The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Thursday 25th May 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. A heaven full of stars greet Bella and I this morning as we emerge from the house for our usual morning walk through the streets of Estepona, a wave from the Police as they pass in their Toyota Highbred slipping silently down the streets, we walk up the hill towards the Hermitage, passing under the arbore of brilliant yellow flowers, watch the bats twist and turn as they chase the insects flying in the early dawn, smell the flowers in the park .. you must always take time to smell the flowers… and then turn and wander back towards the house.. another day starts in Estepona Spain…

HARRY POTTER FANS RISKING THEIR LIVES ON SCOTS RAIL TRACK…. A warning has been issued about trespassing at the Glenfinnan Viaduct. Harry Potter fans are putting themselves in serious danger by walking along a live rail track to a Hogwarts Express landmark, transport police have warned. There has been an increase in the number of tourists walking on the railway towards the Glenfinnan Viaduct in the Scottish Highlands which featured in several Harry Potter films including The Chamber Of Secrets when Harry and Ron pursue the Hogwarts Express in a flying car as it crosses the famous bridge. British Transport Police (BTP) has issued a warning that visitors are “mere Muggles” and there could be fatal consequences of trespassing on the track. It is not the first appeal made since the films were released but there has been a 16% rise in trespass offences across the country in the last year, according to BTP. Authorities have been working to improve fencing and signage in the Glenfinnan area to direct tourists to safe vantage points for photographs. Sergeant Kevin Lawrence said: “Tourists from all over the world travel on the Jacobite steam train during the summer months to visit the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct. “Alarmingly, visitors often get off the train at Glenfinnan and walk back along the line to take photographs. This is extremely dangerous. “The scenic, rural area also attracts many bikers and other tourists also travelling by road to see the viaduct. “When they are caught up in the excitement of their trip, people may not realise that what they are doing is trespassing on the railway, risking the lives of themselves and other people who could be travelling on trains passing through. “Over the years we have worked with Network Rail to improve fencing and signage in the area to encourage tourists to get to safe vantage points for photographs without accessing the lines. “We urge everyone to stay off the tracks at all times, and if you see anyone on the tracks while you are at the viaduct, please warn them that it is not safe.” Glenfinnan is not the only area with seasonal trespass problems — hill walkers, wild campers and mountain bikers are also said to be taking risks crossing tracks in the Highlands. Mr Lawrence added: “Much as we love Harry Potter, I would like to remind everyone that we are mere Muggles, and if you trespass on the railway and are struck by a train, the consequences could be extremely serious and probably fatal.

MAN HELD FOR £40,000 ABERDEEN DRUGS RECOVERY…. Drugs with an estimated street value of about £40,000 have been seized in Aberdeen. Police said the drugs including cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy were recovered from a vehicle in the Dee Street area on Friday. A 29-year-old man from the Birmingham area was arrested and charged.
He was expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court.

