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  • Madagascar divers find silver believed part of pirate stash [Captain Kidd]

    05/12/2015 12:09:07 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | May 08, 2015 | By Martin Vogl
    Divers in Madagascar have found a silver bar weighing about 50 kilograms (110 pounds) that they believe was part of the treasure of pirate Captain Kidd. The bar was presented to Madagascar's president, Hery Rajaonarimampianina, in a ceremony Thursday on the island of Sainte Marie, near the country's northeast coast. The bar was found in a bay off the island, the diving team said. The team was led by Barry Clifford, an American undersea explorer who has been searching for pirate treasure for many decades. Clifford believes there could be more treasure on the bay floor where he found the...
  • Pirate Capt Kidd's 'treasure' found in Madagascar

    05/07/2015 7:27:16 AM PDT · by csvset · 20 replies
    BBC ^ | 7 may 2015 | BBC
    Underwater explorers in Madagascar say they have found what is thought to be the treasure of notorious Scottish pirate William Kidd. Soldiers on Sainte Marie island have been guarding the 50kg silver bar after divers brought it to shore. Madagascar's president as well as UK and US diplomats received the suspected treasure at a ceremony on the island. Capt Kidd was executed in 1701 for piracy after returning from a voyage to the Indian Ocean.
  • Scotland's separatist movement influenced by Margaret Thatcher

    09/14/2014 7:00:23 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 31 replies ^ | September 4, 2014 | Susan Delacourt
    EDINBURGH—If Scottish nationalists win independence from Britain in this week’s referendum, they will owe at least some thanks to an unlikely ally: the late, former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher. The current Scottish referendum on independence, coming down to a too-close-to-call finish on Thursday, has reignited the fire under Scotland’s long-standing resistance to Conservatism in Britain, especially the Thatcher brand of the 1970s and 1980s. “I came over to independence as a result of Thatcher,” says Douglas Campbell, a 65-year-old Yes campaigner who showed up at a canvassing push near Scotland’s Parliament in Edinburgh on the last Sunday of the...
  • Scottish independence: Decapitate Britain, and we kill off the greatest political union ever

    09/08/2014 2:19:24 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 50 replies ^ | 08 Sep 2014 | Boris Johnson
    Right: it’s time to speak for Britain. If these polls are right, then we are on the verge of an utter catastrophe for this country. In just 10 days’ time we could all be walking around like zombies – on both sides of the Scottish border. I don’t just mean that we will be in a state of shock, though that will obviously be true: most people (especially the Scots) have yet to think through the horrific financial and constitutional implications of an English-Scottish divorce. I mean that we will be zombies, walking dead, because a fundamental part of our...
  • McGaughey, McGoy, McCaughey, McCoy?

    03/10/2014 1:12:12 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 26 replies
    Little Bill | 3/10/14 | Me
    I have been doing this Ancestor stuff, because I am getting old and I have verified that my dads family were exactly what the claimed to be, Limeys. My Old Ma's family were Harps from Northern Ireland and possibly Scotland, Gaelic is not a language a civilized person would speak and tracing these Names is driving me to drink. Old Ma was black Irish on The J2c2e scale of MTDNA which means her family were Polocks, this thing has me confused.
  • 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...
  • Sen. Webb on the roots of the Tea Party

    07/13/2011 10:41:30 AM PDT · by mdittmar · 15 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/13/2011 | Steve Vogel
    People looking for an explanation for the rise of the Tea Party need to look no further than America’s Scots-Irish heritage, according to Sen. James Webb (D-Va.). The movement has its roots in the populist-style, bottoms-up democracy that emerged from Scots-Irish migration to America, he said.
  • Scots and the American Civil War

    04/13/2011 3:25:29 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 64 replies · 1+ views IN May, 1864 a young Glaswegian by the name of Bennet Graham Burley stared at the dark, dirty water rising up through a grille and flooding over the floor of his cell and considered his alternatives, neither of which were good. He could remain in this dank, filthy cell in the Union prison on Pea Patch Island in the middle of the Delaware
  • Michelle Obama Depicted As Chubby And Greedy In Republican Cartoon [Picts]

