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NB: above comment is missing 3 censored comments as pasted below in italics.
UR: can you please publish my original comment?
Censored 2nd comment posted 15 mins after 1st blocked comment
Dear fellow readers, my long version of this comment was posted 5 minutes earlier and therefore possibly censored (?)
Censored 1st comment posted 5 mins prior to the allowed shorter version
The worst kind of architectural theft imaginable is that promoted by an architectural fraternity.
This article shows, or is, the evidence of that society at work: i.e. upon an extraordinarily significant or showcase part of Scotland’s most robust, permanent, and identifiable architectural set pieces, which the world has come to expect from Scotland’s beautiful and intriguing capital.
This site is special in its architecture and urban morphology in a way that e.g Park Guell recalls, everything from its Jacob’s ladder right up to the National Monument on top, which are all as yet too choked/disjointed due to this long hijacked school masterpiece and a highly unsympathetic traffic system to boot. Also consider the mound at Princes Gardens as a case in point, which is not quite so cursed in comparison, but part of that very same formula that the world has come to expect.
There’s now even the albeit unsurprising accolade of a very special (i.e. city-wide) World Heritage Site status to prove it, city-wide as the phenomena of this morphology is so widespread as is Edinburgh’s other main ingredients: the New Town and Old town [sic] in-between.
The binder between the old and new towns, i.e. the phenomena of the picturesque is what really brings the world flocking to the capital. The last thing this needs is yet another level of hijacking by none other than the architectural fraternity that arguably helped to build it in the first place, centuries ago.
Park Guell is a very successful piece of evidence showing Barcelona creating a little bit of the Edinburgh formula. It too has had snow this month, so the weather (blue skies) can’t be an excuse to change the tact (if we don’t like this latitude by now, we should move back to warmer climes and give the natives, Picts, back their land, you won’t find them shunning most of it as a wilderness, but a haven for life and as a natural habitat, such as the natives do in the same latitude across the ocean).
There is a public event on this building/project on 23 February (that UR ought to have on its events calendar if not already) from the AHSS (Architectural Heritage Society Scotland), who’ve recently moved in with the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland).
At least half of the academic speakers lined up are associated with the highly regarded local Architectural Conservation DipAC course & MSc at Edinburgh College of Art, so it will be very interesting to see how laurels will lie on the night (across all of the intellectual friendships/bodies).
I myself won’t be attending this as it reeks of the very same fraternity that’s hijacked my career of late, ergo I can’t yet use the title architect that I‘ve in fact over-qualified in (both in studies terms and practical wise). I instead require using ‘architectural consultant’ to practise independently. Diabolical of them that I should be at this stage, I know...! The recession has been no excuse as most of my peers have been behind a desk. Don’t bum them up too much UR: if they were really the special part of society that you so trust and promote, then I’d be behind a desk among them...
Having additionally observed and catalogued 100s of 1000s of architectural drawings since starting my volunteering days (over 1/2 Million drgs) in 2006, I am more qualified than most on the course of the built environment having covered from the inter-war period in Glasgow onward, to 1977 so far, and then on my own direct experience from ’88 onward, which I hope to overlap with the cataloguing of peers’ work too.
I can therefore easily see through such schemes as the one brewing above.
Very poor indeed!
If my comment is not censored, as had occurred in my latest, then a change of heart may well ensue amongst the fraternity, who’d perhaps rather bite the bullet than show themselves up. However, I can’t help but think that advocacy of the scene comes first. What’s new?
In a way I’m glad I’m not currently employed by any of this fraternity, lurking so low in its quest to take sense away from Scotland’s best architectural achievements. I could so easily be with my current credentials. Phew!
