I’ve spent the weekend in and around the Scottish capital Edinburgh to take a break from everything and relax. Overall it succeeded even if it reinforced my hatred of the A1 to Newcastle upon Tyne – afterwards it is a lot more humane if a major trunk road can be humane? So what have I learnt about things? Well the first thing I have learnt that Leicester is closer to Edinburgh than Lerwick, the capital (?) of the Shetland Isles.
As for anything else I am still working on the images and trying to get my thoughts together so perhaps in a day or so I will have some considered opinions. This being said I’ll leave you with the Leaderfoot viaduct as a succinct summary of where we are in that strange referendum menage e trois we seem to be caught in between the UK, Scotland and the EU. Here we have a bridge built in what I call the Anglo Scots borderlands as a wonderful example of 19th century engineering yet almost 1900 years before the Romans were the first to bridge the River Tweed at this point using legionnaires for all the heavy lifting. These legionnaires and their auxiliaries would have been drawn from all over the Empire – some from far off Syria. It does seem that when we live and work together it is amazing what we can achieve.