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    Dundee: ‘One City, Many Discoveries’…

     

    Dundee from the other side of the Tay Bridge  © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee from the other side of the Tay Bridge © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee, one of Scotland’s seven cities, has acquired a few names over the years:

    ‘Jute, Jam and Journalism’

      ‘One City, Many Discoveries’,

      ‘UNESCO City of Design’.

    Scotland seven “cities” are Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness, Perth and Stirling. Dundee, which is the fourth largest one is situated on the north bank of the Firth of Tay which feeds into the North Sea.

    Dundee Tay Road Bridge © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee Tay Road Bridge © 2006 Scotiana

    The River Tay is the longest river in Scotland. It originates in western Scotland on the slopes of Ben Lui then flows easterly across the Highlands, through Loch Dochart, Loch Iubhair and Loch Tay, then continues east through Strathtay in the centre of Scotland, then southeasterly through Perth, where it becomes tidal, to its mouth at the Firth of Tay, south of Dundee.

    Dundee Mercat Cross © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee Mercat Cross © 2006 Scotiana

    We didn’t stay more than a couple of hours in Dundee when we went there in June 2006, so our sense of the place is limited to the first impressions of mere passing travellers. However we enjoyed our short stay very much, trying to get the best of what we saw, and promising to come back there, one day, to discover more about the place. We’ll certainly go to Dundee Law (174 m) to have a panoramic view of the city and environs.

    “Une belle ville portuaire où il fait bon vivre”, that’s exactly what we felt, in the morning of a sunny day, when we arrived in Dundee, a city rich in culture and history which seems to be full of promises for its inhabitants. We loved the superb views on the Firth of Tay with its two spectacular bridges *, the old streets and picturesque buildings.

     

    * Tay Road Bridge: it was opened by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, on 18 August 1966. It crosses the Tay estuary, linking Newport-on-Tay in northeast Fife to Dundee.  With its 2253 m it is one of the longest bridges of Europe.

    Tay Railway Bridge: it was built by the North British Railway and opened on 11 july 1887 to replace the former one which had collapsed during  a storm on the night of 28 December 1879 killing the 75 passengers and crew of the train that was passing over the bridge.

     

    Desperate Dan with his'dawg' and Minnie the Minx strolling along High Street in  Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    Desperate Dan with his’dawg’ and Minnie the Minx strolling along High Street in Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

     

    We also loved the touch of humour with the lively bronze statues of Desperate Dan and his Desperate ‘dawg’ frowning at the catapult-wielding Minnie the Minx…

    Dundee bronze penguins  © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee bronze penguins © 2006 Scotiana

    and, here and there, penguins  😉

    Dundee penguin statue© 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee penguin statue© 2006 Scotiana

    I’ve read that there are over thirty sculptures of penguins around Dundee. We’ll try to find all of them next time 😉

     

    Dundee City Square fountain © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee City Square fountain © 2006 Scotiana

    We loved the touch of fantasy we felt everywhere from the images of the two green dragons represented on the arms of Dundee and the omnipresence of the unicorn (mercat cross, city square fountains, Frigate Unicorn)…

    Dundee arms dragons Prudentia et Candore © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee arms dragons Prudentia et Candore © 2006 Scotiana

    ‘Azure, a pot of three growing lilies Argent’

    Above the Shield is placed a mural coronet and a Helmet befitting the degree of a Royal Burgh with a Mantling Azure doubled Argent, and on a Wreath of the same Liveries is set for Crest a lily Argent, and in an Escrol over the same this Motto “Dei Donum”; in another Escrol below the Shield this Motto “Prudentia et Candore”, the said Shield having for Supporters two dragons, wings elevated, their tails nowed together underneath Vert.
    Origin/meaning

    The arms were first recorded on July 30, 1673, granted on October 6, 1932.

    The main shield shows a pot with three growing (natural) lilies. The lilies first appear on the seal of the city in 1416. The lilies as well as the blue colour symbolise St. Mary the patron saint of the city.

    The two dragon supporters date from the 17th century, but their meaning or origin is not known. They may have been a symbol for trade and symbolise the sea, but there is another theory statinig that they are derived from two lions, already seen on a 15th century seal of the city showing St. Clement.

