Ghostly stories and a fond farewell

The Uncommon Knowledge team celebrate our editor's retirement in Edinburgh and make some ghoulish discoveries

Edinburgh really is a beautiful city. Image: © James Gray @ Kinetic Studio

It was a sunny day in Oban when the UK-based Uncommon Knowledge team headed for the bright lights of Edinburgh. It was the start of a weekend away to celebrate the retirement of our editorial star and consultant Kathleen.

Thankfully the weather followed us and we enjoyed a glorious weekend of clear skies, warmth and optimal photographic conditions. Scotland’s capital is just so pretty that cameras are essential.

Some of the Uncommon Knowledge team took a walk on the wild side of Edinburgh. All images © James Gray at Kinetic Studio, Oban

After a breakfast of haggis and, well, more haggis, we spent Saturday morning drawing funny pictures working very hard in our Annual Review meeting. This was a great chance for us to share the past year’s accomplishments and discuss what’s next for the company.

Delving into Edinburgh’s dark side

Our spooky guide Apolline.

Once the responsible stuff was over with, it was time to head to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, where we encountered ancient buildings, street performers and the soothing sounds of bagpipes. Why were we there? To meet our guide Apolline from Mercat Tours, who took us on a ghostly tour of Edinburgh’s Blair Street Underground Vaults.

Mark finds himself in a torturous situation.

A few gruesome stories later, we emerged into the sunlight slightly more jumpy but suitably entertained.

A special send-off

The main event of the weekend was a three course dinner on Saturday night to thank Kathleen for her huge contribution to Uncommon Knowledge over the 10 years she’s been part of the team.

“Over the last ten years, Kathleen has been a lynchpin of quality, professionalism and good sense for Uncommon Knowledge’s content. Kathleen’s patience, constant good humour and encouragement has made our working lives so much better.  We will miss her very much.”

– Mark Tyrrell and Roger Elliott

There were speeches.

And gifts.

Kathleen was happy with her pun-filled retirement present.

And a grand amount of delicious food.

Oh, and … a magician?!

So, from all of us here at Uncommon Knowledge Oban office, we’d like to wish Kathleen a happy retirement in her garden. Cheers!