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Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 5d ago

In which scenario would Scotland likely have a bigger voice on things that directly affect Scotland?

Scotland has 6 MEPs. The European Parliament is made up of 751 Members elected in the 28 Member States of the enlarged European Union. Scotland conducts the vast majority of its trade within...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1w ago

The Plains of Camdeboo

I’ve been enjoying reading The Plains of Camdeboo, by Eve Palmer.  It was recommended to me by Jean Thomas, an information professional who lives not too far from the area covered by the boo...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3W ago


A few weeks ago my elder son Jamie, who is living and working in Addis Ababa, told me that he was going to a meeting in Geneva in January, and he fancied a couple of days skiing whilst in Sw...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1M ago

City of Thorns

I mentioned Ben Rawlence’s book City of Thorns previously on this blog, in the context of a presentation I went to at the Edinburgh Book Festival.  The book is about the Dadaab Refugee Camp ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1M ago

Two short apocalyptic movies

These are two short movies I made the day before yesterday after taking a few video clips on some waste ground behind Fort Kinnaird.  I prefer the first one.  Because of the subject matter, ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1M ago

In the Footsteps of Mr Kurtz

Most of the people we met in Ethiopia were interesting.  This included Eric & Sally with whom we went to the Lower Omo Valley – I mentioned them in a previous post; they live in the USA, and...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

Food in Ethiopia

The food we ate in Ethiopia was generally very good, tasty and nourishing, although we didn’t always know exactly what it was.  It was funny seeing spaghetti under ‘traditional Ethiopian dis...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

Bahir Dar, the Blue Nile Gorge, Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls and Lalibela rock-hewn churches – short movie

This is the short movie of our 6 day trip by road from Addis Ababa to Bahir Dar, Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Gorge and Lalibela, November 2016.
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

Lalibela to Addis

It took the best part of two days for us to drive from Lalibela back to Addis, through some wonderfully attractive yet sometimes dry countryside. We saw a few other tourists in Lalibela, mos...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2M ago

Rock-hewn churches of Lalibela

You can get a much better idea of the famous rock-hewn churches of Lalibela from the video I will post shorty to this blog.  In the meantime, here are a few photos of these incredible church...