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Postby Tod » Tue Nov 13, 2007 6:40 pm

For info. I'm trying to get aload done for LW and those who came to the filming with us. Just don't hold your breath as that's about 40 + copies.



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Postby Mark P. » Fri Nov 16, 2007 9:16 am

Latest on delays via bbc news website:

IT delays for battlefield centre

Delays in opening the new £8m Culloden Battlefield visitor centre have been blamed on state-of-the-art technology.
The National Trust for Scotland said it was working hard to overcome the ongoing delays.

But the organisation could not confirm an opening date despite missing several target dates.

NTS Project managers said advanced technology issues were involved in the hold-up. The centre, near Inverness, was due to open in the summer of 2007.

The new centre is being funded by the Scottish Government through VisitScotland as part of the Highland Year of Culture, as well as the European Regional Development Fund and Inverness and East Highland Enterprise.


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Postby Alan_F » Tue Nov 20, 2007 6:07 am

What annoys me about this whole thing is that it's being funded by the re-enactment of Bannockburn, despite the re-enactors there being told that the event was to raise money for a new visitors centre at Bannockburn.

Why couldn't they hold a Culloden event to raise money for a centre at Culloden?


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Postby Mark P. » Tue Nov 20, 2007 9:16 am

I think the Bannockburn event has had a few problems in the past from it getting mixed up with 3rd parties with different agenda's.
Comments are made and things done etc. :roll:
I think the external issues would be 100 x's worse if NTS tried to do a Culloden event.


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Postby Mark P. » Thu Dec 20, 2007 11:24 am

Looks like the new visitor centre is now open, with an 'official opening' next year.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/hig ... 152998.stm

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Postby Andysmith » Thu Dec 20, 2007 2:37 pm

MMMM....shall we be organising a 'Lace Wars' social weekender up in Inverness in order to descend upon the Centre and see the fruits of a part of our labours?

Coach hire or take our chances with EasyJet?



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Postby Tod » Thu Dec 20, 2007 3:47 pm

Some of the LW committee talked about a coach, but it's not practicle.
But I think a minibus from each area is, or fly from Brum or Luton.

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Postby Henrik Bjoern Boegh » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:13 pm

Hummmm... I really should find a job in the UK and stop being a Jacobite in exile :roll:

I've been working double (from 16.00 to 06.00) at work all week and the temperature here has been -8 C for five days. I'm learning what being fatigued is, and I'd choose the British weather just for a change.

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Postby Ian Deveney » Thu Dec 20, 2007 5:38 pm

HI Everyone, Yes the New Visitors opened today at 12pm, I went along to have a look, it’s very well done, the hole exhibit has been laid out to follow in the footsteps of a character of the time, lots of artefacts more of a range than before, they have the audiovisual (must say excellent) not quite what they had planned as the screens don’t meet in the corners of the room, so it still looks like 4 separate screens, you could spend your hole day there. They have some of the artefacts found on the field along with the map of where the items were found, they have a selection of weapons in two glass display cases, the weapons are suspended so it looks kind of strange, it’s been done this way so you can stand on one side of the case and I looks like you are holding one of the weapons, very smart, they have a map on the floor that shows the battle and has a running commentary, it takes a bit of getting used to ( it makes you feel like you are moving and not the map ) excellent commentary and a bird’s eye view of the battle, they also have a new audio guide using satellite and pinpointing your position on the field then giving you the information relating to that area, it also has a load more info on it relating to characters, weapons and Graves of the clans and the government graves. All in it is very well done, of course there will be teething problems and some fine tuning to be done, I thought it was worthwhile and done in very good taste, to a tourist trap. For anyone living in the highland the centre has free entry UN till the New Year so take the opportunity to have a look after that the price to get in will be £10.
I would like to wish everyone a very merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year. Hope to see you at Culloden. Ian


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Postby Neil Johnston » Fri Dec 21, 2007 1:58 pm

Hi Guys
Sounds great Ian.
Can't wait to go and have a look around. If the weather holds up might go for a wee sneak peek in January sometime.
Have they laid the stones yet? as I have one going down that the family got for my 40th birthday last year.

I have heard the "official opening" is in April any idea on dates, battle date or around then presumably?

All the best to you and yours over the festive season.

Hope to see you all in a field somewhere in 2008.
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PS I wonder if there is a "doppel Tod" in Hanover somewhere who writes to the papers complaining about the continual use of "British" in descriptions of the Allied army during the War of Austrian Succession!!!! :lol:


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Postby Ian Deveney » Fri Dec 21, 2007 3:20 pm

Hi Neil,
The word is the centre will have an official opening on the 16th of April which you are correct is the Battle date, it is mid week, the weekend will have the commemoration ceremony.

The stones will be laid last there is still snagging work being done now, the stones should be laid by April. if you are coming up let me know it would be nice to catch up.
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Postby Henrik Bjoern Boegh » Sat Dec 22, 2007 12:03 am

Neil Johnston wrote:PS I wonder if there is a "doppel Tod" in Hanover somewhere who writes to the papers complaining about the continual use of "British" in descriptions of the Allied army during the War of Austrian Succession!!!! :lol:
:lol: Yes, his evil twin or something; Todrich van Booth.

