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Monday, 24 November 2014

Little Jottings

Hoping for some makeover magic

THE spring weather is struggling to break through this late blast of wintry weather and to cheer up everyone battling against these cold March days local artist and poet Janet Armstrong has penned these timely words.

Last updated 11 March 2009
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Oompah fun

Music-making in Langholm has always had a fine tradition and I was pleased to hear about a young town band player who has excelled with his chosen instrument in the final of a regional competition.

Last updated 4 March 2009
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Wicked way to be a mint gran

I HAVE been contacted by Raymond Lee about a cutting he has from the E&L Advertiser dated May 24, 1989.

Last updated 25 February 2009
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Wring oot yer semmits, please!

HOW MANY of you still use the word ‘semmit’? How many more are fair dumfoonert when they hear it?

Last updated 18 February 2009
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You owe a lot to Scots, Jeremy

IS THERE something about the name Jeremy which makes those who are given it and who live well south of the border feel they can take pot shots at the Scots?

Last updated 11 February 2009
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Coins provide an intriguing puzzle

NOW that the bleak month of January is behind us, we can see our first sign of coming spring in the woods and gardens in the shape of February Fairmaids, a most welcome sight.

Last updated 4 February 2009
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Hype over Burns not over just yet

I switched on the radio on Sunday morning and was soon left in no doubt as to what special occasion it was.

Last updated 28 January 2009
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Everyone’s going bonkers for Burns

NEVER have so many words been written nor spoken about Robert Burns as in this his 250th anniversary year.

Last updated 21 January 2009
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From Langholm to festival stage

EVERY event taking place in Scotland this year seems to be joining forces with Homecoming Scotland, two words we’re going to be hearing more and more over the next 12 months.

Last updated 14 January 2009
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Song inspired by spirit in the sky

WAS it chance or were they intended?

Last updated 8 January 2009
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Swap your Xmas for a New Year!

EDINBURGH is preparing to welcome in 2009 with its annual Hogmanay street party, considered one of the world’s biggest and best New Year celebrations and billed this year as “the biggest and most full-on we’ve seen”.

Last updated 30 December 2008
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Does the clock say it’s 2009 yet?

KC nigellaDec23 AT LAST, Scotland’s in for a bit of homespun Christmas cheer on the telly as two icons of Scottish comedy make their long-awaited return to our small screens over the next few days.

Last updated 22 December 2008
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Mark site of the Arkinholm battle

THE programme on the Douglases in the TV series Clans, which has just ended, reinforced the point Billy Young made that the Battle of Arkinholm should be included in the proposed inventory of Scottish battlefields being considered for publication by Historic Scotland.

Last updated 17 December 2008
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A panda walks into a cafe....

The wealth of berries, which I mentioned in last week’s jottings were providing pre-winter food for the birds, has been attracting feathered visitors from further afield, according to a resident of Whitaside.

Last updated 27 November 2008
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Fieldfares filled the sky at Whita

WHENEVER I leave behind my binoculars as I go out hiking, I’m guaranteed to see something of interest; in which case I curse my laziness in not carrying them.

Last updated 19 November 2008
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Composer was Scotland’s best

YESTERDAY was the 50th anniversary of the death in a Glasgow hospital of a former Langholm Academy teacher and organist at North UF church.

Last updated 12 November 2008
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Ups and downs of place names

YOU might have been forgiven for thinking last week that you were in the middle of December and not the last week in October, what with the persistent icy blasts from the north, the sight of a snow plough coming down Langholm High Street and the presence of the Christmas lights.

Last updated 6 November 2008
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Truly delightful visit to Turkey

I’M OFTEN asked why I don’t take a holiday in my own country. Why am I always travelling abroad? Well, that question was well and truly answered last week when I exchanged the torrential rain of Langholm for the warm sunshine of Turkey.

Last updated 30 October 2008
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Why don’t we say a grocer groces?

DC groce THEY do say English is a very difficult language to learn if you’re starting it from scratch.

Last updated 22 October 2008
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Does poem sound better in Scots?

THE Christmas catalogues have already started to come in and I’m faced with thoughts of winter while still waiting for the summer.

Last updated 15 October 2008
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