Filed under: creativity, cycling, Scotland, sports, stories | Tags: arthurs seat], cycling, Edinburgh, glasgow to edinburgh cycle race, old bike, pedal for scotland, south queensferry, vacation
I had an afternoon off and I had some stuff to pick up in Edinburgh so, between rain showers (well, when I say SHOWERS…), I jumped on the old bike to do a training run for the Pedal For Scotland ride that’s now only 8 weeks away. You can register here… http://ow.ly/c1Ssg
So, I cycled into Edinburgh (11 miles ) and then did two circuits of Arthur’s Seat (my second volcanic circumnavigation in a week given that I’d done Vesuvius last week).
The trip round Arthur’s Seat is 3.3 miles and I clocked 14 minutes or so both times. My memories of the ascent (just under a mile) to Dunsapie Loch were far more onerous than the reality.
After that a cycle back to South Queensferry and all 32 miles done and dusted in about 2hrs 15 minutes.
Cream crackered now like.
Filed under: cycling, life, sports, stories | Tags: andy murray, fct, glasgow to edinburgh bike ride, pedal for scotland, south queensferry, travel
So, as I may have mentioned already I’ve been asked to blog on behalf of http://ow.ly/c1Ssg the Pedal For Scotland bike ride which runs from Edinburgh to Glasgow on the morning of September 9th.
To be honest six months ago the very thought of it would have filled me with dread but being four and a bit stone lighter, partly thanks to my beautiful bike I am actually relishing the challenge. Nevertheless, I need to build the mileage up and get the “miles in my legs” if I’m going to make a decent fist of it.
It’s 47 miles which should be achievable in just over three hours at my rate of riding (I average 16 miles an hour typically).
So, yesterday amidst the rain and before the Andy Murray defeat I got on my bike and thrashed out 17 miles in about an hour. For a change I wore my heart rate monitor to see how I coped. From a start where my heart rate was about 60 I quickly settled into a rate in the mid 130′s (good solid exercise) but at the end I had to tackle the dreaded Hawes Brae in South Queensferry. A real beast of a hill about half a mile long and really steep. It climbed and climbed as I forced my way to the top, peaking at 168. For those of you who know for a 50 year old that ‘s 220 – 50 (170) only 2bpm short of it.
My objective is to get 100 miles a week into my legs but that’s a big ask. Also I’ve got two holidays planned so that isn’t going to help either plus FCT has a show on in the Festival called Once on This Island which will also preoccupy me for the best part of a fortnight.
But anyway. Here goes.
Filed under: creativity, family, humour, life, photography, Scotland | Tags: beach, dancer, Edinburgh, gibberish, guardian in pictures, mark gorman, pictures, south queensferry, the guardian, weston super mare
One of these days I might get a mention.
This week I had two options.
This one is “Flash” Ken who I met on a beach in Weston Super Mare and is the one I entered…
…and this is one which I spotted in South Queensferry at the fair a fair few years ago; or rather the camera spotted it in a flash.
Filed under: books, life, Scotland, stories, Uncategorized | Tags: biography, books, bridge history, bridges, forth rail bridge, Forth Rail bridge history, life, Railtrack, Scotland, south queensferry
I went along to the book launch of this, this morning at the Hawes Inn. It’s written by Elspeth Wills, founder of Scotinform and my old boss.
It looks like a very interesting read and sheds a whole new light on the building of the bridge.
Note. Whilst this is an excellently written post, Jeana (who wrote it) seems to forget that “I’ means Mark Gorman, not ‘she’ as in Jeana Gorman. It’s a borderline case of unacceptable blog hijacking but you would think that ‘she’ would want her own blog (which she has, as it happens. Here in fact.)
Anyway, good luck to Elspeth (a good pal of mine) on her latest book.
Filed under: Arts, family, gardening, life, Scotland, stories | Tags: beautiful scotland, flowers, greenferry, south queensferry
Jeana and the volunteer groups of South Queensferry are popping the champagne corks today having found out that they’ve won a silver medal in the Beautiful Scotland Awards. The award is testimony to the hard work that they (and I ) put in all year round.
Well done guys.
Filed under: Arts, life, Scotland, stories | Tags: ferry fair, ferry queen, sarah mcneil, south queensferry
My Nightfly gig is part of the Ferry Fair. But, actually, there is a great deal more excitement next door at our neighbour’s house where Sarah MacNeill is about to become the Ferry Queen.
So, we are brushing with royalty. Tugging our forelocks and being as subserviant as we can be.
As a serf I cut their grass last week. I hope I get a Knighthood and become Sir Knightfly. A bit tautological though, don’t you think?
Poor old Stuart has spent days dressing the front of the house. I’ll show you it on completion. Problem is it is VERY wet right now and she’s crowned on Saturday.
Please let it stop raining.
