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Humour

It is said that the Scots have a highly developed sense of humour - because it's free! Much of the ethnic Scottish humour on the Web concentrates on bagpipes and the Scot who is careful with his money, but some of the pages below manage to go beyond these stereotypes.

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Scottish Humour

It is said that all Scots have a sense of humour - because it is a free gift! But we do like to laugh at ourselves and here is a large collection of jokes with a Scottish flavour.

Big Page of Bagpipe Humour

The title says it all!

Best of Scottish Humour

This starts off by looking like an erudite discussion of Scottish humour but happily is full of some splendid examples.

Scottish Jokes and Scottish Humour have further selections.

For those who are planning to drive a car in Scotland (or anywhere else in the UK!) then a North American's advice on Driving in Britain may help to take some of the mystery (fear?) from such a venture.

Lobey Dosser by Bud Neill

Cartoon character Lobey Dosser, his arch enemy Rank Badjin and other cast members ride across the Internet instead of the Glasgow Evening Times. The animated Gif files as well as the cartoon strips themselves provide the unique flavour of a well loved Scottish institution. There is also a short biography of Bud Neill the cartoonist who created Lobey.

What's On Under the Kilt?

This Web site has the entire content of the 24-page full colour publication of the same name. It is a humourous guide to all the stereotypes of Scotland ranging from kilts and tartan to whisky, haggis and the Loch Ness Monster. Although it describes itself as "seeing Scotland through the eyes of the world's worst tourist guide" it succeds in being being both entertaining and informative. And why put the book, including its illustrations on the Web. The publishers reckon that people will buy the book as stocking fillers at Christmas. And at only £3.50, they may be right. I've got my copy already!

Chic Murray

A good sample of Chic's unique humour, which speaks volumes about the man himself.

Gladys Chucklebutty

This is the Web site of a comedienne who was born and raised in "Diddy Dunbar" the home of chilblains and sun burn. Gladys tours hospitals, hospices, rest homes and town halls with "family fun shows".

Daily Reckless

An irreverent set of humour from the "Voice of Stupidity" with stories and comment. They claim to have won an award for "outstanding contribution in the field of misinformation and consistently misrepresenting the news in a patronising populist fashion".

Smelly Welly Tele

Created by a Glaswegian who lives in Dundee, this is a collection of fun items aimed at children (and the young at heart) including nonsense poems with titles such as The Sprickly-Sprock's Tea-Time, The Squink That Was Pink and Squetiquette. There are also stories about a girl called Jeannie McSpoon who eats custard, big style and a jokebox.

Purple Comedy

Produced in Inverness in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, with sketches, chat, live stand up and interviews, the site claims to be the biggest podcast Comedy site in Scotland and one of the biggest in the UK. The site also hosts an audio guide to Where to See Live Comedy in Scotland which brings together comedians from across Scotland to produce a show that contains sketches, stand up and more besides. If you want a feel for what’s going on in the Scottish Comedy scene, this could be the site for you.

Scotoons

The purpose of the site is to promote the company's cartoon creation service for corporate brochures, presentations, advertising but it in addition it features the strip cartoon characters Shuggie & Duggie.

Funny Classroom Stories

A collection of humorous stories from the world of what is supposed to be education but is often closer to anarchy, submitted by teachers to help them retain (recover?) their sanity...

Kyle of Lochalsh

A somewhat unusual and lighthearted set of illustrations of the Kyle of Lochalsh and surrounding area - as the Central garage recovery vehicle goes out to breakdowns and incidents involving cars, lorries or even buses which have come a cropper on the narrow country roads! Even the Mallaig lifeboat manages to get stuck!

Parliamo Glesca

Scots words and phrases - with translations - written in a lighthearted style, following the tradition of the Stanley Baxter professorial analysis of the Glasgow patois.....

Brigadoonery!

The site defines Brigadoonery as "the enthusiastic affectation of things Scottish, often in exaggerated fashion, but always intended as a compliment, by people who were not born in Scotland." Written in a light-hearted style, the site nevertheless manages to convey some worthwhile information on a number of subjects, including:

  • Brigadoon - the Broadway Musical - illustrated review of the musical written by the duo of Alan Jay Lerner (book and lyrics) and Frederick Loewe (music).
  • Heelan' Fling - description of the traditional dance and the clothes to be worn at Highland Dancing.
  • The Stone of Destiny - also known as the Stone of Scone, this page recounts the history of the stone from earliest times to the present day.
  • A Wee Drammie - the art of Scotch whisky.
  • Highland Games - Scottish sports from caber tossing to haggis hurling....
  • Edinburgh: The Capital of Scotland - subtitled Edinburgh: A tourist's notebook. From haggis to deep fried Mars bars, there's something for every taste!

First Foot

A web site which says it is dedicated to exposing the myth, the magic, the beliefs and the baloney, the history, mystery and blistery feet that make up every walk of Scottish life. From Hogmanay to Holyrood. From the Tartan Army to the downright barmy. From whisky to risky. Nothing, and nobody, is safe from the size 13's of First Foot putting the boot in or stepping in where others fear to tread.

Irn Bru

Scotland's "other national drink" making a change from all those whisky pages. The official Barrs Irn Bru site includes lots of technology from animated GIF's to Flash and plug-ins (if you have the plug-ins). There are screen-savers to download as well as "groovy wallpaper" (their description).

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Where else would you like to go in Scotland?

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