Right – I’ve downloaded my data from Facebook (or at least, what they have packaged as my data). The intention is not to post “blog” style stuff there anymore, but to post there from here should I feel the post is worth sharing to the Facebook audience.

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I have been with Facebook about 6 years – I first set up an account as it was the only way I could access up-to-date information from the Scots Music Group when I started my fiddle classes. I was ultimately discovered to be lurking there by family, and hey, I couldn’t really say I didn’t wan’t to be their friend, so I ended up with more there that I had really intended. I have effectively put blog posts there for a few years, but have never been very happy about it; I have always considered it to be an awful piece of software (as you may have read in some of my posts) and I have finally decided to move back to my own proper website. I will still use Facebook for the groups that I am a member of, since they are (for the moment) a good way of communicating with those groups. I will also continue to use Messenger as it works pretty well (though presumably analyses every last word for monetisable information).

Having done a lot of DuckDuckGo-ing 🙂 recently I’ve realised that I was part of the indieweb before it even thought of itself as existing, so it’s definitely time a dinosaur like me got back there.

There are still plenty changes to be made to the websites I’m currently looking after for myself (as opposed to those I look after for other people!), so Watch This Space, and those that it is linked to.

I couldn’t resist sharing this link – I see the aurora so rarely in Edinburgh but it’s really common in Shetland. There was a big aurora on …

Would you like to see the Northern Lights – right now? Just head over to www.shetlandwebcams.com (Cliff Cam1 and Cliff Cam3)Enjoy!

Posted by Promote Shetland on Sunday, 18 March 2018

Just got back from Edinburgh and District Shetland Association 90th Anniversary dinner-dance, at the Balmoral Hotel. We survived to the Grand March and the Boston Quick-Step! Lovely for Marwyn to do lots of “reddin-up ken” – I think she monopolised her second cousin Alan Gifford until he was called away to play in Da Fustra, starting with a new tune he had written for the occasion. A great evening!

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John (lots of wine) and Marwyn (no drink at all apart from mineral water) having a great time!

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We had our home Yule Session yesterday – we played about 40 tunes using various combinations of fiddle (4), guitar (2), cello, ukelele, lever clarsach (2), piano, whistle (2 at least), three-row nyckelharpa, erhu, kontrabas nyckelharpa, 80 bass accordion … I think that’s it. It was a tremendous amount of fun! Many thanks to everyone who attended, musicians and those who fed and watered them 😃 and took photos.

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The nyckelharpa resting beside the lever harp

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