85 thoughts on “Edinburgh

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  • Je

    Did they come over to you, before heading away from you like that? If you hadn’t fed them, and they did that – it means that’s what they were hoping for. Cygnets will be hatching soon.

  • Robert Crawford


    Nadira obviously has an appreciation of beauty.

    Swans mate for life.

  • Robert Crawford


    Nadira’s photograph is better by far, than that “tweaked” version.

  • Mary


    What is the ruin on the skyline?

    And we don’t have to see that photo of ChukUp now when opening the first page. Added bonus.

  • John Goss

    A great photo. Mute swans, lesser black-backed gulls and a mallard all commonplace. Yes it is beautiful but lacks trees. The gorse looks thorny and I wouldn’t want to go looking for a golf ball in there. 🙂 I’ve played Hopeman which was bad enough.

    But yes pretty in the summer. Bet it’s bleak in winter!

  • Mark Golding

    A large majority of Scots never voted for Thatcher. They reached breaking point under Tony Blair and New Labour. It was the proudly vaunted Thatcherite politics of Blair, Brown and their Scottish toadies that accelerated the rise of civic nationalism and fuelled desertions from Labour to the SNP that realized the only way to defeat Blairite Tories was by positioning themselves to the left of Labour on every major issue: the SNP opposed the Iraq war, defended the welfare state, demanded the removal of nuclear weapons from Scottish soil and slowly began to build up support.

    Labour remained in denial. The first tremors were ignored. The tectonic plates shifted last week and has destroyed them. It will take time but Scottish independence is now assured and a damn good thing too as it will weaken the neo-imperial and military pretensions of the UK state and could open a real debate (not the fakery witnessed on the BBC and other networks) in England leading to constitutional reform (including a written constitution and a democratic electoral system) and the emergence of a radical alliance in England, an insurgent force that breaks with the decaying Labourism that has crippled the Left for a century, first the official Communists and later their Trotskyist offspring. Remnants of both ended up in New Labour (the thuggish Stalinist John (now Lord) Reid and the creepy Alan Milburn who as Health Secretary opened the doors to privatization and is now a well-paid consultant of private health firms and a virtual Tory. There are others.


  • Clark

    It’s taken from the north-east end of St Margaret’s Loch in Holyrood Park, looking SSW towards the ruins of St Anthony’s Chapel.

  • Ba'al Zevul

    Is this Holyrood park?

    Yup. He now lives in Holyrood Palace. Or possibly the Assembly building.

  • Villager

    11 May, 2015 – 12:27 pm

    And we don’t have to see that photo of ChukUp now when opening the first page. Added bonus.”

    But we do have to put up with Mary’s cynical and revolting lunchtime obliterations. Added gratuitous slurs, even in a moment of Beauty.

    Mary, do you really have NO sense of bearings?

    I note in the last thread Miipede has reverted to Miliband, courtesy Mary.

  • John Goss

    “John Goss.

    You are supposed to keep the ball on the grassy bit.”

    Yep. It doesn’t always work out that way. We should thank the Scots for golf – the most relaxing, pleasing, satisfying, frustrating, diabolical game in existence. They can keep their gorse and heather. There’s more chance of breaking the shaft on your club than playing out of heather. You can understand why the professionals prefer Atlanta. 🙂

  • MJ

    “Who would live anywhere else?

    I would. You can find comparable views all over the Lake District for instance and the climate is appreciably more hospitable.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Mark Golding, Washington will never allow it to happen – what Ali conveniently totally ignored.

    Not only the UK but also the EU will be kept at bay to meet the Russian-Chinese challenge.

  • Abe Rene

    Ah! What do you need the small-minded club for (or whatever it is that Chuka got himself into).

  • John Goss

    “Who would live anywhere else?

    I would. You can find comparable views all over the Lake District for instance and the climate is appreciably more hospitable.

    I am happy where I live, five minutes walk from the River Cole, half an hour’s walk from Hobbit country (Moseley Bog and Sarehole Mill).


    The photos I took on my phone, are not high-quality. It was before I got my camera. But the area is very beautiful.

  • bevin

    The point, Trowbridge, is that the US is losing its ability to dictate in the world. In part this is because its leaders have no understanding of what they need to do to maintain influence and allow the clowns who make the guns, and the fools who use them, to lead them by the nose: now into Iraq, for a prolonged stay, now into Afghanistan for no discernible reason and all over the Arabian peninsular like the nomad raiders of old, except that they end their wars poorer than they were when they started them…If they didn’t richly deserve their fate one might even be tempted to pity them.
    This piece by Mr Escobar might be of interest if you haven’t seen it:

  • Robert Crawford

    John Goss.

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    Your own lamb is always the whitest.

  • Trowbridge H. Ford

    Wish you were right, Bevin, but you are completely overlooking what Washington can do covertly, especially with space weapons, and can get its stooges to do for it.

    It’s quite content with the world ending up a total mess.

    Remember during the height of the Cold War, its willingness to kill 200,000,000 assorted communist if necessary to prevail.

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