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Baobhan Sith

A very dangerous female vampire who haunted the highland regions.

Bean Nighe
The Scottish version of the washer woman at the ford. She always wore green and had webbed feet. She was not always a death portent, and would grant three wishes in certain circumstances.

Baisd Bheulach
A shapeshifting demon who haunted the Odail Pass on the Isle of Skye, its howls could be heard in the night.

Black Donald
In Scottish folklore, Black Donald is the Devil. It is said that the Devil is good at all jobs except for one, tailoring, because when the Devil is among the tailors they close up shop so he has never learned to baste. He can take many disguises including an old man in a black suit but whatever disguise he takes, he’s always giving himself away because of his cloven feet which cannot be shod.

Blue Men of The Minch
Water spirits that haunted the straight called the Minch, between the Shiant Islands and Long Island in the Highlands. They lived in clans in underwater caves and were blamed for shipwrecks.

A dark grey humanoid figure who was thought to foretell the death of members in a clan.

Bodachan Sabhaill (the little old man of the barn)
A spirit who haunted barns in Scotland, in common with a brownie he would occupy his time doing farming chores.

A gigantic black bird, which is supposed to have lived in the lochs of Argyllshire. It had webbed feet and fed on cattle.

The name of a brownie in Shetland and Orkney.

Scots Gaelic for shapeless thing, a creature of the night.

Brown Man of the Muirs
A supernatural guardian of the wild creatures from the Border region of Scotland. He wore brown clothes, and had a shock of red frizzy hair and wild eyes.

A generic term for fairies in England and Scotland, they were generally benevolent but could turn bad if they were neglected. They were small in appearance and wore brown clothing.

Cailleach Bheur
A blue faced hag of the highlands associated with winter and a guardian of animals. She may represent a crone aspect of the triple goddess once worshiped by the ancient Britons.

Cait Sith
A supernatural cat from the Highland region, the creature was as big as a dog and completely black apart from one white spot on its breast. Perhaps the belief is related to some of the mystery black cats that have been caught in the region.

A banshee like spirit attached to the clans of the Highlands, who could be heard wailing at the bottom of waterfalls before there is death or catastrophe within the clan. Her name means ‘the weeper’.

The Argyll version of the washer woman at the ford, a banshee who foretell death in the clans.

A Highland mermaid whose contact, in common with most mermaids, is perilous to mankind. If captured she would grant 3 wishes.

A cave dwelling spirit localised to the Highlands.

Coliunn Gun Cheann (The Headless Trunk)
A huge hulking monster with no head who haunted the Macdonald lands near Morar House. Travellers would often be found mutilated by the creature. The creature was banished after defeat by a clan member.

Crodh Mara
Highland fairy water cattle.

Cu Sith
A green phantom dog who haunted the highland regions. The creature was the size of large calf and could hunt in silence.

A dangerous river sprite that haunts Glen Cuaich in Invernesshire.

A monster with one leg and one arm who haunted Glen Etive.

A shape shifting Scottish Fairy, who could take the form of a pony or an old man or woman.

Similar to the Red Cap these creatures haunted the old fortresses of the Borders. They are thought to be the folk memory of foundation sacrifices.

Each Uisge
The highland water horse of the sea and sea lochs. It would usually appears as a fine horse, anybody trying to mount it would become attached to its adhesive skin. It would then rush into the deepest part of the loch and devour its victim.

A highland spirit with one leg and one hand standing from a ridge on its chest.

Scottish/Pictish magician, warrior and poet.

A highland water demon which inhabited Loch Na Fideil near Gairloch. The creature used to drag women and children under the water and devour them.

A generic term for Scottish water spirits who dwell in the sea in rivers, and in fresh water and sea lochs.

Gentle Annis
A spirit said to cause the gales in the Firth of Cromarty.

Ghillie Dhu Gille Dubh
A benevolent fairy who was said to haunt a birch grove at the end of Loch Druing near Gairloch. It wore clothes of moss and lichen and had black hair.

Fairies with golden hair who helped around farms.

A highland brownie who helped around the farms.

A highland brownie who helped around the farms.

A border fairy associated with spinning.

One version of the Orkney and Shetland Trow.

Joint Eater
An invisible fairy who sits next to people and eats their food so that they gain no benefit from it.

A shapeshifting water horse that haunted Scottish rivers. It often appeared as a horse but it could take the form of a man and leap at passers by.

A water and spinning fairy from the Hebrides.

A dangerous water spirit who haunted the loch of the black trout on the Isle of Skye.

