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Old 04-04-2014, 09:19 PM   #181
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The entrance to the tunnel the military uses to get into the castle is located to the right of the main entrance. It is not a batcave type affair. If you use satteleite view on google maps you can see the wee road that takes you into the tunnel. When you stand on the castle esplanade you can see a small set of traffic lights at the end of the wee road wich suggests to me it is a one way at a time sized tunnel.
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Old 08-04-2014, 07:01 PM   #182
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Tim Russert asks the President Sunday (2/08/2004) about Skull and Bones and the President confirms he is a member by saying he can’t talk about..Part of the transcript below.

President Bush: Politics. I mean, this is—you know, if you close your eyes and listen carefully to what you just said, it sounds like the year 2000 all over again.

Russert: You were both in Skull and Bones, the secret society.

President Bush: It’s so secret we can’t talk about it.

Russert: What does that mean for America? The conspiracy theorists are going to go wild.

President Bush: I’m sure they are. I don’t know. I haven’t seen the (unintel) yet. (Laughs)

Russert: Number 322.

President Bush: First of all...
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Kerry (KER-ee) (alternatively "Kerri") is both a masculine and feminine English language given name of Gaelic (Irish) origin..In its original form, Ciarraighe (Ciarraí), it denoted the people of Ciar (ciar-raighe). It was the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in the area of what is now County Kerry. However branches of the Ciarraighe were located all over Ireland...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJXzohdF-MA
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:25 AM   #183
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No more privacy for Edinburghers anywhere in the city;


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CONTROVERSIAL plans to install CCTV cameras in taxis across the Capital are set to become reality.

The city council is expected to agree “in principle” to the idea when a report goes before the regulatory committee tomorrow.

Objections have been made that the cameras would constitute an “invasion of privacy”, with some couples arguing for the right to “canoodle” in the back seat without having to worry they are being watched.

But this has been dismissed by Tony Kenmuir, director of Central Taxis, who said: “People should not be behaving like that anyway in a privately owned vehicle.”

The Edinburgh and Lothian Taxi Partnership has been campaigning for the cameras for several years in a bid to cut down incidents ranging from disputes over fares to verbal or physical abuse against drivers.

Mr Kenmuir said the cameras would also help protect passengers, including women and vulnerable children.

He said: “Most people think of us picking up shoppers, running business people about and picking up revellers at night but we do a lot of others things.

“Our major contract is with the council and we are regularly driving unaccompanied and vulnerable children from foster homes to care homes. We also do things for the NHS, often driving around with sensitive materials and urgent prescriptions.

“There are a lot of sensitive situations involving taxis.

“Occasionally people do make spurious accusations that the driver did this or did that and to some extent we want to protect the driver.

“We have people trying to burst out without paying and people being highly abusive. If anything, my view is that CCTV is as much – if not more so – for the benefit of the passenger.”

Kevin Wood, chairman of Central Taxis, said he supported the idea because it provided protection for both customers and drivers.

But he insisted that footage had to be the property of the council or the police, and that drivers should not have access to any of the recordings.

Under the plans, sound recordings could also be made but it is understood that drivers would have to inform passengers before the system was activated.

Guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office states that CCTV “must not be used to record conversations between members of the public, as this is highly intrusive and unlikely to be a justified infringement of their right to privacy”. However, the report also said that audio recording would be justified in “certain circumstances”, including instances when a taxi’s panic button is flipped.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, convener of the regulatory committee, said: “There is a report going to committee tomorrow recommending that the council agrees in principle to consult on whether licence holders should be allowed to fit such cameras to their vehicles, subject to certain conditions.”

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SAFEGUARDS would be put in place to make sure recorded images were not misused.

The council would pay for administrative and operational costs for inspecting the vehicles which would be recovered by a one-off £50 inspection fee.

If approved, black cab drivers and private hire cars across the Capital would be given the choice of having them installed but stickers would inform passengers they were being filmed.

The proposals will be subject to a six-month consultation period.




