The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Wednesday 27th September 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Bleak weather has come to the Costa del Sol this morning, … Thick heavy clouds are boiling above Bella and my head as we venture out for our morning walk.. rain looks imminent… but to be honest, I don’t mind, life is like that, sometimes it rains sometimes the sun shines…we just have to learn to accept what we are given and make the best of it, sometimes the lemons taste good….

CLYDESDALE UNVEILS NEW SCOTTISH £10 NOTE…. Clydesdale Bank has released the first Scottish £10 polymer note into circulation.
A £5 polymer note was issued last year and the £10 is described as the latest implementation of the “evolving technology” surrounding bank notes. The new, smaller note features Robert Burns on the front and Edinburgh’s Old and New Towns on the reverse.
It also includes new security features, with the outline of Scotland in “shiny ink” over a transparent window. The older £10 Clydesdale note will remain in circulation. Lorna McMillan, company secretary of Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banking Group, the owner of Clydesdale Bank, said: “More durable and more secure than normal paper notes, the move towards polymer is an important milestone in our history of innovation.” The polymer notes are water resistant, much less likely to tear, and are said to be more environmentally friendly in production. Ms McMillan added: “We have been issuing banknotes since 1838 and it’s just as vital as ever to ensure we are creating and developing currency that is fit for modern-day use.” The notes are already in tiered sizes, and have bold numerals, raised print and different colours to allow easier use by blind and partially-sighted people.

WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL GETS UNDER WAY…. Big names from literature, politics and journalism are heading to Wigtown for a 10-day celebration of books. Scotland’s national book town is hosting its annual festival which runs until Sunday 1 October.
Chris Brookmyre, Judy Murray, Roy Hattersley, Martin Bell, Gavin Esler, Jeremy Bowen and Mairi Hedderwick are all taking part.
Organisers said they hoped to explore the “local and the global” throughout the proceedings. In total, the 19th edition of the festival promises more than 250 events including a large number of authors and famous names. Among those taking part is award-winning crime writer Denise Mina talking about her book based on a story about the serial killer Peter Manuel. Artistic director Adrian Turpin said: “Wigtown welcomes the world. “It may be a small town in a remote part of south-west Scotland, but it’s also Scotland’s national book town, visited by an increasing number of book lovers from across the globe, many of whom have chosen to make their homes here. “You don’t have to live in a city to engage with the wider world, especially now that digital technology allows us all to maintain contacts over large geographical distances. “It is possible to be truly global and local.” Jenny Niven, head of literature, languages and publishing at Creative Scotland, described it as another “inventive programme”. “The festival is a key event in Scotland’s cultural calendar, and an important fixture for Dumfries and Galloway,” she said.

BURROWING RABBITS ‘NOT AN ISSUE’ AT INVERNESS CASTLE…. Burrowing rabbits have caused no obvious signs of damage to a grassy bank below Inverness’ famous castle. Highland Council had the area checked for possible problems caused by the animals.
The survey has found “quite a number of burrow entry holes” but “no obvious signs of caving” or “significant ongoing foundation movement”. Built in the 19th Century, most of Inverness Castle is used as a sheriff court. However, the court service is to move out and relocate into a new justice centre opening the way for the castle to be turned into a tourist attraction. The main building work of the new Inverness Justice Centre is to be completed by 2019. Highland Council said the survey for rabbits suggested they were not the cause of “any current issue”. It add that landscaping of the bank, which overlooks the River Ness, was ongoing.
The rabbit colony, a mix of wild rabbits and abandoned pets, is well-known to residents of Inverness.

REMAINS OF 6,000-YEAR-OLD DWELLING FOUND IN AYRSHIRE…. The remains of a 6,000-year-old dwelling have been uncovered during water mains work in Ayrshire. Archaeologists found post holes, which formed part of a rectangular building, and fragments of Neolithic pottery near Hillhouse farm outside Kilmarnock. The discovery was made recently as Scottish Water worked on an ongoing £120m project to upgrade pipes between Ayrshire and Glasgow. It is believed the structure was built by some of Scotland’s first farmers. Archaeologists said it was older than the Callanish Stones in Lewis and Stonehenge in Wiltshire. Kenneth Green, of Guard Archaeology in Glasgow, described the discovery as one of the most important of its type in south-west Scotland in recent years.
He said: “Heavily truncated by millennia of ploughing, only the deepest parts of some of the post holes survived, arranged in a rectangular plan and containing sherds of early Neolithic pottery, hazelnut shell and charcoal. “The width and depth of these post holes indicated that they once held very large upright timber posts, suggesting that this building was once a large house, probably home to an extended family or group of families. “Up until this time, during the earlier Mesolithic period, Scotland was inhabited by small groups of hunter-gatherers, who led a nomadic lifestyle, living off the land. “The individuals who built this Neolithic house were some of the earliest communities in Ayrshire to adopt a sedentary lifestyle, clearing areas of forest to establish farms, growing crops such as wheat and barley and raising livestock such as cattle, sheep, goats and pigs.”

ICE MUSEUM TO BE BUILT FOR EDINBURGH’S CHRISTMAS…. An ice museum full of life-sized sculptures is the latest attraction to Edinburgh’s Christmas. The Ice Adventure is to be built at the west end of George Street over the festive period. Vikings, fairies and kelpies, Highland cows, eagles, Dolly the Sheep, Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, Greyfriars Bobby and the Loch Ness Monster will all be made from ice. Edinburgh’s Christmas runs from 17 November 2017 to 6 January 2018. Organisers Underbelly said the event is now one of the biggest in the UK attracting 57% of visitors from outside the city. Edinburgh’s Giant Advent Calendar will also be projected nightly onto General Register House with 25 glimpses of Edinburgh winters from years gone-by as one is revealed each day.

On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,

Our look at Scotland today is of Edinburgh’s Christmas Market…. Hey! It’s not that far away,

A Sincere Thank You for your company and Thank You for your likes and comments I love them and always try to reply, so please keep them coming, it’s always good fun, As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of “Colombian” Coffee and wish you a safe Wednesday 27th September 2017 from my home on the southern coast of Spain, where the blue waters of the Alboran Sea washes the coast of Africa and Europe and the smell of the night blooming Jasmine and Honeysuckle fills the air…and a crazy old guy and his dog Bella go out for a walk at 4:00 am…on the streets of Estepona…

All good stuff….But remember it’s a dangerous world we live in

Be safe out there…

Robert McAngus

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