Last night Fat Mac took me to a literary and musical gig organised by Cargo Publishing and Chemikal Underground Records. Blind Dave was supposed to have come along as well, but he didn’t pitch up.
Fat Mac insisted on meeting in a bar at 5pm before the gig, which could have lead to an open grave of drinking and who knows what. Thankfully, I was able to act as a responsible person thoughout the evening. I thought it best to befriend the bouncer at the literary event, in case Fat Mac got out of hand later after he’d had far too much beer. Above is a photo of the bouncer, who was from Sri Lanka. Fat Mac told him that when he was rich and famous he’d employ him on a full time basis on a big salary to stop groupies getting to him. The bouncer was very good-natured, which was just as well.
After the literary gig Fat Mac insisted on going to yet another bar, where we became close friends with several hundred Irish who were celebrating their win over Scotland at the rugby.
A few of our new Irish friends
The Cargo/Chemikal gig was part of the UNESCO Let’s Get Lyrical festival, and involved poets, writers and bands. It was held in The Caves, Niddry Street.
Emma Pollock performing
It was a mixture of readings and bands. A great evening. I bought an Emma Pollock CD.
Ryan Van Winkle
The toilets were decorated with Oor Wullie comic strips.
What a nice wee break we had in the Macdonald Cardrona Hotel, about three miles east of Peebles on the road to Innerleithen. The leisure facilities (pool, steam room, sauna, gymn) were excellent, the food was superb, the room and service were good, and we enjoyed a walk in the hills afterwards.
Macdonald Cardrona room
Macdonald Cardrona room
Hotel, from the south
The hotel was opened in 2004.
My main course for dinner of steamed pork belly on a bed of black pudding was especially good.
Towards the top of Wallace’s Hill, in the Cardrona Forest to the south of the hotel and across the River Tweed, is the remains of an Iron Age fort. Before you come to the fort, you get a glimpse of Cardrona Tower, a 16th century fortified tower, once owned by the Govans.
I was amazed at the amount of snail mail that arrived yesterday. It proves that the post is not yet dead, but also shows how much paperwork there still is.
Apart from some catalogues, a lot of it was from Santander, in response to me changing eSaver accounts. What a dreadful amount of paperwork that simple operation has created.
There was also a communication from the RBS in the form of an ‘Annual statement’ of my finances. This is the first time I’ve received this, and what a good idea it is. For the past year, it shows money going in and money going out of my current account, broken down by month; a summary of my regular payments; a 12 month summary showing how I’ve taken money from my accounts, etc. Very helpful information.
There’s a very interesting, recent report from CIBER entitled Social media and research workflow.
In particular, on page 29, it makes the following conclusion:
Researchers also sent a clear message to librarians. At the top of their wish list, and by a big margin, is a desire to be able to search across the full text of all locally-held licensed e-content using a simple interface like Google. This is seen as a much greater potential benefit than libraries moving into the social media space by offering users, for example, an opportunity to socially tag the library catalogue.
This fits in very well with the idea of JournalTOCs and the offer to libraries of a free trial of a lightweight scholarly journals tables of contents customisation service which will provide each participating library with a searchable and browsable database of the most recent tables of contents of up to 15,000 scholarly journals to which that library subscribes.
I had to apply for a new driving licence because the old one was paper and had almost fallen apart. It cost £20 for a photocard licence.
As part of the process I had to register with the Government Gateway. “The Government Gateway is the website you use to register for online government services. It is an important part of the government’s strategy of delivering ‘joined up’ government, enabling people to communicate and make transactions with government from a single point of entry.”
I can now use a single User ID and Password for multiple online government services. They send you a User ID card.
This is my new toy. It’s a Garmin nüvi 1490TV Sat Nav with built-in Freeview TV.
No more arguments when we get lost in the campervan on the way to a campsite, and on arrival we can check the news and scores. TV24DKECHHRH