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Old 10-04-2014, 04:32 PM   #184
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Edinburgh; The Paranoid Goldfish Bowl....
I agree that it is an invasion of policy, but I could see them argue that you don't have to use a taxi and that the cameras are being placed in a vehicle where you really don't have any consideration of privacy. Again, I don't agree with it, but I could see them use it.
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Old 14-04-2014, 01:13 AM   #185
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And it came to pass when the children of men had multiplied that in those days were born unto them beautiful and comely daughters. And the angels, the children of the heaven, saw and lusted after them, and said to one another: 'Come, let us choose us wives from among the children of men and beget us children.' And Semjaza, who was their leader, said unto them: 'I fear ye will not indeed agree to do this deed, and I alone shall have to pay the penalty of a great sin.' And they all answered him and said: 'Let us all swear an oath, and all bind ourselves by mutual imprecations not to abandon this plan but to do this thing.' Then sware they all together and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it. And they were in all two hundred; who descended in the days of Jared on the summit of Mount Hermon, and they called it Mount Hermon, because they had sworn and bound themselves by mutual imprecations upon it...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLNOftwFMCA



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"The Watchers" also named "The Angels of the Lord" were on the earth in those days and they learned "The Children of Cain" (Enoch) the knowledge of writing, I am pleased they did because we can read very important information in the books of Enoch.

There is no difference between "The Children of Seth", also called "The Sons of God" or "The Children of God" and "The Watchers" also called "The Angels of The Lord" When we read the following texts carefully we will see that "The Watchers" and "The Children of God" (the offspring of Seth) were one and the same.

The attended reader know that in the days this events took place Enoch was still under them and new that his relatives, the children of God, should go down from the mountain to mingle with the children of Cain...
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Old 14-04-2014, 02:03 AM   #186
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Set against the urban jungle of 1963 New York's gangland subculture ...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCjrovh4z4U



The Wandering Jew is a figure whose legend began to spread in Europe in the 13th century..The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies in different versions of the tale, as do aspects of his character; sometimes he is said to be a shoemaker or other tradesman, while sometimes he is the doorman at Pontius Pilate's estate...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0EvVkKdGak
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In parapsychology, precognition (from the Latin præ-, "before" + cognitio, "acquiring knowledge"), also called future sight, and second sight, is a type of extrasensory perception that would involve the acquisition or effect of future information that cannot be deduced from presently available and normally acquired sense-based information...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bXJ_obaiYQ
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http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showt...t=96009&page=8The possibility of... of altering the outcome premonitions.. It's fascinating... If you could go back in time to Germany, before Hitler came to power, knowing what you know now..What would you do? Complete the sequence, Mr. President !..You sound like my students...Let me make a note... http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...&postcount=449

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Old 25-04-2014, 09:41 AM   #187
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It wasn’t a bird and we’re pretty sure it wasn’t a plane. This UFO was photographed on Saturday morning (Easter weekend) from the Edinburgh suburb of Cramond, hovering high above, marginally over the Firth of Forth. According to witnesses, the white craft was stationary and completely silent, and stood vertically in the sky, with what looked like a single fin towards the top of the vehicle.

The photographer – a reliable individual with no agenda or interest in the unexplained – said the UFO was visible for several minutes before disappearing behind cloud cover, only to have vanished when the skies cleared.

