A Christmas Yarn for the Tightarses.

It Could only happen in Scotland… An old man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day son but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.” “Dad, what are you talking about?” […]

‘The Golfers’ a masterpiece by Charles Lee, 1847.

The centrepiece is the greatest golfing painting in the world, Charles Lees’ famous 1847 masterpiece The Golfers. This commemorates a match played on the Old Course at the Royal and Ancient Golf Club, St Andrews, by Sir David Baird and Sir Ralph Anstruther, against Major Hugh Lyon Playfair and John Campbell of Saddell. It represents […]

Origins of The Scottish Hogmanay.

Fireworks for Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Image Credit: Photograph by Robbie Shade – Residents of Scotland mark the arrival of the New Year with particular passion in a holiday they call Hogmanay that draws on their history of Viking invasions, superstition, and ancient pagan rituals. Hogmanay’s origins date back to pagan rituals that marked the time of […]

The Deep-Fried Mars Bar, Aberdeenshire.

The much-maligned deep-fried Mars bar is coming under attack again. Photograph: PA Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA by Chitra Ramaswamy Birthplace of the World Famous Deep Fried Mars Bar,” the banner announces. It’s vast, proud, and under threat. Welcome to The Carron Fish Bar in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, where 20 years ago – so the legend has it […]

Very Heavy Journalism, Old School–a Gift from H. Mencken

Here’s another lesson in the continuing and forever-expanding series on not judging by appearances: the following terrific images were found in a very tall and slender, stiff and demure 1920’s publication celebrating the Thomson Printing Works of London (and Glasgow, Dundee, and Manchester). The calf-bound book has the feel of an antique wallet, and even […]

‘Bloom’ colourful Light display, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Scotland ‘Bloom’, the opening event for the Edinburgh International Festival, lights up Saint Andrew Square with a colourful array of projections. More photos of the light show in our gallery Image Credit: Photograph by Murdo Macleod for the Guardian Source: God’s own field and a gigantic bubble: today’s most stunning photos | World news […]

‘Hallowild’ Mummy haunts Tomb in Stirling.

Stirling, Scotland Scott Meiklejohn gets into character as a mummy during a photo call ahead of “Hallowild”, Blair Drummond Safari Park’s annual Halloween event. This year’s theme in the haunted walkway is an Egyptian tomb with special 3D effects alongside actors playing the roles of Pharaohs and Mummies. Image Credit: Photograph by Andrew Milligan/PA Source: […]

The Mirror Man Statue at Loch Earn.

Tourists view the mirror man statue by artist Rob Mulholland at Loch Earn in St Fillans, Scotland. The three-meter-tall sculpture made from mirrored tiles spends winters out of the water due to the inclement weather, returning again in the summer months. Image Credit: Photograph by Jeff  J Mitchell / Getty. Source: Photos of the Week: […]

Scottish Wildcat disappearing from Highlands.

The Scottish wildcat is one of the United Kingdom species most at risk of disappearing, according to the State of Nature report published this week. A quarter of mammals and nearly half of birds assessed are at risk of extinction. Photograph: Peter Cairns/Courtesy of Scottish Wildcat Action Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures […]