Grade 1 Qualifiers

They have posted the names of the qualifiers on an electronic board this year. Although an improvement on the previous magic marker efforts, it doesn't photograph well!!


For the sake of clarity, the names are:

Cullybackey
Fife Constabulary
Dowco Triumph Street
RWD Vale of Atholl
Auckland and District
78th Fraser Highlanders


If you have been reading previously, you'll know that I am currently eating my sporran!!


Blogging Live!

There Can be Few Greater Delicacies...

It is a long established tradition that our Worlds trip includes a visit to Edinburgh for the Tattoo. The photos which bear testimony to that fact are in the Gallery post below. A central part of that trip is a dander down the Royal Mile to Bene's chippy for a haggis supper and a smoked sausage supper. Neither of these gourmet treats seem to feature in the repertoire of our domestic emporia and I can't think of a single reason why. Chip Shop Owning Men of Ulster! Get the Haggis in!

The suppers were purchased with pleasure and devoured with gusto. Both the native haggis and the smoked sausage may be acquired tastes, but they are well worth acquiring. Who would have thought it. Aiblins is on the verge of developing a restaurant review section.

Worlds 2010 in Pictures

The day and the build up through the lens...

I have chosen to upload almost every photo taken over the weekend connected with Glasgow and the World Championships. The lack of a discerning editor's eye hopefully makes it a more representative account of the long weekend.

For anyone who might be interested, the lens in question is absolutely nothing fancy - just the camera in an iPhone 4 - which seems to have captured at least the odd pleasing result. I have included the photos which I have posted in the other Blog entries to maintain the integrity of the gallery. I have also chosen not to caption individual images. Some of them were taken for specific reasons and have particular meaning to me - make up your own mind what they mean to you...

Hello Glasgow

The ranks of staff from the Aiblins blogging team are safely in Glasgow. You will see evidence of this in the accompanying photo. Although it resembles an MC Escher painting, it is in fact an image of the mind boggling escalator arrangement in Buchanan Galleries. Tickets for the Worlds have been purchased, programmes have been pored over and Chai Lattes have been consumed. Stand by your beds, folks. The Worlds 2010 Weekend starts here!

Want to Take my Pulse?

A deliberately opaque title for a Blog post. The oldest trick in the book, and you fell for it. If it is any consolation, I recognise that it was a childish thing to do and I apologise for it.

So, what's it about anyway? Well, as I have blogged about elsewhere, I have switched my primary interweb allegiance to Posterous. I have also been utterly seduced by an iPad. Combine the iPad with a news reading application called Pulse and you have a curious partnership which brings with it a complimentary additional Blog, provided by Posterous, where things that you "Pulse" get clipped to.

Thus is born The Aiblins Pulse. Rather than throwing clips and snippets from the Web into the middle of this Blog, all that stuff is getting dropped into the Pulse site. It reflects what I'm looking at on the net and, so far, that has been a combination of Pipe Bands, News stories, Tech stuff and Ulster Scots with the odd cycling story thrown in.

I cannot commend the site to you with any great certainty. Whether you have any interest in it will depend on whether the odd mix above has any appeal. What I can say is that the iPad and Pulse combination itself is pretty satisfying and having the Blog page there to store all your "read later" or "I like this" stuff, makes a nice change from relying on services like InstaPaper. So, have a look at The Aiblins Pulse if you want.

Have a look at an iPad if you want a lighter bank balance and a new form of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Live Blogging the Worlds 2010

Last year I conducted an experiment which (unsurprisingly) went without notice. Undeterred, I intend to try something very similar this year.

At the end of the week, I'll be heading for Scotland. It will be the annual Glasgow pilgrimage to the World Pipe Band Championships. We'll also be taking in the Tattoo in Edinburgh on the Friday night. At least, that's the plan. My recent well-documented problems with BPPV may curtail our activities somewhat, but I should certainly be at Glasgow Green for a while at least.

I have digressed considerably. The point of this all is to say that I intend to try to Live Blog from the Worlds again. In practice, this will mean taking pictures on the phone and sending occasional updates by way of Blog posts. The refinements of the Posterous image posting facility through the iPhone app mean that I should be able to create a gallery and then simply update that same gallery as I go without creating additional posts. In between times I can send other posts by email from the phone if anything dramatic occurs. I'll also have the Flip Ultra with me but will hold off on trying to update the YouTube Channel until I get home.  

Should you care to log on, you should see the gallery growing and be kept broadly up to date with events as they occur. Last year, I am fairly confident I had the results posted before anyone else - although those watching the BBC Stream of the event would obviously have got them at the same time as me. If I can stay upright and untroubled by vertigo until the end of the day, it would be great if you could join me.

The Edinburgh Tattoo people always have a very friendly policy towards photographers, so I should hopefully manage a small gallery of photos from there too.

I enjoy the experiment and the use of technology, so I'll probably keep doing this until I stop going to the events. Even so, it would increase my sense of self-worth if you could at least pretend to be interested.

By the way, due to the nature of the auto posting, I'll need to complete the posts on Posterous before I send them to the other sites and Blogs. For that reason, if you do feel like joining me for the day, point your browser at aiblins.com. The other sites won't be updated until the end of the day.