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Scottow is a village and civil parish in the English county of Norfolk. It is located some 2.5 miles north of Coltishall and 5 miles south of North Walsham.

The civil parish has an area of 8.59 km2 (3.32 sq mi) and in 2001 had a population of 1,774 in 357 households, the population decreasing to 1,424 at the 2011 Census.[1] For the purposes of local government, the parish falls within the district of North Norfolk.[2]

Most of the former Royal Air Force Coltishall military airbase lay within the parish boundaries of Scottow. Today, part of the RAF base has been converted into HMP Bure, a prison for adult males, and the rest has been used to create Scottow Enterprise Park focused on helping businesses to grow through providing space in the form of offices and workshops, as well as business support.

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Penguins come in all sizes and in, well, some shapes. The most unusual of the twenty or so species (jury’s still out on their exact taxonomy) are the crested penguins, which sport a wreath of bright yellow feathers on their heads. One of these species is called the macaroni penguin. What an unusual name, you might say. After all, who would name a penguin after a type of pasta? To explain this, let’s go back a few hundred years – to 18th century England, to be precise; a time of young, fashionable men known as dandies. Dandies were known for their extravagant attire, including flamboyant wigs, so huge that a hat could only be placed on them with a tip of a sword. These fashionable young men, if they were rich enough, would go on a so-called Grand Tour – visiting various places in Europe in search of art, culture and roots of Western civilisation. In today’s language, they went on a gap year. During their Grand Tour the dandies developed a taste for the exotic, new, and of course highly trendy food – the tubular pasta from Italy, called macaroni. All of a sudden, everything in vogue was 'so macaroni' – and the dandies themselves, with their huge wigs, fashionable clothes and subtle palates, became known as the Macaroni Club. The word also comes up in the song, 'Yankee Doodle'. Yankee Doodle went to town, riding on a pony; Stuck a feather in his cap and called it macaroni. The song dates back to the 18th century, and was originally used by the Brits to ridicule the poorly dressed American soldiers. The naïve Yankee, who had aspirations but lacked the means, believed that sticking a mere feather in his hat would guarantee him a chic macaroni status. The Americans did not seem to take offence, however, as they have adopted Yankee Doodle as one of their patriotic songs. And what about the penguins? The macaroni penguins were first described in the Falkland Islands in 1837 – a time when dandies were still 'very macaroni'. Since the yellow-crested bird looked like a more flamboyant version of a regular penguin, it gained the name macaroni. Could we do the same thing today? Imagine an animal with very prominent facial hair being named after a food popularised by today’s hipsters. Instead of the 'bearded pig', we could have a 'kale pig', or a “quinoa pig”! Use the comments section below to share your own hip animal names.


An electoral ward of the same name exists. This ward stretches east with a total population of 2,934 at the 2011 Census.[3]


  1. ^ "Civil population 2011". Retrieved 2 September 2015.
  2. ^ Office for National Statistics & Norfolk County Council, 2001. Census population and household counts for unparished urban areas and all parishes Archived 2017-02-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 2, 2005.
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 2 September 2015.

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