The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Tuesday 5th September 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. High clouds obscuring the stars are the metaphorical umbrella Bella and I walk under this morning but the streets of Estepona remain the same, beautiful, Geraniums in abundance, every colour one could imagine, shout their presence from the pots hung on the stark white walls, impossible splashes of vibrant colour shout from every possible space… Our walk today, takes us through the Poet’s square, a small wasted space, between some houses, converted to a restful park, a place to sit, contemplate and ruminate.. life… and in the corner on post are the bronze busts of Spains poets, hence the name of the square, Alfonso Vallejo, Ángel González Muñiz, Carlos Bousoño, Carlos Fernández Shaw, Carlos Oroza, Eduardo Pondal, Federico Garcia Lorca, and more stand as if in deep discussion in the early morning light, I nod as I pass through, in respect for their supreme talent, a nod from an aspiring poet to men of greatness……. We turn and head for home…

MAN ADMITS ILLEGAL SALE OF BURIAL PLOTS AT MOUNT VERNON CEMETERY…. A former superintendent at an Edinburgh cemetery has admitted illegally selling burial plots to bereaved families. William Henderson, 46, pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court to one charge of fraud relating to his time at Mount Vernon Cemetery between 2006 and 2015.
The Catholic church which runs the cemetery has apologised to the families affected. Henderson was bailed until sentencing on 29 September. Henderson’s fraud offence affected 13 people. ‘Our mum was buried in a plot that didn’t exist’ The Catholic Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh called in police in 2015. It is the city’s only Catholic cemetery.
Sheriff Donald Corke told Henderson: “This is clearly a very serious matter and you should be aware that although all options are available to the court custody is the most likely outcome.”

‘IRON BROO’ TABLET RECALL OVER METAL FEAR…. A sweet manufacturer has withdrawn its “Iron Broo” flavour tablet from sale — because the product may contain pieces of metal.
Athole Tablet Ltd, which is based in Blairgowrie, has also withdrawn its Scots Tablet sweet from sale for the same reason. A recall notice for the products was issued by Food Standards Scotland. The agency said customers who had bought the tablet should not eat them but return them for a full refund. The recall only applies to certain batch numbers of the sweets, detailed in Food Standards Scotland’s recall notice. In the notice, the company apologised for the inconvenience and advised customers to check batch numbers and return the products if necessary because of a “production issue”.

SALE AGREED FOR LIGHTHOUSE MURDER ISLAND LITTLE ROSS…. A sale has been agreed for an island off the south of Scotland coast where a lighthouse keeper was murdered by a colleague in 1960. Little Ross island near Kirkcudbright was put up for sale earlier this summer and attracted strong interest. It hit the headlines 57 years ago when Hugh Clark was shot by fellow keeper Robert Dickson. It is understood the island fetched significantly over its asking price of £325,000. A spokesman for estate agents Galbraith confirmed there had been a dozen offers for the island, which covers 29 acres. The listing also included a six-bedroom, B-listed cottage and courtyard next to the operational lighthouse tower which was not part of the deal.

YOUNG SCOTS FACE YEARS OF SAVING FOR FIRST HOME DEPOSIT…. Some Scots could take up to a decade to save up for the deposit for their first home, BBC Scotland analysis suggests. A person on typical wages saving 10% of their take-home pay a month could take almost eight years to save up a 10% deposit for the average property.
And in some areas with higher property values, like Edinburgh, it could take more than a decade. Shelter Scotland said young people were “stuck in a very difficult place” between rising house prices and rents. BBC Scotland is examining the lives of Generation Y, the millennials born between 1980 and 2000. Coming of age in the wake of the financial crisis and years of steadily rising house prices, this group has faced a much more difficult path into the property market than previous generations. This has left many in the private rented sector, struggling to save up for a deposit while dealing with rising rents.

LAST REDUNDANT CAIRNGORMS ELECTRICITY TOWER PULLED DOWN…. The last of about 300 redundant electricity transmission towers in the Cairngorms National Park have been pulled down. They have been demolished as part of SSE’s £600m upgrading of the 137-mile (220km) Beauly-Denny power line. The final phase of the tower removal work involved 84 between Aviemore and Kingussie. New towers were built in parts of the park for the Beauly to Denny project, but fewer in total than previously. Between Aviemore and Kingussie, new underground electricity distribution cables have been installed to replace the overhead cables. The removal of all the old towers, which include some on the Beauly-Denny route and others that carried electricity to communities, will provide more than 1,500 tonnes of steel for recycling. The redundant towers will not be replaced.

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 view at sunset across the water to the Isle of Mull…

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 5th September 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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