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For the Love of Scotland: Highland Games and their history – Discover Britain

By Discover Britain

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Originally an almighty test of strength and stamina, and now a jovial summer gathering and a chance to celebrate all things Scottish, Highland games have been a traditional part of Scotland’s culture for hundreds of years, though their modern-day popularity is owed to the Victorians.

The roots of the games date as far back as the 11th century when King Malcolm III called a foot race to the summit of Craig Choinnich to find the fastest runner in the land to become his personal courier.

The games then evolved to include events that tested not only muscles and speed of the strongest clan members, but also creative dance and music skills to keep kings and queens and clan chiefs entertained.

Highland games as we know them have been celebrated around Scotland since the 1800s, when they were formally reintroduced as part of the revival of Tartan and Highland Culture encouraged by Sir Walter Scott and given a royal seal of approval by Queen Victoria.

Taking place in summer between May and September, every event has its own unique character and traditions. Here are four of the best events happening this summer for you to get a taste of this most Scottish of celebrations.

Source: For the Love of Scotland: Highland Games and their history – Discover Britain

Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves | Vanity Fair

Illustrations by Shawn Martinbrough; Coloring by Christopher Sotomayor.

“Impossible,” said David Ward. The London Metropolitan Police constable looked up.

Some 50 feet above him, he saw that someone had carved a gaping hole through a skylight. Standing in the Frontier Forwarding warehouse in Feltham, West London, he could hear the howl of jets from neighboring Heathrow Airport as they roared overhead.

At Ward’s feet lay three open trunks, heavy-duty steel cases. They were empty. A few books lay strewn about. Those trunks had previously been full of books. Not just any books. The missing ones, 240 in all, included early versions of some of the most significant printed works of European history.

Source: Cracking the Case of London’s Elusive, Acrobatic Rare-Book Thieves | Vanity Fair

Votes for women – The British Library

Explore the campaign for women’s suffrage in the UK

“In 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted some women the right to vote in parliamentary elections, and the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 gave men and women equal voting rights for the first time. Explore short articles and examine scrapbooks, political pamphlets, photographs and posters to discover how suffragists and suffragettes campaigned for this democratic right.”

Source: Votes for women – The British Library

The Open Library Now Faces The National Writers Union

In this July 21, 2011 photo, Mark, who did not give his last name, unpacks boxes of books at the Internet Archive's Physical Archive warehouse in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
In this July 21, 2011 photo, Mark, who did not give his last name, unpacks boxes of books at the Internet Archive’s Physical Archive warehouse in Richmond, Calif. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

After the UK’s Society of Authors asked the Open Library to stop making its scanned books available to people in the UK, the US’ National Writers Union published a letter making similar demands.

Source: The Open Library Now Faces The National Writers Union