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  • Braveheart letter to Pope returns to Scotland

    01/16/2012 1:49:00 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    cna ^ | January 13, 2012 | David Kerr
    William Wallace of Scotland's name (center) written in Latin: Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 13, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 14th-century letter asking Pope Boniface VIII to look favorably upon the Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace during his visit to Rome has been returned to Scotland. “This document is an enigma,” said George MacKenzie, head of National Records of Scotland at the unveiling ceremony in Edinburgh on Jan. 12. “It’s a letter from the French king to his officials at the Vatican mentioning Wallace, but we don't know what his business was with the Pope. What we do know is...
  • Scotland star warned after Obama 'whore' post

    01/14/2012 10:05:43 AM PST · by max americana · 31 replies
    afp ^ | January 14, 2012 | afp
    A Scottish rugby player has been warned about his "completely inappropriate" language after calling US President Barack Obama a "whore" on Twitter. When praising Ron Paul, a candidate to be the Republican Party's nominee for the 2012 presidential election, Rory Lamont said on January 4: "He doesn't work for Wall Street like that whore Obama." As well as Obama, the 29-year-old Lamont has taken to the social networking site to made derogatory remarks about a number of politicians including British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The injury-plagued wing, who in 26 Tests for Scotland has scored...
  • UK sets terms for Scottish independence vote

    01/10/2012 10:21:46 AM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 49 replies ^ | Jan. 10, 2012 | Reuters
    The British government set out conditions on Tuesday under which Scotland would be allowed to hold a referendum on breaking away from the rest of Britain, a move which it strongly opposes. Any referendum must be limited to a straightforward yes-or-no question on independence, excluding the option of asking whether Scotland should be given greater devolved powers, and should be held as soon as possible, the British government said. The pro-independence Scottish National Party, which heads a devolved government in Edinburgh, has said it plans to hold a referendum by 2016 on ending the 300-year union with England.
  • If you back independence, you’re an extremist, Nick Clegg tells Scotland

    01/09/2012 8:45:48 AM PST · by Dysart · 36 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 1-10-2011 | Tom Peterkin
    NICK Clegg last night branded those who believed in Scottish independence as “extremists”, as he claimed the Liberal Democrats had won the “centre ground” of the constitutional debate by calling for more Holyrood powers short of separation. The Deputy Prime Minister underlined his commitment to handing more powers to the Scottish Parliament as he declared that he was a “devolutionist” rather than a Unionist. On a visit north of the Border, Mr Clegg described independence as “the extreme” – a choice of words that led to the SNP suggesting that the Lib Dem leader should “rethink” his language. In an...
  • 'Discovery of a lifetime': Stone Age temple found in Orkney is 800 years older than Stonehenge...

    01/04/2012 6:00:46 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 57 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2nd January 2012 | Ted Thornhill
    The site, known as the Ness of Brodgar, was investigated by BBC2 documentary A History of Ancient Britain, with presenter Neil Oliver describing it as 'the discovery of a lifetime'. So far the remains of 14 Stone Age buildings have been excavated, but thermal geophysics technology has revealed that there are 100 altogether, forming a kind of temple precinct. Until now Stonehenge was considered to have been the centre of Neolithic culture, but that title may now go to the Orkney site, which contains Britain's earliest known wall paintings. Oliver said: 'The excavation of a vast network of buildings on...
  • Edinburgh welcomes the world to Hogmanay

    12/31/2011 5:09:48 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 5 replies ^ | Saturday 31 December 2011 | Claire Smith
    VISITORS from around the world were among thousands of people who carried torches up Calton Hill in Edinburgh yesterday evening as the city’s Hogmanay festival officially began. Organisers say people from more than 50 countries, including Botswana, New Zealand and Taiwan, are expected to join the festivities which include the world-famous street party on New Year’s Eve. Meanwhile, communities from Shetland to the Scottish Borders are gearing up for their own celebrations which will see thousands of people defy the winter chill to party at open air events across the country. As well as street parties and firework displays in...
  • Veteran cooper leaves Glenfiddich distillery

