I went to an anti-Trump rally and I’ve never loved my country more.

“It’s shite being Scottish.” A phrase I’m all too familiar with, and it’s true. Of course, I’m quoting Mark ‘Rent-Boy’ Renton from the 1996 phenomenon that is Trainspotting, rather timely I would be watching such a film and endorsing such a phrase with the release of T2: Trainspotting, but that’s beside the point.

The point I am making is it’s hard being Scottish (believe me, as a straight, white male I know the world is on my side, but it’s open for debate that Scotland is an underdog in a certain union of nations). I’d go further than that, I would happily say it’s shite being Scottish. We’re shite…but we’re also amazing. We are passionate. We are loud. And we aren’t afraid to voice what we believe in – even when we know we aren’t being listened to (again and again).

It isn’t unusual to see a rally take place in Glasgow or Edinburgh – perhaps in George Square (or Independence Square for those Cybernat types) or on the Royal Concert Hall Steps, for the remaining time that they are there.

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Nikon Adventures: The Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran. Golf, beaches, walks and the occasional sunshine.

It’s been the location for holidays for my family since I can remember. It’s a place where my mum grew up, my grandparents lived and I’ve enjoyed annually for my entire life.

After a (rather queasy) hour long ferry trip from Ardrossan harbour my family, Zoe and I arrived on the island for a week of relaxing, exploring and taking semi-professional photographs.

Whether it be the extensive wildlife, the long beaches or the mountain that is Goatfell, Arran has a lot to offer when it comes to photography, and we were certain to take advantage of it.

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Nikon Adventures: Castle Semple Loch

As you will probably have already noticed from my profile picture, I own a camera.

Now, I’m not saying I’m any good. Far from it in fact, but I am learning.

Having bought my Nikon D5200 DSLR originally for video purposes, I decided to lend my hand to snapping up some pictures. So here we go.

As often or as rarely as I please, I plan to upload these picture-based posts, entitled “Nikon Adventures” as I look to improve my camera work – aiming for around 10 pictures per post.

Bare with me – I’m currently teaching myself through a series of YouTube videos as to how to work the bloody thing, but I’m getting there.

Today’s post: My hometown’s Castle Semple Loch.

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