COVID-19 and David Icke

There’s a lot of attention of David Icke’s talking on Brian Rose’s London Real podcast. I did a walk and talk on it.

References

London Real – https://londonreal.tv/

What Live Streaming Tool Should I Use?

I’m experimenting with the GoPro to make my audio podcast into a video one. It worked pretty well, although I’m not quite sure who’ll want to watch an 18-minute video of my yakking into the camera! Maybe I’m wrong. And besides, I’m enjoying making content.

Podcast Version

There’s a longer audio version of this published in my normal podcast feed. Yeah, I continued yakking into the mic after I switched off the camera! If you’re at all interested in hearing the podcast recommendation that I made on the audio-only version, check out my podcast Quoth the Camser.

Links

I talked about live streaming tools and Ian Anderson Gray’s fantastic blog post on that. You can check that out here.

Jenn Butterworth Interview

Jenn Butterworth playing on stage at the Arran Folk Festival in 2014

Jenn Butterworth played at the Arran Folk Festival back in the mists of time (2014). I’d never heard her playing before and I was blown away. She played a set with Laura-Beth Salter on mandolin, and boy, what a treat that was to hear.

Fast forward to 2019. Jenn’s back at the festival with LB!

Podcast Episode with Jenn Butterworth

I found the courage to ask her if she’d be up for an interview for my guitar podcast Acoustic Guitar IO and she very kindly agreed.

Jenn Butterworth behind an Ear Trumpet Labs louise mic in Cams's house on Arran

So we sat down, had a cup of tea and recorded a bit of a blether. The episode we recorded is here.

It was really fun to talk to Jenn Butterworth and kind of her to agree to give up some time to talk with me.


Kinnaris Quintet

Check out one of the bands she plays with Kinnaris Quintet. I almost went to see them at Celtic Connections, but the first quarter of 2020 has been absolutely horrendous for ferry crossings between Brodick and Ardrossan. I have been listening to their album a lot though, and it’s an absolute stoater!

Musician of the Year – Scots Trad Awards

Jenn Butterworth won Musician of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2019. Not only that, Kinnaris Quintet won The Belhaven Bursary for Innovation in Scottish Music. It’s was a good year for young Jenn and her musical pals!

Support Jenn Butterworth

COVID-19 is here at the time of writing (March 2020) and artists all over the world are struggling. Well, not just artists, pretty much most people, but this is when we need music more than ever. If you’d like to support Jenn Butterworth as I have, get yourselves over to her Patreon Page. She’s set up three tiers right now, £3, £5 and £10 on a monthly ongoing basis. Go and show her some love if you can afford to. It doesn’t have to be forever; you can cancel anytime. As a Patreon user myself, I *know* just how much this can help!


More Guitar Stuff

I’ve been writing about guitars for a while. If you like what you’re reading, there’s loads more here!

Habit Trackers in a TWSBI Large Notebook

Habit tracker drawn out in A4 notebook

I’ve spent most of the morning researching habit trackers. I’ve found a pre-made one that looks like it might work, the Clear Habit Journal from BaronFig, but it’s expensive. I think I would do better to work on my own version. I was doing weekly habit trackers for the month of February and it worked, but setting it up every Sunday was becoming a chore.

Week 7 weekly habit tracker in A4 TWSBI notebook

It’s a work in progress. Much as I love the look of the BaronFig notebooks, I have to spend £60 to get free shipping. Otherwise the shipping costs £20 and comes from the USA with USPS; that means Parcelforce on the UK side. After the JetPens order’s having taken over two weeks to get to my house from Glasgow (a two-hour journey!), I’m not super excited to order from BaronFig.

I’ll see how March works out, but I’m pretty certain that I’m going to do a two-page landscape spread for April and get a bit more creative with it. As I said, it’s a work in progress!

Hobonichi Techo Avec

I actually tried using my Hobonichi Techo Avec and was hoping that it would work out because I love that little book, but I just have way too many trackers to make it work. It’s a real shame. I’ve already pretty given up on my Hobonichi Weeks. It’s rather an expensive business figuring out the analogue tools that are going to work for me.

My daughter’s having great success with her STÁLOGY A6 and has taken to bullet journalling like a duck to water. I knew she would though, and it’s a nice thing to be sharing with her.