    The historical motto is Dei Donum (God’s Gift) and has always been placed above the shield. According to legend, the city recieved its name and motto from the fact that David, Earl of Huntingdon, when returning from the Crusades sailed into a storm in the Firth of Tay. He managed to land safely on a place which, in gratitude, he called Donum Dei, which evolved into Dundee.
    The name, however, is of Gaelic origin and means the Hill of God (Dún Dè) or Hill of Tay (Dún Taw).

    Although not officially described, the supportes have been standing on a knotted rope for many centuries.

    The second motto, “Prudentia et Candore” (With thought and purity), was added in 1932 and may be a further reference to the H. Mary.

    http://www.ngw.nl/heraldrywiki/index.php?title=Dundee

    Jute Jam and Journalism

    the three traditional activities that have made the wealth of the City.

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    Cox's Stack - Lochee Park - Dundee - Source Wikipedia

    Cox’s Stack – Lochee Park – Dundee – Source Wikipedia

    • Jute’ Dundee has been called ‘Juteopolis’ which underlines the importance of the jute industry in the olden times. Cox Stax, a magnificent industrial chimney from the former Camperdown works jute mill which stands in the Stack Leisure Park in Lochee, 2 km northwest of Dundee city, is a magnificent symbol of this ancient activity.

     

    Jute is a rough fibre from India used to make sacking, burlap, twine and canvass. By the 1830s, it was discovered that treatment with whale oil, a byproduct of Dundee’s whaling industry, made the spinning of the jute fibre possible, which led to the development of a substantial jute industry in the city which created jobs for rural migrants. The industry was also notable for employing a high proportion of women (…)

    Dundee had several large jute works, with Camperdown Works in Lochee being the world’s largest jute works. It was owned by Cox Brothers, whose family had been involved in the linen trade in Lochee since the early eighteenth century, and was constructed from 1850 onwards. By 1878 it had its own railway branch and employed 4,500 workers, a total which had risen to 5,000 by 1900 (…) Camperdown works closed in 1981

    By the end of the 19th century the majority of Dundee’s working population were employed in jute manufacture, but the industry began to decline in 1914, when it became cheaper to rely on imports of the finished product from India. (Dundee’s ‘jute barons’ had invested heavily in Indian factories).

    The last of the jute spinners closed in 1999. From a peak of over 130 mills, many have since been demolished, although around sixty have been redeveloped for residential or other commercial use.

    An award-winning museum, based in the old Verdant Works, commemorates the city’s manufacturing heritage and operates a small jute-processing facility.

    (Wikipedia)

     

    • Jam’ : the famous Dundee jam and marmalade from Keillers to Mackay’s…

    Dundee’s association with jam stems from Janet Keiller’s 1797 ‘invention’ of marmalade. Mrs. Keiller allegedly devised the recipe in order to make use of a cargo-load of bitter Seville oranges acquired from a Spanish ship by her husband. This account is most likely apocryphal, as recipes for marmalade have been found dating back to the 16th century, with the Keillers likely to have developed their marmalade by modifying an existing recipe for quince marmalade. Nevertheless, marmalade became a famed Dundee export after Alex Keiller, James’ son, industrialised the production process during the 19th century.

    (Wikipedia)

     

    Rasps for sale in Scotland © 2007 Scotiana

    Rasps for sale in Scotland © 2007 Scotiana

    Mackay’s, the only remaining producers of “The Dundee Orange Marmalade” in the Dundee area. Mackay’s is one of the very few companies in the world today that still uses the traditional ‘open pan’ slow boiling method of jam making which gives the preserves and marmalades their distinct homemade taste and flavour. All the strawberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are sourced from the berry fields of central Scotland, where the soft fruits are considered to be some of the best in the world. The temperate climate in Scotland allows for the fruit to be grown for longer, resulting in stronger flavours.

    Mackays Scottish rasperry jam © 2007 Scotiana

    Mackays Scottish rasperry jam © 2007 Scotiana

    Continuing a tradition

    The story of Dundee Marmalade begins back in the 18th century when a Spanish ship took refuge from a storm, in the harbour at Dundee. On board was a consignment of Seville Oranges – which a local grocer decided to purchase.

    On taking them home to his wife, the couple discovered the oranges were too bitter to eat. The grocer’s wife saw the potential in the oranges and boiled them up with sugar, to create the delicious preserve now known as Dundee Orange Marmalade.

