Sunday, 9 April 2017

Spring Bling

Spring is here ! I went for a walk and found myself taking photos of the spring daffodils. It's amazing the things you take in, when you take in the scenery.  I came across these "Scottish Trivia" boards with Scottish facts, something I've never noticed before and I walk by there a lot. 

Scottish Trivia 

A quote from American President Woodrow Wilson,
"Every line of strength in American history is a line colored with Scottish blood."

More than 100 governors of pre- and post- Revolutionary America were Scottish birth or descent.
Others from Scotland or of Scot  descent in American history:
35 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 25 of them are in the Great American Hall of Fame.
Almost 1/2 of the Secretaries of U.S. Treasury and 1/3 of the secretaries of the State were Scots.
9 of the 13 colony governors made in the new USA were Scots.
James Pollock, of the Scots descent, put the slogan "In God We Trust" on American coins! 
61% of American Presidents are of Scots or Scot-Irish descent.
A Scot, James Watt, developed the first efficient steam engine and in so doing started the Industrial Revolution.
A Scot, John Logie Baird, invented  the Television.
A Scot, John Napier, invented logarithms and the decimals notation.
A Scot, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, invented the bicycle.
A Scot, John Paul Jones, founded the American Navy.
A Scot, Alexander Flexing, discovered Penicillin.
A Scot, William Paterson, founded the Bank of England.
A Scot, Alexander Graham Bell, invented the telephone. 

Scottish Trivia 

MacArthur; George B. McClellan; Alexander Macomb, general and hero of the war of 1812; William (Billy) Mitchell, controversial air power advocate; William Multrie; George S. Patton, WWII exponent of mobile welfare; Winfred Scott, Mexican War and general; Christopher "Kit" Carson, frontiersman and explorer; William Clark; explorer with Merrwether Lewis; Davy Crockett, frontiers-man who died at the Alamo. Two individuals are listed under the category of "naval." They are David Glasgow Farragut, Civil War naval hero, and John Paul Jones, Revolutionary War naval hero.
Famous Quote: "If all else fails, I will retreat up the valley of Virginia, plant my flag on the Blue Ridge, rally around the Scotch-Irish of that region and make my last stand for liberty amongst a people who will never submit to British tyranny whilst there is a man left to draw a trigger." George Washington, Valley Forge.
Scottish Freemasonry is now officially recognised as being the oldest in the world and is now recorded as a Guinness World Record.
A Scot invented suspenders.
Although the Scots comprise less than one-half of 1 percent of the world's population, 11 percent of all Nobel  prizes have been awarded to Scotsmen. Quote from "The Mark of the Scots" by Duncan A Bruce.
The world's first university facility of engineering and technical science was in Glasgow.
67 US Politicians were born in Scotland that we know off.
There are estimated to be 20,000 Americans living in Scotland and half a million visit each year.
It is estimated that 15% of Canadians are of Scots decent. 

Scottish Trivia 

Scotland invented branch banking and so brought banking facilities to the people and the world.

"The Reverend Malcolm MacDonald, a native Whitton, Quebec, a descendant of the early Scots settlers and of the first church established in the area, says: The Book of Books was the library they opened, and the Church of Jesus Christ was the first institution they established and that in their homes, and the Gospel of Christ was the philosophy they espoused.'" 

The most casual observer and historian must admit that these early settlers played a leading part in setting the course in which the Nation travels today.
I am indeed grateful that we are privileged to stand in the stream of a noble, spiritual, national cultural tradition, which has flourished in Scotland for centuries, and for some 150 years established firmly on this North American Continent, in both Canada and the United States.
SCOTS emigres to the US are five times more likely to become dollar millionaire than those from any other country, according to a study of wealth. Thomas Stanley and William Danko, in their book The Millionaire Next Door, analysed the ethnic backgrounds of the wealthiest members of US society and discovered that while people of Scottish origin make up 1.7% of the population, they comprise 9.3% of its millionaires. 
At the battle of Trafalgar (The British under Nelson won a decisive battle off southern Spain against the French and Spanish.) in 1805 around 30% of the fleet's crew hailed from Scotland and Scottish industry provided timber products, sails, ropes, iron cannons and iron balls.

