Things To Consider Before Buying A Luxury Home}

Submitted by: Penny Lane

A luxury home offers so much more than a run-of-the-mill house. Living in a high-end property is more comfortable for residents and it shows the world you are affluent and successful. You have access to features right in the comfort of your house that most people need to visit a hotel to enjoy. You property feels like a sanctuary and everyone you know will want to be a part of it and spend time at your house. However, even with all the wonderful amenities and comfortable surroundings, there are still a number of things you should consider before browsing luxury homes for sale in your chosen area. Real estate is a major investment and you need to be smart about how you spend your money. If you jump into a decision, you might find you regret what you have done, even if you have an expensive, comfortable house.

First, consider the location. It is more important than ever to buy a house that is located in a reputable neighborhood. This is especially true if you are shopping for a high-end property. Nobody wants to live in an expensive house that is located in a bad neighborhood. Look for gated communities that control what occurs within the confines of the neighborhood. This might sound elitist, but it is important you protect your investment, in addition to protecting your family.

Remember, real estate is an investment. You are doing more than buying a place to live. You are putting a large chunk of your income into an investment and you need to know you are going to get a return on it. Initially, the return will be just living in and enjoying the house. Over time, you want your equity to increase and if the houses value increases, your equity will grow faster. Finally, if you decide to sell the house, you want to get more than what you put into it.

A lot of people who buy high-end real estate forget to factor in that the cost of maintenance and living in the house will increase. Heating and cooling a large, high-end home is expensive. You will also need to pay for upgrades along the way and you have to install high-end appliances and fixtures to keep the house on the level it began with. You will be buying the most expensive products when you need to replace things in the house.

Make sure you can afford to maintain your lifestyle living in the house. You might even need to make a lifestyle upgrade because of the house. People expect a certain way of living from people living in high-end real estate. You might need to socialize with people in the neighborhood, which could mean expensive country club memberships or pricey vacations. Remember that investing in a house means more than just buying the property. It is important to be a part of the community and in a high-end community that is a financial investment you will have to make, as well.

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Blown for Good author discusses life inside international headquarters of Scientology

Blown for Good author discusses life inside international headquarters of Scientology

Friday, November 13, 2009

Wikinews interviewed author Marc Headley about his new book Blown for Good, and asked him about life inside the international headquarters of Scientology known as “Gold Base“, located in Gilman Hot Springs near Hemet, California. Headley joined the organization at age seven when his mother became a member, and worked at Scientology’s international management headquarters for several years before leaving in 2005.

How To Get An Ex Boyfriend To Chase After You}

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Lost your boyfriend but still want him back? You’ll never get him to date you again by chasing him down. Instead, learn how to make your ex want YOU back with simple but effective reversal techniques.

Ever run after a dog? Most dogs will keep running for as long as you chase them, and no matter how fast you go you’ll never catch up. But once you get tired and start walking away? Suddenly the dog is nipping at your heels again. Start running, and the dog

chases you


The analogy may be simple, but it’s extremely applicable when it comes to getting your ex boyfriend back. The longer you chase after him, the faster and further he’ll run (and the more foolish you’ll look). But once you actually give up and begin walking in the other direction? Your ex suddenly turns around, wonders where you went, and starts looking around for you.

In learning how to get your boyfriend back after an unwanted breakup, you need to adapt this type of mindset. You cannot chase him, no matter how much you might want to do that right now.

All those important things you have to say to your ex? They can wait. All those memories you want to remind him of? You can do it later. Right now, in the days and weeks immediately following your breakup, the best thing you can do is NOT pay any attention to your ex boyfriend. The less you pursue him, the more he’ll eventually pursue you.

Sticking Around After The Breakup

Technically, you were broken up the moment your boyfriend dumped you. It doesn’t matter how he did it or why, but that’s the moment your relationship ended. Once you can accept this, you can begin taking steps toward reconciliation.

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Emotionally however, you’re not broken up until you both go your separate ways. Which means the longer you stick around and try to keep yourself in your boyfriend’s life, the longer you’re actually prolonging your breakup… and delaying the process of getting back together with him.

