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Scottish word of the day: Plook

Scottish word of the day: Plook | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
THEY can be unsightly and unpleasant, and some people devote much of their time to getting rid of them, but the plook has recently taken on two different meanings.
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Plook - a Scottish word for acne. There is now an award called The Plook award - for a town that needs to improve

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Scottish oak enters European contest

Scottish oak enters European contest | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
An ancient oak in Perthshire, where many of Scotland's famous fiddle tunes were composed, is to be entered into a European tree contest.
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Thirty years ago, a distillery died. Now its scotch sells for £1,500 a bottle

Thirty years ago, a distillery died. Now its scotch sells for £1,500 a bottle | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
The Scottish industry is booming as whisky becomes the drink of aspiration for the world's middle classes
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Edinburgh named second best place to live in UK

Edinburgh named second best place to live in UK | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
Edinburgh has been named as one of the best cities to live in Britain – coming in second place after Bristol.
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Lost Edinburgh: The Caledonian Hotel

Lost Edinburgh: The Caledonian Hotel | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
IT IS a majestic and unique building full of history, character and opulence. Edinburgh’s grand old lady, the Caledonian Hotel, fully merits its prominent position in the capital’s city centre.
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A prestigious hotel - ideally situated at West End of Princes Street, Edinburgh.

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Edinburgh World Heritage - News Article

Edinburgh World Heritage - News Article | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
Edinburgh World Heritage is a charity funded by the City of Edinburgh Council and Historic Scotland, with the role of conserving, protecting and promoting the city’s World Heritage Site.
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On this day 3 October 1745 - the RBS handed over gold to Bonnie Prince Charlie

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Most Scots 'feel only Scottish'

Most Scots 'feel only Scottish' | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
Most people living in Scotland describe their national identity as being "Scottish only", according to the latest census figures.
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Data released from the 2011 census showed 62% described themselves as "Scottish only", while 18% said they were "Scottish and British".

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Smoo Cave to be closed for safety work

Smoo Cave to be closed for safety work | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
THE largest coastline cave in the UK – and a popular tourist attraction – is to be closed for safety work to be carried out.
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I really scooped this because I did not know anyhting about this cave.  It is quite far north of scotland - would be interesting to visit.

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Buyers bid for Scots island with population of two

Buyers bid for Scots island with population of two | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
TWO rival bidders are battling to buy a Scottish island that is home to just two people and issues its own postage stamps.
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A mere snip at £2.5 Million  and you can issue your own postage stamps

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Lost Edinburgh: Charles Jenner & Co.

Lost Edinburgh: Charles Jenner & Co. | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
IT MAY surprise many people to learn that the grand Jenners department store, long regarded as one of Edinburgh’s most esteemed and magnificent institutions, originated from an unlikely game of chance.
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Jenners Departnebt Store on Princes Street Edinburgh.  Regards once as Harrods of the North. It was sold in 2005 to a large chain - Frasers.  I miss the old Jenners. It was an institution - a grand lady.

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Lost Edinburgh: The Marine Gardens

Lost Edinburgh: The Marine Gardens | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
THE MARINE Gardens opened in Portobello in 1909 and attracted visitors from all over the country.
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What a shame we lost this to a bus depot!  Quite a bit had been lost before the bus depot was built - nowadays they would have tried to restore the Gardens to former glory.

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BBC - Scotland's History - James IV, King of Scots

BBC - Scotland's History - James IV, King of Scots | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
BBC Scotland's History article about James IV, King of Scots 1488 – 1513
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He led his army into the disastrous battle of Flodden.  He was killed along with 10,000 of his troops.

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Scottish words: the Glasgow accent

Scottish words: the Glasgow accent | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
For a relatively small country Scotland is blessed with a plethora of varying dialects and accents that, while contributing to the country’s culture and identity, can leave visitors somewhat baffled.
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Some Glasga words translated

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Rare orchid discovered off Scotland’s west coast

Rare orchid discovered off Scotland’s west coast | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
A rare orchid has been discovered growing on an island off the west coast of Scotland.
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After hearing so many things about Man destroying the Earth, I do enjoy hearing stories like this.

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New work at historic clan castle

New work at historic clan castle | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
A historic clan stronghold in the Western Isles is to undergo conservation and archaeological work at a cost of £200,000.
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Kisimul was a symbol of Gaelic power in the Middle Ages.

Its Gaelic name, Caisteal Chiosmuil, means castle of the rock of the small bay in English

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Viking parliament found under Dingwall car park

Viking parliament found under Dingwall car park | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
A CAR park in a Highland town has been confirmed by archaeologists as the meeting place of a medieval Norse parliament.
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Forth Rail Bridge and Road Bridge over the Fog

The video shows what I expect is the viewing platform that is going to be opened to the public but I'm not sure how people will get up to it! The Forth Bridg...
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World famous bridges peaking over the fog

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Loch Ness Monster: George Edwards ‘faked’ photo

Loch Ness Monster: George Edwards ‘faked’ photo | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
A DARK shape emerging from the waters of Loch Ness which was hailed as one of the best Nessie images of recent years has been revealed to be a hoax.
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I have always hoped there is a Loch Ness monster - but I do not want if to be found!  Just think of all the scientists etc trying to capture it for tests!  Live long and save Nessie.

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Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Bobby gets ‘nose job’

Edinburgh’s Greyfriars Bobby gets ‘nose job’ | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
Greyfriars Bobby, one of Edinburgh’s best-loved statues, has been given a nose job after campaigners called for restoration work on the capital’s most famous dog.
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As people pass the statue, they rub Bobby's nose for luck.  Instead of being black - the paint and varnish had rubbed off.

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Shetland tourism boost as Geopark status renewed

Shetland tourism boost as Geopark status renewed | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
SHETLAND has secured designation as a member of the European Geoparks Network for another four years in a major boost for the islands’ tourism economy.
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Need to plan a visit to the Shetlands. 

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Lost Edinburgh: The North Bridge

Lost Edinburgh: The North Bridge | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
EDINBURGH’S grand New Town is regarded by many to be the physical evidence of the Scottish Enlightenment but its very existence is owed to a feature of the city which is frequently overlooked.
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Edinburgh looks a lot prettier now - I am pleased to report!  But still a fascinating photograph

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Groat, plack, thistle or pistole? What an independent Scotland’s currency might be called

Groat, plack, thistle or pistole? What an independent Scotland’s currency might be called | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
One year from now, Scotland will hold a referendum on whether to remain a part of the UK. The countdown is being marked by a welter of polls and an avalanche of commentary on what's at stake.
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Plan for floating village at Leith waterways

Plan for floating village at Leith waterways | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
A SOLAR-powered “floating village” is set to be created in the Capital under ambitious plans unveiled by a renewable energy firm.
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Interesting plan to have floating village in Leith - the Port of Edinburgh.  I think it will be too cold in winter.

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In Pictures: Queen at Braemar Games

In Pictures: Queen at Braemar Games | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
Images from the visit of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh to the annual Braemar Gathering Highland Games in Aberdeenshire.
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The Royal family take their annual summer holidays at Balmoral - a private estate near Aberdeen  owned by the Queen. Every year they attend the local Braemar Gathering.- Scottish Highland Games.

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The sad tale of James IV’s body

The sad tale of James IV’s body | All things Scottish | Scoop.it
Scotland's King James IV was killed at the Battle of Flodden 500 years ago. But what became of his body after the massacre?
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James IV was married Henry VIII's sister, Margaret Tudor.  When Elizabeth I of England died without issue, the descendents of Margaret Tudor became heir to the throne of England.

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