheelie Bins make art – at last!!

I visited in Saint-Nazaire last week an art exhibition reusing scrap and making a new use for it – or at the very least making some appealing art objects from it. New ways of making alternative accommodation appealed to me … Continue reading

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One reason we stare at our mobis all day.

I was reading a piece in the FT this morning about a proposed restructuring of Facebook shares which would allow Mark Zuckerberg to retain control of the company whilst pursuing his philanthropy.  This fact emerged: The average user now spends … Continue reading

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The Myreton Motor Museum

      If you are approaching Edinburgh from the East near North Berwick then the small but evocative Myreton Motor Museum is worth a visit. Run by a farming family it is housed in a few spare buildings and was … Continue reading

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2016 predictions.

As with many newspapers, The Financial Times http://www.ft.com today makes its predictions for 2016 as well as admitting to failed predictions for 2015 – most notably predicting a hung parliament for the UK. Key predictions for 2016 include: Hillary Clinton … Continue reading

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Maserati comes fourth in Rolex Sydney-Hobart yacht race.

   At exactly 11:54:33 Hobart time yesterday, Maserati became the fourth craft to cross the finish-line in the 71st edition of the Rolex Sydney-Hobart Yacht Race, one of the most gruelling events on the international sailing calendar. The Italian VOR … Continue reading

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