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  • Line-up for armed services parade and Inverness Highland Games

    07/24/2011 6:16:53 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 19 replies
    Highland News ^ | 22Jul2011 | Jenna MacCulloch
    INVERNESS is gearing up to play host to one of the biggest gatherings of the year this Saturday as the Highland Games returns to the Northern Meeting Park. Since combining the city’s Armed Forces Day celebrations last year, the event is now one of the largest staged in Scotland and will commence with a parade through the streets of Inverness which will feature nine pipes and drums bands and hundreds of service personnel both past and present. Included in the ranks for the parade, which has been organised by members of Inverness British Legion, will be sailors from the First...
  • Submerged prehistory off Scotland: a development-led perspective

    07/23/2011 6:38:11 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Sunday, July 17, 2011 | Dr Andrew Bicket
    Throughout the 19th century there have been reports and scholarly discussions of submerged forests and artefacts from now-submerged environments around the coasts and seas of Britain (Coles 1998). Since the publication of Doggerland: a speculative study by Prof. Bryony Coles in 1998, there has been significant progress in the active investigation of submerged prehistoric landscapes around the coasts of the UK. To date much of this progress has been focused around the coasts of England and Wales, partly as a consequence of the geographical distribution of available funding streams i.e. the Marine element of the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF)....
  • Mesolithic 'rest stop' found at new Sainsbury's site

    07/23/2011 6:28:31 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 July 2011 | unattributed
    Archaeologists believe the remains of burned oak uncovered at the site of the first Sainsbury's in the Highlands to be evidence of an ancient "rest stop". The supermarket and a filling station are being constructed on the outskirts of Nairn, at a cost of about £20m. Headland Archaeologists investigated the site ahead of building work. They radiocarbon-dated the hearth to the Mesolithic period, which started as the last Ice Age ended about 12,000 years ago. ...the archaeologists said the fire appeared to have been made to provide heat and not cooking, because no food waste was found... "The dating of...
  • Archaeologists discover a hoard of silver Roman denarii coins at Vindolanda

    07/22/2011 4:51:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Wednesday, July 13, 2011 | unattributed
    A hoard of twenty one silver denarii has been recovered during the recent excavation of the foundations of a clay floor in a centurion's apartment of the late Antonine period (cAD180-200) at Vindolanda, northeast England. The hoard had been buried, possibly in a purse or some similar organic package which had long since rotted away, in a shallow pit within the foundation material of the floor of the structure in the middle of the room. Dr Andrew Birley, director of excavations at the site explains, "The coins were tightly packed together and several had corroded onto one another, held together...
  • Keyhole surgeons save babies in womb

    12/02/2007 6:14:08 AM PST · by cpforlife.org · 6 replies · 156+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | Sun 2 Dec 2007 | kfoster@scotlandonsunday.com
    A PIONEERING new form of keyhole surgery will be used to save the lives of dozens of unborn babies every year, Scotland on Sunday can reveal. The remarkable technique involves a 'fetoscope' about the width of three grains of sugar which is used to internally examine babies while they are still in the womb. The resulting images will allow Scottish doctors to perform surgical and other procedures on fetuses - many of whom would otherwise die - from as little as 24 weeks' gestation. At this point, the fetus would fit in the palm of an adult man's hand and...
  • From Anglican minister to Catholic priest - a historic first for Scotland {Anglican/Catholic caucus}

    07/19/2011 4:28:16 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    Scotsman.com ^ | 19 July 2011 | John Ross
    RELIGIOUS history has been made with the first ordination of a former Anglican clergyman in Scotland into the Catholic priesthood. Father Len Black, 61 and a grandfather of two, was ordained into the priesthood this weekend, at a ceremony at St Mary's Church in Greenock performed by Bishop Philip Tartaglia of Paisley. He is the latest former Anglican clergyman in the UK, and the first in Scotland, to be ordained into the Roman Catholic Church under the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, the body set up earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI to receive those leaving the...
  • Let disabled people choose death, says MSP (Scottish Parliament)

