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Edinburgh: Of Mice and Scared Little Boys

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

The two most likely ways you will jump a foot into the air whilst standing naked and half-asleep in front of your toilet at 4.16am taking a pee-pee:

1 – You wake up enough to realise that, in fact, that is not the toilet you’re standing in front of, leaving you thrashing about in semi-darkness like a first-day-on-the-job fire-fighter who has yet to master the art of keeping the hose steady, searching for the correct drain.

2 – A mouse practically tap dances over your toes, whistling a famous tune from some Broadway show you can’t remember the name of.

The second of those happened to me this morning. Although by saying practically tap danced, I mean sort of tap danced, by which I mean I saw a flash of something small and brown out of the corner of my eye darting along the bottom of the door frame about six inches from my foot. Of course, in my barely-conscious state, I couldn’t be sure it was a mouse, just that it was small and brown, which means it could’ve just as easily been a number seven billiard ball, or, say, Gary Coleman (yes, these are the things that go through your head at 4.16am).

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Photos: Pipefest

Friday, August 26th, 2005

10,000 bagpipers all in one place – I know you want to see pictures. So, let me oblige.

The Bagpipin’ Picnic. From the left, that’s Verity (Kath and Greg’s friend), Bec, Sarah, Trickey, Greg, and Dave. Kath is taking the photo. Behind us is Arthur’s Seat, and a heap of people lining the road that the bagpipers were marching along.view image

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Edinburgh: Pipefest

Friday, August 26th, 2005
Our last weekend in Edinburgh, the middle of the Festival; comedians, music, theatre, we were spoiled for choice of how to celebrate our last few nights. And whilst we were going to see a funny-man on Saturday night, what we ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Ben Lomond

Monday, August 8th, 2005
Right, now let's see if these photos do the views any justice. ben lomond Which way. Ben Lomond is thattaway, man. view image Lunacy. This guy was running up the mountain. view image Get outta the way!! ... [Continue reading this entry]

Glasgow: Bagging a Munro

Monday, August 8th, 2005
Bec and I left Edinburgh at around 8.45pm on Friday night, hiring a car to take us the hour or so west to Glasgow, where we were to stay with Trickey and Sarah. The next day we would be climbing ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Toilet Wars

Monday, August 1st, 2005
Ok, I think it’s necessary for a bit of a content warning on this entry. Possibly against my better judgment, it includes a number of references to poo, and haggis, so if you’re at your desk eating your lunch, you ... [Continue reading this entry]

Photos: Make Poverty History and the G8 Protests

Thursday, July 7th, 2005
I won't post a lot of photos of the Make Poverty History march on July 2nd, but if your appetite for seeing people in white holding placards isn't satisfied here, then check out my mate Trickey's photos from the day ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Carnival for Full Enjoyment

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
Monday July 4th, and the Carnival for Full Enjoyment was set to hit the streets of Edinburgh. Well, at least that was the name the anarchist organisers had given to these anti-capitalism protests. I wandered down to Princes Street around 12.30 ... [Continue reading this entry]

Make Poverty History

Tuesday, July 5th, 2005
Bec and I were joined on the morning of Saturday July 2nd by a couple of our best friends, Trickey and Sarah, who had journeyed across from Glasgow to take part in the Make Poverty History march. We wandered from ... [Continue reading this entry]

The G8

Tuesday, June 28th, 2005
The lead up to next week’s G8 summit in Gleneagles, less than an hour Northwest of Edinburgh, has been pretty intense. I’m not sure what level of attention it has been receiving back in Australia, or in the US, but ... [Continue reading this entry]