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BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?

27 Feb 10 - 07:15 PM (#2851908)
Subject: BS: What did the Scotland ever do for us?
From: Ed T

Outside of recreation persuits, like scotch, plad skirts, a queen called Mary, Haggas, curling and golf.


27 Feb 10 - 07:30 PM (#2851925)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy

They gave us unintelligible TV presenters!


27 Feb 10 - 07:33 PM (#2851927)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton

Page 1 of 3,000,097.

Anaesthetics
Beta-blockers
Bicycles
Cash credit
Colour photography
Cotton-reel threads
Continuous electric light
Criminal finger-printing
Decimal points
Fax machines
Financial services by telephone
Fountain pens
Electro-magnetism
Hollow pipe drainage
Hypodermic syringes
Insulin
Kaleidoscopes
Lime cordial
Motor insurance
Noble gases
Paraffin
Postage stamps
Quinine
Radar
Reflecting telescopes
Retail banking
Savings banks
Tarmac
Ultrasound scanners
Universal standard time
Vacuum flasks
Waterproof mackintoshes
Wave-powered electricity generators
Folk Music.... :0)


27 Feb 10 - 07:34 PM (#2851928)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

Legitimised the Mediaeval English monarchy on several occasions.

Brought Christianity to the Northern British and English.

Invented macadamised roads, macintoshes, telephones, televisions etc.

Taught the English how to play Association and Rugby Football.

Gave the Hannoverian army practice at fighting against armies who wouldn't stand still and let themselves be shot at.

Founded the Bank of England.


27 Feb 10 - 07:36 PM (#2851931)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton

Good man yersell Jock....stick it up them!!:0)


27 Feb 10 - 07:39 PM (#2851939)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton

Paco....as opposed tae unintelligent English wans?


27 Feb 10 - 07:42 PM (#2851942)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

We're assuming, possibility without justification, that the "us" in the thread title is the Anglo-Saxons. Maybe it's the Ferengi.


27 Feb 10 - 07:44 PM (#2851943)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

Insulin?
And , I thought it was a Canadian invention....never woulda thunk it.

Folk music...wasn't that more of an Irish thing?   Maybe t'wasan't?


27 Feb 10 - 07:47 PM (#2851944)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

Anaesthetics ....well I already listed scotch.

Cash Credit, I thought the Scots liked to keep their money?


27 Feb 10 - 07:50 PM (#2851946)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

macintoshes, you mean the apples?


27 Feb 10 - 07:58 PM (#2851952)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Devon

They showed us that passionate cultural nationalism allied with inclusive eurocentric politics can win votes, and can win friends, and can inspire others to think about maybe going after the same goal ...


27 Feb 10 - 08:12 PM (#2851960)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

How about inventing an actual use for fog lights?


27 Feb 10 - 08:26 PM (#2851965)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton

"They showed us that passionate cultural nationalism allied with inclusive eurocentric politics can win votes, and can win friends, and can inspire others to think about maybe going after the same goal ... "

Dunno' aboot that wan!...eh Jock?


27 Feb 10 - 08:39 PM (#2851971)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin

Fascism (thanks to Carlyle)

Pearl Harbor (thanks to Thomas Glover helping Japanese industrialization)

Institutional torture in East Africa and the Persian Gulf (Ian Henderson in Kenya and Bahrain)

One of the UK's leading mass murderers (Thomas Hamilton) and two of its leading serial killers (Dennis Nilsen and Ian Brady)

Dubya's favourite catamite Tony Blair


27 Feb 10 - 08:43 PM (#2851973)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Devon

For the neutral - an intriguing (and often tragic) annual rugby encounter between the Scots and the Italians.


27 Feb 10 - 09:02 PM (#2851978)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: freda underhill

Napoleon was a Scot


27 Feb 10 - 09:24 PM (#2851989)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ebbie

And the bagpipes. Although Mick Moloney says that the pipes were invented by the Irish and given by them to the Scots. As a joke. It was a joke.. lol


27 Feb 10 - 09:40 PM (#2851993)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Rapparee

I thought the Scotti WERE Irish....


27 Feb 10 - 09:52 PM (#2851995)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Gurney

Motor vehicle tyres.

They're also pretty good at spelling English AND dialect English, unlike Ed T.


27 Feb 10 - 10:02 PM (#2852003)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: 3refs

As a Canadian, we'll start with our first Prime Minister and just go from there!
The countless frustrations, the tens of thousands of dollars spent, the countless hours spent travelling, the hangovers and lets not forget the odd wild animal or two! I don't think I'll ever forgive them for "GOLF"!


27 Feb 10 - 10:28 PM (#2852014)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: katlaughing

Craig Ferguson! And, Sean Connery!

And, various great-grandparents and farther back, of my family.:-)


27 Feb 10 - 10:36 PM (#2852020)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

They're also pretty good at spelling English AND dialect English, unlike Ed T.

I protest, that I resemble that remark...and I am tyred of it.


27 Feb 10 - 10:50 PM (#2852022)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Neil D

David Hume


28 Feb 10 - 12:03 AM (#2852034)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Don Firth

My great-grandparents on my father's side and. . . .

Voila!!   Here I am!!

Don Firth


28 Feb 10 - 12:39 AM (#2852042)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: MGM·Lion

PENICILLIN sez the doctor; PENICILLIN sez the nurse...


28 Feb 10 - 04:36 AM (#2852083)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton

Yes...I'm afraid Jack' right, the fact that Blair was born in Edinburgh, cancels out the 3,000,097 pages of good things Scots have given the world :0(

I shall noo walk oot intae the loch till ma bunnet floats!


