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Hogmanay – and a Happy New Year

I’m writing this on Hogmanay, 31 December. Hogmanay has always been a celebration in Scotland, much more so than Christmas in the past. My grandmother, born in 1887, was at school on Christmas Day at least once. My mother, who is now 90, would hang up a stocking on Hogmanay when she and her cousins  |  more…

Christmas baby?

Can you name someone famous who is or was a Christmas baby? Isaac Newton, Humphrey Bogart and Annie Lennox areĀ  three Christmas babies according to a recent newspaper article. Following the Gregorian calendar we currently use, Newton’s birthday would be 4 January 1743 though it was 25 December in the Julian calendar still used in  |  more…

One-place study – small steps on YouTube

Dabbling with YouTube… Here’s a a small photo video of my one-place study area in Orkney: North Walls and Brims. The population has dropped considerably since the 1850s, with brief but dramatic increases in the two world wars when there was a very high armed forces presence.

Posted on 16 November 2015.   Filed under General
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