Our immediate thought was that it was a hot air balloon of some variety – hence its silence and stationary position. But what seemed odd was that the craft was hovering close to the flight path for Edinburgh Airport. According to the photographer, its height was hard to judge but planes taking off from the airport were passing below the vehicle. So, what was it? Some sort of black project or classified demonstrator? Seems unlikely given its location.
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Old 30-04-2014, 05:56 PM   #188
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Edinburgh is a complete MAGNET FOR DEVIANTS. Name comes from Edward the Hammer, Edwins-Burgh, a completely Germanic name.
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Old 01-05-2014, 02:58 PM   #189
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I thought the name came from Eidyn. In Scots Gaelic the city's name is 'Dùn Èideann' . The only English element is the addition of Burgh, 'a walled city'. Why should the name be taken from that of Edward I?
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Old 11-05-2014, 12:00 PM   #190
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T he Scots language word burgh is derived from the Old English Burh.. In Scotland it refers to corporate entities whose legality is peculiar to Scotland.. (Scottish law was protected and preserved as distinct from laws of England under the Acts of Union of 1707.) Pronunciation is the same as the English word borough, which is a near cognate of the Scots word. The identical English word Burgh (in place names such as Bamburgh, Carrawburgh and Dunstanburgh) sounds exactly like the Scots Burgh, with the emphasis on the 'r',. Another variant is heard in several Cumbrian place names, e.g. Burgh by Sands, Longburgh, Drumburgh..The English language borough, like the Scots Burgh, is derived from the same Old English language word burh (whose dative singular and nominative/accusative plural form byrig sometimes underlies modern place-names, and which had dialectal variants including "burg"; it was also sometimes confused with beorh, beorg, 'mound, hill', on which see Hall 2001, 69-70). The Old English word was originally used for a fortified town or proto-castle (e.g. at Dover Castle or Burgh Castle) and was related to the verb beorgan (cf. Dutch and German bergen), meaning "to keep, save, make secure". In German Burg means castle or fortress, though so many towns grew up around castles that it almost came to mean city, and is incorporated into many placenames, such as Hamburg, Flensburg and Strasburg..

The word has cognates, or near cognates, in other Germanic languages. For example, burg in German, and borg in both Danish and Swedish. The equivalent word is also to be found in Frisian, Dutch, Norwegian, and Icelandic. In southern England, the word took the form bury, as in Canterbury..A number of other European languages have cognate words which were borrowed from the Germanic languages during the Middle Ages, including brog in Irish, bwr or bwrc, meaning "wall, rampart" in Welsh, bourg in French, borgo in Italian, and burgo in Spanish (hence the place-name Burgos)..The most obviously derivative words are burgher in English, Bürger in German or burger in Dutch (literally citizen, with connotations of middle-class in English and other Germanic languages).. Also related are the words bourgeois and belfry (both from the French), and burglar.. More distantly, it is related to words meaning hill or mountain in a number of languages (cf. the second element of iceberg)...
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The volume of the Atlantic with its adjacent seas is 354,700,000 cubic kilometers (85,100,000 cu mi) and without them 323,600,000 cubic kilometres (77,640,000 cu mi)...The average depth of the Atlantic, with its adjacent seas, is 3,339 metres (1,826 fathoms; 10,950 ft); without them it is 3,926 metres (2,147 fathoms; 12,880 ft). The greatest depth, Milwaukee Deep with 8,380 metres (4,580 fathoms; 27,500 ft), is in the Puerto Rico Trench. The Atlantic's width varies from 1,538 nautical miles (2,848 km; 1,770 mi) between Brazil and Sierra Leone to over 3,450 nautical miles (6,400 km; 4,000 mi) in the south..Iceberg B-15 is the world's largest recorded iceberg. It measured around 295 km long and 37 km wide (183-23 mi), with a surface area of 11,000 km² (6,835 mi²)—larger than the island of Jamaica. large storm in the Gulf of Alaska generated a trans-Pacific ocean swell that may have contributed to breaking B15-A into many pieces on October 27, 2005. The ice-clogged waters of Antarctica's McMurdo Sound extend about 55 km (35 mi) long and wide...The row over allegations of spying by British diplomats in Moscow escalated as Russian officials accused MI6 of reneging on a "deal" over espionage at the end of the Cold War...Russian state TV had shown footage of a fake "rock" left in a Moscow street and allegedly used by British agents to plant a transmitter. Data from the rock was then supposedly downloaded on to a palm-top computer.. The method is similar to one used in a D.Attenborough's wildlife programme to hide a tiny camera inside artificial elephant dung...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b8ri14rw32c
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http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...2&postcount=65The G-eneral who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, whose only thought is to protect his country and do good service for his sovereign, is the jewel of the kingdom...http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...postcount=1713
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The context of this piece is that they are saying the tunnel has been filled in, and is no longer accessible. But that is what they want you to think...




http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.co...fife-1-3408752




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THE deafening roar of the drill stuttered and finally stopped. It was early morning, the last stage of a remarkable job was nearly done and now, deep under the Forth, choking dust in the air and with rubble underfoot, two men wiped the beads of sweat from their brows, the grit from their eyes, and shouted a friendly, sing-song “Helllloooo” at each other.

