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October 2018, London

I am wary that this blog, Ijo Pona, is turning in to a ‘look what I had for tea’ blog — but, I need to talk about Potatoes. London-shaped Potatoes. Me and Mrs Backhouse paid a visit to the capital and spent a long w/e down there. It was fun. The excuse for the visit was that an artist on my label, Chris P. was putting on a gig at S. Augustine’s Church, Kilburn and I was…

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Backhouse Field Trip

I thought about titling this post as “Family Camp” but then that would lead to all sorts of rumours about that time I went fly-fishing. Instead — I have called this post “Family Field Trip 2017” — for it is the largest gathering of our sect of family since Granny’s funeral at Easter. It was really great to see everyone and ‘make memories.’ There were a few cousins who could not make it due to prior commitments but there…

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Dornoch Adventure Blog 2016 – Pt. III

Well, I have made it home – we (Kathryn & myself) returned to Yorkshire on Monday evening. Knackered. I managed to sleep most of the journey but Kathryn was coming down with a heavy cold – plenty of Lemsip Capsules were purchased at Edinburgh Waverley Station and then it was down to York to catch the train to Harrogate.[google_map_easy id=“4”] Granny really enjoyed her birthday – she is a lady who does not like a…

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Dornoch Adventures 2016 – Pt II

Fun and games at the moment. As people may know I have malaria type symptoms coupled with complex post traumatic stress disorder. I am currently locked out of our b&b and with no way of gaining access to my medication. Tonight is going to be tricky. However, today was a grand day other than the above. I spent the morning field recording and catching up with relatives and the the afternoon chilling with Kathryn and…

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Dornoch Adventure Blog 2016 – Pt. I

So me and my good wife stayed over at Home Farm last night. The reasoning behind this became apparent when we woke at 0445 to catch a train from York at 0730. What was the insane logic behind this idea and more importantly what was the destination? Well the mode of transport was train to Inverness and then by car to a small sea side village in the highlands called Dornoch. We have a Gran…

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Hello! … From Prague!

Well, this is a bit exciting isn’t it – I am sat in a hotel room on the last night of my break and there exists technology that enables me to blog on my phone. Expect an action update tomorrow, upon my return. Meanwhile allow to say that Prague is a fantastic place with fantastic people. The people really make the place. Almost a genii locus. Curious vistas = curious natives. Yes, I came a…

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Me & Liam Neeson – How I Owe Him One

Back in, I think, January of this year (2015) I wrote a blog article about where I would like to holiday in 2015. Well, things did not go ahead with that plan as the whole of my immediate clan descended on Granny Dornoch in the Highlands for a week (well, not all of us – Dad was busy planting potatoes). So, inevitably, these holiday plans took a back burner as I took on more work…

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Dornoch Beach

Dornoch beach is a beautiful expanse of golden sand located on the tranquil Dornoch Firth. Miles of golden sand stretch from Dornoch Point heading past Embo beach to the mouth of Loch Fleet National Nature Reserve. Further north along the coast there are two other award-winning beaches located at Golspie and Brora. Adjacent to the beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest that features nesting birds, flora and fauna. This fine long blue flag…

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Dornoch 2015

I have the good fortune to have a lovely Gran living in the Highlands of Scotland. Granny lives a stones throw from Dornoch Cathedral. Dornoch is a town and seaside resort, and former Royal burgh in the Highlands of Scotland. It lies on the north shore of the Dornoch Firth, near to where it opens into the Moray Firth to the east. The town is within the Highland local government council area, and within the county of Sutherland. The name ‘Dornoch’ is derived from the Gaelic for ‘pebbly place’,…

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