For sale: Drambuie the iconic Scottish liqueur – The Scotsman

I’m a few book sales short of the market value, or I’d make an offer. 😉


23 May 2014

ITS recipe was gifted to a clan chief by Bonnie Prince Charlie as a reward for helping him while he was on the run after defeat at the Battle of Culloden.

Now Scottish liqueur brand Drambuie is to be sold by the family who have owned it for 100 years…

For sale: Drambuie the iconic Scottish liqueur – The Scotsman.

Scottish fact of the week: Black Agnes – The Scotsman



WOMEN have tended to be bit-part players in the histories of Scotland. With exception to those of royal descent – Mary, Queen of Scots being a famous example – and the infamous witch trials of centuries past, it would be fair to say the roles of women have been underplayed.

Black Agnes is an exception. So-called because of her unusual olive complexion and dark hair, Agnes (or Agnes Randolph, Countess of Dunbar and March as she was formally known) defended her home, Castle Dunbar, from a siege led by the Earl of Salisbury in 1338.


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Zhang Yimou’s historical romance is heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinarily lives affected by political upheaval.

Maggie Lee

Filmmaking doesn’t get more traditional or timeless than Chinese master Zhang Yimou’s “Coming Home,” a family drama of guilt, love and reconciliation set during the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution. Heartbreaking in its depiction of ordinary lives affected by political upheaval, this ode to the fundamental values that survive even under such dire circumstances has an epic gravity that recalls another great historical romance, “Doctor Zhivago.” While younger viewers may find Zhang’s classical style and grungy period backdrop too unfashionable to engage, the film’s rich melodramatic thrust has opened the floodgates for domestic audiences, grossing nearly $19.6 million in five days. Sony Classics will release the film Stateside.

(via ‘Coming Home’ Review: Gong Li Stars in Zhang Yimou’s Romantic Drama | Variety)