Bathed in the dim glow of miners’ lamps, this was surely among the most remarkable of greetings.

For this was almost 50 years ago, and the final task in an astonishing engineering mission had just been achieved – to chisel a winding tunnel beneath the Forth.

Meandering under the estuary, from Bo’ness on the edge of West Lothian to Valleyfield in Fife, two years in its execution, the underwater tunnel did what many had long dreamed of doing. It created a shortcut linking the south side with the north.


Yet while thoughts today turn to the forthcoming celebrations to mark 50 years of the road bridge – a triple whammy that also reflects fondly on its older railway sister and welcomes the new, perhaps slightly less photogenic, crossing – it’s likely that few will even be aware of a fourth Firth of Forth ­connection at this end of the estuary.


For while the tunnel through rock beneath the water was ground-breaking in more ways than one, it was never intended for public use. Today, sadly, anyone trying to use it – indeed, even attempt to find it – will be sorely disappointed.

Just like the once thriving coal industry it served, the tunnel is now a fading memory, the shafts which led to it "filled in and capped", the iron props which supported it inside "almost certainly" collapsed. (Mmmmm)

By now the grey waters of the Forth will have claimed ownership and the crossing which once linked Kinneil Colliery in Bo’ness with Valleyfield pit in Fife, enabling its engineer Alistair Moore to shout his friendly greeting to his Fife neighbour and eventually coal trucks to pass to and fro, is no longer passable.

Now 82, Alistair, who lives in Bo’ness, just a stone’s throw from where the colliery once stood, can still recall the run-up to the historic moment – particularly as it had the indecency to coincide with his holiday plans – and the laborious, brain-testing preparations that went into his remarkable feat of engineering. Alistair is modest and unassuming, but it was his unbelievably accurate calculations that meant the Valleyfield side of the tunnel connected to the Kinneil side with just the tiniest of margins. Yet among his biggest concerns at the time was how the final stages of work clashed with his plans.


“I was due to go on holiday,” he says, remembering back to late April 1964 when teams which had set out underground from Valleyfield and Kinneil were busy carving the final few feet under the Forth.

“I thought there was about 25 feet to go but I was going on holiday for a fortnight. My boys were young and we were going up to Aberdeenshire.

“The manager said ‘you’re not going anywhere, you’re staying here’. So I thought, ‘let’s get this done quickly so I can get my holidays’.”

Work at the Valleyfield side was halted and a Sunday shift of Kinneil workers battered through the last remaining stretch. He remembers racing to work at 6am next morning, April 30, to make his way to the scene of the final push.


“The boys were working with a big jack hammer which used compressed air. You couldn’t hear a thing,” he says.

“I’m watching them and all of a sudden they were crashing in and there was a wee hole, just three inches in diameter and the drill went shooting through. We were in.

“I put my mouth near the hole, as close as possible and I shouted ‘Helllloooo’ and got back this ‘Helllloooo’ from the other side.”

The tunnel was the idea of the National Coal Board, designed to make use of the modern coal preparation facilities at Kinneil in favour of the outmoded plant at Valleyfield which was so dated that it was under threat of closure for health and safety reasons.

If joining two stretches of tunnel together sounds straightforward, Alistair points out this was a task that ­involved not only getting the two ends to arrive at the same point, but also to ensure their levels were spot on.

As it was, they connected with a mere six inches difference – an incredible achievement given the then 32-year-old Heriot-Watt graduate’s calculations had been worked out with brain power, pencil, paper, plumb lines and the trig pillar situated on top of Arthur’s Seat.

