Claire : You called me about both of us going to Scotland. But why? You told me about a painting, but where is it? Can I see it? Karine : Yes, you can. Here it is. What do you think? Claire : Well, I don’t know. What about you? Karine : I think I know him. Don’t you think there is a sort of likeness between us? Claire : Well, apart the skirt… his face is …. Karine : It isn’t a skirt, it’s a kilt. Scottish men’s clothes. You know the Scots and the Bretons are very close, like « cousins ». Maybe he’s one of my family, an ancestor of mine. Claire : So you want to go to Scotland to look for your ancestors. Ok, I agree. Shall we go? Karine : Yes, let’s go.
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In Glasgow, Scotland Claire : so, we’ve landed safely, haven’t we? Karine : Yes, and it was fast. A one and half hour flight, that’s convenient. Claire : The train will take us to Glasgow. Karine : I’ve never been to Glasgow, have you ? Claire : Yes, I have, once, some time ago. Karine : Is it a nice town? Claire : There’s nothing particularly interesting about it. I like Edinburgh better; with its old castle. Karine : I’m impatient… The train, the train is coming….
Claire : It isn’t cold. Karine : No, it isn’t. It’s fine, I feel… It must be about 22 degrees. Claire : I’d say 20. Karine : I’m just wearing a tee-shirt. Claire : yes, it’s sunny and there are no clouds. It’s half past twelve in France, what time is it in England? Karine : There is a one hour gap, it’s half past eleven. Claire : So, there is one hour less, it’s earlier. Karine : Yes, it is. England is more to the west of France. Likewise Scotland, there is a one hour difference. Claire : We must change the time on our watches. Karine : I haven’t changed mine yet. I’d better do it now.
Visit Glasgow with Gordon and Billy CONNOLY (and love his wonderful Scottish accent). Subtitles are available by clicking on the icon, or choose subtitles in "parametres": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-GkAsPP6Zw Malheureusement, la traduction automatique ne comprend pas bien l'accent de Billy CONNOLY et il y a donc quelques erreurs de traduction : ainsi le mot "Glasgow" n'est pas reconnu.
Billy CONNOLY's official website: http://billyconnolly.com
Karine : This cathedral was built in the 12th century. It’s not the original building on this location. The first one was built at the end of the 6th century. But it was destroyed. Do you know that a monk, Saint Mungo, created the town of Glasgow, and he was buried somewhere here? Claire : Oh yes… they are tombs, not like in France. Karine : It’s a nice green place here, isn’t it? Claire : yes, it is.
Claire : I think this is it. Yes, I think it’s the oldest house in town. Karine : It’s more than five hundred years old. It was built in 1471. It was built for an abbot called Murhead. Claire : The word Glasgow means green place in Gaelic. It’s a very old language, similar to that of Brittany. I thought Glasgow would be polluted, but it’s quite green, isn’t it? Karine : First of all, Glasgow was a harbour, with ships trading with America. This is why the town expanded. There was a shipyard on the river Clyde, then came the train industry. Visit the oldest house in Glasgow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmqvMlMLnB4&t=125s
Claire : Where are we going to now? Karine : We’re going to Donaldson’s school. Claire : Yes, I’ve heard of it. It’s the Edinburgh school for the deaf. But why go there? Karine : Because the school is going to move from here, in two years time. Maybe my ancestor was deaf like me. Maybe he studied in that school. Claire : Or maybe he was a teacher there. Karine : I don’t think so, there were no deaf teachers at that time. Do you know why this school is called Donaldson’s? Claire : Yes, I do. I’ve heard the story. James Donaldson was a wealthy man in Edinburgh, a printer. And he gave his money to build a hospital for the poor.
Karine : Yes, he did. It was a hospital, but it was a school as well. A place where people were taken care of, but taught also, mainly deaf children. Claire : When was that school built? Karine : In eighteen fifty-one. Claire : How do we get there? Karine : We can walk, it’s not far. Just round the corner. Fly over Donaldson's: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q17DS9dHeDs
Karine : It will be a surprise. Claire : This is the perfect Victorian style. Karine : It is said that queen Victoria wanted to buy the place, but the administrators refused. She was vexed, and every time she passed by Donaldson’s, she would close the curtains oh her coach, not to see it. Claire : I read in an information brochure that pupils come not only from Scotland, but from all over the United Kingdom. Including islands, some pupils fly to Edinburgh, but not every day. Some pupils are boarders. Karine : Now there are some hearing pupils, with language problems, and some learn sign language. Claire : Yes, I’ve heard about BSL classes, there are also lipreading classes for parents.
Karine : Now, sign language has been recognised by the British Parliament, and Scotland is the first country to accept sign language for examinations. Claire : We haven’t eaten since this morning, and we’ve been travelling for four hours. I’m hungry. We haven’t eaten or drunk anything.
Karine : I quite understand. There is an Indian restaurant round the corner, shall we go there?
