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Young Turks and Braveheart

The Scottish Nationalist Party hopes to hold a referendum on Scottish independence on 24 June 2014, the 700th anniversary of the Scottish victory over the English at the Battle of Bannockburn.

Too bad they missed the opportunity to hold it on the 700th anniversary of Stirling Bridge, 11 September 1297, since thanks to Mel Gibson, William Wallace is better known these days than Robert the Bruce.

I first saw Braveheart in very odd circumstances.  In 1995 my husband and I visited Turkey.  Turkey offers everything to the tourist – history, archaeology, architecture, food and scenery – and in the aftermath of the First Gulf War, tourism had collapsed, so we had the place almost to ourselves.  I remember wandering around the ruins of the Hittite city of Hattusa with only a goat for company. Continue reading