Girlfriend bought me lunch on Sunday at the Conan Doyle. I have walked past it many times but it was the first time I have been in. It was a really nice meal. We were also looking for birthday presents for each other as our birthday's fall just a few days after each other. Mine is on the 9th with hers on the 15th. I like going out in Edinburgh, there's a venue to suit whatever mood you are in.
The appointment with the back specialist went ok and I need at least three months of physio and a comprehensive programme of back exercises to get it sorted. Hopefully I can claim this from the other drivers insurance. I don't see why I should have to pay out anymore for the results of someone else's stupidity.
I had written to the National Museum of Scotland and asked them if they would consider lending the Monymusk Reliquary to Arbroath and I have received an encouraging response. It was kept in the care of Arbroath Abbey and is said to have been carried by the Abbot of Arbroath Bernard de Linton at the Battle of Bannockburn. Arbroath Abbey now has a fantastic and modern visitor centre and I don't see why, if we can provide enough security and acceptable environmental levels, that it should not come back on short term loan. It is currently in the National Museum of Scotland, but I really believe that national treasures such as this should be loaned out to places which have a strong historical connection to them.
Personally, I think by doing this it may encourage visitors to get around more and see what other parts of Scotland have to offer. It might also give our youngsters more of an interest in Scotland's past too.