Sloth and apathy have joined together to stop me offering a review of a book received at Christmas. You may cry 'Boo! Hiss,' at this point if you wish, what?.....oh! It will turn up one day I tell thee! So as the football is about to start I find I have no time to write and instead offer a foto of Edinburgh. This was taken yonks ago and I find the conjunction of a Zebra grazing with the wild Pentlands looming (faintly) in the background somewhat incongruous myself. You will know Scotias capital has lots of Zebras running around. People are always crossing them. You will understand that I spent a wee while going through the old albums this afternoon. This
So many fotos taken who knows when! I think I took this up the Highlands some years ago but it may indeed be the Ochil Hills as seen from Edinburgh. I asked the sheep to pose for me, I know I shouted "Hey ewe, over here," but they ignored me and kept chomping. I suppose one hill looks like another to a 'townie.' I canny mind taking it but in those days I dwelt in the centre of London and wide open spaces were a strange delight, indeed a few days of such views remain delightful, not many hills round here.
The Thames about twenty five years ago. I think that is Wapping over there and all those warehouses are high priced flats. You can guess how much they cost! Not very exciting but I like this sort of view. That afternoon was spent wandering along the south bank far from the tourist spots, finding those rough back streets which often contain historical treasures and one or two strange people. Pleasure boats awaiting tourists and the occasional barge awaiting use. Just forty years ago all this was crowded with boats from across the globe carrying cargo one way or the other. Hundreds of 'lighters,' also and thousands of men
nicking things as fast as they can assisting the economic development of the nation. The river is vastly cleaner than it was in those far off days, a huge effort to clean it, the loss of shipping leaving oil all help the improvement. Had I been less lazy I could have kicked stones around the banks of the river and discovered odds and ends going back years, possibly to and beyond the Romans. If you know what you are looking for artifacts are constantly being dug up by man and tide, all you need is a wee bit knowledge and history is yours. Of course you might just find sewage!