The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Wednesday 26th September 2018
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. what a beautiful early morning, heaven full of stars, empty streets and walking with my Bella.. I can see the hint of a sunrise on the western horizon soon at 4am it will be early dawn, so it's best to take advantage of the darkness now, that way I can look at the stars and look back in time……
BOOZE LABEL WARNINGS 'YEARS OUT OF DATE'…. AHA wants consumers to be able to see clear warnings and health information on alcohol products. Fewer than 10% of alcoholic drinks carry up to date health warnings, according to campaigners.
A new study claims multi-national alcohol companies are choosing to ignore advice to display important health information on products. One charity claims a pint of milk is required to show more information than a bottle of wine. Pressure is growing on alcohol producers to display better warnings about the dangers of alcohol to health. The Alcohol Health Alliance, a coalition of 50 organisations, found fewer than 10% of 300 products they surveyed carried the safe drink guidelines of 14 units a week.
This came into effect two-and-a-half years ago, but some products carried the old limits and most carried no warnings of the risk of disease from drinking. On Thursday the chief executive of one Scottish alcohol charity raised the issue at the AGM of the drinks giant Diageo. Alison Douglas, chief executive of Alcohol Focus Scotland said: "It is notable that the global multi-national producers do not seem to have made any effort to update their labelling to communicate the current low-risk drinking guidelines, while some smaller independent producers have done so. "The Alcohol Health Alliance surveyed more than 100 Diageo products and not one of them included the current guidelines of 14 units a week. "Referring people to industry-funded websites is not good enough. We need reliable health information directly on bottles, cans and menus, where it can usefully inform our decisions. At the moment more information is required on a pint of milk than on a bottle of wine. The public deserves better and industry clearly won't do this voluntarily; it's time for government to act." The Portman group, which represents drinks producers, said bottle labels direct consumers to a website containing up to date health information.
NEW SALTIRE GRAPHIC NOVEL AT GLASGOW COMIC CON…. The latest graphic novel about a comic book character dubbed "Scotland's first superhero" is to be launched at the largest Scottish comic con. Saltire is a creation of Glaswegian John Ferguson. The comics are published by St Andrews' Diamondsteel Comics. First printed more than two years ago, the comics follow Saltire's encounters with Saxons, Romans, Highland clan warriors and also supernatural beings. The new graphic novel will be unveiled at the weekend's Glasgow Comic Con. Set in a mythological Scotland, the Saltire stories are inspired by historical events and real places.
Some of the characters have been inspired by historical events and figures, including the mysterious disappearance of the Roman auxiliary legion the 9th Hispana in Scotland in AD 120 and the Hebrides' medieval Lord of the Isles. Ferguson, who will also discuss his character as a guest at The Lakes International Arts Festival in Cumbria next month, said: "It's been over two years since our last title so I'm looking forward to seeing all the fans and finally getting the book out there. "We believe this book is as good, if not better, than its predecessor so hopefully the fans reaction is just as enthusiastic. Comic Con will be our first chance to find out." He added: "Superheroes are a big part of mainstream culture these days and our Scottish protagonist creates a lot of enthusiasm so we're excited to bring him back."
GENTLE GIANTS PROVE TO BE FAST AND AGILE….. A team of scientists have discovered that basking sharks, the world's second largest fish, can jump as fast and as high out of water as great whites. The researchers said plankton-eating basking sharks had a reputation for being "slow and languid", while their cousin was "famously powerful". In their new study, the scientists recorded a basking shark that achieved a top speed of 5.1 metres per second. Other research has suggested the sharks likely breach while feeding.
Every summer basking sharks gather in large numbers around small islands between Skye and Mull, off Scotland's west coast. They later migrate south to waters around Madeira and the Canary Islands off west Africa. The new research was led by Queen's University Belfast and London's University of Roehampton and published in the Journal Biology Letters. During its study, the team recorded a basking shark accelerate from a depth of 28m (92ft) to the surface with 10 beats of its tail over a period of about nine seconds.
