Scots’ funeral songs put on musical urns

Musical urns

By Cara Sulieman

THE Scottish band who penned a dedicated funeral album are to have their sombre songs played to grieving households across the country – from musical urns.

Bruce Birrell and Juliet Nisbet – who make up band Spirit of Love – have struck a deal with Global Photo Plaques to have their music piped out of memorial ceramic books.

The book-shaped urns – costing £139 each – will belt out tunes from the duo’s ‘The Journey’s Over’ album at the press of the button.

With capacity for up to five minutes worth of music, they feature a photo on one page and verse on the other.

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Scotland’s oldest book goes on display


An extract from the book

By Cara Sulieman

SCOTLAND’S oldest surviving book is set to go on display tomorrow (Friday) for the first time in over forty years.

The pocket-sized medieval book of Psalms is often described as Scotland’s Book of Kells due to the vivid and detailed coloured illuminations that cover the pages.

Dating back to the 11th Century and thought to have been made at the monastery on Iona, it is part of a display at the University of Edinburgh celebrating their extensive collection.

Experts believe the book could have been commissioned for St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland.

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