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My Favourite “I Told You So”

Posted on May 27, 2015 in writing, zeitgeist | 0 comments

Every now and then you have to stop and think. As you become fatigued by the annoying small-print of life, you have occasionally lift your head and see all the nice headlines. One of the headlines that it would be easy for me to miss is that I’ve known my best friend for getting on for 40 years ( age and the orange fade of 70’s photographs leave the exact time a little vague ). When you consider that I was only earth with my Mum for 27 years, 40 years looks like quite a long time. You have to feel very lucky to have the privilege of that....

A Weekend in London with the Fuji X100S – Part 1

Posted on Oct 27, 2014 in Fuji X100S, photography | 0 comments

A rare weekend in London with a whole Friday to wander about with the camera and good bit of Saturday and Sunday too. Always too many places to get to in anything less than a month but I manage to cover a fair bit of distance. As ever, the Fuji X100S was brilliant, although I did find it struggle a bit with exposure when I had too much sky in the shot. That was most likely operator error. Anyway, here’s a selection of what I got, split over two posts. Part 2 is here. All BW processing down in Silver Efex Pro. As ever, all the pics can be...

A Trip to Venice with the Fuji X100S

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 in Fuji X100S, photography | 0 comments

Heeding my own advice, on my recent holiday, I only took my Fuji X100S and left the big, heavy stuff at home. These photos are what came from a wander round Venice late afternoon, early evening. All B&W conversion done with Silver Efex Pro. All these images can be download hi-res for free from...

An Amazing Thing Happened…

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 in writing | 0 comments

On 1st November 2006 I registered terraexitus.com. Almost 8 (count them, 8) years later, I have finally finished the first draft of the book. In the end, it didn’t take that long. It’s not a long book, more of a novella (albeit its about the same length as the novel that partially inspired it), it’s about 36K words now, it’ll end up under 40K when finished. There is still more to do, some rewrites, lots of editing but, jings, 8 years since I first had the idea and grabbed the domain. The good news is, I’m pretty pleased with it. Maybe I couldn’t have done it 8 years ago....

The Town Square

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 in writing | 0 comments

He was making his point loudly. The still night let his voice echo off the tiled roofs bouncing it towards every window and up into the starry ether. In winter, the tightly closed shutters keep out the cold and the distant voices. In summer, the daytime heat hides in the terracotta tiles leaping out into the night to warm the air. No one slept with their shutters closed. No one knows when it started. All written and verbal traditions talk of “the talk”. At all times of day you will find people of the town in the main square expressing their opinions to whoever was listening. Part habit, part...

A Sunny Return to Edinburgh Zoo

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 in photography | 0 comments

You know what no one has said to me ever? “Scott, it’s been a while since you did a blog post of zoo photos.” Undeterred, I press on. The sun was shining, had a few spare hours so nipped into the zoo. As we reversed away from the house, the sun went in. Which was handy for the photos. The meerkats have moved near the main entrance and their new enclosure is about as good as you can get when it comes to zoo photography. And, of course, meerkats are always the most willing of subjects. Special mention to my daughter who took one of the photos...

Inside St. Giles’ Cathedral with the Fuji X100S

Posted on May 18, 2014 in Fuji X100S, photography | 0 comments

In all my 40-odd years of mainly kicking about Edinburgh, I had, until recently, never set foot inside St. Giles’ Cathedral. Well, I had a spare couple of hours around the Old Town so wandered in, paid my £2 to take photos (and wore my sticker) and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was some live classical music being played and lots of cool stuff to take photos of. It was really very peaceful. Which I suppose is the point. It appears to also work on heathens. Here are a selection, all taken with the Fuji X100S and given the Dark Edinburgh treatment. As usual, all these images are available for...

The Animals of the Highland Wildlife Park

Posted on May 5, 2014 in photography | 0 comments

As a member of the RZSS, I seemed remiss that I’d never made it to the Highland Wildlife Park, something I remedied this year when we were near enough up North to pop over towards Kingussie and have a look. Very much enjoyed the day and some of the animals were kind enough to make an appearance for the camera. Least said about the Wolverine the better! As usual, hi-res versions of these photos can be downloaded for free from Morguefile here. I make no apologies for the multiple Red Panda pictures, after my brief encounter in Rotterdam, I was very keen to get more pics of them and...

People In The Museum

Posted on May 4, 2014 in photography | 0 comments

I did a post a while back of various people watching images. This is a follow-up of sorts, pictures of people in the National Museum of Scotland. I always find myself trying to work out the back story for people. Why are they there? Who are they waiting...

A World of Wonder For a Tenner

Posted on Mar 28, 2014 in zeitgeist | 0 comments

Ten pounds doesn’t go far these days. Having a tenner used to be a world of opportunity. A ticket to choice, discovery, wonder. It was also a problem. You had to choose how to spend it, you might not get that kind of chance for quite some time. If you got it wrong, well, it could be a crushing disappointment. I should have bought the Japanese import 12″ of a The Farmyard Connection by a The Fun Boy Three. But I didn’t because £4.49 for 12″ was just too much. I could get an album for that. But now, 30 or so years on, I don’t have it. But...

On the Propagation of Truth and Intent in Large Organisations

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 in technology, zeitgeist | 0 comments

Truth can be considered an absolute. Logically there can be only one truth but reality is usually very different. In effect, everyone has their own truth shaped by their perceptions, motivations, agenda, understanding. If history is written by the victors, truth can be manipulated in real time. So, in a Leadership position, how can you really tell what is going on? A myriad of competing truths can appear at your door, what do you believe, who can you trust? Traditionally relationships built up over time deliver the trust required to allow you to arrive at the best approximation of the truth. This, however, rarely extends all the way down...

The Campaign for Misinformation on Planes

Posted on Mar 18, 2014 in writing, zeitgeist | 0 comments

You perhaps won’t be entirely surprised to learn that I wrote this on a plane. And, yes, I was sneaking a look. Just being silly but it passed the time… It started innocently enough with a simple observation. A well turned out professional gent or lady, sitting on a plane would, by necessity carry on their work of the day in the sky. Piles of papers ( as the Dude would have it “business papers” ) would emerge from bags, laptops would flip open or, as is the modern way, tablets would ping to life like energetic placemats. A bored passenger sitting aside them, bereft of purpose, would, also...

The Owls of the Scottish Owl Centre

Posted on Mar 15, 2014 in photography | 1 comment

Owls are great aren’t they? They seem to cram quite a lot of character into a relatively small animal. And they come in such amazing variety. Had a random Friday off work during the school holidays so we took a quick trip out to the Scottish Owl Centre. It was a very cold day so we didn’t stay long but we need see a wonderful variety of adorable feathered friends. Would definitely recommend a visit and I’ll be going back on a slightly warmer day. From a photography perspective, the owls are fairly engaging, some hid but plenty stared. The mesh in the cages can be a little tough...