FAMOUS MORAY LANDMARK COULD BE ‘SIGNIFICANT’ IRON AGE FORT…. AN archaeological dig is to take place on the Cluny Hill in Forres — which is topped by the famous Nelson’s Tower — after the site was confirmed as a much older historical monument. The excavation will also form part of the Piping at Forres attraction, one of Moray’s biggest one-day event. Dr Leif Isaksen, who grew up in Forres and is now a senior lecturer at Lancaster University, is returning to his hometown as part of a community dig to learn more about what may be an Iron Age hill-fort. The dig brings together local and international archaeologists, along with a large team of volunteers, and will be open to the public as part of Piping At Forres, the European Pipe Band Championships. Leif said: “We are very excited to be carrying out a community research project at Cluny Hill. “It is a wonderful place to be working, with beautiful views across the Moray Firth. If size is anything to go by it could be one of the most significant hilltop sites in the northern Scotland.” He added: “Dramatic changes to the landscape over the past two centuries meant that the earliest traces of human activity on Cluny Hill have all but faded from view. “We very much hope that this project will inspire people to learn more about Forres and its fascinating history. “The excavation has been timed to fit in with Piping At Forres and it’s a huge pleasure to be involved.” Leif and his colleagues will form part of “Have A Go Row” at Piping at Forres which is supported by title sponsor Benromach Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky and supported by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland’s Events Directorate. Have A Go Row is made up of around 10 different interactive stalls. The archaeologists will be using the latest 3D and laser-scanning technologies to reveal the hill’s secrets to the public, and will run guided tours around the hill during the day. Leif said: “We are still finalising our programme of activities at Piping At Forres, but we are certain that visitors will have their eyes opened to the ancient history beneath their feet.” Joanna Taylor, one of the directors of Forres Event which organises Piping At Forres said: “I am delighted that Leif’s plans for an excavation on Cluny Hill are going ahead, and that his team have decided to coincide the dig with Piping At Forres. “This is a welcome addition for us and will provide another fascinating element to the event, particularly as Piping At Forres is part of Scotland’s Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology 2017.” Now in its fifth year, Piping At Forres not only includes world class piping and drumming, Highland dancing and the World Tattie Scone Championships but also includes a food and drink village, a craft and retail village, bars and family attractions such as funfairs.

FARMHOUSE ICE CREAM COMPANY WINS FUNDS TO DOUBLE PRODUCTION…. An ice cream maker based in Galashiels is to double the size of its manufacturing site after securing financial support through the Scottish Borders Leader fund. Over Langshaw Farmhouse Ice Cream, run by Lucy Bergius on her family’s 500-acre dairy farm and founded after her parents decided to diversify the business, is to receive half of the £90,000 needed to grow its floor space to 90 square metres. The sum will also help buy a larger machine producing ice cream, doubling production to 1,400 litres in the summer. The additional capacity will help target new wholesale customers, already supplying 40 restaurants in Edinburgh and the Borders, and sell more ice cream from its converted police box in the capital’s Grassmarket. Bergius said the firm’s growth over the last ten years has been “gradual”, but it found itself “at a crossroads last year, running to capacity and having to turn down work. I decided there were too many opportunities, particularly in the capital, for our ice cream, so the new machine, walk-in freezer and overall larger storage area will help us to do just that”. Chris Trotman of Business Gateway, which advised the firm to apply for the funding, said: “The Scottish Borders Leader fund has already awarded £1.5 million in grants since it was launched in February last year, helping small businesses throughout the region innovate, expand and create jobs.”

CAFE CHAIN TIM HORTONS ANNOUNCES GLASGOW OPENING DATE…. Tim Hortons, the Canadian cafe chain, is to open its first UK store in Glasgow on 2 June. The cafe will open on the city’s Argyle Street with “nationwide expansion” which could create hundreds of jobs also on the cards. Crowds are expected to gather, hoping to be among the first people to taste coffee and Timbits when the Restaurant opens its doors at 9 a.m. The company is looking to cash in on the UK’s cafe and coffee shop market, which is worth over £6 billion annually. READ MORE: Excitement as Canadian coffee chain Tim Hortons set to open in Scotland Gurprit Dhaliwal, chief operating officer at Tim Hortons UK and Ireland, said: “We’ve witnessed Tim Hortons’ phenomenal success in Canada, and wanted to replicate this in Great Britain. “It’s hard to explain just how important Tim Hortons is to Canadians, it’s not just a restaurant, it’s a way of life and a place of ‘home’, and we’re positive Great Britain will fall in love with the brand.” The company described Britain as a “key strategic market”. The chain’s parent company, Canadian firm Restaurant Brands International, is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies. Eight out of 10 cups of coffee sold across Canada are served at Tim Hortons and more than 5.3 million Canadians, approximately 15% of the population, visit the cafes daily.

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 Harry Potter Jacobite train….. Why did you expect something else?

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 25th May 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

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.