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Edinburgh 04-Oct-18

The first discarded leaves of autumn crunched underfoot where they lay scattered amongst the graves of Greyfriars Kirkyard. They served as a thematic link to the tombstones – proper 18th century grave-markers carved with macabre skeletal figures and empty-eyed skulls. Why dress things up? The seasons turn and we age. Change is inevitable. Death is inevitable. The new replaces the old. And nowhere is that truer than in Edinburgh, where the filth and jumble of what we know as the ‘Old Town’ was abandoned for the sterility and order of the New Town across the Nor Loch. These two aspects of Edinburgh were jointly and justifiably inscribed as a single World Heritage Site. This was a fitting tribute to Auld Reekie’s split personality, a city where Deacon Brodie could serve as a respected councillor by day and rob by night, where the professors of medicine could procure fresh corpses for their anatomy classes from body-snatchers, and which influenced native son Robert Louis Stevenson to pen The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

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Forth Bridge 01-Oct-18

The spume sprayed high up over the bow of the Maid of the Forth as she cut through the giddy swells of an incoming tide. Ahead, the choppy grey water and the blue cloud-flecked sky were delineated by a false horizon: the spans of the great Forth Bridge. There was a high Victorian arrogance to the way it marched across the firth, undaunted by the waters swirling around its piers. Yet as our boat slid into its shadow there was also beauty revealed in its criss-crossing web of steel girders, the matt red-brown of Morocco leather. I expected the clatter and flare of a surging steam train overhead, sparks flying, Richard Hannay in The 39 Steps leaping for his life. Instead the regular blunt-nosed two-carriage Scotrail commuter trains grumbled above me seemed out of place, unlovely caterpillars on the spreading boughs of a mighty Scottish oak.

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Jodrell Bank Observatory (T) 13-Aug-18

South of Manchester, looming over golden fields and wind-tossed oaks, the superstructure of Jodrell Bank’s Lovell radio telescope dazzled in the July sun. A local landmark, it is visible from motorway and train-line yet always looks out of place in such a resolutely rural part of Cheshire, like a clunking tripod from War of the Worlds. But it is from here that Britain’s scientists turn their faces to the farthest reaches of the cosmos.

