International Cultures

Thanks to travelling abroad recently I have noticed many different cultures. Istanbul, Colombia, Sevilla, Moskva, Riga and Napoli all had different cultures thats for sure and that’s what I love about travel, the differences. Closer to home, Harris has its own customs too, the observance of the Sabbath is the obvious one, but its theContinue reading “International Cultures”

’70s Summer Holidays

Growing up in Dunblane in the 1970s our holidays were only ever in the summer. Easter and October school holidays were stay at home : play wi yer pals doon the Lechills or in the school field or in the skinny woods behind Bruce Avenue. October fortnight was tattie howking for many bairns. I wentContinue reading “’70s Summer Holidays”

Dunblane SC Amateurs :formed 2016

Dunblane SC Amateurs were formed in 2016. Saturday 4 June 2016 to be precise, at the India Gate restaurant. The night was intended to be a reunion of the ’96/97s team, a year after our last match, a 3-2 triumph to win the cup at the Recs, Alloa. It ended up alot more than that.Continue reading “Dunblane SC Amateurs :formed 2016”

Dunblane Bypass

The Dunblane bypass was opened in 1991. Hard to imagine Dunblane without it now but long ago all the traffic heading up and down the A9 would thunder through Dunblane. There were fatalities in Dunblane, perhaps that brought it to a head. There were protests too. I recently met a lady who had protested. “IContinue reading “Dunblane Bypass”

Hampden in the ’80s

Hampden is iconic. Though I never saw a match with crowds of over 100,000 I did witness some amazing Scotland matches in the 1980s, all whilst standing on the terracing in the Rangers end. No seats in those days, just folk packed in behind the goals. Stories tell of drunken folk pishing down the backContinue reading “Hampden in the ’80s”

Family Traditions

Our family is odd. We have strange code words only we can decipher, family traditions only we can understand. Maybe we’re not odd, maybe every family has the same (but different) quirks ? For example, mum used to chap our door and walk in, shouting “Yoohoo!”. A stranger may think this is odd but IContinue reading “Family Traditions”