The Daily Thistle — News From Scotland

Thursday 19th October 2017

“Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Raining ”Cat’s and Dog’s” this morning, rain is coming down so hard that it’s impossible to see the street.. I managed to take Bella out for a very quick walk between the downpours, I know she’s a water dog, it’s me that’s not… Went to Vistalaser clinic in Marbella yesterday, to have my eyes checked after the operation Tuesday, I am pleased to say that I have been given a clean bill of health and that glasses are no longer required ….

WORLD WAR II LIFEBOAT DISCOVERED NEAR ORKNEY ISLANDS…. According to a report in The Herald Scotland, underwater archaeologists with the Shiptime Maritime Archaeology Project have found a small vessel lost on October 13, 1939, after a German submarine attacked HMS Royal Oak, which was moored in Scapa Bay. More than 800 of the 1,200 battleship’s crew were lost in the attack. About 100 of the men escaped to the small steam-powered pinnace, which had been tethered to the side of HMS Royal Oak. But the small lifeboat, designed to carry 59 people, capsized and sank. It was found about 1,000 feet from HMS Royal Oak. “The site will now be recorded and will add to our knowledge surrounding the sinking of HMS Royal Oak,” said Pete Higgins of the Orkney Research Centre for Archaeology.

VOLUNTEERS COLLECT 500,000 ‘NURDLES’ FROM BEACH AT BO’NESS…. An estimated 540,000 plastic pellets were collected from a small section of beach on the Firth of Forth. Volunteers spent eight hours collecting the lentil-sized pellets, known as nurdles, from the shore at Bo’ness. However, the charity behind the clean-up said their activity was “barely noticeable” and nurdles still make up a large proportion of beach sediment. The pellets are melted down to make plastic products ranging from bin bags to bottle tops.

The UK processes around 3 million tonnes of plastics a year, almost all in nurdle form. The pellets are easily spilled during handling, and if they are not cleaned up, they can end up down drains, in waterways and eventually at sea. Fish and seabirds can mistake them for food and they can release potentially-toxic chemicals into animals that eat them or feed near them. The beach clean on the western edge of Kinneil nature reserve in Bo’ness was organised by Fidra and Marine Conservation Society Scotland earlier this month as part of The Great Nurdle Hunt. Fidra’s project officer Madeleine Berg said: “Although we collected nurdles all day, we barely scratched the surface. “From these estimates, there must be many millions on this small stretch of beach alone.”

INVESTIGATION AFTER PLANE LEAVES TAXIWAY AT STORNOWAY AIRPORT…. An investigation is under way after a plane bound for Glasgow veered off the taxiway at Stornoway Airport on Lewis. Flybe said the aircraft went on to the grass after its wheels made contact with taxiway lights while turning on Sunday evening. Emergency services were alerted but none of the three crew or 29 passengers on board flight BE2975 was hurt. A spokesman for the airline said the plane was undergoing an engineering inspection.

Passengers were bussed back to the terminal and those who required it were provided with overnight accommodation.

Most were all able to travel on flights on Monday. The spokesman said: “Flybe and Eastern Airways sincerely apologise to its passengers for the inconvenience experienced the safety of its passengers and crew is the airlines’ number one priority at all times.”

A spokesman for Highlands and Islands Airports (Hial) said: “We are working closely with the airline to ensure the aircraft is safely returned to service as soon as possible. “The plane is currently secure and airport operations continue to operate normally.”

SPIRITED REVIVAL FOR FALKIRK SINGLE MALT WHISKY DISTILLERY…. A Falkirk distillery which operated for more than 175 years until its closure in 1993 is to be reopened. Ian Macleod Distillers will resurrect Rosebank at its site on the banks of the Forth and Clyde canal.

The distiller said its plans include a visitor centre to help tell the story of the Lowland single malt. It follows Diageo’s announcement on Monday that it will reopen malt whisky facilities in Brora, Sutherland, and Port Ellen on Islay. Diageo transferred the Rosebank trademark to Ian Macleod Distillers, which purchased the site from Scottish Canals. The distillery was built in 1817 but has lain empty since it was closed by Diageo in 1993. Original bottles of Rosebank single malt currently sell for hundreds of pounds.

Ian Macleod Distillers managing director Leonard Russell said Rosebank was “one of the most respected and sought after single malts in the world” He said: “As such, this is an extraordinarily exciting project for us. “To bring back to life an iconic distillery and quintessential Lowland single malt is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity.” Mr Russell said that the company had also acquired existing Rosebank casks with a view to releasing “some truly scarce and extraordinary whiskies.”

PENNINE WAY WALKER RESCUED ON FINAL LEG…. A walker had to be rescued on the Pennine Way after getting injured on the final leg of her 268-mile journey. Border Search and Rescue Unit was called out to assist as the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia were about to hit Scotland on Monday. The 38-year-old woman was stranded in a refuge hut after slipping while descending Auchope Cairn.

She was unable to walk after spraining her ankle but was taken to safety before conditions deteriorated. The BSARU team made its way to Sourhope Farm south of Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders where farmer Rob Flintoff helped ferry them to the hut.

Team leader Stuart Fuller-Shapcott said: “The lady was clearly competent and had completed more than 90% of her walk when she had her accident. “It’s a pretty steep bit of ground coming off Auchope Cairn, with loose rocks and tussocks, and she was simply unlucky. “She did well to reach the safety of the refuge hut, and we’re glad she made the call when she did.” He added that she had been lucky to be rescued on Monday morning before the worst weather hit. “A few additional hours’ delay could have meant our having to evacuate her either by stretcher or helicopter, which in the storm that blew up in the afternoon would have been a much more serious undertaking,” he said.

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

Our look at Scotland today is of Kilted Yoga…

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 19th 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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