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  • 'Six-headed burial' of the Highland clan era probed by archaeologists

    12/08/2019 7:09:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 37 replies
    Scotsman (tall and handsome built) ^ | September 3, 2019 | Alison Campsie
    The skeletal remains are thought to date from the 15th Century, when Clan Ross and Clan Mackay fought out a terrifying rivalry in the area that arguably peaked with the Battle of Tarbat in the 1480s, Then, Clan Ross cornered a raiding party of Clan Mackay with many killed in the encounter. Survivors of the attack sought sanctuary in the church, but the Rosses set fire to it, killing all those hiding inside... She said the men and skulls were buried in the most prominent part of the church, in the mouth of the crypt directly under the nave. Dr...
  • Dumbarton Pipe Band on the lookout for the next generation of pipers and drummers

    11/30/2019 6:18:19 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 5 replies
    Lennox Herald via msn /news ^ | 29 November 2019 | Fraser Clarke
    Font size=4>Dumbarton and District Pipe Band are on the lookout for the next generation of pipers and drummers after a year without competing. The Renton-based group were formed in 1968, and this year marked the first time in almost 40 years that they haven’t been able to get a band to play at Levengrove Park’s Remembrance parade. And that was extremely disappointing for secretary Gordon Hamill. He said: “I got involved in the band in 1981, and from that date until a week past Sunday I laid a wreath at the remembrance parade at Levengrove Park every year. “I actually...
  • Mexico Unveils First Highway Paved With Recycled Plastic

    11/28/2019 8:38:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 53 replies
    Yahoo! Finance ^ | November 25, 2019 | FreightWaves, Benzinga
    The first-ever highway partially made of reclaimed plastic was inaugurated in Mexico on Nov. 13. The 2.5-mile stretch of highway in the state of Guanajuato in central Mexico used 1.7 tons of recycled plastic, or the equivalent of 425,000 plastic packaging units, according to Dow Plastics Technology Mexico. "The advantage of using recycled plastic products is that they can be used on all types of highways, not only in high-performance products, which can extend the life span of any paved road," Paula Sans, Dow Mexico's director of packaging and specialty plastics, said in a release. The newly paved stretch of...
  • Painstaking clean-up of Scottish Viking hoard unlocks new secrets [Galloway Hoard]

    11/27/2019 8:51:36 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    The Scotsman, tall and handsome built ^ | Published Sunday 24 November 2019, Updated Monday 25 November 2019 | Brian Ferguson
    A painstaking clean-up operation on a haul of Viking-age treasures found buried on church land in Scotland is unlocking new secrets about their origins... Tiny traces of linen, silk, wood and leather have been analysed during two years of detective work on the hoard has helped develop theories that some objects are several centuries older than previously thought. The careful wrapping of more than 100 gold, silver and jewelled treasures is set to shed new light on how long it was accumulated for before being buried in Galloway nearly 1,000 years ago... He said: "We have a better understanding now...
  • Lockerbie bombing ‘was work of Iran, not Libya’ says former spy

    03/10/2014 5:08:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11:00PM GMT 10 Mar 2014 | Gordon Rayner
    The Lockerbie bombing was ordered by Iran and carried out by a Syrian-based terrorist group, a former Iranian intelligence officer has admitted. Abolghassem Mesbahi, a defector to Germany, said Pan Am flight 103 was downed in 1988 in retaliation for a US Navy strike on an Iranian commercial jet six months earlier, in which 290 people died. He claims the Ayatollah Khomeini, who was Iran’s Supreme Leader, ordered the bombing “to copy exactly what happened to the Iranian Airbus”. …
  • News Summary-Intelligence Report Friday 11/8/2019 Newsdump Friday

    11/08/2019 10:08:14 PM PST · by Nextrush · 2 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 11/8/2019 | Nextrush/Self
    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Iran sparing over the incident involving a woman working for the International Atomic Energy Agency..... Iran says it shot down a drone from a foreign country near a southern port city.... A US-led naval coalition officially launching its mission of protecting shipping in the Persian Gulf..... In the country neighboring Iran, Iraq, anti-government protests continued Friday..... The Russian military beginning helicopter patrols along the Syrian-Turkish border..... Russian and Syrian aircraft launching airstrikes against jihadist positions in northwestern Syria today... The US Secretary of State taking aim at Russia and China..... A volatile Indian...
  • The Battle of Brunanburh -- The Great Debate

