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Photos: Pipefest

Friday, August 26th, 2005

10,000 bagpipers all in one place – I know you want to see pictures. So, let me oblige.

The Bagpipin’ Picnic. From the left, that’s Verity (Kath and Greg’s friend), Bec, Sarah, Trickey, Greg, and Dave. Kath is taking the photo. Behind us is Arthur’s Seat, and a heap of people lining the road that the bagpipers were marching along.view image

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Edinburgh: Pipefest

Friday, August 26th, 2005

Our last weekend in Edinburgh, the middle of the Festival; comedians, music, theatre, we were spoiled for choice of how to celebrate our last few nights. And whilst we were going to see a funny-man on Saturday night, what we were most looking forward to for the weekend was bagpipes.

Yeah, that’s right. Bagpipes. And shitloads of ‘em.

Sunday August 21st was Pipefest in Edinburgh. Holyrood Park at the base of Arthur’s Seat, the 300 foot high cliff just minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle, was being turned into the biggest gathering of bagpipers ever known. 10,000 of the bloody things, being played by folks from many, many different countries, and of all sorts of ages, starting as young as about 5.

The real highlight of our final weekend in Edinburgh, at least for me, actually came before we made it to Pipefest. As Trickey and I were loading up his car out the front of our apartment, I was thoughtfully reminded by the passenger of a passing car exactly who I am. As the hatchback drove by, the lovely chap in the passenger seat hung his head out the window, and from the bottom of his gut, for all to hear, yelled “Rrrrrrrrrrrrusty Nut!!!”

Welcome to my world folks.

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Photos: Ben Lomond

Monday, August 8th, 2005
Right, now let's see if these photos do the views any justice. ben lomond Which way. Ben Lomond is thattaway, man. view image Lunacy. This guy was running up the mountain. view image Get outta the way!! ... [Continue reading this entry]

Glasgow: Bagging a Munro

Monday, August 8th, 2005
Bec and I left Edinburgh at around 8.45pm on Friday night, hiring a car to take us the hour or so west to Glasgow, where we were to stay with Trickey and Sarah. The next day we would be climbing ... [Continue reading this entry]

The Toilet Wars

Monday, August 1st, 2005
Ok, I think it’s necessary for a bit of a content warning on this entry. Possibly against my better judgment, it includes a number of references to poo, and haggis, so if you’re at your desk eating your lunch, you ... [Continue reading this entry]