Thoughts

Why I’m Voting Yes

I’ve held back quite a bit from the independence debate. Not because I wasn’t sure of my opinion or confident in the argument, but just because with a baby on the way, looking for a new house and a lot of pressure at work I’ve had more than enough on my plate without launching headlong into the campaign as well. However with just days to go to the biggest political vote in my lifetime I thought I should at least write down my thoughts on the referendum.

When it comes to independence, I’ve always been a yes voter really. Since I was old enough to participate in the democratic process I’ve only ever voted for parties that advocate an independent Scotland (which doesn’t mean I’ve only ever voted for the SNP). Up until now I guess you could say that was a romantic ideal, I felt very strongly that Scotland should be independent but until 2011 it was something I never thought I’d see. My belief in independence didn’t stem from Hollywood nonsense like Braveheart (as much as I enjoyed it at the time) or kilts and shortbread imagery. It’s simply that I believe Scotland is a country, distinct in its own right and as such should be run as a country by those who are best placed to make the decisions on behalf of that country – the people living in it.
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Snapshots, Thoughts

A few days in Copenhagen

While the country (and Europe) were busy having a political fit and lurching to the polling station for a collective game of “who can elect the most racists to Europe?” we headed off to Copenhagen for a few days of rest and relaxation.

Now I realise that a bit of sunshine can hide a multitude of ills but Copenhagen is amazing. Just an utterly brilliant city. Beautiful buildings and parks full of friendly, welcoming residents who are more than happy to speak excellent English and not put up with visitor’s terrible Danish (didn’t help that despite being assured I could, I wasn’t able to roam onto 3 Denmark’s network so was without phone signal and unable to refer to the Danish phrases site I’d bookmarked on my phone). We spent a great 4 days walking through the city centre, enjoying wonderful food from Smørrebrød, a Danish open sandwich typically served with herring or other local fish, contemporary Italian food from the restaurant under our apartment, sushi, all the way to high-end Danish cuisine from Radio – a restaurant opened by some Noma alumni. Oh and a few Danish pastries as well! Continue reading “A few days in Copenhagen”

Thoughts

To Do In 2014

I posted this on Facebook but then I liked it’s sentiment so thought it would fit well here:

To Do in 2014: Run faster and further, walk higher, write and play more music, work better, work happier, relax, say yes more, vote yes once, say no less, enjoy it.

Oh and blog more! Work commitments got in the way a lot in the second half of 2013 so this site slid down my priority list. Will try to post more this year even if it’s just short thoughts and quick snapshots.

Happy New Year

Chris

News, Thoughts

Carluccio’s opening and some thoughts on chains

I popped along to the opening party at Carluccio’s in Union Square this week. It’s the first time I’ve been invited to an event like that and was a marvelous opportunity to experience how the other half lives. The world of fizzy top-ups and canapes being far out with my normal day.

The restaurant itself looks great. The food we sampled on the night was all excellent (the prawns wrapped in prosciutto and rosemary were awesome) and there’s also a well stocked, if expensive, deli on site selling fresh pasta, sauces, meat and cakes. While the deli is pricey the stock looks superb so although I wouldn’t go there every week I could imagine nipping in for something nice as an occasional treat. Continue reading “Carluccio’s opening and some thoughts on chains”

Snapshots, Thoughts

Tenerife

We were on holiday in Tenerife last week. It’s the first time I’ve been to the island and I was struck by one thing when there. Eating out on the island is almost entirely an awful experience, at least for the first two days Continue reading “Tenerife”

Thoughts

Fad diets, weight loss and how to lead a healthier lifestyle

As night follows day fad diets appear in the press in January. First out of the blocks this year was the 5:2 fasting diet (eat for 5 days of the week, fast for 2) which appeared on BBC breakfast while the hogmanay hangovers were still clearing. I don’t really want to get into the pros and cons for each diet because the fact is it doesn’t matter how they stack up. You don’t need them and most of the time they don’t work over the long-term.
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Thoughts

Some thoughts on offal and veal

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Anyone who has watched Jimmy and the Giant Supermarket will have seen Jimmy Doherty attempting to beat Tesco at their own game. He’s been trying to develop free range, high welfare versions of popular food products which can compete with Tesco’s own brand offerings on taste and, above everything else, price. The format of the program isn’t anything groundbreaking and it feels like it’s been treading a path already well worn by the celebrity chef crowd. One thing did jump out at me – the sadly low opinion Tesco has for its own customers and their intelligence. Continue reading “Some thoughts on offal and veal”