Scottish Snippets

25 October 2014

Number 670

The Scottish Snippets Newsletter in its original format began in April 1997 and continued in an unbroken series for 591 issues. Although no longer produced in that style, there is now this regular update on the new and updated pages on the Rampant Scotland site including "Scottie's Photo Diary From Scotland".

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Enough of Politics

The excitement of the Independence Referendum has abated and Nicola Sturgeon is the only candidate to take over from First Minister and Scottish National Party (SNP) leader. With the two main opposition parties also led by women Scotland is leading the way in promoting female politicians to the top jobs. See Enough of Politics

Sunday Post Celebrates Centenary

The Sunday Paper that everybody in Scotland used to read (and many still do) is celebrating its 100th birthday. It was originally published at the start of the First World War and its popularity soared when the cartoon section with "Oor Wullie" and "The Broons" became a part of every edition. See Sunday Post Celebrates Centenary

Knit Your Own Broons
"Knit your own Broons" is scheduled to be published by the end of this month. The book promises to give detailed step-by-step instructions on how to create all the Broon family including Maw, Paw, Joe, Hen, Daphne, Maggie, Horace, the Twins, the Bairn and not forgetting Gran'paw. See: Knit Your Own Broons

Dr Khan and His Spurtle Cooked Up The Porridge Prize

Dr Izhar Khan, from Aberdeen, won the World Porridge Making Championships beating competitors from round the world in the annual competition. See: Dr Khan and His Spurtle Cooked Up The Porridge Prize

Chinese Crab to Take Away Scottish Fish?
There are concerns that the Chinese Mitten Crab, - also known as "hairy crab", could infect Scotland's rivers and devastate fishing. The crabs eat fish eggs and the Mitten is classed as one of the world's 100 top alien species. See: Chinese Crab to Take Away Scottish Fish?

Some Pictures

Here are some pictures from South Queensferry of the iconic Forth Railway Bridge (mercifully clear of the scaffolding that clung to the iron structure for a number of years while it was being repainted) and the emerging structure of thereplacement road bridge (to be known as "The Queensferry Crossing") and which is due to open in 2016. See: Some Pictures

From the Web

Some contrasting YouTube videos - the first is a lady making scones which has a certain charm and the other is about Danny Macaskill, who has taken mountain biking to a new level in Skye. See: From the Web

Plastic Bag Tax

To try to reduce the millions of plastic bags used by shoppers, the Scottish government has introduced a mandatory charge for nearly all plastic bags which used to be given free at the point of sale. See: Plastic Bag Tax

Pink Footed Geese Breaking Records
Record numbers of pink-footed geese have been arriving at Montrose Basin on the east coast of Scotland after flying from their summer breeding grounds in Iceland and Greenland. See: Pink Footed Geese Breaking Records

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 15 November and will focus on the pages originally created on "Scottish Radiance" e-magazine.

Yours aye


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