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Outlander Episode 110 – By the Pricking of My Thumbs – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

I don’t know about all of you, but after the eternity of Droughtlander, the newest episode of Outlander seemed to come almost overnight.  I’m loving the fact that here in the US, Starz is posting the episodes through StarzPlay and OnDemand starting at midnight since I need all the head start I can get. Thanks also to those of you who pick up things I miss or get wrong on the first try! Deciphering Gaelic is definitely a group effort!

Claire’s Morning Wakeup Call (we should all be so lucky)

4:01 Jamie’s exclamation at being interrupted

a Dhia – God/For Heaven’s sake! (Pretty sure the lad was taking the Lord’s name in vain here. Claire had reason to be a bit upset too. ;-) )

 4:24 Jamie goes to let Murtagh in (Almost positive this is a repeat of a slur used in ‘Episode 101 – Sassenach’ as Jamie’s not feeling that kindly towards Murtagh and his not-so-impeccable timing.)

 A bhalgair /ə VALAgir/ (ya bastard!) (filthy cur, really)

4:46 Jamie upon learning of the Duke of Sandringham’s arrival

Gasta! – Great!

6:39 Jamie about wanting to go home to Lallybroch

Broch Tuarach – North Facing Tower (As book readers know, this is Jamie’s official title as Laird of Lallybroch)

The Changeling

22:35 Jamie to Claire to give him the baby

Seo – here

Banquet with the Duke

39:00 Colum and the Duke

Slàinte mhath – Good health/Cheers! (an old favorite)

The Duel

44:35 Jamie to the MacDonalds

Thalla gu h-Iort (Hiort)! –  “to St Kilda with ye!”

Leaving with Dougal

52:02 Jamie to Claire regarding dangerous times

Mo Nighean Donn – My brown-haired lass (Jamie’s favorite endearment. After Sassenach, that is.)

That’s it for the Gaelic this week. If anyone has anything I missed, don’t hesitate to post a comment or send me a tweet at @GreatScotBlog!

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Outlander Episode 109: The Reckoning – The Gàidhlig Bits I Could Decipher

Congratulations Outlanders! Our long international nightmare, otherwise known as #Droughtlander, is over (for most of us) and we have survived! The Gàidhlig in this episode, while not plentiful, should prove as a nice refresher for a couple of words and phrases we learned from the first half of the Outlander season.

Return from rescuing Claire

19:39  Rupert to Dougal and the others at the inn

 Ciamar a tha sibh! – Greeting: How are you (plural)!

     Angus to the crowd

Tulach Ard! – MacKenzie war cry

Think again

36:14  Jamie’s response to Claire refusing the bed

 OK. I’ve been corrected here. I thought he was saying ‘Glè mhath. – Very well’ but I’ve gone back and listened again and think Mhairi and Michelle are right. Jamie is actually saying oidhche mhath – Good night.

Oidhche mhath – Good night.

 Also, LearnGaelic retweeted their 20 words post centered around Outlander. It’s a nice refresher with some sound files for names, etc.

Like I said at the start, the Gàidhlig this week wasn’t bountiful, but here’s to looking for more in the weeks to come!

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Never Reckoned on this: Spoiler free reflections on Paleyfest

I really feel that I should start this blog post with a few abject apologies. I know I haven’t really posted anything since my return from Scotland. I blame that completely on the effects of #Droughtlander. You know, this funny thing happened over the last few months. I remembered that I had a life before all things Outlander consumed me for the past year. It was nice to have a chance to reconnect and do some things that had fallen by the wayside.

However, now that the end of #Droughtlander is in sight, I’m ready to get back to it. I’ve truly missed writing these posts and I definitely need to get back in the groove before May. Oh, did I not mention that I’m going back to Scotland in May for the OutlanderUK Gathering and more? Don’t worry, it will be fully covered! Not only will I blog it here on GreatScot, but I’ll also be meeting up and spending a week with the lovely ladies from The Outlander Podcast. No telling what hi-jinx we’ll get up to, but I fully expect it to be covered in two mediums!

Up, up and away

Many of you know by now that I usually start these posts covering a trip with a shoe pic (it’s become something of a tradition because of the pics that Terry Dresbach usually tweets at the start of her trips). However, I’m starting my coverage this time with the airport. Sitting around in the airport in Atlanta is not usually that much fun, but I have come to realize that it pays to keep your eyes open around any flight from ATL to LAX. Atlanta has become a very popular location for the TV/Movie industry with the likes of The Walking Dead and Vampire Diaries filming in the area. Knowing this, I kept my eyes open for any celebrities returning to LA and, sure enough, I was not disappointed. As I entered the jet bridge, I realized that actor John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun, Shrek) was only a couple of people ahead of me. Even after boarding the plane and taking my seat (I was lucky enough to be upgraded to business class), I saw several other people who looked familiar but no one to whom I could definitively put a name.

