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EricBranse

@EricBranse@mastodon.scot

Professionally an #Archaeologist but mainly deals with #HistoricBuildings (views my own!) interested in #acting & #theatre (Trustee of #DunsPlayfest link below) #ScottishPolitics #Boardgames #HillWalking #DIY
Resting #Dancer #ScottishDancing #RapperSword (Sallyport, Kingsmen, Snark) #ceilidh

#Dad of four, half now making their own way in the world.
Married to Kathi, a budding #fabric & #needlework #entrepreneur (link below)

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EricBranse, to boardgames
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Interesting write up here of boardgames taking inspiration from Jane Austen. We actually played Obsession last night with friends and my wife is heavily hinting that she'd like a copy for her birthday...It's a good, but complex game.
#JaneAusten #boardgames

JANE AUSTEN GAMES: YES, IT’S A GENRE! » The Daily Worker Placement https://dailyworkerplacement.com/2019/04/15/jane-austen-games-yes-its-a-genre/

EricBranse, to design
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Nearly finished reading "Bauhaus Goes West". Fascinating book about all of the various people involved with the German design school who emigrated to Britain and America in the 1930's after the Nazis shut the school down.

What comes out to me is how much Britain & America gained from this influx of creative designers. A lesson for today about the benefits of immigration.


https://thamesandhudson.com/bauhaus-goes-west-9780500519929

EricBranse, to Theatre
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Duns Playfest is fast approaching and is going to be even better than last year. Here is a video of stills from last year:

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EricBranse,
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@Wen I know. Trying to get a link to the video without FB. I've asked for clean copy of marketing to be sent direct to me before, but it hasn't come through yet...

EricBranse, to cycling
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500 miles of Dutch-style cycle tracks built in Britain in the 1930s when cyclists out numbered drivers. What a lost opportunity that this system wasn't maintained and developed further after the 1940s.

British Cycle Tracks https://www.britishcycletracks.com/

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Whilst in France they are significantly investing in new cycling infrastructure now and numbers of cyclists are booming.

We need this here.

https://momentummag.com/paris-cycling-numbers-double/

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And yet the Conservative government at Westminster is doing everything it can in the opposite direction...
Thank goodness we can do things differently in Scotland.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/mar/15/uk-government-seeks-to-limit-low-traffic-schemes-as-part-of-its-plan-for-drivers

EricBranse, to random
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Been to Alnwick today to swap a box of kids books for a handful of weightier tomes at Barter Books. We then popped into town to search out a new independent bookshop. What a brilliant find. The Accidental Bookshop is well worth a visit. Article here from its opening in 2022.

https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/look-inside-alnwick-accidental-bookshop-22790944

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Across the road from the bookshop was a gallery with some interesting pictures of Star Wars stormtroopers...

Blue painted traditional Edwardian style shop front of Penn Gallery displaying various large format pictures, see other image for closeup.

bagpie, to FolkMusic
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EricBranse,
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@bagpie @Wen have either of you been to the biannual bagpipe festival in the Czech Republic? I went with Sallyport Sword Dancers in 1996 and it was brilliant. Never realised just how many sorts of bagpipes there are.

The pipers who I found most impressive was a band from Galicia which not only played Galician music, but also Scottish Highland pipe tunes just like a very very good Highland pipe band.

https://www.visitczechia.com/en-us/things-to-do/events/2022/08/e-international-bagpipe-festival-strakonice

EricBranse, to books
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Independent bookshop @WedaleBooks in Stow, in the Scottish Borders looks well worth a stop when travelling up the A7 or the Tweed Valley Railway on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday (10am -4pm).

#books #ScottishBorders #Stow #IndependantBookShop

The Wedale Bookshop https://wedalebooks.scot/

EricBranse,
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@Wen @WedaleBooks the one that hosted folk music sessions on a Sunday? Does it still do that?

thisismyglasgow, to glasgow
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The remains of an Iron Age Crannog, dating from around 2,000 years ago, on the foreshore of the Clyde just below the Erskine Bridge, which was opened in 1971. Crannogs consisted of a round house constructed on a manmade island in lochs, marshes or intertidal zones. In this case, a circle.of wooden posts were sunk into the sand and the internal space was filled with rocks abd silt to create the base on which the house was then be built.

