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  • Tomintoul Prepares For Highland Games

    07/19/2014 1:34:33 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    The Northern Scot ^ | 19 July 2014
    ONE of Scotland’s oldest Highland games will get underway today. Organisers are expecting crowds to flock to the public park for Tomintoul Highland Games, which is now in its 173rd year. Competition begins at 11am, with the massed pipes and drums marching into the park from the village square at midday, led by games chieftain James Fraser. The bands will play throughout the afternoon, with drum majors competing to throw their maces over a banner in time to the music. Heavy events are a particular attraction for foreign visitors, with athletes taking part in hammer and stone throwing as well...
  • Edinburgh Military Tattoo heading for Dundee’s City Square

    07/19/2014 1:08:22 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    The Evening Telegraph ^ | 19 July 2014 7.00am
    The stirring sounds and colourful spectacle of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo will come to Dundee for the first time next month. The free event in the city centre will showcase more than 600 performers coming from as far afield as Canada, Australia and Singapore. The line-up for the Taste of the Tattoo show will include the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force Steel Orchestra, Highland dancers, military bands, an Indian cultural troupe and the inimitable Massed Pipes and Drums.
  • Scotland Could Be Banned From Europe For 5 Years If It Votes For Independence

    07/16/2014 3:55:10 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 45 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 16, 2014 | Jim Edwards
    If Scotland votes for independence in its referendum on Sept. 18, it may not be allowed to join the European Union for five years. New European Union chief Jean-Claude Juncker said last night that the EU needs to take a break from admitting new countries. “Under my presidency of the commission, ongoing negotiations will continue … but no further enlargement will take place over the next five years," Juncker said, according to the BBC. He later clarified his remarks. Juncker wasn't talking about Scotland specifically but about countries generally, he said. Even so, it's hard to see Scotland retaining automatic...
  • Scottish independence : Don’t leave us this way

    07/15/2014 12:01:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    The Economist ^ | 15 July 2014 | Economist
    Opinion polls suggest the Scots will decide against leaving, but it is the nationalists who have fire in their bellies, and Alex Salmond, the leader of the Scottish National Party (SNP), is a strong finisher. The campaign has been a bad-tempered one, marked by growing Scottish anger at English complacency and indifference while English resentment of Scottish whingeing and freeloading has risen On economics, the nationalists say that Scots will be £1,000 a year better-off per head if they go it alone. That number, however, is based on implausible assumptions about the oil price, Scotland’s debt burden, demography and productivity....
  • Leninist Scotland Can Go Its Own way

    07/11/2014 12:13:23 PM PDT · by Enza Ferreri · 40 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 11 July 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    <p>Watching last night's Question Time, which was in Scotland and devoted half of its time to the question of Scottish independence - it was also the last QT before the September referendum -, confirmed and strengthened my opinion that England would be far better off without Scotland.</p>
  • Gingers could become extinct due to climate change, experts warn

    07/06/2014 5:09:47 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 73 replies
    The Mirror ^ | 7-6-14 | Natalie Evans
    Scientists believe the gene that causes red hair could die out if temperatures continue to rise Polar bears and Emperor penguins aren't the only species under threat due to climate change. Gingers could become extinct as a result of increasingly sunny skies, experts have warned. Scientists believe the gene that causes red hair is an evolutionary response to cloudy skies and allows inhabitants to get as much Vitamin D as possible. But if predictions of rising temperatures and blazing sunshine across the British Isles turn out to be correct, flaming red heads could cease to exist within centuries. While only...
  • In pictures: Climate change could make red hair a thing of the past if Scotland gets sunnier

    07/06/2014 6:09:06 PM PDT · by BBell · 43 replies
    A DNA expert has has made the bold claim that ginger hair gene could die out if Scotland climate improves. REDHEADS could become extinct as Scotland gets sunnier, experts have claimed. The gene that causes red hair is thought to be an evolutionary response to the lack of sun in Scotland. Redhead colouring allows people to get the maximum vitamin D from what little sun there is. Only one to two per cent of the world’s population has red hair but in Scotland the figure is about 13 per cent, or 650,000 people.
  • Why the Fourth of July Is a Presbyterian Holiday