    07/04/2011 9:39:26 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 24 replies
    The Christian Institute ^ | 7/1/11 | The Christian Institute
    People born with disabilities who ‘lose the will to live’ would be eligible to end their lives under controversial new legislation proposed for the Scottish Parliament. This is the second attempt by Margo MacDonald MSP to legalise assisted suicide. Her first bill was roundly rejected by the Scottish Parliament. But the Independent MSP now intends to table a new bill which critics have branded “utterly irresponsible”. DangersMrs MacDonald has also suggested that people suffering from chronic conditions, but who do not have a terminal illness, should be able to get medical help to end their lives. And she suggested that...
  • Royal colours ceremony marks end of military era

    07/10/2011 7:20:46 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 6 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 3 July 2011 | Tom Peterkin
    CENTURIES of proud military tradition were laid to rest yesterday in a ceremony that saw the Queen present The Royal Regiment of Scotland with its first stand of colours, the totemic flags that were once a rallying point in battle. The new colours will take the place of those that were carried for hundreds of years by the old Scottish regiments that were controversially amalgamated in 2006 to form Scotland's single infantry unit. The presentation of the new colours consigned the individual colours once carried by The Black Watch, The Royal Highland Fusiliers, The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, The King's...
  • "Tomb of the Otters" Filled With Stone Age Human Bones

    07/10/2011 7:35:41 AM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies
    7-7-2011 | James Owen
    Thousands of human bones have been found inside a Stone Age tomb on a northern Scottish island, archaeologists say. The 5,000-year-old burial site, on South Ronaldsay (map) in the Orkney Islands, was accidentally uncovered after a homeowner had leveled a mound in his yard to improve his ocean view. ~~~snip~~~ The underground grave consists of a 4- by 0.75-meter (13- by 2.5-foot) central chamber surrounded by four smaller cells hewn from sandstone bedrock. Capping the central chamber are large water-worn slabs supported by stone walls and pillars. At least a thousand skeleton parts belonging to a mix of genders and...
  • July date set for Minden Day parade

    07/01/2011 11:16:09 AM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    The Southern Reporter ^ | Friday 1 July 2011 05:45 | Mark Entwhistle
    VETERANS of the King’s Own Scottish Borderers will celebrate the anniversary of their former regiment’s most famous battle honour, when they commemorate the Battle of Minden, at the Barracks in Berwick-upon-Tweed on Saturday, July 30, writes Mark Entwistle. This year the veterans will be joined by regular soldiers from The Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1SCOTS), who, following this parade, will commence a period of intensive training for yet another operational tour in Afghanistan. The organisers hope around 500 soldiers and veterans will be on parade and joined by friends and families from around...
  • The Scottish Independence Movement and the SNP's Government

    06/30/2011 5:53:25 PM PDT · by OldNewYork · 46 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 30, 2011 | Sarah Lyall
    The Scottish National Party, whose avowed goal is securing Scottish independence, surprised perhaps even itself then by winning a resounding majority in the Scottish Parliament and taking direct control of the Scottish government for the first time (it had been leading a fragile coalition government since 2007).
  • My Dad was the Real Private Ryan of World War I

    06/28/2011 3:36:01 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    Daily Record ^ | Jun 28 2011 | Chris Musson
    The family of a Scots soldier sent home from World War I after three of his brothers were killed have been traced after a worldwide appeal. The story, similar to the plot of Tom Hanks' film Saving Private Ryan, was uncovered by Scottish archives chiefs, who were desperate to find out what became of Frank Cowie. Now they have discovered that after his reprieve, he became a dad and successful farmer. The amazing story emerged last year after confidential military documents were released by National Records of Scotland. Yesterday, it emerged that his youngest daughter, Judy Barrett, had been in...
  • Carer of 92-Year-Old Ordered to Leave House for Estranged Wife

