Scottish Snippets

10 January 2015

Number 674

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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Glasgow Christmas Lights

Following on from the page of graphics showing the Christmas decorations and attractions in central Edinburgh over the Festive Season here is a similar collection focusing on Glasgow. In addition to George Square there are graphics of buildings decorated for Christmas in the Merchant City, Buchanan Street (pictured here) and the Gallery of Modern Art. See Glasgow Christmas Lights.

The remainder of this Newsletter is by Tam:

Tragedy in George Square

Six people were killed and ten injured as refuse collection vehicle goes out of control in city centre. See: Tragedy in George Square.

Attenborough in Wild Goose Chase

Veteran wildlife documentary maker Sir David Attenborough has been filming in Loch Lomond capturing footage to be used in a programme on the evolution of flight. See: Attenborough in Wild Goose Chase

'Gers, the Three Bears and the Battle of the Bus Drivers

The continuing saga of the financial plight of Rangers Football Club drives on. See: 'Gers, the Three Bears and the Battle of the Bus Drivers

A Special Panto in Glasgow

The King's Theatre is to put on a performance of their Christmas pantomime Peter Pan catering for people with additional needs. See: A Special Panto in Glasgow

Aberdeen Summit on Oil

The falling price of oil is causing concern in Aberdeen as North Sea Oil is expensive to extract and some analysts predict that no new projects in the North Sea are likely to be profitable with oil below $60 a barrel. See: Aberdeen Summit on Oil

A Swimming Start to 2015

The New Year gets off to a chilly start with the "Looney Dook" - a traditional dip in the chilly waters of the river Forth beside the Forth Rail Bridge. See: Looney Dook

Flipping 'eck - Salmond Look-alike Ponders Future

An Aberdonian who made a living as an Alex Salmond look-alike was concerned when the former Scottish National Party leader announced he was leaving Scottish politics. (graphic here is the "real" Alx Salmond with the new SNP leader and First Minister Nicola Sturgeon). See: Salmond Look-alike Ponders Future.

New Crossing Over Forth

See a time lapse sequence of the construction work to date for the new Queensferry Crossing across the river Forth. See: New Crossing Over Forth

None for the Road

A new lower drink drive limit has dramatically cut the numbers caught driving over the limit. See: None for the Road

The Total Harris Tweed Experience - Careful with the Dry Cleaning

A new Harris Tweed has been developed that features "rich malt and dark chocolate tones with golden vanilla" whisky. See: The Total Harris Tweed Experience

Next Newsletter

The next newsletter is scheduled for 31 January 2015 and will have the usual mixture of Scottish-related items.

A Good New Year to all our readers and repeated thanks to the people from all over who have shared their reminiscences of diverse parts of Scottish life. Lang may your lum reek!

Yours aye

Scottie and Tam

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