    07/05/2014 8:05:48 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    Reformation 21 ^ | 7-4-14 | Rick Phillips
    While Americans today are roasting hot dogs and setting off fireworks, few will be thinking deeply about the significance of the event we remember, the issuing of The Declaration of Independence by our courageous Founding Fathers. Christians should realize, however, that the ideas enshrined in the founding of our nation and in the Declaration are biblical ideas that are just as important today. Reformed Christians, especially, should see in the language of our Founders the ideas of covenant theology that are essential for us to recover and defend today. With this in mind, let me offer three reasons why the...
  • Named persons: spies in the family home

    06/27/2014 9:57:49 AM PDT · by D_Idaho · 11 replies
    Spiked ^ | June 25, 2014 | Josie Appleton
    Those concerned about state surveillance and intervention should direct their sights less to CIA bunkers, than to Edinburgh, and specifically to the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act. This act – one of the most significant of the past decade – will mean the state appointment of a ‘named person’ for every child, from birth to the age of 18. These have been dubbed ‘state guardians’, which is not a bad description of their role. They are not practicing a particular profession or service, such as education or healthcare, but instead will have a general interest in the ‘wellbeing’ of...
  • (Scotland) City Mosque will broadcast call to prayer every day throughout (Commonweal) Games

    06/22/2014 3:00:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    HeraldScotland ^ | June 22, 2014
    THE Islamic call to prayer will be recited daily through loudspeakers at ­Scotland's ­largest mosque during the Commonwealth Games. Representatives from ­Glasgow Central Mosque have been given the go-ahead by ­Glasgow City Council to broadcast the two-minute call - known as the adhan - every evening, with the Games coinciding with Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting. The mosque in the Gorbals is just a short distance from the athletes' village and a number of the 72 ­countries taking part in the Games are Muslim or have a significant Muslim population. An estimated 400 athletes and their supporters will...
  • Pipes and drums to honour 51st Highland Division

    06/13/2014 5:32:44 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 7 June 2014 | DAVID MADDOX
    THE 51st Highland Division which pushed its way through France after the D-Day landings is to be remembered in a tour by a French pipes and drums band. The Paris-based 51st Highland Division Memorial band will tour towns liberated by the Scots troops in the Second World War in late August and lay plaques in each of them. Julien Sabouret, who founded the pipes and drums band in 2008, said the Paddle Memory Tour ending in Liseaux was aimed at making sure the historic role played by the division was properly remembered. He told The Scotsman: “Many of the towns...
  • Scottish independence: Referendum campaigns mark 100 day milestone

    06/09/2014 12:38:41 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 27 replies
    bbc.com ^ | 9 June 2014 | bbc
    Both sides in the Scottish independence debate are marking the milestone of 100 days to go until the referendum vote. First Minister Alex Salmond said the "credibility" of the pro-independence campaign would lead it to victory. But the pro-UK Better Together campaign said the nationalists were "running out of time". The referendum will be held on 18 September, with voters asked the Yes/No question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
  • Atholl Highlanders to provide spectacular start to highland games season

    05/24/2014 7:29:30 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 18 replies
    The Courier.co.uk ^ | 24 May 2014 10.22am. | Mark MacKay
    A new season of Perthshire Highland Games opens this weekend with one of the most spectacular events on the annual calendar — the Atholl Gathering and Highland Games. The two-day extravaganza is the first of 14 events that will see tens of thousands of spectators descend on the region over the next four months. The summer of tradition and sport begins today with the Atholl Highlanders Parade — the annual inspection of Europe’s last remaining private army.
  • Earliest houses, Bronze Age cremations and tools found by archaeologists in Scotland

