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  • Mull of Kintyre - Looking back on a Scottish mega-hit

    08/22/2017 6:10:27 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 August 2017 | David Allison
    The late summer might seem like a strange time to write and record a Christmas number one but that is exactly what happened on a Kintyre farm 40 years ago this month. The song in question was Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre", co-written with Denny Laine and featuring the local Campbeltown Pipe Band. For a number of years it was the biggest-selling single of all time, and was the first UK single to sell more than two million copies. Co-writer Laine had joined McCartney's group Wings in 1971, having previously enjoyed chart success with The Moody Blues, and over...
  • The Italian highlanders who may have Scottish roots

    08/11/2017 8:54:38 AM PDT · by Theoria · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 11 Aug 2017 | Dany Mitzman
    Thousands of Italians emigrated to Scotland in the 20th Century, but it seems that 400 years earlier a group of Scots may have settled in a village in the Italian Alps. So local legend has it… And there are plenty of signs to suggest that maybe, just maybe, it's true. High up in the mountains of northern Italy, just a few kilometres from the Swiss border, the people of the tiny village of Gurro speak a strange dialect, incomprehensible even to the other villages in the same valley. They have peculiar surnames, and the women's traditional costume features a patterned...
  • Scotland to Britain: Protect Scotch whisky after Brexit

    07/30/2017 7:20:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 30, 2017 8:11 AM EDT
    Scotland has called for Scotch to be defined in U.K. law so its vital whisky industry can be protected after Brexit. Scottish Economy Secretary Keith Brown has written to officials asking for strong legal protections for the industry, which is worth around £4 billion ($5.3 billion) in exports. A European Union definition of whisky currently protects sales from substandard products — but EU laws will no longer apply to Britain after the country exits the bloc in 2019. …
  • Six Out of Ten Scots Now Say They Have No Religion

    07/09/2017 5:43:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Sunday Post ^ | 7/1/17 | Catriona Webster
    THE proportion of Scots who say they have no religion has reached a new high, a survey shows. The latest Scottish Social Attitudes survey found that nearly six in 10 (58%) describe themselves as having no religion, up from 40% in 1999. The survey, carried out by ScotCen, revealed that those aged 18-34 were the least likely to be religious, at 74% compared to 34% of those over 65. The Church of Scotland has been hardest hit by the drop in religious affiliation, with just 18% saying they belong to the Kirk compared to 35% in 1999. The proportion of...
  • Night of the Northern Lights

    06/27/2017 10:57:40 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 3 replies
    On 25th February 2014 Sun produced X4.9 flare which on 27th February caused G2 (KP 6) geomagnetic storm on Earth. It was the brightest aurora display so far during this solar maximum which I could witness with auroral displays overhead in the far north of Scotland. This short movie illustrates what has been seen from latitude 58.3 degrees north. Here is a link to the music used, as many of you asked about it http://www.pond5.com/stock-music/1070...
  • An Eerie Tour of Craignethan Castle

    06/26/2017 6:47:27 PM PDT · by Trumpnation · 9 replies
    YouTube ^ | 6-26-17 | JR
    Craignethan Castle is a ruined castle in South Lanarkshire, Scotland. It is located above the River Nethan, a tributary of the River Clyde, at NS816464. The castle is two miles west of the village of Crossford, and 4.5 miles north-west of Lanark. Built in the first half of the 16th century, Craignethan is recognised as an excellent early example of a sophisticated artillery fortification, although its defences were never fully tested.
  • Top UK University tells Immigrants: No Pooing in Bins, Showers

    06/20/2017 6:55:46 PM PDT · by BogusTimes · 53 replies
    Bogus Times ^ | 6/20/17 | Kim Parkhurst
    Strathclyde University sent an email to 650 “multi-cultural” students and staff after janitors complained about “people pooing in bins, showers and the likes” and apparently not knowing there were toilets designed for such personal business. The memo was emailed last week by the operations management team of the University's state-of-the-art Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) to its 400 students and staff of 250.
  • University warns over 'inappropriate' lavatory habits - blaming foreign students for defecating ...