    06/23/2011 12:22:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    Scotsman ^ | 6/23/2011 | John Ross
    A HOMEOWNER has been ordered to leave the house where he was caring for his 92-year-old mother to allow his estranged wife to move back in. Angus and Barbara Ann Fraser are fighting a legal battle over the home in the Lochaber village of Caol. Mrs Fraser, 61, left the house the couple shared with her mother-in-law Elizabeth nine weeks ago when the pair separated, but then began a legaADVERTISEMENT l move at Fort William Sheriff Court to return to live there. Sheriff Douglas Small has granted an interim exclusion order against Mr Fraser, 54, banning him from the house...
  • Roman camp that housed refugees fleeing Scottish unrest discovered near Hadrian's Wall

    06/21/2011 8:12:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Tuesday, June 21st, 2011 | Reporter
    Hundreds of Roman huts that would have housed refugees fleeing turmoil in Scotland have been discovered by archaeologist near Hadrian's Wall. The scientists unearthed the structures earlier this year within the site of the Roman fortress of Vindolanda near the border. Experts were struck by the circular shape of the temporary but well-built huts which would have been in contrast to the usual style of rectangular Roman architecture. Archaeologists believe that the buildings were hastily constructed to house hundreds of tribespeople who scrambled over Hadrian's Wall when Scotland was invaded in the third century AD... The community north of the...
  • Prehistoric finds on remote St Kilda's Boreray isle (Scotland)

    06/16/2011 7:30:18 PM PDT · by decimon · 10 replies
    BBC ^ | June 16, 2011 | Unknown
    The remains of a permanent settlement which could date back to the Iron Age has been uncovered on a remote Scottish island, according to archaeologists.It was previously thought Boreray in the St Kilda archipelago was only visited by islanders to hunt seabirds and gather wool from sheep. Archaeologists have now recorded an extensive agricultural field system and terraces for cultivating crops. They have also found an intact stone building buried under soil and turf. St Kilda's group of small islands are the remotest part of the British Isles, lying 41 miles (66km) west of the Western Isles. Hirta, the main...
  • 'Incredibly exciting' rare pre-Ice Age handaxe discovered on Orkney

    06/11/2011 9:44:00 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 38 replies
    STV News ^ | Tuesday, June 7, 2011 | unattributed
    The Palaeolithic -- or Old Stone Age -- tool, which could be anything between 100,000 and 450,000 years old, is one of only ten ever to be found in Scotland. The axe, which was found on a stretch of shore in St Ola by a local man walking along the beach, is the oldest man-made artefact ever found in Orkney. The stone tool, which is around five-and-a-half inches long, has been broken, and originally would have tapered to a point opposite the cutting edge, but at some point in time, the point broke off and someone reworked the flint to...
  • Former British MP Galloway Vows Land Convoy Would Reach Gaza, Declares: Palestine is One...

    06/09/2011 6:07:21 PM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 24 replies
    Memri TV ^ | May 24, 2011 | Palestine Today TV (Lebanon)
    Former British MP George Galloway Vows that Land Convoy Would Reach Gaza and Declares: Palestine is One - From the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea Following are excerpts from an interview with former British MP George Galloway, which aired on Palestine Today TV on May 24, 2011: George Galloway: When President Obama is talking about a smaller and smaller Palestine, we have to insist that Palestine is one, from the [Jordan] River to the [Mediterranean] Sea. […] Our next land convoy, which will arrive, God willing, in Gaza on the 27th of December this year, will be called "The...
  • Dig Unearths 1,500 Year Old 'Tarbat Man' (Pict)

    09/23/2005 4:05:01 PM PDT · by blam · 35 replies · 1,685+ views
    North Star ^ | 9-22-2005
    Dig unearths 1,500 year old 'Tarbat Man' HUMAN remains have been discovered at Portmahomack - but police will not be called in as the skeleton is thought to be around 1,500 years old and likely to be that of a Pictish monk. The discovery was made by archaeologists from the University of York who come to the Port each season to dig in the grounds of the Tarbat Old Church, one of the most important Pictish sites in Scotland. They are excited by the find came in the last week of the archaeological dig and means that the team will...
  • Scotland: Glasgow districts boycott Israeli books

