Tag Archives: Scotland

“Work as if you lived in the early days of a better nation.” Or world.

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A mistake etched in stone.

This is etched on a wall at the Scottish Parliament. It is often misattributed to a Scottish writer and artist named Alasdair Gray. Gray credits Dennis Lee, a Canadian poet. A paraphrase of this quote — “Work as if you live in the early days of a better world.” — is on a mural in a subway station in Glasgow.

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Three hundred and ninety-two years ago — March 2̶5̶ 27?, 1625 — King James dies.

OOPS!

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I signed up to get a daily history email from the folks at the magazine Christianity Today.

March 25 is an important date for me. (It’s my birthday.) So, I like to read about it, that particular day, such as who share a birthday with me.

Well, then I learned that King James died on that day in 1625, only to realize that it is probably a mistake. Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica put his death date as March 27.

I was typing away, nearly ready to publish when I discovered this discrepancy.

Three hundred and ninety-two years ago, King James I of England died — on March 25, 1625. Twenty-one years previously, in 1604 at the Hampton Court Conference, he had authorized the translation project that produced the King James translation (KJV) of the Bible.

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Straight Outta Scotland

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Billy Connolly was great in Dustin Hoffman’s film about aging, retired singers. It’s called Quartet. It’s a fun, little film. I enjoyed it.

I watched an awards show clip on YouTube a week or two ago with Hoffman presenting Connolly with some such thing. It was moving. I didn’t quite understand why Hoffman was there, somewhere in Britain. Now, after seeing the movie, I get it.

Billy Connolly is one of the best. He’s one of my favorites to come out of Scotland — him & Craigy Ferg.

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