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When going to Glasgow...
visit the The Glasgow Guide.
A hybrid of city directory and ezine, The Glasgow Guide is aimed in particular
at visitors to Scotland's largest city. Hence in answer to the question: "What
language is spoken?" it responds "English...with a very strong regional
accent". Glaswegians may be chuckling at that one. There is a fair amount
of depth to this site and an element of fun.
The 20 images
shows the different faces of the metropolis. The
information section, maps
(which allow you to search by street name), and the history
of Glasgow pages should also leave you with a strong sense of the city.
The site also pays tribute to ole "Braveheart" himself in its William
If William Wallace were around today and surfing the web, the next Scottish Pick might be one of his first ports of call. Gathering of the Clans is a well-established hub for far-flung Scots and those of Scots descent. It is one of a number of sites celebrating Scottishness. You might be looking to get back to your roots or simply touching base with other Scots online. A genealogy section offers an aid to those looking to unearth the history of their clan, its tartan and origins. As you would expect there are also numerous clan bulletin boards in Clan Chat, and the Famous Scots section reminds you just how many prominent people have come out of this small nation.
Scots will be trying to defy the odds again as their Rugby World Cup campaign kicks off at Murrayfield this month. Scottishrugby.com, a rugby ezine focusing on both Scottish league and national rugby, should be following the boys in blue as they try to recapture some of the magic of their Five Nations triumph. The site combines a mix of features, match reports and images.
For something completely different, visit D.C. Thomson & Co. This is the home for a stable of established newspaper and magazine titles. For those who grew up reading the comic, The Beano, with the troublesome duo, Dennis the Menace and Gnasher his dog, among others, it may initially be something of a culture shock seeing the characters come to life on the computer screen. The site is colourful, vibrant and full of interactive elements and games. The company has embraced the web, with even The Sunday Post, once considered a touchstone of twee Scotland, forging ahead with a fine web site some time ago. The Courier, the Dundee-orientated newspaper, and Scots Magazine, with its large ex-pat readership, may also be of interest.