Never Forget: Edinburgh Life

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A webzine I created to highlight aspects of Edinburgh that to me, are memorable and that I will never forget.

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<ul><li><p>Never Forget</p></li><li><p>Im Zoe, a 19 year oldstudent living inEdinburgh.Edinburgh. Ive lived here for over a year now and I think that it is such a beautiful city. I decided to make this webzine to highlight some of the citys places that are important to me.me. I came here last September to study Physics, but I transfered this time around.</p></li><li><p>I decided to capture an image of the castle from the view point in Princes Street Gardens. This was to show a different side to the urban city. In places I believe that it is very picturesque and old fashioned. The scenery isis beautiful and void of modern structures and can often be overlooked by the residents here. A lot of Edinburgh with its Victorian type architecture can look very traditional, but I believe the modern urban shops overshadow them.overshadow them.</p><p>Especially on Princes street. Its easy to go through the city of Edinburgh, maybe on your way to work or to the shops, without seeing any nature. Nobody really stops to think how lucky they actually are to have such a unique place on their doorstep. unique place on their doorstep. </p><p>The beautiful autumn coloured leaves against the hillside and the castle really are breath taking. If I had taken the same picture looking behind me, I would have seen a busy urban high street above, where everyoneeveryone would be too busy to care what was happening below.</p></li><li><p>It really is an unforgettable image of life in Edinburgh.</p></li><li><p>The Royal mile is probably the most visited road in Edinburgh by tourists. It is rich in history, running all the way from Holyrood Palace to the Castle. PicturedPictured here is St Giles Cathedral, or the High Kirk of Edinburgh, which is situated</p><p>I find the history of Edinburgh to be fascinating. Underneath the very road I was stood on when I captured this picture, there used to be an underground city. To thinkthink of all the horrible things that took place there, it makes for such an eerie place, even now.</p><p>about a third of the way down the mile. On the floor outside is the Heart of Midlothian, a mosaic that marks the historic point of public execution. This very squaresquare originally was a prison in the 15th century. </p></li><li><p>Across the road from the </p><p>Kirk, is a statue of the </p><p>great philosopher David </p><p>Hume. Whom for all of </p><p>his life, resided in </p><p>Edinburgh. During </p><p>college, I studied </p><p>philosophy,philosophy, specialising </p><p>in epistemology, the </p><p>theory of knowledge. </p><p>David Hume was a </p><p>leader in that field, and it </p><p>was his work in </p><p>empiricism that inspired </p><p>me the most. I like to </p><p>think of myself as an </p><p>empiricist, a person who </p><p>believes that knowledge </p><p>isis gained from </p><p>experiences and that you </p><p>are born with no prior </p><p>beliefs. This statue is </p><p>compromised of him </p><p>holding a tabula rasa, </p><p>which literally means </p><p>blank slate in Latin. </p><p>The tabula rasa was one </p><p>of his main theories that I </p><p>studied. It is the idea that </p><p>everyoneeveryone is born a blank </p><p>slate, and that all </p><p>knowledge is gained </p><p>from experiences. </p><p>This was one of the many </p><p>reasons why I am proud </p><p>to live in Edinburgh, and </p><p>walk the same streets he </p><p>walked down all those </p><p>years ago.</p><p>AsAs you can see one of his </p><p>big toes has been worn </p><p>away and turned to gold. </p><p>It is believed that if you </p><p>rub this toe for luck you </p><p>will gain eternal wisdom. </p><p>I believe that it is rather </p><p>ironic.ironic. A man famed for </p><p>his scepticism, is now a </p><p>symbol of luck for the </p><p>superstitious.</p></li><li><p> I wanted to </p><p>include a picture of the </p><p>castle, but I didnt </p><p>want the typical shot </p><p>from the lawn market, </p><p>or of the skyline from </p><p>Carlton Hill. I wanted </p><p>toto show the castle from </p><p>a different, more </p><p>natural, perspective. </p><p>This is a view from the </p><p>rooftop of the National </p><p>Museum of Scotland. The </p><p>weather was more typical </p><p>of an autumn day in </p><p>Edinburgh; there were </p><p>many clouds in the sky and </p><p>itit was dull and cold.</p><p>The Museum is a lovely </p><p>place to spend an afternoon </p><p>exploring. Up on the roof </p><p>they have a small </p><p>selection of Scottish </p><p>flowers, and an unusual </p><p>360 view of the city. </p><p>InIn my mind this view is </p><p>defintitely a more </p><p>accurate view of what the </p><p>city is really like.</p></li><li><p>I often wonder what it would look like to see the city from a birds perspective. Up here you can see out for miles on a clear day. These pigeons looked as if they too, were sitting in awe of the beautiful view: standing on a rooftop, taking in all the sights with the rest of us.us. Usually when people photograph Edinburgh, Ive noticed that a lot of things become irrelevant in comparison to the citys old architecture. Just like these pigeons, but theyre as much a part of the city as we are, and they shouldnt be forgotten. </p></li><li><p>Not a lot of people are aware of the Union Canal, reaching from Falkirk to Edinburgh. I walk across the canal every morning to reach university; its such a stunningstunning place. Pictured here is one of the many narrow boats that are docked here and its friendly driver giving me </p><p>a thumbs up as I took a picture from the road bridge above. The path beside the canal is one of my favourite cycle routes into the city from my flat; its quite a hotspot for runnersrunners too. I cycle down it at least once a week to go to a local health food shop in Tollcross. </p><p>I always find it such a relaxing place to visit when I have a spare afternoon. Even if the weather isnt too good, it is still a nice place to get away from the traffic and thethe tourists the mob the city centre.</p></li><li><p>Before I transferred to </p><p>Napier, I studied at </p><p>the University of </p><p>Edinburgh. This was </p><p>one of its student </p><p>unions, Teviot Row </p><p>House. Teviot is the </p><p>oldestoldest purpose built </p><p>student union in the </p><p>world, opening in </p><p>1889. This place has a </p><p>lot of memories for </p><p>me; its where I </p><p>always hung out with </p><p>mymy friends, met </p><p>people for a drink </p><p>after class, and where </p><p>many special events </p><p>were held. </p><p>I think its such an </p><p>amazing building, </p><p>inside and out. It </p><p>always reminds me of </p><p>a tiny castle, which I </p><p>believe is iconic of </p><p>Edinburgh.</p><p>II had to include this </p><p>in my magazine, as it </p><p>is one of my absolute </p><p>favourite places to go </p><p>in the city. </p></li></ul>