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..
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.
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.
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)
was one of Scotland's greatest
ever players. Today sees two of his former clubs Rangers
battle it out in a cup final, or Coop final
as it has been called.
A fitting tribute if ever there was one.
The Word on the Street
:: A collection of over 1800 broadsides
published in Scotland between 1650 and 1910, featuring both digital images of the original Broadsides as well as transcriptons of the texts. You can just review the highlights
or search or browse the entire collection
Follies and Monuments
Devoted to the history of English architecture fantastic, outrageous, and (to borrow from the quotation on the index page) "useless." See also this 3D model of William Beckford's Fonthill Abbey
(and the facsimile reprint of A Description of Fonthill Abbey and Demesne
); folly gardens
, historical and current; and a famous French folly garden, the Désert de Retz
Fried Beyond Belief: You're disgusting
. But why shouldn't you be?
If Elvis were on the blue today, WWES?
Gettin involvit in the Scottish Pairlament
The Scottish Pairlament is here for tae represent aw Scotland's folk. We want tae mak siccar that as mony folk as can is able tae find oot aboot whit the Scottish Pairlament dis and whit wey it warks.
Today is world celebrate Scottishness day.
View the complete history of Englands missed penalty kicks
and the Scottish national liberation armys website
whilst having a wee dram
with tunes played on Scotlands national instrument , the midi player lilting in the background
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.
: Photography from Scotland.
'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.
Don't Miss Bobby Gillespie's Fantasy Festival On Saturday And Sunday!
It's on BBC's rather good Radio 6
. Just a heads-up to admirers of Primal Scream's
constantly astonishing vocalist and producer - and, yes, the Rolling Stones are in. Strangely out are other Great Scots like Ivor Cutler
and Roddy Frame
, to mention only other undisputed geniuses. As a bonus, here's The Scotsman's very intelligent list of the 100 Best Scottish Albums
. And don't mention Postcard Records! Ah, the "Sound of Young Scotland"... some dead; some turning 40. What and who are the new Scottish talents? *sigh*
The Death of the Irish Pub? "The smoking ban is the work of one man, Michael Martin, the Minister for Health and Children, and one of nature's killjoys... He is generally thought to regard the banning of nicotine from Irish pubs as a personal crusade, explaining that he once tried smoking but didn't enjoy it."The ban
was scheduled to start today, but has been delayed until March
. It's one thing to have smoking banned in California
and New York
, but what's the point of pub that's not dark and smoky
? And Scotland might be next
Scottish puzzle writer, poet, and soon to be author Roddy Lumsden pens vitamin q
, a weblog devoted to, as he puts it, "trivia lists, curiosities, and fragments which please me as a connoisseur of the sequential and the inconsequential - it's more a cave of wonder than a grotto of geekery". Vitamin q is the place to go if you need to know 75 terms for being drunk, want lists of fruits and vegetables that have been used as derogatory slang, need the names of the My Little Ponies, or have always wondered which singers have been heralded as "The New Bob Dylan". The archives are bursting with more of the same.
Now that they've found Saddam, it's time to hunt the haggis
Scotland shamed: Japan wins whisky challenge.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre hosted a tasting in Toronto, and a 20-year-old Nikka Yoichi
, distilled in Hokkaido, beat out a 16-year-old Lagavulin
(my own favorite) and 12-year-old whiskies from Cragganmore
(also excellent). This is reminiscent of the 1976 tasting
in which California wines beat out French ones and put California on the map; can America someday produce a world-class scotch-type whisky
(the preferred spelling in Scotland), or shall we simply continue to take pride in our bourbon
Construction of the Scottish Parliament in Pictures.
The site was way over its budget even before they'd started building it
, but it's nice to see they're at least doing something creative with the design
. Being a lucky soul, I get to walk past this monstrosity
every single day.
Weapons of Mass Drunkenness.
The ever vigilante U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency
has been monitoring the web cams
at the Bruichladdich Scotch Whisky Distillery
on Islay island, Scotland, to make sure the facilities are not being used to make chemical weapons. I, for one, am glad to know that my government takes the safety of whiskey distilleries seriously. [First link via Boing Boing
They come in quest of the Grail.
