Author name: Dana Seilhan

AC/DC – “Dirty Deeds (Done Dirt Cheap)”

“But Dana,” you’re saying, “isn’t this an Aussie band?”

Not this lineup, thank you very much.

Malcolm and Angus Young were born in Glasgow. Bon Scott, on vocals here*, was from Angus.

The whole world makes fun of Americans touting our Scottish ancestry from like five generations ago but I would think birthplace might count for something. Not all the time: my birthplace is Spain and I’m definitely not Spanish. But I’m pretty sure all three of the aforementioned guys came from Scottish parents too.

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*Yes yes, I know YOU know, but that doesn’t mean everyone who visits here would be aware. I’m all about the educational content.

Happy Holidays

First up, this from Scottish Banter:

Santa and the Duke

Recent scene in Glasgow, Santa climbing up on the Duke of Wellington statue. The cone looks to be in Santa colors at the moment, as well.

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I’ve had a weird two years and was never good with the executive functioning to start with, and then lately been extra-depressed and dealing with money issues as well so my attention’s been scattered all over the place and I haven’t been keeping up here. I’m sort of okay at the moment and checking in — just be aware I haven’t abandoned the project and intend to continue with it, though likely in fits and starts.

Some projects on the back burner which will likely get a stir every now and again:

1. Rearranging the links to be organized by town/region/island, haven’t decided exactly what yet. It may go something like towns on the mainland and then island categories. (Hebrides, Shetland… you know.) Then a few extra categories for more universal things like the Scottish government sites, national park service, etc. We’ll see.

2. Some kind of swag shop. I won’t be doing the usual Redbubble thing because Redbubble is a pain in the bahookie, but it’d be something fun.

3. Some kind of library or store section utilizing Amazon affiliate links. Given that this site’s run by an American my first choice would be Amazon USA, but if I run into weird obstacles with that, I’ll look into starting an affiliate account with Amazon UK. Bear in mind that if I do that, there will be sellers who won’t ship to the States. So that’s a last resort. Anyone stateside selling British stuff will have already gone through all the rigmarole with import duties and so on — the price will reflect that, but there will be less hassle on your end.

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Of course, I’m announcing this to maybe five people who visit regularly, and I realize that. But thought I might as well say something, for the record.

Clann An Drumma – “Boudica’s Revenge”

“But Dana,” you’re saying, after perusing the other music videos I have shared here, “where are the pipes?”

Glad you asked.

The younger of the two pipers is internet-famous in his own right: Grant MacLeod, the Munro Bagpiper. Congratulations to Grant, incidentally, on the occasion of his recent wedding. Lang may yer lum reek!

Random thoughts

1. So… you’re saying it’s raining in Scotland right now?

[ducks]

2. I just read a thing where apparently, the Blarney Stone in Ireland is related to the Stone of Scone in Scotland, the latter being basically the seat of the Scottish monarchy. Blarney seems to be a piece of Scone (okay, I’m tempted, but I won’t) gifted to Ireland by the Bruce after the Battle of Bannockburn (there’s room for another pun there, but… nah). First I’ve heard of this but, then again, I didn’t know about the Stone of Scone until sometime in the past four years, so I’m hardly the reliable source. If my source is correct, I’m sure I’ll hear about this again.

3. For the record, I do not agree with the recent political grandstanding by this organization‘s campaign Scotland is Now. I will always come down on the side of LGB rights and equality. No question there. But I refuse to support a movement that works against the rights of women and homosexual people and that targets children for poisoning and mutilation. You may do whatever you like with that information, and I in turn will respond appropriately if I don’t like what you do. Fair do’s.

And this is not “well you’re just some American fanny,” either — people in your own country agree with me, dear Scots. If you don’t know what’s going on, perhaps it’s time you listened to your most famous English resident. Oh, she’s not really Scottish either? These women are. Stop playing dumb.

It may seem silly and self-defeating for me to come out like this so early on, but I would rather not be followed by woman-hating, homophobic, delusional people in the first place. If I scare you all off now, I won’t have to do it later. So go on. Tell everyone how horrible I am. I’ll be over here continuing to enjoy myself. Ta.

(And now you know why the comments are turned off.)

When someone says “I’ll eat my hat”

Just learned today there’s a childhood treat from Scotland called a top hat and I find myself thinking, once again, that people in the UK in general are much more creative with treats than Americans are. I’d already thought that about baked goods.

That one might be a good one to pass on to friends who typically complain that they can’t make the things they see on Pinterest. I feel like if you can’t get this one, are you really trying?

Happy Birthday, Helix!

…I almost said “Happy Birthday, Kelpies,” but that won’t be for a couple more months.

The Helix is a park in Falkirk which is now internationally famous for its two gigantic horse-head sculptures, the Kelpies, meant to be a representation of the kelpie spirits of Scots folklore. You can also find the Falkirk Wheel here.

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Administrivia: 11 September 2023

You have probably noticed that one of the things I post here is Scottish music. Yep. Expect more. Sometimes it will be bagpipes and Highland music. More often it won’t be, because that’s only one facet of Scottish musical heritage. And I’m no expert yet. I’ve only started exploring and have barely scratched the surface.

I am still thinking about how to arrange links. I’m evolving around to the idea of arranging everything by location instead of by topical category. Like, have one big menu for Scotland, then submenus for different towns with a whole list of different things for each town, and then maybe a nationwide category if I can’t seem to fit it any other way. But we’ll see. I suppose I had better make up my mind before I add so much stuff it takes me five years to rearrange it.

(Not that… ah… I’ve ever done that before. Heh.)

For the record, I know it still looks bare-bones here insofar as website art and such. I have a logo in mind, I just have not gotten around to figuring out making it. Yeah, I could hire someone, if I weren’t broke. Anyway, I have artistic tendencies myself, such as they are. Whatever I come up with here will need to be usable on social media too. I’ll sort it out.

There will likely be affiliate links here at some point. I’ll add a notice about that on an About page or in an About section when I get it going. I’m thinking possibly a book list, possibly a product list (did you know you can find Irn Bru on Amazon???), possibly one or two other things. I don’t know yet. We’ll see.

And, I’ll be slightly less boring here in the blog. We need more variety here, like profiles of famous Scots and that kind of thing. I gotcha. Watch out for that.

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