    02/16/2011 8:52:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Hip-Hop Wired News ^ | February 15, 2011 | Sha Stimuli
    Michelle Obama Cartoon: First Lady Drawn As Fat, Binging On Burgers. Presidential First Lady, Michelle Obama has been pegged as a gluttonous, portly hypocrite in a cartoon drawing posted on One year ago, Mrs. Obama initiated her "Let's Move!" campaign to thwart childhood obesity by stressing the importance of activity and nutritious eating in young adults. The problem is she has been caught on camera more than once eating foods that contradict her movement. Couple that with the recent revealing of the fatty foods served at The White House's Super Bowl party and Conservatives are having a field day...
  • 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.
  • Scots troops finds Afghans love sounds of bagpipes

    12/02/2010 2:20:53 AM PST · by MadMitch · 44 replies · 1+ views
  • Dad and two sons prepare to take on Taliban.

    09/06/2010 7:48:27 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 7 replies A DAD and his two sons are flying out to take on the Taliban. Captain Alan Grant, 44, and lance corporals Connor, 22, and Warren, 20, are among a 1000-strong contingent of Scots troops heading to Afghanistan this month
  • Ancient language mystery deepens (Scotland)

    08/11/2010 2:35:32 PM PDT · by decimon · 75 replies
    BBC ^ | August 10, 2010 | Victoria Gill
    A linguistic mystery has arisen surrounding symbol-inscribed stones in Scotland that predate the formation of the country itself.The stones are believed to have been carved by members of an ancient people known as the Picts, who thrived in what is now Scotland from the 4th to the 9th Centuries. These symbols, researchers say, are probably "words" rather than images. But their conclusions have raised criticism from some linguists. The research team, led by Professor Rob Lee from Exeter University in the UK, examined symbols on more than 200 carved stones. They used a mathematical method to quantify patterns contained within...
  • UK leader: We are 'deeply sorry' for Bloody Sunday

    06/15/2010 1:39:06 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 104 replies · 420+ views
    The Times of India ^ | 15 June 2010 | The Times of India
    LONDON: British prime minister David Cameron apologized on behalf of his country Tuesday for the 1972 slaughter of 13 Catholic demonstrators in the Northern Ireland town of Londonderry, an outrage that became known as "Bloody Sunday." In a solemn statement to the British House of Commons, Cameron said that a mammoth, 12-year investigation into the killings left no doubt that the soldiers confronting crowds of Catholic demonstrators in Londonderry's hard-line Bogside district mowed down unarmed protesters without provocation. "What happened on Bloody Sunday was both unjustified and unjustifiable. It was wrong," Cameron said, as a crowd watching him from Londonderry...
  • Unhealthy living 'almost universal' in Scotland (97.5%)

    06/13/2010 8:05:01 AM PDT · by mainsail that · 28 replies · 858+ views
    BBC ^ | 6/13/2010 | BBC
    Unhealthy living is almost universal in Scotland, with virtually everyone in the country putting themselves at risk, according to a study. Glasgow University researchers analysed data from 6,574 people who took part in the 2003 Scottish Health Survey. They identified five factors which contributed most to disease in richer countries - smoking, drinking, poor diet, physical inactivity and obesity. The report found that 97% of Scots had at least one of the risk factors. Some 55% of the population had three or more, while 20% had four or all five risk factors. Poverty was found to increase the risks.
  • Scots Refuse to Sell Donald Trump Their Land

    05/27/2010 4:33:13 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 24 replies · 1,009+ views ^ | May 27, 2010 | Staff
    Trump wants to build a billion dollar golf resort ("biggest in the world," of course) and the landowners have some choice words for him. Watch for the confederate flag in the video.
  • Scots Guards Pipes and Drums Perform at Pentagon

    09/25/2009 6:32:21 PM PDT · by SandRat · 30 replies · 1,445+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Master Sgt. Russell P. Petcoff, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 25, 2009 – The British army’s 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums played in the Pentagon courtyard during lunchtime today in a show of solidarity with U.S. armed forces. The British army’s 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums Band performs for employees, servicemembers and families at the Pentagon, Sept. 25, 2009. The band, which consists of infantry soldiers who will soon prepare to deploy to Afghanistan, performed to express admiration for its closest allies. U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Stan Parker  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. The unit’s performance is “an expression of...