Staying within your ex boyfriend’s line of sight is actually sabotaging your chances at getting him back. Every innocent email you send him, every little message you write on his Facebook wall… these things are reassuring your ex that yes, you still love him. Yes, you’re still ‘there’ for him. And yes, you’re willing to come back to him the moment he gives you the nod. You’ve handed him the keys to the kingdom; he now has all the power over what happens next, and you have absolutely none.

Even worse, your ex doesn’t even miss your relationship. Why not? Because he

still has

a relationship with you. He gets to see and hear from you all the time, because you haven’t really gone away. By sticking around and playing the buddy card, you’re actually shooting yourself in the foot when it comes to making your ex boyfriend want you again.

Making Your Boyfriend Miss You Through Withdrawal Techniques

By far, the best way to get your ex to chase you is to walk away. You need to do this cleanly, and you need to do it without looking back. Breaking contact with an ex boyfriend might be the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but it’ll also be the biggest asset you have in fixing your breakup.

When you dated your ex you were a big huge part of his life. Take yourself away gradually, and he has time to get used to the idea of not having you around. But take yourself away all at once? Suddenly your ex boyfriend feels a huge

need for you

again. He turns around and sees a big gaping hole in his life where you used to perfectly fit. This will make him sad, reflective, and a probably bit depressed. Moreover, it can quickly get him wondering if he made a big mistake by dumping you in the first place.

Withdrawal always equates to loneliness. Abruptly tearing yourself away from your ex’s life is the only real way to get him to want you. Understand that no matter how much you miss him… no matter how much you promise things will be different? Your boyfriend will


take you back until he actually wants to be with you again. You can’t guilt him into coming back, you can’t play the pity card, and you certainly can’t trick him into needing you through sex or seduction. These things are temporary patches over a much larger problem, and they’ll always end in failure.

By accepting your breakup instead of fighting it, you’re allowing your ex to put his guard down. Your boyfriend no longer feels the need to convince you about separating, and he’ll feel much more comfortable in talking to you again. Even if your breakup already happened and you’ve already made some mistakes (i.e. chasing after him) in getting your ex back, there are still ways you can let him know that you not only accept his decision but actually agree with it on many levels.

Agreeing With The Breakup To The Point of Turning The Tables

Here’s where things get interesting. Because while accepting what’s happened to your relationship is a good start, once you start


with your ex boyfriend he’ll start wondering why. He’ll go from being defensive and silent to suddenly needing to know


you’re on board with splitting up. When did she stop being happy? How long has she felt this way? Those questions and more will go through your ex’s head, making him wonder just how much longer it would’ve been before YOU broke things off with HIM.

Walk away now, and your ex doesn’t have an answer. Start moving faster, and he’ll begin to chase you. Why? Because he needs to know. In a very strong way, you’ve rejected him. Even though he initiated the break up, the ease at which you’ve accepted things will bother him greatly. Do it right, and your ex will even get a little bit jealous. He might even start wondering if you’ve got another guy in mind (or may have started dating someone else already).

This type of reversal technique is an amazing way to get your ex interested in you again, and to make him want you back. When he knew you were crazy for him, it was easy to let go. But now that you’re moving in a new direction? You suddenly become desirable again. Your unfailing confidence is actually shaking


confidence, making him wonder if he made a wrong decision.

Other Easy Methods To Reverse Your Breakup

There are a lot of different ways you can get your ex boyfriend to chase after you, and all of them work wonders. By arming yourself with the right reconnection techniques, you can get back in touch with an ex even if he hasn’t responded to your attempts at contacting or talking to him.

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Satellite phone subsidy to be extended in Australia

Satellite phone subsidy to be extended in Australia

Monday, May 15, 2006

Senator Helen Coonan, Australian minister for communication, information technology and the arts, has announced the federal government will be extending its subsidy on satellite telephone handsets.

The scheme allows those living or working in parts of remote Australia without conventional mobile telephone services to claim a subsidy of up to AU$1,200 on the purchase of a satellite telephone.

The program was supposed to run for five years from 2002 until 2007. The program will continue until 2009.