    05/24/2014 11:48:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 16 May 2014 | Ben Miller
    A Neolithic home which is south-west Scotland’s earliest known house, two cemeteries carrying 20 Bronze Age cremations, a pair of rare jet necklaces and thousands of flint tools used in Mesolithic coastal industries have been discovered during the creation of a bypass in Dumfries and Galloway. Work on the new Dunragit intersection has uncovered a huge variety of artefacts from 7,000 years of Scottish history. Criss-crossing palaeochannels on the edge of a former estuary obscured a house which is thought to date from 6000 BC, accompanied by a perforated stone adze used to work wood... No bone survived in either...
  • End of oil boom threatens Norway's welfare model

    05/08/2014 10:25:10 PM PDT · by blueplum · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 8th, 2014 4:08am EDT | BALAZS KORANYI
    (Reuters) - Norway's energy boom is tailing off years ahead of expectations, exposing an economy unprepared for life after oil and threatening the long-term viability of the world's most generous welfare model. High spending within the sector has pushed up wages and other costs to unsustainable levels, not just for the oil and gas industry but for all sectors, and that is now acting as a drag on further energy investment. Norwegian firms outside oil have struggled to pick up the slack in what has been, for at least a decade, almost a single-track economy. :snip: "In Norway, job security...
  • Report: British Islamic Charity Accused of Funding Boko Haram Terrorists

    11/30/2012 11:46:46 AM PST · by george76 · 1 replies
    gateway ^ | November 30, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    The Nigerian based Boko Haram Islamist group is responsible for over 900 deaths. Members of the Islamic sect, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the 2011 Christmas day bomb blasts in Madalla, Niger State and Jos, the plateau state capital, that left 28 people dead... Now there is a report that a British Islamic charity is funding Boko Haram... The UK authorities are looking into an alleged possible link between a British charity organization and the Nigerian Boko Haram extremist Islamist group. The UK Charity Commission (CC) has confirmed, for the first time, that it is talking to different departments, regarding...
  • Vatican reveals Secret Archives (including letter from Genghis Khan's grandson)

    01/02/2010 4:42:07 AM PST · by NYer · 61 replies · 2,075+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2010 | Nick Squires
    The Holy See’s archives contain scrolls, parchments and leather-bound volumes with correspondence dating back more than 1,000 years. High-quality reproductions of 105 documents, 19 of which have never been seen before in public, have now been published in a book. The Vatican Secret Archives features a papal letter to Hitler, an entreaty to Rome written on birch bark by a tribe of North American Indians, and a plea from Mary Queen of Scots. The book documents the Roman Catholic Church’s often hostile dealings with the world of science and the arts, including documents from the heresy trial against Galileo and...
  • Scotland is voting for fiscal austerity, it just doesn't know it

    05/03/2014 10:42:08 AM PDT · by PieterCasparzen · 12 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/28/2014 | Jeremy Warner
    What will Scotland look like after 10 years of independence? If Alex Salmond’s vision is fulfilled, Scotland will have become a prosperous, high-income, high public expenditure, social democracy on the Nordic model, fully at ease with its position in the European Union, and possibly even a signed up member of the euro. An equally plausible scenario, however, is that it will by then have been forced into a vicious fiscal consolidation that will have cut many public services and entitlements to the bone. Gone will be free university education and medical prescriptions. Gone too will be the triple lock on...
  • Undersea slide set off giant flow

    11/22/2007 3:56:49 PM PST · by george76 · 47 replies · 413+ views
    BBC News ^ | 22 November 2007 | Paul Rincon
    An enormous underwater landslide 60,000 years ago produced the longest flow of sand and mud yet found on Earth. The landslide off the coast of north-west Africa dumped 225 billion metric tonnes of sediment into the ocean in a matter of hours or days. The flow travelled 1,500km (932 miles) - the distance from London to Rome - before depositing its sediment. The work, by a British team of researchers has been published in the academic journal Nature. The massive surge put down the same amount of sediment that comes out of all the world's rivers combined over a period...
  • Dating A Massive Undersea Slide (8,100 Year Ago)

