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Today’s Leftovers, 10th Issue, 2011

If there were a World Championship of Procrastination I’m sure I’d make it at least to the semi-finals every time. Seriously, I’m so so lazy at the moment and putting things off even though I know I should be doing them. For the last few weeks I decided to watch seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls” instead. I’m not even sure  if I subconsiously really want to avoid dealing with some stuff or if I’m just plain lazy. I really don’t like my tendency to procrastinate right now, but I have no real plan how to snap out of it.

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Work is slow at the moment which actually gives us enough time to finally sort the tons of stuff lying around and to file documents away in any kind of orderly way. The thing is, I hate that kind of adminstrative work and the internet is so easily available to distract me. I have only two more day left before I’m off work until Tuesday, 26th July. I really need that break away from work, I think, even though it is rather slow at the moment. I know that might sound weird, but it is what it is…

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My Entry For The Outlander 20th Anniversary Contest

If you have been following this blog for the last two years you will have noticed that I am a huge fan of the “Outlander” novel series, written by Diana Gabaldon. You only have to check the tags on the right side  column to find the various posts I wrote about it :)

“Outlander” was first published 20 years ago and there will be a super special 20th Anniversary Edition. Karen from the wonderful blog “Outlandish Observations” decided to have a contest in celebration of this occasion. The prize is a copy of the 20th Anniverary edition, signed by Diana Gabaldon herself. The contest rules require a short description of what “Outlander” means to you. Of course I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to once more share with the world, why “Outlander” is my favourite novel series. The following is my contest entry, keep your fingers crossed for me :-) Continue reading

Look at that… a “Look Up” post

I was tempted to just write a very short “too tired / busy” post tonight, but that would be a total cop-out post. Not that this one will be that much better :-) But at least it’s some kind of “look up” post. I have to admit I browsed my photo collection for a suitable photo and I found one from my vacation in Scotland last year.

In the chapel for the Knights of the Thistle Order in St. Giles Cathedral on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, there is quite a lot of beautiful crafted architecture, sculptures and art to see, when you look up. Especially the various so so typical scottish angels… they’re playing bagpipes :-) Continue reading

“I’ll be in Scotland before you…”

When I was planning my Scotland trip earlier this year, of course some of the travel guides mentioned the traditional and very popular Scottish folk song “Loch Lomond”. I didn’t know it then and somehow never thought of finding it online somewhere to listen to it. Before I left for Scotland I told a few acquaintances about the trip and one of them (a 60-something guy) immediately sung the song for me. Very beautiful song indeed.

The “Museum of Scotland” In Edinburgh hosted a special exhibition about Scottish pop culture in the summer and they showed short clips of various Scottish singers and bands, Amy MacDonald, The Hooters etc on TV screens all around. There also was a clip of a band doing a live version of “Loch Lomond”. I just saw these few seconds, but it really moved me, because it is such a powerful song, when it’s sung by thousands of fans. I still didn’t know who the band was, but after some online research I was pretty sure that it had to be Runrig. During the rest of the summer I actually planned to download the song somewhere, but I never got around to do it and then I forgot about it.

Among my “Hockey-Weekend in Munich” travelgroup were two huge Runrig fans. I accidently found out about that when they talked about their trip to Edinburgh this summer and when I asked about it, they told me, they went there for the Runrig concert. They even spent their honeymoon in Scotland, which I didn’t know before either. Turns out that he has been a huge Scotland fan for years and years. After we got back from Munich I went to buy some CDs and decided to look for Runrig as well. I found a “Best of” for a rather reasonable price and ofcourse it includes “Loch Lomond” in a live version. The booklet (which I read on the train on my way back home) states about this song:

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Last photos from Edinburgh

This is going to be my last round of Scotland pictures. I have no idea how to fill my blog with content after that :-) At the moment I just don’t have anything interesting to write about or at least it feels that way. Anyway, here are a few more Edinburgh photos.


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Edinburgh – Castle & Parliament

This is the last but one round of photos from Scotland. I’ve been back home for almost three weeks now… time surely flies. Anyway here are a few pix from Edinburgh Castle, which is definitely worth a visit. If you like roaming around medieaval castles, that is..

Inside Edinburgh Castle

Inside Edinburgh Castle

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Day 5: Skye to Edinburgh

The last day of the Highlands Tour was rather uneventful. We left Skye and did another photo stop (well two stops) at Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

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