Friday, December 2, 2022
Thursday, December 1, 2022
Sophie seems to know that I'm going away. I get the 'accusatorial ' look.
Down to London for the night on Scotlands 'favourite' and indeed 'only' airline.
The Christmas decorations in the departure lounge are of the less is less variety.
London hotels continue to be booked solid by bargain hunting Americans and Asians enjoying the recent weakness in Sterling. Angus finds all his favourites sold out and opts for a new high rise hotel near the bright young things at the AI company. 'You'll love it. It's so cool ' they say. Rule #5 in life. Never accept a recommendation from anyone who is 40 years younger than you. They inhabit a different universe.
Angus does not find the hotel 'cool'. The reception area is approached through a snaking wicker tunnel festooned with fake apple blossoms. This leads into a large circular area lined with red curtains and lit by purple spotlights. To begin with I think this must be the bar. Check in, when I find it in a dark and unmarked corner, is staffed by an unsmiling young lady wearing what appears to be a pair of red silk pyjamas covered by a black silk dressing gown that is held in place , at the throat, by a gold clasp the size of a small cat. ' I trainee' she says by way of greeting . She then points to a sign on her pyjamas that says 'Trainee'. This is followed by an accusatory 'What your name ? Where your passport ?' The young lady is not a native English speaker and it takes some time to explain that I've come from Scotland and don't have my passport with me. ' It's all part of the same country ' I explain. This comes as a surprise to the young lady who eyes me suspiciously and calls 'management'. 'Management' also seem to find this unlikely but we settle on my driving license as proof that I'm who I say I am. ' I'll accept it this time' says a stern young management man in a manner I find mildly irritating. "That's so very kind of you " I reply.
The hotel does not have keys. Instead it has an ap to download that opens your room, turns on the television, contacts room service and allows you to call the lifts. One entire wall of the bedroom is taken up with a tv screen that must be all of nine feet by eleven . It takes Angus some time to learn how to use the 'ap' to get the tv started. Somehow this new hotel already looks old and scuffed. It must be a style that appeals to hipsters. Angus particularly disliked the window which was a glass 'slash' that ran at a 45 degree angle across the back wall.
Christmas decorations in London seem to be rather less 'austere' than at the local airport.
Sophie has now discovered the excitement that is Dundee airport and been reunited with her entire flock.
Wednesday, November 30, 2022
When a girl's really happy she doesn't walk, she flies !
Tuesday, November 29, 2022
It's a beautiful start to the day. Sophie is keen to get out to inspect the village and its inhabitants . As we pass the doocot Doreen and her Jack Russell friends rush out of their respective front gates to greet us. Sophie resolutely ignores these five yapping dervishes. The five yapping dervishes just as quickly ignore Sophie and return to their respective homes to await the next passer-by. Peace descends on the village. Tomorrow at the same time and in the same place this scene will be re-enacted.
Freedom will find a way of expressing itself :https://twitter.com/nathanlawkc/status/1596842009364500481?s=20&t=q3XO94ZgpN7z02e6uIFqaQ
Monday, November 28, 2022
A blustery but mild start to the day. Sophie stands in the courtyard and waits impatiently for Angus to join her. A new week of adventure and excitement beckons. There may be Jaffa Cakes.
Very 1980's. This is the only Joan Armatrading song I remember :https://youtu.be/CEIZv1FzLhM
Animals you've never heard of :https://twitter.com/fasc1nate/status/1596227460781473792
A different perspective :https://twitter.com/TerribleMaps/status/1596596051297075201
Sunday, November 27, 2022
This morning we stop and watch a flock of small birds drinking from the bog at the side of the farm track. Sophie discovers that if she leaps from the track into the bog she can make a very satisfying 'splosh' noise. To add to the fun the birds fly off. This bog leaping / bird scaring routine is repeated more frequently than one might imagine. Sophie is firmly of the opinion that a girl should take her fun where and when she can find it. If fun includes making a noise and getting muddy so much the better.
This is an interesting insight into a rapidly changing part of the world :https://mattlakeman.org/2022/11/22/notes-on-saudi-arabia/
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Christmas coming up. This year we shall send a cheque to help the Ukrainian students stranded at the university. Most of the boys have gone back to fight and sadly some won't return to finish their studies. 'The Font' receives this e-mailed tweet which spurs us into doing something :https://mobile.twitter.com/DefenceU/status/1595849732177502210