Interesting current facts plus views of Scotland
"The great majority of people in the world are living at middle-income levels." Rosling
I am reading a book called “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling. It is about the misconceptions held by many people on Earth about the present state of the world. Apparently most of us have a world-view that is 50 years old. It is so important to decision-making, both personally and politically that we know the current facts about our world. In a recent trip to Scotland I was able to see the changes of the last 50 years for myself.
In 1968, I went to the United Kingdom for the first time. I endured cheese sandwiches that tasted like cardboard, toilet tissue with the texture of waxed paper, questionable public toilet facilities and saw many Britons with poor teeth. In 2018, I was aware of how prosperous Scotland has become. Tasty meals, soft toilet tissue, cleans and new public toilets, healthy, well looked after and very friendly people were evidence of the changes.
Happily these changes are widespread in the world according to Rosling, with the great majority of people living at middle-income levels.
Scotland is a beautiful country with traditions that both Scott and I enjoy. We counted it a privilege to travel on tour with the Pipes and Drums of Canada. While based in Edinburgh, we travelled to various places where the band paraded and, of course, we went to the renowned Edinburgh Tattoo. It can only be described in superlatives! Here are some of the places we visited while on tour.
|The band playing in the Square for the citizens of Carlisle|
|The band and colour party parading in Perth|
|Flowers on the City Hall building in Perth|
|More beauty in St. Andrews|
|Beautiful Drum Castle|
|Landscape in the Highlands|
|A fairy tale castle in pink|
|Interesting pubs, of course|
|A view of Holyrood Castle in Edinburgh|
|Such and honour to be with the Pipes and Drums of Canada at the Gathering in Braemar with Queen Elizabeth and members of the Royal Family|
By The Way: Travelling is enlightening because it lets you see the conditions in a country first-hand when you mingle with the local people.