    05/27/2011 11:44:11 AM PDT · by CondorFlight · 20 replies
    YNET ^ | May 24, 2011 | Yaniv Halily
    Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel. Following the botched raid on the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza last May, the council expanded the boycott to include a ban on the purchase of English translations of Israeli books and the distribution of these books in public libraries throughout the council's jurisdiction. West Dunbartonshire was joined by the large Scottish city Dundee. . . Legal advisers instructed Dundee's mayor to refrain from legally enforcing the boycott in order...
  • Scotland: Glasgow districts boycott Israeli books

    05/26/2011 9:12:26 PM PDT · by CondorFlight · 29 replies
    YNET ^ | May 24, 2011 | Yaniv Halily
    Two and a half years ago, shortly after Operation Cast Lead, the West Dunbartonshire Regional Council, located west of Glasgow, approved a bill that called to boycott goods produced in Israel. Following the botched raid on the Turkish Flotilla to Gaza last May, the council expanded the boycott to include a ban on the purchase of English translations of Israeli books and the distribution of these books in public libraries throughout the council's jurisdiction. West Dunbartonshire was joined by the large Scottish city Dundee. . . Legal advisers instructed Dundee's mayor to refrain from legally enforcing the boycott in order...
  • Skeleton of Amazon warrior discovered

    05/26/2011 5:30:06 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 43 replies · 1+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 5-27-11 | Frank Urquhart
    THE discovery of the remains of an aristocratic Scottish "Amazon", killed in battle during the Wars of Independence, is set to rewrite the history books. Her skeleton was among the remains of five "high status" individuals - all of whom had suffered violent deaths - found beneath the paved floor of the "lost" Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle. The woman - simply known as "skeleton 539" - was a robust and muscular female, standing 5ft 4in tall. Archaeologists had previously suspected she had been a courtier at the Royal palace during the reign of Alexander 11. But detailed forensic tests...
  • Skeleton of Amazon warrior discovered

    05/26/2011 5:29:47 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 4 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 5-27-11 | Frank Urquhart
    THE discovery of the remains of an aristocratic Scottish "Amazon", killed in battle during the Wars of Independence, is set to rewrite the history books. Her skeleton was among the remains of five "high status" individuals - all of whom had suffered violent deaths - found beneath the paved floor of the "lost" Royal Chapel at Stirling Castle. The woman - simply known as "skeleton 539" - was a robust and muscular female, standing 5ft 4in tall. Archaeologists had previously suspected she had been a courtier at the Royal palace during the reign of Alexander 11. But detailed forensic tests...
  • The Rosslyn Code

    05/20/2011 7:48:16 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | May 17 2011 | Chris Wilson
    The real mystery lurking in the chapel where Dan Brown set The Da Vinci Code. From the outside, the Rosslyn Chapel does not look like a suitable place to hide Jesus' head. It's not much bigger than a country church, standing inconspicuously on a small hill in the miniature Scottish town of Roslin, a few miles south of Edinburgh. Its Gothic pinnacles, flying buttresses, and pointed arches have been battered by 500 years of capricious weather, and for years it has been encased in an exoskeleton of scaffolding as restoration efforts plod along. Until recently, it was covered by a...
  • Did William Wallace Aspire to be King of Scotland?

