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Time for some Scotland photos! It was seriously difficult paring my photos down and picking just a handful to post (I took 1100 photos just in Scotland!), and I’m still going to have to break them up into two posts!

It was cold and wet pretty much the entire time we were there but we still got to do so many amazing things! Edinburgh is an incredibly gorgeous city; every street looks like something out of a fairy tale, particularly the idyllic Dean’s Village (last photo). It might sound strange, but coming from Texas, I was blown away by just how GREEN Scotland is. And there’s flowers everywhere. Lots of thistles particularly, including some the size of my friend’s head- no joke (second photo). We walked the Royal Mile, visited Holyrood Palace (the ruined abbey there is beautiful), Edinburgh Castle, The World’s End pub, Elephant House Cafe where JK Rowling wrote most of Harry Potter, and of course had to make a pitstop at the print shop, or its exterior at least. 

Next post: the Highlands!

  • Thomas: I dislike you, capisce?
  • Branson: Tell it to the cleaning lady on Monday.
  • Thomas: W-What?
  • Branson: Because... you’ll be dust by Monday.
  • Thomas: Um...?
  • Branson: Because... you’ll be pulverized in two seconds. And the cleaning lady? She cleans up... dust. She dusts.
  • Thomas: So... what’s on Monday?
  • Branson: Well, ‘cause... it’s Friday now, and she has the weekends off, so... Monday.

George, oh George. He was one of the nicest and most certainly one of the funniest people I have met in this business. He had his moments, we all do, but to portray him as sour or negative or untalented as some have is so far from anything that I ever saw during my time with him, both with The Beatles and afterwards. The other Beatles were funny, but I have to say that he most certainly was the funniest. He was the one who told George (Martin) that he didn’t like his tie, and it just continued from there.

I think that George grew tired of the fame and adulation faster than the others. He was always kind and polite to people, but did his best to downplay who he was as much as possible. An example of this came one day when he and I stopped off to get a bite to eat during the installation of his studio at his Friar Park estate. A woman came up to him at the table and started with ‘You’re him, aren’t you?’ ‘I’m who?’ George replied. ‘Him!’ she said. ‘Who’s him?’ George countered. ‘You are. You’re him.’

Time plays tricks with regard to how long an actual event goes on, but it seemed to me that this continued for ages and not once did George back down. It became quite obvious that she recognised the face but couldn’t put a name to it, but Mr. H. sure as hell wasn’t going to help her.

I liked how he started to deal with that type of situation later in life. When someone would come up to him and say, ‘Aren’t you George Harrison?’ he would come back with ‘You know, I’ve been told I look like him by other people but I don’t see it. I think I’m much better looking, don’t you?’ Very rarely did anyone pursue it further.

—  Ken Scott on George Harrison, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust
  • Mrs. Patmore: What kind of tea do you want?
  • Mrs. Hughes: There’s more than one kind?
  • Mrs. Patmore: I have blueberry, raspberry, ginseng, sleepy time, green tea, green tea with lemon, green tea with lemon and honey, liver disaster, ginger with honey, ginger without honey, vanilla almond, white truffle, blueberry chamomile, vanilla walnut, constant comment and... earl grey.
  • Mrs. Hughes: Did you make some of those up?
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George Harrison, Ken Scott, George Martin and Paul McCartney in the control room at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, during the “Hey Jude” recording session, 30 July 1968. More screen captures from that day have been posted previously.

“Working with George [Harrison] was always a joy.” - Ken Scott, Premier Guitar, 19 March 2010

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“[George Harrison] was so much more than The Beatles.
As a guitarist he eventually got his own unique sound when you could always tell it was him. There are very few guitarists that can say that. You can hear a blues guitarist and it could be any number of guitarists; their styles are very similar. With George, he was just completely different from anyone else.” - Ken Scott, Finding Zoso, 4 December 2012

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Ken Scott: “I learned very early on not to get star-struck. He [George Harrison] was the exception until the last day I saw him.”

Red Bull Music Academy: “Why him more than the other Beatles? It seems like he was the one you had the strongest relationship with.”

KS: “Yeah, I was the strongest with him. He was just an amazing person. There’s been so much written about him being dour and down the entire time and the quiet one. Eric Idle once said of George, that he was always quoted as being the quiet Beatle, but anyone that knew him knew that once he started there was no shutting him up. As far as being dour, he was one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. Just as an example, they were mixing “Yellow Submarine,” surround sound, at Abbey Road, and George and Ringo were invited to go and hear what they were doing. They’re upstairs listening, and it just so happened down in number one, the very big studio at Abbey Road, Mel Gibson was doing music for one of his movies, I think it was The Patriot at the time. And typically, with any of the Beatles, the top film stars, if it’s a Beatle they’ve got to meet them. It’s, they’re above everyone. So, Mel Gibson heard that Ringo and George were upstairs and he passed word up, could he go up and meet them. Word came back down, ‘Yeah, sure, send him up.’ So, he went upstairs and he meets Ringo first, he shakes hands and all of that, then it’s George’s turn, and George just turns and looks and he said, ‘I thought you said it was Mel Brooks.’“

(laughter)

"Mel Gibson’s jaw just hit the ground and George said, 'Don’t worry, I know who you are.’”

