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Source: (consider it) Thread: Shortbread, whisky and semibreves - the Scottish thread
Sandemaniac
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Originally posted by North East Quine.
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Out of curiosity (the things that you do when you're supposed to be writing up your thesis) I searched "Prime Minister" and discovered that there were more stories about turnips than Prime Ministers in the Aberdeen Journal between 1850 and 1901.
Of course. Turnips are important!

I've been scanning some old farm account books recently, and the advertising sections at the front are packed full of photographs of swedes* piled up like cannon balls, with a muddy rustic in the distance emphasising how big swedes look if someone stands a long way behind them. Most amusing.

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*English books, see.

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[ 06. January 2015, 09:24: Message edited by: Sandemaniac ]

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Never underestimate the importance of the root vegetable in Northern climes. Go to a Weimar in October, and you can experience the annual Onion Festival.

As for Potato Festivals, Canada is positively awash. Also in those parts Carrot Fest claims to be 'the world's greatest carrot festival' - I'm not sure how many other contenders for the crown there are.

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I'm all in favour of celebrating the usefulness of such things: without carrots, onions and potatoes my veggie soup would be, at best, jolly boring. [Big Grin]

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daisymay

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I just saw the forecast that it would be very cold and not sunny and very wet.
Is that really happening ?
I just remember as school in Blairgowrie that it was cold and wet and dark as i went to school.

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I'm afraid "cold, wet and dark" is more-or-less the default situation for January.

Never mind - the days are lengthening ... [Smile]

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Bit blowy here....

You all OK?

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All still standing in the lee of Blackford Hill (which was clocking 90 mph last night).
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Lost half a pane of glass from the greenhouse, but I'm quite relieved it was only one - I heard the sound of breaking glass in the night and expected much worse.
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My new flat makes a really wonderful collection of noises in the high winds. A whistle around the corner by the bathroom like a train. A roar past the bedroom window. A rattling in the roof above the kitchen.

The glass on the door/window onto the balcony wobbles noticably. And, at times the whole building seemed to vibrate. A rather exciting night, though not conducive to sleeping well.

There's a large stand of pine trees on the hill across a burn from the flat. A few trees in that are only standing to the extent that they're resting on neighbours.

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Sandemaniac
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An online acquaintance in Lewis has lost a hundred-odd slates, though it sounds as though it could have been a whole lot worse.

Surprised that Orkney's highest recorded gust was only 80-something, unless the wind came from Hoy, there's bog all to stop it!

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North East Quine

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Just seen plans for a service to mark the centenary of Mary Slessor's death, to be held in Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen (close to her birthplace) on Tuesday, led by a Nigerian church choir.
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quote:
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Surprised that Orkney's highest recorded gust was only 80-something, unless the wind came from Hoy, there's bog all to stop it!

Winds were from S/SW direction so I guess Hoy probably did take some of the speed off. It was recorded at 113mph in Lewis.

Wind has died down here now but it'll be back again.... I get howling down my chimney if the wind is in the right (or possibly wrong) direction. Last night wasn't too bad.

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quote:
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... Orkney's highest recorded gust was only 80-something ...

A friend who lives in the West Mainland of Orkney posted on FB that the winds were rocking her house to the foundations. She said she was keeping herself occupied by singing hymns, and added the tunes, which included:
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Guide me, O thou great Redeemer - Blaenwern
Heretick! If she doesn't sing it to Cwm Rhondda she deserves to have her foundations rocked ... [Devil]

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Here in Stirling I was woken at 5am with the wind howling. Then I realised that all the local wheelie bins were dancing a ceilidh in our back court. No damage though, and luckily our bin day is Thursday so at least there weren't a week's worth of nappies all over the place, which there would have been if it had been a day earlier.

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quote:
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added the tunes, which included:
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Guide me, O thou great Redeemer - Blaenwern

[Ultra confused]

I don't think I'd even be able to sing it to anything other than Cwm Rhondda, let alone want to.

[ 09. January 2015, 22:02: Message edited by: Dafyd ]

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As D. pointed out when I told him, it would be impossible anyway - you'd run out of words as they've got different metres.

In fairness to my friend, she replied to the effect that she had typed it at 5:30 a.m. and suffered an early-morning brain-fart ... [Big Grin]

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Another wet and windy morning - and too dark as yet to make out if there has been any overnight damages. I think one of our bins is over.

We're promised an easing of the wind as the day goes on - to be replaced by snow, so that's something to look forward to.

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There is nothing to stop the wind between my house and Ireland. The house rattled all night, the bin was over this morning, the power has been on and off, and the garden is sporting its occasional rivulet, which it saves for occasions such as this. It is trying its hand at sleet now.

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We have snow. Most of it is melting as soon as it touches the ground, but the lawn is mottled white.

I've only been outside once, to pick up the rubbish that spilled out from our overturned wheelie bin.

I ended up sleeping on the settee from 5am on because there was what sounded like a shed door banging somewhere. Each bang was followed, two or three seconds later, by a rattle. Bang, pause, rattle, longer pause, bang, pause, rattle, longer pause...

Perhaps this will be the day I finish decluttering my study?

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Another lovely day here marred only by the cold donated by a neighbour - I am a typically male lousy patient!

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Earlier today I looked out of the front window and saw brilliant blue sky and a couple of little, fluffy clouds. It can't have been more than 10 minutes later, I looked out of the same window to see the sky completely white and horizontal snow dancing around in the wind!! I took a walk into town today, it wasn't too bad - snow not settling, and although it was cold it wasn't chest-tighteningly cold. We'll see what tonight brings...

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My Dad is in the North and has no power. He does, however, have a gas heater and a gas stove, coal fire and mobile 'phone which are all functioning perfectly. I really shouldn't worry about a man who raised three children miles from any sensible amenities.

