Category: Ramblings


Icebreakers and leadership games for young people

  Sometimes, getting started on the right path is the hardest part.  It’s true of any big work project, an outdoor challenge or simply working up the motivation to go out for a run. And as anyone who’s had to deliver a training course or other event with young people will tell you, finding ways to create a relaxed atmosphere is an essential first step … Read More Icebreakers and leadership games for young people


Adventures planned for 2017

  May I wish you a very Happy New Year !  I hope you had a good break of Christmas and are now looking forward to the next twelve months. In common with a lot of people I like to use this time to plan ahead, setting myself some goals to inspire and motivate me throughout the year.  It’s partly about keeping fit but … Read More Adventures planned for 2017

10 best outdoor films on Netflix

  Let’s face it, Christmas TV is rubbish.  Stuffed with random repeats and prime-time ‘blockbusters’ we’ve all seen many times the schedules are hardly worth browsing these days.  As Springsteen once said: 57 channels (and nothin’) on. But over on Netflix there’s a refreshing range of indie films and documentaries that never make it on to the main channels. So if you find Christmas TV tedious … Read More 10 best outdoor films on Netflix


Where to see the best of this year’s Autumn leaves

  If you’re keen to catch autumn leaves at their best then this may be the best time to head out with your camera.  In fact, recent research highlights that 2016 is a particularly vibrant year for autumn colours. Owing to 2016’s wet spring, followed by above-average amounts of sunshine and a mild August and September, trees around the country are set to put on a … Read More Where to see the best of this year’s Autumn leaves

Meeting The Boss

  Completely ‘off topic’ for my usual blog posts, I thought I’d share a pretty amazing experience that happened to me this week …   ….. o     O     o     ….. Most people have a ‘hero’: someone who’s had a strong influence on their life and who, for them at least, helps define their identity.  Quite often as teenagers we ‘discover’ a singer, a band or an … Read More Meeting The Boss


All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train

  Where do you suppose the best railway journey in the world is located ?  Through the Alps in Switzerland ?  Across the Canadian Rockies ?  In fact the West Highland Line from Glasgow to Fort William and on to Mallaig has been voted the worlds’ best in the Wanderlust Travel Awards for the last three years running. The line from Glasgow to Fort William opened in … Read More All aboard the Jacobite Steam Train


The dreaded Scottish midge

  In shaded, boggy ground there lie blood-sucking creatures so vicious that grown men and women will run screaming for their lives.  Great swarms of the predators will descend upon unsuspecting tourists, feeding unremittingly on their bare skin until they die a horrible, really horrible death … Well, not quite.  Certainly not the death bit.  And possibly not the rest of it either. An … Read More The dreaded Scottish midge


Snowdrops in Dunblane

I    Today is a day for quiet reflection. I’m remembering this day twenty years ago when 16 children and their teacher had their lives cruelly taken from them at Dunblane Primary School.  This horrific event had a deep impact upon the community that still exists today.  How could an individual carry out such a senseless and evil crime? The dark events that day shocked … Read More Snowdrops in Dunblane


My plans for 2016

Firstly, may I wish you all a very Happy New Year !  I hope you’ve had a relaxing break over Christmas; a chance to look back over the year just gone and recharge the batteries.  If, like me, you love to make plans then you’ll also be using this time to think about new year resolutions, bucket lists yet to complete and new hobbies … Read More My plans for 2016


The International Space Station

It took just four minutes to pass from the western horizon and fade out over towards the southeast horizon.  This was the view of the International Space Station near my house last night. It’s amazing to think that the ISS orbits the earth once every ninety minutes, whizzing around our planet at 17,500 mph at an altitude of 370km. There are currently six astronauts living on … Read More The International Space Station