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Bouncin’

I first wrote about Inchconnachan here. It’s the island on Loch Lomond with the wild wallaby colony on it.

I haven’t been out on the canoe much this year due to the weather, but I’m on a few days off and the weather was good this morning so off I set with my younger daughter. We’ve only ever done short trips together but I decided that we’d do a proper one today.

We met a family at our launch point, Aldochlay who had been camping on Inchconnachan overnight and had just returned. They hadn’t seen any wallabies – to their disappointment.

It took us just over half an hour to get to the island and Eve was keen to try and get a photo of the unusual wildlife. We set off for part of the island where I’ve always been lucky at seeing them.

Sure enough it wasn’t long before we met this female. (spot the pouch?)

and then this guy:

and this one:

We saw seven, possibly eight (not sure if the last one was a repeat of an earlier one) wallabies and actually were watching three together at one stage. Going by the latest estimates, if we did see eight then I reckon that’s about a quarter of the total population just now.

After a lunch of mushroom omelette cooked up on the camping stove and some crisps and tea, we boarded the canoe again to complete the circumnavigation of Inchtavanach.

The picture below is of a patch of water lilies. The ‘narrows between Inchconnachan and Inchtavanach used to be carpeted by lilies but increased use of the loch, especially by power boats has meant that only this patch, and a small one on the opposite side survive.

Just after this point we were treated to an aerobatic display by an osprey. It was close enough to identify but not close enough for a decent photo (I only take a compact digital in the canoe)

The wind got up as we negotiated the south end of Inchtavanach but nothing our vessel couldn’t handle. And how about this for a view to end our wee trip?

North Korean Latest

Yes, as decadent capitalist London burns, the well ordered collectivist society in DPRK demonstrates how to bring up children properly.

Yikes!

Wonder if they’ll play at the state funeral?

And this is just too good not to post…

Down by the Riverside

I took my first visit to Scotland’s newest museum yesterday, the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

I have to say I was very impressed.

One daughter agreed with me and loved the place, the other thought it was ‘boring’

As with its predecessor, the Transport Museum at Kelvin Hall, an old street has been recreated, but this time the experience is more interactive with some of the shops being kitted out inside rather than just being frontages.

They had the interior of old Italian cafe which had traded in Glasgow’s east end from the 20s to the 80s under the single ownership of a Sr Togneri. The cafe had opened every day except Christmas for all that time.

And here is one type of business which seems to be experiencing a bit of a comeback these days:

Here are some more photos.

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And after all this won’t you give me a smile…….

People burned out of their homes, livelihoods and businesses up in smoke. Shops looted as rioters swarm over areas of the capital city.

Libya? Egypt? Greece?

Nope it’s Blighty this time.

And how the country is polarised on the issue.

Depending on the school of thought these events are either:

1) The inevitable consequence of government policies. It’s the disenfranchised, disaffected youth fighting back against services and benefit cuts, increased tuition fees and the way that their areas are policed.

Or

2) It’s the lawless untermenschen taking the opportunity to cause mayhem for fun. Anti social criminals and hanging’s too good for them.

I can’t help thinking the whole thing is just a tad more complicated than either proposition.

It is more than thirty years since I stayed in London, not all that far from Tottenham in fact – and even before the last large scale riots of the 1980s.

My life now is so far removed, so different and so out of the mind set of metropolitan living that I’m not going to comment on the issues. That’s because I can’t do so with any degree of confidence or knowledge.

Mystic Clegg

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