Posts tagged ‘Scotland’

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 24, 2019

Keeking intae the Future wi’ Kale

by duncanr

apparently, until early 1900s, kale played a significant role in halloween celebrations in Scotland – principally for single folk to devine clues as to their future partner

read all about it – here

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 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 15, 2019

Scotland in Motion

by duncanr
July 31, 2019

Talkin’ aboot wir language

by duncanr

when we buried my partner a few weeks ago, I addressed the mourners gathered at her graveside

at the pub afterwards, several folk commented on how scottish I had sounded

this didn’t surprise me – since I moved to England 35 years ago, I have dropped uniquely scottish words from my vocabulary and adopted english instead of scottish pronunciation of common words so folk can understand what I’m saying, but when I’m angry, stressed, or emotional I unconsciously slip back into using scottish words and pronunciation, so I found this ted talk on the scottish language interesting – his early school experience exactly mirrored my own
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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’