Scottish Snippets

6 August 2016

Number 709

Glasgow Street Art

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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Places to Visit - Drumpellier Country Park

Regular readers of this Newsletter will be familiar with Drumpellier Country Park in North Lanarkshire as it often features in "Scottie's Pictorial Diary" since it is one of our favorite "haunts". But to my surprise I recently realised I have never written a page on Drumpellier for the "Places to Visit" section. So here it is now. My first problem in creating the page was deciding which of the hundreds of pictures I had taken there over the last few years to include. In the end I cheated and did a small "slide-show" at the start of the page! See Places to Visit - Drumpellier Country Park

>Places to Visit - Glasgow's "Street Art"

The invention of paint in pressurised spray paint cans in the wrong hands can create a lot of ugly "graffiti". But in the centre of Glasgow which has a lot of accessible blank walls the City Council has sponsored inventive artists to create a lot of "street art" (which the vandals seem to respect and leave alone). It has become so prolific that there are even visitor guides available to encourage tourists to wander round and admire the artwork. As I recently did my own mini tour one afternoon I came across a number of others with leaflets and cameras in hand! I didn't manage to get round them all but here's an initial collection of varied scenes from squirrels and stags to swimmers and even a tiger! There's another slide show at the start of this page too... See: Places to Visit - Glasgow's "Street Art"

Memory Lane - "The Exam"

At the end of an intensive spell at a School of Gunnery, Alistair was hoping that he would become a Gun Battery instructor himself. When he saw the results of "The Exam" on the notice board he was initially disappointed - but then got a big surprise! See: Memory Lane - "The Exam"

Memory Lane - The Pro-Am : The Visitor

The visitor in this story will be well known to most readers, namely Bing Crosby the singer and actor. The narrative shows that despite his fame and fortune Bing was also a very modest and generous person. See: The Pro-Am : The Visitor.

Recipes - Cauliflower with Whisky and Scottish Cheese

Here's a way of adding some extra flavour to cauliflower cheese by adding some special Scottish ingredients - whisky and speciality Scottish cheeses. Caboc is a double cream cheese from Tain formed into a log shape and rolled in toasted pinhead oatmeal (said to be Scotland's oldest cheese recipe dating back to the 15th century) while Dunsyre Blue is from Lanarkshire. See: Cauliflower with Whisky and Scottish Cheese

Recipes - Montrose Cakes

Said to have originated in the east coast town of Montrose (pictured here), these tea cakes make a good addition to "afternoon tea". See: Montrose Cakes

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for three weeks from now on 27 August and will be mainly Current News and Events in Scotland from David, the News and Views Editor

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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