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I just got an email for a Bump sale for WordPress themes from a software company. They offer $299.00 worth of themes for $90.00 except that every time someone buys, the price gets bumped up another $3.00 Clearly, the idea is ...
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‘Wouldn’t It Be Nice if…’ Have you sometimes thought that it be nice to be able to style the text in your Quillcards ecard messages? Well now you can do that using Markdown, which is now built into Quillcards. Some Background If you are not familiar with the standard way that different styles are applied …
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This is a semi-technical article, comparing the image quality of the Nikon D700 and the Nikon D60 in controlled lighting conditions. If you don’t want to plough through the details, the cropped images from the two cameras are at the end of this article – take a look and let me know what you think. …
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The Grand Procession during the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, Somerset - and how it is the very opposite of the vulgar trumpery of today's US election.
Channeling Jane Austen To Cancel Out Donald Trump: The 2016 Grand Promenade In Bath, Somerset - Etiquette in the time of Jane Austen and Charles Dickens
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The Problem with Bump Sales
I just got an email for a Bump sale for WordPress themes from a software company. They offer $299.00 worth of themes for $90.00 except that every time someone buys, the price gets bumped up another $3.00 Clearly, the idea is that I should be galvanised to j...
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The people who put this headline together know that what the judges did was to rule on a point of law. So to to put out such an inaccurate and inflammatory headline is seditious.
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And Britain will not be satisfied with a couple of hours of desultory talk and a quick vote...
Often, when Parliament debates matters there is no interest from the public. The matters are too arcane or affect only a minority of the population. Sometimes the issues that face a vocal minority captures the imagination of the wider public and the matter gets more attention than it otherwise would.
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photographer ( see group.as )
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  • Flying Twigs
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Edinburgh
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Leeds - Tampere - Jerusalem - Amsterdam
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Treading an unseen line between Dao and Dow - and also designing greeting cards
Introduction
Find me at  FLYING TWIGS greeting card publishing company

And at Quillcards ecard company

Visions Of The Future
It will be a Tuesday, around 11am. He (or 'she') will get up from his desk and walk out because he isn't going to do this any more. He will walk out onto the street. He will be struck by how strongly he feels that he is going to do this.

He is going to stop the merry-go-round of the office and this way of doing things. He sees the whole structure and he isn't going to be part of it. There has to be a better way.

He feels slightly dazed, but his heart pounds when he reaches the street and finds that many, many people are there, standing like he is standing, drinking it in.

Favourite Quote
My favourite quote is a long one - so if you are looking for something short and catchy, you might want to skip this.

The quote is from Isaiah Berlin's 1957 Herbert Samuel lecture on Chaim Weizman, in which Berlin said:

“Weizman had all his life believed that when great public issues are joined one must above all take sides; whatever one did, one must not remain neutral or uncommitted, one must always - as an absolute duty - identify oneself with some living force in the world, and take part in the world’s affairs with all the risk of blame and misrepresentation and misunderstanding of one’s motives and character which this almost invariably entails.

Consequently .. he (Weizman) called for no compromise, and denounced those who did. He regarded with contempt the withdrawal from life on the part of those to whom their personal integrity, or peace of mind, or purity of ideal, mattered more than the work upon which they are engaged and to which they were engaged and to which they were committed, the artistic, or scientific, or social, or political, or purely personal enterprises in which all men are willy-nilly involved.

He did not condone the abandonment of ultimate principles before the claims of expediency or of anything else; but political monasticism - a search for some private cave of Adullam to avoid being disappointed or tarnished, the taking up of consciously utopian or politically impossible positions, in order to remain true to some inner voice, or some unbreakable principle too pure for the wicked public world - that seemed to him a mixture of weakness and self-conceit, foolish and despicable.”
Bragging rights
Bragging rights - I have a small collection of decibel readings for hand dryers in public restrooms - and a photo of the noisiest hand dryer I have found so far.
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Excursion to the Slamannan Bog Project
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Today was Wild Reekie's first foray out of Edinburgh, to visit the 9000 year old peat bog which my friend Scott Shanks has been restoring in

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Sundays
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For the last twenty-plus years I've lived in a row of Victorian cottages with a gravel path in front which forms part of a traditional route

The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini in 238 Words
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Tools To Prune and Trim Your Writing
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Postal Vote EU Referendum 23 June 2016
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Any bets on what the turnout for the referendum will be? And which side will be the more galvanised to get out and vote?23 June - An interes

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These poor children are no less than the billionares who are busy, day and not protecting their empire of dirt:

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Springs in New Delhi
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Broken to pieces
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Broken ash tray. It was an ashtray before it was broken to pieces due to negligence. It's association with me lasted less than 24 hours. Nev

“Feelings are, with a few exceptions, good servants. But they are disast...
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I Chomped on Some Crickets for a Quick Protein Fix. Would You?
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Before you chirp a compelling "No!" hear me out. They're a healthy and sustainable protein source. Plus, they're now in protein bars! Yum!

