Scottish Snippets

14 April 2012

Number 625

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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Beano, Dandy, Bunty, Twinkle, and Topper

D C Thomson is a publishing company based in Dundee. It produces many daily and weekly newspapers including the Dundee Courier and the Sunday Post. But it has also been responsible for producing a range of popular children's comics such as the Beano, Dandy, Bunty, Twinkle, and Topper. The first issue of the Dandy was printed in December 1937 and it is the world's third longest running comic and the longest in the UK. The Beano was first published on 30 July 1938 and remains the UK's biggest selling comic. Recently, the Royal Mail issued a set of postage stamps to mark the 75th anniversary of the first edition of the "Dandy" later this year. The stamps incorporated illustrations from other famous of the D C Thomson comics as well as a few other rival comics (such as Eagle, 2000AD, Tiger and Valiant). Using these stamps as illustrations, I've created a "Did You Know" page on these publications which will bring back childhood memories for many readers. See Did You Know - Beano, Dandy, Bunty, Twinkle, and Topper

Scottie's Pictorial Diary, March 2012

With improved (indeed record breaking) weather in March in Scotland I had the opportunity to take photographs again around the country and the photo diary for the month covers such diverse locations as Edinburgh, Stirling Castle (including inside the recently renovated Palace buildin)g, Colzium Lennox Country Park (with some impressive magnolias) in North Lanarkshire and Finlaystone Country Estate in Inverclyde as well as some pictures taken in my own garden, (including an early Peacock Butterfly). See Scottie's Pictorial Diary, March 2012

YouTube Version of Pictorial Diary, March 2012

A YouTube video slide show of the pictures in the March edition of the Pictorial Diary has been added to the Rampant Scotland Channel on YouTube with a musical background. See (and hear) at YouTube - Scottie's Pictorial Diary, March 2012

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 28 April 2012. I am planning to include a feature on the refurbished Victorian building of the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh which got a recent £47 million refit creating sixteen new galleries which take visitors on a journey through the wonders of nature, the cultures of the world and through to science and discovery.

Yours Aye


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