Edinburgh to Linlithgow

May 31, 2008

Phew. I finally got round to cycling from Moringside, Edinburgh, to Linlithgow via the Union Canal. The beauty of canals is that they are flat. And off-road. So once you get out of town, onto the quieter streches, you can relax and watch the West Lothian countryside pass by.

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Charlie Brooker’s Column in the Guardian

May 26, 2008

An amusing article, and some of the comments are really funny. Some choice quotes:

“New Labour have managed to combine the very, very worst of all possible worlds: they really have convinced themselves that their particular brand of socialism – everyone working for Tesco – is somehow akin to some leftwing, co-operative Nirvana.”

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Tired Legs and the rest of the weekend.

May 24, 2008

Well, another good band practise this morning. Had a good walk down the hill with Ali. Seems like stress is getting to him, but he’d cheered right up once we got a coffee from the elephant house. Oh, and excitingly (!) my Swedish EBS Multicomp arrived at 8:30am today, just in time for me to try it out in the band practise.

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A Rough (and I mean rough) recording of the Al and Al Band

May 23, 2008

Righteo, hope the rest of the band don’t mind me uploading this here. But hey, who reads this blog apart from (a) the rest of the band, (b) maybe some other friends, who would of been at the gig anyway and (c) a load of angry BT people (yes, they’re still coming here for whatever reason) and (b) a lot of people wanting the Hell of Sand game (for some reason I was hit number 1 for googling “hell of sand” yesterday. what’s up with that?

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Rough recording of the Warr and acoustic guitar instrumental

May 20, 2008


I’m still not sure how we managed to get away with this at the jazz bar gig a month ago. We can’t really remember exactly what either or us played. None the less, Ali and i managed to get a  rough rough instrumental take down so we can have a think about what to do with it (lyrics, fiddle, melody, play in band? etc). And yes, we know we’re speeding up throughout. But any suggestions about what to do with it, please let us know.

” Music ‘can enhance wine taste'” – the other way around works too! (Henry’s gig)

May 15, 2008

The Beeb are reporting on cutting edge research from my uni: ” The Heriot Watt University study found people rated the change in taste by up to 60% depending on the melody heard.” While this may be true, I think the opposite effect is of more use, at least if last night’s gig at Henry’s Cellar Bar is anything to go by. 🙂

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AndysLife.org – Games – Hell of Sand

May 10, 2008

AndysLife.org – Games – Hell of Sand

Cute wee flash thing. Good fun for messing around with for a couple of minutes while waiting for your cup of tea…


May 6, 2008

Ah, finally, some nice weather. Which meant I could start me week off with a nice cycle to campus yesterday morning. Easily beats sitting on a bus…. good exercise, and the canal is pretty nice for the most part. (You just have to watch out for kids with air rifiles sniping from the flats in Wester Hailes). I guess I’m pretty lucky having a nice cylce route to work and back 🙂

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