tells "the fascinating story of smuggling in 18th and 19th century Britain, when high taxes led to an dramatic increase in illegal imports. As the 'free trade'" grew, smugglers openly landed contraband in full view of the customs authorities: columns of heavily-armed thugs protected the cargoes." Includes a gazetteer with Google maps links so you can scope out some lonely cove
to land contraband of your own in the footsteps of your forefathers and introduces you to famous smugglers
like Isaac Gulliver
, who never killed a man in a long career. Though of course, it was an enterprise where things often would turn ugly
posted by Abiezer
on Oct 9, 2008 -
Poet, playwright, novelist, mural painter, experimentalist, illustrator; a “fat, spectacled, balding, increasingly old Glasgow pedestrian”; and perhaps “the greatest Scottish novelist since Sir Walter Scott,” Alasdair Gray has a new book out
. [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Feb 20, 2008 -
Billy At 65: I owe it all to Glasgow
But Glasgow and Scots in general owe Billy Connolly
for all the laughs at our own expense...Tourism
(Rampant YouTubery: All links potentially offensive and NSFW) [more inside]
posted by brautigan
on Dec 3, 2007 -
Tenement closes. Glasgow artist Frank McNab documents the communal entrances sans nostalgia or sentimentality. Gets it just so damn right! His 'Thoughts' and 'Projects' need a little more work however.
posted by Wrick
on Nov 17, 2007 -
is an excellent way to keep tabs on what's fresh in the British popular music scene without having to live in a rainsoaked armpit. There are four podcasts for you to download, the flagship Best of Unsigned Podcast
, Homegrown Mix with Ras Kwame
, Scotland Introducing
and BBC Radio Northampton's Weekender
. All feature bands that are either unsigned or just recently signed and the music ranges from hip hop to punk rock to what sounds awfully like the soundtrack for a NES game with half-hearted chanting over it. This is an excellent resource whether you're casual searcher for new songs or the kind of anorak who knows which British indie band was first to use an 808.
posted by Kattullus
on Nov 5, 2007 -
Being the adventures and observations of a field naturalist and an animal photographer
- An utterly charming picture of life in Scotland's Outer Hebrides
St Kilda - "Many theories have been advanced as to the origin of the inhabitants of this lonely rock, and a curious tradition exists as to its acquisition by members of the outside world. The inhabitants of Harris and Uist agreed to make it the prize for a boat race, and accordingly set out to row across the intervening waste of waters. So equally matched were the crews in regard to pluck and endurance that they arrived at St Kilda almost at the same moment. The Uist men, however, led by a few strokes, and hopes of winning ran high amongst them when Colla MacLeod, the chief of the Harris gang, chopped his left hand off and flung it ashore over the heads of his competitors, and secured St Kilda and its satellites to himself and his descendants for all time."
posted by tellurian
on Apr 29, 2007 -
The Survey of Scottish Witchcraft:
A searchable database of people accused of witchcraft in Scotland between 1563 and 1736. Currently, 3,837 people have been identified, 3,212 by name. 113 cases involved fairies, 74 had a known political or property motive, 70 involved some aspect of "white magic". This is the real, and utterly fascinating, history of a hysteria that griped a country and a continent for more than a century. Religion, folk belief, fear and local relations all played out in witchhunts - and we still do not really understand why, why they started or why they ended. Projects like this one are invaluable to help us begin.
(Co-developed by mefite Flitcraft
posted by jb
on Feb 20, 2006 -
They fight OUR WARS
Revenge of The Mutt People", by Joe Bageant is a striking essay about the hopelessness and pride of the impoverished decendants of Scots/Irish stock found in rural America. More
-from rigourous intuition-
posted by thedailygrowl
on Jan 26, 2006 -
The Subway Challenge!
Can one man get off the Glasgow underground at one stop, race the train to the next and get back on the same train
? Mebbes aye, mebbes naw.
(What? Want more underground? Here
are some great photographs from before and after its 1970s restoration)
posted by bonaldi
on Jan 22, 2006 -
Porridge. Lots of Porridge.
Not the (allegedly) classic BBC TV comedy
, but the stuff you make from oats and that's fed generations of Scots. And now you too can attempt to win the Golden Spurtle and be crowned the World Porridge Making Champion. Some light relief for a Monday..
posted by Nugget
on Jun 13, 2005 -
Edinburgh's Scotsman newspaper
has launched a digital archive covering all editions from 1817-1950.
There are several stories with an American slant
which may be something that interests you. There is coverage on such things as the hanging of the notorious bodysnatchers Burke and Hare
Unfortunately, after viewing the free archives it is a paysite, but I still think it's worth a look as there is easily a couple of hours of interesting reading on the free articles that are included.
The set-up and look of this site is brilliant as well.
posted by ClanvidHorse
on Jun 4, 2005 -
Best laid schemes?
Back in 1945 the Bruce Plan
[click on images for video footage] was a radical proposal to knock down, and then rebuild, the Victorian centre of the city of Glasgow. The city’s slums
* would be cleared; new towns
* would be established; Glasgow would rise again, triumphant, once again the second city of the Empire
*. In 1971
*, there were grand visions of the Glasgow of the future; the Glasgow of tomorrow would be a bright, shining new city, and the Clyde
* would once again be something to be proud of. A fascinating film archive of the Glasgow of the 20th century
*All links contain embedded video goodness.
posted by Len
on May 17, 2005 -
The Man Who Unwrote the Bible.
In the mid-1720s, Alexander Cruden
took on a self-imposed task of Herculean proportions: he decided to compile the most thorough concordance of the King James Version
of the Bible
(777,746 words). The first edition of Cruden's Concordance
was published in 1737. Every similar undertaking before or since has been the work of a vast team of people. Cruden worked alone in his lodgings, writing the whole thing out by hand. Cruden's day job was as a "Corrector of the Press" (proofreader). He would give hawk-eyed attention to prose all day long. Then he would come home at night to read the Bible—stopping at every single word to secure the right sheet from the tens of thousands of pieces of paper all around him and to record accurately the reference in its appropriate place. He had no patron, no publisher, no financial backers: his only commission was a divine one.
has never been out of print. A new book
tells the tale of Alexander the Corrector's bizarre, sad life (scroll down to about half page)
posted by matteo
on Apr 3, 2005 -
Dictionary of the Scots Language.
The two major historical dictionaries of the Scots language, the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue
(DOST) and the Scottish National Dictionary
(SND), have been combined into one searchable online edition:
Thus, information on the earliest uses of Scots words can be presented alongside examples of the later development and, in some cases, current usage of the same words. In this way, we hope that the DSL will allow users to appreciate the continuity and historical development of the Scots language. By making the DSL freely available on the Internet, we also aim to widen access to the source dictionaries and to open up these rich lexicographic resources to anyone with an interest in Scots language and culture.
posted by languagehat
on Apr 2, 2004 -
'Robert Burns: poet and balladeer, Scotland's favourite son and champion of the common people. Each year on January 25, the great man's presumed birthday, Scots everywhere take time out to honour a national icon. Whether it's a full-blown Burns Supper or a quiet night of reading poetry, Burns Night is a night for all Scots.'More
on the Robert Burns Tribute site.
posted by plep
on Jan 23, 2004 -