The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Friday 24th November 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you….” Well another week goes into the record book, as we spin endless through space and time on this little blue planet we call Earth…. Seasons come and go, and we have arrived in the northern hemisphere at the time called winter.. cold air all across Europe and hot air from the “Brexit” talks, as I said it’s warm jacket weather, certainly not as cold as Scotland, but here in Southern Spain the homes are not built for inclement weather rather, they are cool homes, with an abundance of tile and marble, certainly no underfloor heating, opening opposite each other to allow the breeze to blow through, and in the older housing, certainly no heating of any sort, other than an electric fire.… And talking of warm.. well, that’s the feeling I have as my wife comes home from South America today…

LANDSLIP CLOSES TRAIN LINE BETWEEN INVERNESS AND DINGWALL…. The incident happened on Tuesday evening, affecting Inverness to Wick and Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh services. ScotRail expect the line to be closed on Wednesday with a full inspection to be carried out in daylight with the track team assembling kit and materials required to start repairs. Meanwhile, ScotRail’s integrated control team are working on a temporary timetable for Dingwall to Wick/Kyle of Lochalsh.

TEACHER WHO MADE LEWD AND RACIST COMMENTS TO PUPILS STRUCK OFF…. A history teacher who made lewd remarks about “sixty-niners”, “Brazilians” and sex with twins has been struck off the teaching register. David McGhee also asked a “non-Caucasian” pupil: “Are you sure you’re not a terrorist?” during a class at Hazelhead Academy in Aberdeen. Mr McGhee, who taught religious education, history and modern studies, was working at two schools in Aberdeen when he made a string of inappropriate comments between 2011 and 2013. The teacher, who volunteers at a local church, tried and failed to have his hearing at the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) in Edinburgh held in private last month. While working at Harlaw Academy Mr McGhee said: “Every man’s dream, twins. Perhaps it’s every woman’s too?” in reference to siblings aged between 14 and 15-years-old. The 51-year-old also told a female colleague how pupils kept shouting “Sixty-nine” when he entered his classroom. He told the teacher: “Remember I spoke to you before about…coming into my class from PSE and talking about ‘sixty-niners’ well I had to have words with two pupils for shouting out sixty-nine when I walked into their class.” At the same school, Mr McGhee told another female teacher in her classroom how he and his wife had picked up a leaflet for a brothel during a past visit to Vienna, Austria. He claimed a comedian had referred to where his own children had been conceived and gave them names including ‘Hall Stair Carpet’ and ‘Front Room Settee’. In March 2013, Mr McGhee, who also volunteers for the Scouts, told one pupil at Hazelhead Academy: “Are you sure you are not a terrorist, that’s alright then, at least you are not putting poison on the door handle.” The panel, in their written decision, said they were satisfied the remark was of a racist nature despite Mr McGhee saying he was merely referencing a 1997 film called Jackal. Mr McGhee did not appear at the hearing and was not represented but sent a letter in which he denied all the allegations. The panel said they were concerned that Mr McGhee was “ seeking to frustrate the proceedings and avoid the hearing” after constantly using excuses to delay the hearing.

DOCTOR IS SUSPENDED AFTER ACQUITTAL OVER FRIEND’S DRUG DEATH…. A DOCTOR who was cleared of killing one of her friends has been suspended for a year after admitting illegally supplying drugs. Katy McAllister went before a disciplinary hearing in a bid to save her career and avoided being struck off the medical register after it was ruled it would be wrong to deprive patients of an “otherwise competent” doctor. At the High Court in Edinburgh earlier this year, she admitted supplying a fellow doctor with diazepam pills while employed at NHS Tayside. The 31-year-old, of Dundee, also distributed tablets such as temazepam and had magic mushrooms in her possession and was sentenced to 150 hours of unpaid work. READ MORE: Doctor faces hearing for illegally supplying drugs She was initially held after an inquiry into the death of her friend Louise McGowan, 27, in May 2015. The doctor had been accused of the culpable homicide in Dundee of Miss McGowan.

WHISKY PRODUCTION RETURNS TO CLYDESIDE AFTER OVER A CENTURY…. Spirit production has returned to the banks of the River Clyde after more than a century as a new distillery opens its doors. The Clydeside Distillery, based between the Riverside Museum and SSE Hydro, will produce the first spirit in the area for more than 100 years. Located in the former Queen’s Dock, The Pump House includes a visitor centre, interactive whisky experience and cafe. The distillery opens to the public today and will produce a Lowland single malt Scotch whisky. Owned by Morrison Glasgow Distillers, the distillery’s chairman Tim Morrison is the great grandson of John Morrison, who built The Queen’s Dock in 1877.
Mr Morrison, who is also proprietor of the AD Rattray Scotch Whisky Company, said: “After more than a century copper stills are producing spirit on the banks of the Clyde and we’re incredibly proud to be able to open our doors to the public. “Glasgow has an affinity with Scotch whisky unlike any other city in the world, with The Queen’s Dock previously witnessing the exports of whisky with ships sailing past the Pump House destined for all continents of the world. “Of course for me and my family there is a very personal link knowing that my great grandfather built The Queen’s Dock where The Clydeside Distillery now sits. “We’re looking forward to the future and seeing whisky produced in the heart of Glasgow once again.”

UNIQUE STONE OWL STATUE STOLEN FROM HIGHLANDS HOTEL…. The unique stone figure was taken from Glencoe House between Wednesday and Friday morning. It is between 30cm to 40cm in height and 20cm in diameter. The owl is carved from stone and is mounted on a wooden base. Glencoe-based Constable Melanie Itze said: “This is a very distinctive item which is unique to the hotel from which it was stolen. “I would urge anyone with information about this theft to contact is on 101, quoting reference NP10568/17, or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”… I wonder how far that is from Hogwart’s???

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

Our look at Scotland today is of the Hogwart’s Express…

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 Friday 24th November 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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