Monster of Loch Ness
mythical? Surely not…. First seen by St Columba in 565 a.d

A Shetland sea monster with many eyes, probably a misidentified fish or sea creature.

A blue faced hag who takes several forms, she is similar to the Cailleach Bheur.

Noggle / Nuggle
The Shetland version of the water horse, it was often associated with water mills.

A hideous creature part horse and part man with long sinewy arms. The creature had no skin and its muscle structure and veins could clearly be seen. It had an aversion to fresh water.

A Perthshire water monster.

Another name for the Picts, who were often seen as fairies by the conquering Scots many hundreds of years later.

Another name for the Red Caps who haunted the Border regions.

A Perthshire water spirit who haunted a pool near Pitlochry.

Red cap
A fearsome spirit who haunted the old border castles, he was wiry and small, with Iron claws and a red bonnet. They dipped their hats in their victims blood to give them their red colour.

Seal spirits who could take human form on land. They often intermarried with mortals.

A male water spirit from the Borders region. They wore shells and could be dangerous.

The Gaelic name for fairies in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland. Fairies are known to steal children and replace them with Changelings, their own offspring. At their best, fairies are tricksters.

A sea spirit from the Isle of Lewis.

A water horse from the Shetland Isles, they took the appearance of a small horse.

A name given to a group of very dangerous spirits from the highlands. They were known as the unforgiven dead. They were always malevolent and sometimes thought to be fallen angels.

The lowland name for the Will o’ the Wisp.

A shapeshifting sea spirit from the Orkney and Shetland Isles

Supposed to be the spirits of babies who have died without baptism they manifested as lights, localised to North East Scotland. A similar explanation is given for the West Country Pixies.

A spirit very similar to a faun in that they are half human and half goat. They are said to haunt pools and waterfalls.

Water Wraiths
Female water spirits who drag people down into the depths. They dressed in green and had withered faces.

A Shetland supernatural creature with the body of man and a wolfs head. They were said to be benevolent.
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OK - I'm starting to use this more - not just as a blog, but where to put my writing. This is in no small part inspired by writing about writing's plans to let people share their work - and I need a link to it!

But it is also very nice to be able to put work here and be able to find it again easily. Tags are awesome.
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I tried to warn them!
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Someone please tell me that exit polls aren't really that accurate, right?
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We're recruiting for a senior developer at mine - give me a shout if interested. It's at OPP in Oxford (www.opp.com) and I love it here!
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I completely agree with Leonard's mum in TBBT when Penny said that she must be proud (of her kids) "Why? They're not my acheivements!"

But still proud of the Scottish Parliament and the leaders of all the major parties there. (OK, happy and generally approving of the leaders of all the major Scottish parties. You all rock.)
So I don't always agree with you, but, when it comes to things that matter -

You stick together against the bigots.

A few recent examples:

Together against sexism.

11/3/2015. A photoshopped image of Nicola Sturgeon (SNP First Minister) in a tartan bikini on a Miley Cyrus-type wrecking ball appeared in one of the more unsavoury newspapers.

Her two main opponents in the parliament are Ruth Davidson, the Conservative leader, and Kezia Dugdale, Labour deputy leader (and leader inside parliament as Jim Murphy doesn't have a seat).

Ruth Davidson tweeted: “Seriously? In 2015? This is where we are with women in politics? #EverydaySexism”

Kezia Dugdale tweeted: “Just seen the Sun coverage of @NicolaSturgeon – just like every other attack based on her gender, it’s utterly unacceptable.”

Together against racism.

On/around 14/3/2015, UKIP MEP David Coburn said, of the SNP Europe & International development Minister, "Humza Yousaf, or as I call him, Abu Hamza".

Ruth Davidson: "Totally unacceptable. Our country is better than this. And he's got form. Mindless idiot."
Kezia Dugdale tweeted "David Coburn MEP is a racist in a pin stripe suit and Nigel Farage needs to sack him - @Daily_Record http://dlyr.ec/zQYgVk" and also wrote a column condemning it http://www.scottishlabour.org.uk/blog/entry/UKIP-must-show-they-are-not-BNP-in-pinstripe-suits (it also appeared in the Daily Record, one of main tabloids).

Scottish Labour leader Jim Murphy said: "This isn't the first time that Mr Coburn has been caught out for having vile views. People across Scotland, including even those who voted for him, will now want to see the back of him."

