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The University of Edinburgh’s New College

This is the University of Edinburgh’s New College, located on the mound opened in 1846, it’s now the location of the school of divinity. The spire in the middle is the Hub, Home of the Edinburgh International Festival.

On the left is the statue of John Knox who was responsible for the The Scottish Reformation

Fun fact! In 1999 it was the temporary home of the first Scottish Parliament in nearly 300 year

New Collage The University of Edinburgh on the mound

New Collage The University of Edinburgh on the mound

Scotland and Brexit – Outlook Worsens as Options Narrow

This article was published by the University of Edinburgh, reading the current Brexit situation that is facing Scotland, as it looks as if the only way that can stay in the Europian Union is another independence referendum.

if you don’t want to read the whole article skip to the bottom, read the brief summery of dates and possible outcomes.

Both hard Brexit and soft Brexit scenarios each present their own challenges for the UK, writes Kirsty Hughes. She suggests that, for Scotland, it is almost

Inchcolm Island

I took a wee trip out to Inchcolm island, technical not Edinburgh but South Queensferry… but I’ll add a few pics just now…. more later

Look at this Seal, He/She looks so happy with its self… a bonny wee creature.

Happy Seal

Happy Seal

This is Inchcolm abbey, dating back to the twelfth century

Inchcolm Abbey

Inchcolm Abbey

Jawbone Arch removed from Edinburgh’s Meadows for repair work

Taken From BBC 18th July 2014

Plans have been announced to remove the Jawbone Arch from Edinburgh’s Meadows before repair work is carried out.

The arch, which has stood in the park for more than 100 years, will be taken into storage later this month.

It will then be dried and assessed by experts before preservation work begins.

The area surrounding the arch will be cleared of fencing for easy pedestrian and cycle access through the Meadows in time for the Festivals season.

The cost of repair work is estimated at £49,000, with more than half being provided by the City of Edinburgh Council and Edinburgh World Heritage.

Additional support from the Marchmont and Sciennes Community Council, the Grange Association, Friends of the Meadows and Bruntsfield Links, and a range of individuals, has also been pledged.

Full Article here…..

10 reasons Edinburgh is the best city in the UK

From the Metro: –

For out of this world festivals, fireworks and food, head straight to Edinburgh. Here you will not only find its iconic castle overlooking that famous Georgian architecture, but also a whole host of hidden gems you might not have first associated with the Scottish capital.

Thanks to its beauty and cinema hits such as Sunshine on Leith, the city has the feel of a living, breathing film set…but to the delight of visitors and residents alike, Edinburgh’s shopping, dining and attractions are just as thrilling as its good looks.

1. It’s the number one festival city in the world
2. A food lover’s dream
3. City of literature
4. One great big movie location
5. It’s a city of layers
6. Edinburgh’s favourite tipple
7. Edinburgh’s secret gardens
8. A tail of two dogs
9. Independent fashion sense
10. We can’t get enough of the pyrotechnics

Read the Full List, with each point in detail here

What! Gin not Whisky?

whoda thunkd it!

I always thought whisky would be more popular, apparently not

IF THEY produced a food and drink version of Trivial Pursuit, this would make a great question, writes Stephen Jardine.

Which European city consumes the most gin per head of the population?

You might assume it would be cocktail-mad London or thirsty Barcelona but the answer is Edinburgh. That may seem surprising until you understand the city’s rich gin heritage.

Back in 1777 there were eight licensed distilleries and almost 400 illegal stills operating in Edinburgh and Leith. Edinburgh was a centre for gin excellence as well as consumption.

Scotsman Link 14th June 2014 – Clicky


Edinburgh voted one of world’s top ten cities

Article original published in the Scotsman 6th February 2014

EDINBURGH has been named as one of the world’s top ten cities to visit in a poll of the readers of travel magazine Wanderlust.

Edinburgh is one of only three European destination to make the list of top cities from a total of over 700 nominations. The Scottish capital came in eighth in the rankings, with Bagan in Myanmar (Burma) coming top of the rankings.

Scotland itself was also a vote-winner, coming in at number nine in the Top Country rankings.

Wanderlust’s editor-in-chief Lyn Hughes said: “I’m not surprised to see Scotland make the Top 10 Country list. It shares many things with the winner, Namibia, such as superb landscapes, accessible wilderness, good infrastructure, wildlife, and a wide range of adventures.”

Full Article here

Edinburgh-Glasgow rivalry began over loaf of bread

This is an older article, published in the Scotsman January 31st 20113

Edinburgh-Glasgow rivalry may have began over a loaf of bread.

IT is one of the world’s most historic rivalries which has seen the inhabitants of Scotland’s two largest cities attempt to get a rise out of one another for as long as anyone can remember.

Now, an academic has sliced through the enmity between Edinburgh and Glasgow to reveal it may all have flared up courtesy of a row over bread.

Robert Crawford from the University of St Andrews has pinpointed a 17th-century row amongst bakers as one of the first documented altercations which pitted the great cities against one other.

The professor of modern Scottish literature discovered historic accounts of the half-baked rammy while researching his new book On Glasgow and Edinburgh.

it goes on ….

He said: “The famous, often misunderstood, rivalry between Glasgow and Edinburgh began over 300 years ago. One of the first recorded flare-ups happened in 1656, when the town council of Glasgow expressed concern at the bad quality of bread the local bakers were producing. Two bakers from Edinburgh offered an easy solution and also managed to one-up Glasgow – they would happily bake Glaswegians bread that met higher quality, Edinburgh standards. The gloves were off and the jousting between Edinburgh and Glasgow had begun.”

Full Article here
Scotsman January 31 2013