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Old 22nd August 2010, 09:43   #16
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Hi TomTom,

Nice pics mate. Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. I hope there are a couple of pics of the country side. I have seen it in some movies and found it really breathtaking. Waiting for more.
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Old 22nd August 2010, 12:14   #17
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@Sami. Here's one specially for you.

Random photo from a car moving at 120 kph. The tragic Glencoe near sunset around 4:30 pm.
This comes in the scottish highlands.
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I shall dig out photos of the whole town of Edinburgh taken from a vantage point later.
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@MX6 - One word, B.E.Autiful; yes, pls add your pics, I'm waiting to see more on your Edinburgh trip; especially the sunsets, if you've them.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 14:33   #19
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Edinburgh and Scotland bring back such fond memories. 6 years back my better half(then my girlfriend) and I travelled from Manchester to Edinburgh, Sterling and Glasgow in a Ford Mondeo from Hertz. What a beautiful country!! Such beautiful sights & the people there are just the opposite of the people you find in Manchester and most parts of UK. They are the most friendly and helpful people you will find. We fell in love all over again in this beautiful country and I have promised her I will take her back after our wedding next month. The Edinburgh castle and Willan Wallace monument in Sterling are sights to behold and so are the sheep in the fields.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 14:59   #20
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Stirling Castle is very pretty Redsfx. Scots are pretty nice people, unlike the english.
You'd have driven through lake district (as you drove from Manchester). That's a pretty scenic drive.
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@ TomTom, nice pics keep them coming

That i suppose is Princess street in Edinburgh most of the acts happen there, The street was supposed to be closed for a while with the ongoing tram-network happening, no idea about it now though.
I lived in Livingston, a township near Edinburgh about 20 miles away for a year in 07-08
the fringe and the concurrently running Edinburgh military tattoo & hogmanay festivals are the best times to visit this golf-loving place.

more reading on fringe can be found below Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

cheers!!
hey, thats the high street/royal mile ,princess street is at the lower level.they do have some shows over there as well but the main place to hang out so as to say is on the royal mile.hogmanay is on the cards later this year.some work is still going on at princess street but not sure about the tram thing.
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Hi TomTom,

Nice pics mate. Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. I hope there are a couple of pics of the country side. I have seen it in some movies and found it really breathtaking. Waiting for more.
have got some from an earlier visit to inverness and the highlands along with some from a camping trip,will try and post later..
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@Sami. Here's one specially for you.

Random photo from a car moving at 120 kph. The tragic Glencoe near sunset around 4:30 pm.
This comes in the scottish highlands.
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I shall dig out photos of the whole town of Edinburgh taken from a vantage point later.
nice ones..some more please.did you get a chance to go to the islands by any chance i.e hebrides/orkneys?
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Edinburgh and Scotland bring back such fond memories. 6 years back my better half(then my girlfriend) and I travelled from Manchester to Edinburgh, Sterling and Glasgow in a Ford Mondeo from Hertz. What a beautiful country!! Such beautiful sights & the people there are just the opposite of the people you find in Manchester and most parts of UK. They are the most friendly and helpful people you will find. We fell in love all over again in this beautiful country and I have promised her I will take her back after our wedding next month. The Edinburgh castle and Willan Wallace monument in Sterling are sights to behold and so are the sheep in the fields.
completely agree with you.the locals are the most helpful and will go out of their way to help especially more so in the highlands.

posting some more photos of the fringe along with some of and from the castle.
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Old 23rd August 2010, 15:32   #22
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Wow thats the road leading to Edinburgh castle. I still remember the scotch whisky museum. Btw dont even think of picking up any scotch in scotland as it is atleast 30-40% more expensive than in Manchester. Got any pics of the Edinburh castle?
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Pretty colourful folks, I must say.
Where are the pipers?
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Nice pictures tomtom, brought back pleasant memories of the FRINGE.

Sorry for hijacking your thread, posting a few pics of mine.
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Here's a couple of shots of Edinburgh which most people would have missed.

There's a very old Planeterium here. Oldest in Edinburgh. This is some roman ruins near that. The place is called Calton Hill
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And the great Bheerangi (Cannon) at calton hill. Well, one has to get past me to fire cannons at the great city!
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Itne photos se mera kya hoga. Waiting for more pics guys.
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Nice pics. Sorry you don't like UK, TomTom
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...Well, I've read a lot of Gandhian philosophy while in college. And have read some history from British perspective as well.
And many famous british people were born in India and still call it their home.
Rudyard Kipling, Ruskin Bond, Thad E Ginathom to name a few
Whoa, thanks MX6 but I wasn't born here --- very much a newcomer to India. To put in T-BHP terms, I've done about 18,000km!

You probably know more history than I do, but from what I can gather, my ancestors not only looted India, they sucked it's blood out. Yes, they left a united country --- and the bloody, disastrous mess of partition, but (with respect to the Freedom Fighters) I don't believe they would have left except they were not making good money any longer. Trading was in favour of the Brits, taxes were in favour of the Brits (taxes were paid to the Brits), imported goods were sold undercutting local produce (Britain ruined India's weaving industry). Nobody can say what would have happened without them, or if one of the other colonising powers had taken their place --- but I am not proud of my country's history; I am not proud of what it did to India.

It's history: it doesn't make me any less fond of my mother country today. However fond I am of of India, roots is roots, and I can't conceive of not visiting UK at least once every two years or so.

One of those days, I might even make it to the Edinburgh Festival. Actually never been to Scotland!

Tell us more, tomtom...
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>Later...<

The Funniest joke in Edinburgh, according to the BBC:

Fringe's funniest joke prize awarded to Tim Vine

The BBC also has news of a 100-km traffic jam in China. Not so funny!
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That is what led to the freedom struggle Thad - the taxes, ruining of local industries, Racial segregation and abuse, above all, the kind of punishments meted out to freedom fighters.
And then Gandhi comes with the biggest weapon ever. Ahimsa. That left the British clueless.
When Britain was democratic, her colonies were under the queen. That set a lot of people thinking.
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I also have a theory that it was the culture of everyone making a bit on the side (and getting very rich through it) within the East India Company that gave birth to what is now called corruption in India.
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