A message in BSL from Donaldson's schoolboy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HxRxL8DYa-8
Claire: Look! This is the castle where Scottish Kings used to live from the eleventh century. This is where Prince James was born and became James VI. Karine: Why are you talking to me about James VI? Claire: Because he was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. She was Queen Elizabeth Ist’s enemy, England and Scotland were at war. Mary was put in jail by Elzabeth 1st, and she was beheaded later. Then her son James became James VI, King of Scotland. But when Elizabeth 1st died, she had no children, no heir. Her closest relative was Mary, so Mary’s son, James VI of Scotland, became James Ist of England in 1603. Karine: And this is why the British flag is made up of the crosses of the English and Scottish flags. But I don’t think my family is related to the Royal Family…. Shall we go to the Royal Mile? It’s this way. Visit Edinburgh's castle (with subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOeHKDo3wQw
Claire: It’s tiring! Karine: Now, we’re going to visit the Royal Mile. Claire: What is it? Karine: It’s the name of a succession of streets that come down from Edinburgh castle to Holyrood palace. They were called the Royal Mile. You know one mile is 1,609.31 metres, but the Royal Mile is longer: 1,707.14 metres. Claire: This is why it’s called Royal, because it goes from one castle to another, but where is it? Karine: I think it’s nearby. Let’s go and see! Karine: This is the Royal Mile. Edinburgh castle is up here, and the other castle down there. I think my ancestor must have come here. We must ask and get information. Visit the Royal Mile (with subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjUCfmzajM8&t=69s
Claire : Is this an Anglican or a Catholic church? Karine : Let me look at the guide-book for information! It is a cathedral. It was Catholic but it became Protestant in the XVIth century. The man who spread Protestantism in Scotland is very famous, his name is John Knox. Claire : And his house is still standing, a very old one. Shall we visit it? This is it, his house. Karine : This is a tartan museum, you know Scottish clothes. We could go in, show the painting, and ask if they know my ancestor’s family. Claire : No, that’s another subject, not today’s. Visit Saint Giles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=di2nsAM6clI
Claire : So, Scottish men still wear kilts, don’t they? Karine : Yes, they do. Every family has its own tartan. Claire : What is the tartan? Karine : You noticed there were many different kilt colours, didn’t you? Claire : Yes, I did. Many, many… Karine : Look! There can be different patterns and different colours as well. This makes different tartans, every family, every clan has its own. Claire : So, if you have your family tartan, you can find your family ame, can’t you? Karine : That’s right, I took a catalogue to compare it with my painting. Do you want to visit a kilt maker factory? Click on this link and don't forget the subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jE__DYSM6U
Claire: I think the national Scottish meal is haggis. But do you know what it is? Karine: This is Scotland famous national dish. It is made of sheep’s pluck with spices in a sheep’s stomach. But before you eat your haggis, the tradition says that someone must recite a poem entitled «to a haggis». Claire : You make me feel hungry. I am going to order. What do you want? Karine : Not haggis, thank you. Claire: I’ll have it. This is haggis, do you want to try it? Karine: Just a little bit. It’s good, but spicy. Claire: I’m going to try. It’s good. Karine: For me. Thank you. Karine and Claire: Enjoy your meal.
Meet a champion haggis maker: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwiFBt8a9vc&t=18s
Claire: So, have you found your family tartan in the book? Have you compared it with your painting? Karine: I think this is the same one. Claire: I think so too. But what clan is it? The MacDonalds. Karine: Yes, I’m sure it is. The MacDonalds used to live in Urquhart castle. Claire: This is a ruined castle, near a lake: Loch Ness. Karine: Yes it is. It’s in the North of Scotland, in the Highlands. The South is called the Lowlands, with Glasgow and Edinburgh. In the North, you have mountains, and the famous Highland games. Shall we go? Claire: Yes, I saw a poster about Highland games, like tossing the caber. But what is the town nearest to Loch Ness? Karine: It’s Inverness. Please, could you give me the train timetable?
In INVERNESS Karine: I’m impatient to see the castle where my family used to live. Claire: I would like to go to the hotel first. Karine: No, afterwards. Let’s take a taxi, it’s faster. The bus is too slow. Claire: But a bus is cheaper. Karine: Yes, it is. A taxi is more expensive, that’s true, but it’s faster, it’s better. Let’s go!
Karine : This is my ancestor’s castle, one of the oldest castles in Scotland. Claire : This is the world famous Loch Ness. Karine : I’m disappointed, I thought it was an outstanding castle, it’s not. It’s in ruins. Claire : In Scotland, castles are very important, including this one. Karine : I’ve been told that my family, the MacDonalds, won and lost the castle several times during wars with the English. And they lasted for two hundred years. Claire : Let’s go and see the Loch.
Claire : The Loch is forty kilometres long, and two hundred and thirty metres deep. It is the deepest lake in the United Kingdom. The temperature on the surface is twelve degrees maximum. But the deep waters are much colder: four degrees all year round. The Loch is twelve metres above sea level. Karine : In the old days, the monster was not famous. The first text that talks about it dates back to the 6th century, Saint Columba came from Ireland to Scotland. He is said to have killed the monster with his Cross. Click on the link below to watch a programme about the Loch Ness monster (and with subtitles): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WR-mNHIsBf4&t=315s
Claire: When a road was built around the Loch, more and more people witnessed seeing the monster. Karine: I’m not afraid of monsters, what frightens me more are ghosts. Maybe my ancestor is somewhere around here. Claire: I’m not afraid of ghosts, I don’t believe in them. It’s getting dark, we’d better go. Karine: Look over there! The ghost: You have come to deliver me, thank you!
Back to Karine's home Claire: Do you remember the painting? He looks different now. Karine: He is smiling now. Before he had a sad cold face. Now he looks happy. Claire: It’s different. On the other painting, he was holding a sword, now he’s playing the bagpipes. What does it mean? Karine: I think it’s a message. He’s happy and he is free. Free. I am sure that you do want to visit Scotland now, click below to plan your journey: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRhqRnj2sY0
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