Soonds o the kirk and coort: early muisic in Scotland

Whither in Italy, Germany, France or England, muisic bi gate o coort and kirk wis floorishin aw ower Europe in the Renaissance and Baroque periods. But what o Scotland? Wis it aw juist bagpipes, reels and fowk sangs? I pat on my speirer’s bunnet and haed a bit leuk. Atween c1430 and c1750—a time that comprehends twa muisical eras scholars caws the Renaissance and Baroque periods—Europe’s kirks and royal coorts …

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Richt o sel-law as fundamental richt for democracy: The case o hauf-free decisions anent Catalonie

A feck o democratic Catalan politicians haes political captions agin them. The Spainish government is forfendin yet again the process o the Catalan pairlament. In October, it wis acause o the wanthirldom referendum. An nou it’s the jylin o politicians for political causes. They ar socht for ‘rebellion’ an ‘embezzlement’. The definition o ‘rebeliòn’ in the Spainish constitution actually haes specifically adae wi bangstrie, something that Puidgemont, Ponsati or ither …

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Fift declaration o a Catalan republic

On the 27t October 2017, the Catalonie government o Carlos Puidgemont declared wanthirldom as a republic. This is the fift time that the Catalonie government haes declared the existence o a Catalan republic. In this airticle, we can leuk at the weys the muivement haes been born, an reborn, an developit ower the hunneryears. The first declaration o Catalan wanthirldom wis in 1641 by Pau Claris, a priest that wis …

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Argie-bargie in politics

Whan fowk is discussin issues, the conversation whiles dwynes intae a wee stramash: ae side gies their thochtie on the thing, the ither says “naw, A think this ither thing,” an they juist rane their stances. An this is the mair-be-taiken whan it’s political issues. Whiles ye’r chancey tae even see fowk argollin for their position. An, whan this happens, fowk afttimes come awa fae it thinkin the same things …

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The First Minister’s Readin Challenge

Wha kent whit, an whan did they ken it? E’er syne they catcht auld Dick Nixon wi his lug tae the Watergate waw, oor politicians hae makkit a guid haundlin oot o the doctrine o plausible deniability, itherwise kent as the virtue o unexpectit ignorance. Knawledge, tae oor current crop o baby-kissers, is a volatile thing, ayeweys apt tae blaw up in yer face; an in fact is juist like …

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