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01 November 2009 @ 02:48 pm
Here is a series of questions that I put to the members of this community.

As a Scot, have you ever felt afraid to reveal that you are Scottish while you are outside of Scotland (this includes other areas of the UK)?

Have you ever experienced "Anti-Scottish" racism?

As a Scot, have you ever taken part in "Anti-English" racism?

Do you believe that there is a problem with racism in Scotland?

Non-Scots, how do you perceive Scots living/visiting your country?

Have any non-Scots ever experienced racism while visiting the country?

Did you have an idea of what a Scottish person was like before visiting and found it to be completely different in real life?
Current Mood: curiouscurious
31 October 2009 @ 03:17 pm

'Tis Hallowe'en! So what is everyone doing tonight? I am going to a friends to make toffee apples and then going for a walk out to the Auld Kirk in Alloway, scene of the famous poem Tam 'O Shanter.

Hallowe'en in Scotland is an ancient tradition, which (in my own opinion) has become a bit plastic in the past few years. Sure, it's fun for the kids, but does anyone really know why we celebrate Hallowe'en to begin with? And what are the traditional forms of celebration? Here's some links for you to digest along with your sweeties :)


Tsk... Burke and Hare were not body snatchers...
15 October 2009 @ 05:28 pm
Does Glaswegian need translating?

Interesting story that cropped up yesterday in the news. If you are not local to the accent, how have you found listening to and understanding it?
29 September 2009 @ 09:31 pm
Scotland's AG Barr, the maker of Irn Bru, has said its profits rose, aided by stronger sales in England and Wales.


What do you think of Irn Bru? Are you addicted to the taste or can you go without?
17 September 2009 @ 09:50 pm
As promised, here is a snippet of the photos I took while on the Southern Upland Way (better late than never - shiny new computer likes fast connection speed!).

My friend and I have a hobby of "collecting" old gravestones. Everywhere we go we take the camera just in case we stumble across one. These photos are of the graveyard in New Luce, one of the stops on the walk. A lot of the stones carry similar themes (which can be fun trying to decipher; it might sound macabre but reading into gravestone symbology can be very interesting). We're not the best photographers in the world, but I hope you enjoy viewing these as much as we did :)

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My friend and I really should properly organise our collections of graveyard photos!
31 August 2009 @ 10:33 pm
The red squirrel is native to Britain, but its future is increasingly uncertain as the introduced American grey squirrel expands its range across the mainland. There are estimated to be only 140,000 red squirrels left in Britain, with over 2.5 million greys. The Forestry Commission is working with partners in projects across Britain to develop a long-term conservation strategy that deters greys and encourages reds.


More links:

  • http://www.red-squirrels.org.uk/
  • http://www.highlandredsquirrel.co.uk/
  • http://www.scottishsquirrelsurvey.co.uk/
    30 August 2009 @ 12:03 am
    A good list of Scottish recipes.

    Most of what is listed here is available as a finished product (especially the cakes and sweets) in the shops, but nothing beats making your own :)

    What's everyone's favourite Scottish dish? Mine is a tie between stovies and cullen skink!
    Hi everyone! Been missing this place. :)

    Well, I'm heading to Scotland on September 10th. And while I can hardly wait to get there, the prep for leaving has me a little flummoxed. I don't know what to pack!

    Google searches are the opposite of helpful. If I was going over there to golf, or otherwise visit briefly and do touristy-things, the websites would be great, but I'll be living there, for a year or longer. So I thought I'd solicit some help.

    What's the going price for things like food and clothes? What kind of things should I bring to wear? Here's a weird one-- how much are towels? If they aren't ungodly expensive I'm not going to bother to pack any. I'd like to keep to one or maybe two suitcases at most. I don't want to have to drag a bunch of luggage around.

    I've not traveled very much in my life and never overseas, so all advice is welcome!

    Thank you! I'm so excited!
    Current Mood: excitedexcited
    25 July 2009 @ 09:28 pm
    Quick post to say that I'm away to the Isle Of Skye for a week, so I won't be around to approve posts/new members. Anyone is still welcome to post or apply to join, but I won't be able to see to them until next Sunday at the earliest.
    23 July 2009 @ 03:27 pm
    I found this quite an interesting piece of news:

    The controversial first scheduled Sunday ferry sailing from Stornoway on Lewis to mainland Scotland has gone ahead as planned.

    There has been strong opposition on the island, where the Sabbath day has traditionally been strictly observed.

    A small group of protesters prayed and sang a psalm as cars boarded the boat, but several hundred people clapped.

    Supporters said it would boost the economy of the Hebridean island and offer local people freedom to travel.

    A small group of about a dozen protesters gathered in Stornoway ahead of the sailing to Ullapool, which left at 1430 BST.

    Source (read more)

    I was wondering what others think about this. Personally, I can understand people fearing losing part of their culture and identity by such a change, but ultimately in a place Lewis that relies so heavilly on tourism as a source of income, it can only be a good thing.