The Daily Thistle

Wednesday 12th October 2016

The weather man say’s we are going to get a storm today.. Dam! I think it’s already here… Well the wind part is…Clouds are building in the east thick and fast although I don’t smell rain yet but the weather person (politically correct!) says we have a 55% chance.. so I guess I have to find the rain jacket for Bella’s walk later today..but that’s later now we are just out in the blustery wind watching the leaves being blown and the branches on the trees shake….

Good Morning I’m Robert McAngus and this is The Daily Thistle…. The Queensferry Crossing’s centre tower is the largest-ever structure of its type, Transport Scotland announced today. The Scottish Government agency said the tower deck had been recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest freestanding balanced cantilever in the world. It said the bridge’s central deck is now complete but still free standing — and the record-breaking 644m cantilever would be a temporary phenomenon until the other sections were joined to it. This section of the deck will be connected to the flanking towers and viaducts to form the completed bridge. However, Transport Scotland said Guinness World Records experts had inspected and officially ratified the record while the deck was is in this “world-record breaking but still temporary state”. The news came as the agency repeated that the bridge would open next May, to replace the Forth Road Bridge.

Hitler’s first biography, which described him as Germany’s Messiah-like saviour, was secretly written by the Nazi leader himself in an act of “shameless publicity”, new research by an Aberdeen-based professor has found. The book Adolf Hitler: Sein Leben und seine Reden (“Adolf Hitler: His Life and his Speeches”) was published in 1923, two years before his infamous Mein Kampf. It was the first major profile of Hitler and helped propel him to power a decade later. The book was published under the name of north German aristocrat and war hero Victor von Koerber. But evidence has now been unearthed from a South African archive which one historian has said demonstrates it was “almost certainly” written by Hitler himself. Professor Thomas Weber, from the University of Aberdeen, said: “The book, which also includes a collection of Hitler’s speeches, makes some outlandish claims. “It argues that it should become ‘the new bible of today’ and uses terms such as ‘holy’ and ‘deliverance’, comparing Hitler to Jesus, likening his moment of politicalisation to Jesus’s resurrection. “To find it was actually written by Hitler himself demonstrates that he was a conniving political operator with a masterful understanding of political processes and narratives long before he drafted what is regarded as his first autobiography, Mein Kampf. “It also challenges the accepted view that at this stage in his life he did not see himself as the man to lead the German revolution … [the book] speaks to the fact that at a much earlier time he saw himself in this ‘saviour’ role and that he started in a very manipulative way to plot his way to the top.” Prof Weber said the “shameless but clever act of self-promotion” was significant because the biography was crucial in helping Hitler build his profile among the more conservative elements of ¬German society in anticipation of a national revolution. It was for that reason Baron von Koerber — a blue-eyed, blond aristocrat and military hero — was handpicked as the writer and introduced to Hitler by General Ludendorff.

Plans for a new landmark canal bridge — which could include a giant human figure by Kelpies designer Andy Scott — are to be revived. The “Bigman” sculpture, more than 100ft high, was to have been the centrepiece of the Glasgow project before it was shelved during the recession. However, Scottish Canals has produced a new design for the bridge following the success of the Kelpies and nearby Falkirk Wheel boat lift. It would enable walkers and cyclists to safely cross a junction of the Forth & Clyde Canal in Maryhill. They currently have to use a narrow road under the canal which has no pavement. The “Bigman” — or woman — figure, symbolising the area, would use the bridge’s support pylon as its spine. However, the sculpture would have to be redrawn in a different pose because the pylon would lean at an angle from one side of the bridge. It had a central, vertical position in the original scheme. Scott was delighted at the prospect of the project finally getting off the ground. His studio is close to the site and he has been based in the area for most of his working life. He said: “I’m very hopeful of being involved. This could be a fantastic project. It would be amazing. “The Kelpies has been a phenomenal success and it has perhaps buoyed up Scottish Canals’ aspirations to do a structure on the Glasgow side of the country. The bridge is much needed — using Lochburn Road is downright dangerous.” The bridge would sit at the Stockingfield junction of the Bowling to Grangemouth canal, where a branch was built to take goods to and from the city centre. Scottish Canals predicted the project could have a similar impact as the Kelpies sculptures, which were funded before the recession.

Almost 300 academics, writers, lawyers, academics and musicians have signed an open letter Prime Minister Theresa May calling on her to “rein in” her government’s divisive and “xenophobic” language over proposals to make firms disclose the number of non-British workers they employ. The letter, which goes live to the public to sign today at www.notforeign.com, follows the row which broke out after Ms Rudd’s speech to the Conservative Party conference last week. The speech attracted criticism from a range of high-profile organisations including the British Chambers of Commerce, whose director general Adam Marshall said having a global workforce should not be seen as a “badge of shame”. CBI chief Signatories to the open letter, which was written by the Glasgow-based Irish journalist, broadcaster and writer Dr Peter Geoghegan, include theatre director Cora Bissett, writers Denise Mina, AL Kennedy and Christopher Silver, Ian Hamilton QC, Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, Dr Dan van her Horst, University of Edinburgh, Rev Peter Macdonald, leader of the Iona Community and Dr Duncan Morrow, chairman of the Scottish Government independent advisory group on hate crime, prejudice and community cohesion. The letter says foreign nationals are “not a separate caste in our society — they are our friends, partners, colleagues and neighbours…they are part of who we are” and calls on the UK government to rule out policies “premised on dividing workplaces and communities based on where they were born”.

Any Fishermen have some spare change, because a share of a Highland river owned by a TV fishing star has gone on the market for offers over £410,000. A one sixteenth share in the River Lochy,at Spean Bridge near Fort William, includes 7.6 miles of double bank salmon and sea-trout fishing. Neighbouring Willow Cottage, is also for sale as part of a combined lot. The fishing share — but not the cottage — is currently owned by Emma Jackson, a contestant on Ben Fogle’s reality TV fishing show, ‘Earth’s Wildest Waters: The Big Fish’. Selling agent Robert McCulloch, Partner in Strutt & Parker’s Edinburgh office, said: “This is a lotted sale with, unusually, each lot owned by a different person. The combined sale offers the opportunity to vendors to buy a riverside cottage with a share in the River Lochy Association which ensures at least two weeks’ fishing at nominal cost each year. “The River Lochy is, I think, the prettiest in the west Highlands and one of the best in Scotland. The river system, one of Scotland’s most improved salmon and sea-trout systems, provides fly fishing of the highest quality in glorious and dramatic surroundings and this is a fantastic opportunity for a passionate fisherman or fisherwoman.” Ms Jackson, who was shown on the TV show fishing in challenging rivers across the globe — from Iceland to Costa Rica — last week caught a salmon measuring a metre in length and weighing approximately 20 to 22lb in the River Lochy. She was given her share in the river ownership by her father and caught her first salmon on the river aged 7, said: “It is like a second home for me. I smile all the time I am there and I cry when I leave. It truly is a special, spiritual place. “All members of the association are fully committed to maintaining and improving the river and a tremendous amount of love, care and work has been invested in its management over the years. It is a very inspirational group of people and the fishing has been vastly improved as a result of the work carried out.”

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

Our photograph today is of the Winter sun over Glen Etive an amazing photograph by Damian Shields

As always It’s a pleasure to have your company this Wednesday 12th October 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.. but I also have hot Chocolate and or Tea Do You Want One??

Robert McAngus

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