Il Divo – Amazing Grace – And Freedom for Scotland

The sound of the Bagpipes do strange things to a Scottish person, I think it is in our DNA, when the Bagpiper comes in at 2 minutes 15 seconds every hair on my body stands on end. I love this song, it is sung at Weddings and parties, I remember as a kid wondering why we always sung this song. As I grew older I got it. As I got older I understood what being Scottish IS. What it means and why patriotism comes so easy for me. But people the World over are patriots, be you from England, USA, China, Argentina or Russia, people love where they are from. The sheer amount of history in my country is staggering, not far from the back of my house are 2 small houses, one we think was a castle, just ruins now, but both are from the 13oo’s. When you venture to the City you can’t help but look up at Edinburgh Castle as it towers over the city. Steeped in history that made Scotland what it is today. Soon we vote on independence, but be we get it or not won’t change my ways. I am Scottish not British. I have English friends, I don’t dislike England, I just love Scotland, call me a nationalist call me what you will, I just love my Country. When I am up the town and I see a loan piper I stand or sit for an hour or more, listening to what used to be outlawed pipes by English rule, now we are free to sing and play the pipes. As things stand we have devolution, we take care of our own affairs but Westminster (London) has the purse strings. I vote #AYE because I know the battles that went before me, history I was taught as a kid come to the fore and I know on September 19th I will be crying no matter the result. I don’t care about politics, I don’t care about any political party, I care about the future of my people, my kids and of course Scotland, nothing could take me from her shores but maybe I will have to for a while due to disability. Until that day, and past that day my feet belong on Scottish soil. If you are Scottish and vote #NAW on the 18th you don’t know the history, you don’t care for the blood spilled to allow us to vote on the 18th September, NEVER FORGET WHO YOU ARE, WHERE YOU COME FROM OR MORE IMPORTANTLY, WHERE ‘WE’ ARE GOING! COME ON SCOTLAND, WE CAN AND MUST DO THIS!

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Propaganda against an independent Scotland goes into full gear! So here are some facts!

100 days today till the vote that will free my country from austerity and a regime out to look after their own and their own pockets. A quick look at the Sunday paper front pages and we see unreal propaganda aimed at the undecided and Yes voters. So I like many will highlight this in an effort to make Scottish people see it is a willing media spreading fear for a worried Government. Scottish people (You will see the list below) are the smartest on the planet, we helped shape and invent the modern World. I don’t know why but some people get offended at the truth in this. We are a clever people, so let’s remind ourselves of why we are clever and why we should not believe the hate, the lies and the propaganda that is coming our way, we MUST remain focused on FACTS. Do facts, don’t believe that rubbish below, you are better than that

First one, and pathetic!

Now if you are laughing I don’t blame you. Cancer is no laughing matter. The scientists working for a cure are all up here in Scotland, if we find a cure, we share the cure, as we would if we were in the 4 nation union. To say Cancer treatments or a cure would be harder under an independent Scotland is utterly stupid. THIS IS PROPAGANDA! We must share this, we must make people aware of it. All the #NO campaign can do is throw fear at us, there has not been one single shred of good debate fro the #No side of the argument, just fear, well listen up, don’t fall for this!

And this Joke here!

As said, same newspaper, same day. The top one is sold to English people, the bottom one to Scottish people. Look how the change the spin on the story. The Sunday Express and Daily Express are one and the same, same paper for anyone outside the UK. This is Propaganda here and we MUST be ready for more. All they have is hate and fear. The yes side doesn’t do hate, we want to tick a box with a smile on our faces and be free from Thatcherism and Austerity for EVER!

I will share some REAL issues with you here below!

Don’t be fooled by propaganda fear and lies, as a nation Scotland leads the way in innovation and we helped develop and shape the modern World, we invented the TV, Radio and Telephone and much more, here is a list, we are a clever people, lets prove how clever we are by laughing at a Westminster Government and Politicians panicking because they might lose their jobs!

