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Once a rough hessian sack of a man, I put paid to a former career and now live peacefully with my wife, a few of our younger children and an eclectic mix of outdoor animals. Much to my delight I found that my skill with a knife extends to the kitchen and I now command the role of culinary King in Che Chapel. My business interests and the consequences have taken me in a different direction. I still dismember meat, but usually only the kind that never owed me money. The leaf turns, but the wind occasionally blows it back to its former position under the tree it once fell from. These days I spend my time between the kitchen, the golf course and a rather nice bolthole in both England and Spain. Just think... you might pass me in the street or live next door. Be sure to be polite... eh?
Once a rough hessian sack of a man, I put paid to a former career and now live peacefully with my wife, a few of our younger children and an eclectic mix of outdoor animals. Much to my delight I found that my skill with a knife extends to the kitchen and I now command the role of culinary King in Che Chapel. My business interests and the consequences have taken me in a different direction. I still dismember meat, but usually only the kind that never owed me money. The leaf turns, but the wind occasionally blows it back to its former position under the tree it once fell from. These days I spend my time between the kitchen, the golf course and a rather nice bolthole in both England and Spain. Just think... you might pass me in the street or live next door. Be sure to be polite... eh?

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Catching Up & Being Caught Out
Saunter through a wide buff coloured courtyard until you happen upon an eye catching salt and pepper brick wall just past the panaderìa, with its marbled counter tops and glorious cinnamon aromas. Mid-morning and mostly still tourist free, the centuries old...

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Domus Dulcis Domus
  I would have to say that her somewhat plebicolar demeanour appealed to me immediately as she leaned back in a contented pose opposite and nibbled nonchalantly on a rosewood toothpick. Not for the first time I felt the soft gentleness of her smooth toes as...

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Fish Riding Bicycles
News of my death have been grossly exaggerated it would seem. Stories of languid Belgian walking holidays involving poached egg poisoning and even hospitalisation due to an alcoholic dependency big enough to bring down a camel are abound. All stuff and nons...

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It Certainly Aint Kansas
During the great flooding of Drumchapel in the 70's, Noel Duggan came for me at the back of eleven one wintry night, his grand long beard all awry with the stress of it all. It would seem that his ninety-three year auld grandmother, who lived in a small bas...

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Much Ado About Nothing
At best, it can most probably be accurately described as one of those more avoidable moments where politeness and etiquette collide with the same startling 'wump' of an English woman's backside connecting with a smooth wooden chair. Much ado about nothing r...

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Nuances of a Somewhat Befuddled Mind
The need for a well deserved stroll now that the Christmas day celebration is finally over, has me plodding gently on a warming whisky fug and the sobering winters breeze, towards our nearest retail outlet just up the road in still rainy Balquhidder. Siobha...

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Nuances of a Somewhat Befuddled Mind
The need for a well deserved stroll now that the Christmas day celebration is finally over, has me plodding gently on a warming whisky fug and the sobering winters breeze, towards our nearest retail outlet just up the road in still rainy Balquhidder. Siobha...

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Tis the Season To Be Jolly
Striding deftly past the noteworthy, if not somewhat especial, contributions of unparallelled kitschmas decorations that adorned the raised stone walls of my nearest neighbours abode this very morning. One could do little but admire the religious significan...

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Moments of Metronome
Being absolutely useless at twiddling with twinkly bits of tinsel finery, bright shiny baubles and the tedious arrangement of the last minute plastic vulgarity that passes for festive lighting these days, I took myself off with some old friends for a few da...

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Global Wardrobe Malfunctions
It's all seemingly gone a bit mad at the moment. Angry business suits abound, corduroy clad, torn cardigans and placard waving hotheads are roaming the western world looking to decapitate clandestine statues and loudly liberate the garish historical symboli...
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