    08/10/2009 8:05:29 PM PDT · by Sammy67 · 97 replies · 5,207+ views
    A SCOTTISH soldier has been praised for making the longest recorded kill in Afghanistan after shooting a top Taliban fighter from almost a mile away. Corporal Christopher Reynolds took out the Afghan drug lord during some of the hardest fighting of the war so far. The 25-year-old, of 3 Scots, The Black Watch, kept watch on a shop rooftop for three days to eliminate the target. But he admitted the top-level Taliban fighter – known as Musa – was so far away it took him a couple of attempts to get the aim right. Initially Musa, who was with four...
  • Scots Soldiers win Brit award

    05/15/2009 3:15:43 AM PDT · by MadMitch · 299+ views
    BBC ^ | 15 MAY 2009 | BBC
    Soldiers from the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards have won a Classical Brit Award for an album partly recorded during their tour of duty in Iraq.
  • 'Scotland Week' kicks off in North America

    04/04/2009 9:38:22 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 52 replies · 1,280+ views
    BBC News ^ | 4th April 2009 | BBC News
    The annual Scotland Week celebration in North America is to kick off with Hollywood star Alan Cumming leading a parade through New York. The star of the X-Men 2 movie has been chosen as grand marshal of the Tartan Day parade. He will be joined by students from his former drama school, as well as politicians and celebrities. Further events are planned in cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Houston, Chicago and Toronto. The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama recently announced former student Cumming as the president of its new American Foundation. In that role the actor will work...
  • Orkney Islanders Have Siberian Relatives

    05/23/2008 3:11:09 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies · 277+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-23-2008 | Roger Highfield
    Orkney Islanders have Siberian relatives Last Updated: 12:01am BST 23/05/2008 A new study on ancient human migrations suggests that Orcadians and Siberians are closely related, writes Roger Highfield. Orkney Islanders are more closely related to people in Siberia and in Pakistan than those in Africa and the near East, according to a novel method to chart human migrations. The surprising findings come from a new way to infer ancient human movements from the variation of DNA in people today, conducted by a team from the University of Oxford and University College Cork, which has pioneered a technique that analyses the...
  • National Tartan Day, 2008

    04/04/2008 6:36:30 PM PDT · by mdittmar · 94 replies · 290+ views
    The White House ^ | April 4, 2008 | GEORGE W. BUSH
    A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America Americans of Scottish descent have made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith, and values. On National Tartan Day, we celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life. Scotland and the United States have long shared ties of family and friendship, and many of our country's most cherished customs and ideals first grew to maturity on Scotland's soil. The Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence signed in 1320, embodied the Scots'...
  • Of Braveheart and Bush

    01/09/2008 3:02:13 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 3 replies · 81+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | January 6, 2008 | Max Boot
    The Mideast is no aberration. Just ask the Scots. President Bush will travel to the Middle East this week, where he will become the latest U.S. president, going back to the 1940s, to make a major push to achieve peace between Israel and the Palestinians. It is hard to see what in the current situation--with the Gaza Strip in the hands of a rabidly anti-Israel group and the West Bank in the hands of only a mildly less anti-Israel group--makes him think he will succeed where his predecessors failed. Those who insist on pursuing the "peace process," notwithstanding the low...
  • Ancient Scots Mummified Their Dead

    09/15/2007 9:49:52 AM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 651+ views
    Discovery ^ | 9-14-2007 | Jennifer Viegas
    Ancient Scots Mummified Their Dead Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News Sept. 14, 2007 — The ancient Egyptians were not the only ones to mummify their dead, according to a study in this month's Antiquity Journal that claims prehistoric Scottish people created mummies too. The researchers do not think the Egyptians influenced the Scots, but that mummification arose independently in the two regions. Initial evidence for Scottish mummies was announced in 2005, when archaeologists unearthed three preserved bodies — an adult female, an adult male and an infant — buried underneath two Bronze Age roundhouses in South Uist, Hebrides, at a site...
  • Meet John Smeaton: One Kick and He Is The Hero of Glasgow [Kicked Terrorist Butt]

    07/07/2007 1:37:47 PM PDT · by Enchante · 47 replies · 1,749+ views
    Wall Street Journal Online ^ | 07/07/07 | ALISTAIR MACDONALD and IAN MCDONALD
    GLASGOW -- Last Saturday afternoon, baggage handler John Smeaton was standing in front of Glasgow Airport smoking a cigarette when a Jeep Cherokee burst into flames nearby. He watched its burning driver emerge. A police officer pursued the passenger. What happened next has turned Mr. Smeaton, 31 years old, into an unlikely folk hero. When he saw the passenger hitting the officer, Mr. Smeaton ran over and kicked the assailant. Mr. Smeaton has been interviewed on the BBC, CNN and other networks about his response to the attack in which two suspected terrorists attempted to ram into the airport's main...
  • Myths & Mysteries: The pharaoh's daughter who was the mother of all Scots

