The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Saturday 21st October 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Well it’s certainly bringing joy to me.. cool at night, warm during the day, and not a cloud in the sky.. can’t ask for better, and the weather person says it’s for the next three or four days… So Bella and I left the house this morning, with a little spring in our steps… Bella more than me, I’m still getting used to not have to find my glasses before I go out.. after many years of wearing spectacles, it’s only natural to think you still have to wear them…

ROBERT BURNS’ PLACE OF BURIAL TARGETED BY VANDALS…. The burial place of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns has been targeted by vandals. A number of places at St Michael’s Churchyard in Dumfries were tagged with paint in the incident. The spree is believed to have taken place during the early hours of Monday morning. It saw gravestones, the church doors and Burns mausoleum all defaced. PC Christopher Trosh at Dumfries said: “This appears to be a case of wanton vandalism on what after all is a sacred place. “We have information that a person was in the church yard at around 1.43am this morning, spending some time there.
“We are examining the ‘tag’ of the graffiti and would ask that anyone who can help us identify the person responsible get in touch with us at Dumfries on the 101 number, or if they want to remain anonymous then through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

EDINBURGH CELEBRITY CHEF CREATES BESPOKE FOODBANK RECIPES…. He’s a celebrity Scottish chef and restauranteur whose glittering career has included high-profile stints at prestigious restaurants such as the Royal Yacht Britannia, the Balmoral Hotel on Princes Street and Skibo Castle in the Highlands, as well as starring on his own BBC2 television cookery show. Now Tony Singh, MBE, has created bespoke, funky, recipes for people using foodbanks in the Capital. The three new recipes — spiced neep soup, cheese cookies and bread soup — reflect Singh’s signature style of using local Scottish produce combined with fusion influences from around the world. “I wanted to create something achievable people without a cooking background or were not taught could cook without having to have fancy equipment and a set of pots and knives,” said Singh, 46, a fourth generation Scottish Sikh who was born in Leith. “People get a lot of good produce from foodbanks such as pasta, flour and pulses but I was showing them how easy it is to add a little bit of spice to bring some glamour and colour to a simple meal,” said Singh. “If people are accessing foodbanks they get the same produce just about every time. Some people think something like chick peas are quite exotic so I was explaining how they are a great nutritious staple which can be made into things like dips or stews or can be used to bulk out soup.” Singh launched the initiative at St Augustine’s Catholic Church in Milton, Glasgow, where he donned his blue and white stripped apron and demonstrated to volunteers and people using the food bank how to cook cheap and healthy meals with donated food. The project is part of a partnership with Hilton hotels to tackle food poverty as part of its Global Week of Service. It held similar events worldwide including one in Cairo for vulnerable youths and another for refugees in Berlin. Hilton is also working with the charity Social Bite in Edinburgh to offer work placements in its hotels. Andreas Lackner, regional head for full service brands at EMEA, Hilton, said: “Global Week of Service is an annual week-long celebration recognising Hilton’s year-round commitment to enrich the communities where our team members and guests live, work and travel. “I was proud to see so many of our team members working alongside food bank volunteers and our guest Tony Singh to provide warm meals, food and donations to support those experiencing hardship.” Tony Graham, director of devolved nations at the Trussell Trust foodbank charity, said: “We’re always amazed by the innovative ways people want to help support foodbanks. We’re so grateful to Tony Singh for creating affordable recipes to help the people referred to us eat well on a budget. As demand for foodbanks increases, as does the cost of living, this will be even more important.”

RECORD NUMBERS CELEBRATING GAELIC CULTURE AT THE MÒD…. The Royal National Mòd — the celebration of Gaelic language, music, art and song — is now underway in Fort William with a record number of people taking part in competition and performances. Here Historic Environment Gaelic Officer Ruairidh Graham gives a short history of The Mòd and some insight into the eight-day celebration of Gaelic culture. The Royal National Mòd, often known simply as The Mòd, is an eight day festival of Gaelic music, art and drama. It is held in a different Scottish town every year, and celebrates Scottish Gaelic’s creative heritage and traditions. The first half of the week is dedicated to school competitions, while the second half is for adults. It draws in fluent and learner Gaelic speakers alike, with a host of other interested and curious attendees.

ELECTRIC TRAIN RUNS ON EDINBURGH-GLASGOW MAINLINE FOR FIRST TIME…. The long-awaited redevelopment of Scotland’s busiest railway took a significant step towards completion this week as an electric train travelled along part of the route for the first time.
One of the new Class 385 Hitachi electric trains — which has still to be fitted with interiors — successfully travelled between Edinburgh and Linlithgow at 2am on Wednesday. It is one of a fleet of rolling stock commissioned for the newly electrified Edinburgh-Glasgow mainline via Falkirk High, which is used by thousands of commuters every day. The trial marked the first time that an electric train has travelled on any section of the route, which has linked Scotland’s two biggest cities since 1842. ScotRail bosses said that once final safety checks on the infrastructure along the remainder of the route were complete, full testing of the new trains would begin.
The new fleet is due to enter passenger service over the next few months, offering faster journeys and more seats for passengers.

RARE CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH PAINTING SECURED FOR NATION…. An “outstanding” rare watercolour by artist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh has been acquired for the nation at auction. The Road Through The Rocks was bought by the National Galleries of Scotland for £65,000. The southern French landscape will go on show at the Scottish National Gallery for the first time this autumn. The exhibition coincides with the 150th anniversary celebrations of Mackintosh’s death. He painted the landscape between 1926 and 1927

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

Our look at Scotland today is of Jamaica Bridge Glasgow circa 1930’s, what a busy bustling city it was then and still is now…

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 Saturday 21st October 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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