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the next stop is north queensferry…

“the next stop(motion) is north Queensferry” (16 seconds)

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…I know i have banged on about this before but it’s sooooooo beautiful, i think the Forth Rail Bridge is the most wondrous and romantic of structures…anyway, you take the train to North Queensferry, walk up the hill a wee bit, walk down some stairs, and walk across the Forth Road Bridge and you get to look at it all over again!

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change of scene…

Bye bye scotland, bye bye beautiful forth rail bridge…

time for a change of scene. Am back in Biella (northern Italy) where i will be collaborating artist for the artists residence programme UNIDEE at the Fondazione Pistoletto.  A programme i did myself way back in 2004 which resulted in my living here for nearly 5 years actually making a living out of this art lark. Anyway, now i am providing artistic support for the 14 or so artists/designers/architects who will turn up during the next few days. I will also be setting up and authoring the official blog for the residence. Will post links as soon as am up and ready. I will also be keeping this blog running in tandem where i can be less formal and more candid about the whole experience…

Getting here: Its a bit of an “adventure”  getting from edinburgh to biella in one day, there are many connections and many possibilities to miss them, but for a change everything went smoothly…until my final stage on small regional train where my usual love/hate affair with italia began…with a jumped-up-pantry-boy of a conductor who took offence to my taking photos of the passing landscape,

It went something like this:

MADAM! he bellowed in his best grumpy italian…YOU CANNOT TAKE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM TRAINS IN ITALY…

i replied incredulously (and maybe a little sarcastically…) OF RICE FIELDS? IS THERE A LAW? (this is a very bureaucratic country but really???)

he replied THERE IS A LAW MADAM, YOU HAVE TO WRITE AND GET OFFICIAL PERMISSION TO TAKE PHOTOS ON TRAINS IN ITALY…NOW KINDLY PUT YOUR CAMERA BACK IN YOUR BAG!!!!!!!

It went on a bit longer but i will spare you the details, need i say more?….

Incidentally he spent the rest of the (very long) one hour trip, keeping an eye on me while i flashed the “v’s” at him every time he walked past (very mature i know…) which was very frustrating as there was an amazing summer thunderstorm going on and the clouds and the mountains and the landscape were just crying out to be shot…bahhhh!!!!

views from a hill…

Its bloomin’ freezing around these parts, but it make s for pretty sunsets…

Edinburgh sky on fire from the foot of the Crags

forth road and rail bridges silhouetted by the setting sun, seen from up on the Crags…

the view from Blackford hill (click on all the images for better views)

Blooming Gorse (or is it broom? i mix them up…) with Arthur’s seat and the Crags, currently turning bright yellow with the flowering plant. The flowers incidentally smell a little of coconut and i have found recipes  to make wine and beer from them amongst other things.

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