The Daily Thistle

Tuesday 15th November 2016

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…
With the Super Moon hanging like a “Pinata” in the night sky, Bella and walked towards the ocean.. just the gentle sound of the waves breaking on the sand disturbed the silence of the night…

Good Morning Fellow Scot, I’m Robert McAngus and this is The Daily Thistle… A Borders pensioner has admitted a “singular act of stupidity” after being caught riding a motorbike at 100mph in Perthshire. James Shelton, 72, of West Fishwick, admitted speeding on the A90 at Moncur on 7 July. Perth’s Justice of the Peace Court was told Shelton’s Suzuki SV 650 had a top speed of almost 140 mph. He was ordered to appear personally at the court for sentencing after pleading guilty by letter. Shelton’s letter to the court said: “I would ask the court to accept my sincere apologies for what was a singular act of stupidity. “I have held a clean driving licence for over 40 years and rely on it most days as I am still having to work in order to supplement my modest pension. “Living in a rural area means I rely on being able to drive or ride my motorcycle for work and shopping.”

A man who tried to get home on a 2.5 tonne road roller after a night out drinking in Dumfries has received a 15-month driving ban.
John Johnston, 27, admitted taking the vehicle without consent and driving while over the legal alcohol limit. He was spotted by a CCTV operator committing the offence and stopped by police in Buccleuch Street. At Dumfries Sheriff Court he was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and given the driving ban. Johnston, who had moved from Belfast to Dumfries, committed the offence in September this year. He had been staying in homeless accommodation in the town and took the roller from Brooms Road.
He then drove it across town in a bid to get home from a night out drinking with a friend. “I was just trying to find my way home,” he told the court at an earlier appearance.

Fireworks, Indian floor art, prayers and the lightening of oil lamps are all part of Diwali celebrations in Edinburgh this weekend.
Hundreds of people are expected to descend on the special event the Ross Theatre in Princes Street Gardens on Saturday from 14:00. Diwali is colourful and vibrant and signifies the return of Rama to his kingdom following 14 years in exile.
The event is being held two weeks after the official date of Diwali. The festival of lights symbolises victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. The city’s Lord Provost Donald Wilson is the Edinburgh event’s patron. Mr Wilson said: “Diwali is a dazzling festival of lights, live music and dancing and symbolises the victory of good over evil.
“I am delighted that we have been able to expand this event into one which is fitting giving its importance in certain parts of the world and also bringing Edinburgh’s communities together in a multicultural way. “This month, Diwali will brighten the Ross Bandstand and the city’s sky with thousands of sparklers and fireworks. Don’t miss it.” New for this year, a mini festival cavalcade will feature thousands of decorative lanterns and costumes and will led by the Lord and Lady Provost of Edinburgh.

His profits are going up in smoke…. A 52-year-old man has appeared in court after a cannabis crop with a street value in excess of £75,000 was discovered in Heriot in the Borders. Edward Dorman, of Heriot, is charged with being concerned in the supply of cannabis and producing a controlled drug. He made no plea or declaration at Selkirk Sheriff Court and the case was continued for further examination. Police seized the drugs from an address in Heriot Mill on Thursday. Chief Inspector Andrew McLean thanked the community for “invaluable information” which led to the discovery of the drugs. “Disrupting the local drugs network is a top priority for us and we will always act when we receive information,” he said.

And Finally… And you thought it was only immigrants…. A man who fraudulently claimed nearly £40,000 in benefits over the course of almost 11 years has been jailed for 18 months. Alexander Reid repeatedly told Department of Work and Pensions staff in application forms and at interviews that he was single. But in reality he was living with his wife Kathleen Reid, despite having claimed to be separated. Reid was found guilty following a trial at Dundee Sheriff Court. The 59-year-old, from Dundee, had denied a charge under the Social Security Administration Act that he fraudulently claimed employment support allowance and income support totaling £39,808. Defence solicitor John Boyle asked that Reid be spared jail and given a community payback order as an alternative to a prison sentence. Sheriff Tom Hughes told Reid: “Because of the sum of money involved a custodial sentence is the only option.”

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

Our photograph today was taken by Hilary Watchman, who hails from London, and her husband Andy enjoyed the cloudscapes on a hike up Ben Challum near Crianlarich on 30 October 2016. The photo is looking towards Ben More and Stob Binnein.

As always It’s a pleasure to have your company this Tuesday 15th 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

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