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Edinburgh Castle, Scotland / The UK
Gerard Butler is a foul-mouthed rake who bangs everything in sight. (Gerard Butler is a charming, unpretentious guy who is irresistibly huggable!) He’s a drunk. (Reformed!) And a hellion. (When he’s not saving boys from drowning!) Movie critics abhor him. (But audiences love him!) And you don’t know the half of it.
Lots of secrets are hidden in the walls of this castle. You know, many years ago King James IV (was married to the daughter of King Henry VII of England) was able to spy on his subjects gathered in the Great Hall through a little barred window up and to the right of the fireplace; we call these ‘laird’s lugs’ [lord’s ears] in Scotland. It is known that prior to Mikhail Gorbachev’s visit to the castle in 1984, the K.G.B. asked that the ‘lug’ be bricked up on security grounds. Mr Gorbachev never made it to the castle on that occasion, for that very morning he received news of the impending death of his predecessor as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, Konstantin Chernenko.
In August 1830, some bones of a child, a fragment of cloth and pieces of wood were discovered in a wall in the Royal Palace. The cloth bore the letter ‘J’. Within 50 years, fertile imaginations...
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