Friday, 26 April 2013 at 17:18 | Categories:
The old red box, made of pine wood, covered in red leather and bearing the name of the office and the Royal Cypher of Queen Victoria became emblematic of British budgets. Tradition demands a photocall outside 11 Downing Street before the short journey down Whitehall to the Palace of Westminster. Today, a modern box will be filling-in.
Unlike some of the standard ministerial red boxes produced, the Budget Box does not require to be bomb-proof, or able to sink to the bottom of the sea, nor indeed is it large enough to accommodate a bottle of whisky.
At a cost of around £400-800, and with the advancement of technology, the red box may eventually become a thing of the past. However, in one of their better acts, the last Labour government spent a good £50,000 updating the State's collection. Ministerial papers may give way to a laptop or a tablet, but I imagine the boxes will remain for a good while yet.
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 at 09:37 | Categories: Politics
From a walk along the Water of Leith in Edinburgh.
The building on the right is Well Court, built in 1886 and extensively restored in 2007 by the Edinburgh World Heritage Trust. Originally designed as workers' housing complete with social facilities, it is today used as private flats.
The small pedestrian bridge is part of the Water of Leith walkway which extends from Balerno, in the city's south-west to the Port of Leith, where the river flows into the Firth of Forth. The two towers in the far distance are of the Dean Gallery, part of the National Galleries of Scotland and effectively combined with the neighbouring Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.
Tuesday, 19 March 2013 at 01:29 | Categories: Urbanism
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From the Gryffe Advertiser.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011 at 19:22 | Categories: Urbanism
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"He who pays the piper, as they say, calls the tune"
Thursday, 2 June 2011 at 15:45 | Categories: Politics
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