Scottish Snippets

27 April 2013

Number 642

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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Paisley Buddies

In the 19th century, Paisley had established itself as a centre of the weaving industry, giving its name to the Paisley Shawl and the Paisley Pattern and for many years was a centre for the manufacture of cotton sewing thread. In the 1930s, there were 28,000 people employed in the huge Anchor and Ferguslie mills of J & P Coats Ltd, said to be the largest of their kind in the world at that time. Paisley became overshadowed by its larger neighbour Glasgow, which grew at even faster rate in the 19th century. But the Paisley "Buddies" (thought to be a corruption of the word "bodies") are staunchly proud of the town and its football (soccer) team - St Mirren, winners of the League Cup in 2013. From the tourist point of view, many of Paisley's attractive buildings are concentrated in a small area within easy walking distance of the town centre. There's a new "Paisley Snapshots" slide show of 39 pictures taken in central Paisley at Paisley Snapshots. The illustration on the right shows the unusual design of the spire on Sherwood Greenlaw Church.

Scottish Screensaver or Desktop Graphics to Download

The collection of large sized graphics suitable for use in screensavers or on your desktop, now has a link to a Zip file of 39 large size graphics devoted to Edinburgh, covering such subjects as the one o'clock gun, Balmoral hotel, Botanic gardens, the Festival Fringe, Fettes college, Greyfriars Bobby, Haymarket station, Jenners department store, Lincoln Memorial, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Scottish Parliament, Princes Street, Ramsay Gardens, Royal Mile, Scott Monument and many more - including, of course, Edinburgh Castle. See the index which also includes access to the Scottish castles and Glasgow collections of similar sized graphics at Scottish Screensaver / Desktop Graphics.

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 25 May. There will be more large size Sottish graphics - probably focused on Perthshire. There has been a hint of spring this month and the daffodils have at least burst into bloom and with the longer hours of daylight available there may be opportunities to at least get some more photos for "Scottie's Photo Diary" during the month. But with a maximum temperature today in the west of Scotland forecast to be no higher than 50F (10C), summer is not around the corner!

Yours aye


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