    01/05/2007 4:42:11 PM PST · by blam · 29 replies · 1,065+ views
    Science News ^ | 1-5-2006 | Sid Perkins
    Dating a massive undersea slide Sid Perkins From San Francisco, at a meeting of the American Geophysical Union Pieces of moss buried in debris deposits along the Norwegian coast have enabled geologists to better peg the date of an ancient tsunami and the immense underwater landslide that triggered it. Carbon dating of the newly unearthed moss suggests that the landslide occurred about 8,100 years ago. Sometime after the end of the last ice age, the largest landslide known to geologists took place off the coast of Norway. Called the Storegga slide, this slump of seafloor sediments included about 3,000 cubic...
  • 'How Britain's Atlantis' and its tribes were wiped out by a TSUNAMI triggered by a landslide

    05/02/2014 9:17:08 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 12 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2 May 2014 | JONATHAN O'CALLAGHAN
    Just over 8,000 years ago a huge landslide occurred off the coast of Norway, known as the Storegga Slide. The event created a catastrophic tsunami, with waves almost half as high as the Statue of Liberty, that battered Britain and other land masses. And now the most accurate computer model ever made of the tsunami suggests that it wiped out the remaining inhabitants of a set of low-lying landmass known as Doggerland off the coast of the UK. A new model by researchers at Imperial College London has revealed the devastating effects of a tsunami caused by a landslide off...
  • Archaeologists find 'lost' medieval village... [Scotland]

    05/01/2014 12:13:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Culture24 ^ | 28 April 2014 | Ben Miller
    German and Dutch pots, jugs and mugs, coins including an American cent, spindles, a sheep skull and horse teeth have been found by archaeologists digging in the Scottish Borders, where doors integrated into walls have revealed a “lost” Medieval village of families, farmyards and hearths. Between Edinburgh and the Northumberland National Park, the outskirts of Selkirk have previously been associated with the Battle of Philiphaugh, a 1645 victory for the Scottish Covenanter Army against their under-strength Royalist enemies... A pipeline-laying project by Scottish Water, though, has found stone brick structures including two pivot stones, used as hinges for doors between...
  • Ukrainians in Scotland urge First Minister to apologise

    04/30/2014 4:25:27 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 2 replies
    heraldscotland.com ^ | April 30, 2014 | Kate Devlin
    UkraInians in Scotland have accused Alex Salmond of "giving succour" to Vladimir Putin's regime and its undemocratic invasion of their country. A group representing the Ukrainian diaspora in Scotland said that the First Minister should issue a "sincere apology" for his controversial remarks praising the Russian President. Mr Salmond has come under fire after comments that he admired "certain aspects" of Mr Putin's leadership. Michael Ostapko, chairman of the Scottish branch of the Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain, Scotland, said: "I have been overwhelmed by the reaction of the Ukrainians in Scotland to the comments."They are variously insulted, dismayed...
  • The Mystery of the Westford Knight

    04/28/2014 4:43:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 36 replies
    Maine Crime Writers ^ | July 30, 2012 | Kaitlyn Dunnett
    One particular bit of speculative history that has fascinated me for decades is the story that a Scot sailing for Norway discovered America about a hundred years before Columbus made his famous trip in 1492. This Scot, Henry Sinclair by name, is said to have spent some time in Nova Scotia and then sailed south along the New England coast before returning to Scotland. In particular, he’s supposed to have visited Westford, Massachusetts, lost one of his knights there, and left behind a memorial “punched” into a ledge. There’s a lot of disagreement about this. If you want all the...
  • Europe’s Secessionist Movements: Venice to Edinburgh want to break free of national governments

    04/28/2014 8:26:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/28/2014 | John Fund
    Warsaw, Poland — The debt crisis and years of barely perceptible economic growth are fueling independence movements in some regions of Europe. On September 18, Scotland will vote on becoming independent from the United Kingdom. If a majority approves, the U.K. would lose a full 10 percent of its population and a third of its landmass. Polls show that backers of independence are trailing but gaining; they now have more than 40 percent of the vote. Last month, Venice and its surrounding areas held a non-binding online referendum on independence from Italy. Of the Veneto region’s 5 million people, more...
  • Scottish Independence Campaign is Gaining Ground, Polls Show

