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Auld Not-So-Reekie

Taken for the Photo Friday challenge 'Blessing'. So what have chimneys got to do with it? Well, while trying to figure out what to take for this one, I was reminded of the Scottish blessing/toast 'Lang may your lum reek' - literally, 'long may your chimney smoke'. one of the nicknames for Edinburgh is Auld Reekie, both because it used to be very smokey from all the chimneys, and very smelly (reek can also mean strong or unpleasant smell). It's no longer quite as smokey or smelly as it used to be; another blessing.

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Taken on April 7, 2007