Scottish International Culture

Scottish culture can be found all over the world, though mainly in the Commonwealth and former colonies (such as the USA). However, it came as a surprise to us to learn that there is a Highland Games in the Swiss town of Fehraltorf, not far from Zurich. Like most Highland Games, it has a nightlife and the Scottish Band “Celtica Rock” showed just how international and inventive “Scottish” music can be. We’re obliged to the German journalist Udo Seiwert-Fauti, a long time Scotophile, for drawing our attention to this wonderful global phenomenon.

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David Calder has been a broadcast journalist for over 30 years. Before moving to the Caledonian Mercury, he worked for the BBC (national and regional) as well as parts of ITV and the World Service. He worked for prestigious programmes such as The Money Programme, You & Yours, Today and The World at One. He spent two years making mini-documentaries for Radio 5 Live and was a regular correspondent for CBC (Radio Canada). He was a regular reporter on various news and current affairs programmes on BBC Scotland as well as producing or presenting (sometimes both) science, legal affairs and arts programmes. As well as his contributions to the Caledonian Mercury, he is also a freelance producer in Scotland for the satellite channel, Al Jazeera.