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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

Scottish Borders photo of the day: watch out for barbarians

Hadrian's Wall
Me astride Hadrian’s Wall — the Romans’ attempt to contain Scotland — on the scout for barbarians. Or at least some men in kilts. (Photo by Shirley Skinner.)

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  • MMcC

    What a great picture! Sounds like you’re having fun!

  • Cheryl Lightfoot

    I thought leprechauns were Irish? Were the Scottish especially wee at the time of the Roman occupation, or was Hadrian just bad at math? It’s like the guys from Spinal Tap designed the wall. (Insert rimshots as needed.)

    Of course, this was made fun of much better in Blackadder Back and Forth.

    Seriously, I would love to visit the wall. Have fun!

  • bats :[

    What’s in the bag? Something to appease the Picts?

  • Patrick

    You wear Converse sneakers. Awesome.

  • Anne-Kari

    You look marvelously wind-blown and happy. And to echo Patrick: Converse sneakers! Converse sneakers are cool :)

  • Dokeo

    Oohh, lovely! Where exactly was this? Did you do the bit with the tree in the valley from Robin Hood?

  • PJK

    Fun fact: George R.R. Martin stood there once as well and the experience inspired him to come up with “The Wall” for the books in “A Song Of Ice And Fire”.


  • This is right outside the Roman fort Birdoswald, which I’m looking back toward:


  • But of course.

  • Some goodies to send to people back in the US.

  • RogerBW

    People think of the wall as a claim to power: I own this land. What they don’t see is that it’s also an admission of failure: this is where my writ ends, beyond here you are on your own.

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