EricBranse,
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@thisismyglasgow my first archaeological excavation was a crannog on North Uist for Ian Armit's (site director) PhD research into Iron Age settlement. Except the crannog turned out to be Neolithic... Brilliant excavation - probably why I ended up working in heritage.

EricBranse, to Scotland
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This morning's post included a parcel from an interesting Scottish company producing blends of spices for easy to cook Indian curries. Be interesting to see what they are like. Looks like curry for dinner!

About Us – Spice Pots https://www.spicepots.com/pages/about-us

EricBranse, to random
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This looks worth exploring following Sunak's speech yesterday.

Defending our democratic space: | Sheila McKechnie Foundation | SMK https://smk.org.uk/what-we-do/policy-and-research/defending-our-democratic-space-a-call-to-action/

CloudyMrs, to random
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My home insurance quote just came in. Up 50% since last year. Everything is bollox.🫤

EricBranse,
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@CloudyMrs Time to change company. It is really tiring the way that insurance companies fleece established customers this way by jacking prices with the hope that you won't have the energy to move your business. This is what I will be doing next month I suspect...

EricBranse, to gaming
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I knew that Scotland had a vibrant games industry but didn't realise quite how big it was. This network gives an insight:

About - The Scottish Games Network https://scottishgames.net/about/

EricBranse, to random
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#askfedi is there an easy way of finding online Scottish suppliers?

Just wasted half an hour getting an order together with a Yorkshire-based firm to find that they do not deliver to the Scottish Borders despite claiming to deliver to Scotland!

EricBranse,
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@simonvarwell not the first time that I have experienced it. When we first moved here in 2013 I got a scaffolding tower from a place in York. They would happily deliver to Berwick, but not Duns, despite the distance being effectively the same. I ended up getting it delivered to our old address in Northallerton and collected it with a trailer...

EricBranse,
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Can anyone suggest a Scottish supplier of hammer-in vine eyes?

BashStKid, to random
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Now, as then, the truth has many different facets.

(Must admit I’d never heard of Eden’s moustache as a conspiracy item)

‘The bloody Protestants ran BBC in Northern Ireland’ in 70s, says ex-TV boss https://www.theguardian.com/media/2024/feb/24/the-bloody-protestants-ran-bbc-in-northern-ireland-in-70s-says-ex-tv-boss?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

EricBranse,
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@BashStKid Seeing how the BBC reports Scotland, this article about how reporting in Northern Ireland in the 1960-70s does not surprise me in the least. Good to see the BBC, who commissioned the documentary, is going to air it though.

EricBranse, to Scotland
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Just read this as a result of another toot. Brilliantly inclusive and sensible. I would vote for Scottish independence just to see this in place instead of the current Draconian system run by the Home Office.

#Citizenship #Scotland #Independence #ScottishIndependence

https://www.gov.scot/publications/building-new-scotland-citizenship-independent-scotland/

EricBranse, to architecture
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@thisismyglasgow you may find this interesting, a video of a factory tour of a works still producing architectural terracotta showing the production process.

https://tilesoc.org.uk/tacs/terracotta-conference/the-process-of-manufacturing-terracotta/

MadeyeTheCarnaptious, to Scotland
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A reminder that the Scottish Green Party is in a pro majority coalition government with the in Scotland.

is a different country; we do things differently here.

(PS We have a Muslim First Minister and Green ministers and 7/10 members of the Scottish cabinet are women.)

EricBranse,
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@lauravivanco @yianiris @MadeyeTheCarnaptious yet it goes beyond that. The proposals are very inclusive, stressing that taking Scottish citizenship would be optional, that people could choose to retain British citizenship without loss of rights. Personally, I will be applying for a Scottish passport as soon as I can. Just sorry that this is taking so long and I need to renew my British passport soon.

thisismyglasgow, to glasgow
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My favourite example of pareiodolia in Glasgow's architecture. For those who don't know, pareiodolia is the human tendency to see meaningful patterns where patterns don't exist, like seeing a face in the features of this tenement building on Dumbarton Road in Partick.

EricBranse,
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@thisismyglasgow Spot the Freemasonry symbol?

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