Posts Tagged ‘Scotland’

Brits Are Eating Bambi!

September 20, 2016

Brits Are Eating Bambi!
British diners are eating venison faster than Scotland can raise it. Maybe they’d like to nibble on some of the fresh whitetail deer roadkill from America’s annual vehicular deer harvest.

More:

“Brits are eating venison faster than Scotland can produce it,” Chris Baraniuk, Quartz

“Diners game for wild meat as ‘Bambi effect’ fades, says chef,” Rod Kitson, Evening Standard

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Wild Scotland

July 10, 2016

Filmmaker John Duncan flew drones over Scotland’s scenic Highlands and coastal islands. Selected for the National Geographic Short Film Showcase.

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Winter Wonderland

January 23, 2016

“Winter Wonderland,” written in 1934 by Felix Bernard, with lyrics by Richard B. Smith. Performed here by Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, soprano).

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Auld Lang Syne

January 1, 2016

“Auld Lang Syne,” with lyrics written by Robert Burns, performed by fellow Scot, singer Susan Boyle. The singer is from Blackburn, West Lothian.

Susan Boyle website.

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Winter Wonderland

December 20, 2015

“Winter Wonderland,” written by Felix Bernard with lyrics by Richard B. Smith. It’s a seasonal song, not specifically about the holidays, but it has been associated with Christmas since it appeared in 1934. Performed here by Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, soprano).

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Winter Wonderland

December 27, 2014

“Winter Wonderland,” written by Felix Bernard with lyrics by Richard B. Smith. It’s a seasonal song, not specifically about the holidays, but it has been associated with Christmas since it appeared in 1934. Performed here by Cocteau Twins (Elizabeth Fraser, soprano).

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Big Vote in Scotland

September 19, 2014

Big Vote in Scotland

There was a big election in Scotland on September 18th, and the “Ayes” have it. For the first time since its founding in 1754, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews will admit women to its membership.

More:

“A 260-Year-Old Shrine Unlocks Its Doors to Women,” Karen Crouse, New York Times

“Royal and Ancient Golf Club finally allows women to become members,” Holly Watt, Daily Telegraph

“Scotland votes for union at golf’s ancient club as women win membership,” CNN

“Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews welcome women members with 85 per cent voting in favour landmark change,” Michael Gadd, Daily Mail

“The Royal And Ancient Golf Club Finally Admits Women. Where Else Can They Still Not Go?” Allison McCann, FiveThirtyEight

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Canada Bans Marmite

January 25, 2014

Canada Bans Marmite

Canada has banned imports of Marmite – not because it’s made from British brewery waste, but because it’s artificially fortified with vitamins to back up dubious health claims, and food spreads in Canada aren’t allowed such fortification.

The stuff was imported by Brit Foods, a Canadian retailer specializing in British comestibles. The yeasty brown gunk is an iconic UK product, a cherished symbol of the Empire to which Canada once belonged. We have not been able to determine if the Marmite ban endangers Canada’s membership in the Commonwealth.

To avoid the appearance of favoritism in the upcoming independence referendum, Canada also banned imports of Scotland’s Irn-Bru, a ghastly orange-colored soft drink and symbol of modern Scottish identity. That color is supplied by Ponceau 4R, a pigment derived from coal tar which, unlike clubbing baby seals to death, is prohibited in the Great White North.

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Aye, Bobbie Burns and the Library of Congress

January 25, 2012

Aye, Bobbie Burns and the Library of Congress

By now, no doubt, you’ve finished your haggis and neeps and drained a wee dram to toast the 253th Birthday of poet Robert Burns. The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division has an online celebration of Scottish links for your post-Burns Supper perusal:

“Robert Burns Day: Haggis, Anyone?” Kristi Finefield, Picture This

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