The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Monday 27th November 2017
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…." Very chilly this morning as Bella and I ventured out into the darkness of Estepona.. we walked down to the beach the sound of the waves breaking on the beach getting louder as we crossed the main road, white surf crashing on the beach due to the onshore winds from Africa our neighbor to the south.. we stood and watched for a few moments as mother nature swept water up the beach almost reaching the road, Bella was fascinated by the spectacle, and with the seagulls twisting and turning on the winds we also turned and returned to the comfort of the house, as by this time the coffee my wife brought back from Colombia yesterday must have brewed……
RARE BLUE SHARK FOUND DEAD ON MORAY BEACH…. The body of a blue shark is being examined by marine experts after it washed ashore on a Moray beach. The shark’s bloodied remains were discovered on Roseisle beach at Burghead, close to Lossiemouth. The Scottish Marine Animal Strandings Scheme (SMASS) admitted the body of the shark, a female, was an unusual find. Such cases are rare as the species normally inhabits deep water and is seldom found near coastlines. READ MORE: Rare blue shark washed up on Fife beach READ MORE: Washed ashore on Lewis - can Great White be far behind A spokesperson for SMASS said: “Being able to examine them gives us an opportunity to learn more about this species. Please do let us know if you find any others on your travels around Scotland’s beaches.” The blue shark is one of the world’s most heavily fished sharks, and is commonly hunted for its fins in Asia, where they are used to make shark fin soup. Blue sharks have washed up on Scottish beaches before. In October 2016 a blue shark was discovered by a passer-by walking his dog on Tentsmuir Beach in Fife, and, in 2011, one of the potentially deadly animals washed ashore on Lewis.
‘UNIQUE’ FORMER WWII BUNKER GOES ON THE MARKET…. It is a one of a kind bolthole split over two levels which commands an attractive city centre location and comes with the added bonus of being able to withstand nuclear, biological, and chemical attacks. A former World War II bunker which once served as a secret radar station for the Royal Air Force has been put up for sale. The bunker in Raigmore, to the east of Inverness, was constructed in 1941 with specially designed concrete walls and ceilings capable of surviving a direct hit from the most powerful artillery shells used by the Nazis. At the height of the war, it was home to as many as 50 RAF personnel tasked with safeguarding the northern coastline of Scotland. Now, more than seven decades on, the property has been put on the open market. Its owners, Highland Council, say they do not have even a “ballpark figure” in mind, but have set a closing date for next month in the hope of attracting a buyer. Such bunkers were once widespread across the UK during World War II, with the construction effort intensifying during the Cold War as authorities looked to establish monitoring and control posts at strategic locations. The Raigmore facility is no different. As the sales brochure makes clear, it was extensively upgraded during the 1980s. “As a result,” it explains, “the premises now benefit from blast and sealed doors, decontamination facilities, two diesel generators to power the building and an air filtration system to provide safe air in the event of nuclear, biological or chemical attack.” However, the brochure omits to mention one of the property’s quirkier features - two racing bikes attached to the ventilation system, which would allow the inhabitants to generate power by pedalling in the event the diesel generators failed. Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the bunker found yet another lease of life, as an emergency response centre, set aside for use by the local authority, police, fire, ambulance service, coastguard and the military in the event of a disaster. The local authority describe the bunker as a “unique subterranean property” which is being sold along with its own car park. It points out that interested parties may wish to contact the local planning department in order to discuss how it might be used before submitting their offer. In its description of the bunker, set in a forested area of mature broad-leaved trees, the authority said: “The property includes a tarmacadam surfaced car park and two subterranean levels which were built in 1941 to house the RAF during the Second World War.” Prospective buyers have until 2pm on 6 December to make an offer.
ABERDEEN’S CHRISTMAS TREE HARVEST BEGINS…. Tree-Day involves a team of 60 specialist growers cutting down the trees across 480 acres of Aberdeenshire farmland. The harvest starts now and continues through until mid-December. Work peaks as the nation starts to reach for the tinsel, and on the busiest harvesting days a whopping 20,000 trees are cut and netted daily. Christmas trees are grown like other agricultural crops and new trees are planted to replace those that have been cut, enabling the long growing cycle of six to ten years to continue. Each year the number of trees planted by B&Q’s main supplier in Aberdeenshire is greater than the number harvested to ensure that the approach to sourcing real Christmas trees is responsible and forest-friendly.
NATIONAL MUSEUM BREAKS TWO MILLION VISITOR BARRIER FOR THE FIRST TIME…. A blockbuster exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites has helped propel visitor numbers at Scotland’s busiest ever visitor attraction through the two million barrier for the first time. The National Museum of Scotland, which reached the milestone today, played host to more than 300 paintings, costume, documents, weapons, books and other objects owned by the exiled kings for four months this year. More than 3000 objects went on display at 10 new galleries in the National Museum last summer. Other major draws this year were the first chance to see highlights from the Galloway Hoard, Britain’s biggest single discovery of Viking treasures, which were recently secured for the nation following a £2 million fundraising campaign. The museum also staged a hugely-popular exhibition of Egyptian treasures featuring a mummy shroud more than 2000 years old, which was rediscovered in the museum’s collection after 80 years. Bosses at the Victorian attraction in Edinburgh say visitor numbers are now running at almost three times the level they were before an £80 million overhaul of the attraction began a decade ago. The attraction has attracted more than 11 million visitors since 2011, when the biggest phase of the project, worth £47 million, to transform the original 1866 building, was unveiled. The museum has since grown to become the UK’s busiest museum outside London - and now attracts more visitors than the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Stonehenge. Hundreds of thousands of extra visitors have been attracted to the museum since new art, science, fashion, design and technology galleries opened in the summer of 2016.
FOUR ARRESTS IN HUGE DRUGS AND GUNS HAUL IN GLASGOW…. Four people have been arrested after drugs and firearms were recovered following a search of properties in Glasgow. Cocaine, amphetamine paste and cannabis resin worth an estimated £57,000 were seized during the operation on Tuesday. Firearms and ammunition were also recovered in the searches in Torr Place in the north of the city. Two women aged 55 and 58 and a 52-year-old man were arrested and detained in connection with alleged drugs offences. A 61-year-old man was also arrested and is being held over alleged drugs and firearms offences. Detective Inspector Jim Biggam said: “Drugs and firearms have absolutely no place in our communities and we have specialist teams of officers working on a daily basis to target those individuals who engage in serious and organised crime. “Intelligence from members of the public is vital to the work our officers do and I would continue to encourage people to pass on information and engage with the police to help us tackle this issue. “Anyone with information or concerns regarding serious and organised crime in their community can contact their local police station via 101.”
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 Dale of Walls in the Shetland's…..
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 Monday 27th November 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…