    05/19/2011 11:45:14 AM PDT · by Renfield · 35 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 5-18-2011
    A newly discovered English source, which also marks the earliest record of Wallace’s gruesome execution, confirms outright what historians had only suspected before: the reason that Edward I dealt so harshly with Wallace was that he viewed him as a pretender to the Scottish crown. Accounts of King Edward I’s Exchequer for the financial year 1304–1305, known as the ‘Pipe Roll’, describe Wallace as, “…a robber, a public traitor, an outlaw, an enemy and rebel of the king, who in contempt of the king, throughout Scotland had falsely sought to call himself king of Scotland.”.....
  • Scottish field vole plague reaches record level (Sgurr nan Ceathreamhnan voled)

    05/15/2011 6:25:47 PM PDT · by decimon · 25 replies
    BBC ^ | May 12, 2011 | Christopher Sleight
    Scotland's recent freezing winters have resulted in a huge population explosion of field voles across the country. Experts believe there are now record levels of the tiny mammals, which have been protected from birds of prey by long-lying snow. Scientists in Dumfries and Galloway have recorded the highest number of field voles in 20 years, and a five-fold increase on average levels. High levels have also been observed in central Scotland and the Highlands. The number of field voles usually peaks every few years - known as a plague or outbreak - but this year has been exceptional in the...
  • Scottish election results: SNP secures surprise majority

    05/06/2011 9:02:53 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 48 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/6/2011 | Simon Johnson, and Peter Hutchison
    Alex Salmond's party has achieved 65 seats which means there will be a referendum on independence during the next term. The SNP has secured enough seats to form a historic majority in the Scottish Parliament for the next five years. The Nationalists crossed the line when David Torrance overturned a notional Labour majority of almost 3,500 votes to take Kirkcaldy. SNP candidates took the key seats of Fife North East, once a Liberal Democrat stronghold, and Dunfermline, a constituency in Gordon Brown's back yard. The SNP has picked up votes from all of the other three political parties. Labour are...
  • Tameside castle was built to keep 'Scots from Cheshire'

    04/27/2011 6:25:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 21 April 2011 | unattributed
    Buckton Castle in Stalybridge by the Earl of Chester was built in the 1100s. It was occupied for less than 100 years during a time when the King of Scotland lay claim to Lancashire and Cumberland. The University of Salford's Brian Grimsditch said, due to the unrest, "local rulers like the Earl had to protect their lands". The university's Centre for Applied Archaeology conducted a three-year dig at the castle and have now concluded it was started to offer protection from Scottish expansion, though a change in political circumstances meant it was never finished. It was built by Ranulf II,...
  • How Professor Maxwell changed the world

    04/05/2011 11:57:34 AM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 2nd 2011 | J.P.
    Tweet TO MUCH fanfare, Italy celebrated 150 years since its unification two weeks ago. Less exuberantly, America is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the outbreak of the civil war, a failed attempt to undo its union. Amid this flurry of historical fissions and fusions it is easy to overlook another, arguably more significant unification set in motion in spring 1861. In March of that year James Clerk Maxwell, a Scottish physicist (pictured above), published the first piece of a four-part paper entitled "On physical lines of force". Sprinkled amid the prose in the Philosophical Magazine were equations which revealed...
  • Libyan rebels deny offering Lockerbie compensation

    04/05/2011 4:46:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday April 5, 2011 | Chris McGreal in Benghazi
    Libya's revolutionary administration has denied a claim by a British lawyer representing victims of IRA attacks and the Lockerbie bombing that it has apologised for Libya's involvement and offered compensation. Following a meeting with the rebel council's leadership in Benghazi, Jason McCue, head of the Libya Victims Initiative, read a statement which he said was an "unequivocal apology" for Libya's provision of Semtex used in IRA bombings and the blowing up of the Pan Am flight. McCue said the revolutionary council had agreed to pay compensation along the lines paid out in a deal between Muammar Gaddafi and the US...
  • The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss

    03/16/2011 4:28:52 AM PDT · by decimon · 48 replies
    BBC ^ | March 16, 2011 | Unknown
    The disappearance of Rome's Ninth Legion has long baffled historians, but could a brutal ambush have been the event that forged the England-Scotland border, asks archaeologist Dr Miles Russell.One of the most enduring legends of Roman Britain concerns the disappearance of the Ninth Legion. The theory that 5,000 of Rome's finest soldiers were lost in the swirling mists of Caledonia, as they marched north to put down a rebellion, forms the basis of a new film, The Eagle, but how much of it is true? > Hadrian's Wall was designed to keep invaders out of Roman territory as well ensuring...
  • Human remains found in Bronze Age pots (Scotland)

