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This morning, I collected two lady guests in Glasgow from where we proceeded on a Mackintosh themed tour of Glasgow.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928) was a designer and artist whose work spanned a broad canvas. He designed not only the structure of buildings but also interiors and contents ranging from tables, chairs and light fittings through to ventilation systems and plumbing. Mackintosh’s buildings were meant to be inhabited and consequently the rooms and sequences of rooms, their form and light were very important.

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View of Castle from Gardens

Balmoral Castle, Scotland

This evening, my theme is Balmoral Castle and Gardens which are located near Braemar in the Highlands of Scotland. Balmoral Castle is owned by HM the Queen in a private capacity having first being acquired by Queen Victoria in the 19th century. The Royal Family holiday here during August when the castle and grounds are closed to visitors. At certain times during the summer the grounds are open to the public plus one room (the ballroom) of the Castle.

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This morning, I went into central Glasgow to view a couple of Pipe Bands in action in context of the World Pipe Band Championship 2010 which runs from August 9th-15th and entails 8000 pipers and drummers from 16 nations. The Grand Finale is on Glasgow Green, Saturday, August 14th.

Los Angeles Scottish Pipe Band

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