Thursday, December 30, 2010

St Bernard at leisure

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Kayaking Christmas Day!

Just couldn't resist taking the Malibu sit-on-top for a wee spin off Hillswick. around noon on Christmas Day

Hillswick, Christmas morning

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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Solstice dawn (lunar eclipse the other way)

Couldn't get my fumbling fingers to work the old Samsung Pro815 properly, no tripod, so no rust red moon. Just loved the description from a meteorologist on Good Morning Scotland: "It's every sunrise and sunset in the world, reflected off the moon."

In the other direction, though, this was dawn over Ura Firth leading to St Magnus Bay. You'll have to imagine the seven snorting seals. No, not the Bergmanesque ones.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Too good not to share: Ronnie's top list of 'bullshit bingo' words and phrases

I hope Ronnie Johnston doesn't mind, but this came in to the show this afternoon. Fantastic!

Hi Tom,

This is one of my pet hates.

I have already a list of words that are overused in the media and have copied them below.

I am sure there are many more.

Perhaps the worst however is the use of the word “literally” when it is clear that it would be impossible.

“ When my dad found out he literally exploded.”

I am sure you are already aware of the “Bullshit Bingo” game where persons attending a meeting are given a list of buzzwords and have to cross out each as it is used.

The winner should then exclaim “Bullshit” when all have been used.

Ronnie Johnston

icon, iconic

shock, in shock, shocked

miracle, miraculous


under the microscope


going forward

long fight with cancer

slam, slammed


don’t get me wrong

to be honest


at the end of the day

it’s a nonsense [it's nonsense]

shell shocked [shocked]

found battered to death in her own home [her home]

anything with the suffix ‘gate’

devout Catholic [not totally lapsed]

devastated [upset]


residents woke to discover

surreal [incredible]

absolutely essential [essential]

incredulous & credulous [often confused]

credulous [credible], incredulous [incredible]

kick-start [start]

riddled with cancer

almost palpable

binge drinking culture

Monday, December 13, 2010

Babyliss Easycut attack after major surgery

The compensation claim goes in shortly...if you haven't seen a Babyliss EasyCut, it's like a wee rotary lawnmower for the head, currently getting big licks on telly advertising. They are instruments of the devil and should be avoided by all.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

36 whiskies and whiskeys, but no uisges

World Whisky Awards tasting some point this week. No, honestly, it's no fun whatsoever...Irish and Rest of the World for me. Just the 36 drams. Probably not a good idea to wash them down with a Tesco Strong Lager chaser. On the other hand...

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

I'm a PC

...Microsoft. The ultimate platform. Great support.