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BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?

Jack Campin 03 Mar 10 - 07:31 PM
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Bert 01 Mar 10 - 10:41 PM
Gurney 01 Mar 10 - 09:25 PM
Jack Campin 01 Mar 10 - 08:21 AM
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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:31 PM

Hadrian's Wall wasn't built till much later, and Fortingall is far north of it. A quick google will tell you the story.

Let's hear it for Scotland's contribution to visual art: the Holyrood royal portrait gallery and the Singing Butler.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: gnu
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 07:15 PM

Yup... he was in the squadron of fallen archers and snuck over the wall an him an his Daddy made off an got ta go on ta make proper boots fer tha Roamens sos they could walk leagueons on their conquests.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Allen in Oz
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:50 PM

I could be wrong ( I was once ) but I have heard that Pontius Pilate was born in Scotland...his father was a soldier at Hadrian's Wall apparently.

Any confirmation of this rumour ?

AD


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: The Villan
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:27 PM

Send em back. They have bankrupted England.

That will teach us for stealing their oil.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:25 PM

They did stay north of the border.......until Blair and Brown that is....

Don T.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 06:02 PM

The Scots beat hell out of the invading English on a few occasions. I think that deserves some measure of gratitude from the world at large. ;-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: robomatic
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 05:46 PM

Not to mention John Napier, Baron of Merchiston, who first propounded the discovery of 'logarithms', which has great significance to our forum here, for who amongst us has not had great need to 'log-a-rhythm' now and then?


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: robomatic
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 05:38 PM

I thought the Scots gave us breakfast


The most important meal of the day.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Doc John
Date: 03 Mar 10 - 12:21 PM

Isla StClair
Haggis
Maxwell's equations
Midges
The Broons
Oor Willie
Dandy and Beano
Red Hair
John Smith (we got Bliar instead)
Christine Kidd
Rory & Alex McEwan
Jimmy Miller's new name
Iron Brew


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 12:22 PM

Lorne Sausage


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Abdul The Bul Bul
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 09:55 AM

I thought for a mo I was gonna get to the end without ANYONE MENTIONING WHISKY! Blimey, it was my first thought and they can keep all the rest.
Wheres me bottle?
Al


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 02 Mar 10 - 04:39 AM

Caboc
Arbroath Smokies
Plain loaf
Aberdeen Butteries
Jethart Snails
Hawick Balls
Berwick Cockles
McCowans Toffee
Irn Bru
Ayrshire Bacon
Edinburgh Rock
Munros
Corbetts
Lanark Blue
Belhaven Export
Caol Isla
Hamish Henderson
Dolly Varden


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 10:44 PM

Invented finnan haddie.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Bert
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 10:41 PM

Lewis chessmen Great one Sugarfoot.

On a personal note there was this Boilermaker named Dick Ferrie who taught me an awful lot about my trade.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Gurney
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 09:25 PM

Pontius Pilate, Jack? Who does he fly for?


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:21 AM

Tennent's Lager Lovelies


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:14 AM

I'll drink to that - slainte mhor!


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: A Wandering Minstrel
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 08:11 AM

The excellent produce of the 12 men o' Tain


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 07:56 AM

Pontius Pilate
The Alexander Brothers


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Stu
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 07:05 AM

Fish, the brilliant singer/songerwriter not the wet flappy things wot live in the sea.

The Isle of Lewis chessmen.

The Orkney Islands.

The Scottish Whelks sold in my local fishmongers.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 05:52 AM

To distinguish it from Irish. The earliest known Scottish languages were British and the Pictish languages.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Davetnova
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 05:10 AM

One that always intrigues me is that English was the official language of the Scottish court a hundred years before it became the official language of England.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 05:01 AM

Ye Krankies



But, sadly, not Ye Chuckle Bros


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton
Date: 01 Mar 10 - 04:29 AM

Curling......at the edges.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:21 PM

Well, to be truthful, the first Zamboni was named after a scotsman.
It was called MacHinery.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:17 PM

"We invented ice-hockey. First recorded game was on the Forth, 1607"


and, to clean off the ice in that the first 1607 hockey game, they used a Zamboni, pulled by a sheep.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:11 PM

We invented ice-hockey. First recorded game was on the Forth, 1607.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 05:10 PM

All the best people have Cap'n


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: kendall
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 04:38 PM

Wrong again. I love mudcat; for one thing, I enjoy learning and that happens every day here. Thanks for the correction; don't know how I came to that conclusion. In any case, he probably had Scottish friends!


