September 18, 2014


The Scottish Declaration of Independence, April 6th 1320

The Declaration of Arbroath was made in the form of a letter, composed in Latin and submitted to Pope John XXII in the year of 1320. Its purpose was to get the pope to acknowledge Robert the Bruce as the country’s lawful king, to assert Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state and to defend Scotland’s right to use military force when unjustly attacked. It was most likely drafted in the scriptorium of Arbroath Abbey by Abbot Bernard on behalf of the nobles and barons of Scotland. Eight earls and about forty barons attached their seals to the Declaration. The following is one of its most popular excerpts:

"As long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, that we are fighting, but for freedom - for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself."

The Declaration of Arbroath represents the founding of the Scottish nation and it has been credited as being part of the inspiration for the American Declaration of Independence.

Photos and info about each individual seal…

PDF transcript and translation of the Declaration of Arbroath…

(via somebrightneuroticstar)

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September 18, 2014

Howard Shore / Annie Lennox — Into The West


Probably one of the most moving pieces of music used in a film’s credit sequence, that I’ve ever come across. 

September 18, 2014


Tell me where it hurts - Garbage

mighty fine lyrics to this fantastic track.

September 18, 2014


Frightened Rabbit — I Feel Better

It kinda worries me that my kid loves Frightened Rabbit so much.  Scottish melancholy?  This is pretty uplifting for them.

September 18, 2014

Frightened Rabbit — Fuck This Place


"So I stand, still boring and bored

Itching my eye again, against the wall”

September 18, 2014


Camera Obscura - French Navy

September 18, 2014


Right Action // Franz Ferdinand

I love that Kanye West called FF’s sound “white crunk”.

September 18, 2014


Franz Ferdinand - Stand on the Horizon

September 18, 2014

Franz Ferdinand — Lucid Dreams (Alternate Version)

(Source: crocomire)

September 18, 2014

Franz Ferdinand — Eleanor Put Your Boots On



But if you run, you can run

to the Coney Island Roller Coaster.

Ride to the highest point

and leap across the filthy water.

Wow do I love this.