The Roader’s Digest
is ‘the most complete archive of information on the British and Irish road networks on the web.’ from the A1
to the R999
; from the B3306
to the B855
, they probably have a description of it. [more inside]
If the drive for Scottish independence succeeds, what should be done
about the Union Jack?
After a trade dispute, Grangemouth plant
will remain open. Just another case of a greedy union almost driving a company out of business? Perhaps not. Robin McAlpine argues
that this case underlines the broken nature of British industry and its relationship with the unions, as well as the media's ability to report on stories outside of London
1973 news report
on the training of Glasgow bouncers, This Week
: Documentary about 1960s Glasgow Gangs
The governments of the United Kingdom and Scotland agree on a framework for the latter to vote on independence
. Other reporting in the Telegraph
and the Scottish Sun
The referendum, for this nation of 5.25 million people and a unicorn as its national animal
, will be held before the end of 2014. [more inside]
The British Council Film Collection
"is an archive of over 120 short documentary films
made by the British Council during the 1940s designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. Preserved by the BFI National Film Archive and digitised by means of a generous donation by Google, the films are now
yours to view, to download and to play with for the first time." A couple of essays
and case studies
also already up, with more to come.
Hanging With Frank
- a 1997 short film portrait of a Glasgow prison's execution chamber and a man that worked there in the 50's.
Dog and Deco.
My name is Pickles McConchie. I’m a 15 year old Art Deco and camera loving Terrier from Scotland. I like to travel the country with my bitch and pose in front of art deco factories and industrial buildings from the 1920s, 30s and 40s, as well as other twentieth century architectural gems.
UK adoption agencies are reporting "huge numbers of calls from 'deeply distressed' adoptive parents whose children have been contacted"
through Facebook and other social networking sites, in violation of the traditional, confidential reunion process between birth parents and their offspring who have been placed with other families. Full report from Channel 4
. [more inside]
Originally developed for military tasks, amphibious
buses have found a niche running tourist services
in various cities around the world. But now, Scotland is about to get the first timetabled amphibious bus passenger service
, replacing a ferry route in Glasgow and extending it inland to a nearby town and a shopping centre. [more inside]
Seventeen years Steve Feltham
sold up everything, bought an old mobile library van and parked up alongside Loch Ness to look for Nessie
... He's still there
has thousands of photographs of cemeteries and gravestones all over the UK, from City of London
to the Kirk of Lammermuir
, and random
points in between.
The King of Tartan Noir
, Ian Rankin
has retired his detective John Rebus
. Ageing him with each novel, Rebus
has finally reached the retirement age at Edinburgh CID; Although that may not stop him
... [more inside]
The ashes of the recently deceased contains high amounts of nutrient rich phosphates, just perfect for sprucing up that garden of yours. On the iconic peaks of Scotland though Mountaineers have decided that enough is enough
Libyan gets minimum of 20 years for Lockerbie Bombing by Scottish Court.
Why are British courts handing out such tiny sentences? After all, in America it's not uncommon for people to receive 99 years for a single murder. Some people are doing over 10 years for rape alone. This Libyan could have easily received the death sentence if he were in the US, as it was similar in scale to the Oklahoma City bombing.
Yet, in the UK, it's possible to kill people through negligence, and get away with it. Just last month an uninsured driver was speeding, killed a pedestrian, fled the scene, and although found guilty, only received a driving ban!
Is the UK overly soft in its sentencing? Or is the USA overly draconian?
"States' Rights" hit the UK?
First abolishing tuition fees, now providing long-term care for the elderly: the Scottish Executive is making life, um, "interesting" for its progenitor in Westminster. The downside of an unwritten constitution?
Mom who laughed as she threw child off 14th-floor balcony sentenced
... to five years in prison. I'm definitely committing all my murders in Scotland from now on.