    04/21/2014 9:08:14 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 24 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 20 April 2014
    The campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls. With five months to go before the referendum that could lead to Scotland leaving the UK, the gap between the yes and no camps has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure independence on 18 September.
  • Moldova breakaway region urges Russia to recognise independence

    04/16/2014 12:50:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Global Post ^ | 04/16/2014
    Lawmakers in Moldova's pro-Russian breakaway region of Transdniestr on Wednesday passed a resolution calling on Moscow and the United Nations to recognise its independence. Transdniestr, a strip of land bordering Ukraine, broke away from Romanian-speaking Moldova following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. Some analysts suspect Russia is eyeing the territory, which consists mostly of Russian speakers, in the wake of last month's annexation of Crimea. The resolution adopted unanimously by Transdniestr's self-appointed parliament on Wednesday called on the international community to recognise the region as a "sovereign independent state". "According to the universally recognised norms of international...
  • A United Kingdom? Maybe

    03/05/2007 7:44:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,300+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2007 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Britain and Ireland are so thoroughly divided in their histories that there is no single word to refer to the inhabitants of both islands. Historians teach that they are mostly descended from different peoples: the Irish from the Celts and the English from the Anglo-Saxons who invaded from northern Europe and drove the Celts to the country’s western and northern fringes. But geneticists who have tested DNA throughout the British Isles are edging toward a different conclusion. Many are struck by the overall genetic similarities, leading some to claim that both Britain and Ireland have been inhabited for thousands of...
  • We're nearly all Celts under the skin [In Great Britain]

    09/23/2006 10:33:58 AM PDT · by Torie · 134 replies · 3,445+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | September 21, 2006 | IAN JOHNSTON
    We're nearly all Celts under the skin IAN JOHNSTON SCIENCE CORRESPONDENT A MAJOR genetic study of the population of Britain appears to have put an end to the idea of the "Celtic fringe" of Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Instead, a research team at Oxford University has found the majority of Britons are Celts descended from Spanish tribes who began arriving about 7,000 years ago. Even in England, about 64 per cent of people are descended from these Celts, outnumbering the descendants of Anglo- Saxons by about three to one. The proportion of Celts is only slightly higher in Scotland, at...
  • Pictish stone found by gravedigger most significant in decade – expert[Shetland]

    06/06/2008 7:58:43 AM PDT · by BGHater · 29 replies · 601+ views
    Shetland Today ^ | 06 June 2008 | Heather Baillache
    A PICTISH stone found in Cunningsburgh has been described as the most important archaeological discovery in Shetland for 10 years. It was found in Mail cemetery by gravedigger Malcolm Smith, his second such find in 16 years The sculptured stone is inscribed with mysterious symbols and dates back to the dark ages. It is the ninth stone of its kind to be discovered in the same area in the last 130 years. Its significance has been high­lighted by Dr Ian Tait, collections curator at the Shetland Museum and Archives. “It is extremely exciting because it is a single find which...
  • Another Genetic Quirk of the Solomon Islands: Blond Hair

    05/04/2012 7:46:30 AM PDT · by Theoria · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 May 2012 | SINDYA N. BHANOO
    In the Solomon Islands, about 10 percent of the dark-skinned indigenous people have strikingly blond hair. Some islanders theorize that the coloring could be a result of excess sun exposure, or a diet rich in fish. Another explanation is that the blondness was inherited from distant ancestors — European traders and explorers who came to the islands. But that’s not the case, researchers now report. The gene variant responsible for blond hair in the islanders is distinctly different from the gene that causes blond hair in Europeans. “For me it breaks down any kind of simple notions you might have...
  • Gene Study Shows Ties Long Veiled in Europe [repost]

    06/16/2010 8:44:40 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies · 616+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 10, 2001 | Nicholas Wade
    From studying the present day population of the Orkneys, a small archipelago off the northeast coast of Scotland, geneticists from University College, in London, have gained a deep insight into the earliest inhabitants of Europe. Of the medley of peoples who populated Britain, neither the Anglo-Saxons nor the Romans ever settled the distant Orkneys. The Romans called the islands' inhabitants picti, or painted people. The Celtic-speaking Picts dominated the islands until the arrival of the Vikings about A.D. 800. The islanders then spoke Norn until the 18th century when this ancient form of Norse was replaced by English, brought in...
  • Y Chromosomes Rewrite British History

