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22 March 2015


Allan Ronald

Not quite off topic as it deals with how the past impinges on the present, or can be made to do so, a friend has just reminded me that in 1970 the University Library at St Andrews still shelved books on what is now the Czech Republic under Austria/Hungary. But that was St Andrews......

Robin Carmody

Ah yes, the smallest and most remote of the "posh seven" (all of them, importantly, in places which had already reached their height of importance before the Industrial Revolution).

I always think that a future monarch (even if not necessarily of Scotland, by then - we shall see) in our own time went there as much to shore up the Union, this being just after the modern Scottish Parliament came into being, as because it's too much of a slog for the paparazzi to get there.

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