St Andrew's Cross
St Andrew's Cross
A HAPPY St Andrew's day to you from Scotland on Sunday. May it be an enjoyable one. The way we celebrate our national day doesn't quite live up to the American razzmatazz of July 4 or French pomp of July 14 (the inclement time of the year certainly doesn't help).
AUGUST used to be known as "the silly season". There was, it was thought, a shortage of "real news", and so newspapers were on the look-out for odd or even improbable stories.
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IT BEGAN as a rallying call for patriotism and escalated into a fight for Scottish freedom. Now the battle over whether the Saltire should fly higher than the Union flag has breached the ramparts of Edinburgh Castle.
THE Nasa mission to take a Saltire from Edinburgh into space and back was delayed today due to bad weather.
A SALTIRE that has flown over the Scottish Parliament is to be blasted into space by a British astronaut on Thursday.
Key quote "This celebration of Scotland beyond our borders reflects the way we have always looked to the rest of the world to share values and cultures, exchange ideas and develop trade." - Jack McConnell
THE FIRST RELIGIOUS PAINTING that Peter Howson produced was Christ on the Cross. The small limp figure, one of his first oils, was painted in 1964, when he was six. It was snapped up by his uncle, Bob Smith, making him the earliest patron of the budding Scottish artist.
EDINBURGH is to play host to a major exhibition by one of Scotland's best-known painters - whose fans include Madonna, David Bowie and Jack Nicholson.
A MAJOR makeover is being planned for a Lothians visitor centre celebrating the history of the saltire.
A SCOTTISH historian yesterday called for the country to adopt its own Union flag, different from that flown south of the Border, to reflect separate national identities across the UK.
ALONG time ago in a faraway land, lived a humble fisherman named Andrew. He never visited Scotland, indeed it's debatable whether he even knew Scotland existed. Yet in a few days' time, Scots around the world will celebrate his life.
NINTH century Scotland didn't really exist as a unified nation. The Picts ruled over much of the east and north, while the Scots ruled out of the Kingdom of Dalriada (now Argyll) in the west. What is now known as the Lothians belonged to neither Scots nor Picts and was in a constant state of flux between the Angles and the "Picto-Scots".
SCOTLAND has two flags. There is the Royal Flag of Scotland, displaying the red lion rampant on a yellow background, which should, strictly speaking, only be used by a reigning monarch in his or her capacity as King or Queen of Scotland. The design is thought to be based on an older flag first used by King Alexander II or his father, William the Lion.
SCOTTISH Nationalists have accused parliament bosses of following rules from Westminster which ban the Saltire from being flown permanently outside the new building at Holyrood.
MINISTERS were berated yesterday for spending £300,000 of taxpayers’ money to find out that the Saltire is the best symbol to promote Scotland abroad. The Executive’s political opponents, as well as flag experts, expressed disbelief at what they described as a waste of public money.
IT IS out with the old and in with the new in the all-change world of St Andrew’s House. After an exhaustive search, the Scottish Executive has found an inspiring new symbol for the nation. The search has cost £300,000, involved no less than four marketing consultancies and will be confidently unveiled by Jack McConnell, the First Minister, this week. In a bold statement of cultural post-modernism, it features a thrilling white diagonal cross on a blue background. It is called ... the Saltire.
SCOTLAND has an inspiring new symbol - created using £300,000 of public cash - to promote the country abroad. It features a white, diagonal cross on a blue background and will be called... the Saltire.
IMMIGRANTS living in Scotland who want to become British citizens will have to swear an oath of allegiance before the Saltire, under government plans revealed yesterday.
THE world’s largest saltire was being officially unveiled today at the home of Scottish rugby.