Scottish Snippets

24 October 2015

Number 693

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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Take Your Partners ...for a Scottish Break Dance?

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society is seeking the help for a compilation of a new compendium of dances which will be attractive to the younger generation - by fusing the genre with pop or rap music. See: Take Your Partners ...for a Scottish Break Dance?

The Science of Porridge

A scientist from Wigan in Lancashire who recently submitted a PhD thesis on Pulsars has won this year's title of World Porridge Making Champion, beating a strong entry from home and abroad. See: The Science of Porridge

Nonagenarian Still Striding Out

A sprightly 93-year-old is celebrating his 80th year working for a legal firm in Edinburgh, claims that his porridge, one bowl in both morning and evening, helps fuel his work ethic. See: Nonagenarian Still Striding Out

Chop Sticks? Naaah, Chippers Far Better

An award winning fish and chip shop has been a great success in a luxury shop in Osaka, Japan. See: Chop Sticks? Naaah, Chippers Far Better

Outlander Boost for Tartan Firm

A Scottish textile firm forged links two years ago with the Outlander TV series and created five new tartans for characters in the show. Now demand for the tartans has soared and the cloth, woven in Selkirk in the Scottish Borders is being used in a range of products including kilts, scarves, hats and bags. See: Outlander Boost for Tartan Firm

Book Early for Hogmanay

For the first time in 16 years Edinburgh's New Year celebrations will include two new stages around St Giles' Cathedral and part of High Street on the Royal Mile. Around 150,000 visitors are expected in Scotland's capital during three days of events. See: Book Early for Hogmanay
Author offers Solution to Flannan Islands Lighthouse Mystery

>An author who has researched for 20 years the disappearance of three lighthouse keepers four days before Christmas 1900 has produced a book with a plausible suggestion of they may have disappeared. See: Author offers Solution to Flannan Islands Lighthouse Mystery

Midges To Get Bitten?

An increase in the number of common pipistelle bats is helping to reduce the number midges in Scotland. See: Midges To Get Bitten?

Accordion Collection Squeezed Out

A serious collector of accordions has built up a collection of 300 of these instuments. But as her dream of a special museum has faded she is looking for a new home for them. See: Accordion Collection Squeezed Out

Author Objects to High School Development

The old Royal High School building in central Edinburgh stopped being used as a school in 1968 and for many years it was assumed that it would house the Scottish Parliament. That didn't happen and now there are plans to build a luxury hotel on the site. That has sparked off a right stushie, with the proposals being slammed as "the architectural equivalent of putting Mickey Mouse ears and a moustache on the Mona Lisa". See: Author Objects to High School Development

It Started with a Beer

Three Edinburgh University graduates meet for a drink and went on to create fancy dress and party fashion company selling top-to-toe spandex bodysuits with sales exceeding £1.5 million on the first year. See: It Started with a Beer

Jaws Doon the Watter?

Video of sharks basking off the Island of Bute in the Firth of Clyde. See: Jaws Doon the Watter?

That Glaswegian Burr is A Wurrld Beater

A survey of 1000 Americans has highlighted that the accent of people from Glasgow was the "sexiest" of all regional British accents. See: That Glaswegian Burr is A Wurrld Beater

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 7 November and will be a mixture of various items, including "Memory Lane" and a Scottie Photo Diary.

Of course, if you have any Scottish memories which you would like to contribute to "Memory Lane" please send them in!

Yours aye


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