31 October 2001
My favourite quote at present:
“Character, in the long run, is the decisive factor in the life of an individual and of nations alike.” – Theodore Roosevelt
In some year, I don’t know when, but definitely quite a long time ago indeed, Scotland became part of England. This might have had something to do with King James. Anyway, the point is, Scotland didn’t exist properly for quite a long time. Throughout this whole period of not existing the Scots whined and whined about their situation until, in 1997, Scotland got given its own parliament by Tony Blair. Ripper. Scotland, as an almost-country, also has its own cricket team, soccer team and soft drink that tastes remarkably like Creamy Soda despite being bright orange.
So, that’s Scotland. The following are stories that have recently appeared on the front page of the the BBC’s page of Scottish news. They are impeccably newsworthy all.
William’s university fails quiz challenge
“The Scottish university won the contest in 1983 and a university spokeswoman said this year’s performance was no reflection of the future prospects of the team members.”
Asian market cheers whisky producers
“Taking this into account, they said a more representative figure would be that from June 2000 to June 2001, which puts volume up 8% and value up 6%.”
Irish played ‘major role’ in Scotland
“A leading historian has claimed that the Irish made a far greater contribution to Scottish society than they have been given credit for.”
University counts cost of fire damage
“Professor Sir Graeme Davies said that a substantial amount of research had been lost in the fire. But he stressed that students’ work will not be adversely affected.”
Ads boost for Scotch beef
“Quality Meat Scotland, the body which promotes beef, lamb and pork, says the campaign is needed as sales have continued to fall despite the excellent reputation of Scottish meat.”
McLeish reveals report card trauma
“Henry McLeish has revealed that an unfavourable report card from school marked a major turning point in his life.”
(To make sense of some of the stories you need to know that Henry McLeish is the First Minister of Scotland.)
P.S. I do love Scotland dearly. The reason I am occasionally reading Scottish news stories is that I want to go live in Edinburgh next year. Scotland really does have character; it’s those interfering southerners at the BBC who make it seem not so.
P.P.S. For good Scottish reading, visit Nine.