What we invented:

Road transport innovations

Macadamised roads (the basis for, but not specifically, tarmac): John Loudon McAdam (1756–1836)
The pedal bicycle: Attributed to both Kirkpatrick Macmillan (1813–1878) and Thomas McCall (1834–1904)
The pneumatic tyre: Robert William Thomson and John Boyd Dunlop (1822–1873)
The overhead valve engine: David Dunbar Buick (1854–1929)
Civil engineering innovations

Tubular steel: Sir William Fairbairn (1789–1874)
The Falkirk wheel: Initial designs by Nicoll Russell Studios, Architects and engineers Binnie Black and Veatch (Opened 2002)
The patent slip for docking vessels: Thomas Morton (1781–1832)
The Drummond Light: Thomas Drummond (1797–1840)
Canal design: Thomas Telford (1757–1834)
Dock design improvements: John Rennie (1761–1821)
Crane design improvements: James Bremner (1784–1856)
Aviation innovations

Aircraft design: Frank Barnwell (1910) Establishing the fundamentals of aircraft design at the University of Glasgow.
Power innovations

Condensing steam engine improvements: James Watt (1736–1819)
Thermodynamic cycle: William John Macquorn Rankine (1820–1872)
Coal-gas lighting: William Murdoch (1754–1839) [22]
The Stirling heat engine: Rev. Robert Stirling (1790–1878)
Carbon brushes for dynamos: George Forbes (1849–1936)
The Clerk cycle gas engine: Sir Dugald Clerk (1854–1932)
The wave-powered electricity generator: by South African Engineer Stephen Salter in 1977
The Pelamis Wave Energy Converter (“red sea snake” wave energy device): Richard Yemm, 1998
Shipbuilding innovations

Europe’s first passenger steamboat: Henry Bell (1767–1830)
The first iron–hulled steamship: Sir William Fairbairn (1789–1874)
The first practical screw propeller: Robert Wilson (1803–1882)[citation needed]
Marine engine innovations: James Howden (1832–1913)
John Elder & Charles Randolph (Marine Compound expansion engine)
Military innovations

Lieutenant-General Sir David Henderson two areas:
Field intelligence. Argued for the establishment of the Intelligence Corps. Wrote Field Intelligence: Its Principles and Practice (1904) and Reconnaissance (1907) on the tactical intelligence of modern warfare during World War I.
Royal Air Force. Considered instrumental in the foundation of the British Royal Air Force.
United States Navy. Created largely by John Paul Jones, who was born in Kirkcudbrightshire.
Special forces: Founded by Sir David Stirling and other Scottish Royal Marines, the SAS was created in World War II in the North Africa campaign to go behind enemy lines to destroy and disrupt the enemy. Since then it as been regarded as the most famous and influential special forces that has inspired other countries to form their own special forces too.
Heavy industry innovations

Coal mining extraction in the sea on an artificial island by Sir George Bruce of Carnock (1575). Regarded as one of the industrial wonders of the late medieval period.
Making cast steel from wrought iron: David Mushet (1772–1847)
Wrought iron sash bars for glass houses: John C. Loudon (1783–1865)
The hot blast oven: James Beaumont Neilson (1792–1865)
The steam hammer: James Nasmyth (1808–1890)
Wire rope: Robert Stirling Newall (1812–1889)
Steam engine improvements: William Mcnaught (1831–1881)
The Fairlie, a narrow gauge, double-bogie railway engine: Robert Francis Fairlie (1831–1885)
Cordite – Sir James Dewar, Sir Frederick Abel (1889)
Agricultural innovations

Threshing machine improvements: James Meikle (c.1690-c.1780) & Andrew Meikle (1719–1811)
Hollow pipe drainage: Sir Hew Dalrymple, Lord Drummore (1700–1753)
The Scotch plough: James Anderson of Hermiston (1739–1808)
Deanstonisation soil-drainage system: James Smith (1789–1850)
The mechanical reaping machine: Rev. Patrick Bell (1799–1869)
The Fresno scraper: James Porteous (1848–1922)
The Tuley tree shelter: Graham Tuley in 1979
Communication innovations

Print stereotyping: William Ged (1690–1749)
The British Broadcasting Corporation BBC: John Reith, 1st Baron Reith (1922) its founder, first general manager and Director-general of the British Broadcasting Corporation
Roller printing: Thomas Bell (patented 1783)
The adhesive postage stamp and the postmark: James Chalmers (1782–1853)
Universal Standard Time: Sir Sandford Fleming (1827–1915)
Light signalling between ships: Admiral Philip H. Colomb (1831–1899)
The telephone: Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922)
The teleprinter: Frederick G. Creed (1871–1957)
The first working television, and colour television; John Logie Baird (1888–1946)
Radar: Robert Watson-Watt (1892–1973)
The underlying principles of Radio – James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879)
The automated teller machine and Personal Identification Number system – James Goodfellow (born 1937)
The Waverley pen nib innovations thereof: Duncan Cameron (1850) The popular “Waverley” was unique in design with a narrow waist and an upturned tip designed to made the ink flow more smoothly on the paper.
Publishing firsts

