Sir Walter Scott – The Man Who Framed Scottish Cultural Identity


This is a bust of Sir Walter Scott in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh. I think it bears a passing resemblance to Alex Salmond, the current first minister of the ruling party in the Scottish Parliament. So Who Was Sir Walter Scott Sir Walter Scott was a Scottish historical novelist, playwright, and poet who popularised Scottish cultural identity in the … [Read more...]

A Quick Visit To Stirling Castle

Stirling castle viewed from the valley

We went to Stirling yesterday, and this is a photo of the castle seen from below in the valley. We decided at the last moment to detour to Stirling instead of driving straight back from Glasgow to Edinburgh. Stirling is 20 miles from Glasgow and 33 miles from Edinburgh, so it's an easy ride from either city. It's on the north bank of the Firth of Forth, so when we left … [Read more...]

Everything You Need To Know About Digital Cameras

At The Western Wallin Jerusalem

Revised and updated Sept 6, 2014 Introduction This is a practical guide on using digital cameras. It will help you know what to look out for in a camera before you buy it. It will look at features like whether the camera can focus quickly enough to get the shot and how to test that. And whether you can see the subject clearly. The Size And Weight Of The … [Read more...]

Edinburgh Architecture – New Town


These are two views of buildings in what is called New Town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Edinburgh. New Town was built in stages between 1765 and the middle of the 1800s. Wandering around the streets, you can see neo-classical and Georgian period architecture all around. And New Town isn't just a couple of streets - there is street after street of this … [Read more...]

Bison: Do They Twist And Pull, Or Do They Nibble?


Bison (or buffalo as they are known in the United States) are of course an iconic animal of the American plains. They are now reduced from the huge numbers there were before the opening up of the West. Ah, the West and Westerns. I've always been a fan of Westerns - even trashy TV Westerns that were really just soap operas. Abandoned towns and the open space of … [Read more...]