    09/15/2006 2:08:29 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 25 replies · 738+ views ^ | Thu 14 Sep 2006 | Diane Maclean
    Myths & Mysteries Thu 14 Sep 2006 The pharaoh's daughter who was the mother of all Scots Diane Maclean "From various writings of ancient chroniclers we deduce that the nation of the Scots is of ancient stock, taking its first beginning from the Greeks and those of the Egyptians." - Walter Bower, Scotichronicon WALTER Bower wrote his compendium of Scottish history, Scotichronicon, in the 1440s. This sweeping Latin text aimed to set down the history of the Scottish people from the earliest times – and by so doing to show what race of people we were. He referenced his chronicle...
  • Uncovering the burial mounds of Bronze Age Scots

    08/27/2006 8:12:18 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 12 replies · 735+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 28 Aug 2006 | CAROLINE WICKHAM-JONES
    FOUR thousand years ago work began to erect the great earthen burial mounds that comprise the Bronze Age barrow cemetery at the Knowes of Trotty, in Harray, Orkney. There are at least 16 barrows - or graves - in two rows, nestling between the edge of the farmlands and the foot of the moorland. Many were raised upon natural mounds to enhance their prominence. It is a spectacular site, even today, and there are indications that in the Bronze Age the Knowes of Trotty was a cemetery of special significance. The barrows were built to honour the dead of the...
  • Poles and Scots United to Celebrate 50 Years Since Poland's Re-Dedication to Mary

    08/21/2006 11:29:59 AM PDT · by lizol · 3 replies · 263+ views
    The Universe ^ | August 21, 2006
    Poles and Scots United to Celebrate 50 Years Since Poland's Re-Dedication to Mary Posted on August 21, 2006 By The Universe: Hundreds of Catholics from the Diocese of Aberdeen have gathered to celebrate fifty years since Poland was re-dedicated to Mary the Mother of God and re-declared Queen of Poland. Gathering at the Benedictine Abbey of Pluscarden, large numbers of native Scots and Poles working in the North East of Scotland participated in a Mass led by Bishop Peter Moran. At the beginning of the celebration, a group of 85 Poles, led by Fr Joe Kolasa, walked the six-mile road...
  • Scots catapult to land people on the moon

    04/02/2006 2:42:22 PM PDT · by KevinDavis · 47 replies · 1,893+ views
    Times Online ^ | 04/02/06
    IT IS more familiar as the weapon of choice for naughty schoolboys, but Scottish scientists have used the humble catapult to inspire a new branch of research that could revolutionise space travel, writes Marc Horne. Researchers at Glasgow University are working on the production of a giant stellar “slingshot” that they believe can be used to propel spacecraft to the moon. Their research has caught the eye of experts at Nasa, who claim the technology could cut the cost of space travel dramatically and lead to the establishment of lunar bases within 20 years. They also believe the technology could...
  • Angry Scots back kilt-clad student

    12/26/2005 5:18:57 PM PST · by SmithL · 207 replies · 3,478+ views
    AP ^ | 12/26/5
    JACKSON, Mo. - Nathan Warmack wanted to honor his heritage by wearing a Scottish kilt to his high school dance. Then a principal told him to change into a pair of pants. What began with a few yards of tartan has sparked an international debate about freedom, symbols and cultural dress. More than 1,600 people have signed an Internet petition seeking an apology for the high school senior. Scots in the United States are assembling a traditional ensemble they hope the student will wear to the prom, and his family is trying to change the school's dress code policy. ''It's...
  • Kilts not allowed?

