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Edinburgh Skyflyer – Finally?

Another shot of the Christmas Sky Flyer, Perhaps the last from Princes Street Gardens! As something peculiar happened this afternoon that left me somewhat bamboozled.

I was approached by two security staff, who clearly didn’t want to be there.

They Told me, ye cannae film here
Me – I’m not filming, it’s long exposure photography.

they had a somewhat confused look on their faces, after a few moments they responded with ‘Nah, you still cannae use a tripod, you must get permission from underbelly however can use the Christmas market area between the stalls’

They could not give me a reasonably answer why, that area is forbidden.

It’s all rather daft, as social media is full of similar shots – I myself have done this site 2013

it wont stop me – I’ll be back! 😉

Edinburgh Skyflyer

Edinburgh Skyflyer

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

During the month of August, you will see many wonderful street performers on the Royal Mile…. Many, oh so many who juggle with fire, some make it more interesting not just juggling the normal fire sticks, but with nasty weapons.  This fella was juggling a axe on fire and a few machetes.

Edinburgh Festival 2016 - Axe Fire Juggler

Edinburgh Festival 2016 – Axe Fire Juggler

 

 

Bum The Dog

We all know about Edinburgh’s favorite canine the one, the only – Greyfriars bobby
but he has a unofficial brother, I present to you, Bum.  Bum is from San Diego in California.  Edinburgh was twinned with San Diego in 1977, so why not brother up out much loved historic dogs.  Two beautiful animals that share such a unique different history.

 

Bum the Dog

Bum the Dog

A Canine Connection

Edinburgh and San Diego, California, share a twinning link with a
unique twist.  Each city is home to a famous dog. Edinburgh’s loyal and
beloved Greyfriars Bobby and San Diego’s equally beloved vagabond dog,
bum.  In recognition of these canine heroes a statue of Bobby was
presented to San Diego and this statue of Bum was gifted in return.
The dogs represent the spirit of a twinning link friendship,
loyalty and shared experience.

Bum, died 1898, Aged 12 years
sculpted by Jessica McCain, USA

Presented to the citizens of Edinburgh by the San Diego-Edinburgh sister Society
In association with E Clampus Vitus, John P. Squibob Chapter 1853, on 19th July 2008

Bum The Dog

Bum The Dog

and we have to have a photo of Bobby!! 🙂

Greyfriars Bobby

Greyfriars Bobby

If you are looking for the statues,
Bobby is at the top or Candle maker row (George IV/Grassmarket)
Bum is at Princes street Gardens West – entrance at Kings Stable Road – (easy to miss)

go pay them a wee visit.  (please, pretty please don’t rub bobys nose)

Edinburgh Festival Day 0

Its that time of the year… tis Festival Time! well it officially starts tomorrow August 1st.
but you can get preview shows, also the street performers are out.  I took a stroll down the Royal mile and came across two.

this fella was on Hunter square, he swallowed a sword and juggled fire.  he asked a lady from the crowd to pull the sword out.

Swallow a sword and Juggle Fire

Swallow a sword and Juggle Fire

Swallow a sword and Juggle Fire

Swallow a sword and Juggle Fire

This fella was on the High Street, started out straddling a robot and swallowed a balloon, then head ablaze juggled fire a machete and a club

Dude on a robot

Dude on a robot

Dude on a robot

Dude on a robot

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