Football (SOCCER in the Colonies) fans have been polled and selected Flowers of Scotland as their choice for a National Anthem. It is loudly sung at most football fans.
The poll was taken at the request of a Scottish Parliament Committee.
Fifty-six percent of respondents voted for Flowers over Scotland the Brave, Caledonia, and 500 Miles.
Full story: Scotsman 13 Feb 15
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SO WHAT DO YOU REALLY KNOW ABOUT SCOTTISH POLITICS?
It has been an active year for Scotland – referendum being only one of many fascinating or trivial happenings. BBC has produced a set of questions to test your knowledge or just how much you read about Scotland.
Click here to take the quiz online!
GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND
Billed as the “longest” in the world, the Great Tapestry of Scotland has moved to Stirling Castle.
The Tapestry is a true ‘people’s” project and involved over a 1,000 volunteers who created 160 hand-embroidered panels to tell the story of Scotland and its Peoples.
BOARD MEETS SCOTTISH SCHOLAR
At his request, the Board met on July 21st with Dr Duncan Sim, a Reader in Sociology, of the University of the West of Scotland in Perth.
This was a research visit as Dr Sims is continuing work following publication of his 2011 book - American Scots: The Scottish Diaspora and the USA. A grand evening was enjoyed as we talked of what the Society does, how relationships with Scotland are viewed, and how the Scottish Government can strengthen ties with Scots worldwide.
Sim’s interest lies in study of how Scots who came to America maintain a degree of Scottish identity whether their connection is a long distant immigrant or a recent arrival. To some extent this can be seen in those who love Burns Dinners and Tartan events while others only are interested in a good Scottish band at a contemporary music festival.
For the Society, a number of program areas were identified to develop in the future. For example, this website now has a link to VisitScotland – the government’s official tourist portal.