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  • The Scottish Saint - Ninian

    23 August 2019

    St. Ninian is a shadowy figure in history. He is acknowledged as Scotland’s first saint with the date 397AD celebrated as the beginning of his mission to his people. There is very little that we know about him. No written references to St Ninian from...

  • Dominantion of Brands

    11 August 2019

    And now a word from our commercial partner...... You’ve been programmed from birth to become a good little obedient economic unit. There is no escape. Buy! Buy! Buy! Buy! Buy! Buy! Bye-bye! MwahahahahahahahahhhhhhHHhHhhaaaa!!!!! brands have come to dominate....

  • The oldest Church in Scotland

    14 April 2019

    The Christian Gospel was first brought to Scotland by St Ninian who founded his Church here in Whithorn around 397AD.The Church was known as Candida Casa. The name derives from the Latin, Casa, meaning house and Candidus/Candida meaning shining or glittering...

  • Saturday. A time to enjoy.

    30 June 2018

    Saturday. A time prepare for a trip on a river cruise. Holiday period is lovely to spend time. Fun with friends on the water. A few hours to slowly pass by. A day at the river is relaxing, the amusement park could be fun, other places of enjoyment also...

  • Rosneath

    21 June 2018

    In the summer of 1941, despite their neutrality in the European war, the American government, following meetings with British leaders, secretly despatched civilian contractors to the British Isles where they would build 'advance' bases for use by American...

  • An International Book Fair in Krakow

    23 October 2017

    The International Book Fair in Krakow In coming to this fair by foot we can see the history of this commonly used word of the Pedestrian. For the first book fayres in England were held in the fairgrouds that were called a pye powder court . This came...

  • A Scottish Lord

    07 May 2017

    If you have ever been in Nice, France, you may have been startled by a very loud noon time boom. It occurs every day at precisely 12.00 and is a remnant from the Victorian times, when a British wife couldn’t remember to go home for lunch. How a Scottish...

  • Dutch Words of the Week by Camden Ferguson

    16 February 2017

    Word 1: Wasbeer I absolutely think this word is adorable. Literally translated, it means "washbear". In all actuality, it's a raccoon! =D Word 2: Handschoenen This one makes me giggle. The literal translation is "hand shoes". What does it actually mean?...

  • Dig for Covid - An elite motto?

    09 December 2020

    Gardening may be considered elitist in an age of covid. Those who have no garden are disadvantaged in lockdown. There is also the issue of food security: those with gardens and allotments can grow some of their own food, a privilege in an age of food...

  • English  will be barred from going to Europe

    10 December 2020

    English holidaymakers will be barred from going to Europe EU from January 1 under the Covid rules European commission say that the English will be banned on nonessential travel at end of Brexit transition English holidaymakers will be barred from Europe...

  • The wild horses of the USA

    14 December 2020

    Wild Horses are still some around! You can still see these majestic animals in the USA But they need protection The Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971 (Public Law 92-195) as written outlines everything the wild horses and burros need. There’s...

  • France's ban on UK transport

    23 December 2020

    France's ban on UK transport came as surprise, says Grant Shapps Transport secretary says UK aims to resolve issue ‘as soon as possible’ amid fears over new Covid strain Yes, it did come as a surprise, who'd have thought anyone outside Britain was listening...

  • the Dies Natalis Invicta Solis

    26 December 2020

    Today is the Solstice, the Dies Natalis Invicta Solis. The slow arduous return of the Light. The mention of the Curlew and the call of foxes gives me hope as Nature brings us new life. These are dark days in so many ways. Time to celebrate...if we can....

  • A nation of curmudgeons

    27 December 2020

    We've become very polarised. Everything has been reduced to a binary choice - them and us, black & white, for us or against us. We no longer possess the generosity of spirit to see beyond our own "strongly held beliefs". I am right and they are wrong....

  • Working in England after Brexit and Covid19

    31 December 2020

    Working out who is actually going to do low-payed jobs in a post-Brexit transition world is going to be one of the defining issues. Once Covid is finally tamed and life goes back to some kind of normality, we’re going to find that without economic migrants...

  • Hoya carnosa is a great houseplant.

    11 January 2021

    Hoya carnosa is a great houseplant. Great to grow from a stem in a bunch of flowers That had started to root in a vase. Winding the twining stems around homemade wire shapes. Beautiful glosssy pointed dark green leaves and scented waxy pink flowers too....

  • In England the least used railway station is ...........

    01 December 2020

    In England the least used railway station is Berney Arms in Norfolk, which had just 42 passengers last year. The station at Berney Arms, is a request stop consisting of one short platform, a name plate and a tiny wooden shelter, is 30 minutes along a...

  • Protect the doctors

    31 March 2020

    A Challenge. How to protect the Doctors. How to protect the Nurses. How to protect those that care. The challenge to life. To be prepared. Snorkel into a ventilator. To be prepared. Masks and equipment. Those that care us will die. The Elite are hidden...

  • Alive with nature

    20 February 2020

    Getting an allotment at the right time for you is rather trial and error. Some manage and others fall by the wayside and find it all too much. Until you actually have your own little plot of land you will not know how much time and work is needed. Having...

  • Getting lost in the day

    03 February 2020

    To-do-lists can be helpful in work, especially if your work involved heavy multitasking. Or to get through certain situations (changing house, renovation etc.). But in everyday life and especially for free time to-do-lists are pure source of anxiety,...

  • On top of a Mountain

    16 December 2019

    A weekend cut off from the Internet No connection to the radio No telephone to contact Wonderful peace and quite Just a little snow on the ground Impassable for the cars a lodge to sleep on the top On the top of the mountain time to be quite with friends...

  • Making gingerbread for Christmas

    02 December 2019

    Here is a great gingerbread that I have enjoyed making 1/3 cup each molasses and honey, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup of butter, 3 tablespoons of lard. Melt all of these together, taking care not to scorch. Add 2.5 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon each of cinnamon...

  • Somewhere for the weekend -

    28 November 2019

    For the weekend it would be great in both or either Antwerp or Rotterdam. Pleasant in Rotterdam you could sail between excellent museums on those taxi boats, have lunch at their excellent fascinating modern food market, enjoy the walk along the river...

  • Those Native Scottish Trees

    16 November 2019

    Native tree species are those which arrived naturally in Scotland without direct human assistance as far as we can tell. Most of our native tree and shrub species colonised Scotland after the last Ice Age (which ended roughly 9,000 years ago), with seeds...

  • On Leaving the European Union

    09 October 2019

    The truth is that the action of having a referendum on membership of the EU (2016) erroneously suggested that leaving was a sensible possibility. In the near fifty years since 1973 the UK has become entirely tied into the EU economy and international...