The mystery of Overtoun Bridge, aka dog suicide bridge

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Trends on Wednesday 11 December 2013

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 […]

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Ponies in hipster cardigans

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By Low Lai Chow in New Fashion on Saturday 2 February 2013

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.

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Winning entry for the Edinburgh International Film Festival

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By Mark Cooper in New Film on Tuesday 17 January 2012

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.

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Paper and scissors collage art by Lola Dupre

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By Kepa in New Art on Saturday 24 December 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.

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Scotland’s Garden of Cosmic Speculation

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By Casper Johansson in Cool Travel on Monday 9 May 2011

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]

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Cody Cochrane

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By Gerry Mak in New Art on Friday 2 July 2010

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.

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Olney Clark

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By Casper Johansson in New Music on Monday 22 March 2010

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 […]

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We Were Promised Jetpacks Secret Playlist

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 16 December 2009

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 […]

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Jo Gannon

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By Zolton in New Art on Tuesday 4 November 2008

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’.

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Frightened Rabbit

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 13 August 2008

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!’

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Malcolm Middleton ticket giveaway

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By Zolton in New Prizes on Tuesday 6 May 2008

Hooray! Scottish troubadour Malcolm Middleton is touring Australia and we have double passes to his shows in Sydney [May 8], Melbourne [May 9] and Brisbane [May 10] to giveaway.

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Malcolm Middleton’s down to his last cigarettes

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By Zolton in New Music on Friday 2 May 2008

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.

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Alestorm

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By Gerry Mak in New Music on Monday 17 March 2008

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 […]

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Mark Bannerman

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By Jenn Porreca in New Art on Thursday 21 February 2008

When I first saw the art of Ray Caesar, I thought to myself no other digital artist could compare. Then recently, I’ve started coming across myriad digital artists who prove that this truly is an artform. Last week, for example, I fell in love with the work of Mark Bannerman. His work is rendered so […]

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Four Cigarettes

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By Zolton in New Music on Sunday 20 January 2008

Formerly of Arab Strap, Scottish songwriter Malcolm Middleton sings with all the integrity and smoky purity of someone who has spent way too much time puffing away in the back corner of a sketchy Dundee pub.

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