Caught a ‘Lone Piper’ playing Bagpipes in Edinburgh tonight – Video


The Royal mile to the left and right, Edinburgh Castle to the left, where Piper was is circled red….

 Via @ShaunyNews

Stupid thing to share here but so many people from all over the World ask me about the “Lone Piper” If you have seen ‘Braveheart’ they mention it there. Here in Scotland the ‘Lone Piper’ will often play at funerals as the hearse is driving away, weddings, kinda most things. Well this was outside the ‘Balmoral Hotel’ in the City Centre where rooms are £700 a night at the top end ($1,500)  Outside at night a lone piper will play for the guest and anyone passing, like me tonight. I can sit and watch a lone piper any time of year, the noise I think maybe only Scottish people can feel. There was a saying once around the 1300’s, the time of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce when Scottish people were banned from playing the Bagpipes by Longshanks the King of England or Edward the 1st, yeah there is ‘History’ that wants Scotland to leave this British Union. Many say to me “Britain had an empire through death” HOLD ON!! England had an empire, Scotland was being robbed, raped and murdered by the English around the same time. So that is the story of the bagpipes “Outlawed Tunes on Outlawed pipes” was the saying, you seen braveheart, you are there.

The Balmoral Hotel, 5 star hotel, one of the better Edinburgh hotels

The Balmoral Hotel, 5 star hotel, one of the better Edinburgh hotels

Anyway, Dawn the girls and I had been shopping like ALL DAY, we popped in to visit my Mum and headed home about 18:30, I don’t usually go through town, I use the motorway/freeway that circles Edinburgh. I am glad I took this route tonight. You will hear my Parter Dawn telling me to hurry up as the traffic was moving, then as I drive around the corner (Map below :D) I almost hit a curb and burst a tyre 😀 Anyway, enjoy, it’s short but I love this

Where the piper was and where I drove (HOW SAD AM I) HAHA

Where the piper was and where I drove (HOW SAD AM I) HAHA

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Royal Mile was on lockdown after motorcycle thief seen on Edinburgh rooftop


Cockburn Street – pronounced Co-Burn Street

By Shaun Gibson : @ShaunyNews

Did live coverage of this early Sunday, at first I heard it was a man with a Gun:

Parts of Edinburgh city centre were cordoned off on Saturday night as police hunted for a thief reported to be on a roof.

Emergency services were called to the Royal Mile at Cockburn Street around 10pm.

More than 50 officers in riot gear were seen searching buildings around the area, while a police helicopter hovered overhead.

Early reports of a shooting were dismissed by Police Scotland, who said there was no risk to the public.

A spokesman for the force later said: “Police in Edinburgh were in attendance in the Royal Mile on Saturday evening to trace a man in connection with an earlier incident involving a stolen motorbike.

“The man was reported to be on the roof of a building in the Cockburn Street area and a cordon was put in place.

“There was no risk to the public and no armed police were involved. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the man.”

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Scottish Independence campaigner, 80, attacked as media go with #EggGate

James McMillan shows his injuries, but has vowed to campaign on.

James McMillan shows his injuries, but has vowed to campaign on.

Jim Murphy gets hit by an egg and it’s MEDIA OVERDRIVE! A woman gets kicked in the stomach by a No campaigner, A big gets set alight and thrown at a Yes Shop. Hardly a media mention.



woman-got-kickedNow note I couldn’t find decent links for either story. Now go and Google “Jim Murphy hit by egg” Something is not right here!

A PRO-INDEPENDENCE campaigner has been assaulted on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile by a woman who was outraged at his Yes placard.

• Police examine CCTV footage to catch elderly man’s attacker.

• ‘Monstrous woman’ broke campaigner’s wrist by pushing him to the ground.

In what are believed to have been the first physical blows of the debate on Scotland’s future, frail ­nationalist campaigner James McMillan, 80, was sent spinning to the ground by the woman – after she wrestled a banner supporting a Yes vote from him.

Mr McMillan had been ­entertaining passers-by with an independence-inspired song when his attacker raced at him from the direction of a Royal Mile kilt shop.

It is understood the woman did not say anything to Mr McMillan and then ran off with him lying on the ground.

The attack hospitalised the OAP and has underlined the uglier side of the independence debate.

The Scots-Canadian, who returned to the Capital with his wife, Gillian, three years ago, suffered a broken wrist, severe bruising and cut to his head in the assault which occurred outside John Knox House at 5pm on Tuesday.

Police Scotland last night confirmed they are hunting the attacker and are examining CCTV footage in the area.

A shocked Mr McMillan said: “This makes it clear to me the Yes campaign has got them ­rattled.”


The Yes supporter was wearing a kilt and singing his adapted version of the hymn The Cross of St Andrew while carrying a placard which read: “Time to get rid of the scourge of the Normans. Sign up to the Yes side”.

He became engaged in an amicable independence debate with two passing men. However, their conversation was soon interrupted when the woman attacked him. Mr McMillan, who lives in sheltered housing, said: “I was talking to two guys when all of a sudden this monstrous woman – who was around 5ft 9ins and about three foot across – came barrelling at me from out of a shop.

“She grabbed hold of my placard and then pushed me over. As I lay on the ground I looked up at her and she had a look on her face like, ‘My God . . . what have I done?’

“I’ve been waving my placard and singing my songs around the city for the past few months and have never had a confrontation like this. I think it goes to show that the unionists are fearful of us because we have them on the run.”

A tourist who witnessed the incident called for an ambulance and Mr McMillan was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, where he was treated for his injuries.


The Pilrig pensioner remains unbowed by the ugly stramash. “Even if I’m in a wheelchair I’ll continue to head out and campaign,” he said. “This has only served to make me more determined.”

A Royal Mile resident who saw the drama unfold said it was an ugly scene. He said: “This woman came storming out of a shop, snatched his placard and then turned to walk away. The guy went to grab his sign back and she pushed him.

“She was quite a big woman so he went flying. He had a cut on his head and looked a little concussed.”

Detective Constable James Philp, of Police Scotland, confirmed they are probing the attack. “We know that a small crowd had been watching him sing, so we are appealing for any witnesses to this incident to come forward,” he said.

While nasty attacks from both sides have been apparent on social media, the Royal Mile assault is thought to be the first physical attack linked with the independence debate.

Comment: Don’t allow it all to get out of hand

By Ian Swanson

FEELINGS are bound to run high over the indep-endence referendum – after all, it’s Scotland’s future that is being decided.

But both sides need to be careful that the debate does not get out of hand.

The attack on a pensioner with a Yes placard in the Royal Mile comes on top of long-running concerns about the level of abuse being hurled around on social media.

The so-called Cybernats have become notorious but independence supporters say they suffer just as much. Even some exchanges in parliament have become a little ill-tempered.

Whatever the referendum result, Scots will need to work together afterwards. When he visited Edinburgh earlier this year, former United States president Bill Clinton knew better than to take sides, however he did urge both camps to behave with respect and weigh up the pros and cons without “tearing the place apart”.