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Name: Squiffy

Country: UK

Visited WHS: 153

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Update 2018-08-04 12:04:57

  1. Edinburgh : 4.0
  2. Aachen Cathedral
  3. Acropolis
  4. Aleppo
  5. Amphitheater of El Jem
  6. Ancient Kyoto
  7. Ancient Nara
  8. Ancient Thebes
  9. Arequipa
  10. Arles
  11. Auschwitz Birkenau
  12. Avignon
  13. Belem
  14. Belfries
  15. Blaenavon Industrial Landscape
  16. Blenheim Palace
  17. Bosra
  18. Botanical Garden, Padua
  19. Brugge
  20. Budapest
  21. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  22. Canterbury
  23. Castles of Augustusburg and Falkenlust
  24. Cesky Krumlov
  25. Choirokoitia
  26. City of Bath
  27. City of Luxembourg
  28. Cologne Cathedral
  29. Colonia del Sacramento
  30. Corfu
  31. Cornwall and West Devon Mining Landscape
  32. Crac des Chevaliers
  33. Cracow
  34. Curonian Spit
  35. Cuzco
  36. Damascus
  37. Decorated cave of Pont d'Arc
  38. Derwent Valley Mills
  39. Dorset and East Devon Coast
  40. Durham Castle and Cathedral
  41. Ephesus
  42. Epidaurus
  43. Flemish Béguinages
  44. Florence
  45. Fontainebleau
  46. Fortress of Suomenlinna
  47. Frontiers of the Roman Empire
  48. Genbaku Dome
  49. Giant's Causeway
  50. Grand Place, Brussels
  51. Great Wall
  52. Gwynedd Castles
  53. Göreme NP
  54. Hal Saflieni Hypogeum
  55. Hierapolis-Pamukkale
  56. Himeji-jo
  57. Historic Cairo
  58. Holasovice
  59. Horyu-ji Area
  60. Iguacu
  61. Iguazu National Park
  62. Imperial Palace
  63. Independence Hall
  64. Ironbridge Gorge
  65. Istanbul
  66. Itsukushima Shrine
  67. Kalwaria Zebrzydowska
  68. Kernavë
  69. Kew Gardens
  70. Kii Mountain Range
  71. Kilimanjaro National Park
  72. Kremlin and Red Square
  73. Ksar of Aït Ben Haddou
  74. Kunta Kinteh Island
  75. Kutna Hora
  76. Lake Baikal
  77. Lake District
  78. Lima
  79. Liverpool
  80. Los Glaciares
  81. Machu Picchu
  82. Major Town Houses
  83. Maritime Greenwich
  84. Mazagan
  85. Medina of Essaouira
  86. Medina of Fez
  87. Medina of Marrakesh
  88. Medina of Tunis
  89. Megalithic Temples of Malta
  90. Meknes
  91. Mont-Saint-Michel
  92. Monticello
  93. Mycenae and Tiryns
  94. Nasca Lines
  95. Nessebar
  96. New Lanark
  97. Ngorongoro
  98. Novgorod
  99. Nubian Monuments
  100. Orange
  101. Painted Churches in the Troödos Region
  102. Palmyra
  103. Paphos
  104. Paris, Banks of the Seine
  105. Petra
  106. Piazza del Duomo (Pisa)
  107. Pienza
  108. Pont du Gard
  109. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal
  110. Prague
  111. Pyramids (Memphis)
  112. Qhapaq Ñan
  113. Quseir Amra
  114. Rhodes
  115. Riga
  116. Rome
  117. Saint Catherine Area
  118. Saloum Delta
  119. Saltaire
  120. Salzburg
  121. San Gimignano
  122. Serengeti
  123. Siena
  124. Sintra
  125. Site of Carthage
  126. St. Petersburg
  127. Statue of Liberty
  128. Stone Town of Zanzibar
  129. Stonehenge
  130. Studley Royal Park
  131. Tallinn
  132. Te Wahipounamu
  133. Tiwanaku
  134. Tombs of Buganda Kings
  135. Tower of London
  136. Trier
  137. Um er-Rasas
  138. Val d'Orcia
  139. Valletta
  140. Valparaiso
  141. Vatican City
  142. Venice and its Lagoon
  143. Verona
  144. Versailles
  145. Vicenza
  146. Villa Adriana (Tivoli)
  147. Villa d'Este
  148. Vilnius
  149. Volubilis
  150. Wadi Rum
  151. Warsaw
  152. Westminster
  153. Wieliczka and Bochnia Royal Salt Mines
  1. Ancient Greek Theatres (T)
  2. Azraq (T)
  3. Brooklyn Bridge (T)
  4. Buenos Aires – La Plata: Two capitals of the Culture of Modernity, Eclecticism and Immigration (T)
  5. Casablanca, Ville du XXème siécle, carrefour d'influences (T)
  6. Central Park (T)
  7. Chott El Jerid (T)
  8. Dahab (T)
  9. Dahshour archaeological area (T)
  10. Ellis Island (T)
  11. Extension of the World Heritage Site "Historic Centre of Prague" with the important Monuments in its Vicinity (T)
  12. Fortress of Spinalonga (T)
  13. Gorge of Samaria National Park (T)
  14. Great Spas of Europe (UK) (T)
  15. Historical Lisbon, Global City (T)
  16. Jodrell Bank Observatory (T)
  17. Knights Fortifications around the Harbours of Malta (T)
  18. La Moneda Palace (T)
  19. Lake Titicaca (T)
  20. Late Medieval Bastioned Fortifications in Greece (T)
  21. Les passages de Bruxelles / Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert (T)
  22. Les Plages du Débarquement, Normandie, 1944 (T)
  23. Les villes antiques de la Narbonnaise et leur territoire: Nimes, Arles, Glanum, aqueducs, via Domitia (T)
  24. Massif du Mont Blanc (T)
  25. Minoan Palatial Centres (Knossos, Phaistos, Malia, Zakros, Kydonia) (T)
  26. Moulay Idriss Zerhoun (T)
  27. Mount Vernon (T)
  28. Padova Urbs Picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles (T)
  29. Petrified Forest of Lesvos (T)
  30. Pharaonic temples in Upper Egypt from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods (T)
  31. Pombaline Lisbon (T)
  32. Sarajevo - unique symbol of universal multiculture - continual open city (T)
  33. The Dunejec River Gorge in the Pieniny Mountains (T)
  34. The Historic City of Dublin (T)
  35. The Karlstejn Castle (T)
  36. Torres del Paine and Bernardo O'Higgins National Parks, Region of Magallanes (T)
  37. Trakai Historical National Park (T)
  38. Via Appia "Regina Viarum" (T)