Speaking of STÁLOGY, I placed an order for a B6 pad today, and way too many other things as well. The B6 will be my daily journal, once my Silvine hardback A5 notebooks are finished. I started my current one in 1998!

Sun Burning my Back

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The sun is shining. ? When did that last happen? I really should take the dogs out. In fact, that’s just what I’m going to do.

Once I’ve posted this…

Morning Pages

I woke up with a headache. Not good. But it’s been productive. I’ve started using MarsEdit again; I’m using it now in fact. And I posted my first blog post on my new business site at camssocial.media. It feels good to be blogging again and I’ve really missed it.

Dogs time. This is going to be good!

I’m going to earn 100k by 2023

Can I? Dare I? Why the fuck not? I can do what I want, right?

I’ve been writing with a pen for the last couple of weeks. Every day. It’s been really great actually. That’s my Namiki Falcon with Iroshizuku Fuyu-gaki ink.

It’s 11:20am on a Monday. I’m listening to Mary Ann Hobb’s show on BBC6 Music and wearing multiple layers and a blanket over my thighs at the kitchen table. This is my new office. I feel happy. Really happy. But a bit scared about income.

I went freelance 100% at the beginning of November. I have two clients for my social media management and content creation business, but it’s actually only one because it’s the same guy in each instance. He runs a restaurant and is starting an affiliate marketing business of his own. I’ve got a ridiculous amount of training to go through and I love all that stuff. I tell you, no one is more surprised than I at finding happiness in getting into marketing. I mean, what? For real? I know, it’s nuts. But there it is – a job I love, and starting again, again, at the age of 48.

Am I too old to learn new tricks? Am I bollocks. I’ve got this.

Diary entry for 31 December 2023 with an entry saying Earn £100k!

My goal is to get to £100k a year by the time I get to the end of my 2019-2023 Hobonichi planner. I’ll be 52.

New Stationery Day!

My Hobonichi planners came today! I ordered these on 30 Jan from Jetpens, so I still had 11 months of value. They arrived yesterday. Bummer. So I lost a month’s value, but let’s be positive, right!

I’ve tried the Hobonichi Weeks and also bullet journalling in an A4 TWSBI notebook I have. The Weeks just isn’t going to work, much as I love it as an item. I think the Hobonichi A6 will be the one.

My First JetPens Order!

It’s been a crazy month of stationery indulgence. It’s an obsession and I recognise it as such. I don’t seem to be able to hold back at all.

John Roderick and Alcoholism

Roadwork Cover ArtI’ve been following John Roderick’s content since around 2006, when Merlin Mann talked to him on the Merlin Show. He’s co host on a podcast called Roadwork, with Dan Benjamin on the 5by5 network. In episode 151, entitled Chasing the Dragon, John speaks candidly about alcoholism and how the 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program works.

I’ve been attending AA since 2005. My sobriety date is 9 October of that year and, so far, I’ve not touched any alcohol since then. I know it’s a day at a time, and complacency can lead to picking up again.

John explained so well how alcoholism works for him, and it’s so in line with my own experience that I felt compelled to write a post about it and recommend that everyone listen to this episode if you’re of a mind to.

And John, if you’re reading this and you ever make it to Scotland again, let me know for sure and we’ll grab a coffee somewhere. You’re the person living that I’d like to meet the most in the whole wide world!

Support

If you like the podcast, the Patreon show is outstanding. They respond to listener mail in a candid and honest way. It’s one of the best things on the Internet.

www.patreon.com/roadwork/posts

Hiking up to Caisteal Abhail

On 28 October 2018 I did the route around from North Glen Sannox to Caisteal Abhail and down what I believe is called Hunters Ridge. I set off early, though not quite early enough as it was already daylight when I left. Not to worry – it was an absolutely amazing day.

I got to the car park just before 9 and made it back for 4, so one hour longer than the previous time, but that time the whole walk was in cloud with rain belting off me the whole way round. This time was rather different!

It was interesting following the moon and watching it set.

It was really cold to start with. I had to layer up and put my gloves on, but by the time I got to the gate in the coire I was well warmed up.

In the coire. I came down the rock ridge from just left of the middle down towards the right.

That was my route, up towards the moon then turn left up the ridge to the peak of Sail an Im.

Poppy, my trusty companion.

There was a lot ice as we got higher. It made the descent pretty treacherous down the other side.

