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Just as everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day, everyone is a wee bit of a Scot during the Annual Scottish Festival at Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa today and Sunday. We can't all have names that begin with Mac, but don't let that stop you from attending. Robert A. Reoch, the organizer of this year's event and "Chieftain of the Games" for the last seven years, has never let it stop him.
April 8, 2014 | By Michael McGough
In September, inhabitants of Scotland will vote on independence from the United Kingdom. On Tuesday, Queen Elizabeth II warmly welcomed to Windsor Castle the president of the Republic of Ireland, which declared its full independence from British rule in 1937. The political establishment in Britain (including, it is assumed, the queen) is vehemently opposed to Scottish independence. But it long ago resigned itself to the independence of the Irish Republic. More than that, it has expressed a willingness to have British-ruled Northern Ireland reunite with the rest of the island if that's the preference of a majority of Northern Ireland's population.
March 8, 1992
In response to "Scots' Sentiments Surge Toward Independence," World Report, Feb. 25: The Times has again made my day with the report on Scotland's independence. Each week I watch the C-SPAN telecast of the prime minister's questions from the House of Commons in London. Faithfully each week a Scot MP raises the question of independence for Scotland, but there is never any discussion of the issues involved. Then out of the blue comes William Tuohy's article discussing the whole matter.
February 13, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Escalating the fight against secession, the British government warned Thursday that Scotland would lose the right to continue using the pound as its currency if voters there say yes to a historic referendum on independence this fall. “The pound isn't an asset to be divided up between two countries after a breakup as if it were a CD collection,” Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said. “The people of the rest of the U.K. [United Kingdom] wouldn't accept it, and Parliament wouldn't pass it. ... If Scotland walks away from the U.K., it walks away from the pound.” Osborne's stark warning, delivered in a speech in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital, represented a new willingness by unionists to take a hard line in persuading Scottish voters to shun independence in a September plebiscite.
March 30, 2012
The BEST WAY TO EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND From LAX, British, United, Lufthansa and KLM offer connecting service to Edinburgh. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,241, including taxes and fees. From Edinburgh, take the train to nearby North Queensferry, where the Fife Coastal Path begins. The path runs about 93 miles, from North Queensferry to Dundee, Scotland's fourth-largest city. It can be walked in seven days or less - if you're fit and driven. But it's more enjoyable to allow extra time, so you can take rest days and explore historic towns such as St. Andrews (with its celebrated golf course and the oldest university in Scotland)
December 13, 2009 | From The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
SCOTLAND Fresh fish daily Former hunting lodge in a beautiful setting. Large, luxurious hillside rooms and wonderful food, including seafood caught that very day. Langass Lodge, Locheport, Isle of North Uist;, e-mail: Rooms from $82 -- Dawn Setzer, Glendale
April 25, 2010 | From The Los Angeles Times
Just took a great day tour in Glasgow, Scotland, with the About Scotland tour company. The wonderful driver, Ian, took five of us in a Mercedes minivan and will customize a day or multi-day tour for you. About Scotland Walking & Tours, Glasgow, Scotland, 011-44-808-225-0-224, About $45 per person. -- Joyce MacConnell, Lancaster
May 5, 1985
Last summer the Sunday Times printed an eye-catching article on Falkland, Scotland. Last September we took a golfing tour of Scotland, and this village was on our way from Gleneagles to St. Andrews. We decided to visit Falkland to see if the village was as charming as the article led us to believe it was. It was! And one of the most interesting Old World places we have ever been in. There are many fine-looking places to eat, and it was hard to choose one. Also, many good-looking places to stay.
March 21, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Voters in Scotland will head to the polls in September 2014 to decide whether to go it alone as an independent country or remain in Great Britain with England and Wales. The referendum could lead to the biggest political shakeup in the British Isles since Ireland achieved independence nearly a century ago. Alex Salmond, Scotland's first minister, unveiled the date of the milestone vote Thursday in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. The plebiscite is the sine qua non of his Scottish National Party, or SNP, which swept to power in an election two years ago. “I'm honored to announce that on Thursday, the 18th of September, 2014, we will hold Scotland's referendum, a historic day when the people will decide Scotland's future,” Salmond said to applause from fellow SNP lawmakers.
