Scottish Snippets

21 November 2015

Number 695

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" and Tam's Tall Tales.

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Keeping Up To Time with the Reels

Comments from readers about the Royal Country Dancing Society (RCDS) proposal to create "modern" dances to attract the younger generation. See: Keeping Up To Time with the Reels

Tourism Belongs to Glasgow?

Glasgow is on track to leapfrog Edinburgh as Scotlandís most popular tourist destination for the first time. - See: Tourism Belongs to Glasgow?

"Canals Across Scotland"

Book review of "Canals Across Scotland" - a really good guide book by Hamish Brown that has plenty of non-technical facts and anecdotes. See: "Canals Across Scotland"

Owl Down - Send A Chopper!

What to do when an exhausted owl touches down on a North Sea oil platform? See: Owl Down - Send A Chopper!

Haggis Ban to Be Relaxed?

Since a ban placed on the delicacy in 1971 (in the reign of President Richard Milhous Nixon, would you believe?), haggis has been off the menu in American homes unless it has been made in the US. See: Haggis Ban to Be Relaxed?

Sir Walter Scott letter under the hammer

Jeanie Deans, the central character in Sir Walter Scott's "The Heart of Midlothian" was always thought to be based on the true story of Helen Walker. Now a handwritten letter by the author confirms that Scott received an anonymous letter informing him of the story of the woman. The letter is now being auctioned. See: Sir Walter Scott letter under the hammer

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 5 December and will be a mixture of various items, including "Memory Lane" and a Scottish Pictorial Calendar for 2016.

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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