McGonagall

One could argue that Scotland has one of the best poets with Robert Burns, but we also have arguably one of the worst with William McGonagall.

Here, I present to you

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

’Twas about seven o’clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem’d to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem’d to say-
“I’ll blow down the Bridge of Tay.”

When the train left Edinburgh
The passengers’ hearts were light and felt no sorrow,
But Boreas blew a terrific gale,
Which made their hearts for to quail,
And many of the passengers with fear did say-
“I hope God will send us safe across the Bridge of Tay.”

But when the train came near to Wormit Bay,
Boreas he did loud and angry bray,
And shook the central girders of the Bridge of Tay
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

So the train sped on with all its might,
And Bonnie Dundee soon hove in sight,
And the passengers’ hearts felt light,
Thinking they would enjoy themselves on the New Year,
With their friends at home they lov’d most dear,
And wish them all a happy New Year.

So the train mov’d slowly along the Bridge of Tay,
Until it was about midway,
Then the central girders with a crash gave way,
And down went the train and passengers into the Tay!
The Storm Fiend did loudly bray,
Because ninety lives had been taken away,
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

As soon as the catastrophe came to be known
The alarm from mouth to mouth was blown,
And the cry rang out all o’er the town,
Good Heavens! the Tay Bridge is blown down,
And a passenger train from Edinburgh,
Which fill’d all the peoples hearts with sorrow,
And made them for to turn pale,
Because none of the passengers were sav’d to tell the tale
How the disaster happen’d on the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember’d for a very long time.

It must have been an awful sight,
To witness in the dusky moonlight,
While the Storm Fiend did laugh, and angry did bray,
Along the Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
Oh! ill-fated Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay,
I must now conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had they been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do build,
The less chance we have of being killed.

Big Auld Update

really been ignoring this page over the past year, so for that I’ve Just uploaded a whack of new photos.

Pentland Hills 20 Photos – Including the Beautiful Hairy Coos

Highlands 54 Photos – Including the Real Loch Ness Monster 😉

Falkirk Kelpies 10 Photos

Forth Bridges 26 Photos – Including the in construction replacement Crossing  (Queensferry Crossing)

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Achnambeithach Cottage

This wee place is found within the mountains within Glencoe, Scotland – It’s called the Achnambeithach Cottage,  truly is the middle of nowhere, it would appear only sheep for company.

Laganbargh Hut

Laganbargh Hut

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The Kelpie

The Kelpie sculpture can be found in Falkirk, Scotland.
Unveiled in April 2014 and stand  30-metre high.

The Kelpies

The Kelpies

The Kelpie is a legendary Scottish shape shifting water spirit.  As the folklore goes they usually appear next to a body of water in the form of a beautiful horse in the attempt to lure the weary traveller to mount the beast.  But Beware! as once mounted with its glue like back, you will find it impossible to escape.  The Kelpie will gallop away, dragging you to the bottom of the nearest loch to meet a terrible fate,  here you will be devoured – apart from your heart and lungs.    These will rise to to top of the loch, floating there letting your loved ones know you have been eaten by the fearsome Kelpie.

These appear in a Robert Burns Poem ‘Address To The Deil’

Here is the verse

When thowes dissolve the snawy hoord,
An’ float the jinglin’ icy boord,
Then water-kelpies haunt the foord,
By your direction,
And ‘nighted trav’llers are allur’d
To their destruction.

Edinburgh’s Christmas Sky Flyer 2015

first post in such a long time…
here is a long exposure shot of the Sky flyer in Princes street gardens

Edinburgh Christmas Sky Flyer

Edinburgh Christmas Sky Flyer

check out www.eyeonedinburgh.net for more of my Edinburgh related posts

Tantallon Castle

I took a wee trip to North Berwick, I wanted to visit Tantallon Castle. This is a semi-ruined 14th-century castle clinging to the cliff face, over looking the Bass Rock, This must have been a formidable fortification in its day.

Tantallon Castle

Tantallon Castle

I will add more photos soon, probably 😉

It’s not well connected from North Berwick, a bus every two hours, or what a local called ‘a short walk’ no, its not. unless the gave me wrong directions. 🙂

Lego Stop motion – Brandenburger Tor

I have tried to create a wee Lego stop motion animation, this is my first attempt … so  be gentle
Its the Lego Brandenburger Tor / Brandenburg Gate

Lego Stop motion – Brandenburger Tor

Return to The Moon

tonight we have a crescent moon, I had  to try and shoot it.
a tripod was needed, the clouds were mean to me….. but here we go

crescent moon

crescent moon

See the wee red dot, I presume that’s mars!
‘Ello mars

The Moon

It was such a clear night tonight, I snapped  this shot of the moon, you could say “It’s a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht”

The Moon

The Moon

“It’s a braw, bricht, moonlicht nicht” was a phrase by Harry Lauder, who was born in Portobello where this photo was taken