Filed under: Arts, life, music, Scotland, stories, work | Tags: community radio, Jubilee 1, Jubilee FM, local radio, online radio, south queensferry, the nightfly
My third year as the Nightfly consists of only one show on Jubilee FM. It’s an online only broadcast and you can find the link here. Not only that you can tune in and listen live.
However very soon (September I think) the station goes fully live on FM and online and I hope I’ll have a regular slot.
If you want to hear my mix of music old and new and certainly not from any regular playlist tune in on Thursday the 7th at 8pm (UK time).
Filed under: Arts, family, humour, life, music, Scotland | Tags: queensferry, queensferry High, school plays, south queensferry
We went to see Amy in the Senior School’s show tonight, having seen Ria in the Lower School’s excellent ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ last week. The older pupils write, direct, choreograph and costume their own shows, three in all, one by each house.
Inevitably it’s hard to know where us dads should look at times with all that dancing about in skimpy dresses.
And that’s just the boys…
Anyway. It was excellent entertainment and a credit to the heidy; Mr Birch and his drama department.
I am constantly amazed by the standard of teaching at Queensferry High. The performances and turn out tonight showed just how amazingly the school has integrated itself into our community. Something to be really proud of.
Oh, and both Amy and Ria were brilliant.
Filed under: Arts, family, humour, life, photography, stories | Tags: dalmeny, napoloen, south queensferry
A new family just moved into our street and they’re a bit wierd. I got a few snaps of the Dad who has a pure Napoleon complex…
The kids don’t look right at all.
Filed under: life, Scotland | Tags: charity, Edinburgh Hogmanay, Fund raising, Maggies Centre, Ne'er day, New Year's Day, south queensferry, sponsorship, swim in the forth, the loony dook
Thanks to all of you who are sponsoring me for Maggies Centre. I’m up to £777 and the pledges keep rolling in.
Filed under: family, humour, life, Scotland, sports, stories | Tags: Alaska, Boca Raton, cancer care, cancer help, charity, charity fund raising, christmas, donations to charity, events in scotland, fundraising, maggies centres, south queensferry, the loony dook, weather
Many of you will be aware of the unique, and I mean unique, event that is “The Loony Dook”.
Here’s a picture of it from the past.
First off, it is probably the least PC event held this, or any other, year and will no doubt at some point in the future be renamed “The not overly sensible swim.”
And that would be fine if that was what it was called, because that is what it is.
It is the coming together of several hundred people, on the morning of January 1st , at 11.30 am to swim in the River Forth at South Queensferry.
For the record, here is the weather forecast for the next five days to show you just what we are letting ourselves in for.
Of course, it might get warmer, it might get cooler. One thing is for sure. It ain’t gonna be Boca Raton!
And where do you, dear reader, come in?
The answer is simple.
My dear mate Terry Bryant had a nasty dust with cancer for a great deal of this year and decided he should bring some of his mates to their aid in terms of fundraising to support the respite centre, The Maggie’s Centres, who came to his aid when he needed them.
So, I am to bare my chest, my arse and my fortitude to the freezing Scottish winter so that you lot can have a laugh at my expense and Terry can help out Maggies.
Do me a favour.
If you’ve enjoyed even a moment of my ridiculous waffling on gibberish this year, post a comment committing to sponsor me in my moment of madness; sorry, non-conformism.
If not, have a happy Christmas all the same.
PS If, you’r reading this on your return to work after the New Year and you wished you could have helped. It’s not too late. I’ll be posting the evidence of my participation on this blog so you can be sure I delivered and I’ll happily accept sponsorship post event!.
Filed under: family, Jeana's Gardening, life, photography, Scotland | Tags: awards, gardening, south queensferry
For the fourth year in a row South Queensferry won the Neighbourhood/Community Category in the Keep Edinburgh Growing Competiton.
We were awarded second prize for best street for Mid and West Terrace.
Ferry Tap won for best commercial property and Echline Primary School were awarded for school garden.
I would like to thank all the community who have helped on Greenferry planting and clean up days and for looking after the area throughout the year.
I think we all need a drink in the Tap to celebrate.
Filed under: Jeana's Gardening, life, Scotland | Tags: south queensferry
Well it’s official, South Queensferry is a top community. So it says in this week’s Queensferry Gazette. This is of course a headline announcing that Queensferry were runners up, Highly Commended, in the Environment Category of the Calor Gas Scottish Community of the Year 2006 competition. Greenferry were delighted and would like to thank everyone for their help and enthusiasm because we couldn’t have won it without you.
Tom Martin, chairman of the Queensferry and District Council, said “The winners – Furniture Plus of Dysart – must have been good indeed to have beaten the excellent work that Greenferry has carried out in this community.”
If you would like more information on the Calor Gas Community of the Year Awards have a look at www.villageoftheyear.org/scotland/category-winners.