    12/30/2011 8:54:16 PM PST · by Daffynition · 24 replies ^ | 29 December 2011
    The longest-serving cooper in Scotland is to lay down his tools for the last time on Hogmanay. Don Ramsay started working in the Glenfiddich distillery on Christmas Day 1961, when he was 15. His employers said he has created more than 200,000 casks during his 50-year career. The distillery honoured him in 2004 by releasing a limited bottling of Glenfiddich 1991 Vintage Reserve which carried his name.
  • Rare 'faceless and brainless' fish seen off UK coast

    12/29/2011 2:48:47 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 35 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 12-29-11
    A rare species of fish described as “faceless and brainless” was among the unusual finds made by marine scientists off Britain’s coast, according to a Scottish government report published on Thursday. The prehistoric amphioxus species, which grows to about two inches long and has no fins, was recorded off Orkney, part of the Northern Isles that lie off the far northern coast of mainland Scotland. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The elusive fish is regarded as a modern representative of the first animals that evolved a backbone, the Scottish government said. With a nerve cord down its back, it has no specific brain or...
  • Fears raised over Pipe Band Championships as organisers call it a day

    12/24/2011 11:56:52 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 7 replies
    EVERY August for the last 16 years, Melrose and its annual pipe band championships have proved a magnet for attracting some of the country’s best pipers and drummers to compete for the prestigious silverware. From a small initial event, the championships now boast fierce competition among top bands and thousands of pounds are pumped into the local economy. But this year’s contest could be in jeopardy following the decision of founding chairman, Ian Graham, and the event’s entire committee to step down and call it a day. Just two members of the committee are not members of Mr Graham’s family...
  • Fireworks mistakenly set off all at once at display in Scotland

    11/06/2011 8:52:26 AM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 39 replies · 2+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Nov. 6, 2011
    The Oban community fireworks display in Western Scotland lasted one minute instead of 30 minutes. The audience who came to see the Oban Community Fireworks Display got a surprise this year. A technical hitch saw all of the fireworks released simultaneously, unleashing a cacophony of noise. Footage of the display shows a deafening, wild and uncoordinated display that lasts for just over a minute. After the extremely short display, Councillor Roddie McCuish, one of the organisers of the event, apologised to the crowd of hundreds...
  • Do survey results show a massive prehistoric monument under the water of the Stenness Loch?

    10/10/2011 7:11:54 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies
    Orkneyjar ^ | Monday, October 3, 2011 | Sigurd Towrie
    The preliminary remote sensing results of the loch bed around the Ring of Brodgar (visible at the top of the picture, centre). The large, circular 'anomaly' is boxed in white. (Images: The Rising Tide project)
  • Neolithic stone network found on Orkney

    08/06/2010 8:54:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies ^ | August 3, 2010 | Lucinda Cameron
    Archaeologists revealed today that they have discovered the first evidence in the UK of stonework painted with a pattern, suggesting Neolithic people enjoyed decorating. It comes a week after the researchers, working at the Brodgar peninsula on Orkney, found plain painted stones thought to be around 5,000 years old at the spot. The site... is between the Stones of Stenness and the Ring of Brodgar. The latest discovery, made late yesterday afternoon, is a stone with a zigzag chevron pattern in red pigment... Nick Card, of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology (Orca), said... "There has been evidence at some...
  • Neolithic Village Found In Orkney Sheds New Light On Stone Age Life

    08/13/2007 4:32:54 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 604+ views
    The Times ^ | David Lister
    Neolithic village found in Orkney sheds new light on Stone Age life August 14, 2007 David Lister The remains of a Neolithic settlement discovered in Orkney were hailed yesterday as potentially as important as the Skara Brae village on the islands. The 2.5 hectare site is believed to date back nearly 5,000 years and to include a complex system of temples and dwellings spread over two fields. The find, at Ness of Brodgar, between the Ring of Brodgar and the Stones of Stenness, will add to the area’s reputation as home to some of the most remarkable archaeological monuments in...
  • Scotland's Orkneys tell ancient stories