Some people believe the Holy Grail is hidden someplace in or beneath this small fifteenth-century chapel near Edinburgh. Or maybe it contains other knowledge and relics acquired by the Knights Templar
in Jerusalem. Or perhaps . . . well, there's not much that someone at some time has not believed about Rosslyn Chapel
The prison diary
of Scottish Parliament MP (and successful self-publicist
) Tommy Sheridan
, jailed for seven days
(not for the first time
) for refusing to pay a fine imposed after he was found guilty of a breach of the peace while demonstrating at Faslane
against nuclear weapons.
In the first of two stories from Scotland's Scotland on Sunday newspaper
, a father is found selling his son into child slavery on the internet.
The child is rescued by a vigilant Canadian woman living in the US. - A tale of gullibillitie (that's the new spelling of "gullibility")
The history, folklore and traditions of the Orkney Islands - ghost stories, megaliths,
and more on this extensive site.
Related interest :-
Death of an Island Republic.
A matriarchal society?
Utopia Britannica: British
Utopian Experiments 1325-1945.
the National Trust's St. Kilda website
the Iona community
, an ecumenical
community founded in 1938 (more about
the founding of the monastery on Iona
by St. Columba in 563);
, one of Orkney's north isles;
An Edinburgh man got back from holiday to find his car had gone missing. It hadn't been stolen. It had been moved by the local council
because it was obstructing some drain and hadn't bothered to tell him. How far can local government authority really go in matters of personal property? [more]
O wad some Power the giftie gie us
-To see oursels as ithers see us! Put on your Sporrans and join me for a wee dram
and a bite of Haggis
, as Scotland celebrates
its national bard ,William Mcgonagal.
Oops , i mean Robert Burns
Welcome to Magdalene Asylums.
Now a film
, the Asylums
were generally staffed by the Sisters of Mercy
, and were found throughout Ireland and Scotland.
What Would The Good Doctor Have Prescribed?
A Samuel Johnson
quotation for every possible occasion, assembled by Frank Lynch. To be taken daily, along with Jack Lynch's Guide
, while we wait for David Lynch's upcoming Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland.
[Quicktime unrequired, as I made that last bit up
Should majorities also have a say?
Why doesn't Russia get to vote on Chechen independence? Why can't Britain vote on expelling Northern Ireland ... or the English on Scottish devolution? Should minorities be allowed to hold a gun to the heads of the majority?
andy goldsworthy's current project
over the course of a month, artist andy goldsworthy will create works each day in the countryside surrounding his home in scotland, photograph
them, and email the photographs to a gallery
in san francisco where they will be printed out, and hung on a wall.
in a time when much conceptual art seems increasingly abstract and difficult, goldsworthy's work feels -- at least to me -- accessible, comforting, and wonderful.
what are some other artists that elicit that response in mefi readers? who's work do you like and want to share?
"Al Qaeda Scotland"
targets the Edinburgh Festival with a leaflet campaign and no-one seems to be doing anything about it. Don't like this man's chances of getting away with it in London or New York.
Scotland's drug minister declares the war on drugs over.
"The only time you will hear me use terms such as 'War On Drugs' and 'Just Say No' is to denigrate them." [Link via DanceSafe
Happy Holidays--IN HELL!!
I think someone in Scotland has been watching too much "South Park".
. Glasgow smeltic fans are a disgrace to Scotland
"Hout! Such a mean contrary beast!"
Auchh! Who's in the mewd for some good Scottish folk tales, laddies and lasses? Deep in the Highlands, in a bitty crofter's cottage, there lived a wee wee mannie, his kind auld mither and their Big, big coo...
(More from The Royal Stuarts
Who are the 100 greatest Scots of the 20th century? Vote, then come back here to post your choice, justify it, and discuss. (What is a "great Scot" anyway?)
Strathclyde Police, Scotland,
given the right to take DNA samples from anyone arrested. Previously DNA samples were taken only from those suspected of murders, sex attacks or serious assaults.
Sir John Orr, Chief Constable of Strathclyde Police, denied that compulsory testing would infringe people's human rights. He said: "The tests are not invasive, not intrusive and not against civil liberties. The vast majority of people will be asked only to give a simple mouth swab, which can be done in seconds. This is a magnificent tool which will help detect crime and the public should be very pleased."
Read: you have nothing to fear if you're innocent...
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?
Go Nessie Go!
I'd bet the ugly reptile is laughing his ass off :-)
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.
"I think it's a great honour for Scotland,"
he said. Well he sorta served in Her Majesty's Secret Service. He just wasn't very secret about it. He did once say he thought it was alright under certain conditions to "smack a woman" though. I'm not sure if that's a part of the Chivalric Code
. I don't know. What do you think?