    12/22/2005 12:01:01 PM PST · by bobd400 · 59 replies · 1,426+ views
    Anyone else have issue with this? Banning a kilt? A petition in support of the student..
  • John Logie Baird

    10/30/2005 8:42:23 AM PST · by 1066AD · 5 replies · 417+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | January 21, 2005 | Liam Paterson & Dr. Adrian Hills
    Great Scots - A to Z Thu 13 Jan 2005 John Logie Baird working on his early television apparatus John Logie Baird 1888-1946 Born: Helensburgh A CURSE as much as a blessing, television must surely rank as one of the most all-pervasive and important devices of our modern age, and the man credited with inventing the first practical version of it is John Logie Baird. Baird was born in Helensburgh, a small coastal town in the west of Scotland on 14 August 1888. He was one of four children raised by his mother, Jessie, and his minister father John. As...
  • The Fighting Scots-Irish

    07/22/2005 11:34:38 AM PDT · by neverdem · 117 replies · 9,129+ views
    Reason ^ | July 2005 | Charles Oliver
    They shaped America, but did they make it more free?Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, by James Webb, New York: Broadway Books, 369 pages, $14.95 Long dismissed as rednecks, crackers, and hillbillies, the Scots-Irish—also known as Scotch-Irish, Ulster Scots, or Borderers, because they hailed from Northern Ireland and the border counties of Scotland and England—have provided a disproportionate share of America’s political leaders, military brass, writers, and musicians. As an ethnic group, James Webb argues in Born Fighting, they “did not merely come to America, they became America, particularly in the south and the Ohio Valley, where their culture...
  • English as a Foreign Language in the United States

    07/20/2005 3:05:58 AM PDT · by Smile-n-Win · 21 replies · 1,266+ views
    Capitalism Magazine ^ | July 19, 2005 | Thomas Sowell
    A recent e-mail from a dedicated teacher illustrates a problem that has received far too little attention. In her kindergarten class was a little black girl who did well except for getting a very obvious question wrong. It turned out that the little girl had no problem with the concepts or the facts but had misinterpreted a word because it sounded like another word that she had heard used at home, where a "black English" dialect was spoken. Since the teacher was white, she knew that she was running a risk by getting into this issue. Opening this can of...
  • Freemason Scots 'laid foundations of America'

    07/05/2005 9:01:32 AM PDT · by MeanWestTexan · 195 replies · 4,478+ views
    Times Online (UK) ^ | July 4, 2005 | Kath Gourlay
    JULY 4 is a date firmly fixed in the consciousness of all Americans. Perhaps it should also be imprinted in the mind of Scots with a sense of history. Who was involved in the building of the White House? And who helped to start the American War of Independence? The surprising answer might be Scottish freemasons.
  • First minister promises Scots gun control(scottish AIR gun grabbing weenie)

    03/11/2005 5:07:13 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 14 replies · 616+ views
    Jack McConnell has promised to "go further" than the Home Office in outlawing air guns in Scotland. Speaking at his weekly Holyrood question time on Thursday, the first minister said the devolved executive would act "in a measured way" in response to the shooting of a two year-old boy in Glasgow last week. But he pledged to introduce tighter controls on the sale of firearms north of the border if the Westminster government does not do enough to satisfy voters concerns in the wake of Andrew Morton's death. Labour MSP Frank McAveety asked the first minister "what action will be...
  • Outrage as media boss says Scots love failure

    02/12/2005 5:33:24 PM PST · by Pikamax · 137 replies · 1,667+ views
    Observer ^ | 02/13/05 | Lorna Martin
    Outrage as media boss says Scots love failure Channel 4 chief condemns 'culture of poverty' Lorna Martin, Scotland editor Sunday February 13, 2005 The Observer Scots, once regarded as the most innovative risk-takers in the world, have become an unimaginative, inward-looking people who like to celebrate failure and poverty, according to one of the country's leading broadcasters and cultural commentators. In a controversial address to be delivered as part of the prestigious Edinburgh Lecture series, Stuart Cosgrove, Director of Nations and Regions at Channel 4, will condemn what he describes as the Scots' 'love and indulgence of the culture of...
  • Caption the Queen

    11/10/2004 9:35:26 AM PST · by Palladin · 82 replies · 2,961+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Nov. 10, 2004 | Anwil Dawar
    Queen is exposed to Highland game By Anil Dawar, Daily Mail 10 November 2004 Having one's picture taken sitting next to the Queen is usually no sniggering matter. Particularly when it's an official photograph of the battalion in full uniform and Her Majesty is there in her role as commander of the armed forces. But Colonel Simon West didn't appear to be taking the occasion too seriously yesterday. ******** Click for bigger image the picture will be a bit too revealing for the Queen's liking In his cap, jacket and spats, his hands on his knees and his ankles crossed,...
  • Irish, Scots And Welsh Not Celtic - Scientist

