Building Bridges


Yesterday I attended the Cruise Forth Business Seminar held at the Queensferry Hotel. I certainly came away with a better understanding of how my business may become involved with cruise visitors to the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay.

Behind me is the new Forth Road Bridge. Known as the Queensferry Crossing. The name reflects Queen Margaret in the 11th Century who introduced a ferry to carry pilgrims across the Forth, giving the communities on either side of the Firth, North Queensferry and South Queensferry their name.

During routine archaeological excavations prior to commencement of the bridge and roads, remnants of a mesolithic era dwelling was found on the south bank of the Forth. The dwelling, based around an oval pit approximately 7 metres (23 ft) in length, has been dated to around 8240 BC, making it the earliest known dwelling in Scotland.

Queensferry Crossing is expected to open in December this year. 34 of 110 concrete road deck sections now in place. The 1.7 miles (2.7km) structure will be the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world and also by far the largest to feature cables which cross mid-span. This innovative design provides extra strength and stiffness, allowing the towers and the deck to be more slender and elegant.


Burns Day

Tartan bagpipe bird

Have a great Robert Burns Day everyone and embrace the haggis

Haggis is a savoury pudding containing sheep’s pluck; minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, traditionally encased in the animal’s stomach though now often in an artificial casing instead.

The history of the haggis is indeed a strange one and shrouded in history. Did it come from the Romans? from, Scandinavia? even the terrible thought of coming from England!

Wherever it originated from it certainly is a tasty food, and the modern spicy version is a thing to behold.

Haggis is traditionally served as part of the Burns supper on or near January 25, the birthday of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns. Burns wrote the poem Address to a Haggis, which starts “Fair fa’ your honest, sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin-race!” In Burns’s lifetime haggis was a common dish of the poor as it was nourishing yet very cheap, being made from leftover parts of sheep otherwise thrown away.


Treasure hunting


An interesting article. I have been involved in deep-water marine archaeology in the commercial sector for 15 years now. I have researched, found, investigated and excavated  many interesting shipwrecks from all periods in history. I have worked with  world experts in their field and met amazing people, oh and met a few odd people. I have been subjected to ill-found criticism and personal attacks. My exploits have been the subject of documentaries and I am affectionately known as the People’s Arch.

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The Revenant

 Revenant Bears

I went to see ‘The Revenant’ last night. It was a truly gripping movie with a constant flow of well filmed, gritty action. Certainly deserves an Oscar or three. If you are into survival tales then this is a cracker as the main character, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, survived a bear attack and subsequent life threatening ordeals.

As an offshore survival instructor I have had to deal with many an offshore “bear” (offshore construction worker) but none as angry as the Revenant bear!

I highly recommend the film, it is full-on seat gripping entertainment for the entire 156 minutes.