Now it’s really starting to get interesting. Looking down into the coire, towards Caisteal Abhail.

Rocking the shades! It was cold, but such an amazing day.

That’s the ridge I’m climbing. This is where I bumped into Ranger Kate going the other way. She’d lost her lens cap and asked me to look out for it. I only bloom’ found it! Ha ha. Kate’s one of the rangers for the National Trust for Scotland and knows this terrain probably better than anybody!

Creag Dhubh, back the way I’ve just come.

Looking back over the way I’ve just come.

Getting closer to the top. The views are just about to blow me away…

Aha, now we’re getting some views to be sure. Not quite at the top yet though. Just a little further.

Looking down towards Blackwaterfoot and the Kintyre peninsula.

Some rocky tors that give this area its name of the castles.

Oh mama. Are we there yet?

Poppy finds an icy pond. It did crack eventually, though it wasn’t so deep as it look and she had a long drink from the water that came up from below.

And just when you think it can’t get any better, Cìr Mhòr appears in all its majesty.

Some more of those rocky tors at the summit. It’s always weird to puff and pant all the way to a summit and find it relatively flat at the top. Nice, but weird.

Cìr Mhòr with the ridge going down to the saddle between Glen Rosa and Glen Sannox, then up to North Goatfell and then the ridge to Goatfell itself. That looks like a tricky route, though one I’d like to try, possibly with a camp in between?

It was amazing to see for the first time how all the peaks join up with ridges. The Ridge from Caisteal Abhail where I was to Cìr Mhòr looks fairly straight forward, although the walk to the summit looks helluva steep. The next ridge coming down from Cìr Mhòr is called A’Chir and it leads to the summit of Beinn Tarsuinn. I’ll need to talk to my pal Kirstie about routes.

My ever-faithful companion Poppy the Akita.

The Witch’s Step from above. It looks like you could actually bypass it. It doesn’t look quite so scary from where I was, but that could be deceptive. I’ve always been kinda afraid of that particular place, but I could probably do it; then round to the summit of Suidhe Fhearghas. I wonder?

Lunch break. That Highlander stove is really good. There’s nothing quite like drinking coffee at the top of a mountain! I had a trio of chicken sandwiches from the Co-op, shared with Poppy of course, and a Boost bar. One of the best lunches I ever had!

A few more photos before heading back down again.

How’s that for a view, Poppy? Magic, innit?

D’you think dogs care about stuff like that? I wonder, ha ha.

Ra-oooo, says Poppy. Check out the icicles on the rocks on the right. Brrrrr.

The other side of the Witch’s Step as I start making my way down the horrible rocky, slippery ridge.

Looking over the peak of Suidhe Fhearghas towards the mainland and the islands in the Firth of Clyde. This is one of my favourite images from the day.

The rocky minefield I had to pick my way through to get back down. You can see how slippery they are in the foreground. Although the route was shorter, I think it would have been quicker to have gone back the way I came up because the terrain was so much easier underfoot.

The ridge I came down is called Hunters Ridge I think. According to the OS map it’s called Cuithe Mheadhonach, which might be Gaelic for Hunters Ridge. Dunno.

The Witch’s Step starting to look scary again. See what I mean? Is it actually as hard as it seems from below?

Nearly back down to the burn. Nice view of the jaggy tors that I’ve just come down from, and the rocky minefield in Garbh Choire. Man that was tough going.

And we’re down!

Conclusion

This is without a doubt the most enjoyable walk I’ve even done. Seven hours start to finish. I dressed right, I took the right food, I judged the time and daylight hours right. The one thing I need to do is learn to use a compass again. I used to know, but need a refresher. I do have a map.

Poppy was amazing company the whole way too. One of the most memorable moments was when Peter Gabriel Signal to Noise came on the AirPods just as Cìr Mhòr came into view and I was in utter heaven. The mountains can be harsh and brutal, as they were last time I did this route, but they can reward you like nothing else can if the conditions are right.

I kinda started getting the bug at the beginning of this summer and it’s growing as I explore more with my dog and my camera. Look out for more as spring comes in; I’m not quite ready for winter hikes yet.

And lastly, a moment of gratitude if I may. I fell from a cliff in 1989 whilst on exercise in the Lake District in England with the British Army. I almost lost my right leg; it bothers me a lot still and is actually getting worse now as I get older. But look at what I still get to do!