My new home: Aberdeen

Aberdeen is endearing itself to me. It’s the little things that make a difference. Like this front gate I walked past yesterday with a tin of biscuits for the guard dog. Just in case you want to rob the place and a fierce dog is standing in your way, the owners have helpfully provided the dog biscuits (note the sign on the gate: beware of the dog).


Or the man in the post office shop who said to me last Sunday when I tried to post a package:

A’m afraid a wullnae be able tae hulp ye. As ye kin see th’ computer is a’ setup ‘ere bit ah haven’t bin given sufficient training in howfur tae uise it yit.

Then there are the churches. This is the best part. Many of them are no longer used as churches but have been converted to restaurants, hotel accommodation, housing, museums, and pubs and night clubs.

We made a fleeting visit to the Maritime museum last week which is also in an old church. Here’s a photo looking out over the harbour from the top level of the museum, through the church windows:


It’s quite a fun place for kids to visit. Elizabeth played for a good while with a model ROV (remotely operated vehicle):


There was also some quite interesting information about the oil fields:


And a model of the Murchison oil rig:


  1. Love the dog biscuit box. The chook wire on the gate suggests to me that the dog might only be a wee one and not that scary. Can’t get over how long Elizabeth’s hair is. 🙂 Thought you did a good job in simulating the post office man’s accent. I wonder if it’s catching!

    1. Yes, you’re right. We did see the dog on one of our wanderings past the house and it was a little, yappy thing. The owner was in the garden at the time and thought it necessary to apologise to us on behalf of the dog 🙂

  2. sorry to be off topic. just saw your tweet about being positive’ – can’t comment there, so thought I’d post it here, so that you could see it..

    Nuclear would work.. ie low carbon. (or be a major useful contributor) but is shouted down and then people question the motives of those ‘denying’ nuclear science.

    James Hansen challenges big green on nuclear.

    James Hansen:
    “I have one minor, easy suggestion for you to consider, and another requiring more effort.

    The first concerns “Big Green,” the large environmental organizations, which have become one of the biggest obstacles to solving the climate problem. After I joined other scientists in requesting the leaders of Big Green to reconsider their adamant opposition to nuclear power, and was rebuffed, I learned from discussions with them the major reason: They feared losing donor support. Money, it seems, is the language they understand.

    Thus my suggestion: The next time you receive a donation request, doubtless accompanied with a photo of a cuddly bear or the like, toss it in the waste bin and return a note saying that you will consider a donation in the future, if they objectively evaluate the best interests of young people and nature.” – James Hansens

    Try saying lets go nuclear (in the UK, or say the USA, EU or anywhere in the rich West,) for our electricity, and the greens will descend on you, as they did Mark Lynas, calling you (as they did Mark) a Chernobyl Death Denier…

    Mark Lynas – Time for the Green Party – and the Guardian – to ditch anti-nuclear quackery –

    Mark Lynas:
    “Yesterday I was an environmentalist. Today, according to tweets from prominent greens, and an op-ed response piece in the Guardian, I’m a “Chernobyl death denier”. My crime has been to stick to the peer-reviewed consensus scientific reports on the health impacts of the Chernobyl disaster, rather than – as is apparently necessary to remain politically correct as a ‘green’ – cleaving instead to self-published reports from pseudo scientists who have spent a lifetime hyping the purported dangers of radiation…….”

    1. I’m in favour on nuclear power, Barry. I’m also in the UK again, yay! And I feel free to be able to say that I’m in favour of nuclear power here and I am.

      I think it’s unfortunate that people want to call others names like Chernobyl death denier. I certainly don’t think that of someone who is in favour of nuclear power. Name-calling is best ignored in my view.

      1. Problem was. The people doing to Mark were senior greens / senior members of environmental groups. Not just random members of the public. Utter intolerance.

        Anyway welcome back to the UK. Though aberdeen is a whole lot nicer in the summer. And an update. My daughters MRI scan was OK.. she has some cool mri images of her brain to show her friends now

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