    09/09/2004 3:59:23 PM PDT · by blam · 60 replies · 5,985+ views
    IOL ^ | 9-9-2004
    Irish, Scots and Welsh not Celts - scientists September 09 2004 at 08:15PM Dublin - Celtic nations like Ireland and Scotland have more in common with the Portuguese and Spanish than with "Celts" - the name commonly used for a group of people from ancient Alpine Europe, scientists say. "There is a received wisdom that the origin of the people of these islands lie in invasions or migrations... but the affinities don't point eastwards to a shared origin," said Daniel Bradley, co-author of a genetic study into Celtic origins. Early historians believed the Celts - thought to have come from...
  • Scots independence 'inevitable'

    09/06/2004 8:04:30 AM PDT · by Flavius · 21 replies · 721+ views
    bbc | 9/5/04 | na
    Mr Salmond, who had been leader until 2000, was speaking on BBC One's Breakfast with Frost programme two days after he won the SNP's leadership race. He said independence was "as inevitable as anything can be in politics". He said he was attracted to making a return to frontline politics because the SNP was under a "team leadership". "This time I am back and I am back as a team player," he added. "It is a novelty for me but it will be even better." Alex Salmond The realistic way towards Scottish independence is to form an administration in the...
  • Ogham alphabet

    07/27/2004 11:34:30 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies · 772+ views
    Glossemata Genealogicæ ^ | The Alphabetary Heraldic
    Ogham inscriptions : [600 bc] primitive inscriptions of the old Q-Celt (600 bc) or the newer P-Celt (400 bc) that survive in the British Isles. We have a total of approximately 375 Ogham inscriptions. Ireland has some 316 Ogham inscriptions, Wales has 40 inscriptions, and the Isle of Man has 10 inscriptions. One inscription survived at Silchester in southern England, and a few Pictish Ogham inscriptions have been found in Scotland, as far north as the Shetland Islands. Ogham script often runs upward, in a vertical manner, for it was originally written as notches on wooden staves. Oghams :...
  • Split Between English and Scots Older Than Thought

    07/18/2004 7:05:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1,585+ views
    Scottish Press Association ^ | Sun 11 Apr 2004 | Louise Gray
    Traditionally the difference between the English and Scots, Welsh, Irish and Cornish was attributed to the foreign influence of invading forces such as the Anglo-Saxons, Celts and Vikings settling in different areas of Britain hundreds of years ago. But Professor Stephen Oppenheimer of Oxford University, believes the difference originates much further back in history... The professor of clinical sociomedical sciences at Oxford University said the Celts of Western Scotland, Wales, Ireland and Cornwall are descended from an ancient people living on the Atlantic coast while Britain was still attached to mainland Europe, while the English are more closely related...
  • Scot who found deep time [James Hutton]

    07/02/2004 8:19:11 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 16 replies · 446+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 02 July 2004 | JACK REPCHECK
    SCOTLAND’s pantheon of great thinkers includes David Hume, Adam Smith, James Watt, and Walter Scott. However the arguable titan of this august club is less widely known. James Hutton, the 18th century Scots geologist, revolutionised our theories about the Earth with his realisation that the planet was far older than anyone had believed before. According to the late scientist Stephen Jay Gould, Hutton "burst the boundaries of time, thereby establishing geology’s most distinctive and transforming contribution to human thought - deep time." The discovery and acceptance of the earth’s ancient age - now understood to be about 4.6 billion years...
  • Haggis, Born in The USA

    01/21/2004 9:29:01 AM PST · by Cagey · 68 replies · 670+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-21-2004 | Trevor Datson
    LONDON (Reuters) - A tiny Scottish firm has teamed up with a U.S. company to start the first industrial-scale production in America of Scotland's national dish -- haggis. Stahly Quality Foods, which employs just four people in the industrial new town of Glenrothes, believes the joint venture with a Chicago-based food processor can move 300,000 tins of the offal-based delicacy in its first year. The estimated 10 million Scots and people of Scottish descent that live in North America offer an appetizing market. But founder Ken Stahly's first venture into the United States was crushed by an import ban following...
  • The Christmas Truce

    12/24/2003 6:38:27 AM PST · by JohnGalt · 20 replies · 590+ views
    The Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 12/23/2003 | Robin Oliver
    The Christmas Truce By Robin Oliver December 23, 2003 Eighty-nine years ago this Christmas, just eight kilometres from the Flemish city of Ypres, an extraordinary event occurred between German and British troops in the narrow and perilous strip of no-man's land separating their trenches. Here on Christmas Eve on the British side of a muddy landscape, with the bodies of soldiers killed in the first Battle of Ypres two months earlier still lying where they fell, could be heard the sounds of Germans singing. It was thought they had been drinking. Alcohol was barred in the British front lines but...

