Monday, 20 January 2014

Triffids or trams?


The poster has something of the air of a 1950s sci-fi film.  A warning of alien invasion.  Triffids, Tripods, Martians.  The same sense of unreality accompanies the arrival of Edinburgh's trams.  For a long time they've been out there somewhere, not quite believed in.  Not that I've seen one in action yet.  The testing must be happening during the day when I'm incarcerated in the office. 

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  1. Nothing ever stays the same! This morning Louis Dean and I were watching TV - some program about Amazing Planes. They featured Donald Trumps 747 and followed him around as he was flown to Aberdeen and then a figure 8 fly by over the golf course and then back to London and on to New York. I felt so good getting to see even the airport and a bit of Scotland through the program. I am still so thankful I got to visit there once - each year it becomes longer and longer ago!! BUT I still get to 'visit' through your blog!! And yesterday I wore a jacket I bought at Primart!! Love that jacket and loved the store!!

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    1. Amazing where Scotland pops up on TV, Linda. Donald Trump and his golf course are the subject of lively debate in the North East of Scotland.
      We have a large Primark in Edinburgh - but every time I pass it's so packed with shoppers that I can't face the scrum. Its big paper shopping bags are pretty noticeable around town on a Saturday afternoon.

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  2. Linda, I'm finally coming back to Edinburgh in May! I'll be visiting my daughter in Germany for 3 weeks and we will be traveling in Scotland, Dublin and Paris!

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    1. Fantastic news Kristina! I'll be in touch. Bet you can't wait to see your daughter.

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  3. If you spot one take a photo! You can show us they are real!

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    1. I will! I imagine there will be a flurry of photographers to begin with, and then we'll all get used to them.

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  4. Good morning Linda,
    Amanda had told me that Edinburgh once had trams, and it's good to see that they are returning. I gree, the sign does look a little like a warning of invasion doesn't it? Have a good week.

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    1. Yes, we did have trams until 1956. Everything comes full circle.

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  5. hi, our tram tests have begun yet but we will be able to use it at the end of the year ! what colour is your tram ? ;)

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    1. We can compare notes! Our tram is white, with a red and I think gold design. Same as our city buses.

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  6. There is very much a degree of "Yes, well, I'll believe it when I've actually seen one" about this, isn't there! I suspect there are a good few folk saying that martians or triffids are more likely, no?!

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    1. A lot of disbelief after all this time. They've had a very long gestation, and many problems along the way.

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  7. We have new streetcars (trams) that they are test-driving here and they could right by my place but I have yet to see one. Too busy with life I guess.

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    1. Seems like we're in the same boat. Let me know if you spot one.

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  8. I get tripods and martians...what's a triffid??? Makes me think of an old Star Trek episode with little round furry creatures that multiplied faster than rabbits ever thought of!!!

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  9. Most of our cities have lost their trams. Vancouver has electric powered buses connected to overhead wires. They scare me a bit as it is often difficult to manoeuvre around them.

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