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December in Scottish History

DECEMBER IN SCOTTISH HISTORY 01 December 1768: The first volume of Encyclopedia Britannica was published in Edinburgh, edited by William Smellie. 1787: The lighthouse at Kinnaird Head, Fraserburgh began operations.  It was built by Thomas Smith and Robert Stevenson. 02 … Continue reading

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November in Scottish History

01 November 1889: A Belgian named Professor Albert attempted to become the first man to swim the Firth of Forth. Setting off from the shore of Fife, he reached about half way to Inchkeith before he gave up, disappointing the … Continue reading

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SEA BATHING: VICTORIAN STYLE

There is quite a furore about sea bathing and sea bathing attire in Europe at present, with riots in Corsica and political troubles in the south of France.  Well, in Scotland it is not that long since we had our … Continue reading

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This week in Scottish History

01 June 1831:  While accompanying his uncle, John Ross, on an expedition to find the North West Passage, Sir James Clark Ross sledged across the Arctic ice and on this day he found the magnetic North Pole and claimed it for … Continue reading

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GUEST BLOG: SALLY LAUGHLIN

Hi Folks: I have never had a guest blogger before, so I thought I would start with a good one! For those of you who have not yet discovered her, Sally Laughlin is from the USA. Her last book Fly … Continue reading

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The smell of nature

There is something very evocative about this time of year when autumn is deep with falling leaves and skeins of geese draw great Vees across the greying skies. It is a time of reflection and peace, with cool air and … Continue reading

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Poverty and foodbanks

Last night my wife and I watched a programme about the Dundee Food bank. This is where the public donates food to a central point and volunteers distribute it to people who otherwise would starve. Now a reminder here: this … Continue reading

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