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Tangledwood
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 04:37 PM

They gave us deep fried Mars Bars and battered and fried pizzas.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Rowan
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 04:12 PM

I believe it was a Scot who invented the chronometer. Up until his time they had no idea about longitude.

The latter statement is not quite true. John gave the good oil on Harrison's invention of the chronometer but it was "only" a more accurate method of measuring time. Until then, the most accurate measurement of time, available at sea, required rather abstruse astronomical calculations; they were used to calculate longitude, about which they had very good ideas but inadequate technology.

Penicillin. Sir Alexander Fleming.

Also only partly true. Fleming's 1929 paper identified penicillin as antibiotic in vitro but he was unable to extract it. It was four years of work (from 1939 on) by Florey's team (including Chain and Heatley) that got it to the stage where it could be used.

Fleming, Florey and Chain got the Nobel, while Heatley (who invented the deep fermentation process used to produce it in bulk) got Oxford's first Honorary Doctorate in Medicine. "Without Fleming there'd be no Chain, without Chain there'd be no Florey, without Florey there'd be no Heatley and without Heatley there'd be no penicillin."

Cheers, Rowan


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: gnu
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 03:56 PM

Yeah, Dave... yer just gelatinous... yeeccchhh!


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: The Villan
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 03:33 PM

Midges. Newver drop yur trousers in the middle of a forest up there.

Quote
Gordon Brown
End of quote

Well you can have that twat back today.

They allowed us to nick their best beef and oil :-)


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 03:22 PM

Hey gnu, you're just jealous.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 03:03 PM

Rab C Nesbitt.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: alanabit
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 02:50 PM

Penicillin. Sir Alexander Fleming.
I also believe that the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes was an Edinburgh doctor.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: bobad
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 02:47 PM

Bruce Murdoch


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From: GUEST,Jimmy
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 02:33 PM

Jimmy Shand


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: gnu
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 02:23 PM

HAGGIS! The bastards!


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 12:35 PM

Susan Boyle


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 11:28 AM

Of course Gordon Brown was a great 2nd row for Scotland and the Lions. Greatly missed when he died.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 11:27 AM

Blair - a battlefield (Gaelic)


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Gutcher
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 11:24 AM

BLATR??

    If a RAT be born in a stable that does not make it a

    horse.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: MAG
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 11:24 AM

a buncha ancestors for me, too --


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Will Fly
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 11:09 AM

Oor Wullie and the Broons. D.C. Thompson comics. One set of great-great-grandparents for me and a Glaswegian primary school education...


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 10:06 AM

Sir Alexander MacKenzie

Alexander MacKenzie

Sir Wiiliam Lyon MacKenzie

ok, I'm cheating. I've already nominated them as three great Canadians.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 09:21 AM

But could you PLEASE repatriate Lorraine Kelly!


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 09:20 AM

On the plus side they did produce Bon Scott and Angus Young...


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Terry McDonald
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:56 AM

Robin Hall and Jimmy MacGregor, whose appearance each evening on the Tonight programme gave me and my musical partners the basis of our original repertoire.


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Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 28 Feb 10 - 08:42 AM

John Harrison (1693-1776)

The longitude problem was eventually solved by a working class joiner from Lincolnshire with little formal education. John Harrison took on the scientific and academic establishment of his time and won the longitude prize through extraordinary mechanical insight, talent and determination.

Harrison was born in Foulby, near Wakefield, in Yorkshire in 1693 but his family moved to Barrow, in Lincolnshire, when he was quite young. His father was a carpenter and John followed in the family trade. He built his first longcase clock in 1713, at the age of 20. The mechanism was made entirely from wood, which was not a curious choice of material for a joiner. Three of Harrison's early wooden clocks have survived; the first (1713) is in London, at the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers' Collection in Guildhall;. the second (1715), is in the Science Museum; the third (1717) is at Nostell Priory in Yorkshire.


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