A B&W study of Mark and Magnus checking their circuit times at a Wednesday night training sessions at the Highland Institute of Sport Inverness. Being 15 and in the "serious athlete" training stream is very hard work. Racing/Training every weekend, and training session three nights a week - in a Highland November - leaves little time for any other activities, even school.
And it's quite hard on the Mums and Dads as well.
A photo by JD Ratter the famous Shetland Photographer. Dates from around 1880. This is a scan of a copy that hangs on our stairs.
The view is of a barque moored in Brei Wick, a bay just south of the town of Lerwick. Looks to me as if the photo has been taken from near where the Shetland Hotel now is.
As I kid in the 60's we lived in Sound, on the outskirts of Lerwick, and this was the view as we walked to school, minus the sailing ship of course.
There was always a hand coloured copy - yellow sunbursts - in our hall when I was a kid, in fact my parents still have it. I must try and replicate with Photoshop.
I took this on Helicopter trip - my pal Pete flies the air Ambulance and invited me for a spin on one of his training sorties - in August 2004. It shows Church Street, Shore Street and the Vennels of Cromarty. It also shows the 17th and 18th Century Street patterns with later buildings "disturbing" the building lines.
Also shows my neighbour and pal Fraser standing outside waving at us.
The three lads from the north who are in the Scotland Cycling Talent Team, Magnus, Marc and Kenta - with Scotland Cycling Coach Gary Willis.
This photo was in today's Inverness Courier, with the following press release:-
Race Report – Press Release
North Gold and Silver in Scottish Cycling Championships.
North youth cyclists came home with the Gold and Silver Medals from the Scottish Cyclocross championships at Glenrothes at the weekend.
Magnus Davidson from Cromarty, riding for Cube Bikes/Square Wheels, dominated the race, leading from the start, and with Kenta Gallagher from Inverness, (777 Mtb) quickly broke away from the rest of the field. As the race developed they gradually increased their lead over Oliver Young (Edinburgh Road Club) and at the finish, Davidson took the chequered flag from Gallagher and Young, with an emphatic lead of nearly two minutes. Mark Sinclair of Culbokie came sixth.
The senor race was won by up and coming junior Scottish Cyclist Ross Creber (Evans Cycles), who took advantage of a puncture by Scottish Commonwealth Games rider Garth Montgomery to take and hold on to the lead in a thrilling race. Despite crashing in half way through the race he managed to take Gold, with the Silver going to Craig Hardie of Dunfermline Cycling Club and Gareth Montgomery (Endura/Voodoo/Singletrack) taking a consolation bronze. Creber has just been selected for the GB under 23 Cycling Academy.
The Woman’s event was won by Commonwealth games rider Ruth McGavigan from World Duathalon champion Catriona Morrison with the bronze medal going to last years champion Caroline Wallace.
The three Highland Youngsters have also been selected for the 2007 Youth Talent Team. Following a nationwide search during 2006 Scottish Cycling has chosen only nine young cyclists from all over Scotland to take part in an intensive training and performance programme over the winter of 2006/7. The riders will then compete as part of a Scotland squad during the 2007 racing series.
Note to editors
The attached photograph shows Highland Cyclists, Magnus Davidson, Marc Sinclair, Kenta Gallagher with Scotland Coach Gary Willis.
Issued by the Highland Mountain Bike Association. For more information contact Steve MacDonald on 01997 421000, or Calum Davidson on 07768 537722.
The Cromarty Firth is almost empty of rigs - this is the Frontier Driller, ex KNV, ex Transocean Explorer being towed by the tug "Fairmount Glacier" to Pascagoula in the Gulf of Mexico. This rig has been parked in the firth for years, dark and rusty. I understand that she has been omly been "readied" for the Atlantic tow , and will require extensive moblosition work (aka rebuilding) in the Gulf.
Shows how the oil price can affect even the oldest bit of kit....
Rigs tend to be lit up and Christmas tree like - it's very strange to see one being towed out of the firth dark and almost derelict.
A long exposure shot using a Tripod (I was in the sitting room and saw the lights of the tug, so ran down to the shore with camera and tripod)
Well I won a photo competition - with a cash prize!
Have a look at :-
For a photo of me with my tie all over the place - in my defence I'd just had a long afternoon at the Executive office of University of the Highlands and Islands MI discussing business schools......
The 11th was a Scottish Day in the Life, but as it was the first weekend I'd had at home since late September I was not feeling to up to much adventure. Any way I had to get a haircut and pay bills, and sort out the Network in the house. And the Weather was hellish.
So a quick walk around the town, some B&W kirk yard shots and then lit the sitting room fire.
My new slimline Nokia 9300 - and I can browse flickr on the move...
Sad or what!
I have a drawerful of old dead Nokia Communicators going back to the very first - the Nokia 9000, introduced in 1996. I was smitten when I saw a prototype 9000 at the University of Helsinki in late 1995. The 9300 is about the best I've had - small but very functional.