The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Thursday 5th July 2018
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. I wake early in the morning, a chance to enjoy the silence of the day, before the busy little town called Estepona wakes up, Bella my 3 year old black Labrador and I, start our day walking around the quiet streets and alleyways hidden in the “Old Town” the history of this place stretches back so far, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs, all made their homes here, and in the Franco era, the Germans who assisted him built airfields, which are just being rediscovered and in more modern times, further invasions have taken place, tourists from all over Europe have discovered the beauty of this once little fishing village, which has grown to become a small city on the south coast of Spain, overlooking the Mediterranean, the place I call home….
WORK TO DISMANTLE GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART BUILDING TO BEGIN…. Work to dismantle the fire-damaged remains of the Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh building will begin on Monday. It follows a warning by Glasgow City Council that parts of the structure could suddenly collapse. The news emerged during a meeting of dozens of residents, who have been displaced since the fire on 15 June.
Council leader Susan Aitken told them that it could be up to three months before they can return to their homes. Currently, the residents of 33 properties have been unable to access their homes since the fire. Ms Aitken told the Garnethill Displaced Residents Group meeting that details would be available of how to access a council and Scottish government-backed hardship fund - entitling each affected household to £3,000 - from Monday. Residents attending the meeting said they were desperate for information.
Garnethill Community Council chairwoman Jane Sutherland said: "People need information so that they know where they're going to move next. "The city needs to be in a position to say to people 'this is going to be two months, three months'. "(It needs to) make the place safe so that folks can at least start getting on with their lives and making plans for how they manage when they haven't got access to their homes or their businesses." Ms Sutherland said too much attention had been given to the architecture and the building, with too little recognition of the needs of people. "All the emphasis has been on the building and saying that there's no casualties to this fire," she added. "There are - there are loads of casualties to this fire: all the 33 households and the 350 employees of the businesses in the cordon." Survey work of the art school building revealed that its south facade was the most seriously affected by the fire. Building control officers also found that the structure's west gable had deteriorated since the blaze and that the east gable was moving outwards as a result. Raymond Barlow, the authority's head of building control, warned: "With each passing day, a sudden collapse becomes more likely."
SCIENCE CENTRE ROOF 'MELTS' ON HOTTEST EVER JUNE DAY IN GLASGOW…. Scotland's largest city has enjoyed its hottest June day in history. The temperature hit 31.9C in Glasgow, which weather forecasters round up to 32C. Thursday beat Wednesday's record as Scotland's hottest day in 23 years. Temperatures triggered speed restrictions on rail routes in central Scotland and roads melted in Aberdeenshire, Moray and Fife. The "weatherproof" membrane on Glasgow Science Centre's roof melted and dripped black "goo" down the building. Thursday has become Scotland's warmest day of 2018 so far. Forecasters thought the day's temperatures might get close to Scotland's record highest June temperature of 32.2 recorded in Ochertyre in Perth and Kinross in 1893.
While the heat did get close, the record still stands. The high temperatures caused problems across the country. Sharon Lyons from Glasgow Science Centre said: "As Scotland enjoys 'taps aff' weather, the weatherproof membrane from our roof is quite literally melting. "The structural integrity of the roof is completely sound, but we are left with a bit of an unsightly black goo on the roof.
"When we return to typical Glasgow colder climes, we shall set about cleaning it." Gritters were sent out after roads were reported to be melting in high temperatures. Poor conditions were encountered on the A920 between Huntly and Dufftown and on the A916 Craigrothie to Cupar road. On Wednesday, Aviemore reached 31C, making it the hottest single day in five years before the record was surpassed 24 hours later.
FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE MAJOR MORAY GORSE BLAZE…. A large gorse fire in Moray has prompted a major operation by the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service. About 50 firefighters have been attempting to control the blaze close to the Buckpool Golf Course at Buckie in Moray. The emergency services were initially called out at about 16:00 on Saturday. Police have warned people to stay away from the area. A stretch of the A990 road between Portgordon and Buckie has been closed. A spokeswoman for the brigade said: "We were alerted at 16.08 on Saturday to reports of a fire in the open, near Buckie. "Operations control mobilised a number of resources to the scene at Buckpool, where around 50 firefighters are currently tackling a large fire within a widespread area of gorse."
A Police Scotland spokesman said: "The A990 between Portgordon and Buckie is currently closed due to a gorse fire at Buckpool Golf Course. "The Scottish Fire Service and Police Scotland are in attendance. The public are requested to avoid the area."
Earlier crews from Inverness and Aviemore had successfully put out a wildfire at the Slochd, close to the A9. The fire service said their work had prevented the outbreak reaching a nearby forestry plantation. A wider wildfire warning remains in place across Scotland.
SFRS area manager Bruce Farquharson is the chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum. He said: "Grass and wildfires are a common risk at this time of year when warmer weather dries out vegetation - especially dead winter foliage - which offers an ample fuel source.
"Just one heat source can cause it to ignite and if the wind changes direction, even the smallest fire can spread uncontrollably and devastate entire hillsides."
SCOTTISH BORDERS COUNCIL CONSIDERS HANDING OVER ITS TOILETS…. A council is considering handing over the operation and maintenance of its public toilets after a charging policy failed to generate the expected income. The local authority in the Scottish Borders will look at identifying "third party partners" for its 41 facilities. It comes after a report showed a 30p charge at 27 toilets would generate £89,000 not the £268,000 hoped for. The council agreed to launch a procurement exercise to gauge interest in running the facilities. Sandy Aitchison, who holds the local authority portfolio for neighbourhoods and locality services, said: "I know that the team have done a large amount of work on this." He recommended looking at the possibility of taking the toilets out of direct council control. "This is a sensible option, and I look forward to the outcome of the review," he said. However, Helen Laing, who represents East Berwickshire, described the situation as a "big mess, literally". "The use of an outside party will inevitably lead to some loss of organisational control, and ultimately it will be service users who suffer," she said. "Good public toilets is not a very glamorous ambition, but nonetheless is essential for our residents as they go about their business in our communities.
"We should do this ourselves and not rely on others to sort out this mess."
FIRE DESTROYS THREE GARAGES AND A VAN IN BATHGATE…. The blaze resulted in the Caledonian sleeper service to London being delayed. A fire has destroyed three garages and a van near a railway line in Bathgate. Fire crews were called to reports that gas cylinders were at the site in Whiteside Court shortly before midnight. They said that three appliances attended the incident, before the fire was brought under control at about 01:15. The blaze resulted in the Caledonian sleeper service to London being delayed for more than an hour.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is by George Trudt who felt compelled to capture this snap at the Royal Highland Show The handlers just love their livestock, he said.
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 5th July 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…