Scottish Snippets

29 October 2016

Number 712

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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Rampant Scotland Pictorial Calendar - 2017

This is the 16th successive year that the Rampant Scotland Pictorial calendar has been added to the site to allow folk around the world print their own calendar of Scottish pictures, Back in 2002 there was a choice of six graphics to choose from for each month but that became 4 after a few years. I keep thinking of making it just one picture each month but everyone has their own taste and, unlike printed calendars, there is no additional cost in providing 48 instead of 12 pictures! See: Rampant Scotland Pictorial Calendar - 2017

Note: there is a link on that page to the 2016 calendar so if you are a user who prints each month as it comes along, you can still access the remaining months of 2016!

Memory Lane - Brushes With the Law

Although most of us are law-abiding citizens, there are times when we come in contact with law enforcement personnel - even if it's relatively minor such as a driving offence. But these incidents are often nerve-wracking - and memorable! To set the ball rolling I've written about the time I was grilled by some military police at the height of the Cold War who suspected I might be a Russian spy! See: Memory Lane - Brushes With the Law

Memory Lane - Courage Rewarded

Alistair Macdonald recalls the time as a newly promoted corporal he felt justified to argue with a hard-bitten sergeant and disobey his instructions - and lived to tell the tale! See Memory Lane - Courage Rewarded

Places to Visit - Sir Walter Scott Courtroom Museum, Selkirk

The courtroom where Sir Walter Scott worked as Sheriff- depute of Selkirkshire for 30 years is now a museum dedicated to his career in Selkirk and there is a tall statue to the famous author now standing outside. See: Places to Visit - Sir Walter Scott Courtroom Museum, Selkirk

Hallowe'en in Scotland

Regular users of the Rampant Scotland Web site will be aware of the page on Hallowe'en in Scotland, a celebration that comes up each year on 31 October. The article also links to a page on "Guy Fawkes" (remember, remember, the 5th of November) See: Hallowe'en in Scotland

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for three weeks from now on 19 November 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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