Archive | January, 2013

Am I Incapable of Learning Spanish?

The more I travel, the more I feel the need to learn the language basics of the country I’m in. Getting to grips with ‘hello’ and ‘goodbye’, ‘what’s your name’ and ‘how are you?’, and the all important ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ is simply common courtesy, and everything else you pick up is a bonus. But ever since […]

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Monsters and Murders in the Highlands of Scotland

On the Old Perth Road, not long after you exit Inverness city centre, there’s a Shell Garage petrol station on the right hand side of the street. Beside the outer wall of this petrol station sits a crumbling stone marker, which reads, “This is the supposed burial place of King Duncan, 1140.” The marker stands on […]

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Old Thoughts at a New Year: Edinburgh’s Hogmanay

We’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for the sake of auld lang syne… The last time I crossed over the border from England to Scotland, I was ten years old and driving for a day and a night in cross-legged comfort from the front seat of my dad’s car, where I voraciously read a […]

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