Posts tagged ‘Edinburgh’

July 2, 2019

Edinburgh: Arthur’s Seat

by duncanr

Arthur’s Seat is an extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh. Generations of my family, going back to mid 19th C lived in one of the streets at the base of Arthur’s Seat and I have happy memories of playing on its slopes as a kid, walking the family dogs there, courting young women on its slopes, and occasionally joining other ‘heathens’ to wash my face in the morning dew on May 1st –

this vid recording some of the stunning views of the city and the river Forth beyond as the film-maker makes his way to the summit brought some of these memories flooding back

December 31, 2018

And so it starts

by duncanr

Hogmany/New Year is the occasion for great celebration in Scotland, much more so than Xmas

indeed, for 400 years – mid 16th century – mid 20th Century – christmas was hardly celebrated at all in Scotland with December 25 only becoming a public holiday in 1958 and Boxing Day . . .not recognised as a festive holiday until 1974 ( )

while the rest of the world parties on New Years Eve to say goodbye to the old and welcome in the new, in Scotland, New Year celebrations start before Dec 31 and extend beyond Jan 01

so it was that yesterday saw thousands of ordinary revellers bearing flaming torches join pipers and other entertainers in a parade through the streets of Edinburgh . . .

August 20, 2018

I Say, I Say, I Say . . .

by duncanr

the public have had their say

and these (in descending order) have been voted the 10 funniest jokes at the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe

1. ‘Working at the JobCentre has to be a tense job – knowing that if you get fired, you still have to come in the next day’ – Adam Rowe

2. ‘I had a job drilling holes for water – it was well boring’ – Leo Kearse

3. ‘I took out a loan to pay for an exorcism. If I don’t pay it back, I’m going to get repossessed’ – Olaf Falafel

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May 21, 2018

Arthur’s Seat Fire – Drone Footage

by duncanr

generations of my family lived in Arthur St, at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, the extinct volcano in the heart of Edinburgh

as a child, I spent many happy hours playing on Arthur’s Seat with my cousins

later, it became a favourite place to walk my dogs, and later still a favourite haunt to court some willing girlfriends

so I have lots of happy memories of Arthur’s Seat

unsurprisingly then, this story caught

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March 1, 2018

Scotland on Red Alert

by duncanr

January 1, 2018

Edinburgh : Welcoming in the New Year

by duncanr

August 30, 2017

Auld Reekie’s Closes

by duncanr

I was born and raised in Edinburgh (Auld Reekie) and well remember the closes running off the Royal Mile (the street connecting the castle at one end and Holyrood Palace at the other)

Back in medieval times, Royal Mile was lined with individual plots of land with paths to gain access to the land behind. As each plot became built up over time, these paths or closes developed into narrow lanes connecting courtyards and streets behind the Royal Mile. Tall buildings on both sides gave many closes a canyon-like appearance and atmosphere. Most closes . . .

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May 1, 2016

Bare Bums and Bits in Auld Reekie

by duncanr

beltane edinburghas Ratty has reminded us, today is the 1st of May ( – for gawd’s sake read the auld bugger’s post and leave a comment or click the Like button (you don’t have to mean it), else we’ll get no peace from him at all !

I was born and grew up in Edinburgh and on the 1st May it was customary to . . .

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February 27, 2016

This is Gobshite

by duncanr

Question – when is a poll not a poll ?

Answer – when not a single person is asked to express an opinion !

will someone please explain to the editor of the Metro, the meaning of the word ‘poll’ !

a website drew up a list of attributes they reckoned would make a city nice to live in, e.g., proximity to the sea, average rainfall and sunshine, the number of parks per 10,000 people and the number of nearby National Trust sites, etc – and on that basis, ranked a number of UK cities on how well they did fit this criteria –

on this basis, without asking a single person, they concluded that . . .

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July 16, 2015


by duncanr

my home town . . .

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