    06/24/2003 10:33:30 AM PDT · by blam · 90 replies · 5,152+ views
    Nature ^ | 6-19-2003 | Hannah Hoag
    Y chromosomes rewrite British historyAnglo-Saxons' genetic stamp weaker than historians suspected 19 June 2003 HANNAH HOAG Some Scottish men's Y's are remarkably similar to those of southern England. © GettyImages A new survey of Y chromosomes in the British Isles suggests that the Anglo-Saxons failed to leave as much of a genetic stamp on the UK as history books imply1. Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Danes, Vikings and Normans invaded Britain repeatedly between 50 BC and AD 1050. Many historians ascribe much of the British ancestry to the Anglo-Saxons because their written legacy overshadows that of the Celts. But the Y chromosomes of...
  • 14,000 year old flint tools: Earliest human occupation of Scotland

    04/12/2014 4:09:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Wednesday, April 9, 2014 | Historic Scotland
    Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of the presence of humans in Scotland with an assemblage of over 5,000 flint artefacts which were recovered in 2005-2009 by Biggar Archaeology Group in fields at Howburn, South Lanarkshire. Subsequent studies have dated their use to 14,000 years ago. Prior to the find, the oldest evidence of human occupation in Scotland could be dated to around 13,000 years ago at a now-destroyed cave site in Argyll, northwest Scotland. Dating to the very earliest part of the late-glacial period, Howburn is likely to represent the first settlers in Scotland. The flint tools are strikingly...
  • Russia's Secessionist Strategy

    04/11/2014 2:40:24 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 6 replies
    New York Young Republicans ^ | April 10, 2010 | NYYRC
    As explained on this blog since hostilities began, Russian foreign policy is being guided by the outspoken fascist Aleksandr Dugin. The son of a GRU (Russian military intelligence) General, Dugin wrote the military textbook now studied at Russian academies of war. The Foundations of Geopolitics: Russia’s Geopolitical Future, is a throwback to the German (and Nazi) concept of “geopolitik,” dictating that Russia is naturally a land-based empire, and in order to defeat the maritime powers of the United States and England, must conquer virtually the entire Eurasian continent, from Lisbon to Vladivostok. To underscore how determined these fascists to create...
  • Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency

    04/07/2014 11:06:27 AM PDT · by Errant · 9 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 7 April 2014 | Tyler Durden
    The relative calm of the last two weeks as US talking-heads proclaim Ukraine 'fixed', Russia 'under control', and Europe 'recovering' is being obliterated this morning. The storming of various non-Crimean Ukrainian city government buildings suggest round two of the push is beginning and Russia is wasting no time explaining how this will go down. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov stated that "Russia has no right to [send peacekeepers] unilaterally" to Eastern and Southern Ukraine (unless the UN agrees)... but... "Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is...
  • Hear: Russian ambassadors talk about next annexing parts of U.S., world

    04/06/2014 1:17:28 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 4/6/2014 | David Harding
    After Crimea, what next? In an unauthenticated audio, Ambassadors Chubarov and Sergei Bakharev laugh about taking over areas in Alaska, Venice, Scotland, Catalonia and Miami. Watch out, the Russians are coming! ... The pair...joke that Russia will take control of Alaska, Venice, Scotland and Catalonia, a region of Spain which wants a vote on independence, reports The Guardian {link at URL]... The recording has been posted on Youtube, reports The Guardian [link at URL] ...
  • When Irish Genes Are Smiling

