Sunday, 27 June 2010

And As For The Ball Crossing The Line.....


I've just watched Engerland getting seriously humped by Germany.
Now as you are probably aware from previous posts on here, I hold no particular affection for the Engerland footie team.
This has no racist overtones, I quite like the English.
What narks me most of all is the pundits and so called experts.
When are they going to realise that these so called 'world beaters' ie Terry, Rooney, Gerrard, Cole, Lampard etc ad infinitum are merely average players?
The panel on the Beeb were dumbfounded by the fact that these guys do it again and again in the Premier League......
Hull City, Birmingham, Wolves, West Brom......etc
In other words......shite.
Oh......and by the way, great to see justice finally done after 44 years. Yes, that ball was a yard over the line......

Saturday, 26 June 2010


Pick a favourite......I can't. The Heelan Coos add a certain charm despite the state of the place.

Although this has to be right up there.....

This one needs a bit of renovation, it has to be said.

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Thursday, 24 June 2010



Now I know what you're thinking......

Depending on what part of the world you're from..... perhaps not a big deal.

But in Scotland, this particular Osprey IS a big deal.

Let me fill you in......

Survival hopes for Loch of the Lowes osprey

Page last updated at 11:39 GMT, Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:39 UK

OspreyStaff at the reserve are "excited" at the osprey's progress

A sick osprey in Perthshire that was thought to have only hours to live appears to be making a recovery.

Thousands of webcam viewers around the world have been watching the progress of 25-year-old Lady, the oldest known breeding osprey in the UK.

The bird, which is nesting at the Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve near Dunkeld, stopped eating for three days and had become very weak.

But the reserve said they were now hopeful for her survival.

Ospreys usually live between eight and 15 years and are estimated to produce about 20 eggs during that time.

But Lady has produced 56 eggs and succeeded in raising 46 chicks to fledging.

She has also developed an international following through the webcam which is trained on her eyrie during breeding season.

Reserve manager Peter Ferns said the osprey had now begun feeding her chicks again.

'Phenomenal bird'

He wrote on the Scottish Wildlife Trust blog: "What a great sight to come into this morning - our Lady feeding the chicks. She is getting stronger and stronger all the time and we are more hopeful than we have been for her survival.

"But I would like to stress that whatever happened to her at the weekend could have long-term effects on her."

On Tuesday, Lady began eating fish brought to the nest by her 10-year-old mate.

A spokeswoman for the trust said staff at the reserve were "quite excited" at the progress she was showing.

She added: "She's definitely a phenomenal bird."

On Monday, the trust warned it expected the bird to die on Tuesday or Wednesday.

She had stopped eating and had taken on a "sunken appearance" and had poor co-ordination.

Many worried webcam viewers contacted the trust on Sunday when Lady first showed signs of sickness.

I've followed the ups and downs of Lady for years now and I was saddened by the turn of events over the weekend. But it's great to see the remarkable turnaround she's made. You can follow the events on the webcam here......

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Comeback amazes web audience
EXPERTS LAST night watched in amazement as Scotland’s most famous bird of prey continued to make what has been billed as the greatest comeback since Lazarus.

There was devastation among twitchers as it seemed certain inspirational 25-year-old Lady would not survive a mystery bug that struck her down at the weekend.

However, the 100,000-plus enthusiasts watching a webcam trained on her nest at Loch of the Lowes near Dunkeld are continuing to witness incredible signs of recovery.

Lady has produced an amazing 48 chicks in her 20 years at the reserve, playing a huge part in the recovery of Scotland’s osprey population.

Staff at Loch of the Lowes kept vigil as her ageing body struggled to cope with infection.

Reserve manager Peter Ferns admitted they had been fearing the worst prior to Lady’s remarkable recovery.

As he reflected on an emotional few days, he said staff were now “more hopeful than ever.”

“It was great to come in this morning to be greeted with the sight of our Lady feeding the chicks,” Peter said.

“She is getting stronger and stronger all the time and we are more hopeful than we have been for her survival.”

Nevertheless, Lady’s well-wishers from every corner of the globe are being warned that the famous old bird is not necessarily out of woods.

“I would like to stress that whatever happened to her at the weekend could have long-term effects,” he said.

“I have spoken to our vet and to other people who have been dealing with ospreys for many more years than I and they all say the same—they have never seen an osprey like this.

“Let’s enjoy what each day brings because I am sure this won’t be the last drama this season.

“We still have a few more weeks to go before our chicks fledge,” Peter added.

“That drama in itself is amazing to watch.”

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

A Beautiful Day

I wish I had the peace this guy has.....

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Scottish Skies and Heelan Coos

A Scottish sky in June....

.....and the obligatory Heelan' Coo...... specially for you Louise.

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Wednesday, 9 June 2010

A Scottish Road Trip

So........ where do you take a visitor to Scotland?...... First stop is obvious...

Then...... You go to Loch Ness and watch for the monster as the sun goes down....

Next is the Bealach Na Ba summit..... after scaring the shit out of your passenger!....

After that is a perfect lunch of Haddock and Chips and McEwans 80/- at the Applecross Inn.....

Of course the obligatory Eilan Donan creeps in somewhere..... not quite in sync here.....

The evening spent at Ruadh Rea lighthouse...... an experience that everyone should have once in a lifetime....

Polished off with a boat trip into Loch Coruisk and the Cuillins on Skye.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Edinburgh Castle

The above pics were taken from the Old Waverley Hotel on Princes Street. We've been blessed with some pretty glorious weather recently......

This was taken in Princes Street Gardens this afternoon. That's the Scott Monument rising up behind the trees.

I took this pic of the Bank of Scotland building whilst parking my arse outside the National Gallery of Scotland whilst Ms Toastburner bought the entire contents of the Gallery Shop......

Next stop...... the Highlands.

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