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Adam Smith Statue, Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

About 4.0m people visit Edinburgh each year the vast majority of which will explore the famous Royal Mile near the top of which is a statue of Adam Smith which stands close to St Giles’ Cathedral. Unfortunately, only a tiny fraction of these visitors will have heard of Adam Smith who was, arguably, the first economist and whose writings were instrumental in policies which generated huge wealth and personal liberty through free trade from the 19th century onwards right through to modern-day. There is another monument to Smith in form of a grave-maker near the bottom of the Royal Mile in the burial ground of Canongate Kirk.

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Laphroaig Distillery, Islay, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Laphroaig whisky distillery at Port Ellen, Islay, Scotland, one of eight distilleries operating on the island.

Laphroaig has a long history dating back to its founding in 1810. For most if its history, Laphroaig was owned by a local family of tenant farmers and distillers named Johnston. From the 1960s onwards Laphroaig fell into the hands of drinks industry conglomerates and today is owned by Fortune Brands of the U.S. Other facts and information concerning Laphroaig:

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Aberdeen (aka The Granite City) has experienced the fastest rise in house prices during 2006 when the rise was 27pct to an average GBP172,000 ($327,000). Aberdeen was also the only Scottish entry in top 20 best performing locations in the U.K.

Behind Aberdeen ranked Kilmarnock and Motherwell with 25pct rises. Edinburgh is the most expensive location in Scotland with an average price of £203,000, up 12pct.

Aberdeen’s real estate has benefited form a strong local economy, especially the energy sector.

The average home in Scotland now costs nearly 4 times the average household income.

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