Inside the Loch Lomond Highland Games

Scotland’s Loch Lomond is best-known for being “bonnie” (beautiful), but also serves as the setting for one of the coolest events in the extreme sports calendar. Welcome to the Loch Lomond Highland Games.

The games, which will happen on Saturday, July 14 in the tiny community of Balloch, offer a relentlessly Scottish, somewhat flip take on athletics. During the games, kilted athletes participate in a range of gritty events from the caber toss to wrestling and tug-of-war. Other events include running, cycling and for merry good measure, some Highland dancing and “solo piping.”

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Stonehenge knockoffs

Despite its lonely and mysterious image, Stonehenge is far from unique. The famous standing stone circle in the west of England has solid homegrown and trans-Atlantic competition in a swathe of forms and materials. David Wilson maps out the monuments that define the alternate “Stonehenge” universe. Read more at ninemsn……/stonehenge-knock-offs

Princess Di’s Britain

Rumour has it that Prince William chose to wed Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey instead of St Paul’s Cathedral for an eerie reason. He did not want to be reminded of the doomed 1981 marriage between his father, Prince Charles, and Lady Diana. But Princess Di’s memory lives on. Come on a tour of some places hauntingly linked with the “people’s princess” once the world’s most photographed woman.  See the ninemsn slideshow…