The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Thursday 22nd June 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. well its Wednesday, the day after “Summer Solstice” so it’s all downhill from here with only 185 days to Christmas….. Beautiful weather on the Costa del Sol 30c anticipated today and for the next seven days, with crystal blue skies, I hope where ever you are reading this from the weather is equally as good, Bella has had her walk and relaxing at my feet, the coffee is steaming in the cup, I’m ready, so let’s take a look at the news…

FLYING SCOTSMAN DESIGNER HONOURED IN EDINBURGH…. He was born by chance in Edinburgh but his creations will be forever associated with Scotland. Now Sir Nigel Gresley’s birthplace in the capital will be marked with the unveiling of a commemorative plaque tomorrow on the 141st anniversary of his arrival. Gresley is renowned as one of Britain’s greatest railway engineers, whose locomotives included the record-breaking Flying Scotsman and Mallard, which helped revolutionise cross-Border travel. Flying Scotsman hauled the first non-stop train between London and Edinburgh in 1928, while Mallard still holds the 126mph steam record. Gresley was born in Edinburgh only because his mother had travelled from the family home in England to consult a specialist gynaecologist. He was the youngest of five children, his father a church rector in Netherseal, Derbyshire. The bronze plaque, produced by Historic Environment Scotland in conjunction with the Gresley Society, will be dedicated at 32 Dublin Street in the New Town by Transport Scotland rail director Bill Reeve. The occasion promises to be less controversial than the society’s unveiling of a statue to Gresley at King’s Cross Station in London last year. A mallard duck was removed from the design after his family said it would detract from the monument’s dignity. Libby Ranzetta, who campaigned for the duck’s reinstatement, said: “It’s good to see a second Edinburgh plaque to Sir Nigel [the first was erected at Waverley Station in 2001]. Hopefully it will bring the great man to more people’s notice. “Unfortunately, when the people responsible for the statue at King’s Cross chose to axe the mallard from its final design, they may as well have commissioned a standalone plaque.” John Cameron, the society’s Fife-based president, said the plaque was “a reminder of the close connection Sir Nigel had with Scotland throughout his working life”. Reeve said: “I sincerely �hope Sir Nigel’s achievements will stimulate young people to pursue the rewarding career of railway engineering.”

EXPERTS URGE NEW BREASTFEEDING ‘CONVERSATION’…. The experts said woman needed the right support, at the right time, in the right place. New mothers need to be offered better support with breastfeeding, according to some of Scotland’s leading experts in maternal and infant health. A statement, signed by 30 of them, said women can feel pressured to breastfeed and often find it difficult. They have called for a change in culture to provide all women with the right support, at the right time, in the right place.
The experts want to see improved training for health professionals. They have also argued for better legal protection against the misleading promotion and marketing of formula milk. Their call for a “change in the conversation” around breastfeeding comes at the start of National Breastfeeding in Scotland Week. Mary Renfrew, professor of mother and infant health at Dundee University and one of the authors of the document, said: “National Breastfeeding Week is an important opportunity to reflect on whether we are all doing enough to enable women to breastfeed and what we could do better.”There are significant and substantive differences between breastfeeding and not breastfeeding in regard to health and development outcomes, for both the baby and the mother.
“However, we know breastfeeding can be hard for women to do. A new way of enabling breastfeeding is needed — one that tackles the societal barriers that individual women cannot tackle alone and creates a shift in the prevailing culture and attitudes to breastfeeding.” The statement said some woman struggled and efforts to help them could be seen as “pressure” She added: “This should be put in place in a planned and co-ordinated way by decision-makers with funding, influence, authority and accountability, rather than relying on women’s own determination, the motivation of health professionals, and the work of voluntary organisations alone. This will require a co-ordinated cross-sectoral strategy that engages everyone in the conversations needed to create a positive environment for women, babies and families in Scotland.”

DAUGHTER OF FIRST BABY BORN ON LOGANAIR PLANE NOW CABIN CREW…. A teenager whose mother was the first baby born on a Loganair plane has become a member of the cabin crew. Chloe Stott, 18, is the daughter of Katy Stott, who was born 2,000ft above Orkney in 1973 on a special air ambulance flight from the island of Stronsay to Kirkwall. The aircraft was only a few minutes into the short flight when Katy’s mother Freida Devin gave birth. Chloe said she has always wanted to be a cabin crew attendant.
Thick fog prevented the aircraft from landing in Kirkwall, and Captain Jamie Bayley had to divert to Aberdeen. The baby was christened Katy Ferguson Leynair Devin, adopting the surname of the late doctor who helped, while inheriting Ley after Captain Bayley and nair from Loganair. Chloe, who has just moved from Orkney to Aberdeen, said: “I’ve wanted to be a cabin crew attendant for as long as I can remember. “It’s probably linked to the unusual circumstances in which my mum was born but both of us share this interest. “My family is originally from Orkney, so it’s wonderful to be working for an airline which holds such established roots with the islands and I’m looking forward to working on some of the services operating to Kirkwall.”

NEW ABBEY CORN MILL CELEBRATED WITH STAMP…. Recently-elected MP Alister Jack launched the stamp at the New Abbey corn mill. A corn mill in southern Scotland is one of six UK windmills and watermills to feature in a new set of stamps. The New Abbey site stopped working in the middle of the 20th Century but, after repair and restoration, opened to visitors in 1983. It is now maintained and cared for by Historic Scotland. The Royal Mail said the new stamps were a tribute to “iconic and endearing structures” dotted around the United Kingdom. The other mills featured are Nutley Windmill in East Sussex, Ballycopeland Windmill in County Down, Cheddleton Flint Mill in Staffordshire, Woodchurch Windmill in Kent and Felin Cochwillan Mill in Gwynedd. New Dumfries and Galloway MP Alister Jack launched the south of Scotland stamp at the corn mill. He said: “The watermill at New Abbey is well known by locals and tourists to Dumfries and Galloway. “I am delighted that it now features on this brilliant set of stamps.” Royal Mail’s stamp strategy manager Philip Parker added: “The windmills and watermills of the UK are much-loved landmarks and reminders of our rich agricultural and industrial heritage. “We celebrate six of these fascinating structures with new stamps.”

COMMUNITIES AFFECTED BY IOLAIRE DISASTER COULD HAVE MEMORIAL…. A planned new memorial in Stornoway would direct people to the scene of the disaster in 1919. Every community that suffered losses in the Iolaire disaster nearly 100 years ago could have a sculpture remembering the 205 men who died. The yacht Iolaire was wrecked on a reef called the Beasts of Holm just off the Isle of Lewis in the early hours of 1 January 1919. The boat was carrying home hundreds of sailors after the end of World War One.
The memorials are planned as part of events commemorating the centenary of the tragedy. A number of communities in the Western Isles that were affected by the disaster have requested a memorial. Most of those who died were from Lewis or Harris.
Organisers said the sculptures would be modelled on one planned for Stornoway on Lewis. That memorial would act as a marker and have information boards about loss of the Iolaire and directions to the memorial site overlooking where the yacht was wrecked.

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

Our look at Scotland today is of course.. Sir Nigel Gresley.. The steam engine that is…..

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 Thursday 22nd June 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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