Hope you're all managing fine in your wee parts of the world.

Cattyish, loving the sounds the wind makes.

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The wind has dropped, thank goodness. But it's gloomier now than when I got up, so I expect stuff will start falling from the sky at some point. On the record of the past day or so, it could be rain, sleet, snow or any combination.
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Pissing with rain here, and deeply unpleasant.
We're due a re-run of the wind tomorrow. Deep joy.

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Ooops!

Glad I didn't have to try to fish it out... funnily enough, in as far as I know Dundee, I know the road - spent a week in a B&B on it in 2000!

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daisymay

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That picture about what happened is very sad about it. I do hope in Dundee that it gets better fine.
(I was born there and my family all lived there. Grandparents lived there or ever.)
Later my mothers grandparents came to our home Blairgowrie to live at us as they get very elderly.

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My sister's kids loved the Singing Kettle when they were little - I can't believe they're "retiring" - I assume that's why it's their final show.

Artie and Cilla, the originators of the Singing Kettle, actually retired a year or so back. It continued with some newer members and the other original musician, but rather than keep that name going, they've now decided (or perhaps Artie & Cilla have asked them) go under the new name of Fun Box , but essentially doing the same thing

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On the 3rd April (good Friday) I'll be in Aberdeen for the day, anyone got any recommendations for a good Friday service? Also i could be around at lunch time for a meet up. If there is enough interest in a shipmeet I'll start a thread.

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I think I'll be free, and if I am, I'd be interested in a service and / or lunch.
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We got shown again on the TV a last night and it did seem still awful. How does it feel and be in Scotland ?

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North East Quine

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It was a perfect January day here today, daisymay, cold, clear, crisp. There is ice in shaded places, but the roads and pavements are clear and safe.
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Snow has come to the south at last! Everything cancelled, unexpected day indoors. [Smile]

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Are you all ok and not entirely snowed in? Nenlet2 plans a weekend in Edinburgh. [Eek!]

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Firenze

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Edinburgh is snowless. We haven't had any since Wednesday and that was nothing to write home about. The week ahead is forecast to be cold but bright.
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That's good to hear - although it's a beautiful city and I'm sure it looks spectacular in the snow. [Smile] Nenlet2 has been going to the Fringe for years but this weekend is going with a friend who hasn't been before so it's even more exciting!

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It's snowing here, but melting into slush when it lands on the ground.
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Edinburgh is snowless ...

Good. Long may that continue! [Big Grin]

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This weekend a bunch of us made our way up to Moray and had a fantastic weekend at Burgie House playing giant Cluedo amongst other things. I shan't be stepping on any scales for a few days at any rate - we really do seem to have a collective talent for overcatering.

Callanish and I were in charge of the Entertainments for the second year running, although someone else sorted out some walks each day. Last year we had them all attempting to assassinate each other but this year there was only one murder victim. Now, what shall we make them all do next year...?

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That really sounds like fun, TTP - I've heard of "murder mystery" weekends, but I think it'd be just as good fun basing it on Cluedo.

I wonder if that old set's still in my dad's house? [Big Grin]

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It was a lot of fun - all our 'characters' really got into the swing of things, which definitely helped. If anything, I was slightly surprised that the game itself finished so quickly - we had several challenges that we didn't get around to using. Still, that leaves us some ammunition for planning next year's escapades.

So if anyone needs a giant Cluedo set (minus character cards because they all kept them and board because we couldn't steal the carpet) they should get in touch - we're happy to lend out!

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If it weren't for the fact that Cluedo is probably copyrighted, you could be on to a nice little earner there ... [Big Grin]

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www.facebook.com/fjonadcosta

See if you can get in this and see my pictures of my family who have both MacLean on them. It was while we were with another person getting on another one.

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I have now many pictures, not all about the men, some with me. Do you lot like looking there to se them ?

Have you lot been to Iona and Mull ? I always enjoy going there - I camp up a bit and get down on the water across.

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quote:
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I love Kenneth McKellar. I admire his versatility from opera to Scottish kitsch.

I love Kenneth McKellar too. Apparently he wrote sketches for Monty Python, though I don't know which ones.

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According to this article in the Scotsman it was about a blind man, in Secret Policeman's Ball.

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quote:
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According to this article in the Scotsman it was about a blind man, in Secret Policeman's Ball.

Fascinating. Thanks for the link.

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We are just back from viewing The Great Tapestry of Scotland in its entirety at Stirling Castle (I think the Great Hall there is one of the few places where it can be shown in its entirety in the one room, as it is so vast). My goodness, it is wonderful! Well worth a viewing if it comes anywhere near you (although I think the site is a bit vague and not that up to date with locations). Shame the food at the Castle cafe was a bit disappointing, but you can't have everything [Smile]

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I'm not in Scotland but there is a Scottish Kirk in London that I will be at this evening. It is a lovely one !

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Jack we saw the tapestry the other week when parents were visiting - it was great to see it in a bit less busy a setting than when it was in the Parliament! It's fab, but I am irrationally irritated by their claim that it's the longest in the world, when it's made up of so many separate panels that aren't joined up. There's probably an official definition that allows that, but it seems all wrong.
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When it was in Aberdeen it was split between three rooms in the Art Gallery. I wonder if there's any long term plan for it to stop touring and get a permanent home, at which point it might be sewn together?

Aberdeen Art Gallery is closing for two years for refurbishment. I really, really hope the end result is worth it. Part of the refurbishment is the enlargement of the cafe and shop areas, which doesn't seem that important to me.

Added to the nightmare which is the proposed development by Marischal College ( [Disappointed] [brick wall] [brick wall] ) , and the award of the Plook on the Plinth award for bad architecture, Aberdeen isn't doing too well at the moment.

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