Eventually (the plane was delayed a bit by an equipment change), I took my shoe pic and then we were up in the air and on our way to the land of movie stars. I don’t usually comment on the flight itself, but I’ll make an exception in this case as it was one of the more bumpy flights I’ve ever been on. We had over an hour of pretty constant turbulence. On our arrival into LA, the bright lights were pretty spectacular. I know the picture I took from the plane is a bit blurry, but I think you get the general idea.

Upon arriving, I was lucky enough to have Candida pick me up at the airport and whisk me off to her house. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again (and probably again and again…), the best thing about Outlander is all the truly special people I have met and the lasting friendships that have been forged. It’s wonderful to have such a great home base for this trip and to get to spend more time with Candida. :-)

The Big Day

After waking up early (thanks to a body still on Eastern Daylight Time), and accomplishing a few work related conference calls, it was time to get ready for the big event.  Thanks to the President being in town to film an appearance for the Jimmy Kimmel show (I’m pretty sure the President is following me as he was in Atlanta two days earlier), we decided we needed to head over to Hollywood well in advance of the 7pm start time for the Outlander Paleyfest panel.

This would probably be a good time to explain Paleyfest for those who may not be familiar. Paleyfest is an annual fundraiser for the Paley Center for Media. William S. Paley was the founder of CBS (a broadcast network in the US) and also founder of the Paley Center for Media. Paleyfest is composed of panel events for selected television shows and it is an honor that Outlander was selected to be included in the event! Continue reading

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Ending on a high note – will ye no come back again? – Scotland Day 15

Awoke early on my final day in Scotland as I just didn’t want to miss anything. I also made a start at figuring out just how I’m going to get everything back in my suitcase. With one suitcase packed, I called it a good beginning and resolved to worry about the rest later.

Candida and I headed out on a final day of visiting Outlander filming sites, not feeling in the least guilty that we hand tempted Miss S. to join us once again. We arrive at our designated meeting place at Linlithgow Palace in good time only to find the car park and street overflowing with cars. Turns out that there was a funeral at the church just adjacent to the Palace. We backtracked and found a spot at a pay and display lot and then walked back up the hill to the Palace.

Found our compatriot with no problems, purchased our tickets and ….within minutes lost Candida in the myriad nooks and crannies available in Linlithgow. S and I just caught a glimpse of her every now and then. Eventually we just grabbed a seat in the courtyard and waited for her to reappear as she always does.

After exploring the Palace, we were feeling distinctly peckish, so we headed down into the town in search of lunch serenaded by the skirl of a bagpiper playing on the hill. We decided that only fish ‘n chips by the loch would do for this final day of fun, so we placed our orders and carried our bounty down to a picnic table by the water. It was very beautiful and peaceful, at least until we opened out boxes and took out the first chip. Then we were descended upon by dozens of birds. We proceeded to eat our lunches but the ratio of chips consumed by birds vs humans was at least 10 to 1. Continue reading

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Another Outlandishly beautiful day – Scotland Day 13

Sorry for the delay in today’s post but didn’t get in from Inverness until very late last night and after concentrating on driving very dark roads for 50 miles driving on the left, I was beat! Woke up extra early this morning to get it done though. Sitting here writing and listening to the rain patter on the roof and trying not to think about having to pack back up and head to Glasgow and then leave for home on Saturday.

Yesterday was beautiful though. At several points there weren’t even any clouds in the sky, so we had a beautiful drive down to the village of Falkland. We ended up doing some shuffling of our plans for the day as we realized that Aberdour Castle was going to be closed on Thursday and Friday, so we decided to do that today and hold off on Newtonmore until Thursday. We made the hour or so drive south to Falkland in good time, even lucking into a parking place right in town. Judging from the signs around town, parking is really restricted until the end of September but in October nobody cares!

My Outlander friends will recognize Falkland as the filming location used for 1940’s Inverness. Of course Candida and I did just a tiny bit of squeeing as we saw the house used for Mrs. Baird’s and the memorial in the street where ghost Jamie stands. We walked all around taking pictures, only occasionally remembering that we were mostly standing in a public street. Luckily traffic was a minimum. We also had a great time shopping in Earth Fayre, which was the shop front used for the scene where Claire looks at the blue vases.  We didn’t find any blue vases there, but I did pick up a bag full of great stuff for people back home and the owner even gave Candida and I a little free key-chain shaped like a sporran. She also told us a bit about how interesting it was to have her shop front turned into a film set. Continue reading