I walked home through a smirr tonight, which was not wholly unpleasant, but I was grateful when friendly trees provided shelter as I passed. The fading flowers on a may-tree somewhat stunned me with, what I can only describe as, the stench they exuded! How can such pretty little blossoms smell so strong... and so bad?… Continue reading Sensations

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The two languages of Scotland – Ootland

An excellent article about the two languages of Scotland - via Bella Caledonia  Ootland by Laura Cameron Lewis 16TH DECEMBER 2015 The offending word was circled in red pen: ‘outwith’ The note in the margin read ‘Do you mean, WITHOUT?’. A first class student for the past three years, I sat in my dissertation tutorial… Continue reading The two languages of Scotland – Ootland

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Thank you Bella Caledonia for pointing this out - In their recent press statements about the 2011 census, National Records of Scotland (NRS) claimed that folk who said they speak Scots "didn't understand the question"!?! This is insulting in so many ways.  Chiefly - do they really think Scottish people are so stupid they don't… Continue reading Language



A Red, Red Rose by Robert Burns O, my luve's like a red, red rose, That's newly sprung in June. O, my luve's like the melodie, That's sweetly play'd in tune. As fair art thou, my bonie lass, So deep in luve am I, And I will luve thee still, my Dear, Till a' the… Continue reading Poem3