Scotland – Should I stay or should I go now?

In the beginning, England and Scotland were not only separate, they were frequently at war. Ever since that fateful day in 1707 when the two countries got together and formed a single country, Scotland has been part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Today’s referendum vote, which has been in the works for almost two and one-half years, offers Scotland the chance to break free from Great Britain and gain its independence.

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TARDIS' discovered on the streets of Glasgow

In 1963, when Doctor Who began, hundreds of blue police phone boxes were scattered all over the UK. They served a very important purpose in the days before the Internet and smartphones (I know, just after the Ice Age). Inside these iconic blue boxes were actual telephones in which passers-by could alert the police if […]

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More Case Histories in 2013. Life is good.

Without question, the recent talk-of-the-nation gems from PBS’ Masterpiece series have been Downton Abbey and Sherlock. One short 3-part series that flew under the Downton/Sherlock radar, however, has gained quite a following since its premiere back in 2011. Case Histories, adapted from the brilliant mind palace of Kate Atkinson, features Jackson Brodie, a private investigator […]

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Happy Hogmanay! Be safe, Edinburgh.

As we wind down 2012, it’s time for celebration in Scotland. Hogmanay, the Scottish word for the last day of the year is synonymous with the welcoming of the New Year. All across Scotland, revelers celebrate Hogmanay in a huge way with spectacular fireworks, A-list concerts, carnivals, and parades. “Scotland has always been known as […]

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Case Histories – New PBS Masterpiece tonight!

There’s a new sheriff in the PBS Masterpiece town. Actually, depending on who you talk to, there’s either a maverick ex-cop or a private investigator in town. In either case, he goes by the name of Jackson Brodie and is played brilliantly by Jason Isaacs. Isaacs, who’s most recent gig was as Lucius Malfoy in […]

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Doctor Who v. Harris Tweed….the horror of it all

Who would have ever bet money that, in the 21st century, there would be an uproar involving the classic 60’s Harris Tweed manufacturer and the longest running science fiction series either side of the pond. If you didn’t, you should have. We all remember the recent resurgence of Harris Tweed when, back in 2009, the […]

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Gandalf, M and Agent Scully vs. Zombies

Brace yourself, Scotland, this is just going to be more fun than the law allows. Sir Ian McKellen (X-Men, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit), Dame Judi Dench (Casino Royale, Bond 23), Gillian Anderson (X-Files) and Mark Williams (Harry Potter) will invade your space later this year turning Scotland into 18th century England. Matthew Butler […]

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