Anyone who watched the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow on 23 July 2014 was left in no doubt whatsoever that the host nation was Scotland! I do wonder, however, what people from overseas made of the dancing tea cakes, while Scots all over the world were salivating at the very thought of these old favourites. Did you even get the reference?
Today, 24 June 2014, marks the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn. Just as Hastings in 1066 is etched into the brains of all Englishmen, so Bannockburn is etched into the hearts of all Scotsmen. This was the Battle at which Robert the Bruce led the Scots to victory against King Edward II of England – “proud Edward’s army, and sent him homeward tae think again” – completing the campaign started by William Wallace – he of “Braveheart” fame. Continue reading
Today was the Helensburgh Bicentenary Pipe Band Championships in Hermitage Park and the Highland Dance Championship in Victoria Halls. Continue reading