Scottish Snippets

28 January 2017

Number 715

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 News and Views.

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Scottie's Photo Diary - Edinburgh Christmas Lights

There have been a number of changes this year to the Christmas lights in Edinburgh - particularly the "Street of Light" in George Street which is spectacular! The castle and St Giles cathedral add their own distinctive character to the show as well. The Glasgow Christmas lights also had a major upgrade and were illustrated in the Photo Diary in December. See: Edinburgh Christmas Lights and (if you missed it earlier) Glasgow Christmas Lights

Places to Visit - Pitmedden Gardens

Yes, it's January now and Pitmedden Gardens are closed for the winter, but it has just been added to the "Places to Visit" section and provides a great reminder of last year and the prospect of next summer! See: Places to Visit - Pitmedden Gardens

Sir Walter Scott's Edinburgh Homes

You can hardly miss the Scott Monument in Princes Street, but Scott is associated with many other buildings in the capital ranging from where he was born to his last home in the city. See: Sir Walter Scott's Edinburgh Homes

Scocha - "Moonlight Again"

Regular readers will know that I am also involved in the Clan Scott Scotland (CSS) organisation and one of the members is a musician who is part of "Scocha" (Pronounced Scotia) a self-proclaimed 'Folk and Roll' band based in Hawick in the Scottish Borders. Their latest album "Moonlight Again" has strong links to the Scott clan -with songs such as " A Bellendaine" the clan rallying cry. Appropriately for this time of year the CD also includes a great rendition of "Auld Lang Syne". There is a review of the CD on the CSS site which includes links so that you can hear all the tracks and read the words on this great collection. See: Scocha - "Moonlight Again"

12 Things You Must Know About Robert Burns

I keep adding sites to the Web links pages of Rampant Scotland and from time to time come across sites that catch my eye. With the annual Burns Supper season upon us a whimsical "12 Things You Must Know About Robert Burns" page seemed worth passing on! For example, "Auld Lang Syne" has appeared on well over 40 Hollywood films". See: 12 Things You Must Know About Robert Burns

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for three weeks from now on 18 February 2017 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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