We were down at the Edinburgh Grand Prix at the weekend, at the Meadowbank Velodrome.
Magnus was racing - obviously - and did OK, got a couple of good places, and won an 8K points race.
Which was nice.
But what the weekne d highlighted to me was the huge step change that he, and his pals in the Scotland under 19 team, has to go through in performance and competition. From dominating youth races all of a sudden he and his team mates are racing against Scotland's and Europe's "A" riders, including ex world champs, Commie games riders, and international grade sprinters from Spain and the Netherlands.
And they did OK, that's the remarkable bit.
Having a cup of coffee in Holyroods Garden Lobby.
I was in giving evidence a few weeks ago to the Culture Committee on the Creative Scotland Bill (which seems to have been if not killed om Wednesday, at least dealt a serious blow - see here -) and took the chance to catch with some old pals who work in the Parliament, and watch the world go by.....
The last survivor of the Battle of Jutland. The Light Cruiser "HMS Caroline" in Belfast Harbour. Built in 1913, she is still a commissioned vessel in the Royal Navy.
I had no idea that there were any WW1 ships left in the UK. I was at a meeting in the Innovation Centre built next to this dock, saw it when the cab dropped me off and luckily had my camera with me. At first I thought she was a V&W Class destroyer (1920's) but then realised she was bigger and older.
This photo has just been used in the "Britain at War" Magazine on an article on the Battle of Jutland.
Found this one on the hard drive, from my work trip to Iceland last September. I was early in meeting some colleagues in West Iceland, so parked by the sea and took some snaps. This is OK in a car advert sort of way, but the composition is subtly wrong for my eye.
And don't those mountains look like volcanoes!
This is one of a series of portraits of Cromarty people I worked on, and which were published last summer in the Book "Cromarty Living by the Sea " which explored the the town and it's relationship to the sea.
Here is Ronald, one the Cromarty Rose's two skippers. He is also the Harbour Master, a local fireman and a community first responder. Oh and he's on the Community council.
A busy guy, but also one of the nicest men you are every likely to meet.