    03/07/2007 1:24:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 232+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 6, 2007 | John Tierney
    ‘Tis a good day for the Irish -– and a really bad one for Basil Fawlty — thanks to my colleague Nicholas Wade’s article tracing the genetic heritage of the British Isles. I grew up listening to my Irish-American relatives bristle at the social pretensions of the Anglo-Saxons in England: “We were preserving civilization while they were painting themselves blue! Blue, I tell you!” Now we can point to research suggesting the Celts started civilization in those isles by introducing agriculture 6,000 years ago. We also have confirmation of our illustriously long lineages — next to us, the Angles and...
  • Climate Change Allows Scottish Wine to Debut

    03/30/2014 6:43:35 AM PDT · by gusopol3 · 12 replies
    Accuweather ^ | March 30,2014
    Christopher Trotter will make history later this year when he unveils the first bottles of wine from his vineyard nestled to the north of Edinburgh -- all thanks to climate change.
  • Ancient Celtic / Scottish Viking sites in New Zealand!(?)

    04/11/2006 9:19:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies · 524+ views
    Remains of a typical Scottish/Celtic homestead. (from 12th Century New Zealand?) A modern native NZ Scottish/Celt surveys the ruins. Drystone walls have been pushed out and over. The typical hearthstone, the rock for the family's patron saint, the rock on which the dwellings protective God would have sat, and others are all still in traditional and recogniseable positions. Other such remains abound. This site is now difficult to reach by sea and little known. The original boat access is much changed and boat access is best achieved from an adjacent bay. It is also in the vicinity of a...
  • Venice votes to split from Italy as 89% of the city's residents opt to form a new independent state

    03/23/2014 4:45:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 72 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/23/2014 | By HANNAH ROBERTS IN ROME
    Venetians have voted overwhelmingly for their own sovereign state in a ‘referendum’ on independence from Italy. Inspired by Scotland’s separatist ambitions, 89 per cent of the residents of the lagoon city and its surrounding area, opted to break away from Italy in an unofficial ballot. The proposed ‘Repubblica Veneta’ would include the five million inhabitants of the Veneto region and could later expand to include parts of Lombardy, Trentino and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. The floating city has only been part of Italy for 150 years. The 1000 year–old democratic Serenissima Repubblica di Venezia, was quashed by Napoleon and was subsumed into...
  • Crimea Vote Gets Attention of Europe's Other Secession Movements

    03/22/2014 11:23:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/22/2014 | By MATT MOFFETT
    MADRID—When Crimeans voted to secede from Ukraine and join Russia—under the watchful gaze of Russian troops—some Spaniards viewed the drama through the lens of a conflict much closer to home. Spain's Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo said "the parallelism is absolute" between Crimea and Catalonia, the wealthy industrial region that has scheduled a nonbinding referendum on independence from Spain for November. Sunday's referendum in Crimea and the one planned in Catalonia each violates its nation's constitution, Mr. Garcia-Margallo said Monday, and thus "by definition violates international law." Catalan officials ridiculed his attempt to tar Catalonia with the Crimean brush. Catalans...
  • Investigating the site of Robert the Bruce's Scottish parliament

    03/22/2014 5:23:22 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Thursday, March 20, 2014 | Guard Archaeology
    The Abbey is one of the few places specifically mentioned in the near contemporary accounts of the Battle of Bannockburn. It was here that Robert the Bruce kept his army’s baggage prior to the Battle of Bannockburn, though it is possible that this was also where supplies related to the on-going siege of Stirling Castle by the Scots were stored (it was to relieve the siege that Edward II brought his army to Bannockburn). The Abbey was later the location for a series of important parliaments during the rule of Robert I. The first of these, in November 1314, saw...
  • Homophobic mother punched her son in the face and branded him a ‘dirty queer’ after he came out…

    03/21/2014 12:49:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 20:14 EST, 20 March 2014 | Amanda Williams
    A mother-of-ten punched her oldest son in the face in front of police officers, after he came out as gay at a family party. Emma Green, 37, launched a tirade of homophobic abuse at her son Scott when he told her he was in a relationship with another man. The family party then descended into a chaotic brawl and Green—who called her son a “dirty queer”—punched him in the face in front of police officers who had been called. Green was ordered to pay £100 to her son and was fined £200, at Perth Sheriff Court. …
  • Young pipers descend on capital for contest