    Although the recipe has changed a little since then, we respect our heritage and are the last remaining producer of this iconic product in the Dundee area. We’re proud to continue to make our marmalade in traditional copper pans today and to see the end results enjoyed around the globe.

    http://www.mackays.com/our-story/

    The Scots Magazine May 2016

    The Scots Magazine May 2016

    • ‘Journalism’ many newspapers, magazines and comics were born and are still edited there. You can’t miss the funny bronze statues of Desperate Dan and of his friends when you walk in the city centre. I am personally very grateful to DC Thomson, the famous publishing company long established in Dundee for sending me every month the new issue of The Scots Magazine.  I enjoy it very much. It helps me wait for our next trip to Scotland 😉

    Journalism in Dundee generally refers to the publishing company of D. C. Thomson & Co. Ltd. Founded in 1905 by David Coupar Thomson and still owned and managed by the Thomson family, the firm publishes a variety of newspapers, children’s comics and magazines, including The Sunday Post, The Courier, Shout and children’s publications, The Beano and The Dandy. (Wikipedia)

    Desperate Dan dawg © 2006 Scotiana

    Desperate Dan dawg © 2006 Scotiana

    Desperate Dan is a wild west character in the British comic magazine The Dandy and has become their mascot. He made his appearance in the first issue which was dated 4 December 1937. He is apparently the world’s strongest man, able to lift a cow with one hand. The pillow of his (reinforced) bed is filled with building rubble and his beard is so tough he shaves with a blowtorch.

    The character was created by Dudley D. Watkins, originally as an outlaw or ‘desperado’ (hence his name), but evolved into a more sympathetic type, using his strength to help the underdog. After Watkins’ death in 1969, the cartoons were drawn by many other artists, principally Ken H. Harrison, though the Watkins canon was often recycled. When the Dandy became digital-only in 2012, the Desperate Dan strips were drawn by David Parkins.

    There is a statue of Dan in Dundee, Scotland, where his publishers, D. C. Thomson & Co. are based.

    (Wikipedia)

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desperate_Dan

    ‘One City and Many Discoveries’

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    Dundee Discovery Point logo ship direction South Pole © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee Discovery Point logo ship direction South Pole © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee Discovery Poin © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee Discovery Poin © 2006 Scotiana

    The very name of “Discovery” points to Robert Falcon Scott’s Antarctic exploration vessel which was built in Dundee and is now berthed in the city harbour. But the dynamism of Dundee is great: new biomedical and technological industries that have developed there since the 1980s  and also, of course, to the digital-entertainment industry (video games). Also dynamism of the research : The University of Dundee and the Abertay University.

    ‘UNESCO City of Design

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    In 2014 Dundee was recognised by the United Nations as the UK’s first UNESCO City of Design. The above video perfectly illustrates what it means.

    Here’s a superb drone aerial video of the Tay and its bridges… the photograph explains that it was very difficult to get the permission to film the area as it is not far from Dundee airport. Good to know for JC has a drone which he used for the first time on our last trip to Scotland in 2015. 😉

    MORE PICTURES AND VIDEOS

     

    Queen Alexandra fountain in Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    The ‘Alexandra fountain’ which now stands on Riverside Drive, close to Discovery Point, was donated to Dundee by William Longair who was the Lord Provost of  the City from 1905 to 1908. It was built in memory of Queen Alexandra of Denmark who visited the city several times and used to sail from Dundee to her native country after spending holidays in Balmoral with the British royal family. The drinking fountain which is ornate with the sculpture of an angel was first erected at Craig Pier,  on the site of the Tay Ferry Terminal where the boats, known by the locals as the ‘Fifies’, used to trade until 1966 when the Tay Road was opened.

     

    North Carr light ship Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    North Carr light ship Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    The North Carr Lightship moored at the City Quay is the last remaining Scottish lightship.

    The North Carr light ship Victoria Dock Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    The North Carr light ship Victoria Dock Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    RRS Discovery  at Discovery Point Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    RRS Discovery at Discovery Point Dundee © 2006 Scotiana

    At the multi award-winning Discovery Point we can admire the RRS Discovery. The adventures of Captain Scott and his crew aboard the RRS Discovery, one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken: in 1901 Captain Robert Falcon Scott set sail in the tall ship Discovery. Scott and his men spent two long harsh winters frozen into the crushing Antarctic ice. Discovery returned home in 1904 to a hero’s welcome and a place in maritime history.