The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica (1768–81)
The first English textbook on surgery(1597)
The first modern pharmacopaedia, William Cullen (1776). The book became ‘Europe’s principal text on the classification and treatment of disease’. His ideas survive in the terms nervous energy and neuroses (a word that Cullen coined).
The first postcards and picture postcards in the UK
The first eBook from a UK administration (March 2012). Scottish Government publishes ‘Your Scotland, Your Referendum’.[63][citation needed]
The educational foundation of Ophthalmology: Stewart Duke-Elder in his ground breaking work including ‘Textbook of Ophthalmology and fifteen volumes of System of Ophthalmology’
Culture and the Arts

Scottish National Portrait Gallery, designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson (1889): the world’s first purpose-built portrait gallery.
Fictional characters

Sherlock Holmes, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Peter Pan, by J.M. Barrie, born in Kirriemuir, Angus
Long John Silver and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
John Bull: by John Arbuthnot although seen as a national personification of the United Kingdom in general, and England in particular, the character of John Bull was invented by Arbuthnot in 1712
Scientific innovations

Logarithms: John Napier (1550–1617)
Modern Economics founded by Adam Smith (1776) ‘The father of modern economics’ with the publication of The Wealth of Nations.
Modern Sociology: Adam Ferguson (1767) ‘The Father of Modern Sociology’ with his work An Essay on the History of Civil Society
Hypnotism: James Braid (1795–1860) the Father of Hypnotherapy
Tropical medicine: Sir Patrick Manson known as the father of Tropical Medicine
Modern Geology: James Hutton ‘The Founder of Modern Geology’
The theory of Uniformitarianism: James Hutton (1788): a fundamental principle of Geology the features of the geologic time takes millions of years.
The theory of electromagnetism: James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879)
The discovery of the Composition of Saturn’s Rings James Clerk Maxwell (1859): determined the rings of Saturn were composed of numerous small particles, all independently orbiting the planet. At the time it was generally thought the rings were solid. The Maxwell Ringlet and Maxwell Gap were named in his honor.
The Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution by James Clerk Maxwell (1860): the basis of the kinetic theory of gases, that speeds of molecules in a gas will change at different temperatures. The original theory first hypothesised by Maxwell and confirmed later in conjunction with Ludwig Boltzmann.
Popularising the decimal point: John Napier (1550–1617)
The first theory of the Higgs boson by Anglo-Scot Peter Higgs particle-physics theorist at the University of Edinburgh (1964)
The Gregorian telescope: James Gregory (1638–1675)
The discovery of Proxima Centauri, the closest known star to the Sun, by Robert Innes (1861–1933)
One of the earliest measurements of distance to the Alpha Centauri star system, the closest such system outside of the Solar System, by Thomas Henderson(1798–1844)
The discovery of Centaurus A, a well–known starburst galaxy in the constellation of Centaurus, by James Dunlop (1793–1848)
The discovery of the Horsehead Nebula in the constellation of Orion, by Williamina Fleming (1857–1911)
The world’s first oil refinery and a process of extracting paraffin from coal laying the foundations for the modern oil industry: James Young (1811–1883)
The identification of the minerals yttrialite, thorogummite, aguilarite and nivenite: by William Niven (1889)
The concept of latent heat: Joseph Black (1728–1799)
Discovering the properties of Carbon dioxide: Joseph Black (1728–1799)
The concept of Heat capacity: Joseph Black (1728–1799)
The pyroscope, atmometer and aethrioscope scientific instruments: Sir John Leslie (1766–1832)
Identifying the nucleus in living cells: Robert Brown (1773–1858)
Incandescent light bulb: James Bowman Lindsay (1799-1862)
Colloid chemistry: Thomas Graham (1805–1869)
The kelvin SI unit of temperature: William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824–1907)
Devising the diagramatic system of representing chemical bonds: Alexander Crum Brown (1838–1922)
Criminal fingerprinting: Henry Faulds (1843–1930) [99]
The noble gases: Sir William Ramsay (1852–1916)
The cloud chamber recording of atoms: Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869–1959)
The discovery of the Wave of Translation, leading to the modern general theory of solitons by John Scott Russell (1808-1882)
Statistical graphics: William Playfair founder of the first statistical line charts, bar charts, and pie charts in (1786) and (1801) known as a scientific ‘milestone’ in statistical graphs and data visualization
The Arithmetic mean density of the Earth: Nevil Maskelyne conducted the Schiehallion experiment conducted at the Scottish mountain of Schiehallion, Perthshire1774
The first isolation of methylated sugars, trimethyl and tetramethyl glucose: James Irvine
Discovery of the Japp–Klingemann reaction: to synthesize hydrazones from β-keto-acids (or β-keto-esters) and aryl diazonium salts 1887
Pioneering work on nutrition and poverty: John Boyd Orr (1880–1971)
Ferrocene synthetic substances: Peter Ludwig Pauson in 1955
The first cloned mammal (Dolly the Sheep): Was conducted in The Roslin Institute research centre in 1996
The seismometer innovations thereof: James David Forbes
Metaflex fabric innovations thereof: University of St. Andrews (2010) application of the first manufacturing fabrics that manipulate light in bending it around a subject. Before this such light manipulating atoms were fixed on flat hard surfaces. The team at St Andrews are the first to develop the concept to fabric.[114]
Tractor beam innovations thereof: St. Andrews University (2013) the world’s first to succeed in creating a functioning Tractor beam that pulls objects on a microscopic level
Macaulayite: Dr. Jeff Wilson of the Macaulay Institute, Aberdeen.
Dscovery of Catacol whitebeam by Scottish Natural Heritage and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (1990s): a rare tree endemic and unique to the Isle of Arran in south west Scotland. The trees were confirmed as a distinct species by DNA testing.
Sports innovations

