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A Child's Garden of Verses - Book Review
A Child’s Garden of Verses is a small poetry collection by Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The poems, written by a parent, have spoken to generations of children, capturing imagination and sending readers to far off lands.

Fast Facts - Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands are sparsely populated compared to the rest of Britain, the majority of the population living in Inverness, Scotland’s highland city. The Highlands offer magic - deep lochs, deserted beaches, snow-capped mountains, stunning coastlines and much more...

Chris Hoy - Olympic Cyclist
Chris Hoy, winner of Olympic gold medals for track cycling in Athens, Beijing and London, was born in 1976 in Edinburgh. Hoy’s magnificent achievement of three gold medals in 2008 proved inspirational for a generation of young men and women who were aiming for the 2012 London Olympics.

The Real Robionson Crusoe
Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, published in 1719, tells the story of a man shipwrecked on an island, forced to rely on his own resources for survival. Far less famous than the fictional character is the Scottish man who inspired Defoe’s story – Alexander Selkirk...

Olympic Sportsmen
Scotland has produced some superb sportsmen, yet few have reached the heights of winning an Olympic gold. Here are some the Scottish men who have made it...

Scottish Islands
Arran, Barra, Fair Isle, Iona, Lewis and St Kilda – six of the wealth of islands Scotland has to explore. Each island has a distinct character; some have sizeable communities and easy transport links, others are largely deserted.

Scottish Cities
Scotland has seven cities. Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness climb Scotland’s eastern shores. Glasgow, to the west, is a gateway to some of the country’s wild and beautiful western islands.

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was published in 1886 – a book so popular that the term Jekyll and Hyde became a way of describing a person who had sudden mood changes or many facets (not all pleasant) to their character.

Olympic Women - Cook, Grainger, Robertson
Think of famous Scottish Olympic sportepeople and names that come to mind might include Chris Hoy, Eric Liddell, David Wilkie... Yet inspiring Scottish women have also triumphed in Olympic sports - have you heard of Stephanie Cook, Katherine Grainger and Shirley Robertson?

Queen Margaret of Scotland
Queen Margaret - Anglo-Saxon, born in Hungary in the eleventh century, brought up in the English court of her kinsman Edward the Confessor. She died in 1093 in Edinburgh Castle, where a chapel still bears her name. Her deep faith led to the church conferring sainthood on this medieval queen.

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