Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Calton Hill

Dugald Stewart Monument; mathematician and philosopher of the Scottish School of Common Sense
I've been in a bit of a rut for the last week, meandering over the narrow piece of turf between Leith and Canonmills, but realising that we have but 2 weeks left in Edinburgh, or indeed this "central belt" of Scotland, decided to start exploring further.

Today I made for the summit of Calton Hill, where you can find a slew of monuments. The Hill overlooks the Scottish Parliament and thence across to Arthur's Seat. Philosopher David Hume, whose statue graces the Royal Mile, is buried on the slope.

As I reached the top, and looked out to the east I had another moment of podcast/Leith synchrony. I was listening to an interview with writer Chuck "Fight Club" Palahniuk, when the conversation swung to issues of dialect, and he referred to Irvine Welsh, who was born in, and wrote about Leith in novels such as "Trainspotting".

Edinburgh Castle top right.

National Monument, with Alaskan Monument in foreground

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