This is the website of Neil McDougall, a musician/blogger/podcaster/bookie from Ayrshire.

STRAYA! A preamble ramble type thing

It’s been a while since I properly wrote something on here.  How are you?  I apologise in advance for the general scattyness of this piece, it’s mostly me getting my thoughts down on ‘paper’ and getting a bit of discussion/feedback going from friends/followers who have more travel experience than myself.

So, let’s get to the point.  Next year, I’m going to go to Australia for a month.  Mostly in and around Perth, but I’m also planning to nip across the subcontinent for 4-5 days to see the sights of Sydney.

Here’s the real head trip – it’ll be the first time I’ll have been abroad since 1992 and my first ever air travel experience (the first and previous time I was abroad, I went to France via Holland and Belgium on a ferry).  No better way to acclimatise myself to air travel than to spend 20+ hours in planes, right?  Just as well I don’t have a fear of flying – far from it.  Hell, I used to harbour ambitions of being a fighter pilot as a kid.  Then I discovered that I needed glasses, and as it turns out, I don’t really do well with the whole military discipline thing, so that wouldn’t’ve worked out all that well anyway…

Anyway, I digress.  Australia.
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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on May 11, 2015 at 9:01 pm, filed under Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



A modern-day Freddie Mercury tribute concert?

Today marks what would’ve been the 65th birthday of the late, great Freddie Mercury. Additionally, this November also marks twenty years since Freddie died, so this year is quite poignant for fans of rock’s greatest frontman.

In that vein, I’ve been thinking lately about what a modern-day version of 1992’s Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert would be like or, to be more specific, who would perform? Here are my thoughts, feel free to chime in with your own in the comments.
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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on September 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm, filed under music, musings and tagged , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



My videogaming History

I originally posted this over on ScrewAttack.com, but I thought I’d repost it here, seeing as this is my main blog and all.

Hello, G1s, I’m NeiloMac, a jack-of-all-trades geek from the wintery climes of south-west Scotland.

I’m not sure what prompted me to sign up for a ScrewAttack account, but I thought it’d be fun to start writing about my current thoughts on videogames, as many of you are already doing. I probably won’t be writing anything Earth-shatteringly out-of-the-box, but I hope what I do write is a fun read nonetheless.

Before I start harping on about my opinions, I thought it’d be an interesting excersise to think back over my videogaming life for the past 20+ years.

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This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on November 19, 2009 at 1:16 am, filed under gaming, musings, tech, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.