02 Feb

8 Great Apps for Your Next Trip to London

The website kinsingtonmums.co.uk recommend Timeline Trip London as one of the best app to visit London.

If you’re looking for something educational to do with the family in London, Timeline Trip is an app that brings you on a walking tour of some of the city’s historic sites and enables you to discover little-known yet fascinating facts about each one. This is certainly an app that can provide the platform for a memorable family day out.

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Source: https://www.kensingtonmums.co.uk/8-great-apps-for-your-next-trip-to-london-infographic/

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02 Feb

Archaeologists believe this is where Edinburgh began

Archaeologists believe they have found the remains of a 12th century home in the Cowgate which was built before Edinburgh itself.

The building lies alongside what the archaeologists believe would have been the town wall, offering the first evidence of occupation in an area away from the castle where most people at that time would live.

John Lawson Archaeologist for the City of Edinburgh Council told us the story. He said: “This is a building roughly dating back to the first half of the 12th century. We are suspecting, and hoping, that it predates the formation of the burgh in the mid 12th century by David 1.

“We suspect that because it’s cut through by a large ditch which dates to the late 12th century/early 13th century.”

Archaeologists working in the Cowgate have uncovered what they believe is a 12th century house. PHOTO ©2018TheEdinburghReporter

So how do John and his team know this?

They look at the fragments of pottery which are coming out of the ditch. He explained : “The pottery is of a type that dates from that period. We will do a lot more analysis later on with carbon dating. But the good thing about the building is that it has these large posts so hopefully we can get Dendro dates telling us when the timber was felled to give us a bit more of an accurate spot date.

“But because we have this ditch – this ditch looks like a boundary ditch. The boundary ditch in this area and of that period, we would normally expect that would be the town ditch so that goes along with the formation of the burgh in the 12th century.”

A town ditch was usually built on the edge of any town. John explained that he had already uncovered a tiny sliver of a building at the bottom of West Port at the other end of the Grassmarket about ten years back. They dated that to around the 11th century, but thought that was a one-off.
Archaeologists working in the Cowgate have uncovered what they believe is a 12th century house. John Lawson City Archaeologist. Photo ©2018TheEdinburghReporter

He also explained that the Holy Grail for medieval archaeologists is to find out how Scottish towns grew. In places like Perth and Dunbar there might have been earlier settlements, and they know that not everyone could have lived in the castle itself. But this is now exciting evidence that there was a bigger settlement here in Edinburgh than just the castle and St Cuthbert’s Church.

And in conclusion, if it wasn’t for the hotel development which is about to be built here at the back of India Buildings then the archaeologists would not have discovered the buildings. John said : “The conditions that I recommend my planning authority put on then we would not be looking at the site at all.”
Archaeologists from AOC Consultants working in the Cowgate have uncovered what they believe is a 12th century house. One part of the floor was pink and one blue simply from the material used.

Source: https://www.theedinburghreporter.co.uk/

10 Jun

One of the “8 Essential Apps For Living In Edinburgh”

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Recently we have discovered an article which title says “8 Essential Apps For Living In Edinburgh” and We are delighted to say that Timeline Trip Edinburgh is one of them.

Here you can read what they say about the app.

“In an age where apps appear in abundance and storage space is of the essence, it’s useful to separate the best from the rest. Whether tech guru or unashamedly old school, have a gander at the best apps to download for living in Edinburgh. Trust us, it will open up a whole new wealth of adventures…

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Giving substance to the saying ‘blast from the past’, Timeline Trip Edinburgh enables app-goers to rewind to a bygone moment, while soaking up a whole bunch of accurate and riveting historical facts. Take your pick from all the eras and prepare to get carried away with all the interactive fun in map form. The perfect and coolest self-guided tour.”

Discover the rest of the “Essential apps for living in Edinburgh” reading the original article.

03 Nov

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder plot

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In 1605, Guy Fawkes and a band of Catholic conspirators set out to destroy King James I and the ruling elite trying to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

After Queen Elizabeth I died in 1603, English Catholics who had been persecuted under her rule had hoped that her successor, James I, would be more tolerant of their religion. James I had, after all, had a Catholic mother. Unfortunately, James did not turn out to be more tolerant than Elizabeth and a number of young men, 13 to be exact, decided that violent action was the answer.

