Knap of Howar, Orkney Islands, Scotland

The Knap of Howar on the island of Papa Westray is a Neolithic farmstead which may be the oldest preserved stone house in northern Europe. Radiocarbon dating shows that it was occupied from 3700 BC to 2800 BC, earlier than the similar houses in the settlement at Skara Brae on the Orkney Mainland.The farmstead consists of two adjacent rounded rectangular thick-walled buildings with very low doorways facing the sea. The larger and older structure is linked by a low passageway to the other building, which has been interpreted as a workshop or a second house. Though they now stand close to the shore, they would have originally lain inland. The stone furniture is intact giving a vivid impression of life in the house. Items found in middens (refuse heaps) show that the inhabitants were keeping cattle, sheep and pigs, cultivating barley and wheat and gathering shellfish as well as fishing for species which have to be line caught using boats. Finds of finely-made and decorated Unstan ware pottery link the inhabitants to chambered cairn tombs nearby and to sites far afield including Balbridie and Eilean Domhnuill. The name Howar is believed to be derived from Old Norse word haugr meaning mounds or barrows.


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Wilderness by Jenny Cameron
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Taken at a wee place called Altnaharra in Sutherland one late afternoon in October 2015 on my way home from the North Coast of Scotland.


Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London decides to interfere with Scottish politics and to all intents and purposes, say that Scottish nationalism is the same as racism.

Really? Fucking really??

We’re not trying to divide on the basis of background, race, or religion. We do not wish to be ruled by parties that we do not elect, and have policies we do not want thrust upon us.

But hey, Labour, keep up the ‘save the union at every cost’. It seems to be working out well for you, what with you falling behind the Tories in Scotland.

For those of you living in London, I’m afraid your mayor is an idiot.

Don’t see how anyone can compare the two when it’s not our side that’s supported by UKIP, BNP, Britain First, English defence league and the Orange Order.

Scotland isn’t immune to racism but this man is completely and utterly mistaken if he thinks that what defines Scottish nationalism.

If this is labour’s attempt to win Scotland back, they will fail.


Glenashdale Waterfall by Manadh Photography
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