Friday, 28 May 2010

Google Reader

Was checking my feeds in my Google reader this morning and was flicking through the stories and noticed this. It's from Gizmodo's RSS feed. Don't know what you think but I'm thinking Google might want to sort out it's sponsored links algorithm. I've highlighted it in red to make it a bit more obvious. Personally it's just not right. 

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Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Vegetable Experiment - Update

The last few days of really good weather has seen an explosion in the
salad planters. More days like those should see me picking the first
leaves quite soon. Looking forward to it.

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Digital Photography


I want to take better photographs and after some research a DSLR is the way to go. However it's a big purchase. They're not cheap so I want to make sure; that one, I can actually use one and two, well I can actually take got photographs.

I have a loan of a Nikon DSLR for a couple of weeks. So I'm messing around with it. I was also lucky enough to be given a couple lenses to go with it. Been using the 50mm lenses and shooting in auto mood then shooting the same photograph in manual, change the ISO, aperture size and the rest to see what I can get. Also be trying to introduce some depth of field into the photographs. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Thankfully it is a digital camera and it's not costing me a fortune in film. Rubbish. Delete. If things get too bad I'm really good with Photoshop.

Thinking that it's definitely the way to go a good camera body and a really good lens to start with. Just don't know where to start. However on with the fun of using this loner. 

Any tips feel free to leave a comment.  

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Monday, 24 May 2010


Well that's @babybunten completed her first full week of eating
'solids'. Well when I say solids I mean baby rice, it's only slightly
thicker than her milk. We're getting there. Next up mince and tatties.

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Days Outs - Chatelherault Country Park & Cadzow Castle

Spent a great day walking round ChatelHerault and it's park on Saturday which includes the ruins of Cadzow Castle. It's the first time I've been to the park and I was impressed. There was tons to do. Play parks, plenty of open spaces and a museum to boot. I never had a look round the museum, far to nice a day for being inside.

chatelherault country park

I'll go back at some point when the weather isn't so good and have a look about the museum.

chatelherault country park

The picture above is of the Duke of Hamilton's hunting. Very nice for a hunting lodge, would love to have seen his palace.

chatelherault country park

The view from the front of the 'lodge' is impressive. The vast majority of Lanarkshire/Strathclyde laid out in front of you. Not that you can see from the photograph but you could see as far as Ben Lomond and the Trossachs. You can also see the Duke's mausoleum way down in Hamilton itself. 

We also took a walk across the river Avon and the gorge via the Duke's bridge over to Cadzow Castle. It's a ruin. Not much to see either. It's fenced off and covered in scaffolding as you can see from the photographs.

Cadzow Castle

Hopefully the reason for all the scaffolding is that they're making it safe so you can walk around it. However probably not but the castle is now owned and managed by Historic Scotland.

Cadzow Castle

Above is the far wall overlooking the gorge down to the river. Would probably be a great view if you could get over and have a look. Especially as your higher up the gorge than the Duke's bridge.

Cadzow Castle

Not much to see here just the scaffolding, it would be a good idea for Historic Scotland to put up a few more information boards. The information up at the castle is scant to say the least. 

However I had a great day out and about in the park.

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Saturday, 22 May 2010

Hands & Feet

Been messing around with Hipstamatic on the iPhone. I really like this app and some of the effects that it creates. In my opinion it's the best photography app for the iPhone. If you know of better or disagree let me know.

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Thursday, 20 May 2010

The salads

Salads are going well. Just watered them again. Still no sign of the
French beans. However the garlic had now sprout. It's all good in the
salad corner.

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Wednesday, 19 May 2010

76D Acoustibuds

Took delivery of these today and can't wait to try them out tomorrow
at work. A lot of people have been raving about them and they've had
good reviews.

I'll use them for a while and then post my own review here. If you've
got a set please feel free to let me know what you think.

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Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Belhaven - Twisted Thistle IPA

Belhaven Twisted Thistle IPA

Thought I had better try and balance out my meh review of Belhaven's St Andrews Ale. I felt bad and they are a good brewery. I remembered a couple of weeks ago drinking Twisted Thistle IPA (Indian Pale Ale).