    03/09/2011 2:34:13 PM PST · by decimon · 25 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | March 9, 2011 | Unknown
    Two Bronze Age burial pots containing human remains have been found at the base of a standing stone in Angus.Archaeologists excavated the ground around the Carlinwell Stone at Airlie, near Kirriemuir, after it fell over earlier in the winter. Both pots - known as collared urns - could be up to 4,000 years old and were typically used in early Bronze age cremation burials. The 7ft (2.1m) high monolith will be re-erected on Friday. One of the pots is about 4in (10cm) in diameter, and the other is about 8in, the archaeologists said. Melanie Johnson, from CFA Archaeology of Musselburgh,...
  • U.S. Reopens Lockerbie Investigation After Claims Qaddafi Ordered Attack

    03/02/2011 6:56:48 PM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | March 02, 2011 | FoxNews
    The Obama administration may seek the prosecution of Muammar Qaddafi for the 1988 Pan Am bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland, following claims of some ex-Libyan officials that the embattled dictator personally ordered the airline attack that killed 270 people. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told Congress this week that she has asked the FBI and Justice Department to look into the matter in response to lawmakers' requests. "I think justice must be served," she told a Senate legislative committee Wednesday.
  • Study says green sector costs more jobs than it creates

    03/02/2011 5:35:25 AM PST · by PDMiller · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 2/28/2011
    Government support for the renewable sector in Scotland is costing more jobs than it creates, a report has claimed. A study by consultants Verso Economics found there was a negative impact from the policy to promote the industry. It said 3.7 jobs were lost for every one created in the UK as a whole and that political leaders needed to engage in "honest debate" about the issue.
  • How Green Is Your Lost Job?

    03/01/2011 4:55:56 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | March 1, 2011 | Staff
    Power: A study of renewable energy in Scotland shows that for every job created in the alternative energy sector, almost four jobs are lost in the rest of the economy. We've seen this movie before. Not only has the sun set on the British Empire, but the promise of wind apparently is deserting it as well. A new study called "Worth The Candle?" by the consulting firm Verso Economics confirms the experience of Spain and other countries: The creation of "green" jobs destroys other jobs through the diversion of resources and the denial of abundant sources of fossil fuel energy....
  • Report: Lockerbie bomber 'blackmailed' Gadhafi

    02/27/2011 1:44:39 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 27, 2011
    LONDON (AP) -- The former Libyan justice minister has reportedly said that the man convicted of the Lockerbie bombing had blackmailed Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi into securing his release by threatening to expose his role in the attack. The Sunday Times newspaper quoted Mustafa Abdel-Jalil as saying that Abdel Baset al-Megrahi had warned Gadhafi that he would "reveal everything" about the 1988 bombing of an American flight over Lockerbie, Scotland, if he wasn't rescued from a Scottish prison.
  • Prehistoric standing stone falls over

    02/21/2011 10:19:43 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    News STV ^ | February 2, 2011 | unattributed
    The Carlinwell stone at Airlie, near Kirriemuir, toppled over as the snow, ice and frost from the long cold spell melted away. The 7ft prehistoric unsculptured standing stone is situated on the crest of a knoll on a farm. Human remains were found underneath the scheduled monument at the end of the 18th century. It is one of a number of standing stones across the country. Historic Scotland is now looking to carry out an investigative dig of the site, before reinstating the stone.
  • London to Edinburgh by electric car: it was quicker by stagecoach

