Kate and Bron's Diary for 2002-09-16

Stayed the night in York

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From: "Kate McMullin" <kate@brong.net>
Date: Wed, 18 Sep 2002 20:13:12 +1000 (EST)
I tried to call the Select people to get an update of what was
happening, but nobody seems to be in their offices on Monday morning...

The Lonely Planet Edinburgh book has a walking tour, which we
proceeded to
do: lots of lovely Georgian buildings in the New town, lots of older
    buildings in the Old town. The Walter Scott memorial was 'closed for
    renovations' - seems the story of our trip!

We went past the Scottish National Library, opposite the Scottish
Central Library. We found out that it was a public holiday (no idea
what) in Edinburgh when the SCL was closed - luckily the National
Library's exhibition of children's books 'from Tom Thumb to Harry
Potter' was open. It was very cool seeing many books that we've both
loved through our childhoods, and adulthoods, in the displays. It was
also sad to see how some books have been modernised and 'corrected' -
examples of how Peter Rabbit, Winnie the Pooh and Noddy have been
altered to be more politically correct. There are some rather huge
differences between the old and the new.

We walked up to the entrance of the castle, where they are setting up
huge scaffolding seating stands for the upsoming Edinburgh Tattoo. We
also looked through the nearby woollen mill, and found what the Wallace
tartan looked like (Bron is one quarter Wallace). Bron thought he
recognised the pattern when we eventually found it: we later discovered
that it's the pattern on his toiletries bag!

We looked through the Childhood Museum, with some pretty cool displays
of toys through the ages. A nice collection of StarWars figurines; even
Buffy got a mention, for being a strong female hero, etc.

In the museum I got a call from Trisha (Select), replying to my
message of that morning. Apparently she didn't know that she was
supposed to call
dp... She offered us 450 pounds in compensation, as a 'goodwill gesture'
   - but threatened to remove the offer if we insisted on more - she
   didn't want to know about other expenses that weren't in the email.
   We're still considering what to do - trying to get in contact with
   Catherine again, but she never seems to be in.

More cards on the train back to York!

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