Archive for May, 2015

So it seems that every trip we make to the North results in a number of fine additions to the library here at Weir HQ. Largely because of a handful of tremendous bookshops including the much mentioned (well here anyway) Barter Books, and the equally fine, although marginally less handsomely located, Keel Row Bookshop – […]


True North

16May15

After events last Friday resulted in the local geography remaining a very disappointing but perhaps not entirely surprising hue, the tremendous Mrs Weir and I decided to spend some time in the People’s Republic of the North East. As ever our time in Northumberland was hugely enjoyable, although it would been better still had Mrs Weir […]


Slow Motion

05May15

Given that we’re led to believe that the majority of television comes into existence through a war of attrition, it’s reassuring that programmes such as last night’s Dawn Chorus: The Sounds of Spring make it all the way through to broadcast. Shown as part of a short season of programmes praising the dawdle over the sprint, Dawn Chorus […]


Middle Earth

05May15

If you’ve passed by this way on previous occasions you’ll have perhaps read of Mr George Borrow and his assertion that “there are no countries in the world less known by the British than these self same British Islands”. As time passes this seems an increasingly accurate view and given that it was made over a century […]