BOOKS: SHAPESHIFTER by IAN PENMAN

Later that afternoon, on a road near the Grand Canyon, everything tilted on its axis. Elvis grabbed Geller’s arm and pointed out of the bus at some distant clouds, shouting: ‘Look! There’s Joseph Stalin in the clouds! What is he doing up there?’ He had the bus stop, and ran into the desert. ‘Oh my God, Larry, follow me!’ Elvis was babbling, tears running down his face. … More BOOKS: SHAPESHIFTER by IAN PENMAN

Did you know?

As we deliver our final community food parcel, we wanted to give a massive thanks to colleagues, communities, volunteers, local businesses and suppliers who together have helped deliver 45,655 parcels in total to vulnerable people across Argyll and Bute during the pandemic. This huge and challenging task would simply not have been possible without your help and dedication. From the council and on behalf of everyone who received vital supplies, we thank you. … More Did you know?

Almost 100% of pupils achieve one or more SQA qualifications

But being educated in a poor and deprived designated area costs them an average of 20 points each By Bill Heaney West Dunbartonshire pupils are alleged to be “celebrating after another year of record results with almost 100% of pupils achieving one or more qualification and schools outperforming the national average in all levels from … More Almost 100% of pupils achieve one or more SQA qualifications

Parking arrangements as work in Helensburgh begins

By Ruth Crosbie Preparatory work for the Helensburgh Waterfront Development site will start from Monday 10 August, and drivers are encouraged to find alternative parking options in other parts of the town. The new multi-million pound swimming pool and leisure centre will be built on the sea front, on the site behind the existing swimming … More Parking arrangements as work in Helensburgh begins

SMALL NUMBER OF PLANNED OPERATIONS LEAVES THOUSANDS LIVING IN PAIN – BAILLIE

Thousands of patients have had their operations cancelled, chronic pain clinics are closed and people are losing hope of ever getting their health back, according to Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven and Helensburgh. … More SMALL NUMBER OF PLANNED OPERATIONS LEAVES THOUSANDS LIVING IN PAIN – BAILLIE

BOOKS: ON THE ROAD by JAMES NAUGHTIE

By Hamish Mackay Can I mention the latest book, his fifth, from the pen of Scottish journalist and broadcaster, James Naughtie – a very trusted old friend and former colleague of mine. Considering the current momentous events across the pond – an erratic, self-obsessed President, a pending presidential election, and now approaching 170,000 deaths from … More BOOKS: ON THE ROAD by JAMES NAUGHTIE

Connemara’s tourism industry rides seasonal tide but fears uncertain future

“I promise you, I do not take this place for granted. I am thankful for it every day. It is easy to forget but the things we have here – the beautiful beaches, the clean water, mountains and lakes . . . we need to protect that.” … More Connemara’s tourism industry rides seasonal tide but fears uncertain future

THIS IS AMERICA

He tried to recast a second COVID-19 surge as an achievement for the U.S. in an interview with Axios. When a CNN reporter asked him why U.S. deaths were soaring, Trump snapped, “Fake news CNN, hold it.” And when Dr. Anthony Fauci pointed out Europe has more effectively fought the virus, Trump tweeted, “Wrong!” [HuffPost] … More THIS IS AMERICA

DELAY IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE SCHOOL CLOTHING GRANT SEES PUPILS LEFT WITHOUT UNIFORMS AS SCHOOLS RETURN

These parents have not been given any indication of when they will receive the grant, and parents and children are being left in Limbo by the cruel council decision to keep them hanging on until the last minute. … More DELAY IN WEST DUNBARTONSHIRE SCHOOL CLOTHING GRANT SEES PUPILS LEFT WITHOUT UNIFORMS AS SCHOOLS RETURN

Nothing But Blue Sky: Reaching for hope in the depths of grief

The novel is full of beautiful prose, powerful metaphors and astute observations of human behaviour. It’s skilfully written with a wonderful lightness of touch. There is a perfectly described moment as David,watches a small child with Down’s syndrome playing quietly in the sand: … More Nothing But Blue Sky: Reaching for hope in the depths of grief

VALE OF LEVEN OUT OF HOURS SERVICE CONTINUES TO SEE CLOSURES DESPITE HEALTH BOARD PROMISES

Jackie Baillie, MSP for Dumbarton Constituency, has said that there are still deep concerns surrounding the running of the Vale of Leven Out of Hours service — despite NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde chiefs claiming that all issues had now been resolved. … More VALE OF LEVEN OUT OF HOURS SERVICE CONTINUES TO SEE CLOSURES DESPITE HEALTH BOARD PROMISES

When Covid subsided, Israel reopened its schools. It didn’t go well

PM Boris Johnston and FM Nicola Sturgeon are sabre rattling together over pupils going back to school., but let what’s happened in Israel be a lesson to them. Other countries ‘definitely should not do what we have done’, an Israeli government adviser has warned. This report by Ishbel Kushner and Pam Belluk is from The New York Times. … More When Covid subsided, Israel reopened its schools. It didn’t go well

Dismay as thousands of pupils have exam grades lowered

By Bill Heaney Pupils have been praised by the government after finding out their results this morning, with overall pass rates rising — despite almost 125,000 grades being lowered by the exams body. However, there is likely to be a huge political row about this given the exams were cancelled for the first time in … More Dismay as thousands of pupils have exam grades lowered

BOOKS: NEW BORROWING SERVICE AT LOCAL LIBRARIES

Introducing a new Book to Borrow collection service By Bill Heaney West Dunbartonshire Council have announced that they have launched their new “click & collect” style service – Book To Borrow. This service will initially be available at Alexandria, Dumbarton and Dalmuir libraries only, before they extend it to all branches as soon as possible. Book To Borrow Process Step 1. … More BOOKS: NEW BORROWING SERVICE AT LOCAL LIBRARIES

Lennox Herald publishers announce new editors for regional titles

Reach, which owns the Lennox Herald, the Paisley Daily Express, the Ayrshire Post and the Perthshire Advertiser along with a stable of Scottish weekly newspapers, has confirmed that five roles are under threat at the Derby Telegraph as part of its plan to cut more than 300 editorial and circulation posts across the country in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, reports HoldtheFrontPage … More Lennox Herald publishers announce new editors for regional titles

BOOKS: ONE FOR HIBERNOPHILES

In Ireland, the link between place and myth is strong, and there is no more enlightening way to understand the rich tapestry of Irish mythology, and its relationship to our true history, than by reading the landscape. Earthing the Myths is an engaging and exhaustive county-by-county guide to the vast number of fascinating places in Ireland connected to myth, folklore and early history.
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