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Sunday, March 26, 2006

My mate Grant has now launched the wonderful EdinburghDailyPhoto. When I started ScottishDailyPhoto I knew that a fair number of photos would be of our fair capital city but also knew that I wouldn't be around here often enough to take a daily photo, hence the countrywide snapping.

What I didn't realise is that this doesn't fit into the format of the CityDailyPhoto gang. As few link in from the DailyPhoto fraternity there's been less motivation to post to a blog each day, with only a few readers. So I'll draw a premature close to this blog and become one of the many who stop blogging after 3 months. There's also plenty of blogging to be done at edu.blogs.com.

I would encourage you heartily to visit Grant's postings at EdinburghDailyPhoto. If you want more photos from my travels around Scotland with my new Canon 350 you can see them all at my Flickr page.

Fair farewell.

Monday, March 13, 2006

My mate Grant enjoying a half of Leffe in a cool Edinburgh pub. Grant and I were at university together 10 years ago. I went to live in France, he went to Japan and all this time later we've both ended up back in Edinburgh as teachers. Meeting in pubs in winter is one of the best things you can do and, in just over a week, it will be illegal to smoke in the pubs, too. Even better!

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Snowbound - the entire country is under snow today. Overnight, 3000 partygoers had to take refuge in a Glasgow nightclub and bus station. All the trains and air routes are disreupted. I'm happy to say that I was able to snap this from the the relative safety of a train en route back home from Inverness a week ago - I can only imagine that the route was far more whiteout than this

Saturday, March 11, 2006

LinkHappy 1st Birthday, Paris Daily Photo! This does qualify as a Scottish Daily Photo, too, in some ways. Every year I take 42 kids to Paris on a school trip. It's great fun and we always have a laugh trying to get back to our hotel just behind the Pigalle area. After laughing and squirming at the ladies of the night the cameras go crazy as we pass the legendary Moulin Rouge. A little bit of Scotland in Paris.

(I also used to live in the rue Joseph de Maistre just 5 minutes down the road from here.)

Joyeux anniversaire, Eric et PDP! J'espère que la vielle alliance entre l'Ecosse et la France continue en photos pendant encore une année de plus.

Friday, March 10, 2006

I was recovering from my day in London this morning and thought I would take a photo of the place that pays me: the Scottish Executive. I've always thought it looks like a building from James Bond films, where the baddy sits in the top 'radio control tower' part and decrees to his minions how he wants the universe to be shaped. Probably quite true to real life, then ;-)

Thursday, March 09, 2006

I worked 22 hours today, on a trip down to the BBC in London. This was the amazing reward at the end of the day. I think it's in Scotland, but I'm sure the English had the same sunset that day at 35,000 feet.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

I was setting off for work today to Stirling. Instead of running for the bus I stopped on the bridge in Leith and took this serene scene. It's not that often that the water creates such a still life of the images above.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

I was working at Queensferry High School, South Queensferry today. This is the view from their playground: the imposing Forth Rail Bridge. This was one of the first and biggest suspension bridges made from iron. It's painted every year and, as they finish on one end, they have to start painting again back at the beginning. That's why, in Scotland, if something is a task that never seems to end "it's just like painting the Forth Rail Bridge" - it never ends.

Monday, March 06, 2006

LinkThis was taken from Leith, a view of Arthur's Seat (left) and the Salisbury Crags (right) from Ocean Terminal in Leith's waterfront. I'd have loved to be up one of these volcanic plugs, just 10 minutes on the bus from the flat, instead of running around central and West Scotland preparing for the Communicate.06 conference I am running. Anyway, maybe I'll get up when the weather - and timetable - improves.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Coming back from Inverness - and very worried that the train will make it all the way back home. This is just north of Aviemore.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Breaking yards at North Queensferry

Breaking yards at North Queensferry
Originally uploaded by Edublogger.
I am currently right up in the North of Scotland at Inverness, just next to Loch Ness. However, this is the picture from this morning at 6am as the sun rose above the Firth of Forth near Edinburgh. A beautiful journey.

Hopefully I'll get back before the snowfall stops the trains!

Friday, March 03, 2006

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! I was working form home this morning doing a phone interview with a lovely journalist from BBC Radio. As I spoke to her I noticed it had started to snow. And about 30 minutes later... this.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

The Armadillo on Clydeside. This is where the SETT Conference happens each year and today I finalised my two proposals for seminars there this September.

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Loch Fyne - and barely one hour from the office in Glasgow!