Drawin o a humanoid pig
Jamie Smith

Animal Ferm: Chapter I

Mr Cameron, o the Kirklands Ferm, haed sneckit the hen-hooses for the nicht, but wis ower fou wi drink tae mind and steek the pop-holes. Wi the ring o licht frae his lantren jowin frae side tae side, he hytert athort the yaird, kickit aff his buits at the back door, haed ae last swallie frae the beer bowie ben the scullery, and stoitert up til his bed, whaur Mrs Cameron wis aaready snorin awa.

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Photae o Scottish laundscape
Jack Capener

This laund wis wrocht for you an me: hou the ootdoors community will benefit fae repeoplin

The anely aye-bidin thing in life is chynge. Thon’s a truism that the past year an a hauf haes made us aw a bittie ower famíliar wi, in weys baith guid an ill. But chynge raxes ayont the stramash o wir ain lifes forby, bein as deeply rootit in naitur as the things it touches, fae the blimmin o the yellae whins on the braes tae the broun hairst leafs …

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A screenshot o the Internal Mercat Bill wi a scream emoji ower it
Jamie Smith

The dingin doun o devolution

I laith politics. The leeing, the fechting, the pyntless Twitter tulzies. It’s no for me. But pairt o bein a guid cítizen is keepin ae ee, at least some o the time, on what’s gaun on in the seat(s) o pouer. History shaws that politícians canna be trustit and needs tae be hauden tae accoont. It’s in this spírit that I’d like tae scrieve a bit anent the UK government’s …

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Cobra!

Anent the Scots Wikipedia an Sunday’s editathon

Sae a thocht a’d gie ma pynt o view on aw ’is, an ’e story ahint whit caused iz tae stairt the editathon muivement an whit a hink anent the hale hing. On ’e 25t August 2020, a 4chan an Reddit post wis pit oot bi Ryan Dempsey, unner the uisername “Ultach”, fae Ulster, anent an American Wikipedia admin, whase name a willnae mention tae jouk thaim gittin ony mair …

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Covid-19 face mask grafitti
Thomas Clark

Scots an the smit: a language unner lockdoun

Frae here at ma desk ah can see richt doun ontae Hawick high street. It’s ten weeks noo syne ah left the hoose for ony ither reason than tae tak the bins oot, but ah get ma vicarious kicks in ither weys. A single loun ploddin throu the rain wi a Kwik Save cairier bag is a mystery ye could scry intae for decades. Cyclists swerve tae the opposite sides …

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Auld plague drawin
James McDonald

Brither Ringan’s bogie tale

Uisually, whan I write here on Mak Forrit it’s airticles that I’m writin, but this time, I hae a wee story for yese: The day is the twinty-fowert o Mairch, 1350. I masel, Brither Ringan, Benedictine monk at Dunfermline Abbey, am herein settin furth a bogie tale ootwi ma relígious duties. Whan we rose for nocturnes (wir nicht prayer), I wis haein a awfie frichtsome bogie tale o a dream. …

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Iona Fyfe by Elly Lucas
Iona Fyfe

Scots sangster Iona Fyfe’s lockdoun diary

It’s the ninth o Mairch, and I’v juist gaed affstage at a venue cried SALA BBK in Bilbao, Spain. I hae hauf o the neist day tae explore aa the airts and pairts o this Basque toun afore me and my band hae tae ging on a plane back tae Glesca via Amsterdam. It’s business as normal in Bilabao, and fowk ar nou gaun aboot their auld-farrent Monday mornin wey: …

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Beach o Manapany, Reunion Island
James McDonald

A owerview o Réunion Creole

Réunion Creole is a Creole leid that is spoken in Réunion, a island aff the East coast o Africae, in the Sooth-Wast o the Indian Ocean. It is the anerly leid specífic tae the island and is spoken bi mair nor 80 per cent o the indwallers, and is unnerstuid bi even mair. Creole is kent bi the feck o the population, but is for ordinar uised in ilkaday contexts, …

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Photae o a beukshelf plenished wi beuks anent Scots
Ashley Douglas

Scots: an ayebidin kist o Scotland aforesyne

Thochts anent the unique role o the Scots leid in Scotland’s bygane, and whit wey it haes a gey special role tae play in communicatin Scotland’s heritage the day. Scots is Scotland’s past Scots can niver be juist a medium throu which tae communicate Scotland’s past — for Scots is Scotland’s past. Hale centuries o Scottish history haes taen place in the Scots language; hunners o thoosands o Scots haes …

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Neep lantrens
Elizabeth Thoumire

Halloween

Ah hiv lang been thirlt tae the idea that keepin awa the ghaisties said tae flee aboot in the mirk on 31 October shuid be nae mair than a semple wee acknowledgement o the auld conventions; cairit oot in an aroond the hoose, on ae particlar nicht wi the bairns an faimily thegither. In ma ain young days, there warnae ony Halloween pairties ootwith o fowk’s hooses or on ither …

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Ben the debatin chaumer in the Scots Pairlament
Jack Capener

Uisin oor vyce: hou we can mak polítical action on Scots inevitable

There’s a Renaissance gaun on the nou. It’s in wir newspapers, it’s on wir social media, an it’s in wir heids. It’s a newfund confidence tae be wirsels an speak hou we want tae speak. The guid Scots tongue is finally stertin tae get its smeddum back. Leuk aroond ye, an whaur Scots micht hae been invísible in the past, it’s nou present, e’en tho it can aften seem anely …

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The warld’s first pie chairt: ‘Statistical Chairt shawin the Extent the Population & Revenues o the Principle Nations o Europe in the order o their Magnitude’
Jamie Smith

William Playfair: faither o data visualisation

Ye could say that the Scots gied us the modren warld. The television, telephone, penicillin, logarithms, the first practical radar system and steam engine, free mercat economic theory — inventions or discoveries aw creditit tae Scots. It’s awmaist embarrassin. But maist fowk likely disna ken that the inventor o the time-series line graph, bar chairt and pie chairt wis a Scot an-aw. The graphs sae kenspeckle in economics, science and business the …

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