I also remember tweeting that it was my new favourite but couldn't remember if it was brewed by Belhaven or not.

You can see the tweet on this link,

However I managed to find the photograph that I had taken. Luckily I'm a bit sad and geeky like that. Much to my joy it was by Belhaven, so nice one.

What it says on the bottle:-

A stunning India Pale Ale (IPA), don't think that Belhaven's Twisted Thistle has anything jaggy, spikey, prickly or otherwise pain-inflicting in its nature. Quite the opposite. Your taste buds will tingle with pleasure after a sip or two of this golden nectar. A real treat from our master brewers in Dunbar.

What I think:-

To me it's not an IPA in the true sense but that doesn't stop it being good. It's a cracking beer and my taste buds do tingle, so much so I'll be buying more tonight. Can't give it a better recommendation than than.

You can find out more

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Sunday, 16 May 2010

A far too excited at this time in the morningboo

Full of the stories this morningboo

Dan Reed

Had a great night. Dan Reed was first class. A very talented and
humble man. It was great being in his company and hearing his tales
along with his music.

If your interested you can catch him at King Tuts in Glasgow on May
29th. Along with other tour dates around the country.

He also has a new album out on the 25th of May - 'Coming up for Air'

You can find out more at or at
yes apparently some people still use myspace.

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Saturday, 15 May 2010

An Evening With Dan Reed

Tonight, from about 8pm I will be spending the time with some my best
and closet friends in the company of Dan Reed. Intimate, live and
acoustic, in a living room. Back in the home town, Cumnock.

My mate is hosting what is now his third house gig. I've been to two
now. They're excellent. If you get a chance you should go to one.

Looking forward to it and I'll post how it goes. If I'm lucky and get
permission I may even try to stream some of it live.

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A Dan Reed boo

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

An alternative to Facebook - join diaspora

Will be keeping an eye on this. Looks like a really good open source alternative to Facebook where I get to control my privacy settings.

I watch with interest.

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Monday, 10 May 2010

DIY Electrician, again

About to fix the tumble dryer, again. It's not heating up any more
because it basically thinks it's over heating. It's not.

All I have to is get into the back of it find the heating element and
reset it's trip. Job done tumble dryer working again.

Let it never be said that I never learned anything off those bright
sparks at work.

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Days Out - Museum of Rural Life

Tractor 228

Went and spent an afternoon on Saturday at another National Trust for Scotland (NTS) property. This time it was the turn of the Museum for Rural Life in East Kilbride. It's an interesting property, split between a, as the title would suggest a museum. This houses loads of items chronicling the development of farming and rural living through the ages.

Combine Harvester

The other part, if you can call it that, is a working farm with a small dairy heard that gets milked daily. The farmhouse is also a great example some fine Georgian architecture and the interior and the rest of the farm is of the 1950's era.

The farm is about half a mile from the actual museum building and can be reached by walking along the footpath or my getting the 'farm train', basically a carriage being pulled by a tractor.

Kittochside Farm

Plenty of animals to see, like the big Clydesdale horse. You can also see the dairy heard being milked, most days, that's around 3pm.

Clydesdale Horse

If your not interested in farms or rural life in general then this is not the place for you but if you've got kids of a young age they'll love the farm with all the animals.

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Sunday, 9 May 2010

Trophy Presentation

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At ibrox for the final game of the season finished 3 each against
Motherwell but the most important things the presentation of the
league trophy, for the 53 time. A world record 53 time.

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Saturday, 8 May 2010

My Year in Beer - Beering Around The World

It started last year, my birthday to be exact, 7th of May 2009. I wanted see how many different beers I could drink in a year because lets face it I do like a beer and I have drunk plenty of beer. Now that year is over and it's my birthday again. One more year older but not necessarily one more year wiser.

