You don’t need a weatherman …

… to know which way the wind blows – Subterranean Homesick Blues, Bob Dylan, recorded on January 14, 1965.  According to, the lyric was the inspiration for the name of the American radical left group the Weathermen, a breakaway from the Students for a Democratic Society. In a 2007 study of legal opinions and briefs that found Bob Dylan was quoted by judges and lawyer more than any other songwriter, “you don’t need a weatherman…” was distinguished as the line most often cited.

I mention this apropos of nothing other than I was at Traigh for their Open over the weekend and, as always, from the high points on the course, you don’t need a weatherman, you can see the weather coming for miles and there was plenty of it.

The view from the 3rd tee

The Clubhouse – the umbrella accurately indicates that the sun was only a passing fancy

Threatening weather

Not immediately apparent, but my bottom half is drenched 😦

The view from the 2nd tee

Looking back to the 2nd tee – Traigh Open 2018 – the essence of Golf in the Wild

While I am going off at tangents, I will make this not particularly original observation – to fully appreciate any music you must hear it in the context of its own time. This track and everything else on Bringing It All Back Home was a shining beacon of originality which inevitably fades with time and the production of more than 50 years worth of subsequent music. Nevertheless, I can still remember the excitement felt by that introverted 14 year-old as this album first emerged from the single speaker of the family Dansette. All the words are still inside my head.


  1. petergreyphotography · August 2, 2018

    Pawking meters 🙂

  2. sustainabilitea · August 2, 2018

    Wonderful views, but I really believe golfers are mad. They’ll go out in almost any kind of weather except thunderstorms (good idea not to!!) or deep snow. 🙂


    • northumbrianlight · August 3, 2018

      Completely insane 🙂 There was lightning forecast but fortunately didn’t see any. In a defence for madness, when you have travelled 300 miles just to play golf, it’s going to take a lot to stop you 🙂

  3. restlessjo · August 2, 2018

    Exactly so Robin! And fabulous views x

  4. J.D. Riso · August 3, 2018

    Golfers are maniacs. Is that really you in that one photo? You finally came out of the shadows. I’m proud of you, son.

    • northumbrianlight · August 3, 2018

      We are maniacs Julie, it’s true 🙂 Yes, I am unmasked – I am the one with glasses and very very damp pants – I thought it would only be light showers so left the waterproof bottoms behind. A maniac and daft 🙂 All the best, R

  5. Su Leslie · August 3, 2018

    Beautiful views. Given how many golf courses seem to be positioned for stunning vistas, I do occasionally wonder if I should take up golf. But then I give myself a good talking-to.

    • northumbrianlight · August 4, 2018

      Thanks Su – keep listening to those inner voices, it’s an incurable disease once you start 🙂

      • Su Leslie · August 5, 2018

        That’s what I’m afraid of. So many things I want to do, so little time 😀

  6. Cara Lockhart Smith · August 18, 2018

    Is that Ginsberg in the background? Lovely man…. and great to see this again, thanks…

    • northumbrianlight · August 18, 2018

      I think it is, yes – glad you enjoyed it – I have heard most 20th century popular music too often but not Dylan.

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