September 25, 2012 | By Amy Hubbard
Amid Curiosity's latest adventures - getting its wheels dirty, extending its robotic arm to grab hold of a rock - back on Earth, Glenelg, Scotland, is doing some celebrating. The rover is currently making its way toward the tiny hamlet's Martian namesake, Glenelg, Mars. Folks in Glenelg (note the palindrome) were thrilled to hear that a piece of Martian soil would be named after their town, population "less than 300," area development officer Emma Maclean told the Los Angeles Times.  Consequently, a party is in the works , and they have lured a NASA astronaut with Scottish roots to help them mark the occasion.
November 30, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Authorities began combing through the wreckage of a Scottish pub Saturday for clues as to why a police helicopter plunged onto its roof, killing at least eight people, including all three on board, and seriously injuring 14. "A full and thorough investigation into what happened last night has already begun," Stephen House, chief constable of Scotland Police, told reporters in the city of Glasgow, which awoke to an extraordinary scene of...
November 29, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
A police helicopter crashed into a crowded Glasgow pub late Friday night, sending dozens of people clamoring to escape the dust-choked building where untold others remained trapped, the BBC Scotland reported. The crash occurred at the Clutha pub on the banks of the Clyde River as a nine-piece band was performing for a crowd of more than 100 people, patron Fraser Gibson told the BBC. It was unclear whether there were fatalities or what the fate was of the crew in the police helicopter.
November 26, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - An independent Scotland would be richer, fairer and nuclear-free but would keep the British pound, the queen and membership in the European Union and NATO, the Scottish government pledged Tuesday, laying out its most comprehensive blueprint for secession from Britain. With less than a year before Scotland votes on whether to seek a divorce from England and Wales, campaigners for the "yes" side released a 670-page document outlining the practicalities and priorities of independence, addressing topics as diverse as currency arrangements and the provision of free child care for all preschoolers.
November 15, 2013 | By Kevin Baxter
Iceland moved 90 minutes closer to becoming the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup when it held visiting Croatia to a scoreless draw Friday in the first game of their two-leg UEFA playoff. The teams will meet in a rematch Tuesday in Croatia with the winner moving on to Brazil next summer. Six other UEFA teams also played first-leg matches Friday with Portugal beating Sweden, 1-0, on a late goal from Cristiano Ronaldo while Greece got two scores from Kostas Mitroglou to beat Romania, 3-1; and Ukraine whipped France, 2-0. The winners in each playoff will be decided on aggregate goals over the two games.
November 6, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Britain, once the world's mightiest seafaring power, announced Wednesday that it will shut down the last naval shipyard in England, eliminating nearly 1,000 jobs and closing a chapter of history stretching back hundreds of years. Workers in the southern city of Portsmouth have been building warships since the reign of King Henry VIII, including the famous Mary Rose. But citing dwindling demand, the government and defense contractor BAE Systems have agreed to cease construction there.
September 8, 2013
A new readon Scotland Really enjoyed "A Real Page Turner," by Kari Howard [Sept. 1]. My husband and I have been thinking about going on a distillery tour in Scotland (sounded like fun!), but that trip in literary Scotland has us rethinking it a bit. Susan Morgan Alhambra Costly money card The article "Abroad, a Plastic Alternative" [More for Your Money, Sept. 1] by Catharine Hamm mentioned the advantages of using the Travelex pre-loaded money card for international travel.
September 1, 2013 | By Kari Howard
WIGTOWN, Scotland - "You're on the road to nowhere. " The roads were getting narrower and narrower on the drive through southwestern Scotland. We had left behind the divided highway outside Glasgow, and then, somewhere near the towns with signs saying "Haste Ye Back," had lost the painted line down the middle of the two-lane road. For a few miles now, we had been on a one-track road, the kind where you must back up to the last lay-by if you meet a car coming from the other direction.
July 17, 2013 | By David Wharton
British Open officials understand some people are upset that the site of this year's tournament -- Muirfield -- is a men's-only club. But they aren't ready to do anything about it quite yet. "When things are a bit quieter, after the championship, I'm quite sure we'll be taking a look at everything to see what kind of sense we can make of it for the future," said Peter Dawson, chief executive of the Royal & Ancient, golf's governing body in...
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