In addition to the extension, the scheme’s eligibility criteria will be changed from July 1, 2006 to ensure that the scheme “continues to be well targeted,” according to Senator Coonan.

The changes will allow aboriginal corporations and educational institutions to claim the subsidy, which were previously ineligible. “These changes include increasing the level of support available to Indigenous corporations who may now be able to receive more than two subsidies in some circumstances, and introducing educational institutions as an eligible category,” Senator Coonan said.

The government will also change the way the subsidy is calculated. In the past, it had been calculated based upon the call plan chosen by the customer. The government will now calculate the subsidy based on the amount of time the customer spends in remote areas. Those operating a business in areas without ground-based mobile telephone services will be eligible for the full AU$1,200 subsidy, while those who spend some time in such areas will be eligible for AU$900.

2007 ING Taipei Marathon warming up competition goes to Kaohsiung

2007 ING Taipei Marathon warming up competition goes to Kaohsiung

Monday, September 17, 2007

On Saturday of September 15, ING Taipei Marathon South Taiwan Warming Up Competition goes to Kaohsiung Museum of Fine Arts, not only 1615 professional runners but also international runners from Canada, Japan, UK, USA, Germany, and Ireland participated this event. And event organizer Chinese Taipei Road Running Association (CTRRA) presented limited “I Love Marathon” T-shirt for some of 3KM group runners.

Not only international runners, companies and enterprises such as China Steel Corp., CPC Corp. Taiwan, Taiwan Power Company, Chi Mei Medical Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, NXP Semiconductors Taiwan, Corning Co., Ltd. (Taiwan), National Highway Police Bureau of Taiwan, Kang Hsuan Educational Publishing Group, Kaohsiung Prison and Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office of Ministry of Justice of Taiwan also grouped and participated this event.

A great intensive competition is still in Men’s Group between Wen-chien Wu and Tsu-chien Cheng, but Wu still held his honor and won back this championship with 27 minutes and 34 seconds; In the Women’s Group, Chien-her Hsieh won with 31 minutes and 34 seconds, Yu-hao Wu won the champion with 40 minutes and 27 seconds in the Blind Group.

After this event, ING Antai and CTRRA announced that next stage of ING Taipei Marathon Warming Up will go to Taichung City at September 30.

Winfrey announces end of ‘Oprah’

Winfrey announces end of ‘Oprah’
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Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and feels right in my spirit

Oprah Winfrey has announced that she will retire from her talk show on September 9, 2011, during season 25. Winfrey made the announcement on Friday’s broadcast of The Oprah Winfrey Show. Suppressing tears, she explained that careful thought and prayer had gone into her decision. “Twenty-five years feels right in my bones and feels right in my spirit”, she told her audience.

The Oprah Winfrey Show was first televised on September 8, 1986. For the first ten years she competed with other talk shows by discussing relationships and parallel subjects. In the late 1990s her show changed focus to incorporate stories relating to spirituality and human interest.

Winfrey has had lasting effects on the city of Chicago, Illinois. The surrounding neighborhood of Harpo Productions was rundown prior to the company’s success. Chicago residents have expressed concern over what would occur if Winfrey were to leave. According to the Associated Press, citizens view The Oprah Winfrey Show as, “a reminder of what has been, and what could be lost.”

News sources speculate that Winfrey will air a replacement on the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011.

One Of A Hundred People Who Get West Nile Virus Get Very Very Sick}

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One out of a hundred or more specifically one out of a hundred and ten people who get West Nile Virus Disease from mosquitoes get very very sick with neurological brain damage.

West Nile Virus is a virus that infects human beings, birds, horses and mosquitoes. West Nile Virus has been found in 47 states in the United States. Prevention is always the best method of attack.

The best way to avoid infection with West Nile Virus is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and neighborhood. First get rid of standing water in ponds, birdbaths, pails, wading pools and old tires where mosquitoes can and do breed prolifically. Local hardware stores carry products to keep those deadly mosquitoes from breeding in small ponds. Next make sure that you repair any tears in windows and porch as well as patio screens. It is best to stay indoors during dawn, dusk and the early evening hours when mosquito populations abound. If you do go outdoors doing these high risk mosquito time period it is best to wear socks and shoes, long pants not shorts no matter what heat and a long sleeved not short sleeved shirts. Loose fitting, rather than tight fitting clothing, and light rather than dark colored clothing is always best.

