The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Thursday 27th September 2018
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you…. Bleak weather has come to the Costa del Sol this morning, … Thick heavy clouds are boiling above Bella and my head as we venture out for our morning walk.. rain looks imminent… but to be honest, I don’t mind, life is like that, sometimes it rains sometimes the sun shines…we just have to learn to accept what we are given and make the best of it, sometimes the lemons taste good….
RAF TYPHOON FIGHTER JETS INTERCEPT RUSSIAN BOMBERS…. RAF fighter jets were scrambled to intercept Russian bombers near UK airspace. Typhoon fighter aircraft were dispatched from RAF Lossiemouth to monitor two Russian planes approaching UK airspace.
The Russian Blackjacks long-range bombers were not talking to air traffic control, making them a "hazard" to all other aviation.
The jets were monitored passing through a variety of international airspace before they were intercepted by the RAF over the North Sea. They were then escorted north, out of the UK's area of interest. RAF fighter jets have intercepted Russian aircraft over 100 times in the last ten years. The Moray airbase is home to one of the UK's two quick reaction squadrons, which are permanently on alert and ready to fly in minutes. More than half of 179 launches from RAF bases at Lossiemouth and Coningsby between 2005 and 2015 were in response to Russian aircraft, according to Ministry of Defence figures. The number of launches rose dramatically in 2007 after Russian President Vladamir Putin reinstated a policy of carrying out regular long-range patrols in European airspace. Russian aircraft are not thought to have entered UK airspace during any of the most recent incidents. Defence secretary Gavin Williamson said: "Russian bombers probing UK airspace is another reminder of the very serious military challenge that Russia poses us today. "We will not hesitate to continually defend our skies from acts of aggression. Once again the rapid reactions of our RAF have demonstrated how vital our Armed Forces are in protecting Britain."
THIEVES USE STOLEN FORKLIFT TO RIP ATM FROM SHOP WALL…. Three people wearing balaclavas targeted a Co-op in Dumfries and Galloway on Thursday. The alarm was raised after three people wearing balaclavas targeted the Co-op on Annan Road, Gretna, at 2.45am on Thursday. The trio used an industrial Manitou forklift to forcibly remove the machine from the outside wall of the store causing extensive damage to the building. It is understood the forklift was stolen from a nearby farm prior to the incident.
The suspects made off from the scene in a stolen silver Vauxhall Vectra, which had been adapted to fit the ATM in the boot, heading along Surrone Road onto Loanwath Road. The ATM is believed to contain a five figure sum of cash. Chief Inspector Colin Burnie said: "Enquiries are at an early stage to trace the individuals involved in this reckless incident and I am appealing for members of the public to come forward with any information that could assist our investigation. "Detectives are currently carrying out extensive enquiries including examining CCTV and speaking to local residents. "I would ask anyone living in the area who saw or heard anything suspicious, and is yet to speak to police, to please get in touch. "I would appeal to anyone who saw a forklift or a silver Vectra car in the area in the early hours of this morning to please get in touch. "I would also ask any motorists with dashcams, or residents with CCTV, to check in case they have captured any footage which could be of significance." Anyone with information is asked to contact 101.
THE BODY OF A MAN HAS BEEN DISCOVERED IN A GARDEN IN ABERDEENSHIRE…. John Thomson was found dead outside a house on the outskirts of Sauchen. Detectives were alerted alerted following the discovery of the 65-year-old at 2.35pm on Sunday.
Mr Thomson had been at an event in Thainstone, Inverurie, before he died. On Monday night Police Scotland confirmed the death is not being treated as suspicious. Detective Inspector David Howieson said: "Inquiries remain ongoing however at present we are content there is nothing to suggest any suspicious circumstances. "We are grateful to the community for its support whilst enquiries are carried out and thankful to those members of the public who have contacted Police to provide information."
EDINBURGH'S HOGMANAY TO CELEBRATE TIES WITH EUROPE…. This year's theme has been announced as the UK prepares to leave the EU in 2019. Edinburgh's Hogmanay celebrations will celebrate the ties between Scotland and the continent as the UK prepares to leave the EU in 2019. Franz Ferdinand and Capercaillie are among the Scottish bands performing alongside European acts including French performance artists Compagnie Transe Express. Youngsters will also play a key part in the festivities to mark Scotland's Year of Young People 2018 drawing to a close. The three-day festival opens on December 30 with a traditional torchlight procession through the city. This year's procession will be led by pipe and drum bands and will culminate in a "stunning" visual moment in Holyrood Park, where the procession will form the outline of Scotland lit by torches. On December 31, bands, DJs, street performers, dancers, acrobats, disco divas and fire eaters from Scotland and mainland Europe will be performing at the street party, which starts at 7.30pm. Franz Ferdinand will headline the Concert in the Gardens at the foot of Castle Rock, supported by Metronomy and Free Love, while some of the country's top ceilidh bands will play at Ceilidh under the Castle. Scots singer-songwriter Gerry Cinnamon will headline the Waverley stage, with Judge Jules headlining the DJ stage on Castle Street while Elephant Sessions will perform at South St David Street. At midnight, German band Meute will provide the soundtrack to the fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle.
The McEwan Hall will be a Hogmanay venue for the first time, hosting three major concerts - Symphonic Ibiza on December 30 and Capercaillie and Carlos Nunez with special guests on January 1. Charlie Wood and Ed Bartlam, directors of the Hogmanay, said: "Edinburgh's Hogmanay is all about inviting the world to come on in and celebrate the end of one year and the start of a new, and as we move from 2018 to 2019 there's no better time to celebrate Scotland's cultural ties with Europe.
He added: "We're confident that Edinburgh's Hogmanay offers something for everyone."
"It's appropriate that this year we have chosen to say loudly and proudly to our European friends - 'we love you!"'
MORE THAN 30 SHEEP STOLEN FROM ISLE OF SKYE LAND…. The livestock was taken sometime in the past six weeks. The theft took place sometime within the past six weeks from an open hill ground on the Trotternish Ridge. The sheep all vary in age and were marked with black paint on their shoulders. Constable Katherine Tindall said: "We are asking that crofters in the Trotternish area check their land and also to report any suspicious activity including unfamiliar vehicles with animal trailers in the area. This comes as 50 sheep were stolen from a farm in Moray between Tuesday and Wednesday. "Rural crime be it the theft of animals, machinery or damage to property hits hard at the heart of small communities and by all being vigilant we can make the area a hostile place for those intent on committing such crime. "Anyone with information is asked to contact 101."
On that note I will say that I hope you have enjoyed the news from Scotland today,
Our look at Scotland today is by John Sinclair and his wife who were on the north of Iona when they spotted the dark clouds sweep over Mull.
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 27th 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…