28 Feb 10 - 05:06 AM (#2852096)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: bill\sables

Gordon Brown


28 Feb 10 - 05:13 AM (#2852098)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie

Robert Burns


28 Feb 10 - 05:45 AM (#2852111)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin

William McGonagall


28 Feb 10 - 06:38 AM (#2852127)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Shimrod

A vastly underrated comedy series on British telly called, 'Still Game' about two Glaswegian pensioners. One of my all time favourites!


28 Feb 10 - 06:45 AM (#2852132)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Rapparee

The Tollhouse
Burke and Hare
Glencoe


28 Feb 10 - 07:03 AM (#2852137)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin

Burke and Hare were Irish immigrants. There was a book a few years ago by Owen Dudley Edwards which took on the unlikely task of defending Burke as a misunderstood victim of anti-Irish prejudice.

Substitute Bible John and Peter Manuel.


28 Feb 10 - 08:34 AM (#2852175)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,kendall

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


28 Feb 10 - 08:42 AM (#2852180)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie

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.


28 Feb 10 - 08:56 AM (#2852189)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Terry McDonald

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.


28 Feb 10 - 09:20 AM (#2852194)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy

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


28 Feb 10 - 09:21 AM (#2852195)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy

But could you PLEASE repatriate Lorraine Kelly!


28 Feb 10 - 10:06 AM (#2852213)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

Sir Alexander MacKenzie

Alexander MacKenzie

Sir Wiiliam Lyon MacKenzie

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


28 Feb 10 - 11:09 AM (#2852247)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Will Fly

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


28 Feb 10 - 11:24 AM (#2852254)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: MAG

a buncha ancestors for me, too --


28 Feb 10 - 11:24 AM (#2852255)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Gutcher

BLATR??

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

    horse.


28 Feb 10 - 11:27 AM (#2852257)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

Blair - a battlefield (Gaelic)


28 Feb 10 - 11:28 AM (#2852258)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

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


28 Feb 10 - 12:35 PM (#2852300)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Jim

Susan Boyle


28 Feb 10 - 02:23 PM (#2852358)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: gnu

HAGGIS! The bastards!


28 Feb 10 - 02:33 PM (#2852363)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Jimmy

Jimmy Shand


28 Feb 10 - 02:47 PM (#2852373)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: bobad

Bruce Murdoch


28 Feb 10 - 02:50 PM (#2852375)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: alanabit

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


28 Feb 10 - 03:03 PM (#2852383)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Paco O'Barmy

Rab C Nesbitt.


28 Feb 10 - 03:22 PM (#2852392)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

Hey gnu, you're just jealous.


28 Feb 10 - 03:33 PM (#2852398)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: The Villan

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 :-)


28 Feb 10 - 03:56 PM (#2852409)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: gnu

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


28 Feb 10 - 04:12 PM (#2852427)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Rowan

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


28 Feb 10 - 04:37 PM (#2852447)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Tangledwood

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


28 Feb 10 - 04:38 PM (#2852450)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: kendall

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!


28 Feb 10 - 05:10 PM (#2852486)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie

All the best people have Cap'n


28 Feb 10 - 08:11 PM (#2852621)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

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


28 Feb 10 - 08:17 PM (#2852627)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

"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.


28 Feb 10 - 08:21 PM (#2852629)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

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


01 Mar 10 - 04:29 AM (#2852779)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: akenaton

Curling......at the edges.


01 Mar 10 - 05:01 AM (#2852796)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie

Ye Krankies



But, sadly, not Ye Chuckle Bros


01 Mar 10 - 05:10 AM (#2852801)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Davetnova

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.


01 Mar 10 - 05:52 AM (#2852821)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

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


01 Mar 10 - 07:05 AM (#2852859)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Stu

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.


01 Mar 10 - 07:56 AM (#2852896)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin

Pontius Pilate
The Alexander Brothers


01 Mar 10 - 08:11 AM (#2852917)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: A Wandering Minstrel

The excellent produce of the 12 men o' Tain


01 Mar 10 - 08:14 AM (#2852922)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Dave MacKenzie

I'll drink to that - slainte mhor!


01 Mar 10 - 08:21 AM (#2852926)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin

Tennent's Lager Lovelies


01 Mar 10 - 09:25 PM (#2853677)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Gurney

Pontius Pilate, Jack? Who does he fly for?


01 Mar 10 - 10:41 PM (#2853715)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Bert

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.


01 Mar 10 - 10:44 PM (#2853717)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Ed T

Invented finnan haddie.


02 Mar 10 - 04:39 AM (#2853841)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie

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


02 Mar 10 - 09:55 AM (#2854072)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Abdul The Bul Bul

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


02 Mar 10 - 12:22 PM (#2854200)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: John MacKenzie

Lorne Sausage


03 Mar 10 - 12:21 PM (#2855066)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: GUEST,Doc John

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


03 Mar 10 - 05:38 PM (#2855337)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: robomatic

I thought the Scots gave us breakfast


The most important meal of the day.


03 Mar 10 - 05:46 PM (#2855344)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: robomatic

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?


03 Mar 10 - 06:02 PM (#2855358)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Little Hawk

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. ;-)


03 Mar 10 - 06:25 PM (#2855386)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Don(Wyziwyg)T

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

Don T.


03 Mar 10 - 06:27 PM (#2855387)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: The Villan

Send em back. They have bankrupted England.

That will teach us for stealing their oil.


03 Mar 10 - 06:50 PM (#2855413)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Allen in Oz

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


03 Mar 10 - 07:15 PM (#2855429)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: gnu

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.


03 Mar 10 - 07:31 PM (#2855440)
Subject: RE: BS: What did the Scots ever do for us?
From: Jack Campin

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.