Hollow Weenies Abound.

Happy Samhain, from the place in which it originated.

In today’s boring news, I graciously obtained a sterling copy of the newest treatise on the Forty-Five from my supervisor. I was up until 3AM drooling over the pages, reviewing the bibliography, noting the meteorological appendices, and other terrible late-night, sleep-depriving tasks. The book is huge, and in it lay a “revisionist” vision of the period, one that I share with Mr. Duffy and Stuart Reid, whom I am desperately trying to proffer to the Department as a legitimate and visionary source of new Jacobite perspective. I recently sent the latter a letter to tell him so, and set up ostensible communication should I need his assistance with research conundrums. Though non-academic, I see quite clearly that Reid is at the cutting edge of new knowledge in the period.

And in less boring news…

I went for a stroll with anonymousseth to the Lawnmarket to watch the silly pagans process en masse down the Royal Mile for Edinburgh’s Samhain celebration. Winter was there, looking a bit pale, and somewhere stalked the Green Man; though I had heard they were going to battle it out, Godzilla-style, little violence was effected save some stilted-jesters and painted Morris dancers, bopping the locals about the heads with plastic cudgels. Surprisingly, no one belted them back. I was just waiting, fists clenched in fiery anticipation.

And speaking of fire…boy, was there some to be found, right there in the center of the city. Behold:

Some folk precariously hanging out the windows on Lawnmarket, scant steps from the Castle on High Street, waiting for the procession.

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View from Parliament Close on to the Royal Mile, and a loch of people watching things burn.

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Red Skies Tonight – The majestic St. Giles cathedral, burial place of Montrose and Argyll, as viewed from Parliament Close.

And tonight, the pagans shall burn it up! Fire dancers, old buildings, and the establishment of sectarian overlordship.

A close-up of whatever-it-was that those wacky High Priestesses were immolating…

The lovely Edinburgh Castle (not the pub, to my San Francisco friends, in case you were too drunk to tell the diff).

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My favorite picture of the night. Time-lapse Seth watching the world around St. Giles continue on its course…

My impression of the city at night on such an event is thus: The towering tenements and ancient monuments flanking both sides of the Mile cut both wind and air, and the well-lit streets and well-placed cobbles echo laughter, conversation, and timelessness. Through a sea of dreadlocks, face-paint, and oak leaves we strolled, seeing more smiles than frowns, beer cans in tourists’ hands, locals knowing better and already cheaply inebriated, staggering and swaggering, through the procession. It’s a young community, full of energy and life, progressive and fortunate. It feels very good to be a part of it, and if I’m ever without, looking back some time from now, I will deeply miss it. But I’m pleased as punch that I’m here now.

4 Responses to “Hollow Weenies Abound.”

  1. agntprovocateur Says:
    October 31st, 2003 at 7:28 pm

    a merry samhain ot you….
    oooh aaah!
    beautiful photos! the time lapse photo makes the perfect effect for this day.
    what camera are you using? i just became the proud owner of a digital camera. it won't be here for another week or so. i'm so excited!

  2. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 31st, 2003 at 7:36 pm

    Re: a merry samhain ot you….
    I have a Nikon CoolPix 885, and except for a screwy white-balance sometimes, it's been a good friend and faithful companion. We'll see how good I can get the macro pics of my miniatures!
    Glad you enjoyed them. More to come!

  3. agntprovocateur Says:
    October 31st, 2003 at 10:10 pm

    more more more….
    i just got a canon powershot S400. been oogling them for years now. i hope its a good friend and faithful companion as well. but of course, i don't have it today of all days.at school, the little one dressed up as a hula grrl complete with coconut bra. LOL!
    the new kid's witch costumes are starting to look like cheesy goth outfits and there was an overabundance of grim reapers.

  4. bellacrow Says:
    November 1st, 2003 at 12:29 am

    wow, that red sky looks amazing, I love looking at the pics you post. Somedays living in the US chafes.

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