Salt on the Rocks with a Twist Please!

One of my most persuasive managers gave me puppy eyes last week and I somehow ended up agreeing to an 11-hour shift which involved crawling through attics and basements in search of salt shakers and spending what was supposed to be my break running from shop to shop in search of coarse salt for an … Continue reading

Teddybearism of the Legendary Nessie

Before I came to live in Scotland, all I knew about the country was terribly stereotypical; tartan kilts, bagpipes, terriers, haggis, highland games, thistles and well, Nessie the Loch Ness Monster. Frankly I find the city’s  Nessie-themed trinkets for tourists a bit tacky, especially the cartoon mugs and soft toys which make the renown mystical … Continue reading

Vikings! Un-horned and hygienic?

There is a rather comical poster hanging outside the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh; it flaunts a man on the steps of the museum entrance, dressed in Viking war attire and waving a sword above his head in that stereotypical way we would expect a barbaric man to do. This reenactment snapshot advertises Vikings! … Continue reading

Pharology… Need a Light?

“Anthropology, is that like…the study of Ants?” I cannot count the number of times somebody has asked me what degree I graduated with and been ridiculed for choosing “Anthropology,” either for the vagueness of its title or ignorance regarding what an “anthropologist” does after 4-years at university. Even strangers I’ve sat next to on planes … Continue reading

Patterns of Patterns in Nature

On my route to work I often pass through St. Andrew’s square, which I consider to be a little oasis in the midst of Edinburgh’s concrete city center. You can’t miss the Melville Monument, because its a towering pillar smack dab in the middle of the square but this month the main focus no longer … Continue reading

Circumnavigation – Around a Modern World in 13 years

Reading BBC headlines today, I came across an article about Jason Lewis, a man who circumnavigated his way around the world using only human power. Bicycles, roller-blades  kayaks, pedal-boats… motor-less and wind-less vehicles ONLY. My first thought about this is -why do we always hear about zany records like this after they’ve been set, rather than … Continue reading

Year of the Yin Water Snake

Gong Xi Fa Cai  恭禧發財 Happy New Year Here in Edinburgh, no fireworks nor drums mark 2013’s celebration of Chinese New year, but nevertheless, the year of the Snake has arrived – MY YEAR! – and I hear its going to be BRILLIANT. After a 13-hour shift at the restaurant which overflowed with rugby fans … Continue reading