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What all those strange Scottish words mean

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Too afraid to ask if you’ve been offended by a Scotsman? Let this hand dictionary help you.

Lost with “peltin” gallus” or “walloper”? Or even justifying to your editor that “outwith” really is a word? (Oh I’ve had fun with that one in my time)?

Then First Foot’s scottish dictionary is for you.

Bringing you the best slang words ad descriptions in the Queen’s English, you’ll never be puzzled again, once you get past the accent. Such as:

Meaning– a sly look at something (like through a keyhole. Dinnae think ah didnae see ye keekin oot fae behind them curtains.

The art of keeping a football off the ground by juggling it with the feet, shoulders, head and chest.

More at First Foot.

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Great Britain is not England is not the United Kingdom -The Video

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Apart from offending Ireland, here’s a pretty good “WTF is going on” video.

An early runner for the 2001 things that need to be added to the curriculum is CP Grey’s explanation of Great Britain, or is it the United Kingdom… or England. Ever wondered what everything actually referred to?

Let’s find out.

Just one thing, the phrase “…forgotten even by those in the United Kingdom, is Northern Ireland shown in orange-” well we hard a sharp intake of breath there. Perhaps another colour might have been better.

Go on, someone suggest green.

More at Grey’s Blog and Reddit.

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Real life Robinson Crusoe calls the lifeboat out

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You really don’t want to get stuck on an island if your name is Daniel Defoe.

Crammond Island, on the outskirts of Edinburgh, is a lovely little island, and at low tide a causeway emerges from the sea to let you get explore. But you need to watch the time.

Which Daniel Defoe didn’t. And he knew that calling the lifeguards to help him home was going to result in a few eyebrows raised at his name and at least one Robinson Crusoe joke.

But a spokesman for Forth coastguard said: "We received the call at 3.10pm when we were told that a man and his female partner had been cut off by the tide at Cramond Island. The man was a bit sheepish about revealing his name at first. He was called Daniel Defoe – the same name as the author of Robinson Crusoe… Crusoe was stuck on his island for years but he didn’t have a mobile phone.”

More at The Daily Record, hat tip to Iain Pope.

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Gaming in 2010, a scottish retrospective

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Forget the iceberg, the rest of the gaming water is lovely!

Brian Baglow takes a look at the Scottish gaming scene in 2010, and while there is one big massive Titanic moment in the middle of the year, he reckons it’s been not bad when you look at the whole thing.

Yes the country lost Real Time Worlds and Denki had some pretty hairy moments, but all is not lost:

…Outside the console sector, the game development sector in Scotland is positively thriving.

This can be hard to grasp if you’re used to the notion of the games industry as large studios building games for the mainstream consoles (Xbox, PS3, Wii, DS and PSP). Yet despite the ongoing success of the console market, these devices are no longer the cutting edge of the games world. Or even the most popular way to play games.

We probably need to qualify that before moving on. Consoles (and high end PCs) are going to be a very significant part of the games market for many years to come. But they are no longer the only way to play games.

More on Baglow’s thoughts at Scottish Games.

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No tunnel, no train, no bridge, no law can hold back the Sleepy City

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Read about the adventure of climbing the Forth Bridge between the trains and workmen.

Putting aside what you think about trespass and the chaos that an injury, fall or accident would mean for the travelling public, the adventures of Qx and his friends around transport networks in the world is an enthralling blog of adventure and risk.

quantum-x and I sat at the end of the viaduct, triple-checking the jumble of timetables we’d collected for the local trains. The Forth carries an average of 200 trains per day. The local trains were cake, separated by up to half an hour. We lacked timetables for the wildcard entries to this rollingstock steeplechase, the intercity passenger trains and freighters. Our recce had shown they rattle through frequently and fast enough to mash the brave… The only certain way to dodge the workers meant getting up mid service and down before the last train. Besides trains are easier to dodge than workers. Our plan summarised simply as: charge it. Praeparo vestri testis.

Put aside the long load times for the site, this is Urban Adventure at it’s finest.

More at Sleepy City.

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The Robots are destroying Edinburgh City Centre

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Demolition work going on behind the scenes with remote controlled robots.

Rest assured the four Brokk 90 demolition robots are not going to go mad and take over the world, but what they are doing is quietly destroying Marks and Spencers from the inside.

As part of redevelopment which will see M&S transform into Primark, the multi-function droids are not touching the front of the building, but when they’re finished, there won’t be much more than an empty shell:

The robots… can climb up stairs and can be fitted with a variety of tools, including a hammer, bucket, grapple and "mulcher" for crushing.The added benefit of using robots is that historic buildings in the area will not suffer any vibration damage.

If anyone wants to start a dystopian Science Fiction story about buildings mysteriously falling down, I think I know where you can start!

More at the Edinburgh Evening News.

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