    01/30/2011 1:40:48 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Sunday 30 January 2011 Log in | Register | Christopher Booker
    The BBC's stunt of taking an electric Mini to Edinburgh reveals just how impractical rechargeable cars are, writes Christopher Booker In its obsessive desire to promote the virtues of electric cars, the BBC proudly showed us last week how its reporter Brian Milligan was able to drive an electric Mini from London to Edinburgh in a mere four days – with nine stops of up to 10 hours to recharge the batteries (with electricity from fossil fuels). What the BBC omitted to tell us was that in the 1830s, a stagecoach was able to make the same journey in half...
  • A "(Self-annointed) King's Speech" that will not be confused with the Oscar Nominee

    01/26/2011 9:53:17 PM PST · by publius321 · 6 replies
    http://www.TableOfWisdom.com ^ | January 27, 2011 | by Scott Ryan
    A "(Self-annointed) King's Speech" that will not be confused with the Oscar Nominee... (continued)
  • My Love is Like a Red Red Rose

    01/25/2011 5:31:19 AM PST · by Sparky1776 · 25 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 13, 2006 | Dayfornight
    0, my love is like a red, red rose, that's newly sprung in June. 0, my love is like a melody, that's sweetly play'd in tune. As fair thou art, my bonnie lass, so deep in love am I, And I will love thee still, my dear, till a' the seas gang dry. Till a' the seas gang dry, my dear, and the rocks melt wi' the sun! And I will love thee still, my dear, while the sands of life shall run. And fare the weel, my only love! And fare the well awhile! And I will come again,...
  • Scots government bid to overturn US haggis ban

    01/23/2011 4:57:35 AM PST · by MadMitch · 50 replies · 1+ views
    A US government delegation has been invited to Scotland in a bid to overturn its 40-year ban on haggis. Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead's invitation comes two days ahead of Burns Night, when suppers are held in honour of poet Robert Burns.
  • F-16 lands at Prestwick after fuel leak

    01/17/2011 8:31:34 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 4 replies
    F-16.net ^ | 1/8/2011 | Asif Shamim
    An F-16 block 50 from 480th FS made an emergency landing at Glasgow Prestwick Airport after suffering a fuel leak. The jet #91-0407 was part of a group of F-16s heading to the US from there home station at Spangdahlem Air Force base in Germany when the emergency was declared. Prestwick airport activated its emergency response programme after the alarm was raised at about 1200 GMT. Local fire and medical services were put on alert, while Strathclyde Police said access roads to the airport were closed for about 15 minutes while the plane landed. A spokesman said the F-16 landed...
  • 'Snowball Earth' theory melted

    01/11/2011 7:05:08 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 6, 2002
    Geoscientists in Scotland say they have evidence to disprove the controversial "Snowball Earth" theory - the idea that the planet was completely encased in ice just over 600 million years ago.We are claiming that in reality there was not a totally frozen snowball Earth and that even during the coldest conditions large regions remained ice-free -- Dr Dan CondonThe team, from the University of St Andrews, has published its findings in the scientific journal Geology, after studying rocks in the west of Scotland, Ireland, Namibia and California. Drs Dan Condon, Tony Prave and Doug Benn say they have found evidence...
  • Twenty-two Years Ago

    12/22/2010 9:27:32 AM PST · by Stoutcat · 2 replies
    Grand Rants ^ | 12-22-10 | Stoutcat
    On Wednesday, December 21, 1988, 270 people were murdered in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. It was another battle in a war that had been ongoing for many years. Sadly, only the attacking force recognized this war for what it was. It would take several more attacks and nearly 13 more years before the world woke up and paid attention. At the time, the Lockerbie bombing was simply another act of agression against the West. Of course we all know that last year, on what were termed “compassionate grounds” with the understanding that he would...
  • Lockerbie Bomber Death Said to Be Imminent

    12/08/2010 11:26:07 PM PST · by prisoner6 · 65 replies · 1+ views
    FOX News ^ | December 09, 2010 | NA
    A source close to the family of the Lockerbie bomber Abdul Baset al Megrahi told Sky News Thursday his death is imminent and every day is "expected to be his last." Suffering from prostate cancer, the Libyan's health has rapidly deteriorated -- and his relatives said he has been in a coma and on life support for around a week. Al Megrahi -- who was convicted of killing 270 people by bombing a Pan Am jet in 1988 -- has been unable to walk for a number of weeks and is not expected to recover.
  • WikiLeaks: Britain feared Colonel Gaddafi could 'cut us off at the knees' unless Lockerbie bomber

