The Daily Thistle

Monday 21st November 2016

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you… because at the moment the wind is trying to beat down the door, but out into the darkness the intrepid pair venture, scarf tied firmly round the next jacket zipped up and hanging onto Bella as the wind shakes the trees and bushes.. Bella seems to think this is fun as she attempts to grab errant leaves as they get blown hither and yon… What it must like out at sea I can only imagine

Good Morning, I’m Robert McAngus and this is The Daily Thistle… A 56-year-old man (With a burning desire to be locked up) has been arrested after a disturbance at a crematorium. Emergency services were called to the incident at Daldowie Crematorium, near Uddingston, at around 12.30pm on Thursday. Two men were taken to Wishaw General Hospital for treatment. Police officers said at the time that there was no truth in comments on social media about a firearms incident.

A proposal for floating wind turbines off coast of Caithness has been put forward by a Swedish design firm. Stockholm-based Hexicon AB is hopeful of getting the go-ahead for two turbines near Dounreay, with a proposed start date of June 2018. The Dounreay Tri Floating Wind Demonstration Project consists of one semi-submersible platform and two wind turbines, with a total capacity of between eight and 12 megawatts; one subsea cable to bring the power to shore and infrastructure allowing the firm to connect the project at or near the existing substation at Dounreay. A planning application has been submitted to Marine Scotland, while the Scottish government along with Highland and Orkney Islands councils have also been contacted. Anders Barne, chairman of Dounreay Tri, said: “Scotland has a fantastic wind resource and the right policies to develop offshore wind as a competitive energy source. “Dounreay Trì can contribute to that vision bringing clean energy, employment opportunities and an attractive investment.”
Director of WWF Scotland Lang Banks welcomed the proposal, adding: “Successfully developing floating turbines could enable Scotland and other nations to secure even more clean power from offshore wind in the future.”

Serial killer Dennis Nilsen has transcribed 184 published books into braille while serving a life sentence in prison. Nilsen, from Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, was jailed in 1983 for murdering at least 12 men in London. He would lure his victims back to one of his two addresses and either drown or strangle them, before bathing and dressing their bodies which he would keep for extended periods of time. The killer has been banned from publishing his own autobiography titled The History of a Drowning Boy by the European Court of Human Rights. He said he has spent ten years transcribing the books of others for the blind. “My own activities have been full and productive as befitting the Buchan work ethic,” he said. Nilsen became known as the Muswell Hill Murderer as his later murders were committed in that district of North London. He is currently incarcerated at HMP Full Sutton maximum security prison in East Riding of Yorkshire

The Scottish Parliament and the modern extension to Edinburgh’s Victorian Royal Museum have lost out to one of Glasgow’s main shopping centres to be named the nation’s best building of the last 100 years. Princes Square, the conversion of a 19th century cobbled courtyard off Buchanan Street in 1987, won a public poll staged staged as part of a nationwide Festival of Architecture. The building of the century winner was named during a spectacular finale night for the festival in Dundee, ahead of two contenders from the UK’s first UNESCO “city of design” — the home of its rep theatre company, which opened in 1982, and the DCA arts centre, which was unveiled in 1999. Princes Square, which has been a key player in transforming the image of Glasgow, was also named ahead of an art deco pavilion on the Isle of Bute, a tyre and rubber factory in Renfrewshire and what is reputed to be Europe’s smallest castle, at Achmelvich, in the north-west Highlands. The 12-year-old Holyrood complex, designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles, and Benson & Forsyth’s 1998 new wing for what is now known as the National Museum of Scotland, have been among the most widely praised modern landmarks in the country.

Looks like there will be no room at the inn shortly…The owner of three Holiday Inn hotels across Aberdeen and Edinburgh has fallen into administration. Administrators at FRP Advisory said that Aberdeen-based European Development Company (EDC) had fallen victim to “severe cash flow problems” sparked by the downturn in the oil and gas sector, along with “intense” price competition from new entrants to Aberdeen’s hotel market. We are in advanced discussions for the sale of the Edinburgh hotel Founded in 2007, EDC owned and operated a Holiday Inn Express on Chapel Street in the centre of Aberdeen and a Holiday Inn in Westhill, on the outskirts of the city. It also ran a Holiday Inn Express on Picardy Place in Edinburgh city centre, which is already the subject of “advanced” talks regarding a sale. Turnover across the three hotels — which employ 136 people, including 117 in Aberdeen — is about £11 million. FRP partners and joint administrators Iain Fraser and Tom MacLennan will continue to trade the hotels as normal while seeking buyers. There are no immediate plans for redundancies at the establishments.

The Scottish Parliament is to be lobbied on Thursday by members of the public who want to see an end to culling and hunting of Scotland’s iconic mountain hare. The mass lobby has been organised by OneKind, the Scottish animal campaigns charity in support of greater protections for the mountain hare. Scottish Green MSP Alison Johnstone, species champion for the hare, said: “The reports we’ve heard of mass culls of mountain hares, and the photos we’ve seen are deeply disturbing. “The commercial interests of large sporting estates must not be allowed to trample over the conservation of highly valued wildlife. “I hope Thursday’s rally outside Parliament helps put pressure on the Scottish Government to introduce greater protection for mountain hares, starting with a ban on culls in National Parks.

Well my Fellow Scot, That’s the news for Monday, so now you know…

Our photograph today is of a magical walk taken by Shona Penfold and Iona MacKinnon who enjoyed a lovely walk to the Fairy Bridge by Appin…. I don’t know which of them took the photograph but it’s good…

As always It’s a pleasure to have your company this Monday 21st November 2016 , and as I always say, it’s great to have someone to talk too in the wee hours as I write…

And I do mean it when I say Thank you for your comments and memories please keep them coming.. Have a comfortable and safe day, but please remember it’s a dangerous world we live in, be safe out there.. now I don’t know about you but I’m off to the kitchen to get myself another cup of coffee, Colombian of course…I made enough for you too.. Want one or maybe a tea??

Robert McAngus