    03/17/2014 11:55:09 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 11 replies
    Herald Scotland ^ | 10 March 2014 | Jody Harrison
    YOUNG pipers raised the roof at Broughton High School in Edinburgh as the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships got under way. Pupils from 98 different schools travelled from across the country to compete in the event and demonstrate their mastery of traditional Scottish music. A record number of youngsters took part in the championships, which are in their second year, with many getting their first taste of performing in public. Bands travelled from as far away as the Outer Hebrides and the Scottish Borders to compete in a variety of categories ranging from debut and experienced to a unique "freestyle"...
  • Leader of Ukraine's Right Sector, revolution's enforcers, rails against Putin & Jewish oligarchs

    03/15/2014 12:11:32 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 18 replies
    McClatchy DC ^ | 3/15/2014 | Matthew Schofield (McClatchy Foreign Staff)
    KIEV - The man Russian President Vladimir Putin has cast as one of Europe's potential new Adolf Hitlers is a little late for coffee this Saturday morning. Igor Mazur, or Topoyla (Poplar) as he's known because he's 6'7" is the leader of the Ukranian Right Sector at Maidan, Kiev's Independence Square. The Right Sector are the radical nationalists of this Ukranian Revolution. There are others: the right-wing Svoboda (Freedom) Party, for one, which has an actual political following, 12 percent of the vote in the last elections. It used to identify itself as a national socialist movement, just like the...
  • Cruz: Harry Reid thinks Koch brothers are the Grinch who stole Christmas

    03/14/2014 8:05:11 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 21 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | 3/14/2014 | Tom Tillison
    As the U.S. Senate took up a bill to provide financial aid to Ukraine, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, rose to object to an IMF bailout Majority Leader Harry Reid attached to the legislation. In the process he blasted Reid for repeatedly demonizing the billionaire Koch brothers - Reid tried to blame the Koch brothers for halting progress on the Ukraine bill. "I'm beginning to think [the Koch brothers] are a character almost out of Dr. Seuss in the majority leader's mind, they are the grinch who stole Christmas in his telling," Cruz said. Cruz accused Reid of "using his...
  • Who is right: Ron Paul or the Obama administration (on Crimean & E. Ukranian self-determination)?

    03/11/2014 12:56:49 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 30 replies
    3/11/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Ron Paul has basically said that Crimea has the right to self-determination and by extension a right to an independence referendum vote. The Obama administration seems to be goading Europe (not that it would take that much) into agreeing with it that Crimea (and Eastern Ukraine) do not have the right to self-determination, and that Western powers will not accept a referendum vote in Crimea (or Eastern Ukraine for that matter) that leads to Crimea joining Russia, or becoming independent. Margeurite, yesterday, nailed it on the head, though, in a thread of mine: "The West cannot have it both ways....
  • Bundled into a police van…just for giving his girlfriend an innocent peck on the cheek…(Scotland)

    03/07/2014 10:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 05:20 EST, 7 March 2014 | Gavin Madeley
    When Robbie Mullen planted an innocent peck on his girlfriend’s cheek over Sunday lunch, he never imagined it would see him bundled into a police van and warned about his behavior. Mr. Mullen’s romantic gesture offended one diner so much that she complained to staff, who then asked the civil engineer and his partner Natalie Potter to move tables. When he refused, the 43-year-old said he was “shocked” to see four police officers arrive and march him outside where he was told he was not welcome in the restaurant. …
  • Will This Be the U.K.'s New Flag?

    03/06/2014 9:26:33 AM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | March 5, 2014 | Matt Ford
    Long after the Empire's collapse, the Union Jack remains an internationally recognized symbol of Britain. But all that could change soon. Scotland, one of the four countries that make up the United Kingdom (along with England, Northern Ireland, and Wales), will hold a referendum on independence this September. If it succeeds, Britain's iconic flag may need a makeover. The Flag Institute, the U.K.'s national flag charity and the largest membership-based vexillological organization in the world, recently polled its members and found that nearly 65 percent of respondents felt the Union Jack should be changed if Scotland becomes independent. And after...