I can one up you here. I failed French, and Spanish. In Spanish class in university I joined a study group with two native Spanish speakers, and I invested in a tutor. I don't think foreign languages are my thing either GenSec. I want to try the Rosetta Stone method, but I don't want to pay all that money for something that may not yield results. Strangely, I have no issues learning computer langauges.
I'm working on episode 3! It's slow going due to our choppy internet connection. My parents are hogging all the badwidth with Netflix! lol! Looking for the DVDs for region 1 DVD players. The region 2 DVDs are reasonably priced.
You know, it's funny (and I'm going to show my ignorance here) but a lot of things in Scottish history (the pictii, especially) I always more or less thought of as belonging to Irish history. Whoops!
I gave up on foreign languages after the Russian debacle, lol!
Yes, alot of things traditional to Scotland and its culture have been shall we say "appropriated" by Irish sympathisers over time. This is particularly true in the USA; partly by accident i think, seems as Scots and Irish are supposed to all be "celtic" and therefore everything to do with them is interchangeable, and partly by design. I see New York pipe bands on television claiming to be "traditionally Irish" and i look at their style of bagpipes, tartan and general attire and think "nope, that Scottish". There's no doubt in my mind some groups out there have deliberately and knowingly pillaged Scottish culture for their own ends in the USA over the decades.
Online, i've spoken to many Americans who ask if i am "Scotch Irish" like its a nationality. In many universities today, the topic of Scottish history comes under "Scots-Irish studies". One lady in a chatroom once responded to my assertion that i was Scottish by saying "scratch the surface of every Scotsman and you'll find an Irishman"!
Well, i'm Scottish and i have absolutely no links whatsoever to Ireland or anything related to it!
Where i live in Scotland, Irish influence is negligable. During the 19th century our immigrant labour came from the Highlands of Scotland, not Ireland. The religious sectarian divide that you see in places like Glasgow does not exist here. In fact the most well known piece of history between the Scots of my region and the Irish was in the 17th century when a predominantly Irish Royalist army attacked the town (The Battle of Justice Mill) in 1644 then went on to rape, burn and pillage their way through it in an orgy of violence for 3 days. Even for its time the act was shockingly brutal and barbaric, particularly when you consider that the city had no real defending army to speak of. Yet the town inhabitants knew what was coming their way... the reputation of the approaching army preceded it (lets just say its soldiers didn't have a reputation for being a good Christian bunch). The town council held a debate to decide what course of action to take to the approaching threat. If it had been any other army it probably would have just surrendered the town (as some present indeed still wanted to do regardless). I think re-enactments have sometimes been made of the battle: the debate itself is certainly re-enacted in the old Town House.
So no Tales, full of dance and romance for you, while history in all its gore is for us? What if I danced to the song of Olympia? If I could I'd post that link. Can you do it? Take it from The Tales with Moira Shearer and love besotted Hoffmann (The 1951 movie)?
Oh well, I'll put on my armor and march on to Episode 5 though probably not today. How bloody is it anyway? For relief I'll dance to Olympia.
Its just not my kind of movie, Tina.
I did try to enjoy it- oh how i did try, ha ha.
I did try to find the song Olympia on youtube, but from the 1951 movie alone i kept finding different scenes all claiming to be "Olympia" so i was confused as to what i was actually supposed to be looking for. Its like there is an entire part of the movie called Olympia with songs in it. Very confusing.
Go on then, put on your armour and brave that final episode!