(laughter)

But that’s the way he was, he was an amazing individual. He could give two hoots about the business, really. He always used to get pissed off because it was always: 'George Harrison, ex-Beatle.’ And, he, ‘That was six years of my life, what about the rest of the stuff.’ He hated being that ex-Beatle being after his name all the time.“ - 2013

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“George Harrison has got a lot of, shall we say, bad press from one book [Geoff Emerick’s] and I want to dispute that. George was one of the funniest guys I ever met and I was blessed to spend a lot of time with George just before his passing, and just a quick story from that. One of the - we were putting together the remaster of All Things Must Pass, and Phil Collins, the ex-drummer of Genesis and also the lead singer, has often told this story in interviews, how he played on All Things Must Pass, he played congas on something. And no one remembers him playing on it, no one has any proof that he did it, but he has continually told this story. So whilst we’re doing the - some overdubs on additional tracks for the remaster, we have a percussionist by the name of Ray Cooper come in. And George - we’re finishing everything up and George then suddenly tells me to put up a particular track, and he says to Ray, ‘Okay, I want you to play congas on this, and I want you to play them badly. I don’t want them really badly, just off enough that it would really set someone slightly off.‘ So we recorded it, George said, ‘Okay, now do a quick rough mix of it and keep the congas up fairly loud.’ So I did that and we then made a CD of it, and George gave it to Ray and he said, ‘Next time you see Phil, give him this and tell him we finally found his congas.’ [laughter] So Ray goes, he sees Phil, he gives him this CD and apparently Phil was ecstatic: ‘Finally I’ve got the proof, I’ve got the proof!’ He takes it home, he plays it, he wants to cry. [laughter] Two weeks later, George called up and said, ‘Gotcha.’ [laughter] That was the Mr. Harrison I knew.” - Ken Scott, Beatlefest, 2013

Time to sum up the week!

TARGETS: 

  • To have been on 3 Runs (C25K App)
  • Made progress with my teaching agency
  • To take a scenic picture of somewhere beautiful.

SUM UP

I went on 3 runs! Even though it was dark and cold!!!

Originally posted by paradoxialunicornbacon

I handed in more paper work and have been told I should be being sent out to work very soon!

Originally posted by the-office-daily

AND:

A scenic picture (there were many more, but this one will do for the use of this sum up!)

SUCCESS

Originally posted by yourreactiongifs

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L to R: Scoot Mcnairy, Michelle Dockery, Jack O’Connell, and TantooCardinal on the set of GODLESS - coming in November 2017 on Netflix…

@scottfrank Santa Fe, Summer 2016 #Godless# @netflix

audreyscoresmoore She is such a rockstar in the show.

Michelle Dockery & Jack O’Connell posing next to each other back when they were babies in 2008…

But, of course, George was also Mr. Nice Guy. There was a couple getting married who he had met somewhere along the way. They weren’t famous or even in the music business, just an ordinary couple that George, the most ordinary superstar you’d ever hope to meet, happened to cross paths with. One evening he asked me to record a special message that he made for them, along with him playing them a song. We put it on a cassette and sent it to them so they could play it at their wedding. Who wouldn’t love George?
—  Ken Scott on George Harrison, Abbey Road to Ziggy Stardust

abbotsford house ▴ galashiels, scottish borders, scotland

the estate was formerly the home of sir walter scott. scott purchased the property in 1811 when it was a small farm called cartleyhole, nicknamed clarty (‘muddy). he then built additions to the house and made it into a mansion — completed in 1824 — building into the walls many sculptured stones from ruined castles and abbeys of scotland. scott suffered a reversal of fortune a year later that cost him the house, but the creditors offered him his extensive and ancient library/museum as a gift.

I really enjoyed costuming Maggie. I think that she has evolved slightly. Obviously there’s the same sensibility, the same sense of style, but I streamlined her a little bit more this year and slightly lowered the high neck pieces so that she didn’t feel so stifled. I think that works in well with her relationship with Kuragin and the life that he brought back into her and the fact that you can see the past and the kind of emotions that she probably keeps very well hidden. Maggie Smith wears subtle colors very well. She can bring grey to life—she makes it look silvery in a way that a lot of other people can’t. And with her it’s all about using the light of the silk, really beautiful expensive fabrics that move. Only the best for her, really. - Anna Mary Scott Robbins, costume designer for Downton Abbey