The Lucky Dip section
The Lucky Dip section – assorted random thoughts

This is the catch-all section for articles and small pieces that don’t really fit into our main website areas of Photography and Literature. We’ve joined together to make this space as interesting as we can … the topics covered interest us (of course) and we hope you’ll enjoy dipping into the ‘lucky bag’ and find something thought-provoking and/or amusing.

M E and me

May 12 2019 was ME/CFS and Fibromyalgia International Awareness Day. I’ve been a sufferer since the 1980s, and have had to learn (the hard way) how to manage the condition. mostly the medical profession in the UK prefer to deny its existence, so help is largely to be found in support groups, and increasingly online! This is a little look into my own journey – written in the hope that it might help others.
Author: Elisa Liddell
I post to the photography website Flickr, and my upload for the event is here

Bow Fiddle Rock

We live in the North East of Scotland, and the geology of the coastal area is fascinating – and wonderful to photograph too!
The Bow Fiddle Rock is quite an attraction for photographers, and I visit it whenever I can. But recently I’ve been finding out more about the story that the geology of the actual rocks tells is about ‘Deep Time’ – the many millions of years that the earth has been developing. I was curious to find out why so many of the rocks along the coast are slanted steeply downwards – and finding the answer to that question lead me on a journey of discovery about how the landmass that is Scotland once met the landmass that is England – and a clash of two continents ensued.
Author: Elisa Liddell

Keyboarding As Sport

This is a whimsical piece I wrote for a dear friend who fell very ill several years ago. It argues that the many typing errors we make when sitting at our keyboards can be ‘rescued’ by formulating them into a pseudo-academic discipline with its own jargon and with an imaginary international regulatory body seeking to validate such errors by offering a set of descriptors explaining how they came about. Total nonsense, but great fun to write.
Author: Mike Liddell

Football: The Great (Dictionary) Game

Starting with a quote from Lewis Carroll this piece essentially continues his interest in words and how they are used – though from a much less serious perspective for the most part. Indeed, it is a journey based on the freedoms offered by the full name of the game in question – Association Football – being little more than a series of associations and word-play that take us from Lewis Carroll via Dr Johnson and others until we end up with the Reverend Spooner. Once again, total nonsense but great fun to write.
Author: Mike Liddell