The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Tuesday 19th June 2018
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Well the humidity of yesterday morning vanished within a few hours, most people probably didn’t even notice as they were asleep, this morning is perfection, a little breeze blowing in off the ocean and all is well with Bella and me, as we wander the narrow streets and alley ways of the little twon called Estepona in southern Spain..
'STUNNING' KIRKCUDBRIGHT ART GALLERY OPENS ITS DOORS…. An art gallery of "national significance" is opening to the public in the south of Scotland. The £3.1m facility in Kirkcudbright completes a vision for the town which first surfaced nearly 20 years ago.
It provides a permanent home for work created by the many artists who have lived in the town down the years. One of the star attractions for the opening is Sir Edwin Landseer's The Monarch of the Glen which is on tour around Scotland. Display space in the gallery is on four levels and will cater for both permanent and touring exhibitions. Curator Anne Ramsbottom said she was delighted with the final results of the work to convert the town hall which started in December 2016.
STEAM TRAINS BACK ON BORDERS RAILWAY…. A steam train service is set to return to the Borders Railway this summer.
It will see the Black Five locomotive travel along the Fife coast and through Edinburgh before heading south to Tweedbank.
The Scottish Railway Preservation Society service will run on Sundays throughout August. VisitScotland's Paula Ward said it had been a huge success last year and was a "fantastic opportunity to step back in time and enjoy a relaxing day out". Passengers will be able to board the train in Linlithgow and cross the Forth Bridge, before travelling onto Kinghorn, Burntisland and Aberdour.
After stopping at Dalgety Bay, the journey continues south over the bridge once again to Edinburgh then along the 31-mile route of the Borders Railway to Galashiels and Tweedbank. Scottish Borders Council's Mark Rowley said it would be "another fantastic occasion on one of Scotland's great scenic rail journeys".
CREWS FIGHT DEEP FAT FRYER BLAZE IN GLASGOW CHIP SHOP…. A tenement block has been evacuated in Glasgow after a fire broke out in a popular chip shop. A blaze in Old Salty's in Byres Road was discovered and the Fire Service called. Flats above the shop were evacuated and two men are being treated for slight smoke inhalation. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service confirmed the fire had started in a deep fat fryer on the ground floor of the building. Smoke could be seen across the city and Byres Road remains closed between Great Western Road and University Avenue. A spokesman for the SFRS said: "We received reports of a fire in a deep fat fryer in a property in Glasgow's Byres Road at 8.45am this morning. "There is a large fire service presence including 6 breathing apparatus units, and foam extinguishers. "The first and second floor flats have been evacuated and an ambulance attended to treat two male casualties suffering from slight smoke inhalation."
SECOND SCOTTISH ATLANTIC ROWER RESCUED OFF US COAST…. A Scot attempting to row the Atlantic from America to Scotland has been saved by the US Coast Guard just days after another Scottish rower was rescued. Niall Iain Macdonald, who is making his third attempt in four years at completing the feat, needed help 500 miles (805 km) off the US east coast. His rudder was broken, but coastguard officers were able to fix it allowing him to continue his challenge. On Monday, Duncan Hutchison was rescued in a storm off New Jersey. The amateur rower from Lochinver lost his boat, which was carrying all his belongings. It has since washed up at Ocean City in Maryland. Mr Hutchison hopes to resume his bid to row across the Atlantic and back to his home village.
FIREFIGHTERS EXTINGUISH LARGE WILLFUL GORSE FIRE NEAR HOPEMAN…. A major gorse blaze near Hopeman in Moray is being treated as willful fireraising. Nine fire engines and a forestry unit were sent to the scene at Clashach quarry shortly after 15:30 on Thursday.
Smoke from the blaze could be seen for miles and police urged people to stay away while crews tackled the flames.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said more than 40 firefighters worked "tirelessly" through the night. Two appliances remained at the scene to monitor the area. Police Scotland said it was being treated as willful fire raising and appealed for witnesses.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is of a Black Five Locomotive soon to be seen on the Boarders Railway…
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 19th June 2018 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…