The Phenomenon

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Wow, two posts in one evening, a bit extreme I realise, but trust me it’s worth it.

A few months ago someone from the Media Trust contacted me via my thrilling Vimeo channel to ask if they could use some of my incredible, mind bending time lapse footage for the title sequence of an awesome new TV show thing. Having signed my videos and kidneys away I forgot all about it, until this evening the kind lady got in touch to ask for my kidney.


I also discovered that one of my sequences made it into the final edit. If that wasn’t exciting enough, the real kicker is that it’s separated in time from the appearance of The Wogan’s face by barely 5 seconds! Tamanawis and The Wogan, bonded like brothers and teaming up to promote, and I’m quoting now, “…the most inspiring stories from your communities … across the UK.” Seriously, check out the first 20 seconds of the latest episode, conveniently embedded below. Apparently these episodes go out on the Community Channel, but my lack of a TV makes verifying this a bit tricky.

Playing back the title sequence a few dozen times and in slow motion (I encourage you to do the same) I can even notice the distinctive camera wobble between some of the frames. Ah what fond memories of sitting there on the side of the Pentlands in a howling gale, desperately trying to give meaning to my life and hold the tripod steady. It was certainly worth it as I feel The Wogan and I will change lives with this. Look, the latest episode already has 134 views.

At this stage I can’t reveal whether The Wogan and Tamanawis will be again joining forces for any future charity work. However, I can confirm that my agent is pursuing several other possible projects involving celebrated TV personalities such as Michael Parkinson, The Hoff and wee Pat Nevin. I am open to other approaches, but must stress a preference for working with personalities whose names involve a The.

Well seeing as everyone else seems to be talking about it, I don’t want to feel left out. One of the largest fishing tackle mail order companies in the UK, fishtec, have done a nice thing and brought a little attention to a few of the UK-based fly fishing blogs with a post (on their own blog) called “Fly fishing blogs to be reckoned with“. It’s a really nice list.

7th on their list (I haven’t decided if order is important yet, probably is given that Alistair seems to be leading the pack, fearless blogging leader that he is) is Tamanawis. Thanks very much fishtec, it’s much appreciated.

However, while I am indeed thoroughly grateful for the kind words, I do have to question the logic behind pointing hopeful readers in the direction of a quiet, infrequently updated blog full of random photo posts (also known as filler), and clearly surviving on past glories (a la Sheffield Wednesday, my poor old team…) and with little hope of things looking up (for at least another 5 months). Still, nothing like a bit of mutual back scratching to get through a Thursday afternoon.

Well folks, as if writing insightful, humorous and curry-pumping blog posts wasn’t enough, there’s now a new and exciting Gallery page to behold. I’m hoping to greatly expand this section of the site in the coming months (with the tiniest possibility of offering some of them for sale as prints..) so watch oot.

At the moment there are six sections covering a wee selection of my photographs. Most of the photos won’t have appeared on the main blog either, so why not head over and check it out.

I’ve also updated the About page so you can learn all you need to know about your hard-working blogger. Have a great weekend.

In the spirit of avoiding real work, I’ve spent some time putting up a load of gear reviews I wrote a while back. You’ll find them over to the left, in the navigation menu, under Reviews. At the moment the fishing gear section is empty, but it will be filled up soon enough with insightful comments and thoughts. There are, however, several reviews of hillwalking and camping gear, which may or may not be of interest.


I worked a little bit on the blog this morning, and you can now find a burgeoning list of my favourite books under the page “Books“, which is a permanent link over on the left under the main navigation menu. Needless to say, more will be added as I find time.

Happy reading…

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