Tidbits.

ChickenPlaid

I was just thinking the same thing.

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Osprey

Possibly about as insulting as one could imagine, but the wonder of it keeps a slight grin on my face. Way to piss people off, America!

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The ruins of the Well House Tower on the north side of Edinburgh Castle is getting a £40,000 facelift. My first reaction to this is that the project is a bit superfluous. While I know very little about the archaeological relevancy of further excavations there and, perhaps equally as important, the safety of tourists and patrons of the Gardens due to the tower’s dilapidated state, the crumbling ruin that gets rained on by fireworks at least twice a year really adds an air of age and stateliness to the castle panorama. Viscerally, I’m not convinced that it needs to be rebuilt ‘to its former glory’, and I hope that the conservation is one of preservation and not actual reconstruction.

The quote that is really irrelevant, however: “The building represents a reminder of Edinburgh’s medieval past.”

Really? Because the big fuck-off CASTLE right behind it sometimes gets overlooked?

The Well House ruin was the very first thing I ever saw of Edinburgh, before I even egressed the train, shortly afterward to fall deeply in love.

WellHouseTower

20 Responses to “Tidbits.”

  1. agntprovocateur Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 11:33 am

    "We didn't actually hover an Osprey over a mosque,"
    no, really, we didn't! we just used photoshop.
    bwahahaha!

  2. handworn Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 11:49 am

    Respondez s'il vous plaid?

  3. dougygyro Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 12:25 pm

    Oh, dear… that's horrible!
    I love it, and I will steal it.

  4. zotz Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 12:45 pm

    Good God. They're actually going to build the things? I thought it had been decently cancelled and buried years ago.

  5. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:42 am

    The tower or the Osprey?
    I believe they've had versions of the beast in their arsenal for years as a supplement to carrier-borne aircraft and other VTOL craft. Now it's most certainly going into serious production.

  6. zotz Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 10:11 am

    The vehicle, yes. And it seems production is to go ahead. I thought it had been cancelled years ago. It's been in development for more than twenty years, costs have ballooned, it's rumoured to be a pig to fly and has already cost thirty lives during testing . . . yeah, I thought they'd given up on it.

  7. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 11:11 am

    Where's your vision of progressiveness? These are all the salient criteria for a successful United States military project. I mean, we're made of money over here!

  8. dirtbaby Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 2:09 pm

    All I see are a bunch of rocks littering a future golf course.

  9. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:43 am

    Those must be the rocks in your liver, then. Way to think progressively!
    🙂

  10. dirtbaby Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:59 pm

    Liver, lad? My head maybe…

  11. no_mans_land Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 2:39 pm

    <small>ehehe.
    i have a friend who has an irrational fear of chickens. seriously.</small>

  12. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:45 am

    Is this really the kind of friend you want around during an avian emergency? I mean, think about it.

  13. angledge Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 3:12 pm

    Ohh, Boeing. Way to step in it hardcore.
    I am not getting my RDA of plaid.

  14. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 4:44 pm

    Oh, you DO NOT want me to send you some. It’ll be Ogilvy, or (*gasp*) KENNEDY!

  15. catness Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    Plaid would be great without so many colors.
    Everybody's talkin' about chicken
    Chicken's a popular word
    But anywhere you go, you're bound to find
    A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird
    Some people call it a fowl
    That's the story I've heard
    But let 'em call it this and let 'em call it that
    A chicken ain't nothin' but a bird
    You can boil it, roast it, broil it
    Put it in a pan or pot – brown it
    Eat it with potatos, rice or tomatos
    Chicken is still what you got – boy
    It was a dish for old caesar
    Also King Henry the third
    But Columbus was hip – he said, "Take this tip –
    a chicken ain't nothin' but a bird."
    — Louis Jordan

  16. catness Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 9:41 pm

    Oh, and I my comments about the osprey thing range from "…" to "WTF". I'm hoping that either regime change begins at home or that another home will be easy to find. :/

  17. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:45 am

    This song is making me hungry.

  18. ihavemanyskills Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 4:40 pm

    I have friends in the Air Force who are part of the V-22 Osprey project.
    Can't wait til the next time I see them and can bust on them for this ad!

  19. FunkyPlaid Says:
    October 5th, 2005 at 9:50 am

    Way to keep friends in the military! Watch that martial law!
    🙂

  20. Anonymous Says:
    October 4th, 2005 at 10:49 pm

    Write a 500-word essay on "If Czechs Wore Plaid". Extra credit for not giggling.
    –Kirsty
    P.S. And if Czechs ate Chex….?

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