Relinquishing junk. Stage One: preparation. For this you will need: one room which you will not leave; one mattress; tomato soup, ten tins of; mushroom soup, eight tins of, for consumption cold; ice cream, vanilla, one large tub of; Magnesia, Milk of, one bottle; paracetamol; mouth wash; vitamins; mineral water; Lucozade; pornography; one bucket for urine, one for feces, and one for vomitus; one television; and one bottle of Valium, which I have already procured, from my mother, who is, in her own domestic and socially acceptable way, also a drug addict. RENTON
People think it's all about misery and desperation and death and all that ***e, which is not to be ignored, but what they forget is the pleasure of it. Otherwise we wouldn't do it. After all, we're not ***ing stupid. At least, we're not that ***ing stupid. Take the best orgasm you ever had, multiply it by a thousand and you're still nowhere near it. When you're on junk you have only one worry: scoring. When you're off it you are suddenly obliged to worry about all sorts of other ***e. Got no money: can't get pished. Got money: drinking too much. Can't get a bird: no chance of a ride. Got a bird: too much hassle. You have to worry about bills, about food, about some football team that never ***ing wins, about human relationships and all the things that really don't matter when you've got a sincere and truthful junk habit.
Spitting on the cobblestone heart
Near St. Giles, there is a heart pattern in the cobblestones marking the site of the old Tolbooth which served as a town jail and where taxes were collected, nicknamed the "Heart of Midlothian" by Sir Walter Scott in a novel that I'm quite sure I will never tackle. It's said that spitting in the heart is supposed to bring good luck, our guide said the custom likely came from a disdain of the tax collectors.
Forth Rail Bridge
Viewed from South Queensferry, the Forth Rail Bridge, is, as you can see from the picture, a marvel of Victorian engineering. Best seen from the outside, as when you travel over it, all you really see is a lot of girders!
Railways stations at either end are Dalmeny (south side) and North Queensferry (north). Services cross the bridge from Edinburgh to Fife/Perth/Dundee/Aberdeen.
Scotland's Governing Body
When we first saw the Scottish Executive Building we thought - Do we need a boat to get in? as the building is fronted by water. The Scottish Executive is in Leith which has seen major regeneration over recent years this was a place of shipping & docks in bygone times. The creation of this new building fits in well with the new look Leith & the clever use of abandoned docks in front of the building holds an important sense of the past. Scotland has moved on with devolution but can proudly remember her past.
Wish I'd Done...
I didn't have time to do this, but wanted to:
The Eerie Pubs are a collection of four macabre themed pubs based on local legends, these restaurants are fun and inexpensive. Get your "eerie pubs card" stamped at each of them when you buy drinks and get a way cool "I Survived The Eerie Pubs" t-shirt. The four eerie pubs are:
Sneaky Pete's (73 Cowgate, Edinburgh, phone: 0131022501757) - Sneaky Pete was evidently an infamous Edinburgh body snatcher circa 1790.
Maggie Dickson's (92 Grassmarket, Edinburgh, phone: 0131-225-6601) Maggie was hanged for allegedly murdering her newborn baby, but the hanging didn't actually kill her and she was allowed to live out her days in peace.
The Old Fire Station Pub (52 West Port, Edinburgh, phone: 0131-228-4543) - Dedicated to the ghastly fires that have ravaged Edinburgh over the years.
Jekyll & Hyde Pub (112 Hanover St. Edinburgh, phone: 0131-228-4543) - Obviously themed around the famous Robert Louis Stevenson story.