PACKET OF CRISPS AND A HALF V IN ARANCI’S

Luke-warm, watery beef mince swimming in butter beans and two scoops of lumpy mashed potatoes come to mind though. And lumpy custard with jam sponge. The kindly school dinner ladies tried to keep us going with extra helpings of slimy semolina and prunes and other epicurean delights such as that, but we weren’t old enough to appreciate their good deeds. As did retching afterwards in that god awful bog on the corner of the building they tried to pass off as the boys’ lavatory. … More PACKET OF CRISPS AND A HALF V IN ARANCI’S

FAT’S NOT THE WAY TO GOOD HEALTH, SAY LIB DEMS

“We need to ensure that every parent in Scotland has access to the support and information they need to give their child a healthy start in life. He maintains that the Liberal Democrats would invest in sport, support people to make informed choices and dodge junk food, as well as extend the rights of GPs to social prescribing, including free access to exercise programmes if they judge it will help a person’s health and well-being.” … More FAT’S NOT THE WAY TO GOOD HEALTH, SAY LIB DEMS

200 EVACUATED AS FIRE RIPS THROUGH FLATS

The fire broke out at the building on Lancefield Quay, on the north bank of the River Clyde, at about 18:40 on Monday. Sixty firefighters and 15 appliances tackled the “well-developed” blaze in the second floor of the three-storey building. No-one was hurt. One senior firefighter said they did a “remarkable job in very challenging circumstances”, due to wind and rain. … More 200 EVACUATED AS FIRE RIPS THROUGH FLATS

SNP LET DOWN HOMELESS AT EVERY LEVEL

Fiona McPhail, principal solicitor for Shelter Scotland, said the case is about “one of the most fundamental rights homeless people have in Scotland”. “When in the crisis of homelessness, our laws say that temporary accommodation should be provided. Too often Glasgow has failed in that most basic duty,” she added.
A petition with around 10,000 signatures, including Annie Lennox, Robert Carlyle, KT Tunstall and Val McDermid, calling for a law to secure a legal right to a home, will be presented to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday. … More SNP LET DOWN HOMELESS AT EVERY LEVEL

STORMY WEATHER CAUSES CHAOS ON ROADS AND RAILWAYS

It’s wet and windy out there and unsafe for both motorists and pedestrians on the A82 Loch Lomondside road.

BBC Scotland are reporting that all train services have been cancelled between Dalmuir and Helensburgh after high winds drove waves over the sea wall at Craigendoran causing floods and making the railway line impassable. … More STORMY WEATHER CAUSES CHAOS ON ROADS AND RAILWAYS

BOOKS: WAVES ON THE SHORE REVIEW

When the island was inhabited, it didn’t have a church or public house and then the school closed. There was no electricity until 2003 to serve the population, which the census recorded was at one time as high as 128.
Some of the islanders who left return from time to time to attend to farming chores, and several of their houses have been purchased as holiday homes by people from Ireland and other European countries. The author, Bernadette Conroy, who quit once but returned later to her post as Inishturk shed the last members of its indigenous population, deserves great praise for her work and for the skilful way she has drawn together the fascinating material for this new book. The Clifden Festival’s Artistic Director, Dr Brendan Flynn, is to be congratulated for having the commendable good sense to promote this book.
• Waves on the Shore is available from The Clifden Bookshop, other good bookshops such as Kenny’s Bookshop and Charlie O’Beirne’s in Galway, and on-line from the usual outlets.

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FERRET INVESTIGATION ON RAPE CRIMES

Nearly 10,000 calls to a helpline for rape victims went unanswered last year due to a lack of resources, according to Rape Crisis Scotland. A new report by the charity, which runs the helpline, also says that 1,150 people seeking help had attempted to take their own lives after a sexual attack. Such was the demand for help that rape crisis centres struggled to cope, with some even forced to close their waiting lists at times. … More FERRET INVESTIGATION ON RAPE CRIMES