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Photo-a-day 90: Edinburgh Castle and Ross Fountain

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See that little date above?

This post was published years ago.

My opinions have changed over time: I think it's quite fun to keep old posts online so that you can see how that has happened. The downside is that there are posts on this site that express views that I now find offensive, or use language in ways I'd never dream of using it today.

I don't believe in airbrushing history, but I do believe that it's important to acknowledge the obvious: some of what I've written in the past has been crap. Some of it was offensive. Some of it was offensively bad. And there's may be some brass among the muck (you can make up your own mind on that).

Some of what I've presented as my own views has been me—wittingly or unwittingly—posturing without having considered all the facts. In a few years, I'll probably think the same about what I'm writing today, and I'm fine with that. Things change. People grow. Society moves forward.

The internet moves on too, which means there might be broken links or embedded content that fails to load. If you're unlucky, that might mean that this post makes no sense at all.

So please consider yourself duly warned: this post is an historical artefact. It's not an exposition of my current views nor a piece of 'content' than necessarily 'works'.

You may now read on... and in most cases, the post you're about to read is considerably shorter than this warning box, so brace for disappointment.

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It’s not the most original shot, but the Ross Fountain seemed appropriate given that it’s only a couple of days since I was in England’s capital: it came from London to Edinburgh following the 1862 World’s Fair in South Kensington. Unlike me, it took a decade to make the journey, and is originally French.

Interestingly, Edinburgh Museums claim it was bought at the Great Exhibition of 1862: a claim that’s repeated on many other websites. As a bit of a world’s fair buff, I think they’ve confused the famous Crystal Palace Great Exhibition of 1851 with the Great Exposition of 1862 – the latter was funded by the profits of the former – but then I’m no historian, and might be confused myself.

I don’t really have anything interesting to say about Edinburgh Castle, other than pointing out that the £15 admission price seems excessive to me: you can visit Alnwick Castle for a whole year for less if you really want to go to a castle…! Though, I guess, that advice isn’t a huge amount of good if you’re in Edinburgh!

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Comment from Julie


    23.22, 01/04/2012

Ach,you didn’t go to the rotten old castle, did you? Of course it’s expensive and not much fun, unless you’re trying to make the guards laugh. If you’re still in Edinburgh sj, can I recommend Mary King’s Close for a real slice of Edinburgh history. And for ghosts..

http://www.realmarykingsclose.com/about-mary-kings-close.aspx


Comment from sjhoward (author of the post)


    19.10, 04/04/2012

Hi Julie,

No, I didn’t go to the castle, merely admired it from afar – I was in town for work, so didn’t get much opportunity to do touristy stuff. Thanks for the tip for the future, though!


Comment from Aryan


    04.21, 29/05/2012

I loved the place, Its like your in old times. I never seen a real castle in my whole life. I would like to experience being a Queen of the castle. haha 😀




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