History UsefulNotes / Scotland

3rd Sep '16 6:52:34 AM Morgenthaler
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*** For anyone confused and wondering, Scotland's ''first'' national drink is of course '''Whisky''' of which there are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distilleries_in_Scotland huge amounts of types, brands, varieties, labels, and distilleries]][[note]]this is due to something of a renaissance in micro-brewing in the last decade or so. Some of these small operations will only brew one label on a very limited run before closing again, or change varieties and brewing methods with each casking[[/note]]. Tasting them all and debating which is best is the work of a lifetime, so is debating exactly how many there are and which type is which for that matter. One which definitely isn't, is [[SpellMyNameWithAnS whiskey with an "e"]], which is Irish.[[note]]And [[CuisinesInAmerica American]], while "whisky" (no "e") is also Canadian. The distinction makes sense: the American frontier distillers who developed American whiskey were historically Ulster Scots--like most distillers in 19th-century Ireland--while Canadian ones were Scots from Scotland. While the American and Canadian styles of whisk(e)y were adapted for new grains in the New World--maize and rye (particularly rye in Canada)--the similarities between Irish and American whiskey and Scottish and Canadian whisky, respectively, remain clear to the attentive drinker. Not to say that any one of these is better than Scotch...[[/note]] Getting that wrong can also be a debate that will last a lifetime, ([[ViolentGlaswegian but also less than half an hour]]) if uttered in the wrong place.

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*** For anyone confused and wondering, Scotland's ''first'' national drink is of course '''Whisky''' of which there are [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_distilleries_in_Scotland huge amounts of types, brands, varieties, labels, and distilleries]][[note]]this is due to something of a renaissance in micro-brewing in the last decade or so. Some of these small operations will only brew one label on a very limited run before closing again, or change varieties and brewing methods with each casking[[/note]]. Tasting them all and debating which is best is the work of a lifetime, so is debating exactly how many there are and which type is which for that matter. One which definitely isn't, is [[SpellMyNameWithAnS whiskey with an "e"]], which is Irish.[[note]]And [[CuisinesInAmerica [[UsefulNotes/CuisinesInAmerica American]], while "whisky" (no "e") is also Canadian. The distinction makes sense: the American frontier distillers who developed American whiskey were historically Ulster Scots--like most distillers in 19th-century Ireland--while Canadian ones were Scots from Scotland. While the American and Canadian styles of whisk(e)y were adapted for new grains in the New World--maize and rye (particularly rye in Canada)--the similarities between Irish and American whiskey and Scottish and Canadian whisky, respectively, remain clear to the attentive drinker. Not to say that any one of these is better than Scotch...[[/note]] Getting that wrong can also be a debate that will last a lifetime, ([[ViolentGlaswegian but also less than half an hour]]) if uttered in the wrong place.
25th Aug '16 2:53:09 AM CrypticMirror
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* ComicStrip/AngusOg: A strip that ran in the "Daily Record" tabloid until 1989 dealing with the wacky hijinks of crofting community in the Outer Hebrides.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': Nero is visited by a traditional Scot in the album "Mr. Nobody".
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* ''ComicStrip/{{Nero}}'': Nero is visited by a traditional Scot in the album "Mr. Nobody".
22nd Aug '16 12:44:25 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' had Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Chief Engineer of [[CoolShip the starship]] ''[[CoolShip Enterprise]]'', and arguably the most famous fictional Scotsman, [[FakeNationality as played by a Canadian]]. And not even a Scottish-Canadian (who, as noted above, are plentiful), but an ''[[{{Scotireland}} Irish]]''-Canadian. Nonetheless, despite the [[BritishAccents very fake accent]], both character and [[JamesDoohan actor]] are [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales fondly regarded by actual Scots]], largely because the character is a personification of all the positive stereotypical traits associated with Scotland (ingenuity, work ethic, boisterousness, loyalty, pride in both his work and his homeland, and ability to hold his liquor) and is portrayed with just the right combination of lightheartedness and gravitas.