    12/07/2010 5:53:21 PM PST · by george76 · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 07 Dec 2010 | Christopher Hope
    Britain feared that Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Gaddafi could “cut us off at the knees, just like the Swiss”, unless the Lockerbie bomber was released, leaked WikiLeaks cables show. Sir Vincent Fean, the UK's ambassador to Tripoli at the time, also warned that continuing to hold Abdelbaset Al-Megrahi in a prison in Scotland could have “disastrous implications for British interests in Libya”. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi, 57, was jailed in 2001 for the atrocity which claimed 270 lives in 1988. He was freed on compassionate grounds in August 2009. The warnings were contained in secret communiqués sent from US embassy staff...
  • Lockerbie Bomber 'Freed After Libya Threats' (to cut off relations with UK)

    12/07/2010 4:01:29 PM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12/7/2010 | Alison Chung & Richard Williams
    Britain feared Libya would take "harsh and immediate action" against it if the Lockerbie bomber died in prison, leaked US diplomatic cables have suggested. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi made "thuggish" threats to halt all trade deals with the UK and harass embassy staff if Abdelbaset al Megrahi was not freed, according to the latest disclosures. The cables unveiled on whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks also suggest Tripoli offered a "parade of treats" to the Scottish devolved government if it let the convicted mass killer go - although the incentives were refused. It comes after the website's founder Julian Assange pledged to fight...
  • Scots troops finds Afghans love sounds of bagpipes

    12/02/2010 2:20:53 AM PST · by MadMitch · 44 replies · 1+ views
    http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/scotland/Scots-troops-find-Afghans-love.6647111.jp
  • Beware of windy days in Scotland

    12/02/2010 5:20:47 AM PST · by AustralianConservative · 12 replies
    Australian Conservative ^ | December 2, 2010 | Australian Satirist
    I'm fair puckled! Another day. Another reason to deny my Scottish heritage. From the Telegraph, London (so it must be politely explained): The Scottish Tartans Authority has decreed that refusing to put on underwear beneath a kilt is "childish and unhygienic". It also warned that "going commando" flies in the face of decency. Tartans Authority director Brian Wilton said kilt wearers should have the "common sense" to realise they should wear underwear beneath their country's national dress. He said "The idea that you are not a real Scot unless you are bare under your kilt should be thrown into the...
  • the fight against climate change in Cancún, hundreds of UK schools are shut down by global warming

    11/30/2010 5:58:11 PM PST · by george76 · 11 replies
    No Pasarán ^ | November 30, 2010 | Erik
    This is the worst we've seen in 20+ years . While world governments gather in Cancún in order to fight climate change, global warming hits the United Kingdom. "The UK has been experiencing the earliest widespread snowfall since 1993..." We must hope that world leaders in Cancún soon come up with a workable plan, because global warming has also been causing Scotland to struggle, with forecasters warning that the cold snap will get worse this week, with temperatures plunging as low as -20C.
  • Snow chaos costs Scots economy £50m a day (Global Warming Alert)

    11/29/2010 1:45:46 AM PST · by Zakeet · 16 replies
    The Scotsman (U.K.) ^ | November 29, 2010 | Mark Smith and Jeff Salway
    THE worst November snowfalls in 17 years plunged Scotland into chaos as business leaders warned the freezing conditions would cost the country more than £50 million a day - mainly in lost Christmas trade. Heavy snow up to 16 inches deep in places saw main roads closed and police warned those not making vital journeys to stay at home, as it was predicted that the "horrendous" winter conditions are set to get even worse later this week. Edinburgh and Glasgow airports were closed by the snowfall, while many bus and rail services were suspended. Hundreds of schools are expected...