Oddly Enough

The Stone circles of Machrie Moor and The Strange Legend of Finn MacCumhail

Posted by on October 23, 2015 at 6:32 pm

Especially for Bikers There is a circular road all round the island – the A841 which is a pleasure to ride. However, it is worth taking a road known as “The String,” the B880, from Brodrick House and Country Park to Blackwaterfoot in the south west of the island. This road is extremely scenic and […]

Dead Man’s Fingers: A Weird and Wonderful Fungus

Posted by on June 2, 2015 at 11:41 am

In one small area of Crombie Country Park, alone, we discovered many species of fungi. One of these was called ‘Dead Man’s Fingers.’ On looking at this particular specimen it was easy to understand how it had acquired this name. It looks quite macabre!

Duns Scotus and the Schoolmen: Origin of the word ‘Dunce’

Posted by on August 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm

So, what is the origin of the word’ dunce?’ Before labelling someone thus, check the meaning! The person for whom it was originally intended was Duns Scotus a brilliant theologian and philosopher, who lived at the endo of the 13th century and into the early years of the 14th century, very turbulent times.

Sluggish or not so Sluggish! The Active Slugs of the Gers!

Posted by on October 24, 2013 at 6:54 pm

Orange slugs (arion rufus) in SW France: Le Lac st du Laurent

Captain Harry Flashman! Pilot to the Port of Bangkok

Posted by on July 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

The real Captain/Pilot Harry Flashman: Port of Bangkok: Singapore Pilotage: Captain Harry Flashman’s women: Marriages:

Wild Eric & The Fairy Godda: Long Mynd: Shropshire

Posted by on May 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm

The Long Mynd is wild and atmospheric.  No wonder  it has a beautiful yet poignant legend attached to it.  The Legend of Eric the Wild begins with the Battle of Hastings 1066.  William the Conqueror had successfully invaded England.  He brutally  set about subduing the population, many of whom, including Eric, a Saxon Lord of the Manor […]

The Rude Man or The Cerne Abbas Giant: Dorset

Posted by on February 24, 2012 at 4:28 pm

The Rude Man or the Cerne Abbas Giant: Dorset: Danish giant decapitated: Roman-British Hercules? Parody of Oliver Cromwell?

Samuel Johnston: The Dundonian Who Refused to be President!

Posted by on February 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Samuel Johnston 1733-1816: North Carolina Senate & General Assembly: refused the job of becoming President of the United States of Congress Assembled: lawyer: plantation owner.

Pagans, Imbolc, and Christian Candlemas: The Birth of Spring!

Posted by on February 5, 2012 at 10:31 pm

Imbolc a pagan festival of light celebrated 1st February each year. Candlemas, a Christian festival celebrated 2nd February each year. The story of Persphone and her rise from the underworld symbolising the rise of spring, rebirth, life and fertility.

Pulteney Whisky, a Bridge, a Lighthouse and a Wealthy Baronet

Posted by on January 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Sir William Pulteney: City and bridge of Bath: Wick & Pulteneytown and distillery: Thomas Telford: Bell Rock lighthouse: American ladn purchases: Robert Adam