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List building with social media is a great way to get prospects, customers and clients. List building is the key to building an online busin

Sir Walter Scott – The Man Who Framed Scottish Cultural Identity
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Your Daily Method Of Operation Is Your Guide To Success
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Everything You Need To Know About Digital Cameras
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Now here's a shop where you can find small things - maybe a card or a cup - and bigger things - such as a backpack or a dustpan and brush and all with taste - that ineffable thing that we recognise when we see it; that we all think we have; and that permeates this shop. And brewed coffee with hot milk and somewhere to sit, and cakes - date and walnut maybe? I like this shop.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Once upon a time it was Jenners - an independent store. Now it is part of the House of Fraser group. Stand outside and admire the building itself - there's a lot of it and it is grand. It is a huge store that stretches along Princes Street and back up to Rose Street where there are more entrances to the store. Because Rose Street is higher up the hill, the whole store is really two interlinked halves - linked back and front through a series of staircases, lifts and escalators that can leave the first-time visitor wondering whether they are still in Edinburgh or have perhaps walked so far that they are in another city. The key location that links it all together is the atrium - a large open space located within the store. It looks staid and old-fashioned with its wooden balustrade and rows of wooden balusters. The lifts have lots of wooden ornaments as well and so the whole store looks like something from a bygone era. But the stock is just standard House Of Fraser stock, so it is not an Aladdin's cave once you get to the nitty gritty of what makes a store worth visiting. But it has a Valvona and Crolla cafe and it is pleasant to drink coffee and eat cake while looking out over Princes Street and the Scott Monument. And on the same floor and all around the Valvona and Crolla cafe is the deli department with teas and cakes and jams and savouries that you don't find in every store in everywhere-land. So all in all - I'll give it a '4' for atmosphere.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Good range of services - from FedEx to bulk document scanning - and a good range of consumables - from envelopes to postal tubes to boxes. They also have discounts if you want to send bulk mail on a one-off basis. Documents have arrived at the destination when Mailboxes said they would and in my experience they have been completely reliable. Easy-going staff who just get on with the job and do it well. I have used them several times and will continue to do so.
Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
The coffee is OK and they do nice scones. The table seats are vaguely uncomfortable and the tables are small. There are other more laid back seats but they are quickly taken up. A good enough place for a coffee but nothing special.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
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Did you come for the cafe? Enter via the bookshop - that in itself adds pleasure to the experience. The heavy door - I think it must be made of metal - that leads in from the street is set in a recess so that the door itself is a right angles to the street. And it has a porthole in the door. Already I feel like this is going to be a good place. And big, big windows that stretch floor to ceiling. So contemporary - so privileged - so much better than drudge. OK, you're in. Now you have a bookshop that sells 'thoughtful' - art books, criticism books, photography books. (Also sells notebooks and cards and little gifts) and there's an air of 'San Francisco easy' - nothing rushed. Then the gallery - new exhibitions regularly - that spread over the ground floor and upstairs - and usually I don't go for them much. They often feel 'Give me fifty planks of wood and a ten pots of paint and some paper and I could do that.' But sometimes there's something. And onwards to the cafe - I love the cafe. Just the right balance between easy and substantial - more than a cafe with cakes - whole meals - inventive - good regular choices - nice tables - those big windows that look out onto the City Art Centre opposite. Nice staff. A place to go back to again - become a somewhat regular. Love it.
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Public - a year ago
reviewed a year ago
Downstairs, tiny and cramped. And that's the reason for a mere three stars. I have walked down the stairs a couple of times to find it full up. That's easily done because it has very few seats. The coffee is OK but then Edinburgh has a plethora of places that do good coffee. I fail to see the attraction of the place though others seem to like it.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago
There's nowhere else like it in Edinburgh. Apart from books on subjects you expect, there is more. If you are looking for anything vaguely textbookish, or some piece of equipment for map reading, or for studying medicine, or a myriad of other things - then this is the shop. It is much, much bigger inside than it looks from the outside. Remember to pick up a loyalty card.
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago