You might not realise that Donald Trump is half Scottish. But it is the only reason why he insists on building the golf resort in Scotland, surrounding his mansion (which is called ‘The Donald’ by his ex wife Ivanka) in Balmedie, north of Aberdeen. Trump was reportedly considered more than 200 sites in Europe before opted Scotland. The plan was rejected by the local council last year, but the central government decided to take over the matter and…
After over two years of legal battling with local and national officials in Scotland, Trump International Golf Link has finally received the green light. The proposed £1 billion resort will be the biggest in Europe, as along with the two links golf courses, it will feature a clubhouse, a golf academy, a five-star 450-bedroom hotel and spa on site, 960 holiday homes, and 500 private houses.
The new Star Trek film is infuriating its Scottish fans, apparently, because chief engineer Montgomery “Scotty”, played by actor Simon Pegg, has unconvincing Scottish accent. But this is not the first time an attempt by a non-Scot to do Scottish accents provoke controversy. The Sunday Times (Nov 23/08) made a list of actors who tried and failed successfully, like Mel Gibson, who was said to “had eaten something that didn’t agree wit him judging by this pained, vowel crushing performance” in the famous Braveheart (1995) movie, and Christopher Lambert, who in Highlander (1986) sounded more “Gallic than Gaelic”.
Although I wasn’t equipped with Scottish accent, I have survived last Saturday’s snowy St. Andrew‘s ball, despite wearing strappy stilettos. My bare feet and toes were frozen, sunk in the snow when I was walking from the front door to the taxi and from the taxi to the reception hall. I didn’t wear tights or thermal underwear underneath my gown – couldn’t take risk of flashing uninteresting sight when dancing and accidentally lifting the skirt up – and the photographer who stopped us by the door insisted on taking our picture under the snowflakes without my coat on. Stuart was on kilt so he was securely protected from head to toe; I consider myself lucky I don’t catch pneumonia. I didn’t know that the cloak room was actually a room (I thought it was a tiny closet like in the movies) and other ladies smartly wore wellies and changed into their jeweled shoes when they were in the ballroom, put the wellies in in the cloak room, and changed their stilettos back into their sensible wellies when they were about to go home. The Indonesian St. Andrew’s Ball will be held in Jakarta this coming weekend. It is so much easier as you don’t need to coordinate your gown with coat scarf and a pair of gloves and Ugg boots and dancing shoes! If you are interested you should click here.
The band at the ball is Red Hot Chili Piper and everybody loved them. The band members either has red hair, red socks, or red glasses. I have never seen bagpipers who play AC/DC and Queen before and these guys make bagpipes and bagpipers look so cool.
I am off to Edinburgh this weekend and going to try the ghost tour where it will “take a light-hearted look at Edinburgh’s dark side, including tales of witchcraft, plague and torture. You will explore the eerie alleyways and creepy courtyards of the Old Town with your ghostly guide, who will blend history with humour and facts with fables, while ‘jumper-ooters’ provide guaranteed ghastly appearances”. I just hope this weekend wouldn’t be freezing, snowy, and windy, otherwise I’d be seeing real ghosts. I wonder why Indonesia doesn’t organise such tour. We have so many ghosts like ‘si Manis jembatan Ancol’ and pretty much every single item surround us has a history and its ghost. Might as well make money out of it!