If you do have to go outdoors then use an insect repellant that contains DEEY. Apply the DEET mosquito repellent liberally according to directions on the label of the mosquito repellant product. If you have to apply mosquito repellant to children best to contact your doctor or medical professional.

West Nile Virus is most often spread by mosquitoes; Mosquitoes become infected by biting birds that carry the West Nile Virus. People can get the West Nile Virus when an infected mosquito bites them. All it takes is a bit from one solitary mosquito. This bite of misfortune most often happens in the warm weather months of spring, summer and fall. Luckily you cannot get West Nile Virus transferred from your pet dog or cat or another person.

If a 140 people are infected by West Nile Virus 110 people may have the disease and yet be ok and have no effects. Thirty people will get mildly sick. One person with serious Western Nile Disease will get very very sick with meningitis or encephalitis- very serious brain swelling disorders.

About 20 percent of people develop a mild infection called West Nile fever. Common signs and symptoms of West Nile fever include:

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Skin rash







Muscle aches

Lack of appetite

Swollen lymph glands

West Nile Fever usually lasts only three to six days.

However some people continue on after their West Nile Fever with very serious encephalitis or menaginitis. The symptoms they will encounter can include:

High fever

Severe headache

Stiff neck

Disorientation or confusion

Stupor or coma

Tremors or muscle jerking

Signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Lack of coordination



Partial paralysis or sudden weakness

The brain encephalitis and meningitis can go on for weeks and weeks. Paralysis can be permanent.

West Nile Virus has been found in fully 47 states of the United States. The worst area for West Nile Virus incidence is California followed by Arizona, Colorado and Texas. West Nile Virus is not a joke. Be alert for scores of dead birds in your area. One bite from a West Nile Fever infected mosquito can change your life for the worst. Protect yourself.

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Yemen’s first-ever feature film to be screened at Cannes Festival

Yemen’s first-ever feature film to be screened at Cannes Festival
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Friday, May 6, 2005

The first ever feature-length film to be shot in Yemen will be screened, but will not compete for prizes, at this year’s international Cannes Film Festival. The 90-minute romantic drama by British-Yemeni film director, Bader Ben Hirsi, is titled A New Day in Old Sanaa’a.

“For the most people viewing this film, it will be the first time they ever see images of Yemen. The results will be a very positive message” which offers a “true and honest” portrait of life in Yemen, said a spokesman from the Yemeni Media Center in 2003, when the film was in the planning stage. The film will depict aspects that are “completely different from the negative image that most of the world has” of the Middle-Eastern Arab nation, said the spokesman.

Sana’a, where the capital of Yemen has been relocated since 1962, is known for its Muslim university and many mosques, as a center of Islamic culture. It was noted in medieval times as a beautiful and hospitable city, and was described by the 10th century Persian traveler Ahmad ibn Rustah as follows: “It is the city of Yemen — there not being found in the highland or the Tihama or the Hijaz a city greater, more populous or more prosperous, of more noble origin or more delicious food than it… with fine dwellings.”

The leading actor is Nabil Saber of Old Sana’a, and his co-star is the actress and make-up artist Julia Towns of London. The pair found real-life romance and exchanged wedding vows last year in London, after bowing to tradition and obtaining agreement from both their families.

The film, co-produced by the Yemen Media Center and Felix Films of London, is not yet 100% complete due to funding shortfall. There is planned to be a low-key showing to introduce the film at the Marché du Film (Film Market) portion of the Cannes Festival, but it is not eligible to compete for the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) due to its unfinished status. The official premiere is to be held this summer, with widespread promotion and showing in universities and art centers around the world.

Ben Hirsi commented on his film, “A New Day in Old Sana’a could be categorized as a romantic drama, showing a very real conflict between modern values and old, [but] is respectful of the strong morals of Yemen’s Islamic society. It does not contain such cinematic norms as profanity, graphic violence or sexually explicit content… As is true in modern-day Sana’a, however, traditional practices and concepts are tackled and confronted — topics such as love, caste, Yemeni marriage customs and the wearing of the veil are addressed in detail, and the inner turmoil that results from changing social values in a modernizing society forms a central theme of the story.”

