Saturday, October 28, 2006
Friday, October 27, 2006
I think that Michael J Fox is extremely courageous putting himself in the firing line and standing up for his beliefs. Before the last elections I emailed George Bush and asked him to reconsider his stance on stem cell research I pointed out that he had been lucky enough that none of his immediate family had been blighted with a condition (to the best of my knowledge) which could benefit from stem cell research. I never received a response, not even an acknowledgement that they had received the email, I didn't expect a response from Mr Bush but even a campaign worker or low level staffer saying your views have been taken on board would not have been out of order!
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
OK the above is a photo of my family that were present at my 30th Birthday part, the photo was taken by my friend Vanessa (thanks Vanessa) and although there were a few of the family missing due to work and what not it was great to see so many of them there!
And before anyone points this fact out to me and I know that I am getting phototastic but it is fun!
Monday, October 23, 2006
The above is a photo of protesters in the Centre of Rome, on Thursday the 19th of October, I must admit to being somewhat confused as to what the banners were on about so I have recently googled it and found out a wee bit more about it!
It turns out that Norway has been playing a 'peace keeping' role in Sri Lanka, according to the information I have found there is some dispute about their impartiality! I am going to keep reading but if you know anymore about it, please leave a comment!
The Police presence was interesting to say the least, the march seemed extremely peaceful despite the riot gear and massive police presence.
The above photo is above is me on the last night of the holiday during our meal, which was fantastic, I will have to get the name of the restaurant and give it a plug on here because the food was excellent!
These are just a few of the photos I took in Rome, these ones were taken on the open top bus, on the tour we saw the Colosseum, the Vatican, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Giardini del Quirinale and Finnegans Irish Pub for the Celtic game! If you spot yourself on the photos above you were obviously on the bus at the same time and I hope you had as much fun as we did. The first photo is NOT of the Colosseum but a building which was constructed sometime after the Colosseum and meant to look like it! The second photo is of St Peters Square and the Vatican, and the third photograph is of the Colosseum itself in all it's splendour!
Sunday, October 22, 2006
OK I am back and I had a fantastic time, my feet are extremely sore due to all the walking, but it was definitely worth it! Clare and Lucy deserve a huge mention here for their organisational skills and their skill at reading the map! We saw the sights, tasted the food and shopped till we dropped.
Although Rome is beautiful I did notice that many of the problems that exist here in Scotland are prominent in Rome, the most obvious examples are those of Graffiti and Parking!
The graffiti is rife, although because it is in Italian (obviously) you don't know what the slogans are, it is unsightly.
Parking and driving in Rome is a NIGHTMARE! Outside our hotel which was situated next to Termini (the main station in Rome) in the last day there were two accidents involving cars and mopeds, obviously the mopeds came off worst. Smart cars seem to be the order of the day in Rome as you can pretty much park them anywhere, although people pretty much do that anyway without taking account of the size of the vehicle!