Swedish pop has brought us ABBA, The Cardigans and even Avicii, but a band with links to Welsh is one of their more unique exports. By Elis Williams Since the dawn of globalisation, some cultures have borrowed ideas, words and traditions of others, adopting them as their own. From French Fries and Tex Mex in America, to the adoption of so many...
Scottish football club ownership
Just won the lottery? If you want to invest in a Scottish football club you don't necessarily need to have won the jackpot. By Angus Wright Despite its history and loyal following, Scottish football has always been viewed as a lower level of the sport by outsiders. Even the Scottish Premier League is criticised and looked down on, especially when compared...
The Bolton Strid on the River Wharfe has a rumoured 100% fatality rate for those unfortunate enough to fall into its deadly waters. What makes this idyllic stream deadlier than even the Niagara Falls? By Bev Cleary It might look like the kind of picturesque, babbling brook you would see in a Disney movie or one of those gorgeous, scenic watercourses...
It is just over a year since the biggest TV series of all time came to an end. But that has not stopped Game of Thrones fans wanting to continue the story, some even imagining what a modern day Westeros would look like today. Designer James Shadrach has created a series of wonderful maps of modern Westeros which are...
Tracey Ullman is a successful artists across multiple fields and is even credited with introducing America to the Simpsons. Yet she can walk down the street unrecognised. It is time to celebrate the genius that is Tracey Ullman. By James McKean Tracey Ullman might just have the best of both worlds. The accomplished actress, comedian, dancer, screenwriter, producer, director, author, and...
Does a part of East Germany still remain in existence today? Opinions are divided but Ernst Thälmann island in Cuba is considered by some to be the last remnant of the DDR. By Elis Williams In November 1989, the Berlin Wall separating East and West Germany was torn down, symbolising the reunification of Germany. There was no longer a poor, Soviet-led east...
If you go down to the woods today, there are no big surprises. But if you go down to the woods in future years, there might be a 500kg bear staring back at you. Great for wildlife enthusiasts, but a frightening prospect to some locals. What are the arguments for and against reintroducing bears to Scotland's forests? By James McKean Over...
Scotland has already hosted a successful Commonwealth Games this century. Could it also host an Olympic Games? By Phil Taylor The Olympic games is the most prestigious sporting event in the world as it plays host to a variety of sports and is growing every four years with more sports being added to the bill. It brings elite athletes who are...
Everyone is looking for a unique experience when travelling abroad, but do some of these experiences cross a line? Are extreme experiences such as the firing ranges in Cambodia where you can fire rocket launchers at cows just an urban myth? If not, what are the dangers involved and should those travellers who participate face prosecution for animal cruelty...
The unbelievable story of how Pepsi Cola once owned the 6th Largest Navy, but failed to win the cola wars in Eastern Europe. by James McKean During the reign of Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union existed almost entirely free of western influence. Stalin’s U.S.S.R strove for self-sufficiency, meaning minimum effort was put into forming trade relationships with other states. The Soviet Union’s...