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The English Game

This is a little different from my usual topics, but it still involves history. I confess I am a football fan or soccer, as it is called in the U.S. The sport is not one I was familiar with growing up, as I lived in the Midwest, and it was not something anyone played back …

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May Day Celebrations

Sunday was the first of May, and our village returned to its annual May-Day festival after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic. Situated on the square as we are, it was practically in our front yard. These days, it is full of beer and bratwurst, but there was dancing around the maypole in the …

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Mackintosh and More

Well, to wrap up the Scottish this month, I decided to follow the pattern from last month and finish with well-known Scottish artists. As with the Irish, I sadly lack knowledge here. I almost changed the topic but decided I should learn something about them. Charles Rennie Mackintosh has always been a favorite of mine. …

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Scots Wha Hae

Continuing with the Scottish theme this month, I am thrilled with this week’s topic; Scottish authors. Many of my beloved favorite writers are on the list. So, in chronological order, let’s dig in. William Dunbar (1459-1520) The oldest name I found, Dunbar was a poet working in the court of King James. His works were …

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Wha’s Like Us?

Welcome to the next installment for Scottish Month. The Scots have long been known for their discoveries and innovations. I googled Scottish inventions, and when I copied the list from just one website, it was ten pages long… So, this week, I am injecting a bit of humor into my look at items invented by …

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