Archive for ‘Scotland’

December 12, 2019

When Scotland Cancelled Christmas

by duncanr

my English friends often ask me why I don’t really celebrate Christmas. I try to explain that New Year is a more important celebration in Scotland than is Christmas – or at least it was when I was growing up in Scotland so that has kind of shaped my attitude towards Christmas. That then leads to another question – why have Scots traditionally celebrated New Year more than Xmas. A question I’ve – till now – been unable to answer. Now that I’ve stumbled upon this video, however, I’m ready for the next person to ask me that question

December 1, 2019

Snow

by duncanr

one of the things I miss living where I now do is – snow

I loved winters in Scotland and Canada for the weeks of deep, deep snow. Here in Brum, we’re lucky to get a few centimeters for a day or two before it melts away so the news this morning that Scotland was expecting 40 days of snow got me reminiscing about past winters in Scotland and wishing I was back home again

Coincidentally, a friend today emailed me a link to this . .

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November 30, 2019

Scottish Scran

by duncanr

if ye wanna celebrate St Andrew’s Day wi’ some Scottish scran (food). here’s twa recipes fur ye tae try oot . . .
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November 30, 2019

St Andrew’s Day

by duncanr

today being St Andrew’s Day (Andrew being the patron saint of Scotland) gives me the perfect excuse to play a couple of songs that tug at my heart strings . . .
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November 11, 2019

Healing Our Planet: Restoring the Earth

by duncanr

in this TED talk, Alan Watson-Featherstone describes his life’s work to restore Scotland’s ancient Caledonian Forest – ‘a gift for future generations’

October 20, 2019

They call him the Bob Ross of bushcraft

by allthoughtswork

In actuality, Andrew Davidson is a carpenter with a degree in filmography who posts his short UK leave-no-trace camping adventures in a series of soothing wilderness videos.

Soft spoken and genial, he uses calming background music and most of his footage is stable rather than bouncing along at the end of a selfie stick. (thank god)

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October 6, 2019

Origin of the Scots Language

by duncanr

explained firstly in English
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and now, for comparison, the same video narrated in Scots
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October 4, 2019

Now I know where to go in Scotland to hit on men

by allthoughtswork

October 3, 2019

Scotland: Mission Blue Hope Spot

by duncanr

I wish you would use all means at your disposal — films, the web, expeditions, new submarines, a campaign! — to ignite public support for a network of global marine protected areas, hope spots large enough to save and restore the ocean, the blue heart of the planet‘ – Dr. Sylvia Earle 2009 TED

the Argyll coast of western Scotland, and the islands off shore, are the UK’s first Mission Blue Hope Spot

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p.s. be sure to watch the video in full screen mode

September 21, 2019

Around the world in 14 accents

by allthoughtswork

Linguistic tour starts at 1:31

I gotta say, Dunc, that little Canadian spud might be more Scottish than thu.