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On this day in Scottish history

    1768 – Dundee Council Minutes mention of a petition of the Fraternity of Masters and Seamen in Dundee who contributed to a fund to look after the ‘decayed and indulgent members of the society’ – at this time … Continue reading

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On this day in Scottish history

03 January 1746 Advertisement in the Edinburgh Advertiser: ‘Any young woman not under 15, nor much over 30 years of age, that is tolerably handsome, and would incline to give her hand to a Black Prince, upon directing a letter … 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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The folklore behind common phrases

On the television news yesterday, one man gave his opinion that racism was ‘beyond the pale.’ It was a throwaway remark that he probably said without any consideration for the original meaning of the phrase. It did set me thinking though, … Continue reading

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