Main article: Sport in Scotland
Scots have been instrumental in the invention and early development of several sports:

Football
several modern athletics events, i.e. shot put and the hammer throw, derive from Highland Games and earlier 12th century Scotland
Curling
Gaelic handball The modern game of handball is first recorded in Scotland in 1427, when King James I an ardent handball player had his men block up a cellar window in his palace courtyard that was interfering with his game.
Cycling, invention of the pedal-cycle
Golf (see Golf in Scotland)
Shinty The history of Shinty as a non-standardised sport pre-dates Scotland the Nation. The rules were standardised in the 19th century by Archibald Chisholm
Rugby sevens: Ned Haig and David Sanderson (1883)
The Dugout was invented by Aberdeen FC Coach Donald Colmanin the 1920s
Medical innovations

Pioneering the use of surgical anaesthesia with Chloroform: Sir James Young Simpson (1811–1870)
The hypodermic syringe: Alexander Wood (1817–1884)
Transplant rejection: Professor Thomas Gibson (1940s) the first medical doctor to understand the relationship between donor graft tissue and host tissue rejection and tissue transplantation by his work on aviation burns victims during World War II.
The ultrasound scanner: Ian Donald (1910–1987)
The MRI body scanner: John Mallard and James Huchinson from (1974–1980)
Discovery of hypnotism (November 1841): James Braid (1795–1860)
Identifying the mosquito as the carrier of malaria: Sir Ronald Ross (1857–1932)
Identifying the cause of brucellosis: Sir David Bruce (1855–1931)
Discovering the vaccine for typhoid fever: Sir William B. Leishman (1865–1926)
Discovery of Staphylococcus: Sir Alexander Ogston (1880)
Discovering the Human papillomavirus vaccine Ian Frazer (2006): the second cancer preventing vaccine, and the world’s first vaccine designed to prevent a cancer[135]
Discovering insulin: John J R Macleod (1876–1935) with others The discovery led him to be awarded the 1923 Nobel prize in Medicine.
Penicillin: Sir Alexander Fleming (1881–1955)
General anaesthetic – Pionered by Scotsman James Young Simpson and Englishman John Snow
The establishment of standardized Ophthalmology University College London: Stewart Duke-Elder a pioneering Ophthalmologist
The first hospital Radiation therapy unit John Macintyre (1902): to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illness at Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Pioneering of X-ray cinematography by John Macintyre (1896): the first moving real time X-ray image and the first KUB X-ray diagnostic image of a kidney stone in situ
The Haldane effect a property of hemoglobin first described by John Scott Haldane (1907)
Oxygen Therapy John Scott Haldane (1922): with the publication of ‘The Theraputic Administration of Oxygen Therapy’ beginning the modern era of Oxygen therapy[142]
Ambulight PDT: light-emitting sticking plaster used in photodynamic therapy (PDT) for treating non-melanoma skin cancer. Developed by Ambicare Dundee’s Ninewells Hospital and St Andrews University. (2010)
Discovering an effective tuberculosis treatment: Sir John Crofton in the 1950s
Primary creator of the artificial kidney (Professor Kenneth Lowe – Later Queen’s physician in Scotland)
Developing the first beta-blocker drugs: Sir James W. Black in 1964 The discovery revolutionized the medical management of angina and is considered to be one of the most important contributions to clinical medicine and pharmacology of the 20th century. In 1988 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Developing modern asthma therapy based both on bronchodilation (salbutamol) and anti-inflammatory steroids (beclomethasone dipropionate) : Sir David Jack in 1972
