You might know that golf, Scotch and haggis come from Scotland, but did you know the blockbuster video game “Grand Theft Auto” does as well? As Scots go to the polls today to vote on whether to stick with the United Kingdom or splash out on their own, politicians from both sides have used a long list of Scottish inventions to inspire the electorate. Here are just 10 Scottish exports to the world.
On the eve of Scotland’s historic vote for independence, it’s still unclear whether 4 million projected voters will decide to stay with the United Kingdom or break the union. Gary Gibbon of Independent Television News follows both campaigns for a look at their last chance to sway undecided Scots, while Dan Rivers talks to voters in the Highlands. Continue reading
Scots are poised to decide whether to stay in a 307-year union with England or strike out on their own. The latest polls show a Scottish referendum on independence could go either way. From London and the British Houses of Parliament, there have been pleas to stay and warnings to choose carefully. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading
On September 18, Scotland’s citizens will go to the polls to answer a really big question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?” This question, of course, raises lots of other questions about what a yes vote might mean for the … Continue reading
The author of one of the world’s first bestsellers carved out a distinctive identity for Scotland through his writing, an image that persists 200 years later. Continue reading
Just weeks ahead of the World Cup opening games in Brazil, The New York Times has obtained an internal report from soccer’s governing body FIFA that highlights concerns over match fixing. Continue reading
The massive horse heads tower over the landscape, glinting in the sun or glistening in the rain, depending on what the ever-changing Scottish skies have in store. Named “The Kelpies,” the 100-foot tall, 300-ton structures officially opened to the public Monday, although their location next to one of Scotland’s busiest motorways means they’ve been on view since construction began in June 2013. Continue reading
After a 260-year wait, women will finally get the chance to become members at the “home of golf,” The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews in Scotland. The current roster of around 2,500 elite members will vote in September on whether to admit women. A statement from the club said committees are “strongly in favor of the rule change and are asking members to support it.” Founded in 1754, with its male members spanning the globe, the R&A is golf’s governing body outside the U.S. and Mexico.
A new archaeological find in the Orkney Islands off the northern tip of Scotland could have connections to Neolithic religion. Jeffrey Brown examines the background of the discovery and explores some of its surrounding mysteries, including why the site might have been part of one of the biggest barbecues in history. Continue reading