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A portrait of Scotland: Gallery reopens after £17.6 million renovation

A portrait of Scotland: Gallery reopens after £17.6 million renovation
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Today saw Edinburgh’s Scottish National Portrait Gallery reopen following a two-and-a-half-year, £17.6m (US$27.4m) refurbishment. Conversion of office and storage areas sees 60% more space available for displays, and the world’s first purpose-built portrait space is redefining what a portrait gallery should contain; amongst the displays are photographs of the Scottish landscape—portraits of the country itself.

First opened in 1889, Sir Robert Rowand Anderson’s red sandstone building was gifted to the nation by John Ritchie Findlay, then-owner of The Scotsman newspaper and, a well-known philanthropist. The original cost of construction between 1885 and 1890 is estimated at over 70,000 pounds sterling. Up until 1954, the building also housed the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland who moved to the National Museum of Scotland buildings on Chambers Street. The society’s original meeting table now sits in the public part of the portrait gallery’s library, stared down on by an array of busts and phrenological artefacts.

Wikinewsie Brian McNeil, with other members of the press, received a guided tour of the gallery last Monday from Deputy Director Nicola Kalinsky. What Kalinsky described as an introduction to the gallery that previously took around 40 minutes, now takes in excess of an hour-and-a-half; with little in the way of questions asked, a more inquisitive tour group could readily take well over two hours to be guided round the seventeen exhibitions currently housed in the gallery.

A substantial amount of the 60% additional exhibition space is readily apparent on the ground floor. On your left as you enter the gallery is the newly-fitted giant glass elevator, and the “Hot Scots” photographic portrait gallery. This exhibit is intended to show well-known Scottish faces, and will change over time as people fall out of favour, and others take their place. A substantial number of the people now being highlighted are current, and recent, cast members from the BBC’s Doctor Who series.

The new elevator (left) is the most visible change to improve disabled access to the gallery. Prior to the renovation work, access was only ‘on request’ through staff using a wooden ramp to allow wheelchair access. The entire Queen Street front of the building is reworked with sloping access in addition to the original steps. Whilst a lift was previously available within the gallery, it was only large enough for two people; when used for a wheelchair, it was so cramped that any disabled person’s helper had to go up or down separately from them.

The gallery expects that the renovation work will see visitor numbers double from before the 2009 closure to around 300,000 each year. As with many of Edinburgh’s museums and galleries, access is free to the public.

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The expected significant increase in numbers has seen them working closely with the National Museum of Scotland, which was itself reopened earlier this year after extensive refurbishment work; improved access for wheelchair users also makes it far easier for mothers with baby buggies to access the gallery – prompting more thought on issues as seemingly small as nappy-changing – as Patricia Convery, the gallery’s Head of Press, told Wikinews, a great deal of thought went into the practicalities of increased visitor numbers, and what is needed to ensure as many visitors as possible have a good experience at the gallery.

Press access to the gallery on Monday was from around 11:30am, with refreshments and an opportunity to catch some of the staff in the Grand Hall before a brief welcoming introduction to the refurbished gallery given by John Leighton, director of the National Galleries of Scotland. Centre-stage in the Grand Hall is a statue of Robert Burns built with funds raised from around the British Empire and intended for his memorial situated on Edinburgh’s Calton Hill.

The ambulatories surrounding the Grand Hall give the space a cathedral-like feel, with numerous busts – predominantly of Scottish figures – looking in on the tiled floor. The east corner holds a plaque commemorating the gallery’s reopening, next to a far more ornate memorial to John Ritchie Findlay, who not only funded and commissioned the building’s construction, but masterminded all aspects of the then-new home for the national collection.

