Topic: Scotland

The Wild Haggis: Fact or fiction?

Scotland: Is the Wild Haggis fact or fiction?

6.06.2016

Bringing down the rare Haggis scotticus – the Wild Haggis – to secure the next traditional Haggis meal – requires utmost agility and perseverance by human persecutors equipped with equally-measured lower extremities. One must know that Wild Haggii vary in characteristics and that it is two different genera who roam steep mountainous or rough highlandish terrain. In both cases the legs on their left are different in length from the ones on their right – and vice versa. Either way, their wondrous physique allows them to swiftly climb and scuttle around their regular habitat unperturbed by topographical challenges, albeit in one single direction only: Wild Haggii featuring longer legs on the left, move around clockwise, whereas the ones relying on extended limbs on their right, will logically proceed counter-clockwise. A refined GPS system usually prevents painful head-on collisions and all Haggii, limbed in whichever fashion, are said to lead a fairly peaceful coexistence.

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Historic vehicles on display in Glasgow.

Down by the Riverside: Glasgow’s Museum of Transport and Travel

13.07.2015

Whenever a building has been designed by Iraqi-born star architect Zaha Hadid, it is destined to become an award-winning landmark that attracts maximum attention. The Riverside Museum, Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel set on the north bank of the River Clyde in Glasgow, profits from a combined power: the magnetism exerted by a contemporary architectural shell of attested refinement and the veteran exhibits restored to enchant present and future crowds. The Riverside accommodates more than 3,000 objects that profoundly document the city’s transportation-linked past – maritime and otherwise.

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Scottish Ceilidh dancers at the height of their frolicsome performance.

Scotch Whisky: Sharing with Angels

20.11.2013

Proper spelling first: Scotch whisky has no e between the k and the y! But if there is an e wedged between the k and the y, the respective whiskey variety usually originates from Ireland, the United States or even from far-away Japan. Whereas wiskey or wisky clearly derive from nowhere, except perhaps from the brains of committed non-whisky-drinkers or those battling with the effects of over-indulgence. The popular spirit’s name, by the way, was simplified in the course of history from the Gaelic Uisge Beatha – meaning water of life – to Whiskybae and finally to Whisky.

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Dolly was the first in-vitro sheep ever.

Schottland: Hello, Dolly!

25.09.2013

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Diese Schotten! Der Klischees gäbe es mehr als genug: Schotten sind geizig, essen unansehnliches Haggis, trinken Unmengen Whisky und pfeifen unaufhörlich auf dem Dudelsack. Sie gehen nicht ohne Golfschläger aus dem Haus, tragen kratzige Pullover und karierte Faltenröcke, treffen sich in Clans in Glens, tanzen den ganzen Tag Ceilidh [kay-lee] und werfen im Hochland mit Baumstämmen oder Gummistiefeln um sich. Außerdem ist ihr Glaube an hinterhältige Gespenster und an ein einem Dinosaurier ähnelndes Untier in einem tiefen Loch unausrottbar!

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