    06/19/2017 6:31:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    (UK) Daily Mail ^ | June 12, 2017 | Luke Barnes
    Complete Headline: University warns over 'inappropriate' lavatory habits - blaming foreign students for defecating in the showers and dustbins The memo was emailed to 400 students and 250 staff at Strathclyde University [in Scotland] It reminded them that 'all bodily fluids' needed to be 'disposed down the toilet' The memo singled out the 'different practices' of foreign students But a university spokeswoman later hurridly apologised for the email Students at one of Scotland's top universities have been told off for pooing in showers and bins. Bosses at Strathclyde University were forced to send a memo to the 400 students and...
  • Scots Muslim Convert Forced to Flee Country After Sick Social Media Rant on Manchester Bombing

    05/31/2017 1:43:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Daily Record ^ | 31 MAY 2017 | MARK MCGIVERN
    Scots Muslim convert forced to flee country after sick social media rant on Manchester bombing causes backlashStreet preacher Hamza Siddiq also asked why Muslims like him should care about the men, women and children who were murdered in the atrocity.A keyboard warrior who ordered the people of Manchester to APOLOGISE after last week’s bombing has fled Scotland. Street preacher Hamza Siddiq also asked why Muslims like him should care about the men, women and children who were murdered. He did a runner after furious locals in his home town of Kirkcudbright confronted him in Tesco and tried to hound him...
  • Europe’s only private army looking forward to Highland Perthshire event

    05/27/2017 9:03:45 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Courier ^ | 22 May 2017 | Richard Burdge
    Europe’s last remaining private army will play a central role in a weekend of events at a Highland Perthshire castle. The annual Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 27 and 28, at Blair Castle. “We think it is fantastic that the Atholl Highlanders are still in existence in 2017, they are completely unique and a living and breathing part of our history and heritage,” said Julia Sim, sales and marketing manager for Blair Castle. “They are also a huge asset to the castle, to Highland Perthshire and to Scotland, as they attract so many...
  • [Church of Scotland] Assembly Agrees Apology to Gay People and Accepts Same Sex Marriage Report

    05/26/2017 6:48:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has approved an apology to gay people for the history of discrimination they have faced in the Church. Commissioners also approved a report which could pave the way to allow some ministers to conduct same sex marriages in the future. The Assembly voted in favour of instructing the Legal Questions Committee to conduct new research into the availability of legal protection for any Minister or Deacon who refuse to officiate ceremonies as a matter of conscience.A report of the committee’s findings will be presented to the General Assembly next year for further...
  • Church of Scotland Expected to Back Same-Sex Marriage

    05/20/2017 5:21:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/20/17
    The Church of Scotland is preparing to take a significant step towards same-sex marriage. The Kirk's General Assembly - gathering in Edinburgh - will be asked to approve more work on how such weddings could take place in church. Equal marriage remains a divisive issue within the church. Since 2014, Scotland has allowed same-sex couples to marry but individual church traditions can each decide whether to participate. A report on the issue prepared for the General Assembly invited the church to take stock of its history of discrimination against gay people and to apologise "individually and corporately". Moderator Designate the...
  • Scottish Conservatives enjoy major gains in local elections

    05/05/2017 3:17:55 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 2 replies
    The Conservatives harnessed opposition to Scottish independence to score dramatic gains in Scotland’s local elections on Friday, eclipsing Labour and strengthening their claim that they represent the strongest opposition to the nationalists. High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our T&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. https://www.ft.com/content/0df99c34-3195-11e7-9555-23ef563ecf9a Voting on Thursday confirmed the constitutional issue as the main faultline in Scottish politics, after a renewed push by the Scottish National party for a second referendum on leaving...
  • Film's Lost Nessie Monster Prop Found in Loch Ness

