The Daily Thistle – News From Scotland
Friday 25th August 2017
"Madainn Mhath” …Fellow Scot, I hope the day brings joy to you….Friday the end of the week, now you can really look forward to the week end.. it doesn't seem to matter if your young or like me, Old..the week end is always something to look forward to, although I have the luxury of laying on the beach in the middle of the week, it always feels better on a Saturday or Sunday....
VIKING INVASION TO HIT THE STREETS OF INVERNESS…. INVERNESS is to stage a Viking Fun Day - with Shetland’s Jarl Squad set to parade the streets. The Up Helly Aa squad will be visiting the Highland captital on Saturday as part of a major series of events looking back at the history of Vikings. Viking Invasion to hit the Highland capital. Picture: PA At 4pm there will be a Family Parade from Inverness Museum to the Castle especially for youngsters. They will get the chance to make the Viking Army look even more formidable by joining in the sword and shield making workshops in the Museum earlier in the afternoon. In the evening the Jarl Squad will return to the city centre at 7pm for two hours of fun featuring performances by the City of Inverness Pipe Band, Mascot Madness and the Fraser School of Highland Dance, before following the Pipe Band in a procession at 9pm from the High Street up to Inverness Castle to wait for the sun to go down. The procession will end with the Jarl Squad lighting up their torches as darkness falls. Inverness Museum & Art Gallery will have a full programme of activities on the night and families will be able to enjoy Spooky Storytelling for adults and older children or visit the exhibition Valhalla – Life and Death in Viking Britain from the Jorvik Viking Centre from 7pm. Also planned for Saturday night are adult events in the museum where free talks and tastings about Viking Brewing, hosted by Johnny Horn from the Hanging Bat Brewery, and the chance to sample a taste of Shetland Reel Gin will be on offer.
KILTED YOGA INSTRUCTOR TO RELEASE SCOTLAND PICTURE BOOK…. The Scot credited with inventing the ‘kilted yoga’ craze has announced plans to release a picture book marrying yoga and Scotland’s beautiful landscape. Finlay Wilson, 30, from Dundee, shot to fame after publishing a number of videos demonstrating yoga techniques while sporting a kilt. And Wilson, who founded Heart Space Yoga and Bodyworks in his hometown, is set to release a picture book titled ‘Kilted Yoga: Yoga Laid Bare’, which will demonstrate numerous yoga positions and sequences with a backgrounds of Scotland’s stunning and rugged landscape.
THE EDINBURGH RESTAURANT AND ITS ANCIENT HEALING WELL…. For hundreds of years, people from across the Continent were drawn to a healing well on the fringes of Edinburgh to seek a spot of the ‘miraculous’ oil it spouted. Today, the Balm Well of St Catherine in Liberton, which was visited by James VI, can be found in the grounds of a Toby Carvery restaurant on Howden Hall Road. The water from the well, and the oily substance which floated on top, was long believed to have curative powers for skin diseases. READ MORE: The healing history of Scotland’s water wells Up until around 1910, it was believed the “Oily Well” could offer an effective treatment for eczema. The Scotsman reported on March 11 1889 that people had been drawn to the Balm Well since ancient times with visitors from the Continent coming for more than 200 years. READ MORE: The ancient cures and remedies of the Highlands and Islands “From the various countries on the continent of Europe - even as far as Poland - many people came to Edinburgh for the express purpose of enjoying the healing benefits which the waters of this well were said to possess,” the report said. It added: “It was looked upon as a place where anyone could obtain a certain cure for all cutaneous diseases.” James VI visited the well during a short stay at Holyrood Palace in 1617 and requested that it be repaired and improved. “It is stated that he ordered it to be repaired and put in good condition, with a flight of steps leading down to it, to afford easy access to those resorting to the well and be cured of their ailments,” the report said. Originally believed to discharge sacred oil brought from Mount Sinai and spilt in Liberton, it was later proved to exude oil shale from a minute spring below. The well was destroyed by Cromwell’s men in 1650 and was repaired again following the Restoration. After a spell of deterioration, the well was carefully protected in 1889. Its reputation for curative powers has long since evaporated - but its past as a place of pilgrimage for the poorly runs deep.
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ENDANGERED SEAHORSES ‘DRIED ALIVE AND TURNED INTO JEWELLERY’…. Every year billions of wild seahorses are pulled out of the ocean, die a slow death drying in the sun before their dead bodies are packed up and transported all over the world as part of a million pound trade. Most of them end up in countries like China and Hong Kong where it is believed that they have medicinal properties, but a significant number are embedded in pendants and keyrings, put up for sale online and shipped to the UK. The enormous demand for dried seahorse has depleted the number of seahorses in the wild dramatically. One conservation charity, the Seahorse Trust, says they will be extinct within 30 years. It is easy to buy them on the online marketplace Etsy. The Brooklyn-based site’s 1.8 million sellers flog quirky, one off vintage goods from all over the world, including dead seahorses in miniature glass jars, embedded into lumps of amber, or even sold in packs as as confetti. There are three types of sellers, says Tami Weiss, a seahorse wrangler from Wisconsin. “Those that are intentionally being deceptive about whether or not they’re illegal, those that don’t know and don’t care, and those that say they’re legally farmed but are lying,” she says. In 2002 all 33 known species of seahorse were classified and “vulnerable” by the body that regulates the commercial wildlife trade, the convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), and tight controls were put on the trade. A spokesperson for the UK’s Animal and Plant Health Agency said that the Etsy sellers, many of which are based in the US, would need a permit to bring dead seahorses in or out of the EU for commercial purposes. To get the permit they would need to prove that the seahorses had been obtained in a way that was not detrimental to the survival of the species. They could, for example, get dead sea horses from farms after they died, or ones that had been caught by mistake. However, there is no evidence that any of the seahorse sellers on Etsy have a permit, or that their seahorses have been obtained in a cruelty-free or sustainable way, the Seahorse Trust says. Neil Garrick-Maidment, executive director of the Seahorse Trust in the UK, said: “The law says there should be a paper trail of the origin to show where they came from. “If they cannot prove the origin then it have to be assumed that the seahorses have been wild caught. “At the moment no one is breeding seahorses for the curio and medical trade because it is not cost effective.” “The public should be aware that just because wildlife specimens are offered for sale online doesn’t mean that the trade, especially if being shipped from overseas, is necessarily legal or sustainable,” said Dr Vin Fleming, the head of UK CITES Scientific Authority. “Purchasing seahorses online from other countries will require CITES permits from both the exporting country and the UK. Importing CITES specimens without such permits is a criminal offence.”
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 endangered Seahorse.. please think before you buy…
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 Friday 25th August 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…