“This wasn’t a tunnel in a straight line,” he points out. “It wasn’t a route that you could ever just walk straight through. This was a tunnel ­associated with the coal seams under the Forth, with angles and slopes – a fairly convoluted system of roadways.

“It needed ‘manholes’ every 30 yards – a cubby hole for a person to shelter in when a locomotive was coming through.

“It wasn’t at all a straight tunnel.

“As the crow flies, the distance between north and south would be about 1.8 miles, but we had about 2.5 miles of works to make the connection between the two.

“We had to get the levels correct, which it was to about six inches – quite a nice feather in our cap. The next was to make sure that the connection from Valleyfield was in line with us. And it was.”

These days, lasers and computers would be used to ensure pinpoint accuracy. Alistair and his engineering colleagues’ tools were far more basic.

For a start, they had to correlate the mines and underground workings to the Ordnance Survey National Grid, using established pointers, such as the trig pillar on Arthur’s Seat, church spires and, for underground measurements, piano wires hung with 150lb plumb weights.

Steel bands used in the process were, incredibly, measured using two brass plaques at the foot of The Mound which are precisely 100ft apart. And even then, when the heat underground stretched the bands, Alistair’s calculations would have to be redone, again and again.

“There were no computers or calculators,” he shrugs. “All we had was a machine called a Brunsviga, you put one set of numbers on one side and pulled a lever and the other figures on the other side and pulled the lever again a certain number of times, depending on what you were working out.

“It was primitive. Not just that, most people would use four-figure log tables, mine was eight-figure, the log book was four inches thick.”

The first small breakthrough joining Fife with West ­Lothian having been made, the two mine managers were called to the scene along with union ­officials, the provost of Bo’ness, and, naturally, a reporter from the Edinburgh Evening News and Dispatch to witness the next stage.

A 23-year-old Kinneil miner called Martin ‘Tiger’ Shaw was enlisted to do the honours, while on the Fife side, Valleyfield miner Andrew Drysale, 34, waited patiently.

“The drill in the hands of Tiger Shaw began biting through the thin sandstone shell, the last barrier in the tunnel link at 10.30am,” ­reported the paper later that day. “Three minutes later, the lamps of the Valleyfield squad blinked through the gap in the rock and Shaw and Drysdale were face to face.”

The pair are said to have “grinned dustily at each other” before moving aside so the two pit managers, David Archibald of Kinneil and Norman Wallace of Valleyfield, could reach through the hole in the sandstone rock to shake hands.

“I hope you have plenty of coal for me,” said Mr Archibald, thinking forward to the locomotives that would pull Valleyfield coal to his Kinneil plant.

Alistair, meanwhile, had ­already seen enough. He says: “I didn’t bother with all that. I was off on my holidays.”

Past reconstruction

AS far back as the 1600s attempts were made to link the south of the Forth with the north side.

Sir George Bruce of Carnock employed new drainage technology at Culross in Fife to have men chisel 40ft down into the coal seam and a mile out creating an arch-shaped tunnel, tall enough for a man to walk upright and big enough for three horses.

King James VI was invited to see it for himself in 1617. Unfortunately he was so spooked that he accused Sir George of luring him into there to kill him and threatened him with treason. The tunnels were later flooded.

In the 1790s, the notion of a tunnel to link the two Queensferry communities was discussed but shelved with the discovery of hard whinstone.

By 1805, however, successful coal mining operations towards the west revived the idea for two tunnels, one to go and one to come back , connecting a point near Hopetoun House with Rosyth. The plans were priced at £160,000 but were scrapped.

In 1891, the Kirkcaldy and District Railway Bill was approved at Westminster giving the go-ahead for an extension of the Kirkcaldy to Grangemouth train line that would involve a tunnel beneath the Forth. Again, it never got off the drawing board.

In 1954, there was talk of a £5.3 million “Forth Tube”, in which traffic would pass through a 2800ft reinforced concrete tube.

