Scottish Field: Knights Templar Beard Advice Goes Online

Scottish Field: Knights Templar Beard Advice Goes Online. “The 12th century advice on why excessive facial hair wasn’t needed is part of 240 documents digitised by the library, thanks to a donation from Alexander Graham, the television producer behind the genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are? The manuscripts – which date from the 9th to the 16th centuries – also include ‘stunning illuminations, medieval doodles, [and] zodiac medical material’.”

Herald Scotland: Fascinating trove of photographs shed light on a bygone era

Herald Scotland: Fascinating trove of photographs shed light on a bygone era. “More than 1,500 of Duncan [Macpherson]’s images have been gathered and stored in archives, recognised for the remarkable insight they offer into bygone days and regarded as being of national importance. Now, the collection has almost doubled in size, after the surprise discovery of even more images and, sparking particular excitement, a bundle of five reels of moving film thought to date from the 1920s.”

The Herald (Scotland): Who is the Dundee comedian now ‘committing war crimes’ in Ukraine?

The Herald (Scotland): Who is the Dundee comedian now ‘committing war crimes’ in Ukraine?. “GRAHAM Phillips could soon be the first comedian from Dundee to end up in The Hague. He was condemned by MPs in the House of Commons this week for his interview with a British prisoner of war taken captive by the Russians during the Ukraine conflict. In the 45-minute video film, Phillips interrogates Aiden Aslin, who surrendered to Russian forces after fighting in the besieged city of Mariupol last week.”

The Past: Iron Age coin database launched online

The Past: Iron Age coin database launched online. “Academic researchers and those involved in finds identification will be pleased to learn that the Celtic Coin Index (CCI) – the world’s largest dataset of Iron Age coins in Britain – is now available as an online resource via the Celtic Coin Index Digital (CCID).”

Into Film Scotland: Celebrating Languages Week Scotland

Into Film Scotland: Celebrating Languages Week Scotland. “To mark Languages Week Scotland, we’ve launched a brand new Gaelic page, which recognises the importance of including Gaelic Medium educators and their learners in the work Into Film does, and helping them access the incredible power of film in their own indigenous language. Our new page houses all of our Gaelic-language content, including films in the Gaelic language, and resources that are either specifically about or have been translated into Gaelic.”

Reuters: Meta removes Iran-based fake accounts targeting Instagram users in Scotland

Reuters: Meta removes Iran-based fake accounts targeting Instagram users in Scotland. “Facebook parent Meta Platforms FB.O removed a network of fake accounts that originated in Iran and targeted Instagram users in Scotland with content supporting Scottish independence, the company’s investigators said on Thursday. The network used fake accounts to pose as locals in England and Scotland, posting photos and memes about current events and criticism of the United Kingdom’s government, Meta said.”

New York Times: Unvaccinated women with Covid are more likely to lose fetuses and infants, Scottish data show.

New York Times: Unvaccinated women with Covid are more likely to lose fetuses and infants, Scottish data show.. “Researchers in Scotland reported on Thursday that pregnant women with Covid were not only at greater risk of developing severe disease, but also more likely to lose their fetuses and babies in the womb or shortly after birth, compared with other women who gave birth during the pandemic.”

The Skinny: Scottish clubbers’ favourite dancefloor moments

New-to-me, from The Skinny: Scottish clubbers’ favourite dancefloor moments. “Featuring input from the promoters behind some of Scotland’s most famous parties from the 80s to the present day – including Subculture’s Harri & Domenic, Optimo’s JD Twitch, and trailblazing audiovisual DJ VAJ.Power – the archive provides a brief overview of Scotland’s vibrant club scene. But club culture is and always will be about the dancers, so we’ve picked out some of the recent submissions to the archive from members of the public to share some of the clubbers’ memories from the dancefloor.”

Covid: Scotland hits record number of new cases (BBC)

BBC: Covid: Scotland hits record number of new cases. “A further 20,217 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Scotland, the highest daily figure of the pandemic. The Public Health Scotland figures are the first to be published in 2022 – after the last tranche released on 29 December also showed record cases.”

The Herald: Digitising old Court of Session records reveals fascinating detail of Scottish life

The Herald: Digitising old Court of Session records reveals fascinating detail of Scottish life. “The case between Lieutenant William Stewart of the Impress Service at Greenock and James Graham, described in the papers as ‘a negro, residing in Glasgow, who had been born into the business of a seaman’ has been uncovered as part of a cross-Atlantic project to unravel thousands of legal documents. The papers, spanning 75 years from 1759 to 1834, include litigation and testimony documents, letters, wills, business contracts, bankruptcy details and other evidence gathered by lawyers of the time in an effort to prove their cases.”

Covid-19: New rules in force for three UK nations (BBC)

BBC: Covid-19: New rules in force for three UK nations. “New Covid restrictions have come into force in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland as the nations try to halt the surge in infections. All three nations have introduced curbs on the hospitality and leisure industry, resumed social distancing rules and put limits on the size of gatherings. Boris Johnson has not announced any further restrictions in England.”

BBC: The ‘map nerds’ who are building a national archive

BBC: The ‘map nerds’ who are building a national archive. “When Anne Burgess isn’t skiing or flying a glider, you are likely to find her roaming around some of Scotland’s remotest locations, camera and map in hand. The retired tourism officer from Fochabers in Moray is one of an army of volunteers whose mission is to capture and document rural and urban locations and share free-to-use images with the public.”