The animal broke through the surface at almost 90 degrees and was clear the water for one second, peaking at a height of 1.2m (4ft) above the surface. To achieve this breach, the basking shark exhibited a six fold increase in tail beat frequency and attained a top speed of about 5.1 m/s.,This is more than twice as fast as the average competitor in the Olympic men's 50m freestyle swim, the team said.
WIGTOWN BOOK FESTIVAL KICKS OFF 20TH EDITION…. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is a special guest on the first day of proceedings in Wigtown. The line-up of guests includes fiction writers, poets, broadcasters, philosophers and historians. Among the highlights this year are talks from Susan Calman, Sally Magnusson, Ann Cleeves, Clare Balding, Andy Stanton and Louis de Bernieres. Advanced ticket sales have reached record levels and already exceeded the total sold by the end of last year's event. Organisers attributed the success to the first minister's visit, media coverage of the 20th anniversary and a VisitScotland campaign to promote the region.
The festival runs until 30 September.
MAN ADMITS BARE-CHESTED CHAINSAW ATTACK AT GOLF CLUB…. The incident happened at Caird Park Golf Club in Dundee.
A bare-chested man smiled as he attacked a complete stranger with a chainsaw at a golf club. Joe Brown, 45, approached Arthur Innes, 61, as he prepared to play golf with two friends at Caird Park Golf Club in Dundee. The High Court in Glasgow heard Brown scraped the chainsaw down the right side of his victim's head and the top of his right shoulder. Brown admitted attempting to murder Mr Innes on 2 May. The father-of-three was only wearing a pair of jeans when he approached Mr Innes and his friends Ian Martin, 61, and Matthew Waterson, 71, with the chainsaw in his hands. At the time of the attack, which happened about 14:00, the men were getting their golf clubs out of their cars. Brown walked up to Mr Martin said: "Madness is in the eyes, madness is in the eyes."
Mr Martin, who backed away, said the accused was smiling and his eyes were bulging out of his head. He was wearing no top and no shoes. Seconds later Brown pulled the chainsaw cord and it started immediately. Mr Innes was wedged between cars in the car park and could not escape. Brown raised the chainsaw and brought it down towards his victim, who put up his arm to protect himself and was struck on the upper arm. Prosecutor Owen Mullan said: "The accused against struck Mr Innes with the chainsaw, scraping it down the right side of his head and the top of his right shoulder. "As the accused did this Mr Innes turned to face him, put his head down and barged into him, forcing him backwards." The court heard the accused then ran off after dropping the chainsaw.
Doctors who treated Mr Innes at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee said he was lucky the wounds were not deeper. He suffered a significant scar to his arm and another lesser scar to his head. Almost two hours later, at 15:50 the accused approached Andrew Hay, who was on his mobile phone, at the Kingsway and said: "I'm asking you for help." He then punched Mr Hay and pushed him to the ground before running off. Minutes later Brown, who was wearing no top and no shoes, walked out into the carriageway.
Driver Callum MacKay managed to stop his car a foot from Brown who started shouting at him and laughing. Brown was found collapsed outside the back door of grandmother Michelle Hunter, who thought he may be having a breakdown.
He told her: "I'm a bad man. "I attacked someone with a chainsaw on the golf course." When police arrived Brown said: "I didn't mean to do it" and asked: "Have I badly hurt him?" Brown then said: "I want to stay on my knees and pray for the guy I hurt. If I've hurt somebody I won't live with myself." A cannabis farm was later found in the accused's home in Graham Court, Dalclaverhouse, Dundee. Officers also recovered 36 Ecstasy tablets and 34g of cocaine. In court, Brown, who is a prisoner at Perth, pleaded guilty to the assaults, attempted murder, being concerned in the supply of cannabis and possession of the other drugs. Mr Renucci told the court psychiatric reports were prepared and the conclusion was that most of his behaviour was attributed to his drug misuse.
Judge Lord Matthews called for a background report on Brown and will sentence him next month.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is of Warrior Saltire in action….
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
Wednesday 26th September 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…