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Scotland’s Jurassic

It turns out the Jurassic and several other distant epochs were kind of busy in Scotland. Among the highlights:

About 1 to 2 million years ago the going was tough:

Scimitar Cats

On Skye the Jurassic – some 166 million years back – involved a precursor to the Tyrannosaurus Rex.

A smaller precursor than the one on Skye was covered in brightly covered feathers – and the Tyrannosaurus Rex may have been a colourful scavenger rather than a chase predator. However, any feathers are likely to have remained only while a T Rex was young.

Colourful dinosaurs

The Megolosaurus found on Skye is much more along the lines of the full grown, probably tough-skinned, Tyrannosaurus Rex:

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Dialing all the way back to roughly 300 million years ago takes us to a time when Glasgow was a warm lagoon, occupied by sharks and . . . flying sharks. Fortunately, the flying sharks – weren’t too large.

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For the full rundown:

The monsters that used to roam Scotland.


I’ve been working on games in Photoshop all day, so I get a light break.

Post from Facebook attempting to explain the nature of the activism up here. Essentially the over wordy case for putting cake before insults. That’s why I included a link to Courage, as flicking through Courage is less dull than reading what follows.

- In reply to a No chap suggesting civic nationalism is preferable to ethnic nationalism.

I’ll first repeat a link that skips the over analysis and delivers exactly the same comment.

Save Link As is faster than clicking straight on the link:



Standing Stones of Callanish (Callanish I) (9605427) CC BY-SA 2.5

We live in nation states and acquire cultural attachments related to that, so we’re going to get nationalism. The choice is between a worthless, slogan-driven veneer, which offers no meaningful identity. Or outward facing, cultural awareness rooted in the tangible – landscape, community, connections.

Unfortunately, ethnic nationalism really kicks off – in the manner of something with an accelerant chucked on it – when times are hard/ contentious/ locked down. It’s difficult for civic nationalism to intercept if no one has seen a need for it in better times and frustration builds up in people without much awareness of alternatives to getting angry.


Castlerigg Stone Circle in Cumbria CC BY-SA 2.0 by Nick Woolley 2005

As soon as constructive alternatives that make a difference on the ground become accessible the connect to meaningful expressions of identity can kick in. Unlike ethnic nationalism or corporate multi-nationalism the underlying civics are rooted in an identity that’s about people and places. Within that by deciding to ‘celebrate’ your own civic identity you are celebrating your diversity.

At which point civic internationalism opens up, as expecting others to recognise the value of your culture and identity necessitates valuing the positive elements of other cultures and identities.


The Hurlers in Cornwall CC BY-SA 2.0 by Jim Champion (treehouse1977)


Picts, Stones of Destiny and Thrice Slain Kings

OK I need to get moving with the Thrice Slain King content. Many thanks to those who’ve chipped in. Usual story – anyone feels they didn’t get good value gimme a shout/ email, as #1 priority is to keep my 100% happy purchasers record.

So, the latest, even cleaner PDF free from the link below.

The Blurb

The Thrice Slain King is a set of notes prepared as a series of blog posts during early 2104. They concern the steady disappearance of large areas of Scottish and British history or archaeology.

The notes do not try to arrive at firm or fixed answers to many of the areas where history has been reshaped through myth or propaganda. However, the content does raise a lot of questions, which seem to open up options for putting ourselves closer to the understandings of ancient cultures and for building more authentic narratives.

qeni181Topics covered include:

• Ancient Orkney
• Pictish Sculptures
• Sacral Kingship
• The Stone of Destiny
• The Celtic Church
• Scotland’s Standing Stones
• The Gaelic Otherworld
• Grail and Ark symbolism

Extensive linking to a wide variety of sources and sites, (each to be considered on its own merits or otherwise), makes the notes useful for exploring many neglected areas of Scottish history – without need for consideration of the notes themselves.

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Anyone keen on keeping up with the topic as more emerges – Scottish Media Lab is where I send posts and links on Scottish history and culture. Visitors and likes always welcome.