Well itâ€™s my first time here at the Scottish Roundup, I was feeling rather relaxed about it until I started reading articles on some of the nominated blogs, articles relating to both spelling and grammar, with Mike Ritchie noting:
â€œThere is so much available to read as social media continues to expand but, unfortunately, a lot of it is riddled and marred by bad spelling and poor grammar. To me, rightly or otherwise, such factors indicate a sloppiness and a questionable attitude to detail.â€
Then thereâ€™s Ellen Arnison at In a Bun Dance who recently noticed a spelling mistake in the London Aquarium, Iâ€™m sure to be under scrutiny!
This roundup will be a tour heading from the South to the North of Scotland focusing on whatâ€™s going on around Scotland at this point in the summer.
In Ayrshire, Socrates MacSporran discusses the upcoming London Olympics and the relevance of â€˜team GBâ€™ to â€œa small far away country of which we know littleâ€ (a title we may have previously been referred to as).
On the Paisley Blog Brian McGuire discusses the problems Scottish holiday makers have as they miss their local food and drink: â€œA survey of passengers at Glasgow Airport has also revealed that Irn Bru and square sausage are the items holidaymakers miss the most.â€ Thankfully plans are in place to ensure they can get what theyâ€™ve been missing, before they even leave the airport.
Scotchpotch has an interesting poll currently, asking, â€œShould we pulverise The Proclaimers and make Leith (the place that spawned them) into a landfill site for Edinburgh?â€ The current result is very close so ensure to get your vote in!
The Edinburgh Festival posts have started to appear throughout the blogosphere, with the Arts Extravaganza already underway in the city and not long until the Fringe starts. The Edinburgh Spotlight is previewing some of the opportunities available to you, including dining 100ft in the air above Princes Street Gardens.
Throughout the country, university students are destined to be part of Coca Colaâ€™s recent marketing campaign with new vending machines described on Revolver blog which may bring â€˜happiness to allâ€™!
Secret Scotland highlights one of the risks of being a tourist in Scotland â€“ the midge â€“ which he claims â€œIt looks as if the Scottish midge has its roots in Glasgow, and taken after the example of the cityâ€™s legendary â€˜hardâ€™ menâ€.
Over at Other Aberdeen we get some pointers on the etymology of Mounthoolie, the name of a large roundabout in Aberdeen, a roundabout which has been designated by Aberdeen City Council as an â€˜Urban Green Spaceâ€™. â€œIt’s ours, all ours to enjoy whenever we want to. But how is it possible to enjoy a roundabout?â€ Well youâ€™ll have to visit Other Aberdeen to find out.
My Nairn recommends a trip to the Highland Aviation Museum, where there’s been a recent addition of a Nimrod that reached the museum by road. There are not many museums left where you can actually clamber into the exhibits.
Wendy from a Wee Bit of Cooking shares a great shot (as usual) from a road trip to Ullapool. Then we head to Caithness, where Not Delia visits the Caithness Smokehouse; the most northerly UK mainland smokehouse for our most northerly blog link of this roundup. Not Delia informs us that â€œ[the smokehouse owner] is willing to smoke pretty much any foodstuffs his customers care to bring himâ€.
Now if you feel youâ€™ve not had quite enough links to keep you going all week, Biogal at Panoptifier has provided you with a list of interesting links, from Bromosexuals to Juanita W. Goggins. If youâ€™d like a quick extra laugh The Big Dollop can provide you with the kind of antics which you may expect more from the Duke of Edinburgh than the Prince of Wales.
Thatâ€™s a small selection of whatâ€™s going on in Scotland, with quite a few new blogs in the mix. Please submit your nominations by using the form on the right of the Scottish Roundup site or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by tweeting @ScottishRoundup.