A small group took shape, under the leadership of Robert Catesby. Catesby felt that violent action was warranted. Indeed, the thing to do was to blow up the Houses of Parliament. In doing so, they would kill the King, maybe even the Prince of Wales, and the Members of Parliament who were making life difficult for the Catholics.

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To carry out their plan, the conspirators got hold of 36 barrels of gunpowder and stored them in a cellar, just under the House of Lords. But as the group worked on the plot, it became clear that innocent people would be hurt or killed in the attack, including some people who even fought for more rights for Catholics. Some of the plotters started having second thoughts. One of the group members even sent an anonymous letter warning his friend, Lord Monteagle, to stay away from the Parliament on November 5th.

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The warning letter reached the King, and the King’s forces made plans to stop the conspirators. Guy Fawkes, who was in the cellar of the parliament with the 36 barrels of gunpowder when the authorities stormed it in the early hours of November 5th, was caught, tortured and executed.

Nowadays, Guy Fawkes Day is celebrated in the United Kingdom, and in a number of countries that were formerly part of the British Empire, with fireworks, bonfires and parades.

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Even Hollywood has adapted the story in V for Vendetta, where the Guy Fawkes mask is used by the main character. After that, the mask has become a symbol against oppression and the established order.

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Play the Gundpowder game:

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27 Aug

The Great Fire of London, 350 commemorations

Great Fire 350 is an umbrella season of events marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London.

At the centre of this is London’s Burning, a festival of arts and ideas produced by Artichoke. It is supported by founding sponsor the City of London Corporation and with an award from Arts Council England’s Ambition for Excellence programme.

What is London’s Burning?

At the centre of the Great Fire 350 commemorations, London’s Burning reimagines the Great Fire of 1666 through the vision of contemporary artists, writers and thinkers. Experience spectacular installations, talks and events from 30 August to 4 September.

You can find all the information here.

03 Aug

Fringe Festival, Edinburgh

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One of the most famous art festival in the world

This art festival takes place in the city centre of Edinburgh during the month of August. It features an average of over 3,000 shows from different countries around the world in more than 250 venues, ranging from pubs, public buildings, churches, theatres and the streets.

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The Fringe was established in 1947 as an alternative to the Edinburgh International Festival when eight theatre companies turned up uninvited and performed their plays taking advantage of the large crowds gathered in the city.

Everything related to Comedy, Dance, Cabaret, Children’s shows, Music, Musicals and Opera, Theatre and Circus has its time and space in the Fringe.

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29 Apr

Big Ben or The Elizabeth Tower?

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The renamed tower

Contrary to popular belief, the tower with the clock of Westminster Palace has never been officially named Big Ben, as Big Ben is the nickname that only refers to the 13.5 tonne Great Bell within the tower.

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Until 2012, the 96-metre tall tower’s name was simply the “Clock Tower”. However, during that year and in order to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II, the celebration that marked the 60th anniversary of her accession, the House of Commons decided to rename the tower as Elizabeth Tower “in recognition of Her Majesty’s 60 years of unbroken public service on behalf of her country”.

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16 Mar

How to fix Error Code 963

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Some of you have written us with regard a problem installing Timeline Trip from the Google Play Store. The error message Reads “Timeline Trip could not be downloaded due to an error (963)”. HTC and Samsung are more found complaining about this error. Here we give you 3 ways to fix this problem.

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25 Jan

Robert Burns night, 15 moments of the night

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Also known as Rabbie Burns, is the Scotland’s favourite son. He is considered one of the most celebrated Scottish poet Included in the Romantic Movement in the 18th century, Burns wrote his poems in both English and Scots languages.

Robert Burns became popular because he wrote about the Scottish culture and tradition and his works are still celebrated not only in Scotland but also in different English speaking countries such as the United States or Australia.

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His most popular works are “Auld Lang Syne”, “Scots Wha Hae”, “Tam O’Shanter” among others. His figure is remembered every 25th of January, Burns’ day of birth, called Robert Burns’ Night which consists in having Haggis as a dinner and cut open singing one of his famous poems “Address tae the haggis”.

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Here is a typical run through and description of what is involved in a Burns Supper:

1. Piping in the top table

At formal gatherings, it is traditional for the top table guests to be piped in. However, at a smaller and less formal gathering, you can play some Scottish music, traditional bagpipe music or your favourite contemporary Scottish band, and clap along to welcome your guests.

