All hail, Macbeth! Hail to thee, thane of Glamis!

I’ve just recently watched (a few times!) the recently released (on DVD) Macbeth.

   
   
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It’s a fabulous story for those of you who are not familiar with it plus it’s shot in some fantastic locations. 

It just so happens that I visited most of them in 2015!

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland   

   

The Quiraing in Skye   

 

And around Sligachan and The Fairy Pools in Skye   

  
    
    
   

So, watch the movie and who knows, you may be tempted to visit the shooting locations!
Here are my less cinematic movies of my visits to these locations in 2015.

Seahouses 2015

Skye 2015

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Inspirational Teachers

I remember one school report from my Chemistry teacher that said:”Craig is a lazy boy, easily satisfied with poor results”

The fact is he was a lazy, uninspiring teacher. Only interested in talking to those who could afford to go on skiing trips with him. 

Inspiring, empathetic teachers create enthusiastic pupils. 

Your fault Mr. Henderson. 

I’ve just had a massive scare – so listen up!

In my youth and early twenties I was always a skinny little thing…

Here’s me about 1984 (22 years old)…



I’m only 5’6″ so you can judge how heavy I was in these photographs.

I started lifting weights and exercising vigorously about this time. After about 6 years of dedicated training and eating correctly I eventually looked like this…


Which was great…

For a while…

Then life starts to interrupt…

Family and work start to take your focus…

After about 1997 my training slackened off. Just a little at first…then not training became more prevalent than training.

I started a love affair…


We’d meet most nights for little liaisons.

And of course there’d be the little midnight feasts that accompanied these liaisons….

I’ve never had a serious illness and always thought myself as ‘robust’…

Tick, tick, tick…

The weight crept up, and up, and up…peaking at 17St! My brain kept telling me I was still in ‘some sort of shape’.

A few weeks ago I noticed I was getting very thirsty and urinating a lot. I went to the docs for a check.

BOOM!

I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes!

Hang on. Things like this don’t happen to me right? Wrong!

When I was told the news I just couldn’t take it in. The shock, anger, fear, trepidation. I was literally paralysed with info and emotional overload.

I trudged to the chemist for my meds. (I didn’t even know where the nearest chemist was, shows you how ill I’ve been in my life) thinking “What now?”.

I started researching on the web…and soon discovered there’s so much conflicting information out there. The one ‘common theme’ is diet and exercise. The need to take in lower calories and understand that carbs and sugars are your enemies.

I’ve taken the week off work. Firstly because one of the initial side effects of the meds is flatulence and diarrhoea, and it’s problematic when you can’t tell one from the other! Also, I’ve had to get my head straight. Understand and plan.

The house is now cleared of most junk food.

(Got to leave some treats for this fella).


I’m now on a diet of Low Gi foods, no added sugars, restricted calories, unrefined foods etc. and no whisky!

In 4 days I’ve lost 2lbs. I know this level of weight loss is not sustainable, however goes to show how many unnecessary calories I was consuming.

I’ve now got a diet and exercise plan. Last night I had the best nights sleep I’ve had for years, didn’t wake up once and woke up refreshed and positive.

This is a lifestyle changer, one that’s stalked up on me when I was ignorantly unaware.

So listen folks, this can happen to you with no symptoms whatsoever, I was fine…although my body probably didn’t think so.

I’ll keep you informed of my progress…

 

02 October 2015

UPDATE!

I’ve stuck religiously to my diet. I’m training harder than I have for years. I’ve lost weight and people are starting to notice…I think I’ve lost at least one chin!

CraigatEilean

 

01 November 2015

In January of this year, this is what I looked like (sorry folks!)

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And here is a photo I’ve just taken, not quite washboard abs but we’re going in the right direction!

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The clean eating and exercise is definitely  starting to work…

Never work with animals and children…

They say never work with animals and children right? Which is fine unless your wife wants a photograph of our son and dog for her birthday…

Harry never ‘plays ball’, he can be quite a stubborn dog.

We took Harry on to the ‘Top Field’ (a field close to where we live). We let him run around to get him a bit tired…then let the photoshoot begin!

So..I got my son used to looking at the camera before we introduced Harry…

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We then ‘caught’ Harry and my son tried to keep his attention…but Harry is too easily distracted by other people, dogs, birds or flies.

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I got my son to lie down to try and get a shot of them both on the grass…

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But no…Harry wasn’t having any of it and just got up and walked away…

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I tried my best…

 

See Frank’s explanation here…

Some surprising things you probably don’t know about me…

Here’s a surprising bit about me you probably don’t know.
My background is in I.T. 
If you ever shopped in Makro in the late 80’s or early 90’s – I wrote the code that managed to identify the item number of defaced labels.
If you’ve ever bought cereal from Kelloggs, I wrote code to facilitate secure access for I.T. Staff. 

I also wrote the code to enable the Wrexham site to Auto Recover from a system failure.
If you were ever a member of the RAC, I reconfigured their computer network to ensure that calls for assistance were dealt with in the most efficient manner. 
If you ever bought anything from DABS 2000-2005 I managed that back end system.
So…there you go…

Summer Break 2015

We usually go away for our summer holidays, however my son has become very interested in gardening since he received a greenhouse for his birthday!


Therefore…he has declared he would rather ‘stay at home’ this year…

He wants to tend to his plants and vegetables…


So…let’s see what this summer break brings…

I also intend to visit my daughter and grandchildren who live in Sunderland!

She’s a bit crazy…
  

But good looking, just like her dad…

And the grandchildren clearly have my ‘cute’ genes…