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A mucky highlander
February 25, 2015, 2:12 pm
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The Lewis Chessmen
February 4, 2015, 9:41 am
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Lewis chess piece 1Thought to have been made in Norway in the 12th century, a hoard of medieval gaming pieces was found at Uig on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides in 1831.

The collection consisted of 78 chess pieces, 14 tablemen and a belt buckle.

Most of the pieces are carved in walrus ivory but some are made from whale teeth.

Lewis chess piece 211 of the pieces are currently exhibited at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the other 82 pieces are owned and usually exhibited by the British Museum in London.

Some of the chessmen were stained red when they were found indicating that red and white may have been used to distinguish the two sides as opposed to the modern black and white.

The sizes of the pieces vary and it has been suggested that they may belong to at least five different chess sets.

Uig beach

Uig beach

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Arbroath Harbour 1974
February 1, 2015, 3:35 pm
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Here’s a short film I made of Arbroath Harbour in 1974 when fishing was still a major industry in the town. Quota cuts and decommissioning from the 1980s onwards have drastically reduced the fishing fleet.

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