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Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3d ago

Bike ride east of Dunbar, taking in parts of the John Muir Way

It was a beautiful day towards the end of May, so Lindsey & myself drove to Dunbar and then cycled west of the town, over part of Belhaven Bay, over the River Tyne and along some sections of...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1W ago

The Cultural Revolution

This book, The Cultural Revolution, by Frank Dikötter, is right up Fat Mac’s street, with tales of ‘last fag, up against the wall’ executions, massed proletariat movements, revolution after ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3W ago

Short stay in Northumberland

It’s been more than 50 years since I camped at Beadnell, on the Northumberland coast, and the village has changed a bit in that time.  St Oswald’s Way goes through the campsite, and Lindsey ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1M ago

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There was a good turnout for Tinariwen at the Queen’s Hall last night. Tinariwen are a popular group of Tuareg musicians.  They appeared in full, exotic rig-out and went down well with the c...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1M ago

Decorating

While Shaun is away in Tanzania, working with Raleigh International, we decided to redecorate his room. It’s quite a small room, but there’s a lot of scraping and base layer work to be done ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

The hills above Crieff

We’ve been enjoying a few days in Crieff and the surrounding countryside. It’s been nice to get away for a while from all the divisive politics going on within Scotland at the moment.  Of co...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

Neither Yes nor No: An impartial analysis of social media with respect to the Referendum(s) in Scotland

This post will attempt to look at some of the things that I’ve learned recently about the discussion of politics on various social media, in the context of the Yes/No campaigns on Referendum...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

Cycling to Longniddry

Last night I attended a presentation about Exodus Travels cycling adventures in the Edinburgh Marriott Hotel.  It consisted of some short movie clips plus a lot of slides. My goodness, just ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3M ago

Patsy & Edina go to Scotland: A draft sketch comedy with a serious message

Scene 1 Outside their flat in London, Patsy and Edina are getting into a car which is absolutely full to the brim with luggage, hat boxes and climbing equipment. Lulu and Saffron are on the ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3M ago

Short movie script: Who speaks for Scotland?

A scene in a hospital.  A man is a patient on a bed, and is reading a newspaper.  The headline he is reading says: “WHINGE, Whinge, whinge…” and underneath is a picture of Nicola Sturgeon, t...