(Apologies as unedited)
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NB: above comment is missing 2 censored comments as pasted below in italics (a gripe about a gripe about a..., no not allowed unless it's on one's own website). As an experiment, I was initially hoping not to claim authorship of even my original comment in a conceit that has backfired. That is, I was going to tweet about a supposed other 'like-minded kevin toner' that would nonetheless be obviously and innocently from me. However, my plan was foiled as it was too hard to light-heartedly clown with such a tight-fisted mag outlet as this one. I found myself having to tweet about the incessant censoring instead as it became apparent that it wasn't being posted by the moderator. Furthermore my 2nd comment of 4/2/15 has actually been blocked due to being "off topic" according to UR at 9.09am 5/2 (as possibly my 4th and final one of 5/2/15), i.e. quite the understatement, I'd admit. I have thence taken the opportunity to upload the offending off-topic elaboration of my initial comment as follows. The mag got a lot of controversial media coverage over its article, on a very precious though bitter topic of its own. It understandably couldn't tolerate the [or my] stealing of its thunder (or for me or anyone to express what the topic might actually mean beyond the confines set by the mag). The mag has even tried to block my more seriously authored comments, e.g. in my last posted comments on the GSA rebuild thread as below, which have been a nightmare to negotiate in their belated publishing. I fear or suspect that its readership may also possibly have too much influence upon it as well, since all of my [numerous] comments so far have met with either adversity, little or no reaction, or acknowledgement amongst those regularly permitted to be 'off topic'. That's all fairly common, no one thanks their educators or anyone cleverer than they. This mag is one closed-in part of society that ought to close itself down; OR accept that others outside its circle may be more educated. I see societal power getting the better of ethics, day in day out, in the big wide world. It's not acceptable to see it occurring in a mag too - it should be the last place you'd look for it. Sickening. Now I have to upload what I tried to avoid drawing attention to, alas my worst ever form of writing. I'll be back. End of gripe!
Currently censored 4th additional comment after comment #20
UR you're scrambling your times as usual since pre-moderating: was 9mins for a while, now apparently 16mins out - why are you toying with realtime (you're already playing with it enough via pre-moderation rather than post-moderation)!
Posted 11:10am (GMT)
Officially censored 2nd reply (and elaboration) to initial comment #11
Mr Vandelay, I can’t edit when writing with a scrambled brain. Scrambling is what this antisocial noise does. So, I’m afraid, no apologies for any incoherency.
[Hey, how come JD got to post a web link? I tried minutes earlier to do 3 then 2 then 1 that were bounced back to me with a spam warning, hence quoted articles instead of links on my last post.]
Back to the sounds aspect of ‘the dismal’, I’ve 100s of theories as to what might be behind the rise of the things or phenomena that I’ve mentioned earlier, let alone what all the technical causes are, but for that I’m afraid you’ll have to wait on the book or the stand-up comedy shows/soirées.
I must however try to write more often on the sound aspect, as scrambled as I become, because last night I heard a severe drop in the un-muffled or modified exhaust category of vehicles to normal high levels, a break from the abnormal continuum (which can reduce to maybe 10 to 20 second breaks every 5 minutes at best), i.e. falling to almost 1 every 10 minutes. It then gradually rose to around 1 per 3 minutes in tandem with my music studies, which was nonetheless fantastic and another kind of music to ones ears. This was the first time it reverted to normal levels after 2 of 3 months staying at my new address. How long that change of heart will be maintained is anyone’s guess.
At my previous address, there was an equal amount of traffic, that bore similar characteristics, but it’d always been masked/exacerbated/etc. by inter alia a continuum of surrounding construction work that’s curiously never ended since the recession started, concurrent with my redundancy period sods law tells me, never before it during the boom.
The noisy bus liveries to which I wrote earlier, and when they are - at their worst - as perpetual as the modified vehicles, was once zapped into non-existence at my older address during one particular afternoon. To my astonishment, after a certain minute of the day, not 1 of the 100s of buses that regularly pass nearby had sounded out with a howl, hiss, or hurricane noise (counting all culprit bus companies including the biggie).
The mathematics didn’t add up: before this minute it was at around 50% of buses sounding off, i.e. the liveries at their worst!
At my newer address, I’ve now heard worse than 50% for the first time, but more normal levels are here as I write, which brings it right down to around probably 1 in 10 buses or less, and the sounding off is there, but not going through me with the hertz ratings that hit me from the modified exhaust people. That said, neither have I heard a modified exhaust in all of my typing of this reply.
So, once again, when you want to pay for that stand up show that I’ll be doing at some point, don’t expect sense to prevail.
Posted 11:40am (GMT)
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