2. Welcome

The selected Chairman or Speaker acts as Master of Ceremonies for the evening and welcomes the guests – the host of an informal evening usually takes this role. The Chairman introduces the top table and any other speakers and entertainers before reciting the Selkirk Grace:

‘Some hae meat and canna eat, And some would eat that want it, But we hae meat, and we can eat, Sae let the Lord be thankit’.

3. Piping in the haggis

The haggis is the crowning glory of a Burns Supper and, suitably, is piped in to an upstanding audience. Traditionally the chef carries the haggis in on a silver platter behind the piper and is followed by the person who will address the haggis.

4. The address to the haggis

The appointed speaker gives a dramatic rendition of Burns’ Address to a Haggis with a knife at the ready. After apologising for ‘killing’ the haggis, they then plunge the knife into the haggis and slice it open during the line ‘An’ cut you up wi’ ready slight’’ meaning ‘and cut you up with skill’. The recital ends with the platter being raised above their head whilst saying the triumphant words ‘Gie her a Haggis!’ to rapturous applause.

5.Toast to the haggis

The speaker then invites the guests to toast the haggis and everyone, including the chef, raises their glasses and shouts ‘The Haggis’ before enjoying a dram. The haggis is then piped back out to be prepared for dinner.

6. The meal

Spicy haggis, meat or vegetarian, is traditionally served with buttery mashed neeps and tatties and sometimes a whisky cream sauce.

7. First entertainer

The Chairman introduces the first entertainer who then performs one of Burns’ songs or poems such as A Red, Red Rose or Tam O’ Shanter.

8. The immortal memory

The main speaker is introduced and gives an enthralling account of Burns’ life. His literary prowess, politics, nationalistic pride in Scotland, faults and humour should all be explored to give the audience an insight into Burns’ life and works in a witty, yet serious way. The speaker concludes with an invitation to join in a heart-felt toast: ‘To the Immortal Memory of Robert Burns’.

9. Second entertainer

More celebration of Burns with singing or a recital.

10. Toast to the lassies

A humorous speech written for the evening that gently ridicules the (few) shortcomings of women that aims to amuse both sides of the audience – ‘observations’ therefore should not be too cutting! Despite the initial mockery, the speech ends on a positive note with the speaker asking the men to raise their glasses in a toast ‘to the lassies’.

11. Third entertainer

More songs, recitals and music.

12. Reply to the toast to the lassies

The chance for a female speaker to retort with some good-natured jokes of her own, beginning with a sarcastic thanks on behalf of the women present for the previous speaker’s ‘kind’ words, before giving a lively response highlighting the foibles of the male race, using reference to Burns and the women in his life. Again, this speech finishes on a positive note.

13. Final entertainer

The last entertainer bravely faces a merry crowd for some final songs and readings.

14. Vote of thanks

A vote of thanks is made to everyone who has made the evening such a roaring success, from the chef and speakers to the guests.

15. Auld Sang Syne

A Burns Supper traditionally ends with the singing of Burns’ famous song about parting, Auld Lang Syne. Everyone joins hands in a large circle and sings the words together and at the line ‘And here’s a hand’, you cross each of your hands over to rejoin those standing on either side of you.

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17 Dec

Hogmanay, the Gaelic new year

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The Gaelic new year

The origin of this festivity roots back to the celebration of the winter solstice among the Norse as well as the incorporation of some Gaelic customs like the Samhain, known as the end of the harvesting year. The Scottish Protestant Reformation saw Christmas as a “Papist” celebration so Hogmanay became more traditional in Scotland.

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The general custom in Hogmanay is the practice of first-footing, which starts immediately after midnight. This involves being the first person to cross the threshold of a friend or neighbour and normally includes the giving of symbolic gifts such as shortbread, black bun or whisky with the intention to bring luck for the rest of the year to the householder. Food and drinks are then given to the guests and this may go on throughout the early hours of the morning and even into the next day.

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Every region in Scotland has developed their own Hogmanay rituals, for example in the central areas of Scotland, the tradition is to celebrate parties that involve singing, dancing, eating, storytelling and drinking. But there are also public celebrations. The Edinburgh Hogmanay starts on 30 December with a torchlight procession with over 35,000 participants and spectators that carry torches from the Old Town to Calton Hill. On 31 December the celebration continues and a big party is hold in Princes Street and its Gardens that can gather thousands of people who attend to the concerts and shows organized for that night.

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