Tag: Scotland

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Sleeping to Scotland

On Monday night, I took the Caledonian SleeperĀ from London Euston to Scotland. It's one of two rail sleeper services left in the UK, the other going down to Penzance in Cornwall. I wasn't trying to win any speed records (it leaves at 11:50pm and arrives after 7am), but taking a sleeper was on my bucket ...

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Making bucket list progress

Several moths ago, I made a list of things I'd like to do before I'm 40. My very own 'bucket list'. Purely arbitrary, nothing to do with impending death. I need to emphasise that - every time I mention a bucket list, people think I'm about to share some very sad news about my health. ...

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The journey begins

And so we're off... At London City Airport, waiting to get on our flight to Amsterdam, where we're spending Xmas. Then, on Boxing Day, flying to Edinburgh, to spend a few days with my family in Scotland. Back in London in time for New Year's Eve, which I anticipate spending in a reclined position on ...

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On Scottish independence

I've kept a low profile when it comes to the upcoming Scots independence referendum. It's a topic that has inflamed passions (positively and negatively) over the past six months especially. From my perspective - an Irish person, living in London, with family living in Scotland - I can see how complex and messy this challenge ...

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Beautiful Edinburgh

A few hours this evening spent in Edinburgh, one of my favourite places. I took a few quick snaps on my walk home from dinner. The light in this city is wonderful in the summer. When it's not raining. But I can't be grumpy - I had a wonderful pasta dinner and a leisurely walk ...

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Time to leave these views behind…

...and head back to London. Thankfully I'm back in Scotland next weekend. Loch Lomond is just gorgeous and I'll definitely be back.

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Norse God versus Burglar…

...it's only going to end one way, right? The Telegraph is reporting a burglar in Edinburgh was scared off when he encountered the home-owner dressed as Thor, the Norse God of thunder. Six-foot tall Torvald Alexander, 38, was wearing a red cape and the thunder god's silver-winged helmet when he spotted the raider in his ...