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Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Scottish Splinter


Scottish Splinter.
Doctor MacDonald, " How did you get a splinter in your tongue Sandy ? "
Sandy, " I upset my Scotch whisky on the bar counter on New Year's Eve. "

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Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Scottish Pulpit Hill


Scottish Pulpit Hill. Pulpit Hill has a fine viewpoint over the town and harbour of Oban, with ferry boats endlessly coming and going down below.

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Monday, 29 December 2008

Scottish Highlanders Threshing Corn


Scottish Highlanders Threshing Corn.

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Sunday, 28 December 2008

Scottish Broch


Scottish Broch. Broch of Mousa is the finest preserved example of a broch or round tower in Shetland, Scotland. It is the tallest still standing in the world and amongst the best-preserved prehistoric buildings in Europe. It is thought to have been constructed circa 100 BC, one of 570 brochs built throughout Scotland.

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Friday, 26 December 2008

Scottish Free Library


An old view of the Scottish Free Library at Campbeltown. The town of Campbeltown was a former royal burgh in Argyll and Bute, Scotland, located by Campbeltown Loch on the Kintyre peninsula. For many years, from the 17th century, it was an important centre for shipbuilding and Scotch whisky, and a busy fishing port.

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Monday, 22 December 2008

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Monday, 15 December 2008

Scottish Jaw


Scottish Jaw. " Dr MacDonald, this is Sandy Macpherson. My wife, Flora, has broken her jaw. If you are passing by our house sometime in the next six months, could you please pop in for a visit ? "

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Friday, 12 December 2008

Scottish Foghorn


An old view of the Scottish Foghorn at Mull of Galloway, Scotland. Though no longer operational, there is a viewing platform at foghorn overlooks seabird colonies.

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Tuesday, 9 December 2008

Tuesday, 2 December 2008

Scottish Faces

Scottish Faces Insults.
Add 'He's got' or 'She's got' as necessary:

A face like the back o' the lum. ( lum is an old Scottish word for chimney)
A face like a bashed thripny (an 'old' money threepence coin was 12-sided).
A face like a burst couch.
A face like a burst melodeon.
A face like a bag o' bruised fruit.
A face like a hen layin razors.
A face like a salt tattie.
A face like a torn scone.
A face like a wet washing.
A face like a weel-kickit ba'.
A face like a weel-kept grave.
A face like a bulldog chewin' a wasp.
A face like a melted welly.

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Monday, 1 December 2008

Scottish Guddling Burn


Scottish Guddling Burn. A "burn" is a small stream in Scotland. Guddling is a technique for catching fish with the bare hand. You wiggle fingers in the water under a fish, slip them in the gills, and flip the fish on to the bank of the stream.

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Sunday, 30 November 2008

Scottish Youth Choir St Andrew's Day Scotland


A Scottish youth choir performing on St Andrew's Day in the Wellgate Centre, Dundee, Scotland. The Scots Wha Hae lyrics were written by Robert Burns in 1793, in the form of a speech given by Robert the Bruce before the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314, where Scotland maintained its independence from England.

Original lyrics for Scot Wha Hae in Scots.

Scots, wha hae wi' Wallace bled,
Scots, wham Bruce has aften led,
Welcome tae your gory bed,
Or tae Victorie!

Now's the day, and now's the hour:
See the front o' battle lour,
See approach proud Edward's power,
Chains and Slaverie!

Wha will be a traitor knave?
Wha will fill a coward's grave?
Wha sae base as be a slave?
Let him turn and flee!

Wha, for Scotland's king and law,
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand, or Freeman fa',
Let him on wi' me!

By Oppression's woes and pains!
By your sons in servile chains!
We will drain our dearest veins,
But they shall be free!

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty's in every blow!
Let us do or dee!'

Scots Wha Hae English lyrics.

Scots, who have with Wallace bled,
Scots, whom Bruce has often led,
Welcome to your gory bed.
Or to victory!

Now is the day, and now is the hour:
See the front of battle lower (threaten),
See approach proud Edward's power.
Chains and slavery!

Who will be a traitor knave?
Who will fill a coward's grave?
Who's so base as be a slave?
Let him turn, and flee!

Who for Scotland's King and Law.
Freedom's sword will strongly draw,
Freeman stand or freeman fall,
Let him follow me!

By oppression's woes and pains,
By your sons in servile chains,
We will drain our dearest veins.
But they shall be free!

Lay the proud usurpers low!
Tyrants fall in every foe!
Liberty is in every blow!
Let us do or die!'

