BBC News pictures

January 6, 2007
screen grab from bbc web site I feel a fraud! Mainly because although it was my camera and I was there and I downloaded the photo and submitted it and all that… Isabel actually took this pic because I was doing video at the time.

I also didn’t know that they would quote from the email as I would have said something more chearful than “the best New Year for a long time” sounds like I’ve never had a good Hogmanay… ohh dear.

But hey, I got a mention on the BBC News pages and not in a bad way :-)

I’m glad they used this photo becuase the guy shown seemed to be one of the key organisers and it didn’t look like it was his first time. I’ve thought about submitting a photo to the BBC web site for a while, shame it’s not all my own work.

Other photos from Hogmanay are…

Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony

January 5, 2007

I put together this five min video of the Fireball Ceremony to remember New Year 2006/7 and as a tribute to Rock God!


(if it doesn’t appear above, view directly on YouTube)

Rock God !

January 3, 2007

As mentioned yesterday I just spend a few days in the home of the Rock God!

Shrine to Rock
Maggs organised for a group of us to stay in her friends house in Aberdeen as they were away over New Year. Bruce, Rob and I were the first to arrive and shortly after unloading the car we had a quick look around. The first place we looked was the front living room and noticed there were a few CDs, so took a closer look.Checking out someone’s CD collection can reveal a lot about them. You can often tell certain changes in tastes over the years, connected influences, etc. However this collection was different. There was no clear separation of genre, type, style, etc.
A little closer look showed that this was because all 1200 plus CDs could be classified as Hard Rock (or perhaps metal, etc. but lets not get pedantic). Arranged in strict alphabetical order (with that many CDs if they weren’t you could never find anything) by group/artist, and it was the most complete collection I’ve ever seen. Every group I could think of were well represented and many I have never heard of.
Shrine to Rock

This is how we came to realise that we were staying in the home of “Rock God”!!

Due to the mixed tastes of those present and as most of the time we were also trying to chat and socialise we did stick to the slightly softer end of the Rock spectrum. But there was space for ACDC, Kiss, Marillion, Bon Jovi, Extreeme, and we even checked out Lordi. However Rock God’s stereo was a little scary, we only ever managed to have enough nerve to turn the volume control around 10degrees from the available rotation due to fear of blowing the windows out!

Im the lord of the wastelands
A modern day man of steel
I gather darkness to please me
And I command you to kneel
Before the

God of thunder and rock and roll
The spell youre under
Will slowly rob you of your virgin soul
   – KISS

Hogmanay 2006-2007 Aberdeen and Stonehaven

January 2, 2007

I don’t think I’ve ever ‘been away’ for Hogmanay before, but this year a group from church organised by the wonderful Maggs did something different. Maggs had a friend who’s house in Aberdeen was going to be empty over New Year and who would let us borrow it. This turned out to be the home of ‘Rock God’ but more of that in a future blog (Rock God is too big to share a single blog posting).

So 10ish of us spent the weekend of 30 Dec 2006- 2 Jan 2007 in a lovely big house in Aberdeen, a City I’ve not spent much time in and which I now know a little better. I should know it a lot better now thanks to Simon who endeavoured to show us around in weather bad enough to later cancel Hogmanay celebrations in both Edinburgh and Glasgow. It was wet, really wet, very wet indeed – it was Wet Wet Wet!!! (BTW, I haven’t actually checked to see if the heavy rain we were wandering around Aberdeen in on the afternoon of 31st was actually moving south, but it makes a better story that way.) very wet in Aberdeen
image from FLICKR

more fireball pics here

Maggs aim was to spend Hogmanay in Aberdeen City Centre where Wet Wet Wet were headlining, however, I managed to convince some people to go to The Ancient Fireball Ceremony in Stonehaven. Four of us went to that and had a great time.We arrived around 10:30-10:45ish and got a great parking space by chance, wandered around trying to figure out what was going to happen and where would be the best place to watch it… We talked to some very friendly Police, then some stewards and were told what was going to happen and found a great spot.

The Stonehaven Fireball Ceremony itself was good fun and a nice way of seeing in the new year. Very friendly atmosphere not full of drunks like most big city centre Hogmanay gigs (although those who went The photo above and most of the others photos on my FLICKR pages were taken by Isabel as I was taking some video footage – hopefully to be edited and posted soon.

So, Hogmanay came and went – New Years day was cooking, a walk on the beach then eating (lots of each). When we went to the beach my visual drive surfaced and I couldn’t simply walk up and down the beach when there were waves breaking on the beach. I’m deliberately saying it that way because I’m sure others couldn’t figure out the attraction of standing by a tripod looking through a lens while you could walk up and down and chat, etc. Oh well, it’s good to be different.

people Pipe People beach

And now, back to Glasgow after a nice weekend. Fun Hogmanay. Rock God. Fireballs. Beach. Aberdeen was fun. Thanks to all involved!