Kelpies

glenwilson

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Wasn't raining today so decided to go and get some pictures of the Kelpies near me. They are sculptures that are either side of the Forth & Clyde Canal Extension (the Falkirk wheel is a bit further up the canal). Of course once I got home it brightened up a fair bit. Looking forward to getting some early morning/late evening shots at some point.


Some info:

300 tonnes each
30 metres high
1200 tonnes of steel-reinforced concrete foundations per head
990 unique stainless steel skin plates
Built on site in 90 days
 

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glenwilson

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Can't find the costs but I've seen £25 million mentioned! Nice, but that probably could be spent elsewhere. Quite a lot of foreign tourists there so maybe that helps to bring £ in. If Scotland gets independence, UK should demand one of them in the divorce settlement!"
 

Steffos666

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Can't find the costs but I've seen £25 million mentioned! Nice, but that probably could be spent elsewhere. Quite a lot of foreign tourists there so maybe that helps to bring £ in. If Scotland gets independence, UK should demand one of them in the divorce settlement!"

when is the vote for scotland getting an own state?
 

glenwilson

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Think the vote is in September. I'll be voting "No" but I'm English!

If the vote is yes I'll be going home.

UK population is about 65 million, Scotland is about 6 million. Those 6 million will need to fund (by various taxes) the country and I don't see how that is possible. Just running the current parliament cost each person £12 add to that the £ (not that it will be the pound, probably have to trade in sheep or groats) required for infrastructure and all the other costs we won't have any money left!