Category Archives: Environment

Operation Puffin Update

I have reported on the terrific work that 100+ volunteers have done on the Forth Islands to protect the indigenous puffin population from being crowded out of house and home by an invasive plant. What follows is the latest report … Continue reading

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Getting Your Feet Wet

Just recently, I was asked to give a presentation to a civic group so lively it refused to accept defeat after a decade of bureaucratic foot-dragging by the local council: the Friends of the CC Museum. Founded in a century-old … Continue reading

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Our Maritime Neighbours

Apart from fishermen, yachties and the odd boat trip, few of us spend much time beyond our shoreline, let alone wonder what’s beneath. The superb food and drink we are becoming famous for includes excellent shellfish and a seasonal abundance … Continue reading

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Nothing to Bash

After a mild spring, North Berwick has so far been blessed by two days of sky-splitting sunshine over the weekend and the place is going like a fair—boat trips out round the islands well loaded and not a pavement cafe … Continue reading

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On Yer Bike

With crocuses pretty much done and daffodils coming on like a billion smiles, Spring is here, which means Walk to School Week can’t be far away. Although these pages have seen little on this topic, it is one on which … Continue reading

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Carlekemp

Apologies This blog and its embedded photographs were removed at the request of residents as details on the interior of the building might have compromised resident security. December 2nd 2014

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The Devil Is in the Doodle

I have been a fan of the Scottish Parliament since before we failed to get ourselves one in 1979. And, however sanctimoniously two-faced some parties my have been in opposing it and then using it to rescue themselves from well … Continue reading

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Come Back, Canute: All Is Forgiven

A factor that is constantly overlooked in any debate comparing Scotland with England is the fact that, although the coastline of Scotland dwarfs that of England by a factor of three, it is nonetheless much more stable and not as … Continue reading

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Winding Us All Up

After being trailed over the preceding weeks so much, there was little that was actually new to report when Osborne made his Autumn Statement last week. Most reporting was on the jousting of the Osborne/Balls protagonists in delivering/rubbishing it. (A … Continue reading

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On Top of the World

At lunchtime, on my way in to EL Council offices in Haddington the skive inspiration hit me and veered me off the A6137 at West Garleton to puff my way up Byers Hill and the 133 steps to the top … Continue reading

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