Split into two groups, members of the press toured with gallery Director James Holloway, and Nicola Kalinsky, Deputy Director. Wikinews’ McNeil joined Kalinsky’s group, first visiting The Contemporary Scotland Gallery. This ground-floor gallery currently houses two exhibits, first being the Hot Scots display of photographic portraits of well-known Scottish figures from film, television, and music. Centre-stage in this exhibit is the newly-acquired Albert Watson portrait of Sir Sean Connery. James McAvoy, Armando Iannucci, playwright John Byrne, and Dr Who actress Karen Gillan also feature in the 18-photograph display.

The second exhibit in the Contemporary gallery, flanked by the new educational facilities, is the Missing exhibit. This is a video installation by Graham Fagen, and deals with the issue of missing persons. The installation was first shown during the National Theatre of Scotland’s staging of Andrew O’Hagan’s play, The Missing. Amongst the images displayed in Fagen’s video exhibit are clips from the deprived Sighthill and Wester-Hailes areas of Edinburgh, including footage of empty play-areas and footbridges across larger roads that sub-divide the areas.

With the only other facilities on the ground floor being the education suite, reception/information desk, cafe and the gallery’s shop, Wikinews’ McNeil proceeded with the rest of Kalinsky’s tour group to the top floor of the gallery, all easily fitting into the large glass hydraulic elevator.

The top (2nd) floor of the building is now divided into ten galleries, with the larger spaces having had lowered, false ceilings removed, and adjustable ceiling blinds installed to allow a degree of control over the amount of natural light let in. The architects and building contractors responsible for the renovation work were required, for one side of the building, to recreate previously-removed skylights by duplicating those they refurbished on the other. Kalinsky, at one point, highlighted a constructed-from-scratch new sandstone door frame; indistinguishable from the building’s original fittings, she remarked that the building workers had taken “a real interest” in the vision for the gallery.

The tour group were first shown the Citizens of the World gallery, currently hosting an 18th century Enlightenment-themed display which focuses on the works of David Hume and Allan Ramsay. Alongside the most significant 18th century items from the National Portrait Gallery’s collection, are some of the 133 new loans for the opening displays. For previous visitors to the gallery, one other notable change is underfoot; previously carpeted, the original parquet floors of the museum have been polished and varnished, and there is little to indicate it is over 120 years since the flooring was originally laid.

Throughout many of the upper-floor displays, the gallery has placed more light-sensitive works in wall-mounted cabinets and pull-out drawers. Akin to rummaging through the drawers and cupboards of a strange house, a wealth of items – many previously never displayed – are now accessible by the public. Commenting on the larger, featured oils, Deputy Director Kalinsky stressed that centuries-old portraits displayed in the naturally-lit upper exhibitions had not been restored for the opening; focus groups touring the gallery during the renovation had queried this, and the visibly bright colours are actually the consequence of displaying the works in natural light, not costly and risky restoration of the paintings.

There are four other large galleries on the top floor. Reformation to Revolution is an exhibition covering the transition from an absolute Catholic monarchy through to the 1688 revolution. Items on-display include some of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery’s most famous items – including Mary Queen of Scots and The Execution of Charles I. The portrait-based depiction of this historical age is complemented with prints, medals, and miniatures from the period.

Imagining Power is a Jacobite-themed exhibition, one which looks at the sometime-romanticised Stuart dynasty. The Gallery owns the most extensive collection of such material in the world; the portraiture that includes Flora MacDonald and Prince Charles Edward Stuart is complemented by glassware from the period which is on-loan from the Drambuie Liqueur Company which Kalinsky remarked upon as the only way Scots from the period could celebrate the deposed monarchy – toasting The King over the Water in appropriately engraved glasses.

On the other side of the upper floor, the two main naturally-lit exhibitions are The Age of Improvement, and Playing for Scotland. The first of these looks at societal changes through the 18th and 19th centuries, including Nasmyth’s 1787 portrait of the young Robert Burns and – well-known to past visitors to the portrait gallery – Raeburn’s 1822 depiction of Sir Walter Scott. These are complemented with some of the National Gallery’s collection of landscapes and earliest scenes from Scottish industry.

Playing for Scotland takes a look at the development of modern sports in the 19th century; migration from countryside to cities dramatically increased participation in sporting activities, and standardised rules were laid down for many modern sports. This exhibition covers Scotland’s four national sports – curling, shinty, golf, and bowls – and includes some interesting photographic images, such as those of early strong-men, which show how more leisure time increased people’s involvement in sporting activities.

