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Ancient Scotland – Future Scotland

I’ve posted a page here with answers to the Ancient Scotland quiz. Seemed lazy just to mark answers, so there’s a page or article linked from each of my preferred answers. There’s more detail on a few of the questions dotted around the site and too much in the PDFs linked from the last post and elsewhere.

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I’ve also added to the Art of Independence pages, as it’s all history sooner or later.

As with the last post – continuing with using history, artwork and gaming to promote change – on my own terms. I have zero pickup on the hopefully passing enthusiasm among some Scots for white roses and sunflowers.

More on ancient and early Scotland quite soon, as there’s a stack of artwork done – kind of enough to look at ‘graphic novel’ and gamebook angles.

See what comes out in the mix – the above is an early stage wip of Callanish. Which is somewhere in another window with a close in shot centre right and a night sky. Might try some mist. Usual story – looking to leave more to the imagination.

Talking of imagination – there’s a bundle of game content all playtested up for Treasure. It’s simply on with crunching away at the production now – obviously always going to be heavy on the graphics. It’s been getting run as solo or RPG gameplay with extendable mechanics to suit the style of play.

Social Glue

Before kicking-off. Back soon with the answers to the quiz from the other day.

Otherwise, it’s understandable that many are hacked off at the referendum outcome.

However, I suspect there is more return in focusing on how future elections could be made less easy to rig than on trying to turn over the result.

A few of the options people are now discussing in new groups in the ‘aftermath’ seem more politics than activism. All power to those signing up to well-intentioned parties, but not so much at all with some of the sabre-rattling talk of spontaneous declarations of independence or civil disobedience.

Again (almost) understandable, but imo Scots need more social glue and less confrontation at this stage. Close to half of those voting for Indy smelt the coffee in the last 6 months of the campaign. They came to get info and, for some, to take part in the civic activism.

Perhaps we should be continuing with this – showing and building consensus, keeping our sense of humour handy and concentrating on what we can do well – i.e. being active and avoiding getting dragged towards the mentality of people like the chap declaring how proud he is to have ‘won’ through deceit.


Realistically the foundation built around civic activism/ getting involved and what amounts to campaigning against various forms of bullying/ inequality has yet to be consolidated by goodwill – or extended through emphasising that neither the English nor most no voters are at the heart of the matter.

Frankly, I’d happily share the oil providing a hefty chunk went into a renewables fund to replace it as it’s sucked out.

So I’m not rushing into new groups or political parties – not my cup of tea. Just going to continue to present Scotland in a positive light and to look to make more of the social glue delivered through participation and building consensus.

Options I’ve seen folk getting up to during the campaign included:

Carpentry/ baking/ gardening/ debates/ meetings/ posters/ posting/ leafleting/ blogging/ group admin/ dance/ parkour/ chalk art/ film/ fundraisers/ illustration/ cartoons/ animation/ apps/ coffee mornings/ book groups/ singing/ poetry/ rock climbing/ journeys, (bus/ cycle/ convoy/ plane/ boat), Munro scaling/ flash performances/ . . .

Kind of whatever we can bring to the table, including everything from taking time to have a chat through to some of the more fearless options above – weather permitting.

My own often hasty efforts:

Games, Events and Demonstrations

Civic Internationalism

Well They Did Ask

Well they Did Ask 2

Well they Did Ask 3

Indy Activism

Courage (Webpages)

QR Codes

The Art of Independence


The Black Douglas


Thrice Slain King

Quiz – Ancient Scotland

Which of these could you find in Glasgow 330 million years ago?

  1. Flying sharks.
  2. Unicorns.
  3. Tyrannosaurus Rex.

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Where was the first lunar calendar in the world – from 8000BC – found?

  1. Egypt.
  2. Mesopotamia.
  3. Aberdeenshire.

Where are the earliest large scale/ Megalithic standing stones in Britain found?

  1. Callanish.
  2. Stonehenge.
  3. Avebury.

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Thanks to Otter for the image.

Who built the standing stones of Callanish?

  1. Ancient ‘Scots’.
  2. Celts.
  3. Picts.

Over what range did early Scots trade by 2,500BC – when the pyramids were getting started?

  1. Ireland.
  2. Wales.
  3. Britain and Europe.

How significant were the European ‘Celts’?

  1. A fashion.
  2. An influence.
  3. An invasion.

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Why did the Roman legions leave Scotland?

  1. Guerrilla warfare.
  2. Climate change.
  3. Rebellion.

Where is the original Stone of Destiny used for the coronation of the first kings of the Scots?

  1. Edinburgh Castle.
  2. Dunadd.
  3. Scone.

Dunnadd - Wojsyl

What do many of the sculptures on Pictish stones display . . ?

  1. Hunting scenes.
  2. Christian and, possibly, Pictish parables.
  3. Graffiti.

Do the Norse or ‘Vikings’ as a whole deserve a reputation for . . ?

  1. Slaughter and pillage.
  2. Raiding and settling.
  3. Making friends and bartering.

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Who funded and organised much of the Scottish effort during the First Scottish War of Independence?

  1. William Wallace.
  2. The Scottish Church.
  3. Robert the Bruce.

What is Scotland’s greatest historical achievement?

  1. The Law of the Innocents.
  2. The invention of the television.
  3. The Battle of Bannockburn.

My take on the answers in a couple of days :)