Saturday, August 29, 2015

Throwaway Email and Non-Throwaway Email

Throwaway - denoting or relating to products that are intended to be discarded after being used once or a few times.

 Throwaway email
Non-throwaway email

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Web Chat - Real Chat - Have A Lovely Day

Our conversation

You 17:03
When do you expect to get new stock of Howick brand men's corduroy trousers

Customer support agent - Paul 17:05
Hi you're speaking with Paul. If the item was in sale, we won't get this back in to stock.

You 17:06
Oh, how sad. Howick cords are great.
What about any other brand of men's cords
When will they come into stock?

Customer support agent - Paul 17:07
Unfortunately we don't get this information. I'd advise you to check the website as we update the website daily.

You 17:08
I asked in my local store in Edinburgh and they didn't know. Someone must know. Your buyers must know

Customer support agent - Paul 17:09
This is information that is not given to ourselves.

You 17:09
OK - not your fault. Have a nice day, as they say.

Customer support agent - Paul 17:10
Thanks for taking the time to contact us. Have a lovely day.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Northern Gannets On Bass Rock

Bass Rock in the Firth Of Forth sticks out of the water with sheer cliffs all around.

From a distance the top of the rock looks white. It's white with the density of gannets that call it home during the breeding season.

At 150,000 birds, it's the largest colony of Northern Gannets in the world. It has grown year on year but looking back to earlier in the 20th century there were no gannets.

The top of the rock was green - the green of meadows and planted fields. The produce from them helped to support a small population of lighthouse keepers and their families.

The lighthouse is still in use but since 1988 it has been run by remote control. The Commissioners of the Northern Lighthouse Board monitor it from their headquarters in Edinburgh.

With the human disturbance gone the gannets claimed the rock as their own. And once established, the breeding pairs return year after year.

Visiting in 2015

The Scottish Seabird Centre run trips to Bass Rock. Landings depend on the weather and you need to be fit.

I and eleven others were in an inflatable RIB, having just visited the Isle Of May.

On the way back to North Berwick we idled in the waters for a while. We didn't land but we did see gannets. I was truly staggered with the sheer numbers overhead. It was amazing - one of those times when my head stops and I know I am enjoying something so deep that it clears the fog.

That's when I took these shots.