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The Curse of Scotland
The Curse of Scotland
There are several reasons why the nine of diamond has become known as The Curse of Scotland:
Playing Card Nine of Diamonds
The Earl of Stair, Sir John Dalrymple used the card to send a cryptic message to order the Massacre of Glencoe. There is also a resemblance between his coat of arms and the playing card.
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The Aberdeen skies are under attack from an enemy jet. It is spilling a strange yellow smoke. Minutes later, people start killing each other.
Former Royal Air Force Regiment Gunner Jason Harper witnesses this and then his wife, Pippa, telephones him, shouting that she needs him. They then get cut off. He sets straight out, unprepared for the nightmare that unfolds during his journey. Everyone seems to want to kill him.
Along the way, he pairs up with fellow survivor Imogen. But she enjoys killing the living dead far too much. Will she kill Jason in her blood thirst? Or will she hinder his journey through this zombie filled dystopian landscape to find his pregnant wife?
The Fence is the first in this series of post-apocalyptic military survival thrillers from the torturous mind of local horror and science fiction novel writer C.G. Buswell.
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The order "no quarter" was scribbled on the back of a nine of diamonds card by the Duke of Cumberland whilst playing card games after the battle of Culloden.
The death warrant against Mary Queen of Scot's was written on a nine of diamonds.
Nine diamonds were stolen from the crown of Scotland and as a consequence a tax was made to Scots to pay for them. This tax was also called The Curse of Scotland.
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Have you seen my beautiful golden retriever Lynne out and about in Aberdeen? Ask her for a high-five! She's a Bravehound PTSD assistance dog, so we'll often be in shops, restaurants, and the cinema together.
We've written a book where I talk about growing up in Aberdeen and then joining the army to be a medic and nurse, and developing military Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
I also talk about losing my son to suicide and the therapy I have had at Royal Cornhill Hospital and grief support groups in Aberdeen.
The author, Damien Lewis, said of Lynne:
"A powerful account of what one dog means to one man on his road to recovery. Both heart-warming and life-affirming. Bravo Chris and Lynne. Bravo Bravehound."
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An army veteran moves his family back to his Aberdeenshire home, but his nightmare neighbour starts a battle of wits with him. Who will win this One Last War?
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