Ceilidh Band Accompaniment

The Arran Ceilidh Band is coming along very nicely indeed. I switched from standard tuning to DADGAD a month or so ago and it's made a world of difference to the accompaniment. We've been having two practises a week and we're pretty much ready to … [Continue reading]

Reality Music TV Shows and Online Betting

Three popular Reality TV Shows with an Online Betting System Before, placing a bet on a team or an individual player was only done in sports matches. However, today, it would seem that reality TV shows now have a place in the betting industry as … [Continue reading]

Christmas Bonus!

This is my fifth Christmas as a postmaster. The pay's not great, but it's a rewarding job in many ways. December is our busiest time, of course, and we do probably three months' work in one month. So with the running of the business and the multiple … [Continue reading]

Lovely painting

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Guitar-playing Dad

Rather than reading Catch 22 or the photography book I paid £20-odd quid for this morning to read on the boat, I thought I'd write something that was inspired by Write for your Life episode 101. Creation's better for the soul than consumption, right? … [Continue reading]

Pens as presents

On episode 23 of the Pen Addict podcast Brad and Myke talked about giving pens as gifts. I tweeted about it at the time: #PenAddict 23: Pens as gifts. The Pilot VP or Decimo for me is the perfect choice. @imyke and @dowdyism … [Continue reading]

Dear Downcast

Yours is my favourite podcast app for iOS. Since the iOS7 update, I have a problem. It is this: I use bluetooth headphones, namely Plantronics BB903+. I keep then on for most of the day and listen to podcasts all the time. When my wife comes through … [Continue reading]

Five Pens

I've been writing for pretty much most of the afternoon today and having a blast with my fountain pens. I've come up with the perfect reason to use them: learning my lines! It's helping me a great deal to learn my lines for an upcoming performance, … [Continue reading]

I’m Fine!

I just got a replacement nib unit for my Pilot Capless Decimo. It came with a medium nib and I just wasn't using it. Bear in mind that I'm a n00b where fountain pens are concerned and the only way of figuring out what I like in my rural island … [Continue reading]

Retro51 Tornado

I'm not loving the Retro51 Tornado. Let's say I'm liking it. I wrote a Moleskine Postal Note yesterday and the Signo DX 0.38mm was a better fit for that particular paper. I'm not so fond of the tapered barrel of the Retro51 either. It's a good pen … [Continue reading]