What’s on Electric
often get emails from people saying they wished that I could
profile some aspect or other about Scotland and the Scots and I
find myself replying that if you go to this page url you’ll find
information is already on the site.
This being the case I thought in this issue I would try to tell
you a little of what you can find on Electric Scotland that isn’t
immediately obvious and hopefully with most of you having Internet
access you’ll enjoy exploring some of our hidden gems.
Information on Highland Regiments is often requested and we do in
fact have a whole section devoted to them which you’ll find in our
“History” section. Just look for “Scottish Regiments” and in there
you’ll find considerable information on The Black Watch, The
Fraser Highlanders, The Gordon Highlanders, The Queen’s Own
Cameron Highlanders, The Ross-Shire Buffs, The Argyle & Southern
Highlanders and many more. Some of the accounts are large enough
to be a whole book in their own right.
As a complete contrast I often speak with parents and
grand-parents with young children who like to read them a story at
bedtime. Often they are amazed that we carry over 600 children’s
stories and hundreds of nursery rhymes on the site. Just two
areas to explore are within the “Kids” section where you’ll find
“Children’s Stories” and in that section you’ll find over 500
stories suitable for younger children and most have a Scottish
theme to them. Margo Fallis wrote these for the site and as she
was a teacher of young children she knows what to write about that
will interest them.
Also in the “Kids” section you’ll find “Charlotte Bleh’s
Collection” where she has hundreds of wee old Scottish nursery
rhymes and other poems. She wrote these for her children and
grand-children and has kindly shared them with us for the
enjoyment of all. I might add that she also wrote a really
interesting account of her trip back to Dundee with her children
when she returned to bury her mother’s ashes in her old home town.
You can read that account under our “Travel” section where you’ll
find “Charlotte's Visit home to Scotland” and that makes a really
Our national poet Robert Burns is famous throughout the world but
often people don’t understand some of the words he uses in his
poems and songs. Well “The Flag” section holds a huge collection
of real audio recordings in the “Scots Language”. So by visiting
this section you can listen and read over a thousand words in the
Scots language of his day as well as listen to many poems and
stories. You’ll also find a complete Burns supper recorded as well
as special audio tributes to Tartan Day that they’ve done for the
past four years.
Looking for books to read well just go to our “Books” section and
you’ll find “Read Scottish Books Online” and in there you’ll find
many books that we’ve OCR’d onto the site for you to read. We
usually split books into chapters so you can read them a bit at a
time. There are many history books in this section but also some
lighter reading such as “A Doctor of the Old School”, “Corporal
Cameron” and in “Wilson’s Border Tales” you’ll find loads of short
stories about Scotland and the Scottish Borders”.
Nothing on the TV tonight that you want to watch? Well how about
sitting down to do the odd jigsaw puzzle or two or three? You’ll
find a great collection of them to play within our “Games” section
under what else but “Jigsaws Puzzles”. As you scroll down the page
you might also notice our very popular “Dress the Chief” game
where you can select three different backgrounds and then build a
picture with the Chief and his family. For those wanting to learn
a wee bit about business our “Lemonade Stand” is also very popular
as you try to make lots of money from selling lemonade.
Ever felt like writing a poem or short story? Well lots of our
visitors have already done so and they share their talent by
sending them in to us to include on the site within our “Poetry &
Stories” section. And on this theme if you go to our “World”
section and select “America” and then “American History on
Electric Scotland” and then “Donna Flood's Stories” you’ll find an
amazing collection of her poetry and stories. In there you’ll find
recipes, stories about pets, native Indian lore and loads more.
Donna has just had her first book published and you can see her
picture and the press release on her page.
Also within this section you’ll find a bible story by Francis Kerr
Young which was also recorded by Peter D Wright of the Scots
Independent Newspaper. You’ll find this under the “Poetry &
Stories” section, “Poems by Francis Kerr Young” and in there
select “Grandfather tells the children the story of the Great
Flood” and you might want to share this one with your local
minister as you can both read and listen to it and it might be a
great one for Sunday School.
Should you be going to a party or having to give a wee talk then
we have a great wee “Humour” section where you can pick up the odd
wee one liner or joke that might go down well. In there you’ll
also find links to “Check out Ranald's Collection of Sayings and
Verses” where Ranald McIntyre from Scotland has posted his own
collection of wee sayings that he’s gathered over his many years.
At the bottom of the “Humour” section you’ll see a link to “See
also the Scots Independent's "Scot Wit" page” where they have many
wee Scottish humour stories in text but all with a real audio link
so you can listen to them being told in a rich Scottish accent.
Should you enjoy listening to Scottish music then when you visit
our “Music” section you’ll find a link “Listen to Scottish
Community Radio from Australia” where you can listen to over a
hundred half hour shows recorded by Jock Dundee at his weekly
Scottish radio program at Triple U radio station in Australia.
And to finish there is of course the Family Tree Newspaper under
it’s own section “Family Tree” where you can read each edition of
the paper along with lots of additional stories. In there for
example we hold “Newsletters” where we post many clan society
newsletters. You’ll also find a link “Welcome to Moultrie,
Georgia” inside of which you’ll find some excellent Southern
History of the county at “Beth's Weekly Moultrie Observer Column”
and some great Southern humour under “Mo Hawg”.
The above is all really just the tip of the iceberg. When I’m
invited to give an introduction to Electric Scotland it takes me
around 2 hours to properly introduce all that is available on the
site. So hopefully some of what I’ve introduced you to above will
spark some interest and if it does then please go to
http://www.electricscotland.com with this paper beside you and
have a wee visit to check it all out. Perhaps worth having a mug
of coffee or tea besides you as you might be awhile!
To finish I might just add that if you’d like to hear more about
the site you can always book a cabin on the “Kilts in the Wind”
Cruise which is a weeks cruise sailing from New York to Nova
Scotia, September 18 – 25, 2004, where both myself and Beth Gay
along with others will be giving talks. You can get more details
on the cruise at