The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Sunday 30th September 2018
The Final Publication….
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Today will be the final publication of The Daily Thistle. Ever since I started writing the Thistle, I have had problems with Facebook, who seem to consider this newsletter about what is/was happening in Scotland to be Spam, and as a result, every five days or so I get restricted and cannot share the news with other groups and pages that I am a member of.
This restricting and blocking has coincided with Facebook asking me to “Boost” the publication by paying money to do so, I reject their offer and low and behold I am restricted and or blocked from sharing. I thought “Sharing” was a fundamental and core part of Facebook’s philosophy, but, it seems “Sharing” is only possible if you pay for it. One of the most recent Facebook Boost requests…
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This is while it has just restricted me from sharing….
So this month I have decided to stop writing on Facebook and seek another medium to express my thoughts upon. Thank You for all your kinds words and comments, it has been a lot of fun, unfortunately the Facebook problems have outweighed the good times..
To pay homage to The Daily Thistle, I thought we could look back at some of the news articles that made us laugh, got me into trouble and made The Daily Thistle a great blog…
MONDAY 18TH SEPTEMBER 2017…. PENSIONER’S GIANT COCK HAS BECOME A TOURIST ATTRACTION IN FIFE… Jim Hughes has erected a 14 foot rooster in his front garden. A Scottish pensioner’s home has become a local tourist attraction after he erected a 14 foot (4.25 metre) cockerel in his front garden. 73-year-old Jim Hughes pruned an ivy-covered tree into the shape of a male chicken outside his home in East Wemyss, and even added a beak and a comb to make it look even more cock-like. “Originally, it was an old cherry blossom tree,” Hughes told Fife Today. It got that big that I was worried it would be blown over and hit a car.” ”It’s in the front garden and looks out into the street. Since then, quite a few people have been stopping to take photographs,” he added. “I call it Jock. And it’s crowing for independence.” Jim isn’t the only keen horticulturalist making headlines with bizarre topiary. Back in February, tree surgeon Chris Bishop rose to fame after pruning an 18 foot (5.5 metre) tree on his property into a giant penis. Worcestershire resident Chris spent three years growing out the Cypress tree before he was able to trim it to look like a huge gentleman’s sausage.
The green-fingered 43-year-old told Caters: “No-one’s commented when I’ve been out in the garden, people have just looked at it and walked past. I think it’s because they’re trying to work out whether it’s just their dirty minds.” Despite protests from angry neighbours, Chris says he plans to grow the foliage out even more so he can add a pair of testicles to the sculpture.
MONDAY 30TH APRIL 2018…. SCOTS HAVE AN AVERAGE OF 21,000 COUSINS, STUDY FINDS…. The average UK adult has more than 16,000 living relatives, with most completely unknown to them, a study suggests. Research by family history firm Ancestry found that the average person is related to 16,895 eighth cousins. The company said: “Based on this, if you went to see a football match at the 90,000-capacity Wembley Stadium, you’d potentially be sat in a crowd containing two long-lost cousins.” People in Scotland have the most living connections, typically with an average of 21,000 cousins, followed by residents of the North West, with more than 20,000. Regions across the south of England tend to have significantly fewer cousin connections, said the report. Russell James, of AncestryDNA, said: “We’ve come a long way since the double helix was discovered in 1953 and the fact that we’re now able to use that pioneering science in our own homes to enrich our lives and make new connections with relatives we never knew existed is remarkable. “Even in the fast-moving modern world, family remains a priority in life for most and while Ancestry wouldn’t necessarily expect Brits to contact all 16,000 of their cousins, it might be that striking up a relationship with even a few could end up being a life-changing experience - and it all starts with your DNA.”
MONDAY 7TH MAY 2018…. ARCTIC WALRUS 'WALLY' SPOTTED ON ISLE OF HARRIS….It is the same animal that was seen in North Ronaldsay and Sanday, in Orkney, at Armadale in Sutherland, and Dunnet Head in Caithness in March. The last time a walrus had been spotted on the Scottish mainland was in 1954. The walrus, nicknamed Wally, is also believed to be same the walrus that was sighted recently on the Isle of Skye . Marine wildlife charity British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) has asked that people keep their distance from the walrus to avoid disturbing it. BDMLR has been monitoring wandering Wally. A spokesman said: "It has lost a bit of weight. "We are monitoring its welfare as when it is spotted. "Its survival really depends on available food - walruses are also bottom feeders - but unconfirmed reports suggest it is feeding, so hopefully it will do okay."