Scottish Trivia

A Scot, John charmers, invented the adhesive postage stamp.
A Scot, John Boyd Dunlop, invented the car tyre.
A Scot, Captain Patrick Ferguson, invented the breech loading rifle.
A Scot, Major General Lachlan Macquarie, know as the 'Father of Australia',
A Scot, Sir John Alexander Macdonald, was the first Prime Minister of Canada under confederation .
A Scot, Thomas Blake Glover, was one of the founding fathers of modern Japan.
A Scot, Henry Faulds pioneered the use of the fingerprints as means of undisputed identity of people.
A Scot, Sir Robert Stirling, invented the Stirling engine in 1850.
Stirling engines are being studied at NASA for use in powering space vehicles with solar energy! 
The Scots invented golf.
"History credits the Rev. Elijah Craig, a baptist minister, with being the first in 1079 to make bourbon."
He was a Scotsman. Kentucky is the place for bourbon because of the limestone which makes the water almost iron-free. "The first bourbon recognized by the brand outside Kentucky probably was produced by
Dr. James Crow... a Scotsman who settled near the Rev. Craig's place." He was known by the locals as Jim Crow.
The Scottish-American Hall of Fame contains more plaques for the military than any other category. Twenty-one men are installed including Daniel Boone who is listed as an "Indian fighter."
The list is as follows: George Rogers Clark, Frontier hero of the Revolutionary War; Stonewall Jackson; Joseph E. Johnson; Henry Knox; Arthur MacArthur, army general , father of Douglas

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Scottish Currency

I've had soo much fun this week, showing you all my country (Scotland). Tartan week gave me a chance to let me share with you clips of Scotland and our culture. Today there's a Scotland march in New York. If anyone is going to the March in New York, I'd love to hear about the celebrations.  

When I met Scott while visiting New York, he said he'd never saw Scottish money before. I showed him some of our Scottish notes and coins and he took a photo. I was amazed he said he'd never saw Scottish money.

I went to the bank machine to get some Scottish money, so you all can see our currency. Lets just say, it didn't go so well. I always pay with card, so I didn't have any cash. I went to a cash machine and it just gave out £10 notes, then tried another and another. In the end I had to go into a shop. Typical if I didn't want a £20 Scottish note, the bank machine would have gave me a £20 note haha.

These are some of our Scottish money :

Friday, 7 April 2017

Three Bridges | Review

I was in South Queensferry, on Tartan day and went to the Three Bridges restaurant. The Three Bridges looks onto the three famous bridges, the forth rail bridge, forth road bridge and the new bridge.

I had the rack of ribs and an Irn Bru. I said to the waiter, do you have Irn Bru ? As some restaurants, don't sell the Scottish drink. He replied of course, pointing to the bridges haha.

Smokehouse full rack of ribs
With hickory BBQ sauce, homemade onion rings. Harry's slaw and twice cooked chip shop chips.

The food was nice and it has amazing views, looking into the Forth Bridges.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Tartan Day

Happy Tartan Day !! 

I went to South Queensferry with my Dad, to do a photo shoot with the fourth road bridge and rail bridge.

What are you doing for Tartan Day

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

New York Tartan Week | United

Have you heard of Tranent? It's a little town in Scotland, just outside Edinburgh. Tranent Fire Station has a memorial of the twin towers, to remember the people of September the 11th. This makes me feel proud, how Scotland and America come together.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

New York Tartan Week | Top 10 Scottish Food & Drink

As this is New York Tartan week, it's a great opportunity to show you the Scottish culture. Today am going to show you my top 10 favourite Scottish food and drink. 

I went to the shops especially for this blog, so you get a better picture of the things. I imagine the person at the checkout probably thought I'd lost my mind, buying all Scottish food.

My top 10 Scotttish food and drink

Irn Bru
Chocolate chip shortbread 
Marshalls cheesey macaroni 
Vegetarian haggis
Scott's porage oats
Tunnock's snowballs
Cheese oatcakes
Halls wee willie winkie's
Tunnock's caramel log

What is your favourite Scottish food and drink ?