Scottish Snippets

5 March 2011

Number 597

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Scottish Parliament Inside and Out

The Scottish Parliament building has always been controversial but it is certainly "different". It opened for business in September 2004 - nearly six years after construction started and at a cost of over £400 million. I recently took the guided tour of the building and discovered a lot about the design of the building and came away more impressed by what had been achieved by the architect. In addition to writing an illustrated diary page on the building, there's a link to a YouTube slide show of photographs taken both inside and outside Scotland's parliament. See Scottish Parliament Inside and Out

If you just want to view the slide show, it's at YouTube - Scottish Parliament

Snowdrops at Colzium

The walled garden of the Colzium Estate near Kilsyth in North Lanarkshire has an extensive collection of many different varieties of snowdrops. The snowdrops are a bit later than usual this year due to the hard winter but they are now in full bloom and I've been along to photograph many of them and created a slide show of a selection of the graphics. See YouTube - Colzium Snowdrops

Last year I created a slide show of snowdrops from a number of gardens and estates around Scotland that were participating in the annual Snowdrop Festival. So if you are a fan of these dainty flowers, you may want to have a look also at YouTube - Snowdrop Festival

Scotland in Colour, Week by Week

The pages covering the first two weeks of March are now online. They include graphics of the Cathedral of the Isles on Cumbrae, Duke of Wellington Statue, Clyde Clock at Buchanan Street Bus Station, Gallery of Modern Art, St Bride's Chapel in Douglas, Douglas Castle plus Pink-footed Goose, Redshank, Eider Ducks. See
Scotland in Colour - 1st Week in March
Scotland in Colour - 2nd Week in March

Clan Gathering 2014

The Scottish Government has announced that another Homecoming year will be held over the course of 2014, in honour of the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn Exact dates of events associated with this new Homecoming (such as another "Gathering" in Edinburgh) are not yet established. Recalling the event in 2009, reminded me that I had missed buying a copy of the DVD at the time. Scottish Television still has video clips of the event at Scottish Homecoming 2009

And my own slide show of the march of the clans from Holyrood Park to Edinburgh Castle is at YouTube on YouTube - Gathering of the Clans

Yours aye


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