The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Tuesday 21st August 2018

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Lots of cloud this morning over Estepona, and the temperature is a comfortable 21c as we leave the house, but these clouds will blow away and we are expecting clear skies and 30c for the rest of the day.. living close to the gateway to the Atlantic as we do, our weather is not the same as points east of us, further into the Mediterranean and tends to be a little cooler than say Malaga approximately 100 kilometers away from us.. but enough of the weather, the clouds are blocking the stars so we walk under clouds moving .. Bella pulled towards the hill this morning so at the top we stood for a few moments to look at Gibraltar in the distance and watched a cruise ship lights ablaze in the port…. Then rumination time over, it’s back to the house, the coffee will be ready…

WOMAN HAS CONTACT LENS REMOVED FROM HER EYE AFTER 28 YEARS…. The woman, who is now aged 42, had sought medical help after her left eyelid became swollen and droopy. An MRI scan at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee showed she had a cyst, along with a rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lens lodged in it. It emerged that the woman, who has not been named, had been struck in the eye by a shuttlecock when she was 14, but thought her contact lens had been knocked out at the time. The case came to light after it was reported in the British Medical Journal. Dr Sirjhun Patel, specialist registrar in ophthalmology, said the case was an “exceptional scenario”. “I would like to reassure patients that contact lenses are safe when used appropriately,” he added. “It is recommended to have regular checks ups from your optometrist and to always seek help when you have any concerns.”

BOY, FIVE, SERIOUSLY HURT AFTER BEING CRUSHED BY TRACTOR…. The incident happened on a farm at New Aberdour in Aberdeenshire. The youngster was taken to the Royal Aberdeen Children’s Hospital shortly before 7pm on Thursday.
It is understood he suffered serious leg and hand injuries which are not life-threatening. A Scottish Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We received a call at 6.57pm on Thursday to attend an incident on a farm at New Aberdour. “We dispatched three ambulances and the coastguard helicopter to the scene and one child was airlifted to the Children’s hospital at the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.”

‘HOLY GRAIL’ OF WHISKY COULD FETCH £900,000 AT AUCTION…. Described as the “Holy Grail” of whisky, the 60-year-old Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 is going under the hammer on October 3. Bonhams say the exceptional rarity and quality of the whisky bottle mean it is estimated to sell for between £700,000 and £900,000. Just 12 of the bottles, which feature a label designed by pop artist Alerio Adami, were ever produced. Another bottle of The Macallan Alerio Adami 1926 was sold at Bonhams Hong Kong for a record-breaking price of £814,081 in May this year. It was the highest price ever paid for a bottle of whisky at a public auction. Experts do not know exactly how many of the original 12 bottles still exist. One may have been destroyed in an earthquake in Japan, while at least one has been opened and consumed. Bonhams whisky specialist Martin Green said: “The Macallan 1926 60-year-old has been described as the Holy Grail of whisky. “Its exceptional rarity and quality puts it in a league of its own, and the world’s most serious whisky collectors will wait patiently for many years for a bottle to come onto the market. “It is a great honour to be offering this amazingly rare whisky at our Edinburgh sale.” International whisky consultant Charles MacLean said: “Macallan single malt is the darling of whisky collectors and The Macallan Adami 1926 — with its Peter Blake stablemate — sits at the very pinnacle of the distillery’s distinguished output. “All the appeal of Scotch whisky — the myth, the tradition and the romance — find its ultimate expression in this bottle.”

NEW LIVER TREATMENT COULD REDUCE NEED FOR TRANSPLANTS…. A study using mice found liver injury triggers a process called senescence, which is usually associated with aging or chronic disease. Using a class of drugs being developed as anti-cancer therapy to block the spread of this process, researchers found the organ was able to regenerate after treatment, preventing death from liver injury. Teams at the University of Edinburgh MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute in Glasgow said further research is now needed to explore the potential of the new drugs on human patients with liver failure.
Acute liver failure occurs when a healthy liver is so seriously damaged it can no longer regrow and recover, leaving patients in urgent need of transplant. Paracetamol overdose is the most common cause, with around 200 life-threatening cases in the UK each year. ‘New treatments like this which set liver regeneration free and may prevent the need for liver transplants would make a huge difference for these patients.’ Often the damaged liver can regrow and recover on its own, but when it suffers massive injury, regeneration may fail and even 24 hours without a fully working liver can be life-threatening. Liver specialist Dr Tom Bird, who led the study, said: “Through our research so far we have identified a potential treatment for acute liver failure, which may prevent the need for transplant. “Most of the patients we see with this type of critical liver injury are otherwise physically healthy, and have accidentally or, often, sadly, intentionally taken an overdose of paracetamol. “While transplant offers incredible life-saving opportunities for these patients, it does mean a major operation and a lifetime of medication and with around 300 adults and children in the UK in need of a liver transplant at any one time, it cannot be guaranteed. “New treatments like this which set liver regeneration free and may prevent the need for liver transplants would make a huge difference for these patients. “They may also allow us to use the livers available for transplantation for other patients with different forms of liver disease who might otherwise die whilst waiting for a suitable liver donor.”
The study is published in Science Translational Medicine.

THOUSANDS TO TAKE PART IN WORLD PIPE BAND CHAMPIONSHIPS….More than 200 bands from 13 countries are taking part in this year’s World Pipe Band Championships. The event, known as “the worlds”, returns to Glasgow on Friday and Saturday.
In total, around 8000 pipers and drummers in 214 bands are competing for the ultimate prize in the two-day competition on Glasgow Green. More than a quarter of the competitors are coming from overseas with New Zealand, Denmark, Canada, Oman and Zimbabwe among the nations represented, organisers said. Ian Embelton, chief executive of the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association, said: “Year after year, pipe bands across the world head to Glasgow and the World Pipe Band Championships to compete and test themselves against their peers. “The competition this year is the fiercest it has ever been with the standards across each grade higher than ever. “We are looking forward to another memorable occasion knowing that whoever comes out on top on Saturday night will deserve to be world champions.” Glasgow first staged the event in 1948 and has been the host city every year since 1986. The chieftain of the 2018 event is Glasgow’s lord provost, Eva Bolander, who first visited the city as a piper in a band.
She said: “Glasgow and the World Pipe Band Championships are inextricably linked and we love welcoming pipers and drummers from all over the world to compete. “I know what it’s like to put months of work into rehearsing as part of a band to head into the arena to be judged on one single performance. “The musical ability on display at Glasgow Green this weekend, coupled with the friendly rivalry brings an atmosphere and experience that simply can’t be matched.”

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

Our look at Scotland today is unusual, Andrew Leishman spotted this on Bo’ness foreshore just after high tide but isn’t sure if its an upside down jellyfish or a large anemone. And neither are we.

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 Tuesday 21st August 2018 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