     

    Dundee Frigate Unicorn © 2006 Scotiana

    Dundee Frigate Unicorn © 2006 Scotiana

    The oldest British-built warship afloat launched in 1824 moored to the front of City Quay… it has not always been ornate with the magnificent unicorn prow but that’s a whole story and I let it to Janice who is passionate about unicorns. We’ve taken a lot of pictures of this superb vessel. :-)

     

    The view is superb but we must not forget the tragedy which occurred there during the fatal night of 28 December 1879 while the train was crossing over the old Tay railway bridge… that’s one of the saddest page of Dundee history. It’s not the only one. On each side of the Tay road bridge there are commemorative pillars in memory of the bridge builder who was killed in air plane crash and to the five workers who were killed when building the bridge…

    Tay Bridge disaster 1879 llustration Wikipedia

    Tay Bridge disaster 1879 llustration Wikipedia

    The Tay Bridge disaster occurred during a violent storm on 28 December 1879 when the first Tay Rail Bridge collapsed while a train was passing over it from Wormit to Dundee, killing all aboard. The bridge—designed by Sir Thomas Bouch—used lattice girders supported by iron piers, with cast iron columns and wrought iron cross-bracing. The piers were narrower and their cross-bracing was less extensive and robust than on previous similar designs by Bouch.

    Bouch had sought expert advice on “wind loading” when designing a proposed rail bridge over the Firth of Forth; as a result of that advice he had made no explicit allowance for wind loading in the design of the Tay Bridge. There were other flaws in detailed design, in maintenance, and in quality control of castings, all of which were, at least in part, Bouch’s responsibility.

    Bouch died within the year, with his reputation as an engineer ruined. Future British bridge designs had to allow for wind loadings of up to 56 pounds per square foot (2.7 kPa). Bouch’s design for the Forth Bridge was not used.

    (Wikipedia)


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    I hope to have made you want to visit Dundee if you have not done so yet.

    “Bonne lecture” ! A bientôt.

    Mairiuna


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    ‘Carve the runes and then be content with silence’…

     

     

    George Mackay Brown Letters from Hamnavoe Gordon Wright 1975.

    A Work for Poets

    To have carved on the days of our vanity
    A sun
    A ship
    A star
    A cornstalk

    Also a few marks
    From an ancient forgotten time
    A child may read

    That not far from the stone
    A well might open for wayfarers

    Here is a work for poets-
    Carve the runes
    Then be content with silence

    (George Mackay Brown – ‘A Work for Poets’ 1996)

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    GMB's grave Warbeth Cemetery Orkney © 2003 Scotiana

    GMB’s grave Warbeth Cemetery Orkney © 2003 Scotiana

    George Mackay Brown was born on 17 October 1921 in Stromness and he died there, at the age of 74,  on 13 April 1996, so today is the twentieth anniversary of the poet’s death. This page, I’ve written it in homage to the great Orcadian poet.

    Carve the runes

    then be content with silence

    These words, the final verses of ‘A Work for Poets’ are engraved in golden letters on GMB’s pink sandstone grave together with its four symbols: a sun, a ship, a star, a cornstalk…

    Poetry is the golden key that opens GMB’s world… it illuminates every page of his work, whether it be a poem, a short  story,  a novel, a play, a children’s book or even the little chronicle he used to write every week in The Orcadian

    The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown Archie Bevan & Brian Murray 2005

     

    Two shelves in my library are devoted tp GMB’s books and books about GMB and among them several books of poetry: Fishermen with Ploughs, A Poem Cycle (The Hogarth Press 1974), Selected Poems ( The Hogarth Press 1977), The Collected Poems of George Mackay Brown published by John Murray in 2005)

    Orkney Pictures & Poems George Mackay Brown Gunnie Moberg Colin Baxter 1996

    Orkney Pictures & Poems George Mackay Brown Gunnie Moberg Colin Baxter 1996

    Not forgetting Orkney Pictures & Poems, the very beautiful book written by GMB and  illustrated by his friend Gunnie Moberg and published in 1996 with these very moving words :

    “In Memory of George Mackay Brown –

    You have inspired and touch us all.

    Thank you.

    St Magnus Day 1996.”

