The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Saturday 13th May 2017
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. High clouds passing across the full moon and in all the open spaces … Stars.. the rain of the past few days has abated, and there is a promise of sun later today.. but one step at a time Fellow Scot, we have this early morning to deal with… So it’s down towards the ocean, away from the Fun Fair and all the loud music being played .. I know it’s for the young folk, but I prefer my start to the day to be quiet…. Then along the promenade with the sound of the waves breaking on the beach.. Up the little hill and past the church and back to the house… As I open the door I can smell the coffee.. Want a cup?
SHED HEAVEN: THE WORKSHOPS TURNING MEN'S LIVES AROUND…. Men can work on practical projects of their own choosing in Men's Sheds across Scotland. For some men, retirement is a long-awaited chance to travel the world, hit the golf course, or take up a new hobby. For others, after decades in work, it can be a time of loneliness and isolation. But across Scotland, a new movement is helping growing numbers of men improve their health and their mood. Men's Sheds have been set up across the country to enable men to come together to pursue practical interests like wood-turning and metalwork. Age Scotland said it was in contact with 101 sheds, ranging from established projects to new initiatives and some linked to other organisations. A new report by the charity outlines the impact the initiative has had on the lives of those who use the sheds. In The Shed Effect, men describe why they first turned to their local shed and how it has changed their lives. Read More: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LandCalledScotland/
ABUSE ACCUSED MONK ELIGIBLE FOR EXTRADITION FROM AUSTRALIA…. A former Catholic monk accused of abusing boys at a Highlands boarding school is eligible for extradition, according to a magistrate in Australia. The decision on whether to send Father Denis Chrysostom Alexander back to Scotland for trial now rests with Australia's attorney general. Fr Alexander denies the claims relating to the Fort Augustus Abbey school. He was returned to Australia by the Catholic Church in 1979 after abuse allegations first surfaced. He continued working as a priest for at least 20 more years. Four years ago, BBC Scotland confronted him at his home in the Sydney suburb of Campsie as part of a documentary into alleged abuse by monks at the school, which prompted a major police investigation. He was stripped of his priestly faculties shortly afterwards.
FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR CHARITY RALLY…. A Peterhead dad whose two-year-old son has spina bifida and hydrocephalus is driving 2,000 miles to Benidorm in a Thomas the Tank Engine car to raise money for charity. James Ritchie and three family friends Graeme Smith, Graham Cowie and Allan Taylor, also known as the “Bloo Toon Loons”, are entering the annual Benidorm Banger rally to fundraise for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland (SBH Scotland). The team set off from Peterhead Lido on Monday, May 1 in a car designed in honour of Mr Ritchie’s two-year-old son James’ favourite TV character. James, 33, said: “Along the way we’ll be undertaking multiple planned challenges, as well as the unforeseen challenges that will inevitably occur since we designed the banger on a shoestring. “The purpose is to support my son James and raise as much funds for SBH Scotland as possible. “The charity provides a lifeline for families like us and we’re so grateful to the support they provide.”
ABERDEEN'S GORDON HIGHLANDERS MUSEUM 'COULD FACE CLOSURE'…. The Gordon Highlanders Museum in Aberdeen could face closure if it cannot raise funds, it has been warned. The museum honours the famous regiment which was amalgamated in 1994 to become part of the Highlanders, with Prince Charles its last colonel-in-chief. It has seen business from energy firms suffer amid the oil price downturn. The museum relies heavily on income from oil and gas firms, for events such as conferences, training days and dinners. The award-winning attraction - which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year - has suffered an 80% drop in profits, despite a rise in visitor numbers, and tours last year which involved children from more than 50 schools. The museum said it needed to raise £100,000 a year for the next three years to keep it going. An official campaign will be launched next week. The museum re-opened in 2006 after a £1.2m refurbishment.
KESTRELS NEST INSIDE FORTH ROAD BRIDGE STEEL GIRDER…. For most young couples, the inside of a steel girder with 80,000 vehicles a day thundering overhead would not seem like an ideal location to start a family. However, for a pair of kestrels nesting on the Forth Road Bridge, it has become home. Bridge workers discovered the birds of prey while repairing steelwork underneath the carriageway. They have built a nest with six eggs inside the end of a girder hanging over the Firth of Forth estuary. The birds have been named Mr and Mr Younger, after Younger's Kestrel Lager. David Gill, Amey maintenance supervisor, said: "When we saw the eggs, we immediately cleared the area and instructed staff to avoid carrying out any works that might disturb the nest.
"I've heard of kestrels nesting on the bridge before, but it's pretty unusual. You'd think they might prefer a quieter location.
"We're happy to have them here though, and have affectionately named them Mr and Mrs Younger. "We'll come back and finish our repairs once the chicks have hatched and flown the nest. "In the meantime, we've carried out a temporary repair on a local defect quietly and there won't be any impact on users of the bridge." Kestrels are fully protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, which makes it an offence to kill, injure or take a kestrel, or to take, damage or destroy an active nest or its contents.
On that Happy note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is of the Forth Bridge, so Kestrels but I’m sure you just imagine them……
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 Saturday 13th 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…