Next to the Reformation to Revolution gallery is A Survey of Scotland. Largely composed of works on-loan from the National Library of Scotland, this showcase of John Slezer’s work which led to the 1693 publication of Theatrum Scotiae also includes some of the important early landscape paintings in the national collection.

The work of Scotland’s first portrait painter, the Aberdeen-born George Jamesone, takes up the other of the smaller exhibits on the east side of the refurbished building. As the first-ever dedicated display of Jamesone’s work, his imaginary heroic portraits of Robert the Bruce and Sir William Wallace are included.

On the west side of the building, the two smaller galleries currently house the Close Encounters and Out of the Shadow exhibits. Close Encounters is an extensive collection of the Glasgow slums photographic work of Thomas Annan. Few people are visible in the black and white images of the slums, making what were squalid conditions appear more romantic than the actual conditions of living in them.

The Out of the Shadow exhibit takes a look at the role of women in 19th century Scotland, showing them moving forward and becoming more recognisable individuals. The exceptions to the rules of the time, known for their work as writers and artists, as-opposed to the perceived role of primary duties as wives and mothers, are showcased. Previously constrained to the domestic sphere and only featuring in portraits alongside men, those on-display are some of the people who laid the groundwork for the Suffrage movement.

The first floor of the newly-reopened building has four exhibits on one side, with the library and photographic gallery on the other. The wood-lined library was moved, in its entirety, from elsewhere in the building and is divided into two parts. In the main public part, the original table from the Society of Antiquaries sits centred and surrounded by glass-fronted cabinets of reference books. Visible, but closed to public access, is the research area. Apart from a slight smell of wood glue, there was little to indicate to the tour group that the entire room had been moved from elsewhere in the building.

The War at Sea exhibit, a collaboration with the Imperial War Museum, showcases the work of official war artist John Lavery. His paintings are on-display, complemented by photographs of the women who worked in British factories throughout the First World War. Just visible from the windows of this gallery is the Firth of Forth where much of the naval action in the war took place. Situated in the corner of the room is a remote-controlled ‘periscope’ which allows visitors a clearer view of the Forth as-seen from the roof of the building.

Sir Patrick Geddes, best-known for his work on urban planning, is cited as one of the key influencers of the Scottish Renaissance Movement which serves as a starting point for The Modern Scot exhibit. A new look at the visual aspects of the movement, and a renewal of Scottish Nationalist culture that began between the two World Wars, continuing into the late 20th century, sees works by William McCance, William Johnstone, and notable modernists on display.

Migration Stories is a mainly photographic exhibit, prominently featuring family portraits from the country’s 30,000-strong Pakistani community, and exploring migration into and out of Scotland. The gallery’s intent is to change the exhibit over time, taking a look at a range of aspects of Scottish identity and the influence on that from migration. In addition to the striking portraits of notable Scots-Pakistani family groups, Fragments of Love – by Pakistani-born filmmaker Sana Bilgrami – and Isabella T. McNair’s visual narration of a Scottish teacher in Lahore are currently on-display.

The adjacent Pioneers of Science exhibit has Ken Currie’s 2002 Three Oncologists as its most dramatic item. Focussing on Scotland’s reputation as a centre of scientific innovation, the model for James Clerk Maxwell’s statue in the city’s George Street sits alongside photographs from the Roslin Institute and a death mask of Dolly the sheep. Deputy Director Kalinsky, commented that Dolly had been an incredibly spoilt animal, often given sweets, and this was evident from her teeth when the death mask was taken.

Now open daily from 10am to 5pm, and with more of their collection visible than ever before, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery will change some of the smaller current exhibits after 12 to 18 months on display. The ground-floor information desk has available five mini-guides, or ‘trails’, which are thematic guides to specific display items. These are: The Secret Nature trail, The Catwalk Collection trail, The Situations Vacant trail, The Best Wee Nation & The World trail, and The Fur Coat an’ Nae Knickers Trail.