The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Tuesday 15th August 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. I hope the morning finds you well and in the rudest of health, Even though I am in Spain we get indifferent weather even in the summer, as I talk Bella for her early morning walk at 4:00am the sky is overcast and not a star can be seen in the sky, but while clouds are a negative for a country that lives off tourists, it’s a benefit for the locals like me, it’s much cooler with the temperature being 18c … the top temperature today will be 27c so let’s appreciate it while we can… Coffee is in the cup, Bella drank her water and is now fast asleep on my feet, let’s talk about the news and what happening in Bonny Scotland..

WORLD WAR ONE BIPLANE TO STAR AT HIGHLAND MILITARY TATTOO…. THE fourth Highland Military Tattoo — being hosted at the UK’s largest military Fort — will not only celebrate Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology but also the 75th birthday of the RAF Regiment. An aerial display from a biplane shall help set the scene prior to the commencement of this year’s Tattoo at Fort George, to mark the celebration of the Royal Flying Corps, RAF and RAF Regiment activities. The fighter aircraft of the First World War, one of the fastest aircraft involved in the action, was recognized for being both stable and relatively maneuverable and has since been referred to as the ‘Spitfire of WW1’. It’s presence at this year’s Tattoo shall mark the 100th anniversary of the plane’s appearance over the Western Front in June 1917. An apt start to the 2017 event, the SE5A WW1 biplane will signal the call to be seated and the commencement of the evening’s celebrations. The aircraft is owned by Neil Geddes and shall be based at an airfield near Dingwall for the duration of the Highland Tattoo, appearing at each of the four performances, including the Saturday matinee.
Tattoo director Seymour Monro said: “This year’s Tattoo promises to be a spectacular show including an aerial display by the WW1 Biplane.

MORAY MUM BEATS DISABILITY STRUGGLES TO WIN AVIATION HONOUR…. A MUM who undertook her own battle against the disabling Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) has been honoured in the name of a pioneering female aviator. Karen Cox, from Lossiemouth, took on her biggest ever challenge by enrolling for the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People, a charity set up in 1983 in memory of WWII legend Douglas Bader. Their mission is to inspire disabled adults, building their confidence, self-esteem and future aspirations through life-changing aviation experiences. When she completed her course she returned to the presentation to officially receive her ‘wings’ at the Royal International Air Tattoo a major surprise awaited — she was also awarded the FSDP’s ‘Wings Around the World’ Trophy, presented annually to “the female scholar who, inspired by the achievements of Polly Vacher, showed the highest determination to achieve success in her attempt to learn to fly”.

CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH’S RESTORED WILLOW TEA ROOMS REVEALED…. It is the only surviving tearoom designed in its entirety by one of Scotland’s most internationally acclaimed architects and a throwback to an Edwardian era of grandeur when Glasgow was the second city of the empire. Now Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Willow Tea Rooms has secured a £3.579m award from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will help pay for the interior restoration of the art nouveau building in time for the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth on June 7, 2018. The refurbished frontage of the three-storey tearoom in Sauchiehall Street was revealed for the first time today to mark the half-way point in the ambitious project, which will fully restore the interiors according to Mackintosh’s plans.
Windows have been set-back to their original positions, reversing alterations made in the 1930s, and a neighbouring building has been purchased to become a future exhibition and museum space. Heritage bodies and the local authority hope the tearoom will become a focal point for cultural tourism in Glasgow city centre, attracting both domestic and international visitors.
“We started this project in June 2014 and have worked very hard to get to this stage,” said Celia Sinclair, founder of the Willow Tea Room Trust. “In total, it’s an almost £10m project which will recreate and restore this famous Mackintosh work.

GLASGOW NURSE SHORTLISTED FOR PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL PRIZE…. A GLASGOW nurse who cares for children with digestive disorders has been shortlisted for prestigious national award. Lisa Gervais, who works at the Royal Hospital for Children as an IBD research nurse specialist, has been shortlisted in the Nursing Times awards, under the Nurse of the Year category.
Lisa, who lives in Anniesland, is the only Scotland-based nurse to be shortlisted in the awards, which will be announced at a glittering event in London in November. Lisa said: “I was shocked but delighted to be nominated by my manager and the lead clinician Professor Richard Russell. I had to read and re-read the email when it came through. I am really grateful and delighted that colleagues took the time to nominate me.” Lisa will now attend a selection interview panel in London next month, ahead of the November ceremony.

EDINBURGH’S MELA SET TO RETURN…. Share this article 5 HAVE YOUR SAY The Edinburgh Mela is being brought back from the dead and turned into a week-long festival — 12 months after it was abandoned when its funding was axed due to behind-the-scenes turmoil. The city council and Creative Scotland have agreed to fund a rebooted festival after an overhaul of the Mela’s board, who were accused of sabotaging the event last year by its last director, Chris Purnell, in a damning letter of resignation. He warned the event was on the “brink of catastrophe” due to a total breakdown of trust between the staff and the board. At the time, Mr Purnell said the event was being “destroyed from within”. It was not staged last August. Police and the charity regulator were later called in to investigate following complaints made about the running of the event, which had the plug pulled last July, after the withdrawal of all of its funding. Now Edinburgh’s former Lord Provost Lesley Hinds is heading up a rescue bid for the new-look Mela, which will see events staged in several venues across Leith. The programme, running from August 26 till September 3, will culminate in a two-day outdoor event on Leith Links, which will be scaled back in size from previous years.

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

Our look at Scotland today is of an SE5A similar to the aircraft to “fly over” the Military Tattoo in the Highlands…

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 15th August 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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