Friday, June 6, 2014

How Scotland brought football to Brazil

Brazil has a Scottish expat to thank for introducing football to the South American nation. In this illuminating video by Edinburgh University, the link between Brazil and Scotland is explored. The university’s pioneering role in shaping the beautiful game at home is also put under the spotlight.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Are ye dancin'? : History of Scotland's Ballrooms




Braw this ia a story of Scotland's dance halls by Eddie Tobin with Martin Kielty. Are Ye Dancin’? is published by Waverley Books and costs £9.99 ISBN: 978 1 84934 045 8

The first-ever inside story of how Scotland's ballrooms and dance halls remained a central part of Scottish culture throughout the 20th Century. Told by the people who made it happen: the dancers, agents, bands and staff. From Thurso to Portpatrick, Oban to Aberdeen, everybody always went up the dancing’. If you were lucky the answer to the eternal question was, “Are ye askin’?” If you weren’t, it was, “Naw, it’s just the way I’m standin’…” or worse. Packed with over 100 illustrations, the book takes a light-hearted look at Scotland’s favourite pastime throughout the years – from the start of the public dance halls to the recent explosion of ballroom popularity. Dancers and workers from all over the country share their hilarious and touching memories. The book covers dozens of the 600 halls which have hosted the nation’s big nights out – many of them tragically long gone.