Taking the biscuit Dec 13, 2013 4:45:38 GMT -5
Post by kleinesc on Dec 13, 2013 4:45:38 GMT -5
Good morning to you all! I trust that all is well with all of you today. 'The Times' leads with some editorial comment on taking the biscuit.
"The union of Great Britain may have just nine months to live. The trial separation that began with the first nationalist wave in 1974, could yet, if there is a turn in popular opinion, culminate in divorce. In that context, the news from Scotland is worrying for those of a unionist cast of mind. Scotland is claiming the digestive biscuit. The land-grab doesn’t stop at the digestive, either. The overdraft, the postcard, the decimal point, postage stamps, the Bank of England and the vacuum flask are all, apparently, Scottish, according to a new exhibition at the National Library of Scotland ... "
'The London Times' thunders that Scotland has a disputed claim to stamps and haggis but doesn’t really need either. Wha's like us? A nation of dreams and ideas! This exhibition will present a selection of outstanding achievements by Scots and Scotland. Some are well-known, some are forgotten, but all are worth remembering and celebrating. For centuries Scotland has been a hot-bed of ideas, innovation, creativity, and dreams. Writing in today's 'Times', Kat Lay reports that Scots lay claim to inventing overdrafts, stamps and superheroes.
"Scots have a reputation for being canny with their cash – little wonder, then, that they are laying claim to inventing the overdraft, decimal point and the Bank of England. The nation that brought the world haggis and whisky is also responsible for superheroes, picture postcards, anaesthesia and the vacuum flask, according to “Wha’s like us? : A nation of dreams and ideas”, an exhibition which opens at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh today. The exhibition also claims digestive biscuits and America’s Yosemite National Park as Scottish achievements, as well as Scottish innovation in the realm of jokes ... "
Where would the world be without the telephone or television or Dolly the sheep? What was the impact of the Scottish Enlightenment, of Scottish politicians and reformers? Why did the works of Walter Scott and Robert Burns delight readers round the globe? Why is our traditional clothing, food and drink so widely known? Why is Scotland so recognisable, 'sae weel-kent'? The exhibition is part of Homecoming Scotland 2014, an initiative led by the Scottish Government to celebrate and showcase the best of Scotland in the year that Scotland welcomes the world.
National Libary of Scotland - Exhibitions - 'Wha's like us?: A nation of dreams and ideas'