I took this many years ago, in my pre-digital phase. It is of the fire festival in Burghead called The Burning of the Clavie, which is celebrated every year on the old Hogmanay (January 11).

The burning Clavie (a wooden barrel containing staves covered in tar, mounted on a stand) is carried through the town, and eventually to the Doorie Hill. On the hill, more tar is added so the whole construction, and parts of the hill, are ablaze.

I took the photo using black & white negative film. This was *very* unusual for me as, at the time, I typically used Kodachrome, and latterly Ektachrome slide film. For some inexplicable reason I didn't note which film I used. It may have been an Ilford HP5 ISO 400. There is quite a lot of grain in the photo, but that might be down to the photo settings. I like the grain, it gives the shot some character.

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There are many festive events marking the old Hogmanay in Scotland. When Scotland adopted the Gregorian calendar (previously using Julian) 12 days of the year were "lost". People went to bed on the evening of the 2nd of September, and next morning when they got up it was September 14th.

Some communities took a dim view of this change. So, they continued to celebrate the old Hogmanay which happens on January 11th (Gregorian), rather than December 31st.

This photo is from earlier in the evening when the men of Burghead take turns to carry the burning Clavie through the streets. Not only is it an arduous task, due to the size & weight, it is also very dangerous. Regardless, they are all very keen to have their turn.

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@fitheach Have a look at the output of

> cal 9 1752

:-)

@gemlog
Exactly!
I'd never thought to look it up using cal, that is quite something. 😃

@fitheach I should have included a screenshot for those not running *nix.
I have heard rumours that there are still people using microsoft? Is it true? Nah...

@gemlog
I just had to SSH into my box from my phone in bed just to check that 😝
Brilliant

@fitheach

@CreatureOfTheHill
Isn't it funny the little details that delight us all? :-)
@fitheach

@CreatureOfTheHill
That sounds like a good topic for a future post: what have you called your computer and why?

@gemlog

@fitheach
I once refurbished a donated computer at a convent. I named it 'lazarus'
A certain Sister Lazara complained and made me change it...

@CreatureOfTheHill

@gemlog
Termux is a Unix shell environment that runs directly on Android from within the sandbox. So for most Unix needs, I don't need to ssh anywhere, I can just do things directly on my phone. Grep through SMS's, run cal, whatever.

It alone is reason enough for me to prefer Android 😁
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@tfb
I'm familiar with both termux and android. I use juice on android for ssh. I've been a linux user for quite a long time now. Please ignore my comment.
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@gemlog
I knew you were a longtime Linux user, so I was surprised you didn't seem to know about termux. I guess it was just my joke landing flat 😜
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@tfb
No worries. It was just my badly worded post. I' ve been playing with my watch...
@CreatureOfTheHill @fitheach

@tfb
I'm sure Termux is great, and looking at their website it seems comprehensive, but it reinforces for me why we need a proper Free software *nix mobile.

I understand some folks want Android so they can get apps, but I don't need them.

@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@fitheach
I agree about the need for a free *nix phone OS. I actually think that AOSP wouldn't be a bad start, the basic architecture isn't bad at all, and the way apps are isolated is very unixy and porous when that's what you want. A nice free app ecosystem in F-Droid too.

But as long as it's in Google's stranglehold, it'll keep going in the wrong direction (Termux may not be long for this world, eg)
@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@tfb
AOSP isn't ever likely to escape Google's clutches. Even if it did, Google would be likely to change something in stock Android to keep the app ecosystem to itself.

What is happening to Termux?

@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@fitheach
I agree it isn't likely, and it would need at least a couple points of support from the outside. For example, the Chinese handset makers might start trying to support a truly open AOSP. The EU might wake up (ha ha), realize that depending so totally on two US firms is a bad idea, and mandate a more open system of app stores.

I'm not optimistic about any of the above, but it's certainly possible.

@gemlog @CreatureOfTheHill

@fitheach
What's goin on with Termux is that Google is pushing to slowly lock down Android and push it closer to the iOS model. They've hinted at plenty of nastiness, but in particular they're going to ban exec from the data folder: github.com/termux/termux-app/i

They may have figured out a way around this one (it's not clear to me yet if they have), but it sounds like their days are numbered. This isn't the kind of app Google wants.
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