UK History

Scottish word of the week: Sprunt – The Scotsman

Scottish word of the week: Sprunt – The Scotsman. SPRUNT is a Victorian-era Scots word that originates from the Roxburgh region. Much as the Cromarty dialect is rich with nouns and verbs of the region’s historic fishing, so the Scottish Borders’ own dialects are redolent of the area’s farming communities. The extinction of spurt is sad in itself, but it’s an increasingly familiar story of the pace of language. Just as “texting” and “selfies” offer a glimpse…

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UK History

Bletchley Park: the secret is out at last

After an £8 million restoration, the code-breaking site of Bletchley Park is ready for a flood of visitors – starting with the Duchess of Cambridge “You would never guess that this small country estate housed thousands of wartime staff and the brains that broke, among many other things, the Enigma codes” Photo: JOHN LAWRENCE By Sophie Campbell 9:31AM BST 18 Jun 2014 So, they’ve finally cracked it. Bletchley Park, the Second World War code-breaking site in Buckinghamshire, celebrates…

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Scotland

The 1980s time-warp of the London-Scotland sleeper train

Every time I go to Scotland, I want to take the Caledonian Sleeper, but don’t for one reason or another. These plans for upgrading sound irresistible, though. Across Europe, sleeper trains seem more and more of a quaint anachronism, but the UK is overhauling an old and famous overnight route, writes Adrian Quine. The overnight sleepers running between London and Scotland, are about to get a much needed facelift. The Scottish Government announced this week it…

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