     

    George Mackay Brown Travellers John Murray 2001

     

     Travellers, another wonderful book of poestry is on my desk and it is one of my favourite books of poetry. In his poems GMB goes to the essence of things…

    ‘The Green Gate’, ‘Edwin Muir’, ‘Modigliani: The Little Peasant’, ‘Tolstoy’,  ‘Norman MacCaig’, ‘Elegy for a Child’, ‘In Memoriam John L. Broom’, ‘Mhari’, ‘Stt Magnus Day 1992′, ‘Emigrants’, ‘ Haiku: for the Holy Places’, ‘A New House’, ‘Neighbours’, ‘The Finished House’,  ‘The Mother’, ‘The Poet’s Year’, ‘Four Kinds of Poet’, ‘December Day, Hoy Sound’, ‘The Friend’, ‘The Solstice Stone’, ‘A Dream of Christmas’, ‘Summer and Winter’,’To the Tibetan Refugees’… all these titles and all the other ones ring a bell in my imaginary… it’s pure magic… it’s a gift of crystal-clear music and luminous images… a vision giving sense to life and hope to people in a world that can be desperately sad and cruel but so cheerful at the same time.

    This book is one which travels with me everywhere since I’ve dowloaded it on my kindle, together with other titles by GMB 😉

    Stromness road to Warbeth cemetery with Hoy in the background © 2003 Scotiana

    Stromness road to Warbeth cemetery with Hoy in the background © 2003 Scotiana

     

    Obituary: George Mackay Brown

    Tomorrow is the feast day of St Magnus, the 12th-century martyr, patron saint of Orkney, and subject of the novel, Magnus, that the Orcadian poet and story-teller George Mackay Brown considered his best work. It would have given Brown quiet satisfaction that this was the day on which he would finally be laid to rest. Tomorrow afternoon, after a funeral mass in St Magnus’s Cathedral, Kirkwall, he will be buried in a kirkyard he loved from boyhood, looking out across the Atlantic, a mile from the seaport of Stromness where he was born 74 years ago and which he rarely left.

    (Independent – Maggie Parham – Monday 15 April 1996)

     

     

    Warbeth Cemetery road © 2012 Scotiana

    Warbeth Cemetery road © 2012 Scotiana

    When we went for the first time to Warbeth Cemetery, in 2003, not far from Stromness, it was not easy to find the place but it proved still more difficult to find GMB’s grave in this remote and solitary city of the dead. We had not much time that day, our last day in Orkney then, and I was in a particularly bad mood for being obliged to hurry up at the very moment when I wanted to take time…

    Warbeth cemetery is divided into two different sections which are separated by a stone wall. There is the old graveyard and the new one which is much smaller presently but with plenty of space for new arrivals. Two “croque-morts” (undertakers) who were digging a grave when we arrived said to us that they did not know who was George Mackay Brown nor even if he was buried there and they soon left the cemetery. We were quite alone now, or so we thought, and it was getting colder and wintry.

    There were so many graves to look at that my husband and I decided to search separately. I began to investigate the new part of the cemetery. After all, GMB had died only seven years before and he could be buried there. From time to time, I looked to the other side of the wall to see if my husband was luckier than me but each time I was disappointed.  We would probably have given up our quest without the sudden appearance and unexpected help of a mysterious woman dressed all in black: “George Mackay Brown, the poet … oh I see” she said to my husband leading him directly to the grave while I was looking over the wall…  then she vanished without warning! I would have run to thank her… we’re still grateful. Where did she come from and where did she go, we still wonder…just let me add something: knowing how sad I would be if we had to leave the place without finding GMB’s grave my husband had implored GMB repeating several times “Please George, help us !”…

    Warbeth Cemetery in Orkney Johanna Wilhelmina's grave © 2003 Scotiana

    Warbeth Cemetery in Orkney Johanna Wilhelmina’s grave © 2003 Scotiana

    Now the lovely statue dropping roses on Johanna Wilhelmina’s grave has become our landmark to find GMB’s grave. It is not far from it… such a lovely landmark…

    GMB’s grave, so beautiful in its simplicity perfectly reflects the poet’s art and spirit and it stands amidst the magnificent landscape GMB loved so much with the Sound of Hoy and the island’s cliffs  in the background. Here the poet rests amidst his people the names of which he liked to evoke each time he entered Warbeth Cemetery and very close to his beloved parents, John Brown, his father, the tailor and postman, and Mhairi Macky, his mother, a Gaelic speaker, born in Braal, a hamlet situated near Strathy, in Sutherland.

