Tag Archives: Scotland

The price of popularity

The Shore by Rob A. Mackenzie It’s why the tourists arrive and why Time Out called Leith “one of the world’s coolest neighbourhoods”; why the sky is permanently blue and the sun flaunts the burnished stonework; why a red light area … Continue reading

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Library of Mistakes

The new Library of Mistakes opened in Edinburgh, Scotland in April of this year, moving to larger and more felicitous premises from its previous location. Like many barely financially literate folks, I would value access to a library that could potentially … Continue reading

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Map of Stories

The Map of Stories is a wonderful interactive map that provides the opportunity to explore tales from throughout Scotland. The site allows visitors to discover the oral storytelling traditions of Scotland and listen to folktales from the ancient land. The … Continue reading

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Scotland’s Year of Stories

The tourism organization VisitScotland has announced that 2022 is a “Year of Stories,” and has launched a project called Braw Beginnings (braw meaning fine, good, or pleasing) which translates the first lines of iconic books inspired by or written in Scotland into … Continue reading

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Self-Portraits (with and without hats)

Vincent Van Gogh was known to have painted over 30 self-portraits between the years 1886 and 1889. That is until this week when it was revealed that a hidden self-portrait by the artist has been discovered behind one of his … Continue reading

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A Really Long Walk

Long term readers of Travel Between The Pages are likely aware that I am unabashedly a Britophile. So, of course I was gobsmacked when I stumbled upon “The Perimeter” which is a photography project by Quintin Lake based on walking … Continue reading

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Library Lovers’ Month

Innerpeffray Library, Innerpeffray, Perthshire, Scotland is the oldest lending library in the nation, founded in 1680 by David Drummond, 3rd Lord Madertie. The original library collection was only 400 books, but eventually grew to over 5,000, including rarities, first editions, … Continue reading

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The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men

John Steinbeck took the title of his 1937 novel “Of Mice and Men” from a line contained in the penultimate stanza of ” To a Mouse”, On Turning her up in her Nest, with the Plough, November 1785. by Robert … Continue reading

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Reading Room

Tingwall is a tiny port town located in Orkney, an archipelago off the North coast of Scotland, there a special memorial was created by a couple as a fitting tribute for Betty, a late friend who died unexpectedly. The couple … Continue reading

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Great Scott

If you have every been to Scotland, you probably noticed that Sir Walter Scott is kind of a big deal there. In honor of the writer’s 250th anniversary this year Scotland is putting on a big celebration of its favorite … Continue reading

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