James Cullen – The Scottish Mutineer at Etaples

Unlike Percy Toplis, there is  no doubt whatsoever that Glasgow’s James Cullen took part in the Etaples Mutiny. We have his Service Records to thank for that, and his service records show that he was sentenced to one year imprisonment for refusing to obey orders at the time the riots at the camp broke out…

Detective & Secret Service Days – Edwin Woodhall

“Percy couldn’t have been at the Mutiny in Etaples because that month he was on the troopship, Orantes heading to India with his regiment”. Or so the story goes. It was used to undermine the whole pretext of John Fairley and William Allison’s book, The Monocled Mutineer and it’s been repeated by journalists ever since….

Conservative Middle East Council – The Haftar Lobby: A Register of Interests

The Haftar Lobby In March 2017, the Conservative Middle East Council published a report entitled ‘Inside Libya: Chaos in the Mediterranean‘. The report pushed for urgent ‘engagement’ with Field Marshall Khalifa Haftar, the self-appointed commander of the Libyan National Army who had spent the best part of 20 years semi-retired in Washington DC. The report was…

The 2017 Manchester Arena Bombing – A Wolf in Wolf’s Clothing

On Monday May 22nd 2017, Salman Abedi walked into the foyer at the Manchester Arena and detonated an explosive suicide device. The attack claimed 22 lives including seven children. 14 people have been arrested in connection with the incident. Britain’s Press and Security Services react with surprise at the event, but the warnings were substantial….

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival 2017 – From Strength to Strength

The week beginning April 25th had started with snow and finished with some sparkling Spring sunshine on the Spey. Both Craigellachie and Dufftown were buzzing and the already limited parking options shrank with cheerful abandon by the day. It was the best of times, and it was the best of times. David Mckenzie of Speyside…

Rogie Falls near Contin, Highlands of Scotland

With school and work looming it felt wise to try and clear body and mind of all that grueling festive cheer. Temperatures across the Highlands were due to drop from a tropical 8 degrees to a more invigorating three degrees, and with light still being far from generous in these bleak mid-winter months, every effort…

Sunsets Over Moray Autumn 2016

First time I’ve really put any effort into capturing some of the magnificent sunsets we have over Moray and Speyside. Not ventured too far afield as these things pretty hard to predict, so it was really just a case of looking for near-clear skies around 3.00pm and then legging it as fast as I could…

Super Moon 2016 Moray & Speyside

In terms of brightness, that additional 15% made the 2016 Super Moon 15% more difficult to capture. Didn’t do it justice but had fun trying. Here’s several shots taken as it rose above Ben Aigan near Aberlour and above Elgin just before dawn. There’s also a sneaky one of the sunset the previous evening.

Alan’s Autumn Almanac 2016

Have a bit of a spring in my step this autumn, owing to me buying my first Canon dSLR camera. It’s an entry level rig that should come in handy for my daughter’s Scottish Higher in Photography and day to day business in web design. These were taken during the last week of October in…

Meall a’ Bhuachaille Glenmore Forest Park

Spent a fairly wet and unsettled Saturday afternoon tackling Meall a’ Bhuachaille in the Glenmore Forest Park. This handsome, hulking mound lies some 20km from Aviemore and boasts some terrific views over Loch Morlich and the Rothimurcus Pine Forest. At around 900 metres it’s not a Munro but a Corbett, and the ascent is a…