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Postby peter large » Sun Dec 23, 2007 2:12 pm

Henrick what are you trying to do spoil everyones Xmas by suggesting Tod has a twin one is enough !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Postby steve stanley » Sun Dec 23, 2007 4:55 pm

Maybe they were separated at birth?....So if we see someone who looks like Tod...but tends to say "Gott im Himmel" under pressure...and has a minion carrying an Iron Mask.....
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Postby Andy R » Sun Dec 23, 2007 9:16 pm

steve stanley wrote: looks like Tod...but tends to say "Gott im Himmel" under pressure...and has a minion carrying an Iron Mask.....
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Postby Wim-Jaap » Mon Dec 24, 2007 11:58 am

Henrik Bjoern Boegh wrote:
Neil Johnston wrote:PS I wonder if there is a "doppel Tod" in Hanover somewhere who writes to the papers complaining about the continual use of "British" in descriptions of the Allied army during the War of Austrian Succession!!!! :lol:
:lol: Yes, his evil twin or something; Todrich van Booth.

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Postby Tod » Mon Dec 24, 2007 1:58 pm

Glad I'm not the only one to read the papers.
I will not give in. From my castle I can see the Hanoverian Army and they aren't in Scotland.
Bring out my Focke Wolfe....................

I got my invite to the visitor centre today, nice Christmas present. Pity the picture shows the wrong Redcoat uniform and the bloke wearing it has a beard (I know him so won't shame him but he was part of the cannon crew).



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Postby m300572 » Tue Dec 25, 2007 10:08 am

steve stanley wrote:Maybe they were separated at birth?....So if we see someone who looks like Tod...but tends to say "Gott im Himmel" under pressure...and has a minion carrying an Iron Mask.....
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Shouldn't that be "Gott in Himmel, Ich bin Hanoverisch!!" :lol:


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steve stanley wrote:Maybe they were separated at birth?....So if we see someone who looks like Tod...but tends to say "Gott im Himmel" under pressure...and has a minion carrying an Iron Mask.....
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Shouldn't that be "Gott in Himmel, Ich bin Hanoverisch!!" :lol:


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Postby Neil Johnston » Fri Dec 28, 2007 2:49 pm

Hi All
Yes Ian once I have myself organised for coming up to Inverness in Jan/Feb I'll give you a shout and let you know, it'd be good to catch up.
I'm not as posh as Mr Booth and didn't get a special invite you see :wink: so I'll need to just tramp up myself.

Tod, I take it then that the official opening ceremony is just for those and such as those and the rest of us just have to hang about outside?? :lol:
I may just wait for the commemoration weekend (Is it the weekend after the 16th April Ian??) and meet up and get a few beers then...... although it would be good to be there "on the day".

Anyway hope you all have a good New Year and see you soon......... I'm away to play with my new French soldiers pocket knife, gaiters and flint and steel set......all those pre Christmas hints paid off in the end!!!

Cheers
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Postby Ian Deveney » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:01 pm

Hi Neil, I think the centre will have the official opening before the 16th of April as soon as I know what is happening I will let you all know through the forum, as for getting an invitation to the opening I don’t have one ether :( , I don’t know who tods been sleeping with :lol: ? It’s paid off for him the luck chap,
Anyway have a blast at New Year all the best to everyone.


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Postby Tod » Sun Dec 30, 2007 2:46 pm

My invite is to the centre not the actual opening -yet :wink:



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Postby Ian Deveney » Sun Dec 30, 2007 3:44 pm

Just got my vouchers through on Saturday. :D


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Postby Wim-Jaap » Mon Dec 31, 2007 9:58 am

Will be going this summer!

Bought me a tomtom navigation thingy, so I can find my way round the country of scotland!

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Postby m300572 » Mon Dec 31, 2007 12:55 pm

Better take care - my brother in law's Tom Tom took him round Celtic Park three times while looking for somewhere in Glasgow - as he is a Rangers supporter this caused him great angst and the device has been re-named a Tim Tim (a "Tim" being a derogatory name for a Catholic who traditionally are the Celtic fan base, Rangers being Proterstants (or bluenoses) :lol:


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Postby Phil the Grips » Mon Dec 31, 2007 1:16 pm

Wim-Jaap wrote:Bought me a tomtom navigation thingy, so I can find my way round the country of scotland!

It's easy as Scotland divides into-

The Borders- where folk from England keep their horses and country homes

Edinburgh- the civilised part

Fife- the "Innsmouth" of Scotland. Lots of webbed hands and banjos.

Anything else over to the west is "weegies" and to be avoided, north is "teuchters" and only to be visited in order to shoot wildlife once a year.

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Postby steve stanley » Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:33 pm

Phil the Grips wrote:Fife- the "Innsmouth" of Scotland. Lots of webbed hands and banjos.

;)

Just choked on tea......Though I might have classed Edinburgh as Arkham.....
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Postby Phil the Grips » Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:08 pm

Oooh- I like that idea.

The uni does have a parapsychology chair so that'd make it the equivalent of Miskatonic U :)

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Postby steve stanley » Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:44 pm

This could get silly...but could work!..Maybe the post-Culloden persecutions were really aimed at certain strange remnants of a pre-human civilisation...Bonnie Prince Cthulu?
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