Monthly Archives: January 2008

Who is Barack Obama and Hilary’s first tear

edwards family

One of the things I was really interested to blog about this year was the upcoming US election from the British media perspective and the soap opera drama certainly to insue…and no one has been disappointed.  But i have to say i was sad today when Jonathan Edwards dropped out of the running.  I have a great memory of seeing his speech for the 2004 election while spending time with my family up at Lake Chautauqua in New York state.  I like him.  He seems down to earth, to point and smiling doesn’t seem to come so easy.  It’s true what people say in that most folk here have a basic knowledge of the campaign.  I even had to explain to someone why Huckabee was in a commercial with Chuck Norris.  Most people although have little clue about the Republican candidates beside the random quip about the ‘mormon’ candidate and what do american’s think about mormons anyway?  They are curious to know if I’m going to vote for Obama or Hilary though!  (notice the assumption).  Although Obama probably.   

Othello to boot!

Well, it was a great holiday and to finish things off with a bang keith and I got up a little after 6 in the morning and stood in line for three hours to get standing tix to see Othello at the Donmar Warehouse Theater in Covent Garden. For only £7.50 we got to see some stellar shakespeare starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Ewan McGregor. This was definitely some of the best and most moving theatre i have seen to date. WOW!!!

Beneath the Eiffel Tower

So, sometimes this blog feels a bit surreal. Writing about living and traveling in Europe. Here’s a bit of proof for friends and family back home that I actually was in Paris. (Sweet backdrop huh!)

A tromp about Paris

Keith and I spent one day in paris last weekend. We got up at about 6am, hopped on the Eurostar, and blasted into paris about 10am their time. Spent the day running around visiting churches and museums and rocketed back to London around 11pm. We made short visits to Musee d’Orsay, Musee Moyen, Sainte-Chapelle palace chapel, the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs-Élyséese, the Eiffel Tower, and a wonderful market nearby on Rue Cler…where we finished the evening at the picturesque Café du Marché. What a day. Paris is a wonderful and laid back city, which must explain why I couldn’t find anyplace to get a coffee to go!

The leaning tower of Eiffel

I took this pic at sunset in paris last weekend. You should really go read the story behind the tower if you don’t know the history.  it’s fascinating.

Scottish-American Civil War Memorial

This is really interesting story.***************************************************************************Edinburgh’s Scottish-American MemorialJohn McLean emigrated to America from Scotland as a young man and settled in Chicago. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted as private in the 65th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. By the end of the war he had risen to the rank of Sergeant-Major, but his health was broken. Returning to Scotland, he married and soon had a family of three children. The times were difficult, his health was poor, and the family was never properly supported. When he died he was buried in a pauper’s grave.In 1890, his widow approached Wallace Bruce, U. S. Consul in Edinburgh, for help in getting his pension. Bruce, a sensitive man best known for his poetry, was appalled to learn that John McLean was buried in a potter’s field.Returning to the United States, he began to raise money for a proposed memorial. Donations came from such men as Waldorf Astor, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, William Rockefeller and J. Pierpont Morgan. The Illinois Saint Andrew Society made its contribution through Robert Clark, Jr., President.The monument was dedicated on August 21, 1893. It was a rainy, windy day. The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders marched from the Castle to Waterloo Place at the east end of Princes Street. This Guard of Honor numbered 250 persons. It was to be an impressive ceremony in spite of the inclement weather.The monument was draped in the Union Jack, the Scottish Standard and the Stars and Stripes. Around the platform was an edging of heather. The highest officials from Edinburgh were present including the Lord Provost. Many American veterans from both sides of the war were in attendance.Mr. Lincoln stands life-size on a large pedestal with a freed black slave kneeling at his feet. Carved in Aberdeen granite are the words of Lincoln, “To preserve the jewel of liberty in the framework of freedom.”

The Scott Monument, Edinburgh

Sir Walter Scott, 1st Baronet (15 August 1771 – 21 September 1832) was a prolific Scottish historical novelist and poet popular throughout Europe during his time.In some ways Scott was the first author to have a truly international career in his lifetime, with many contemporary readers all over Europe, Australia, and North America. His novels and poetry are still read, and many of his works remain classics of both English-language literature and of Scottish literature. Famous titles include Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, The Lady of the Lake, Waverley and The Heart of Midlothian. (thanks Wikipedia!)