Archive for the Scotland Category


Posted in edinburgh, restaurants, Scotland on September 6, 2010 by johnmeffen

I haven’t posted anything here in ages, but that’s mainly because I was blogging on my many other blogs, again it was intermittent when I was posting anything because I have been a bit busy doing the dayjob. Which is playing with computers, you see how it is?

Anyway on Saturday me & some friends went out to Edinburgh, for a meal & some drinking activity, as you do!

After a couple of drinks near the station we headed off to the Edinburgh Mount Royal Hotel for lunch, a couple of drinks and a bit of banter. From what I remember nearly everybody had the haggis, yes we do eat it at other times of the year up here, well some of us do anyway. It was quite an interesting interesting meal all told, and the whisky available was very good.

Ramada Jarvis Hotel on Urbanspoon

After that though we started out on our proper reason for Edinburgh and we headed off to the Grassmarket for a couple of beers in the late summer sunshine, we were mainly drinking it up outside of the Beehive almost as if it were the south of France. After a while us old yins start to slow down while the youngsters always want to set off for somewhere noisy and flashy.

So the older ones headed off home to have a couple of drinks in the Wheatsheaf, which is a fine pub much closer to my home. Anyway all in all it was a nice night!


Conferences in Edinburgh

Posted in edinburgh, Scotland with tags , , , on June 29, 2010 by johnmeffen

Scotland can be the perfect location for any industry to host it’s annual conference, and not only for industries which are based in Scotland. Companies from all over the North of England can find it easier to travel to the two main cities in Scotland than to the normal venues in the south of England.

And this is because everything in the central belt of Scotland is located so close to major arteries of transport; road, rail, air. Many large companies decide to host their annual conferences in Edinburgh, because although it is not the largest city in the UK, or even in Scotland, it has all the amenities of the capital city which it is. And on top all this it has amongst the finest views in the country, along with the world’s largest single arts festival.

To impress potential clientele in the view of Edinburgh Castle and the historic Princes street Gardens is a must. And Edinburgh can accommodate conferences of all sizes from the vast corporate events to the single day with an average sized company.

If the correct time of year is chosen not only can a grand time spent outside of the actual conference but, it can be made to coincide with the sales on Princes Street, one of the best shopping streets in the land, with shops that are one of a kind, found nowhere else!

At enlm we like to think that Edinburgh has more going for it than any other city in the World of it’s size [ecxept maybe Oslo [but they speak Norwegian]]

Edinburgh in Style

Posted in edinburgh, holidays, hotels, Scotland with tags , , on June 8, 2010 by johnmeffen

For some people it is better to stay in budget, out-of-town hotels, and save themselves a few shekels every night on the bill, than to spend a little bit more and stay in the centre of town. Well I don’t know which is the best policy, I suppose it is different for different people with different outlooks.

It seems to me a bit like swings and roundabouts to me, as the money saved in staying away from the centre of the city is often swallowed up in taxi fares back to the hotel after a night out and about at the opera [or wherever], unless you just wish to stay out of town for the whole period of your stay.

This why I just prefer the simplicity of living in the city centre and knowing that I can get back to my bed every night. It is always better to stay in a hotel in Edinburgh City Centre, than staying away out in Musselburgh or Portobello, nice places as they are. No I like the boisterous life of the city, even if it does cost a slight bit more for the privilege.

Urban Spoon

Posted in hotels, restaurants, Scotland, websites with tags , , on March 23, 2010 by johnmeffen

Hey I just added a restaurant to Urban Spoon Edinburgh. It was for the Ramada Jarvis hotel in the City Centre. I like it, it looks cool.

Nothing much else to say now, so I’ll be offski

Boiler Scrappage Scheme In Scotland?

Posted in Central Heating, Devolution, Scotland with tags , , , on March 19, 2010 by johnmeffen

I have seen a lot of stuff about the famed Boiler Scrappage Scheme, in the media and in General, I was reading the Channel 4 Blog about it the other day, I read on the BBC news that it the Scottish Parliament had passed plans to introduce a similar scheme in Scotland too.

But I can never get a decent enough answer to whether the plan does or does not apply to my home country.

Don’t get me at all wrong, I’m a big fan of devolution for Scotland but it does muddy the water sometimes, and it’s as if the climate up here is renowned the world over for being balmy, in fact most days it seems to me “dreich“.

Gas Central Heating Cover

a gas boiler

Perhaps “we’ve made our beds, and now must lie them” fits here, I personally am not too bothered, just occasionally would like to be informed about where we stand