Conflicted Memories

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. Lest We Forget Every nation, whether they be young or old, big or small, has a foundation myth: the […]

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Current Mood: Not. Impressed.

Apparently, WordPress doesn’t bother to inform you that if you remove any images from your media gallery, these images will also be permanently deleted from your already published blog posts. As a result, almost every image I have posted to this blog over the past 3 years has been deleted from my posts. My gallery […]

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A Good Start

This week was my first week as a tour guide in Edinburgh.

It went well.

It turns out (no surprises here) that being employed to walk around Edinburgh telling people all about its history is pretty much my ideal job. I love to talk. I love Scottish history. I love Edinburgh. Combine all three and you’ve got yourself a very content Rachel (and a very happy Alex, who now has to listen to far fewer historical facts about the city).

It’s still early days, obviously. I’ve done three history tours this week, and I have two ghost tours this weekend. But, so far, so good!

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Maintaining Direction

For the first time since I was 5 (probably 3, but Kindergarten was a bit more relaxed so I’m not counting it), I began March thoroughly directionless. I’ve always hadĀ somethingĀ I was beginning in March – a new year at school or university, something to aim for, something with structure and progress and direction. This March […]

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History Walks: Dean Cemetery

Just up the path from Dean Village, on the site of the old Manor House, is the Dean Cemetery. It was founded in 1846, one year after Dean House had been demolished, and rapidly became one of the most fashionable places to be buried in Edinburgh. The victorians were a bit odd like that. Today, […]

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