    05/02/2017 2:53:07 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 13 April 2016 | Steven McKenzie
    A 30ft (9m) model of the Loch Ness Monster built in 1969 for a Sherlock Holmes movie has been found almost 50 years after it sank in the loch. The beast was created for the Billy Wilder-directed The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes, starring Sir Robert Stephens and Sir Christopher Lee. It has been seen for the first time in images captured by an underwater robot. Loch Ness expert Adrian Shine said the shape, measurements and location pointed to the object being the prop. The robot, operated by Norwegian company Kongsberg Maritime, is being used to investigate what lies in...
  • The Legend of Ludgar the War Wolf, King of the Trebuchets

    05/01/2017 11:45:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 11 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 1, 2017 | William Gurstelle
    Let's get this out of the way: England's King Edward I was an ass. You may remember Longshanks from his villainous turn in Braveheart. Tall, forbidding, and bad-tempered, the 14th century monarch stomped his Welsh neighbors in submission, taxed the Irish into poverty, and stole money from his Jewish subjects, killing many of them and expelling the rest. When he was done with that he engineered a takeover of Scotland using tactics that would make Machiavelli blanch, including inflicting an unbelievably cruel death upon the leader of the Scots, William Wallace, that's familiar to movie fans.
  • Catholics to become largest group of churchgoers in Scotland

    04/23/2017 5:36:14 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald (U.K.) ^ | 4/21/2017 | Staff Reporter
    Researcher says that, if trends continue, more Catholics than Presbyterians will be in church on Sunday The Catholic Church is likely to become the largest churchgoing denomination in Scotland. Figures from the 2016 Scottish Church Census reveal that the Catholic Church and Church of Scotland both make up 35 per cent of the churchgoing population, but that the Catholic proportion is expanding.
  • The Rose of Kelvingorve . . .

    04/06/2017 7:40:02 AM PDT · by righttackle44 · 2 replies
    YouTube ^ | Unknown exactly | David Knox, a Scots bandsman
    I submit this for lovers of fine music, and if you shed a tear or two, that might be a good thing. I can't find out much about David Knox, the writer, except that he was a bandsman for a Scot military pipes band. I don't know if he's still alive. His composition is fairly recent. Kelvingrove Park is a public park located on the River Kelvin in the West End of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, containing the famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. This rendition of Rose of Kelvingrove is recorded by the pipers and band of the...
  • Scotland demands powers to bring in more migrants

    04/03/2017 8:14:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    EurActiv ^ | 04/03/2017 10:04
    As British PM Theresa May presses ahead with a hard Brexit and a retreat from the single market, Scotland said on Monday (3 April) that its distinct demographic trends require powers over immigration to support public services and the economy. The Scottish government predicts that 90% of the population increase in Scotland over the next decade will come from net migration, both from international migration and from the rest of the UK. The Scottish Chambers of Commerce identified Scotland’s lower population growth rate as a reason why Scotland must have a distinct migration system. According to a ScotCen survey published...
  • The Potter's Hand[Charismatic Caucus]

    03/31/2017 7:49:24 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    You are more than just just a tongue of men and angels , Yeah more than this, for your purpose and life is mine for I hold you in My Hand as a songbird singing out My Love for My Children. So do not cage My Love but set it completely free for only through this freedom shall they receive My unconditional Love " Through Grace " carved out in My Word for truly the words I desire for you to form from their mouths upon their tongues are Eternal Life all from the fruit from The Tree of Life....
  • Gairloch musicians drum up historic pipe band victory

    03/24/2017 1:49:38 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    Ross-Shire Journal ^ | 18 March 2017
    A team of young musicians from Gairloch High School came away with their first competition win last weekend by taking first place in the Debut B competition at the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships in Edinburgh.   The Championships were established in 2013 with the main aims of encouraging the formation of new schools pipe bands, celebrating Scotland’s musical tradition and the talent of young people.   Pipers and drummers, led by S6 pupil Fraser Wotherspoon, played two marches in front of a panel of expert judges who granted them unanimous first place across both piping and drumming.   This...