After the Gullane day out we headed for the Garleton Hills and Haddington where Gail had a few geocaches to find and collect The Garleton Hills are of modest height and size but very scenic, topped by the Hopetoun Monument, seen here.
With global fingers in many pies RBS was one of the banks deemed too big to fail so they were taken over/owned by the UK government/ British Taxpayer for a while as vast sums of money was poured in to keep the ship afloat but they are now in profit once more so slipped back into private ownership. A licence to produce gold bars again instead of rapidly sinking bricks and back to business as usual it appears. There are downsides to growing too fast however-in banks and in cities--- over-tourism, city centre streets clogged with traffic and pedestrians, stretched public services, and a lack of affordable housing for those not working in high pay professions. Even Edinburgh is not immune from the two tier society effect with a large increase in crisis grants and emergency aid ( up 33 percent) due to welfare cuts and 'restructuring' (ie shrinking/ dismantling) of the benefits system.
and his round table connections here. Brother in Law to King Arthur, Father To Sir Gawain, Grandfather to St Mungo. An outstanding pedigree for one single guy.
I'll end with one of Ireland's greatest folk singers for the last 40 years singing one of Ireland's best story songs. The subject matter is one that's not often mentioned in verse so eloquently as here but affects grown men, women and children in every corner of the planet. You have to wait until the last line to know what that subject is. When the artist stops singing that's the end even though this footage still continues for a few minutes more. A fantastic classic song I first heard decades ago. Still as vivid, raw, and powerful today. Excellent quality on this recording.
Christy Moore. Spancil Hill.