TUESDAY 16TH AUGUST 2015…. For those people who wrote to me and said I wish I could move to Scotland, here’s your chance, because the house once owned by the creator of Scotland’s best-loved cartoon character, ‘Oor Wullie’, is on the market for just under £500,000. Hillbank House in Blairgowrie, Perthshire was home to Oor Wullie’s ‘father’, Robert Low, for over 30 years. It is said Mr Low was inspired to create the famous cartoon character after watching his own son play with friends. With the help of artist, Dudley Watkins, his idea was brought to life and his antics are still enjoyed by people across Scotland today, more than 80 years after ‘Oor Wullie’ first appeared. Mr Low owned the five-bedroom, Georgian ‘B’ listed house between 1954 and 1985, which is accessed through wrought-iron gates which lead to a private driveway. The stone-built house is a far cry from the modest surroundings his fictional character was used to and comes with five bedrooms and three public rooms… So if you’re feeling like a move, I suggest to do so quickly…
SATURDAY 21ST JULY 2018…. TWO KIDS ARE SAILING A TOY BOAT AROUND THE WORLD, AND THEY’RE TRACKING ITS JOURNEY ONLINE…. In May 2017, two brothers from Scotland, Ollie and Harry Ferguson, embarked on an adventure. The HMS Adventure, to be precise. The boys, who were just 8 and 5 years old at the time, launched a Playmobil toy pirate ship from the Scottish town of Peterhead, bearing a message that asked anyone who found the boat to send it back onto the high seas. Equipped with a tracking device and a counterweight that helps the boat stay right-side up, it traveled to Denmark and Sweden, aided on its journey by kind strangers who found it and returned it to sea. A Norwegian full-rigged ship, the Christian Radich, carried Adventure 3,000 miles south to the southern Atlantic Ocean. The boat then caught a ride on a Norwegian ship to the southern Atlantic Ocean, where it continues sailing today. Almost one year later, as of this writing, HMS Adventure is sailing off the coast of Venezuela (you can track it here https://yb.tl/a ) This is just one of the many adventures—500, in fact—that the Ferguson boys are undertaking with their parents. Some of the others on their list include sending Lego men and a GoPro into space, magnet fishing, riding a tractor, and unearthing a fossil. But their favorite so far, their dad told me, has been reenacting a medieval battle and getting pretend-crowned kings of Scotland. The HMS Adventure, along with the boys’ other exploits, is a remarkable demonstration of creativity, curiosity, and ingenuity from young kids. In just four years—albeit with some grownup assistance—they’ve accomplished 239 of the 500 adventures on the list, and they intend to keep going until the oldest of the two boys turns 18.
MONDAY 17TH AUGUST 2014…. Finally.. and lets finish on some happy news A courageous Moray youngster will rejoin her classmates at primary school today after overcoming cancer and receiving a life-saving heart transplant. Ehryn Andrews managed to conquer a rare form of bone cancer, but the treatment, combined with Sepsis – a life-threatening immune system disorder – irreparably damaged her heart. Last August, she underwent an eight-hour operation to replace the vital organ…And the inspirational seven-year-old is now restored to health and has been excitedly preparing for the new school term. Ehryn began classes at Greenwards Primary School in Elgin two years ago, but her education was thrown off course when she fell ill just two months into the term. She was only able to make sporadic appearances at school while undergoing treatment for her illnesses, and rejoined her friends in P2 after the October holidays last year. Her mum, Lyanne Andrews, explained that Ehryn spent yesterday getting her school supplies ready. She added: “Ehryn is really excited about going back and she can’t wait to see more of her friends. It will be special to see her return to school at the start of the term where she is supposed to be… My best wishes are with Ehryn and I hope she continues to recover and enjoy her class’s at school… (I checked and she is doing very well at school 2018)
And on that note I think another cup of excellent Colombian coffee is in order.. it’s 4.30 am and The Daily Thistle is officially done..
Our look at Scotland today is by Gerry Clifford who was watching the sunset from Connel, looking across Loch Etive to North Connel.
A Sincere Thank You for your company over the years, it has been so much fun, but as I said, I will not be held ransom…
As is my custom, I will go and get myself another mug of "Colombian" Coffee and wish you a safe Sunday 30th 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 called 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…