Scotland is embracing renewable energy in all it’s forms. But onshore wind will single handedly make the Scottish Government’s commitments to developing a further 100% of energy use from renewables a reality in the near future.
Some communities in Scotland are fighting wind farm developments. These include the proposals to build a wind farm on the Talladh-a-Bheihe estate on Rannoch Moor. Other groups have used wind power as a means to allow residents to make improvements to their homes and communities. These include the village of Fintry and the work done by the Fintry Development Trust.
These two sides of the story are both important and have equal merit. We need renewables. But when will enough be enough? Is Rannoch a site too far?
Everyone should hire a campervan at least once in their life.
So, we took our new friend Red Stripe on a trip around the Highlands and driving a van thats at least 30 years old was challenging but also a lot of fun. After enjoying the sights and sounds of Northern Western Scotland and the Islands, Red Stripe decided he was enjoying the pleasures of a remote NW lighthouse a little too much and his engine cut out and refused to start again…..
Despite this it was a great experience and I’m 99% certain we’ll be doing it again. Long live Red Stripe.
Since Rock Ness was cancelled this year, we decided to hold our own in beautiful Glen Isla. And while we were down there, we climbed Monamenach and Glas Maol.
Our latest trip. We’d heard about an abandoned farm near Cove that was surrounded by new houses so we packed our cameras and went to see for ourselves. It was a big set of buildings to look around and a lot of the farming bits and bobs are still there.
The house left us with a bit of a sad feeling as loads of personal effects were still in the house. Loads of pictures, medicines and little reminders of the people that used to live there. And a lot of mindless destruction.
It was like they had just up and left. Or something much sadder.
For those of you of a certain age, you might remember a TV cop show called Hill Street Blues. It was an ace program, groundbreaking for its time and full of action, derring do, social conscious and buckets of humour.
I’ve been catching up with it lately and decided to have a play around with the credits after wondering what it would have been like if set in Edinburgh rather than Chicago. And if our boys in blue were made of lego (Lego was easier that asking real coppers to pose, chase criminals etc….). Here’s the result. Hope you likey.
On 18th September 2014, Scotland goes to the polls in the independence referendum. If Alex Salmond gets his wish, what might he say on the 19th…..
How will you vote?