Patrick Harvie, co-convenor of Greens (and I believe their leader in Parliament) wrote column about it (and second cross-party issue, which will mention in a bit!) http://www.patrickharviemsp.com/2015/03/evening-times-column-politicians-should-join-together-to-stop-sexist-racist-homophobic-comments/

Willie Rennie, leader of Lib-Dems: "Astonishing comments from David Coburn MEP about Humza Yousaf. He's an offensive fool. I am embarrassed that he represents us in Europe."

Together against homophobia.

Ruth Davidson was subjected to homophobic abuse by an SNP member on twitter.

SNP response (quite a lot as it was one of their members): in First Minister's Questions, Nicola Sturgeon said she wanted to take the opportunity to "condemn unreservedly the vile homophobic abuse that was being directed at Ruth Davidson on Twitter last night and this morning".

She told MSPs: "The individual in question in that case has been identified and this morning suspended from membership of the SNP pending full disciplinary processes."

She had previously tweeted "Homophobic abuse of @RuthDavidsonMSP or anyone else is unacceptable. End of. Anyone engaging in it is no friend of my party"

Humza Yousaf: "Utterly disgraceful. Will investigate if member. Personally will push for expulsion. Zero-tolerance homophobia."

Aamer Anwar (SNP member - not politician but known human rights lawyer) "@RuthDavidsonMSP that was a vile attack on U, homophobia, sectarianism, racism, no difference- U shld never have 2 put up with it"

Jim Hume (Lib Dems) "Good on @RuthDavidsonMSP for calling out dreadful homophobic bullying #ZeroTolerance #Mindless #Idiots #NotOk"

Other stuff...

On a purely political issue - on an issue of fairness - all 4 of the other parties (SNP, Labour, Conservative and Lib-Dems) joined forces to call for the Green party to be included in the televised debates.

And finally - they do seem to be able to have a bit of fun together...
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You know a personal irritation about the referendum debate? It's encouraging me to post on FB instead of my natural habitat here on LJ...
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So we got the induction today about performance reviews. They spoke about personal development, courses, training, etc... and then said that it was important that you continued to develop, and the company will support that - and if that means you outgrow your role and find that the best way to continue your personal development is outside the company, that's fine too!

They are willing to pay for training that might end with your leaving.

I think I'm never leaving here ;-)


Jun. 16th, 2014 01:02 pm
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Got extension agreed for my supporter assignments :-)

*Happy dance*
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From [livejournal.com profile] randomchris


"Concert at St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh, on Friday 20th June at 8pm - and it will feature "O Praise The Lord Ye Angels Of His" which the choir commissioned from me last year! This is for the launch of their new CD "O Clap Your Hands", music from 1914-2014. Tickets are £10 - let me know if you'd like me to keep one for you."
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We're launching Career Clover today - I helped test it!
If anyone wants a friends or family discount, give me a shout - first report is free.

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Job title: Head of Product Management

Reports to: Chief Commercial Officer

Responsible for: Management of the Product Management team [currently 3 heads]

Overall purpose:

Lead the entire product management lifecycle within OPP; managing cross department resources to deliver new initiatives and products, whilst ensuring optimum levels of support for the business across the lifecycles of the entire OPP Group portfolio of offerings, including those distributed under license as well as wholly owned intellectual property


An excellent opportunity for a skilled, visionary product management practitioner to provide a mixture of senior level leadership/inspiration and hands on contribution to a very busy team focused on the product development lifecycle including product strategy, market research, competitor analysis, design filtering and prioritisation, ROI construction and monitoring, product development, message and proposition construction, product launch, post launch analysis, and pricing strategy for a portfolio of offerings including public and customised training, psychometric instruments and associated reports, supporting publications and training aids.

Principal accountabilities:

1. Development and delivery of a market-leading product strategy to meet OPP Group goals, through a 12-18 month product roadmap

2. Delivery to this product roadmap through a highly resource efficient and timely programme and project management

3. Commissioning of ideas through efficient working relationships forged with supplier publishers, internal and external authors, and R&D content developers, identifying potential of new concepts in order to create new products and offerings that contribute materially to OPP Group product strategy and revenues.

4. Management of key relationships with supplier publishers to ensure the timely and efficient proposal and delivery of new products and product enhancements to match the needs of OPP’s customers.

5. Rigorous attention to the development of the team’s expertise not only in OPP’s full product portfolio, but also all key competitors and substitutes, so as to be a resource for the rest of the business in this regard, as well as to identify challenges and opportunities to improve OPP’s product offer.

Carry out other such duties as may reasonably be required, commensurate with the grade of this post.

This job profile is current as at the date shown below. In consultation with the post holder it is liable to variation by management to reflect or anticipate changes in or to the job.
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