This being the building that Crickson hates, and I love : )
Polarises opinion, that one.
Looks like you had a good trip
Looks good from where FF was standing.
Lovely city, ugly parliament. Ugly, ugly ugly!
i'm not so sure it is ugly, just in the wrong place
You're right, it should be at the bottom of the sea with all the radioactive waste so I don't have to look at it.
the parliament building is something which typically divides opinion in edinburgh. I think tourists appreciate it more than locals. personally I think it's alright, apart from a few pointless bells and whistles, and of course the squillions of squids they spent on building it. (factor in the current construction of edinburgh's much-maligned tram system plus proposals for a new forth road bridge and you really do get the impression the scottish government are a bunch of decadant nutters). the thing that gets me about the parliament building is that it's so insanely sprawling. when you walk around it you have no idea of what the actual shape of the building is. look down on it from salisbury crags and you get kind of a better impression but even then your sense of perspective is thrown by the radical assymetry and weird overall shape. it's mad. I like it.
i have to admit we didn't really look at it in great detail. we were just trying to escape from the crowds and heat (horrid nasty sunshine) but i certainly didn't have the strong negative feelings of the recently departed (from our shores) Dr Crickson
I left to get as far away from that godawful mess of building as possible. It looks like someone randomly mixed up bits of buildings with twigs and weird shapes. It doesn't say 'Parliament', it doesn't say anything at all. It's the architectural equivalent of gibberish and I honestly think it's the most disappointing new building in the UK.
how i miss your rants.
I don't hate it as much as Crickson, more indifferent really, but it doesn't say to me 'this is a place where government is done'. We went on the tour (after they had confiscated my Swiss Army knife - they are so handy I don't like to go far without one), and it was very disorientating. Disorientating's great for somewhere like an art gallery or space that's supposed to challenge your sense for fun but not for somewhere where people come to decide what should be done about running a country. That's got to be hard enough without having to work out which way around you are and how on earth one bit connects to another bit. And the concrete inside - no matter how lovely and smooth and high quality (Scottish marble I think the guide called it) it is, it still makes the interior very dark and grey and looking more like the back way though a factory than a corridor of power for an open government.
Waste of money? Definitely.
Good source of shade for a ginger Fox? Fair enough.
there were lots of ginger folk and not all of them hiding in the shadows ...... i feel a Rolling Stones moment about to happen
That makes a change ;)