It all started with taking a photograph of an early birthday beer and posting it on my twitter account, tookiebunten. Well it was my birthday after all so I treated myself to a lunchtime beverage. It was your everyday bottle of Miller; Genuine Draft, MGD. Yes it's an American import but a favourite of mine. All in all a good way to start my birthday.

Well after that as a gift I received more beer, if you don't know me better you would think I had a problem and my nearest and dearest were fuelling it!

This got me thinking how many different beers and lagers were out there? Well google doesn't know and it is one of the oldest prepared beverages dating back millennia. Sad I know but I'm a bit of a geek.

After that disappointment, I like to have the facts, people. I wondered how many different types, flavours, styles, nationalities of beer were freely available to me. The only criteria was that I had to be able to walk in and buy it over the counter. Lets face it in this day an age I can go on the interweb and get anything from anywhere.

Well the quest started. However it may not be accurate as I don't think I took photographs of every bottle of beer but you can see from the slideshow above I gave it a very good go! Lets face it, I'm human and sometimes I forgot.

One thing I really wish I had done was take notes or at the very least written down my impressions of each beer that I could have tagged on as tasting notes. I'm now starting up a new posterous to go back and re-visit the beers and write up my thoughts. You'll find it here Beering Around The World. Also gives me an excuse to drink more beer, not that I need one.

Well I'm now full circle and it's my birthday again so that was my year in beer. Here's to another. Cheers

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Friday, 7 May 2010

Puncture Repair

Years since I've had to do anything like this, and it's not even for a
bicycle. I'm repairing a puncture in one of the rear wheels of
@babybunten's pram.

It is my own fault I did have to go for the fancy pram with the fancy

Here's hoping nothing has changed in regards to sealing punctures.
Better go fill up the sink and find the leak.

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Birthday Breakfast

Starting my birthday off in the right way with a big fry up.

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Thursday, 6 May 2010

Today's View - The polling place

That's me been and marked my X on the ballot paper.

I won't dare tell you who to vote for, all I will say is, DO vote.
Follow your heart or follow your head, it doesn't matter. Just go down
and place your X on the ballot paper.

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Saturday, 1 May 2010

Arran Blonde Premium Beer

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I'm going to start this off with one of my favorite beers, Arran Blonde. It will probably end up being all my favorite beers on here. 

I will admit to not knowing how to taste beers and be able to tell you if it has this taste or the taste, if it some such aroma. It will be plain and simple I like this beer or I don't like this beer. Nice and easy. I'll try to get you as much information as I can about the beer.

I like this beer. I really like this beer. Very easy to drink.

I've been to Arran several times but only visited the brewery and it's attached shop the once. However it was well worth the visit and for a couple quid you can get a tour of the premises, see the beers being made along with getting to taste a few samples of there wears.

Below is from the Arran Brewery website, Their descriptions and tasting notes.

ALC 5.0% vol. 2.4 units of Alcohol per 500ml bottle.
Nose: Floral hop and new mown grass aroma.
Palette: Citric fruit with a well balanced finish with good hop character.
Comments: A pale golden beer, clear tasting in a continental style

On the Arran Brewery website, you'll find listing for all their beers and merchandise. You can also contact the brewery on the details below.

Arran Brew Ltd., Cladach, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland, KA27 8DE
T: +44 (0)1770 302353, F: +44 (0)1770 302653
Company No. 177387

I've bought this beer in both Sainsburys and Tesco. Check your local store and give it a go and let me know if you agree.

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Vegetable Experiment - Update

Just a quick update on some of my planters. I'll start with the tall
planter in the corner. I planted the French beans in here, no sign of

The middle size planter next to the watering can. This one is the
mixed salad, no idea what leaves I'm going to get there. Not that you
can see from photo but I have some small shoots showing.

The last of the big planters has the rocket, not showing and the lambs
lettuce, which is the big green band you can see. It's doing well,
could probably do with a bit more sun, if anything.

The herbs have been so far a no show, except for the tarragon. The
thyme has started to show some green shoots but the parsleys are not
to be seen, yet.

It's still early but hopefully by the middle of May I'll be using some
if the salad leaves. Here's to hoping.

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