    11/05/2005 1:36:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies · 274+ views
    Washington Times ^ | November 5, 2005 | Naomi Koppel
    [T]he 4,000-year-old standing stones of the Ring of Brogar -- a UNESCO World Heritage Site -- are startling. Thirty-six of the original 60 stones remain, in a perfect circle, each up to 13 feet tall, surrounded by a deep ditch cut into the rock. At dawn and dusk, the stones stand dark and imposing against the light reflecting off the Loch of Stenness below. Farther along is the biggest tourist attraction on Orkney, the village of Skara Brae, protected under the sand for nearly 5,000 years until it was revealed by a huge storm in 1850. Each of the stone...
  • Flagship UK carbon capture project 'close to collapse'

    10/10/2011 6:17:16 AM PDT · by RobertClark · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/06/2011 | Terry Macalister and Damian Carrington
    A £1bn flagship government project for fighting climate change – the construction of a prototype carbon capture and storage (CCS) project at Longannet in Scotland – is on the verge of collapse, it emerged on Thursday. Talks between the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) and Scottish Power have run into deep trouble and the electricity supplier is expected to pull the plug on the government-promoted scheme, which hoped to bury carbon emissions from the coal power station in the North Sea.
  • "BE" HOLY !

    10/07/2011 1:32:48 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    "MY Children" ARE " My Obedient Ones"! Do you see my children? Why Enoch was taken up to "BE" with Me ? It was not by his works but through his "TRUE" and "Fatihful" obedience to BE one with Me for as My Word "BE HOLY" "TRULY" this is Christ like to be a Michael( "AS GOD" ) for I AM "HOLY" for this IS My NAME ! Jude 1 1JUDE, A servant of Jesus Christ (the Messiah), and brother of James, [writes this letter] to those who are called (chosen), dearly loved by God the Father and separated (set...
  • Pictish beast intrigues Highland archaeologists

    09/14/2011 11:42:04 AM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | September 14, 2011 | Steven McKenzie
    A Pictish symbol stone built into the wall of a Highland farm building has been recorded by archaeologists.The markings show a beast, crescent, comb and mirror. Archaeologist Cait McCullagh said it was a mystery how it had taken until this year for the stone to be officially recorded. She said it also suggested that more Pictish stones have still to be documented on the Black Isle where the beast was recorded. Ms McCullagh, the co-founder and director of Archaeology for Communities in the Highlands (Arch), said the symbol stones probably dated from the 5th to 7th centuries AD. She said...
  • Scottish cardinal: same-sex marriage a ‘grotesque subversion,’ a ‘great wrong’, 'madness'

    09/12/2011 1:07:45 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12 Sep 2011 | CC
    The bishops of Scotland have pledged their “strenuous opposition” as the Scottish government considers a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage. Urging the government not to heed “a vociferous lobby group,” the bishops said on September 7 that “no government can rewrite human nature; the family and marriage existed before the State and are built on the union between a man and woman. Any attempt to redefine marriage is a direct attack on a foundational building block of society and will be strenuously opposed.” Cardinal Keith O’Brien repeated the words of the statement in a homily to Scottish politicians. In a...
  • Scots mark 10th anniversary of 9/11

    09/11/2011 4:33:28 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 14 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11th September 2011 | BBC News
    'Events are being held across Scotland to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Faith leaders and politicians are to take part in a peace walk in Edinburgh. In Glasgow, an inter-faith service of remembrance will be held at Cathcart Old Parish Church, and the first minister will attend a service at St Nicholas Kirk in Aberdeen. Alex Salmond has also written to the US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton, expressing Scotland's condolences. He said: "Our thoughts are with the families and friends of all those who lost their lives on that darkest of days. "At this time...
  • Government can't rewrite nature and allow gays to wed - Cardinal O'Brien of Scotland

    09/08/2011 2:32:07 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies ^ | 8 Sep 2011 | Andrew Whitaker
    The leader of Scotland's Catholic community has warned that moves by MSPs to legalise gay marriage will be "strenuously opposed" by the Church. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, in a strongly worded homily delivered at a mass for politicians in Edinburgh last night, claimed that allowing gay people to wed through a civil or religious ceremonies would be a "direct attack" on the institution of marriage. However, the intervention sparked criticism from MSPs, with the openly gay leader of the Scottish Greens, Patrick Harvie, attacking the Cardinal's remarks as "absurd" and as an attempt to "suppress" the freedom of gays, lesbians and...