The Doric Columns
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Latitude 57° 9' North, and Longitude 2° 6' West
Fit Like Min? ~ Nae Sae Bad!
The ever evolving Doric Dialect used in the North East of Scotland for it's ease, urgency and swiftness of communication
The Saturday to
the Cyte of Dabberden, a faire Castell and a good towne upon the sea.
Betwixt Dee and Don a goodly cytee a marchaunt toune and universytee. - John Hardyng, c. 1420.
Where trade prospers and where learning has its chief shrine, and where twin
Aberdeen raises her twin towers; a city Second neither to Massilia nor
Athens. - Thomas Dempster, 1609.
Aberdeen is a notable town ; and in writing of its praises I would be engaged most pleasantly, - if ability or time were within my grasp. - William Smith, 1701.
Mrs. Hill Burton's eulogium of
the Town :
'The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen' – or Aurora Borealis – which is less romantic than the song are an irregular feature of the night sky, from the autumn until spring, in the Northeast of Scotland. Thanks to the solar flare eruptions, they have on occasions been particularly spectacular, and Royal Deeside, west of Aberdeen, has been as good a place as any to see them free of sodium street light pollution. The Northern Lights are created by incoming solar particles colliding with gases in the Earth's atmosphere. Different gases produce different colours. At around 185 miles high, oxygen is the most common gas, and collisions there can create a rare Red Aurora. The yellow-to-green light is produced by collisions with oxygen at lower altitudes (between 60 to 185 miles). At around 60 miles, nitrogen molecules produce a red light, which often seems to form the lower fringes on Auroral "curtains", while lighter gases such as hydrogen and helium make blue and purple colours. My father was in his mid 30’s before he witnessed for the 1st time the green spectacle of weaving vertical curtains present in the clear night sky above Brimmond Hill from a viewpoint in Northfield.
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