It was declared a brilliant idea, but was scrapped in favour of the Forth Road Bridge.
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SCOTLAND’S oldest prep school was among 25 employers “named and shamed” yesterday by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) for failing to pay staff the national minimum wage.

Cargilfield in Edinburgh, whose fees are £5,970 a term, ­underpaid its artist in residence by £3,739.

The 141-year-old school said it had paid the sum, with interest, to Katy Anderson as soon as it had been alerted by HMRC to the underpayment.

Ms Anderson was employed by the school, based in the Barnton area of the city, on a flexible contract from September 2012 and left in April last year.

The national minimum wage is £6.31 an hour for adults and will rise to £6.50 from October.

In a statement sent to parents, a spokesman said: “Cargilfield School was listed on the HMRC register of employers who failed to pay workers the national minimum wage.

“The school apologises unreservedly for this unfortunate situation, which is very much a one-off case.

“We wish to reassure all at the school that Cargilfield aims to ensure both teaching and non teaching, permanent and part- time staff are paid in accordance with published guidelines.

“Once again, the school apologies that such a situation arose.”

A statement from the school last night said: “As soon as Cargilfield was alerted to the situation the payments were made with interest to Katy Anderson who worked at the school as an artist in residence.

“This is very much a one off and the school always ensure its staff are paid appropriately.”

Cargilfield, which was founded in 1873 in the Trinity area of the capital, moved to its current site in 1898. It is attended by some 300 ­pupils, aged between three and 13.
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I am including this article has a reference piece in that it shows Edinburgh attracts a lot of international espionage that is beneath the public's radar.... oh and congrats to the Scottish polis who caught him. Well done!!


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TWO Scottish police officers, who helped arrest a fugitive terrorist, are to be honoured with one of Spain’s highest awards.

Robert Cowper and Willie Guild led the operation which tracked and arrested Benat Ordonez in Edinburgh in 2012.

Ordonez was accused of being part of the Basque separatist group Eta, which has waged a bloody campaign for independence from the rest of Spain.

He was arrested by police in Leith and was wanted by both the Spanish and French authorities.

Mr Cowper and Mr Guild will travel to London on Friday to receive Spain’s police merit cross at a ceremony which will be attended by the Spanish ambassador and the head of the country’s Guardia Civil.

Ordonez had been working as a van driver when he was arrested outside a pub on Leith Walk.

Mr Cowper, 52, now a retired detective chief inspector, was acting as a temporary superintendent at the time of the operation.

He said: “We were able to track him down fairly quickly, but other than that I can’t go into much detail.

“He had been living and working in Edinburgh and carrying on as a normal citizen. There was no evidence he was carrying on any of his [Eta] activities here.

“The guy was living a pretty normal existence here and it wasn’t difficult to catch up with him. Two members of my team managed to jump on him outside the pub – it was a pretty straightforward arrest.”

Mr Cowper said he was proud to receive the prestigious honour, but stressed he was picking it up on behalf of all the other police officers who also worked on the case.

“I see myself as representing the whole team,” Mr Cowper said. “Willie and I led two teams to track down and carry out the arrest.”

Ordonez had lived in the UK since 2001, but was sentenced to five years in jail by a French court in 2008 for an alleged conspiracy to carry out acts of terrorism.

Spain also sought Ordonez’s return so he could be put on trial over his alleged membership of, and collaboration with, an “armed organisation”.

At a hearing in the High Court in Edinburgh in 2012, it was claimed Ordonez was part of a group which helped move materials and weaponry from France to Spain.

It was also alleged that he was involved in gathering information on politicians and police officers.

Ordonez initially fought his extradition, but later dropped his opposition to returning to France – a move which the Spanish authorities agreed to.

The Spanish Interior Ministry said previously: “Everything suggests he was part of Eta’s reserve apparatus, groups formed by fugitives who are prepared to form active cells when the terror leadership decides.

