A trip to the Museum and Art Gallery in Perth

It is a modest museum, but still has some wonderful paintings, furniture and other exhibits.

Here is a selection of the exhibits from my trip to the museum today.

Sir John Pullar – a local benefactor.

Bronze lady

Local birds


Egyptian Sarcophagus

A very old broken tree hollowed out to make a boat


Marble statue of male – Graeco-Roman.  No date no sculptor named.

Pistols and Sword

I have never seen a Police Scotland officer armed with a Cutlass !

As it happens, I have chatted to a fair number of ‘Coppers’ in Perth – interesting men and women., and happy to natter in the High Street. Not even their handcuffs are visible… They just get on with the job on the occasions when people merit ‘Police Attention’.

But I still have one samurai ‘Katana’ sword left if they need to borrow it.  Used to have several.

I am sure that the Easter Weekend will be amusing and calm in Perth….and elsewhere in Scotland…. and Britain.

The new British University ‘Scumdog Millionaires’…Dreadful

I have a feeling that some British Universities will do very little about Cheating law essays / dissertations etc …. I hope to be convinced otherwise.  I am appalled.

I am sure that even some English Universities may do something to resurrect their international reputations on this….  I really do hope so.  Sorry to be so ‘unconvinced’.

It really is tragic that British academic law standards have dropped so low.  I am sure that Scotland has not followed this unpleasing trend.  I do hope so.  if not – we may as well give up on ‘Integrity’.



Time to let your hair down?

It’s Friday, time to let your hair down and think about winding down to the weekend. But don’t relax your awareness to social engineering attacks! Perpetrators of phishing and spear phishing will try to get to you via personal as well as business accounts so it’s important to remain prudent at all times.

It seems this week’s theme for scammers is ‘impersonating’ O2 – I use quotes because the example below is particularly poor.
This one is easy to spot as a spoof given the odd greeting message used and the unsuccessfully loaded header image as well as the sender address.

To help you stay safe here are some tips to help you identify inauthentic emails:

  1. Scanthe message for obvious grammatical or spelling errors
  2. Lookat the sender email address – bear in mind that it may display as an authentic or recognisable address.
  3. Hover over the sender email address
    Often when it expands it will show something which looks dodgy.  In this example it’s: <mail@news.beckhoefer-huhn.de> – nothing to do with o2!
  4. Click the reply button to see the address it is directing to – again this can often expose a dodgy sender address
  5. Examine carefully sender addresses which look authentic.
    The letters ‘rn’ looks very like the letter ‘m’ and so on
  6. Hoverover any hyperlinks
    The pop up should display the website address that you would be directed to which is likely to highlight if it’s dodgy.

It pays to slow down – before clicking links do think about what the email is instructing you to do. NEVER enter any personal details or password information – most authentic senders such as banks or companies which hold payment information about you won’t request these of you by email.

Ultimately you are your own best defence against cyber attacks; unleash your human firewall!!

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Pembe Fehim
Business Coordinator