Books read in 2016 – no.18 The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie

The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie Published 1945 by British Publishers Guild (first published 1941) This isn't quite such a romp as the wonderful 'Whisky Galore' but I very much enjoyed the gentle satire in this book. It's surprising/depressing to learn that Scotland's political landscape hasn't changed that much in the 75 years since this book was published.… Continue reading Books read in 2016 – no.18 The Monarch Of The Glen by Compton Mackenzie


Books read in 2015 – #20 – The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir Kindle Edition 2014 (first published 2011) By turns, laugh out loud funny and heart in mouth thrilling, this book is a rollercoaster of emotions. I was up and down like a Mars rover traversing Arabia Terra! Mark Watney - engineer, botanist, astronaut. Lover of duct tape. Hater of taters. Trapped alone on a… Continue reading Books read in 2015 – #20 – The Martian by Andy Weir


Festival “fun”

A tiny ray of light amidst the dark and swirling maelstrom that is the Edinburgh Fringe, is my annual game of celeb spotting. Occasionally, among the throng, I catch sight of someone off tv or radio. I haven't done too well in the last few years but this year my count is already up to… Continue reading Festival “fun”

travel tales

Back to reality

What a day! My clock, unbeknownst to me, was still on Spanish time. I have, therefore, been at work since 7.50am and must have woken up at 5.20! Happily my lovely boss allowed me to leave early this afternoon. The day was otherwise pretty great though. Everyone was asking "How was your trip?" and "Did… Continue reading Back to reality



Today at lunch, I had a demonstration of karma at work. A woman at the next table started talking about how sick her baby had been the other day. Now, although not suitable restaurant conversation, I suppose that's fair enough. However, she then went on to repeat her vomit story at least four times -… Continue reading Karma