2017 General Election Predictions

The election that no-one saw coming just two months ago is finally upon is – after what’s been an intense campaign full of highs and lows.  As a politics junkie it’s been an unexpected hit, but I’m sure most of the public are relieved that it’ll finally be over. What we’ve seen in the polls since the election started has been pretty exciting and made what looked like a Tory cakewalk into something a little more risky.  After increasing being a thumping 20 points behind, — Read more →

Why I’m Voting Labour

It’s not like me at all to be undecided.  Most of the time when a political decision comes up I take some time to weigh up the facts and reach a conclusion and support whoever agrees with that.  There’s many facets of this election that probably leave good excuses for not having the time to weigh up the facts – but the truth is I can’t balance the pros and cons between my two preferred options: the SNP and Labour. In the last General Election, — Read more →

Songs of the Month: May 2017

May was a strange month in many ways, some good moments and some not so good moments, but we’re now into the days of summer – so that’s to be celebrated, right? There’s been some very good songs out this month at least, some new, some rediscovered but all worth listening to in their own ways:   LCD Soundsystem – “Call the Police” LCD made their long, long, long awaited return at the start of May with two tracks, “Call the Police” and “American Dream”.  — Read more →

Ross, Skye and Lochaber General Election 2017

The 2017 General Election takes place next Thursday, and while almost everyone is focussing on what the national results will be – the reality of the election is that it’s made up of 650 unique contests across the UK that decide who represents the people living there. I’m from Dingwall, but this is my first General Election being able to vote for a candidate in Ross, Skye and Lochaber – after voting in Aberdeen North back in 2015. This constituency was dominated by Charles Kennedy, — Read more →

Fixing Word formatting errors in Notepad++ and Brackets

Microsoft Word is still the best word processor out there, and because of this it’s got a wide range of interoperability with other programmes that deal with text. The problem is that sometimes this interoperability doesn’t work universally, and some of the things that Word does to make your document seem prettier – like automatically formatting characters – ends up being a problem. I use Notepad++ a lot for small bits of plain text or code, and Brackets for larger projects, and sometimes this code — Read more →