Glasgow coma scale: Graham Teasdale and Bryan J. Jennett (1974)
Glasgow Outcome Scale Bryan J. Jennett & Sir Michael Bond (1975): is a scale so that patients with brain injuries, such as cerebral traumas
Glasgow Anxiety Scale J.Mindham and C.A Espie (2003)
Glasgow Depression Scale Fiona Cuthill (2003): the first accurate self-report scale to measure the levels of depression in people with learning disabilities
EKG [Electrocardiography]: Alexander Muirhead (1911)
The first Decompression tables John Scott Haldane (1908): to calculate the safe return of deep-sea divers to surface atmospheric pressure
Surface Enhanced Raman Scattering (SERS): Strathclyde University (2014) A laser and nanoparticle test to detect Meningitis or multiple pathogenic agents at the same time.
Household innovations

The television John Logie Baird (1923)
The refrigerator: William Cullen (1748)
The first electric bread toaster: Alan MacMasters (1893)
The flush toilet: Alexander Cummings (1775)
The Dewar flask: Sir James Dewar (1847–1932)
The first distiller to triple distill Irish whiskey: John Jameson (Whisky distiller)
The piano footpedal: John Broadwood (1732–1812)
The first automated can-filling machine John West (1809–1888)
The waterproof macintosh: Charles Macintosh (1766–1843)
The kaleidoscope: Sir David Brewster (1781–1868)
Keiller’s marmalade Janet Keiller (1797) – The first recipe of rind suspended marmalade or Dundee marmalade produced in Dundee.
The modern lawnmower: Alexander Shanks (1801–1845)
The Lucifer friction match: Sir Isaac Holden (1807–1897)
The self filling pen: Robert Thomson (1822–1873)
Cotton-reel thread: J & J Clark of Paisley
Lime cordial: Lauchlan Rose in 1867
Bovril beef extract: John Lawson Johnston in 1874
The electric clock: Alexander Bain (1840)
Chemical Telegraph (Automatic Telegraphy) Alexander Bain (1846) In England Bain’s telegraph was used on the wires of the Electric Telegraph Company to a limited extent, and in 1850 it was used in America.
Weapons innovations

The carronade cannon: Robert Melville (1723–1809)
The Ferguson rifle: Patrick Ferguson in 1770 or 1776
The Lee bolt system as used in the Lee-Metford and Lee-Enfield series rifles: James Paris Lee
The Ghillie suit [174]
The percussion cap: invented by Scottish Presbyterian clergyman Alexander Forsyth
Miscellaneous innovations

Boys’ Brigade[
Bank of England devised by William Paterson
Bank of France devised by John Law
The industrialisation and modernisation of Japan by Thomas Blake Glover
Kirin Brewing Company founded by Thomas Blake Glover
Colour photography: the first known permanent colour photograph was taken by James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879)
Safetray invented by Alison Grieve
Buick Motor Company by David Dunbar Buick
New York Herald newspaper by James Gordon Bennett, Sr.
Pinkerton National Detective Agency by Allan Pinkerton
Forbes Magazine by B. C. Forbes
The Calendar
The establishment of modern Indian educational institutions: Alexander Duff the establishment of mass Hindu education thereof
The establishment of a standardized botanical institute: Isaac Bayley Balfour major reform, development of botanical science, the concept of garden infrastructure therein improving scientific facilities[
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: founded by Sir Patrick Manson in 1899

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