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Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3d ago

Fat Mac’s Bunker Mentality Syndrome takes a turn for the worse

Fat Mac was supposed to be cycling to Balerno with Lindsey and I today, but, although everything was previously arranged, he emailed me to say that his BMS (Bunker Mentality Syndrome) had ta...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 6d ago

Before the rain

We managed a 36 km bike ride today, mainly before the rain, to Musselburgh then through Dalkeith, past Newbattle Abbey College (shown above), and on to the lovely Dalhouse Castle (shown belo...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1w ago

Next level of fitness

Lindsey’s fitness schedule in preparation for southern Morocco isn’t half knackering!  10 km run on Monday, 5 km run and 8 km bike ride on Tuesday, 70 lengths of the pool on Wednesday, 55 km...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1W ago

Shaun’s new pad

Shaun has started an MSc at Strathclyde University, in Glasgow.  At the weekend we delivered some of his kit and took him out for a meal.  His flat, in a residence block run by an independen...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1W ago

Training for southern Morocco

Encouraged by our part descent by bike of the Parenzana earlier this year, seduced by a holiday sales presentation I attended, and intrigued by the title of the tour (Atlas Descent), some ti...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 2W ago

Interstate

I like road movies.  I also like road books.  Hmm…is there actually a genre such as ‘road books’?  I don’t think so.  A ‘roadbook’ (one-word) has a definition “…a diagrammatic book typically...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3W ago

Kingussie to Loch Insh day trip on the Spey by kayak

Unlike the last time we ventured onto the River Spey, this time there was no two-inch dump of rain in the valley the night before.  We kayaked from Kingussie to Loch Insh the other day, and ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 3W ago

Three more Bookfest shows

On the 16th August, Lindsey and I went to see John MacKenzie & Angela McCarthy talk about the Scottish Diaspora at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and today we enjoyed two more pr...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 4W ago

Africa’s Long Road Since Independence

Africa’s Long Road Since Independence, by Keith Somerville, was published recently by Penguin Books. Did you know that between 1958 and April 1984 there were 58 successful military coups in ...
Roddy MacLeod's Blog · 1M ago

Three shows in

Lindsey and I have been to three presentations at the Edinburgh International Book Festival so far, with several more scheduled for the following weeks.  Within five minutes of the start of ...