Archive for ‘Scotland’

July 21, 2019

The Silence of Scotland

by duncanr

‘Only in silence can we hear the song of nature. Natural silence is not the absence of sound from nature it is the absence of noise from modern life’

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July 6, 2019

England likes its corpse roads

by allthoughtswork

A view of Kinder Scout, the highest hill in England's Peak District.

“The practice of roaming freely has led to many clashes over the years, usually with landowners, so the government has determined that every historic byway and thoroughfare must be mapped by 2026, or private land rights will take precedence over traditional mobility.”

So, if you’ve got a corpse road, coffin route, bier way, lychway, burial road, or church way in yer back yard, better get filing.

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June 26, 2019

It means you’ll sleep on sheets tonight

by allthoughtswork

A Very Entertaining Artist Creates A Guide To Show The Languages And Customs Of Different Countries

June 17, 2019

Summer Blues

by duncanr


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June 3, 2019

Gaol ise Gaol i

by duncanr

Waulking songs are Scottish folk songs, traditionally sung in the Gaelic language by women while fulling cloth. This practice involved a group of women rhythmically beating newly woven tweed against a table or similar surface to soften it. Simple, beat-driven songs were used to accompany the workWikipedia
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June 1, 2019

Lords of the Isles – Finlaggan

by duncanr

the Lords of the Isles ruled over the Hebrides and parts of mainland Scotland and Ulster during the 15th Century from their base on the islands of Eilean Mor (or Large Isle) and Eilean na Comhairle (or Council Isle) on Loch Finlaggan on Islay

‘Drawing on the findings of the Finlaggan Archaeological Project, researchers at the University of St Andrews and Smart History have created a new digital reconstruction of Finlaggan as it may have appeared in the fifteenth century – in the latter phase of its medieval glory days’
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more info – here

April 21, 2019

Friendly Neighbours

by duncanr

a guy gets drunk at a party, leaves to get a taxi home, misses it, and decides to return to the party and wait there till the morning

when he re-enters the house where the party was held, it’s all quiet, the guests have all left,and the owners of the house have gone to bed, so he makes himself some pot noodles in the kitchen, then falls asleep on the sofa

in the morning, when the householders wake him up, he discovers he is in the wrong house

as one commentator on youtube says- ‘if this had happened in the US this poor fellow probably would’ve been shot

as it’s Scotland, however, when the householders find a strange man sleeping in their living room, they offer him a cigarette and a cup of tea . . .

February 23, 2019

It’s no Edinboro

by duncanr

a wee video listing some interesting things about Scotland for anyone who doesn’t know much about the country

ye’d think though that if someone went to the trouble of researching and producing a video about Scotland, they’d take the time to learn how to pronounce the name of the country’s capital city, Edinburgh – it’s Edinbrruh (where the ‘u’ is pronounced as is the’u’ in the word ‘up’) but most definitely NOT Edinboro !

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February 5, 2019

Kilt Roulette

by allthoughtswork

If we had shows like this in America, I might start watching television again.

January 29, 2019

Scottish Air Traffic Control

by duncanr