Scottish Snippets

27 October 2012

Number 635

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 Pictorial Calendar 2013

I've been creating an online calendar with pictures of Scotland since 2002. This year, due in part to the poor weather this summer, I haven't been touring around quite as much but although I had to use some pictures from previous years, most are new ones. Unlike previous years I've omitted the flowers ( and butterflies - although they are Scottish flowers and butterflies I felt they were not as "Scottish" as scenic views, castles and buildings. As before, there are four possible pictures for every month of the year. There is also a choice of two "cover" pages, if you want to print copies as an extra present for someone. And the only cost is paper and printer ink.. While the pages look better if you print them on glossy paper, any good quality paper should produce a reasonable result. You will find the index page of the 2013 calendar at Scottish Pictorial Calendar 2013

48 Pictures of Scotland

If you want to leaf through all the pictures in the calendar there is an page with thumbnails and larger versions of the graphics at 48 Pictures of Scotland

Scottish Festivals

With retail outlets gearing up for the Festive Season, it seemed appropriate to update the section dedicated to many of the festivals celebrated in Scotland - starting of course with "First Footing" after midnight on Hogmanay, continuing with the "Loony Dook" on 1st January (pictured here) all the way through to 31 January again. The page has been updated and the links to where you can obtain more information about specific events have been checked. See Scottish Festivals.

Christmas and New Year

Although many of the aspects associated with Christmas in Scotland follow the same pattern as for the rest of the UK (and many other parts of the world) there is a peculiarly Scottish twist to the celebration of Christmas here. In particular, it is still the celebration of New Year's Eve that still takes centre stage. For the background to both, see
Christmas and New Year's Eve

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 17 November. I've paid another visit to the only church built to the design of Scottish architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh at Queen's Cross in Glasgow. Since my first visit back in 1998, digital camera technology has advanced by leaps and pixels so it is now possible to get better pictures in the low lighting conditions inside the church.

Yours aye


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