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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Scottish Grannie

My grannie was weel kent to be no' canny. She had ways of doin' things and kennin' things that naebody could mak oot. At last she deeit, and she behoved to be buryit i' the Barr, that's a village on the ither side o' the hills, laigh doon by the Stinchar. When the funeral day cam', we carryit the coffin up the steep road, and when we were gettin' near the tap, and hadna mickle breath left, for the coffin was nae licht wecht, a fine-lookin' gentleman, ridin' a fine black horse, made up to us. Nane o' us kennt him or had seen him afore. But he rade alangside o' us, and cracked awa' maist croosely, and cheered us sae that we gaed scrievin' doon the brae on the ither side. Weel, you may jalouse we were a wee bit forfeuchen when we cam' to the kirkyard, and some o' us thocht we wadna be the waur o' bit drappie afore we gaed on wi' the buryin'. Sae we steppit into the public-hoose. Weel, ye mauna think we bydeit lang there, but losh me! when we cam' oot the coffin wi' my grannie in't was awa', and sae was the man an' the black horse. And to this day I canna tell what cam' ower them.

Archibald Geikie, 1835-1924.

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Thursday, 27 November 2008

Scottish Glovebox Atlas


Scottish Glovebox Atlas. This handy A5 atlas fits in the glovebox of your car, perfect for quick referencing on the move. This Atlas of Scotland is spiral bound for flat-folding pages and includes speed camera's with speed limits, shown on the mapping. Including information on route planning, car ferry routes, road map symbols, key to map range county map and mileage chart, this is the perfect glovebox companion for travelling through Scotland. Glovebox Atlas Scotland (AA Atlases and Maps).

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Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Scottish Training Ship


Scottish Training Ship. We'll Send Ye Tae the Mars. The Story of Dundee's Legendary Training Ship. For sixty years, the Mars Training Ship lay anchored on the River Tay at Dundee and it became a famous local landmark. In that time, more that 6,500 homeless and destitute boys joined the ranks of the ship to learn new skills and to keep out of trouble. We'll Send Ye Tae the Mars: The Story of Dundee's Legendary Training Ship.

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Monday, 24 November 2008

Scottish Granny Porage Stories


Scottish Granny Porage Stories. Three illustrated stories to read aloud. Once upon a time, a long time ago, there was a wee cottage all by itself on an island. The island was on a small loch, up over the hill from the village by the shore. In this cottage there lived a little old woman, who was known to everyone as Granny Porage. So begins the stories of Granny Porage, set in a time in Scotland long before now. The Granny Porage Stories.

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Friday, 21 November 2008

Thursday, 20 November 2008

Scottish Globe Hotel


Scottish Globe Hotel. This interesting old hostelry, popularly called Burns Howff, is situated in the High Street, Dumfries, Scotland. It is located along a narrow close opposite Assembly Street. It was near the house of Robert Burns and was the tavern to which the Scottish Bard gave preference while he resided in the town. Many a jolly hour he spent there, as have, over the past hundred years, the members and friends of the Howff Club, in captivating surroundings and convivial company.

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Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Best Scottish Christmas Books 2008



Best Scottish Christmas Books 2008.

Monday, 17 November 2008

Best Scottish Christmas Piping Gift 2008


Best Scottish Christmas Piping Gift 2008. Spirit Of The Glen Journey, from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, was partly recorded on the frontlines of a war zone in Basra, this remarkable collection of songs represents true dedication and spirit. A mobile recording unit was used to capture many of the tracks including For The Fallen, an emotive poem spoken over a solo piper, recorded on a runway with the hum of Basra in the distance. Track Listing. 1. Abide With Me (2008), 2. Unchained Melody, 3. Auld Lang Syne, 4. Greensleeves, 5. Celtic Medley, 6. Journey To The Line, 7. Take My Breath Away, 8. Suo Gan (2008), 9. Dawning Of The Day, 10. Braveheart, 11. Dear Lord And Father, 12. In Flander's Field, 13. Banks of the Don, 14. Time to Say Goodbye, 15. For the Fallen (Flowers of the Forest). Spirit Of The Glen Journey
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Friday, 14 November 2008

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Thursday, 13 November 2008

Scottish Borders Coaching Inn


An old view of a Scottish Borders Coaching Inn at Gretna Green, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland.

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Scottish Haunted Tower


Scottish Haunted Tower in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland. The White Ghost from the haunted tower walks the grounds of St Andrews Cathedral and the nearby shoreline, and is most often seen in the winter months.

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