“He joined Eta in 1996 as a member of their transport command.”
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For those who can suffer watching anything on the BBC, there's a programme on BBC2 just now called 'The Secret History of Our Streets', covering The Moray Estate in Edinburgh, the Georgian New Town. High society central. Very interesting watching it from the perspective of this thread. Worth a look on iPlayer.
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Someone said earlier in this thread that there has never been a UFO sighting over Edinburgh Castle; Now they stand corrected.



http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.co...stle-1-3505970



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Edinburgh’s famous military Tattoo is often billed as out of this world - but a mysterious sighting has given that phrase a whole new meaning.


Tourists queuing for the spectacle spotted an unusual sight in the skies above the Castle – and it wasn’t a jet flypast or an exotic bird.

The oddly-shaped light in the sky was captured by Catherine Stuart and her mother Susan, who were in the queue for Saturday’s late-night Tattoo, just before 10.30pm.

Ms Stuart, who lives in London but is originally from South Africa, said she had no explanation for the strange apparition, which disappeared soon after they photographed it.

The 31-year-old said she thought the “weird” object was a bird at first.

She added: “It was very strange to see because when we looked at it again it didn’t look like a bird.

“It was hovering around and then it disappeared. It was a weird shape, like a square light. I have no idea what it was.

But rather than off-the-wall theories about alien activity, there may be a perfectly logical explanation – which still involves space. It is likely that the sighting could actually be the International Space Station, which has been spotted by several people in the city over recent days.

There have also been reported sightings of the ATV-5 cargo space ship.

Nasa’s “spot the station” website, which gives detailed information about the optimum times to spot the ISS over the Capital’s skies, said that residents have a chance of getting a glimpse for up to five minutes at a time, until August 21.
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A SECRET military map of Edinburgh drawn up under the supervision of KGB agents to direct Russian tank commanders “to your front door” has inspired a new collection of poetry.

Tom Pow, the first Bartholomew writer-in-residence at the National Library of Scotland, discovered the map while poring over a collection of around two million rare and unusual maps that he was ­given access to for three months last year.

The award-winning poet, whose new collection is called Concerning the Atlas Of Scotland And Other Poems, said it was the 1983 Soviet map of Edinburgh which fired his imagination.

The map, with street names in Cyrillic script, was drawn up under the directives of the KGB in large warehouses outside Moscow and was intended for military use and for tanks driving around the city. It detailed factors such as the width of roads, type of road surfaces, height of buildings and bridges, as well as the locations of military installations, barracks and transport networks.


Much of the information was believed to have been sent from Edinburgh to Moscow by staff working in Russian consulates and undercover ­operatives.

Pow, who lives in Dumfries, said; “Of all the maps I saw in my time behind the scenes at the library, it was the 1983 map which did it for me. It was so disorienting, it had a dark purpose. I know Edinburgh pretty well, I was born in Craigleith, used to traverse the city to go to school, and I still go back. But it was just so disconcerting, I couldn’t work out where I was despite Edinburgh’s simple geography because of the Russian Cyrillic alphabet.

“A map is an approximation, but no map can be a complete representation of a place, so we rely on names.

“Yet while I was floundering, a Soviet tank commander could find his way to my door, I was amazed at the reach and interest of the Soviet Empire to want to know so much about Edinburgh.”

Pow’s poem The Soviet Map Of Edinburgh includes the lines: “Yet there must have been a mapmaker – one of the 40,000 – who, in some vast Moscow hanger, imagined this map animated in the field…More likely, he’d see tanks rolling along Princes Street; a rash of proscriptions; a secret police, sifted from collaborator and believer alike; shadows haunting every street corner. After which: a grey haar that feels as if it’ll never lift.”

Pow, who has won a host of awards, including the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust Scottish Book Award in 2009 with Dear Alice – Narrative of Madness, also includes a range of works in his compilation including ones inspired by the Blaeu Atlas of Scotland of 1654 and the first engraving of the Treasure Island map.

The Bartholomews were an Edinburgh map-making dynasty which spanned six generations beginning in the 18th century and became the world’s pre-eminent publisher of maps and atlases.

