This week is a crucial period for Scotland, as votes are collected and the final decision made public as to whether they will choose to end three centuries of union with England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The crucial referendum is held 700 years after the Battle of Bannockburn during which Robert the Bruce led Scottish forces to defeat the army of the English king Edward II. For those of you shady on your history, that’s the final scene from the movie Braveheart.
Whiskey lovers, head on over to Scotland and be on the lookout! A whiskey bottling plant accidentally spilled 1,700 gallons of the spirit into the Scottish River Ayr. It happened when a tanker filled with more than 7,000 gallons of whiskey started pumping the liquid into a vat that was already full. The spill was […]
I recently read the Ripley’s Believe It or Not portion of the daily newspaper and found this haunting fact. Did you know that the Overtoun Bridge in West Dunbartonshire, Scotland, is also known as Dog Suicide Bridge? The Overtoun Bridge is an arch bridge built back in 1859 and is part of the Overtoun estate. Somewhere between […]
To mark the Year of Natural Scotland and do their bit for Scottish tourism, a couple of Shetland ponies posed in wool cardigans created by local knitter Doreen Brown. That’s how we know ponies can be hipsters too.
Tipsy Tapsy is a film by artist Alastair Cook to accompany guitarist R M Hubbert’s track of the same name. The film was the winning entry for the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Ten Tracks Music Pictures Project 2011.
Lola Dupre is a collage artist from Glasgow, Scotland, who produces highly detailed and fractured collage art. Her work is made the old-fashioned way, with paper and scissors. Eye catching and contorted works cover almost every topic: browsing her site you can see celebrity portraits, animals, fashion editorials, political caricature and reworked classical art images.
Designed in 1989 by architect Charles Jencks, and open to the public for only one day a year, the eye-poppingly original Garden of Cosmic Speculation features gardens, bridges, sculptures, and architectural works, and was inspired by mathematics and science. [Photos below by Paulus Maximus]
Drawing from her experience as a printmaker (she was one half of Scotland-based printmaking duo Whitehaus), Cody Cochrane, now residing in her hometown of Toronto, makes amazingly layered and ornate paintings and murals that often incorporate Native American motifs with bizarre sexual humor.
Written during Olney’s Ph.D. in algorithmic algebraic geometry in Edinburgh, Scotland and Clark’s lost months of limbo and relocation from Los Angeles to Texas following the death of his father and grandfather, best friends Grant Olney and Barry DeBakey wrote the songs that would become their self-titled album with hints of Bryter Layter-era Nick Drake […]
Boasting perhaps the greatest band name on the planet, Scottish four-piece We Were Promised Jetpacks released their debut album, These Four Walls, on Pod Records [Inertia]. Standing alongside the likes of Frightened Rabbit, Glasvegas, and The Twilight Sad as leading figures in Scotland’s indie-rock renaissance, the band’s first full-length was recorded almost entirely live. We […]
Jo Gannon is a printmaker working out of Aberdeen, Scotland. Her work is drawing based, intricate and detailed: ‘I like to create surreal compositions’, she says, ‘exploring the subconcious and the free-flowing thoughts that run through the mind’.
We love the energy and raw power of Scottish rock group, Frightened Rabbit. So we checked in with frontman Scott Hutchison about their interesting, but relatively unheard of, hometown: What else outside of Frightened Rabbit should we know about Selkirk, Scotland? ‘It was the birthplace and home of Sir Walter Scott the romanticist writer, it has a few excellent delicacies such The Selkirk Bannock (essentially a fruit loaf, in a kind of dome shape), the Pink Bun (a bun with pink icing, available in Cameron’s bakery on the High Street). The annual town festival, known as the Common Riding, involves a dangerous combination of heavy drinking, horses and large flags. It’s such fun!’
There was a lot of fuss about former Arab Strap frontman Malcolm Middleton’s recent single, We’re All Going to Die, and the timing of its release around Christmas. We asked him if it was a publicity stunt, a reality check, a coincidence, or all three wrapped up into a two minute fifty slice of classic, introspective pop.
Vikings terrorized and dominated Britain for the better part of three centuries, so its not surprising that there’s a dearth of viking metal bands in the UK. What the Brits did have, however, were pirates — Alestorm are a Scottish Finntroll-style metal band that sings about treasure, wenches, and battle on the open seas. Next […]