    05/06/2012 8:18:14 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Wirral Learning Grid ^ | since 2004 | Prof Stephen Harding
    By 937 A.D. 35 years after the initial settlement, Wirral may have been the site of a huge battle between the Anglo Saxons coming from the South and Midlands and a combined army of Viking raiders coming from Dublin and their Scottish allies coming mainly from Strathclyde. No-one is quite sure where this battle took place, although the majority of experts favour Wirral. The main reason is that the contemporary record of the Battle -- the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle describes the battle having taking place (around Brunanburh) -- which happens to be the old name for Bromborough... The Chronicle also...
  • A Newly Discovered Pictish Stone for Easter Ross

    10/29/2019 12:36:21 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 14 replies
    Whilst on a walk close to Dingwall, I came across a site that struck me as being slightly mysterious, atmospheric and with an air of neglect about it. I was immediately fascinated, and started to try and find out more about it. I established that it was an early religious site, privately owned, and asked the landowner if I could have permission to survey it. This granted, and because of the difficult access, I began to form a plan of just how to carry this out. A specific parking place for one car was established and the survey began.
  • How to Pretend to Understand the Brexit Deal

    10/18/2019 12:28:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Barrons (Dow Jones) ^ | October 18, 2019 | Jack Hough
    Much of the discussion has seemed like an egg-centered debate: soft or hard, but it won't be over easy. A soft Brexit means staying closely aligned with the EU on trade, and is favored by Britons who oppose leaving. Hard means a clean break, and that could cost an estimated 9% of GDP cumulatively, along with 450,000 jobs. Pro tip: If a Brexit discussion gets too detailed, scare the other party off by insisting that a hard exit would "force the BOE back to the ZLB with more QE." Just in case your bluff is called, that's Bank of England,...
  • Scotland to be first UK country to impose smacking ban (spanking ban)

    10/03/2019 6:52:39 AM PDT · by LouieFisk · 21 replies
    The Sunday Post ^ | October 3, 2019 | The Sunday Post
    ‘Reasonable’ physical chastisement is currently allowed to discipline children, which means smacks to the body will generally avoid prosecution, but blows to the head or with an implement are strictly prohibited. But the Scottish Government has now backed moves to give children the same protection from assault as adults. A vote later today is expected to overwhelmingly pass a bill that will completely outlaw smacking, meaning parents and carers could potentially face prosecution for any use of physical punishment upon children. The bill was initially proposed by the Scottish Green Party, and has won cross-party support, with all but the...
  • Scottish Church Says Catholics Schools Don't Cause Violence

    09/24/2019 5:41:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A former police chief suggested the schools should be closed for causing sectarianismA spokesman for the Catholic Church in Scotland said Wednesday the suggestion that Catholic schools in the country are a cause for bigotry is “staggeringly intolerant.” “Scotland’s peculiar obsession with religious intolerance has been in the spotlight again recently following the offensive and ill-informed comments of a former police chief, who claimed that the existence of denominational schools are at the root of the problem and suggested that sectarianism and bigotry can best be tackled by closing Catholic schools,” Peter Kearney, director of the Scottish Catholic Media Office,...
  • Pictish skeleton found at 1,400-year-old Highland cemetery

    09/24/2019 2:14:18 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 22 replies
    BBC ^ | Sept 24, 2019
    Archaeologists have excavated the partly-preserved remains of a Pictish skeleton at a 1,400-year-old cemetery in the Highlands. The skeleton was found on the last day of a two-week dig at Tarradale near Muir of Ord on the Black Isle. Due to the acidity of the soil, no remains of human bodies had been found until the "surprise discovery". Archaeologists say the cemetery is one of Scotland's largest recorded Pictish burial grounds.
  • Grateful Dead songwriter, Robert Hunter, dead at 78

    09/24/2019 1:14:28 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 63 replies
    UPI ^ | 24 Sept 2019 | By Fred Topel
    Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter died Monday night, Rolling Stone first reported. He was 78. The family of Hunter provided a statement to the New York Times, The Wrap and Rolling Stone. "He died peacefully at home in his bed, surrounded by love," the statement read. "His wife Maureen was by his side holding his hand. For his fans that have loved and supported him all these years, take comfort in knowing that his words are all around us, and in that way he is never truly gone." "Uncle John's Band," "China Cat Sunflower," "Scarlet Begonias,"...
  • Donald Trump stole pancakes while visiting family, cousin claims