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* ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries Star Trek]]'' had Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery "Scotty" Scott, Chief Engineer of [[CoolShip the starship]] ''[[CoolShip Enterprise]]'', and arguably the most famous fictional Scotsman, [[FakeNationality as played by a Canadian]]. And not even a Scottish-Canadian (who, as noted above, are plentiful), but an ''[[{{Scotireland}} Irish]]''-Canadian. Nonetheless, despite the [[BritishAccents very fake accent]], both character and [[JamesDoohan [[Creator/JamesDoohan actor]] are [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales fondly regarded by actual Scots]], largely because the character is a personification of all the positive stereotypical traits associated with Scotland (ingenuity, work ethic, boisterousness, loyalty, pride in both his work and his homeland, and ability to hold his liquor) and is portrayed with just the right combination of lightheartedness and gravitas.
2nd Aug '16 3:53:33 PM StarSword
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* Music/BrianMcNeill is from Falkirk, and many of his songs are historical ballads dealing with Scottish history and culture (including his '09 album ''The Baltic tae Byzantium'' in its entirety).
23rd Jun '16 2:56:56 AM AirofMystery
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Oh, and the Scots will take the piss out of just about anything. When England or America get hit by a Hurricane, they will give it a formal name. In Scotland? It will get named ''"Hurricane Bawbag"''. No. Really, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Bawbag We're not joking here.]]

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Oh, and the Scots will take the piss out of just about anything. When England or America get hit by a Hurricane, they will give it a formal name. In Scotland? It will get named ''"Hurricane Bawbag"''. [[note]]'Bawbag' being Scots English for 'scrotum'.[[/note]] No. Really, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurricane_Bawbag We're not joking here.]]
14th Jun '16 8:09:29 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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->''[[http://www.cracked.com/article/79_the-5-most-embarrassing-failures-in-history-terrorism_p2/ Because it's Scotland, and they still build fucking men up there]].''
-->--'''Website/{{Cracked}}'''
14th Jun '16 1:51:03 AM 06tele
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**** Craft beers are increasingly Serious Business in Scotland, with younger drinkers in particular growing tired of the heavier, sweeter ales preferred by the older generation. The aforementioned Brew Dog is the most notorious of Scotland's craft brewers, especially for its questionable marketing techniques.[[note]]One campaign featured the owners of the company dressed in drag, posing in a neon-lit window in the manner of sex workers, with a sign saying "Don't make us do this"; this was widely perceived as being offensive to LGBT people, as well as sex workers.[[/note]]
14th Jun '16 1:39:22 AM 06tele
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* The '''Scotch Egg''', a hard-boiled egg that has been de-shelled, wrapped in sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs, and--[[RunningGag yes]]--deep-fried. Contrary to popular belief, the Scotch Egg was actually invented in Victorian London, and the etymology is unconnected to Scotland.

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* The '''Scotch Egg''', a hard-boiled egg that has been de-shelled, wrapped in sausage meat, rolled in breadcrumbs, and--[[RunningGag yes]]--deep-fried. Contrary to popular belief, the Scotch Egg was actually invented in Victorian London, and the etymology is unconnected to Scotland.[[note]]The Scotch Egg is associated in British popular culture with a certain kind of stolid, schlubby masculinity, being the favourite food of the acccountant Keith in ''Series/TheOfficeUK''. This is perhaps because they're usually sold in supermarkets and eaten cold, in which condition they taste boring but reassuring. Heaten up or served fresh, they are crispier and tastier. Reheating them also has the effect of causing the sausage meat to lose some of its fat, making them ''marginally'' less bad for you.[[/note]]
14th Jun '16 1:30:51 AM 06tele
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** The '''Macaroni Pie''' variant comes as a particular shock to tourists, who often find it difficult to wrap their heads around the idea.

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** The '''Macaroni Pie''' variant comes as a particular shock to tourists, who often find it difficult to wrap their heads around the idea.[[note]]Yes, it's macaroni cheese, inside a pie. By comparison, Haggis (which contains protein, minerals and whole grains) is ''health food''.[[/note]]
14th Jun '16 1:29:04 AM 06tele
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* '''Scotch Pies''': a Scottish institution even more than the 'White Pudding Supper'. If they went away, what would the football fans eat instead? It doesn't bear thinking about.

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* '''Scotch Pies''': a Scottish institution even more than the 'White Pudding Supper'. [[note]]Descriptions of what goes into a Scotch Pie are not readily available, because if people knew what goes into them, they probably wouldn't eat them. It's a ball of heavily-seasoned cooked mince held together with filler, inside a deep-fried pastry case: the Glasgow writer Tom Leonard accurately characterised it as a 'peppery little stodge-bomb'. Not to be confused with the classier variant, also available in takeaways, the Steak Pie, which is cooked steak in a rich gravy, also inside a pastry case. Much tastier, slightly more expensive, not as 'street'.[[/note]] If they went away, what would the football fans eat instead? It doesn't bear thinking about.
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