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Re: Absence in Scotland.



At 15:09 27/03/00 -0400, you wrote:
>enjoy your much deserved peace, I'm jealous
>
>         be well,
>                 rob


  Rob,

  Filming is hardly relaxing and, from a helicopter, it is quite hazardous 
-especially as we had
  the door off.  To make matters worse, it was freezing.  We had to thaw 
the cameraman out
  from time to time because he was hanging half in and half out of the 
helicopter.

The next say was all ground work but it was pissing with rain.  We got 
access to Dounreay
Nuclear plant where there is an old Sinclair Castle slap in the middle of 
the complex.  We
were 'assured' when we were told that they's had to excavate a meter and a 
half of soil from
around the Castle because of contamination.  We were 'frisked' with a 
Geiger counter as we
left.  It crackled like chips in a frying pan.  The plant is now being 
de-commissioned.  This
will take 20 years at a cost of 20m per year.

Nevertheless, we got some good shots of the Castle which, like most 
Sinclair Castles, is now
a ruin.  Ditto the Castle of Mey where the Queen Mother lives when she is 
up in Scotland.
She will be 100 years of age this year and we are trying to get tickets for 
200 people when
the massed pipe bands of all the Highland Regiments parade on the Esplanade 
at Edinburgh
Castle.  Incidentally, the Esplanade was made part of Nova Scotia because 
the King wanted
to make certain people Baronets of Nova Scotia (for money of course) and 
could only dub
them on territory belonging to Nova Scotia - hence this strange arrangement.

As aye,

Niven

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