    09/17/2019 5:42:03 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 181 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 16, 2019 | David Brennan
    A relative of President Donald Trump has accused the self-proclaimed billionaire of being a pancake thief, having stolen a handful of flat cakes while on vacation at his late mother's former home in Scotland. A distant cousin of the president, Alice Mackay—related to Trump through his mother's family, the McLeods—said the commander-in-chief is an unpleasant man who has never used any of his wealth to help his mother's local community.
  • Brexit: Scottish judges rule Parliament suspension is unlawful

    09/11/2019 5:39:17 PM PDT · by SecondAmendment · 25 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11 September 2019 | BBC News
    Boris Johnson’s suspension of the UK Parliament is unlawful, Scotland’s highest civil court has ruled. A panel of three judges at the Court of Session found in favour of a cross-party group of politicians who were challenging the prime minister's move.
  • The British House of Commons Just Blew Up Over Brexit

    09/10/2019 8:28:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/10/2019
    Outgoing House of Commons Speaker John Bercow is not leaving Parliament without yelling "order!" just a few more times. Several of those directives came on Monday as the speaker tried to preside over the latest Brexit tête-à-tête between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. Tensions are getting extremely high now that the UK is about two months out from the latest official date when it will finally separate from the European Union. Parliament is still without a deal, having rejected former Prime Minister Theresa May's agreement with Brussels an historic three times. Meaning, a no-deal Brexit...
  • Trump: No knowledge about Air Force plane landing in Scotland

    09/09/2019 7:53:35 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 25 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/9/19
    United States President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter, Monday, "I know nothing about an Air Force plane landing at an airport (which I do not own and have nothing to do with) near Turnberry Resort (which I do own) in Scotland, and filling up with fuel, with the crew staying overnight at Turnberry (they have good taste!). NOTHING TO DO WITH ME." He was responding to reports about where Vice President Mike Pence stayed during a recent trip to the United Kingdom. Trump followed up, "I had nothing to do with the decision of our great Vice President Mike Pence...
  • Scottish FM to seek legal powers to hold new independence vote in 2020

    09/06/2019 1:31:30 AM PDT · by Cronos · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5 September 2019 | Severin Carrell
    Nicola Sturgeon has said she will ask for the legal powers to stage a new independence referendum next year as she unveiled a swathe of measures to combat climate heating. The first minister told MSPs on Tuesday she would ask the UK government for a section 30 order enabling Holyrood to hold a second independence vote once a new Scottish referendum bill is passed. .... She did not mention polls that indicate the Scottish National party would win more than 50 of Scotland’s 59 Commons seats, but said she wanted to be prepared. “We intend to offer the people of...
  • Loch Ness Monster may be a giant eel, say scientists

    09/06/2019 12:38:00 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    BBC ^ | September 5, 2019 | unattributed
    The creatures behind repeated sightings of the fabled Loch Ness Monster may be giant eels, according to scientists. Researchers from New Zealand have tried to catalogue all living species in the loch by extracting DNA from water samples. Following analysis, the scientists have ruled out the presence of large animals said to be behind reports of a monster. No evidence of a prehistoric marine reptile called a plesiosaur or a large fish such as a sturgeon were found. Catfish and suggestions that a wandering Greenland shark were behind the sightings were also discounted. The aim of the research was not...
  • Mystery prehistoric sea creature which looks like a crocodile and dolphin washes up on lake

    02/16/2016 7:53:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 55 replies ^ | Updated 14:27, 16 Feb 2016 | By Ruth Halkon
    Speculation: The mystery sea creature with razor sharp teeth has been confusing people ============================================================================================================= The image has divided social media with some claiming it is a large hairtail, a long, slender fish found in tropical seas, while others suggest it has been photoshopped With the body of a legless crocodile and the head of a dolphin, this strange sea creature looks more like something out of medieval myth than a real animal. It was photographed after washing ashore on the banks of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales in Australia. Ethan Tipper snapped an image of the creature before posting...