The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Sunday 5th November 2017
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…."Guy Fawkes night tonight, not that they celebrate this custom in Spain, it’s a specific holiday in the UK, but I expect they will have their “Puigdemont” night very soon, he did exactly what Guy Fawkes attempted to do, bring down a legal government… at the moment he has an arrest warrant for him.. for running away from the scene of the crime, can you imagine what would happen if Nicola Sturgeon did that…… declared independence .. the Government in England would have the troops her in in the hour……
WORLD'S MOST EXPENSIVE DRAM OF SCOTCH WAS A FAKE… A dram of vintage Scotch bought by a Chinese millionaire in a Swiss hotel bar for £7,600 was a fake, laboratory tests have concluded. Analysts from Scotland were called in by the Waldhaus Am See hotel in St Moritz after experts questioned the authenticity of the 2cl shot. It had been poured from an unopened bottle labelled as an 1878 Macallan single malt. It is believed to be the largest sum ever paid for a poured dram of Scotch. But analysis found that it was almost certainly not distilled before 1970. The hotel said it had accepted the findings and reimbursed the customer in full.
Zhang Wei, 36, from Beijing - one of China's highest-earning online writers - had paid just under 10,000 Swiss francs (£7,600, $10,050) for the single shot while visiting the hotel's Devil's Place whisky bar in July. But suspicions about the spirit's provenance surfaced soon after the purchase, when whisky industry experts spotted discrepancies in the bottle's cork and label from newspaper articles. That prompted the Waldhaus to send a sample to Dunfermline-based specialists Rare Whisky 101 (RW101) for analysis.
Carbon dating tests were then carried out by researchers from the University of Oxford, which suggested a 95% probability that the spirit was created between 1970 and 1972. Further lab tests by Fife-based alcohol analysts Tatlock and Thomson indicated that it was probably a blended Scotch, comprising 60% malt and 40% grain - ruling it out as a single malt. RW101 said the tests had shown that the bottle was "almost worthless as a collector's item". Had the bottle been genuine, it would have carried a bar-value of about 300,000 Swiss francs (£227,000).
EDINBURGH BROTHEL WOMAN IS SENTENCED…. A woman who was running a brothel from an Edinburgh flat has been put on a Restriction of Liberty Order for six months and ordered to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work. Elena Isaila, 33, was sending the profits to her home country of Romania. She pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court earlier to being involved in the management of a brothel in Gorgie Road between January and March 2016. She also admitted transferring sums of money out of the United Kingdom.
Sentence had been deferred until Wednesday for reports. Sheriff Thomas Welsh had been told that in March 2016, police went to the house to investigate reports it was being used in the sex trade. They found exotic costumes, adverts for prostitution and lists of customers. Isaila admitted she was working as a prostitute and had sent £13,850 back to family in Romania to pay for the upkeep of her daughter. Her partner, 41-year-old Ionel Tudorescu, who admitted having a CS gas canister in the house, told police he did not know it was illegal in this country. Defence solicitor Stuart Carson told Sheriff Welsh that Isaila had a 17-month-old son and her 13-year-old daughter had now joined her in Scotland. Simon Collins, appearing for Tudorescu, said the gas canister had been among his belongings when he came over from Romania, and was found in a bag. Neither of the accused had any previous convictions.
Sheriff Welsh placed Isaila on a Restriction of Liberty Order to stay in her house between 19:00 and 07:00 for the next six months and to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work in nine months. Tudorescu was ordered to be in the house between 21:00 and 07:00 for four months and to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work also in nine months.
THREE GENERATIONS OF ONE FAMILY SHARE SAME BIRTHDAY…. A family is celebrating the arrival of an extra-special baby who shares his birthday with both his mother and his grandfather. Logan McLatchie is the third generation of his family to be born on 27 October.
He was born in Glasgow on the day his mother, Catherine, turned 34, and his grandfather, Philip Hutchinson, celebrated his 70th.
Mrs McLatchie, a teacher, told the BBC Scotland website Logan was a perfect birthday present. He was due on 22 October, but when she went into labour four days later, she hoped he could time his arrival with her big day. "I went into labour on the Thursday and the closer it got to midnight, I was thinking 'don't come out yet, don't come out yet'," she said. Logan was born, weighing 8lb 8oz (3.8kg), at 03:55 on the Friday. It was also a special day for her father, who travelled from his home near Berwick-upon-Tweed, to see his daughter and new grandson on their shared birthday. "My dad's not an emotional person but in the photograph of the three of us in the hospital, he looks really emotional, I think," Mrs McLatchie said. "He was quite proud and I think quite pleased that it happened that way." She admitted that her father's birthday was often overlooked in favour of her own when she was growing up. And she knows the same is likely to happen as Logan gets older.
LEWIS CROFTERS GO TO COURT IN HORNY BULL ROW…. Two crofters have sought compensation after a neighbours' bull broke through a fence and impregnated one of their pedigree Highland cows. Bernard and Kathleen Allen, of Great Bernera, Isle of Lewis, allege the Belted Galloway bull was repeatedly found on land where their livestock was kept. They claim the incidents compromised the status of their herd. The Allens have sought more than £20,000 in compensation. The case being heard at Stornoway Sheriff Court on Lewis is expected to last several days. Their former neighbours David and Janine Hargreaves, who owned three pedigree Belted Galloway heifers and a bull, now live in Ardgay in Sutherland. They deny the claims and argue that it was the responsibility of their neighbours to ensure their fence was stock-proof and that other cattle nearby could not compromise or interfere with the animals' high-health status. The court heard that Mr and Mrs Allen became aware in 2009 that the bull was among their cows and it had damaged fences. This happened, they claimed, about 30 times until 2010 when a two-metre high fence had to be erected.
It is further alleged that in 2010 one of the pedigree Highland cows gave birth to a Belted Galloway calf. The case continues.
MORAY FARMER USES UNDERWEAR TO TEST SOIL FERTILITY…. A Moray farmer has been testing the fertility of his soil by burying cotton underpants. Iain Green, of Corskie Farm, just north of Elgin, buried underwear in different parts of his 2,800-acre farm.
The theory is that the more the material disintegrates the healthier and more robust the soil is. The trials were conducted in collaboration with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Mr Green said: "The theory behind the 'soil my undies' test is that the cotton will be devoured by the microbes and bacteria in the soil, so the more you have the better. "We buried them in different fields, some which we think have healthier soil and others which aren't as good." A QMS spokesperson said they hoped the test would now be adopted by farmers throughout the country as a means of giving them information on the productivity of their soil.
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is for me particularly beautiful.....
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 Sunday 5th 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…