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Scotland is Not for the Squeamish

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In his second work in a trilogy involving the Celtic identity, Watkins mingles poetry, history, and song with tall and true tales of his adventures in the Scottish Highlands. Whether shanghaied on a ship to the Arctic Circle, hunting for gold in the mountains, sinking a docked barge, shooting the breeze with ghosts at a pub, or bedazzling friends with druid magic, Watkins ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published October 1st 2000 by Ruminator Books
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Feb 05, 2009 Mara rated it it was amazing
This book was funny, engaging, and all-around interesting. I thought it gave a great feel for the Scottish people (and the Irish), and parts of it reminded me of the crazy co-op days. Definitely a great read if you're interested in Scotland and Celtic history in general. And if you're not, it's still a great adventure. I read it really quickly, which is really saying something. Also, there's a great glossary in the front that is also pretty funny. I'm excited to read the other two books in his t ...more
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Feb 17, 2016 Tom McClelland rated it it was amazing
Bill Watkins has a way with words, mixing Scottish and Irish expressions with ease. His lingo makes for slower reading at times, but it is worth the effort. You can learn that bollocks are testicles, and a bloke is a young man, hopefully with bollocks. His adventures as a maturing bloke are a travel adventure and a life-learning tale. He has a sing-songy approach to life and keeps on plugging. When the bloke is broke, he writes “I had nothing in my pockets but my hands.” Simple sentences jump ou ...more
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The author is a friend of mine, and yes... he talks exactly the way he writes.
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Oct 16, 2007 Angi M rated it it was amazing
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Very interesting people & place. I loved this book! It's really funny & full of interesting bits of historical info & folk wisdom & superstition- all things I love.
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I read this book about 12 years ago and loved it then. I reread it again and I have to say I liked it just as much now. Great story telling. Worth the read.
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Bill Watkins was born in Birmingham, England, to a Welsh/Irish family in 1950. His bilingual parents were notable traditional singers. Having learned to play the tin whistle, fiddle, guitar, banjo and mandolin at an early age, Bill is also an accomplished singer/songwriter whose most
famous ditty, The Errant Apprentice, has been recorded worldwide. Now living in Minneapolis, he serves as the cultur
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