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Scottish Pictorial Calendar 2014
As in previous years, you can choose from 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. The link for the index page of the 2014 calendar is Scottish Pictorial Calendar 2014
Many of the readers of this newsletter will know of the Web site "Scottish Radiance" - it's been full of hundreds of pages of Scottish-related items for just about as long as Rampant Scotland. But due to other commitments, Sharma Krauskopf, who edited the site, has decided that the time has come to move on to other things (like making a film about a lighthouse!). But she has kindly agreed to allow me to include a selection of her many pages in Rampant Scotland. I'm taking the opportunity to insert additional graphics to the pages from my own large collection and also from Wikimedia, so it will take a while before they are all set up so that Scottish Radiance shines again. But work has started already on articles on Scottish Lighthouses (Sharma has written several books on lighthouses in Scotland and elsewhere). There are also articles by the well known Whisky Connoisseur and author Arthur J. A. Bell and extracts from a book on Scottish history covering the earliest times to 1400. Then there are a number of Gaelic sections, including one with sound files to let you hear what the "language of angels" sounds like!. There are also many essays on Scottish-related subjects by a collection of great guest writers. So it looks like 2014 will be a busy year for Rampant Scotland...
The initial pages available now are:
Scottish Lighthouses - 8 pages so far with an index at Lighthouse Beacons from Scotland.
Make sure you have a look at Eshaness (pictured above) - the lighthouse that Sharma bought and spent many winters in, writing for Scottish Radiance!
Whisky Connoisseur - An alphabet of whisky and two articles, including "A Dram Good Christmas and a Spirited New Year! - What a Whisky Connoisseur serves up to his house guests at Christmas. The index is at Whisky Connoisseur
Scots History to 1400 - the start of the index page, plus section 1 - "The Land and its People Before AD 400" and Section 2 - "Early Peoples: The Roman historian Ptolemy named many small tribes in various parts of the country. The index is at Scots History to 1400
YouTube has been undergoing a considerable makeover, allowing those who have collections of videos to implement a number of options to improve the user experience. One of these is "Playlists" which group similar videos together so that users can either play them individually or run through the mini collection. The Rampant Scotland channel now has playlists - just click YouTube - Rampant Scotland Channel Don't forget to click the arrow on the right of the Playlists and Recent Uploads to get additional items listed!
The next newsletter is scheduled for 7 December. I expect to have a lot more of the Scottish Radiance pages on Lighthouses, Whisky and Scottish history (next chapter is Roman 'Conquest', Occupation and Withdrawal) and to make a start on the section on essays by guest writers. As usual, I'll be doing a Youtube slide show or video of this year's Christmas lights in Glasgow and Edinburgh. However, I'm not sure at this stage whether or not one of these will be loaded to YouTube by 7 December.
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