Ramsay Ramblings – August 10th, 2021

Ramsay Ramblings is back after a 10 year absence – woohoo! This is where I clear my head of all the things I want to say, smashed together in a single blog post. Let’s get started: The Covid Olympics Like 80% of Japan, I was opposed to hosting the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. The Coronavirus outbreak, days after the closing ceremony, is currently the worst it has […]

Back to Blogging

For anyone who has been patient enough to wait 7 years for a new blog post, thank you! Blogging used to be cool. We built whole communities around it. Very few of us were experts on anything. We just enjoyed writing about our experiences – mine being in Japan, where I still am – and shared comments of support. Somewhere along the way, big social media sites took off and […]

Ramsay Ramblings 2011-04-10

It’s been seven months since I last updated this blog, and a lot has happened since then. 2011 has so far been the year for personal development. I’ve pretty much abandoned JapanSoc and Hotaru CMS since those pet projects are so time-consuming, and instead I’m very focused on other things. First off, I’ve continued with my workouts. I go to the gym three times a week and continually push myself […]

Ramsay Ramblings 2009-08-02

Renewing my visa After being told it was too late to apply for permanent residency a few months ago, I recently tried to apply for a renewal of my spouse visa. Typical of me, I didn’t take half the documentation I needed so was sent home with instructions to gather the rest. Surprisingly, this time I was told to submit both my spouse and permanent residency applications together so I’m […]

Billions and Trillions Confusion

Here’s a quote from a recent BBC news article: Eurozone leaders have agreed on a comprehensive package designed to shore up banks, including making more than a 1,000bn euros ($1,366bn) available for interbank loans. Notice anything strange about it? That’s right, 1,000bn euros and the dollar equivalent. When I first saw that, I thought it was wrong, it had to be “one trillion”, so off I went try to confirm […]

My Official Net Buddy 4 Life

A message from Michael McKinlay… Today is Nick Ramsay’s birthday and because of this special day, I, Michael McKinlay, am guest authoring his blog. Nick is now 33 years old and over the past couple of years, I’ve really gotten to know Nick. So much so that I am his official net buddy 4 life. Don’t believe me? Why don’t you google “net buddy 4 life” and see what you […]