Pole Vaulting – Hadrian’s Wall – 2

Excerpt from the book Sports the Olympics Forgot This book describes 40 sports that ought to be played but aren’t, because I made them up. The second event is the “Vault over the Wall” that is for both professional and amateur athletes alike. The aim here is simply to vault over the wall using any implementContinue reading “Pole Vaulting – Hadrian’s Wall – 2”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 6

Further up, High Street meets North Bridge which runs north over Waverley station to Princes Street, and South Bridge, which spans the Cowgate to the south. Further up on the right is Parliament Square, named after the old Parliament House which housed both the law courts and the old Parliament of Scotland between the 1630sContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 6”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 4

On Canongate on the right, the People’s Story Museum is a museum housed in the historic Canongate Tolbooth. Their collection tells the story of the people of Edinburgh from the late 18th century to the present day through oral history, reminiscence and written sources. The museum also houses Britain’s largest collection of reform flags andContinue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 4”

Rosslyn Chapel – 3

There are depictions of Trillium, Indian Corn, and Aloe Vera indicating the sculptors of the chapel were familiar with these plants, even though Western Explorers weren’t supposed to have reached North America and India, where these plants originate, until at least 10 years after the carvings were crafted. There are also representations of an elephantContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 3”

Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3

To the south the view is of Arthur’s Seat and Salisbury Crags where energetic lunch-time athletes go running. Between the Parliament and the crags is Our Dynamic Earth, a visitor attraction that tells the story of planet Earth and how our world works, how life has evolved and the future challenges faced by the planet.Continue reading “Royal Mile – Edinburgh – 3”

Royal Mile, Edinburgh – 2

There are guided tours of the inside of the buildings and there’s also a leaflet allowing people to take a self-guided tour of the exterior. Some of the features left me baffled at times, particularly the large, thick sticks that covered some of the windows, and the odd-shaped window designs, supposedly inspired by the silhouetteContinue reading “Royal Mile, Edinburgh – 2”

Rosslyn Chapel – 1

Before the book, the Da Vinci Code, was first published in 2003, Rosslyn Chapel received between 5,000 and 5,500 visitors per year. After the release of the film of the same name in 2006, 176,000 visitors arrived in the next six months. This figure is now the average number of tourists the chapel receives eachContinue reading “Rosslyn Chapel – 1”

The Royal Mile, Edinburgh – 1

The Royal Mile is the name given to a succession of streets forming the main thoroughfare of the Old Town. With all the historic buildings along this street, it came as a surprise to me to learn the name ‘Royal Mile’ was only coined in 1901 in W M Gilbert’s Edinburgh in the Nineteenth Century.Continue reading “The Royal Mile, Edinburgh – 1”

Callanish – 4

In his 1726 work on the druids, John Toland specifically identified Diodorus Siculus’ Hyperborea with Lewis, and the “spherical temple” mentioned by Diodorus with the Callanish Stones. Diodorus was a first century BC Greek historian, best known for writing the monumental universal history Bibliotheca historica, much of which survives, between 60 and 30 BC. AContinue reading “Callanish – 4”

Callanish – 3

The stones of the eastern side of the avenue have only three-quarters of the height of the stones on the western side. When I saw this, I wondered whether this was deliberate or just accidental – why would these details be important to the people who created the site? Do we try and provide explanationsContinue reading “Callanish – 3”