     

    The First Wash of Spring George Mackay Brown Steve Savage 2006

    The First Wash of Spring George Mackay Brown Steve Savage 2006

     

    “This morning – as I write – is April 3, and the first wash of Spring has gone over the earth.

    It is such a beautiful word – April – that even to utter it lightens the heart. It is a little poem in itself. It is full of delightful images. It has its own music – little trembling lamb-cries at the end of a field. The first daring lark lost in light.

    You feel, in April, that you have come through another winter, a little bruised maybe, but unbowed.

    Those chalices of light, the daffodils, having been sorely battered by the March storms, are shedding, one by one, their green covers and opening their vernal tapers.

    Soon all of Orkney will be stitched by golden threads of daffodils, a lovely spread garment for Primavera …

    The word ‘June’ is beautiful, too, of course, but like May it has a curtness that lacks the lyricism of ‘April’. In midsummer there is perhaps too much – what month-name devised by man could hope to contain the light and multitudinous beauties of the season? Best to be simple and brief, to hold the word to the nostrils like a plucked wild clover … Such enchantment, under the light that never leaves the sky – not at midnight even.”

    To think GMB wrote these wonderful page just ten days before his death… it leaves me speechless ! What a man ! What a man !

    Stromness Museum GMB's corner  © 2012 Scotiana

    Stromness Museum GMB’s corner © 2012 Scotiana

    Outside my window daffodils
    Dance in the north wind…

    (From St Magnus Day – 16 April 1992 – Travellers)

     

    The daffodils have become emblematic of the poet. The above photo was taken by Janice in Stromness Museum in the poet’s corner. The museum is situated in front of the place where GMB lived up to the end of his life, on the first flat of a house situated at Mayburn Court where you can see a blue plaque.

    Below is the view GMB could see every day, just across the street and close to the Museum. There is a bench where he used to sit to admire the view…

    Stromness seaview near Stromness Museum at 52 Alfred Street © 2012 Scotiana

    Stromness seaview near Stromness Museum at 52 Alfred Street © 2012 Scotiana

    And below is the picturesque long paved street GMB used to walk along so often, on his way to the library or other favourite places in Stromness…

    Alfred Street in Stromness © 2012 Scotiana

    Alfred Street in Stromness © 2012 Scotiana

     

    The first story through which I entered GMB’s world is a Christmas story entitled “The Last Island Boy”. It was first published in The Scotsman on 24 December 1985.

    The Best of Best Short Stories 1986-1995 Giles Gordon & David Hughes Minerva 1995

    I immediately fell in love with this wonderful Christmas story. GMB wrote many of them and I had discovered ‘The Last Island Boy’ in The Best of Best Short Stories 1986-1995, an anthology of short stories published by Minerva and edited by Giles Gordon & David Hughes, a great book for the amateur of short stories.  I will never forget the magic of the moment and  I’m presently re-reading it, together with the short stories included in A Calendar of Love.

    Celtic Cross Warbeth Cemetery Stromness © 2012 Scotiana

    Celtic Cross Warbeth Cemetery Stromness © 2012 Scotiana

     

    Here is a work for poets-

    Carve the runes

    Then be content with silence

     

    Many thanks GMB…

    We’ll go back to Stromness…

    Mairiuna

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    Quebec Thistle’s Scotsman of the Year 2016 : Ian Aitken

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    In just a few days will take place in Montréal, at the Officer’s Mess of the Black Watch (RHR) of Canada, the annual event presented by the Quebec Thistle Committee to winners in several categories including Scottish music, cuisine, culture, athlete of the year, country and highland […]

    Miss Toward’s Tenement House .. .. ..

     

    Tenement House, Buccleuch Street, Glasgow © National Trust for Scotland

    Bonjour Marie-Agnes, Janice et Jean-Claude –

    Ca va bien? – How are you all today? Margaret and I love to read all the letters you send us, so full of kindness and bonhomie! Our readers here at Scotiana may not know that your […]

    The Best of Scotland: Orkney Islands…

     

    Ferry crossing to Orkney © 2003 Scotiana

    Dear readers,

    Today, in our quest of the best of Scotland, I invite you to discover the Orkney Islands, one of our favourite Scottish places. There is something magical in these islands of the North, something different than in mainland Scotland. In sharing our pictures with […]