Monthly Archives: December 2015

Sawney Bean

  Sawney Bean is the cannibal per excellence. When anybody mentions Scottish cannibals, it is Sawney Bean who springs to mind and no wonder. His is a story of horror, murder and cannibalism that would be suitable for any late-night … Continue reading

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Before the Monster

Of all the monster legends in the western world, that of Loch Ness is probably the best known. This stretch of dark water in the north of Scotland attracts thousands of tourists, year after year, there have been dozens of … Continue reading

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Tweed Memories

There can be fewer more fascinating things than a part-frozen river. The banks are solid with ice, thicker than a hand-span, gleaming silver, white and blue in the winter sun, and great chunks, sometimes six, seven, eight inches thick float … Continue reading

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Whaling and Victorian Values

Today, the 1st of December 2015 Japan’s whaling fleet sailed from Shimonoseki in south western Japan. The ships will head to the Antarctic and hunt whales from the end of December until March 2016. During that period they will kill … Continue reading

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