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  • Cancer boy gets a Guard of Honour

    05/10/2012 5:41:55 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 15 replies
    The Scottish Sun ^ | 3May2012 | KENNY McALPINE
    A YOUNG cancer sufferer was stunned when a famous Army marching band turned up at his door to perform in his honour. Garvey Evans, 12, was amazed as The 1st Battalion Scots Guards put on a special show just for him. The kilted drum-and-pipe band travelled hundreds of miles from their base in Yorkshire to Foxhole, Cornwall, after hearing of Garvey’s brave battle against a brain tumour. And he couldn’t believe it when they blasted out Scotland The Brave on his doorstep.
  • Bibles are ‘homophobic’, Scots police told

    04/28/2012 7:06:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 69 replies
    Scottish police forces have been told not to accept a gift of free Bibles from the Gideons because the book “condemns homosexuality”. The Bibles have been offered to Scottish police forces featuring each force’s badge. But the Gay Police Association (GPA) is against the move, and has issued a statement demanding that the forces refuse to be involved. Untrue In the past, the GPA has been in trouble with the authorities for making untruthful and misleading claims involving the Bible. In 2006 the group was reprimanded for producing an ad featuring the Bible next to a pool of blood with...
  • Lockerbie bomber's health deteriorates 'dramatically' as he fights for life after blood transfusion

    04/13/2012 11:13:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 18:42 EST, 13 April 2012 | UPDATED: 19:52 EST, 13 April 2012 | Nabila Ramdani and Victoria Allen
    The Lockerbie bomber has been given an emergency blood transfusion following a sudden deterioration in his health, his brother revealed last night. Libyan Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, who is suffering from terminal cancer, was taken from his home in Tripoli to the intensive care unit of a private hospital. The news came less than a fortnight after he celebrated his 60th birthday. He was released from prison in August 2009 on compassionate grounds with three months to live, but has survived for more than two-and-a-half years. … Last night, Megrahi's condition was not known, but his wife Aisha was...
  • Black Watch welcomed home with Forfar parade before Prince Charles

    04/20/2012 5:27:58 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 8 replies
    Scotland Courier ^ | Friday, April 20, 2012 | Graham Brown
    "Well done lads!" — that was the shouted sentiment of one voice which captured the mood of hundreds on the streets of Forfar as the newly returned heroes of The Black Watch marched proudly through the Angus town on Thursday. And the stirring sight of the Red Hackle-wearing soldiers, bayonets fixed, was more than enough to lift the gloom of a dreich morning as the first of a series of homecoming parades in Tayside and Fife received a royal salute. Led by the battalion pipes and drums and the band of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, some 300 Black Watch...
  • Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day

    04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-7-12 | Damien Pearse
    Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life' Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday – even if they are "a bit vague" about religion....
  • Skye cave find western Europe's 'earliest string instrument'

    03/31/2012 10:44:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    BBC News ^ | Saturday, March 31, 2012 | unattributed
    Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe. The small burnt and broken piece of carved piece of wood was found during an excavation in a cave on Skye. Archaeologists said it was likely to be part of the bridge of a lyre dating to more than 2,300 years ago. Music archaeologist Dr Graeme Lawson said the discovery marked a "step change" in music history... The remains, which were unveiled in Edinburgh, were found in High Pasture Cave, where Bronze and Iron Age finds have been made previously......
  • Obama, if wind works so well why are Scots facing "heat or eat?" and paying over $7.00 for gas?

    03/26/2012 9:03:35 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies · 5+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/26/2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Scotland, one of Barack Obama’s models for his bogus wind power scam has literally seen the wind go out of her socialist politically correct sails. Scotland is the poster boy for the failure of wind power as a genuine source of energy. All of the high and mighty talk about wind as a viable alternative source of energy is now gone, not in the strong productive winds of the drawing board, but with the gentle breezes that are Scotland’s reality. The Scottish government’s ill-advised but politically correct “wind; not fossil fuel” scheme has so devastated the average Scottish household’s economy...
  • Royal Regiment’s Freedom Honour

    03/09/2012 5:55:05 PM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 4 replies
    The Stirling Observer ^ | 7mMar2012 | Donald Morton
    STIRLING’S military connection will be further strengthened on Saturday when the Royal Regiment of Scotland is awarded the Freedom of the City. The Royal Regiment of Scotland is the senior and only Scottish line infantry regiment of the British Army Infantry and consists of five regular and two territorial battalions. While in combat dress, each battalion wears its own unique coloured hackle on the Tam O’Shanter: On Saturday, there will be a parade from Stirling Castle to Stirling Council’s Old Viewforth where the regiment will be awarded the civic honour in recognition of their services and strong links to the...
  • The Monster of Glamis

    02/17/2012 4:40:50 AM PST · by Renfield · 22 replies
    “If you could even guess the nature of this castle’s secret,” said Claude Bowes-Lyon, 13th Earl of Strathmore, “you would get down on your knees and thank God it was not yours.” That awful secret was once the talk of Europe. From perhaps the 1840s until 1905, the Earl’s ancestral seat at Glamis Castle, in the Scottish lowlands, was home to a “mystery of mysteries”—an enigma that involved a hidden room, a secret passage, solemn initiations, scandal, and shadowy figures glimpsed by night on castle battlements. The conundrum engaged two generations of high society until, soon after 1900, the secret...
  • The pipes of the Highlanders visit pupils at St Mary’s Primary in Leith

    02/10/2012 11:22:23 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 9 replies
    Edinburgh STV ^ | 10 February 2012 07:01 GMT | Clare Carswell
    Pupils at St Mary’s RC Primary School were treated to a special performance from The Highlanders army pipe band on Thursday before many received lessons in how to play the instruments. Drum Major (Sergeant) Danny Brown introduced four pipers and three drummers from The 4th Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland to the children to help promote the music and instruments to the next generation. Drum Major Brown works with the community engagement project run by the army in Scotland called The Pipers Trail. The army works with the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, National Piping Centre and local...
  • 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...