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Below are some pictures of our trip to England and Scotland in June 2008.  Kathy attended the Euro FM conference in Manchester, after which we visted Liverpool and York.  We then traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland, where Kathy was a featured speaker at another conference at the Heriot Watt University.
 
Phil Youngberg and Lyn Ford also joined us for this trip.

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You can't visit Liverpool without a stop by the Beatles Museum, it's worth the effort.

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Above and two below:  York, the walled city.  The old city of York still has much of the original wall that at one time completely enclosed it.

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Above and several below:  Inside the walled city, there are still many reminders of times past, and many historic buildings still in use today.

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Above:  Enjoying another great meal in York.
 
Below:  Lyn always meets new friends at every stop.

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Above and several below:  Stirling Castle, dating back to the 1500's, is located in the Scotland Highlands.  Even though this mountain top may have been used before by others, it was King James IV around 1500 who constructed what we see today.  This is one of three of the best preserved Castles in Scotland.

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Above and Below:  Our friends Jan and Helene Brochner from Sweden, who shared with us some of the pictures shown here.

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Above and four below:  Edradour Distillery, proud of the fact that it is the smallest distillery in all of Scotland, still does everything by hand with only three employees.  Single malt at its best. 

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Below:  New Lanark.  Over 200 years ago the impressive sandstone cotton mills of New Lanark were built by an enterprising Scot, David Dale, in a dramatic gorge in Southern Scotland, close to the famous Falls of Clyde, which provided the water power to run the mills.  Soon the village became known all over the world under the enlightened management of Dale's son-in-law, the social pioneer, Robert Owen.  In an age of cruel mill managers, Owen provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care and education for the mill worker's childern, and which included the first nursery school in the world.  He did all these unheard of things and still turned a profit.  Robert Owen started something here that would forever change the quality of mill worker's lives all around the world.

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Above:  Notice the slate roofs on all the buildings, including the worker's housing.  The slate cost a great deal more than the usual thatch, but Owen feared the thatch would catch fire and he would have to re-build every couple of years.  This is the original slate he had installed over 200 years ago.
 
Below:  This is one of two steam engines that replaced the water power that had provided power for over 120 years.  The steam engines still work.

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Below:  Rosslyn Chapel as featured in the movie "The De Vinci Code", about 10 miles south of Edinburgh.  It was built in 1446, making it one of the oldest still being used today.

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Below:  Several pictures in and around the Edinburgh Castle.  This is another of the three best preserved Castles in Scotland.  The history of this place goes back over 2000 years.

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Below:  Travel to Scotland would not be complete without a stop by the original golf course, St. Andrews.  Here are some shots of the "Old Course" at St. Andrews.

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Below:  Professor Roper delivering her speech at the Endinburgh Conference Centre, Heriot Watt University.  Thanks to Jan Brochner from Sweden for these pictures.

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