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This evening, I have chosen the Highland town of Grantown-on-Spey as my theme.

Grantown ranks as my favourite town in the Speyside area which in turn is known for fishing (salmon), grouse shooting, deer stalking and whisky making. Some 40pct of Scotland’s distilleries are located on Speyside.

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This evening, my theme is Dunblane Cathedral which is located in central Scotland, not far from Stirling.

The name Dunblane is, perhaps, forever embedded in the British/Scottish consciousness as a consequence of school massacre which occurred here in March 1996 when 16 children plus 1 adult were killed in a murder-suicide, an event which triggered a further tightening of Britain’s gun ownership laws.

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This evening my theme is Scotland’s Tower Houses including a selection of illustrative images.

Tower Houses date from the 14t to 15th centuries and evolved out of earlier timber structures. Although built to give an impression of defence, the actual driver was status, to impress and demonstrate wealth as, by this time, Scotland was generally a peaceable country. The actual tower was invariably not adequate in size to accommodate the household retinue and hence was generally supplemented by other buildings and accommodations which often included a large hall for entertainment purposes.

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