By JOHN KENNEDY
The majestic central column in St.Andrew’s Square lent a magnificent viewpoint for the venerable, dynastic godfather of 19th Century civil engineering, Robert Stevenson, grandfather of Robert Louis. Tonight it was very much “Beam me up, Scottie”. They were the Edinburgh lighthouse family who shone a beam of guiding global vision.
Skipping the laser light fantastic, Standard Life’s sponsored official opening of the Edinburgh International Festival 2017, drew crowds in their thousands. With serendipitous panache, the recent rain-soaked streets devoid of traffic, lend a glittering reflective palette to the dazzling projections.
The Flying Scotsman flew by pursued by boisterous bagpipers. Themes of cities blighted by conflict destruction finding resolution and regeneration, aspirations and visionary optimism left a lasting impression. It’s not often you see and hear The Flying Scotsman loco chuffing across the vertical exterior ribs of the new built super-store to the refrains of Miles Davis, but, nice.