Sunday, April 19, 2015 Today's Featured Post

How to stop election leaflets

You might have noticed in the current election campaign a new type of political leafleting: mail that is addressed to you personally, using your details from the voters’ roll. If you [...]
Story of a granite marker

Story of a granite marker

If ever you have travelled the B9119 road from Echt to Tarland, Aberdeenshire, you might have noticed a pink-granite cross on a lonely spot by the side of the road, just before the summit and the slow descent to the Howe of Cromar. There is a sad tale to tell. The cross marks the spot where a promising […]

Minister's advice to young husband

Minister’s advice to young husband

Some time ago, I mentioned “The Nor’ East”, a 1919 book of humorous anecdotes by the Rev. W.S. Bruce, a Church of Scotland minister who travelled Aberdeenshire, Banffshire and Kincardine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Mr Bruce decided to set down some of the amusing tales and sayings he came across in his time ministering […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 77

Spik Doric : Lesson 77

Hyter. Intransitive verb. To stumble, trip. Rhymes with lighter. You know that moment when you are walking along a pavement and suddenly you trip, catch your balance, then look round to see which uneven paving slab made you stumble? Congratulations; you have just hytered. In Doric, we hyter for any number of reasons: an uneven surface, […]

Dangers of the solar eclipse

Dangers of the solar eclipse

Did you enjoy the solar eclipse? We were lucky enough for all the morning haze and cloud to clear 20 minutes before the show started and had the perfect view. This is more than can be said for many school pupils throughout northern Scotland. I hear from several sources that under-18s in many schools were outraged not […]

Lumphanan in the 1950s

Lumphanan in the 1950s

It is difficult to date this picture of Lumphanan. My thoughts tend to the 1950s because, although it is difficult for you to see at the resolution which is possible on a web page, there is a train of goods wagons stopped at Lumphanan Station in the bottom right of the picture. That dates the […]

Paying the price of oil troubles

Paying the price of oil troubles

My grandmother, who died in 1965 a week before my eighth birthday, had two financial sayings which gave away her North-east Scottish roots. The first, which I remember her telling me, was: “Buy cheap, buy dear.” By that, she meant that buying the cheapest possible goods of any sort would be a poorer investment in the […]

Spik Doric : Lesson 76

Spik Doric : Lesson 76

Bigg. Verb. To build. Pronounced exactly the same as “big”. Not so long ago, a reader got in touch to ask if I knew anything of the origin of the Doric word “bigg”. Was it restricted to a particular part of Scotland or was it more widespread? What could the roots be? Most of you […]

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