    12/04/2003 11:21:08 AM PST · by JennysCool · 80 replies · 10,720+ views
    The Daily Record (UK) ^ | 12/04/2003 | By John Mceachran
    MARRIED Scots women are prepared to have sex with their boss at the Christmas party, a survey claims. Seventy per cent think it is acceptable to flirt with their superior at the annual office bash. And they are prepared to lie in a bid to cover up their indiscretions. But they still like to keep an eye on what their partner is getting up to over the festive period. Seventy per cent of women admitted in the poll for That's Life magazine that they would get drunk at their Christmas party. And 12 per cent said they would dabble in...
  • SOLDIERS DELIVER GIFTS TO KUTIIBA SCHOOL [Brit allies winning hearts and minds]

    11/27/2003 8:53:27 AM PST · by Ragtime Cowgirl · 16 replies · 207+ views
    Headquarters (Multi National Division) South East British Forces Post Office 641 PRESS INFORMATION CENTRE Telephone: 00870 600 322 756 00870 763 665 814 Mobile: 00965 9113350 E-mail: Ser No: 6/11 Date of Release: 24 Nov 03 PRESS RELEASE SOLDIERS DELIVER GIFTS TO KUTIIBA SCHOOL DESKS, chairs and stationery have been donated to a school in Kutiiba by students in Germany – with a little help from the British Army. Soldiers from 17 Battery, 26 Regiment Royal Artillery delivered the furniture on Monday after receiving the donation from the Haig school in Germany, where the unit is normally based. After...
  • Great Scots! (the Scottish Englightenment - politics, economics, philosophy - and its influence)

    11/02/2003 12:57:33 PM PST · by Stultis · 24 replies · 834+ views
    Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg (PBS) ^ | 2 October 2003 | Arthur Herman & Robert Galvin w/ Ben Wattenberg
      Arthur Herman    Coordinator of the Smithsonian’s Western Heritage Program, and author of "How the Scots Invented the Modern World: The True Story of How Western Europe’s Poorest Nation Created Our World and Everything in It"   Robert Galvin    Retired Chairman of the Board of Motorola and author of America’s Founding Secret: What the Scottish Enlightenment Taught Our Founding Fathers Great Scots!Ben Wattenberg: Hello, I’m Ben Wattenberg. Only three centuries ago, Scotland was a primitive country still home to savages living in huts, barbaric wars, and witch trials. But not long after, Scottish philosophers created a common sense approach to the study of political...
  • Bagpipes hit sour note for hearing

    08/25/2003 8:13:39 AM PDT · by Rodney King · 19 replies · 252+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | today | James Doherty
    Bagpipes hit sour note for hearingFOR many a Scots regiment, the Highland bagpipe was as potent in the advance toward battle as artillery and rifles. But a survey conducted by Piper & Drummer magazine has revealed the resonating force of the pipes can damage more than the morale of enemy troops. Half of those surveyed reported hearing loss and repetitive strain injuries after years of playing. Some 10 per cent also reported that their passion for the pipes had led to the break-up of marriages, while 84 per cent claimed to know pipe-band members who are alcoholics. The news comes...
  • SCOTS IN THE FRONT LINE! (God Bless you Scotland!)

    03/19/2003 11:03:17 AM PST · by areafiftyone · 108 replies · 384+ views
    BBC News ^ | 3/19/03
    Scottish-based regiments are among those poised to be in the front line of the war in Iraq. Challenger tanks of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards will help to spearhead the move into Iraq, backed by the 1st Battalion, the Black Watch. Both are part of the 7th Armoured Brigade, better known as the Desert Rats. Among the tasks of the Dragoon Guards is reconnaissance, sniffing out Saddam Hussein's initial lines of defence. Sergeant Frank Mack, from Leith, is leading a section into Southern Iraq to collate information vital to commanders as they decide how and where to deploy Challenger 2...