Soviet map expert John Davies, author of Uncle Joe Knew where You Lived – The Story Of Soviet Mapping Of Britain”, in Sheet Lines, published in the Journal Of The Charles Close Society, wrote: “Every Soviet president from Stalin to Gorbachev, and all high-ranking officers, knew not only where you lived but how to get there by tank.

“They knew the width of the roads, the height of the bridges, the depth of the rivers, the names of the streets. And they knew the exact location and purpose of every building of possible strategic importance, even those which were omitted from OS maps.”

Paula Williams, curator of maps, mountaineering and polar collections, at the NLS, said she had been fascinated by Pow’s work.

“It is always interesting to see how other people look at your collection. Tom’s got a very different way of looking at things and can pick up a map and tie it into his personal experiences.

Concerning The Atlas Of Scotland And Other Poems by Tom Pow. Published by Polygon, imprint of Birlinn, £12.99



Considering the Illuminati connections the soviets would have probably targeted illuminati infrastructure in Edinburgh first, to make a deep symbolic point.
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http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.co...n-in-1-3594543


It’s one of Scotland’s last bastions of male privilege – but now the Capital’s most mysterious society is being forced to admit women members and throw open its doors to the public.


The secretive all-male Speculative Society, or “Spec”, has operated within the grand surroundings of Edinburgh University’s Old College for almost 250 years, boasting Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott amongst its alumni.

But a university review has given the society six months to overhaul its traditions – with members fearing they risk being booted from the premises if they refuse to comply.

The report – carried out by vice-principal Professor Mary Bownes – also insisted any future deal allowing the society to remain on campus be made clear and open.

Her review was launched after the society came under fire in March for refusing to admit women.

Concerns were also raised over the club’s relationship with the university – which owns the society’s base – after it emerged it was occupying the premises rent-free.

And in September, the News revealed a £35 million revamp of the Old College would leave the society’s historic rooms untouched.

The Speculative Society is one of the last men-only clubs in Scotland, following the decision in September of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club to admit women and girls.

But despite never having had a female member, the society has no official rules banning women from joining.

Journalist and honorary member of the society Allan Massie said it was “about time” the club introduced female members.

And long-time member and Midlothian East councillor Peter de Vink slammed the club’s all-male policy – insisting the society would be “destroyed” and thrown out of its rooms if it did not adapt.

He said: “If they think in this day and age you can avoid having lady members, they can’t be of this world.

“They are really woefully short of members, and if they brought in female members it would boost the membership.

“The society is 250 years old and it’s going to be destroyed by a handful of people if they’re not careful. As I understand it, it’s only a handful of very outspoken people who are stopping the inevitable.

“It’s a famous, famous society with a long history. It’s got a fantastic membership, and to let that all get smashed is so irresponsible. It’s just such a shame that an organisation like the Spec can’t see that it’s got to change. It absolutely takes my breath away.”

A university spokesman said: “The university is committed to the ethos of equality and diversity on its campus.

“In light of this, Professor Bownes was asked to carry out a review of the historic links between the university and the Speculative Society, which occupies rooms in Old College.

“Her report, which has been agreed by senior management, proposes that the Speculative Society is given six months to show that it is changing to comply with this ethos by admitting female members along with males.

“The report also recommends that the society agrees to make the historic rooms more accessible to the public.”


ONE OF OLDEST CLUBS IN THE WORLD


The shadowy, all-male Speculative Society formed in 1764 and is believed to be one of the oldest debating clubs in the world.

Its membership list has included some of the best-known names in Scottish history – including Robert Louis Stevenson and Sir Walter Scott. Today, its ranks are thought to be littered with lawyers and intellectual big-hitters from across the Capital.

The elusive club operates within three historic rooms – designed by renowned architect William Henry Playfair in 1824 – in the majestic Old College, but the elite club is not officially associated with the university.

Its secretive, candle-lit meetings are held infrquently, with entry by invitation only – but members insist the society’s sole purpose is to advance public speaking and literary composition.
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It's instructive to compare 1833 with 1983 and how, over the century and a half span, a group of 20-30 families has emerged to dominate The Order...


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