Monday, February 21, 2005

Gold In Them Hills

Scottish hillwalking in February can be a bit hit-or-miss. I've been lucky to catch a few nice patches.

Loch Lomond countryside from the Kilpatrick Hills

Grave of Rob Roy, Balquhidder

View near Kirkton Glen

Cold, windy, often wet, but life affirming.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

Tsunami Benefit Concert - SECC, Glasgow

Just got back from my first gig of 2005. And how's this for a line-up?
  • Deacon Blue
  • Mull Historical Society
  • Mogwai
  • Belle and Sebastian
  • Trashcan Sinatras
  • Teenage Fanclub
  • Travis
  • Idlewild
  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Eddi Reader
  • Texas
  • Snow Patrol
Amazing talent, and all Scottish to boot. Great vibe, great tunes, and all for a great cause.

Friday, February 18, 2005

Tear To A Glass Eye

Overnight I've gone from an old clunker of a PC with Windows 95 and dial-up Internet to a souped-up PC with Broadband. One word: result.

Monday, February 14, 2005


After a read through the blogs of Mike and Drew, I realised I haven’t mentioned my return trip home yet. I don’t suppose there is any point in getting into details as the folk who read this will likely be the same folk who I would have spending the time with anyway. By the way – love the idea of the nostalgia photo album Mike. Alas many of my best pics are back in Burlington, but shall see if I can get someone to scan some for me.

In a nutshell, it was a truly excellent return. Fiona hadn’t been back to Canada for over two years, and in all her time there she had not experienced a proper deep freeze. No longer. Several days of minus 40 with the windchill. The kind of days where you breathe in and your nostrils stick together. All that, plus a few days of freezing rain and some serious snow coverage. Oh Canada!

Caught a brilliant Stars concert. A band so good that they should be huge, but glad they’re not – it’s nice to be part of a sizeable but still exclusive group of fans.

An excellent time spent with family. Great meals, wine and chat with the parents and fun catching up with my two brothers.

Managed to catch up with most (but unfortunately not all) of the Toronto folk. Fun night out at C’est What. Thanks to Steve and Rachel for putting us up (and putting up with us!) while in town.

A great road trip to Ottawa. Excellent to catch up with all the boys, complete with a New Year’s at Mike’s cottage and drinking at Zaphod’s.

All three weeks peppered with a healthy serving of Mom’s home cooking and a more than healthy serving of Keith’s and Moosehead (in bottle, pint and even the much-missed pitcher).

You always know how good a trip is by how hard it is to leave, and while of course it was nice to get back to normalcy, it was tough to say goodbye again. I may be living in Scotland for the time being, but being back home really hammered home the old cliché – “You can take the boy out of Canada, but can’t take the Canada out of the boy”.