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Issue 51 - In the news

Scotland Magazine Issue 51
June 2010


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In the news

The long way up Loch Lomond is to get a new lethaviathan when she finally arrives avter her mommoth journey.

The Silver Dolphin has spent much of the summer travelling from the river Thames in London to her new home in Scotland.

The boat left the Thames the beginning of January, it then was stuck at Lowestoft for a while due to the bad weather, it then set sail and was stuck at Hartlepool. she then sailed to Inverness, and then down the Caledonian Canal and then into Crinan Canal. However the Crinan Canal was closed untill the end of March. So she came out at Corpach (Fort William) and then sailled down past Oban, Scarba, Kerrera, Lismore, Corryveckan, round the Mull of Kintyre, Campbeltown, Arran, Bute, Dunoon and up the Clyde to Denny’s Shipyard - Dumbarton. (where the Cutty Sark was built).

She was then taken out of the water and along the A82 (the main dual carriage way was closed off as she had to be taken on the opposite side of the carriage way on the way to Balloch via Alexandria.

This will be the last chance to get a larger passenger boat out from the Clyde to Loch Lomond from this shipyard as it will shortly be turning into a Turnberry Housing Estate!

The Silver Dolphin is 75 feet and will be the heaviest tonnage (90 gross tons) of ship when she arrives and the largest passenger boat and the largest passenger boat. Once here she will be going through a major refit. Owners Sweeney’s have been boat hiring for approximately 125 years on Loch Lomond.

Tweed first The first woman in the history of the industry has been appointed to run a mill producing Harris Tweed.

Clothes designer Ann MacCallum is taking over as general manager of the Carloway Mill which is operated by Harris Tweed Textiles, based on the west side of the Isle of Lewis.

The new mill boss has been a designer using the hard-wearing fabric that has for too long been thought of as only suitable for men’s jackets. Her range included sexy ladieswear. Ann was also the designer of an iconic white Harris Tweed dress and coat which she designed for the singer Alyth MacCormack’s wedding last year.

Prior to that, Ann was manager of Woolworths in Stornoway. She has also worked for Edinburgh Woollen Mill, Asda, C&A and Marks & Spencer.

‘Ello ‘ello ‘ello Presenting the dramatic history of the UK’s very first police force, Glasgow Police Museum has started at a new home located at 30 Bell Street in Glasgow’s Merchant City.

A rare silver Municipal Merit Medal dating from 1884 is on display for the first time enhancing the museum’s extensive collection of bravery medals.

One of Scotland’s hidden gems, the free museum is open every day of the week until the end of October. Having moved from St Andrews Square, the museum tells how The City of Glasgow Police came in to being more than 200 years ago and how it evolved until its amalgamation into Strathclyde Police in 1975.

The history is not just that of the police force but of the social and economic development of the city.

Years of painstaking research tell the story of the people who served in the force through photographs, storyboards, historical documents and uniforms.

Hot kitchen stuff An up and coming young Lanarkshire chef has been crowned Scotland’s next culinary rising star, after winning The ScottishPower Apprentice Chef Challenge in association with Taste of Edinburgh.

Michele Bukkems, 22, from Airdrie triumphed following a heated cook off against five of the finest budding chefs from across Scotland. The talented chefs were asked to prepare a main course and a dessert using seasonal and sustainable ingredients in a heated cook off, in front of an expert panel at The Braehead Cook School.

Michele will now take up a six-month placement at Hotel du Vin, Edinburgh – one of the 12 restaurants participating in the Taste of Edinburgh festival. She has also shown off her flair in a live cooking demonstration at the ScottishPower TasteTheatre alongside some of the country’s top chefs.

Outdoor performance Chapterhouse Theatre Company is bringing some delightful open-air theatre productions to some of the most beautiful and Idyllic Country Houses and Castles in Scotland. It is a great opportunity for friends and family to get together, picnic in the grounds and watch some magical theatre under the stars.

Productions in Scotland include: • Culzean Castle (National Trust Scotland) Beauty and the Beast 22nd July and Pride and Prejudice 12th August.

• Castle Kennedy: Beauty and the Beast 24th July and Pride and Prejudice 10th August.

• Trigony Country House Hotel: A Midsummer Night’s Dream 11th August.

• Hopetoun House: Pride and Prejudice Fri 13th August.

In brief...

Beavering away A year ago, on 29 May 2009, Scotland’s first wild beavers for over 400 years were released into Knapdale Forest, Mid-Argyll.

This marked the start of the Scottish Beaver Trial, a five-year time-limited trial reintroduction and a partnership project between the Scottish Wildlife Trust (SWT), the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and host Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS).

The first year milestone for the project has now been passed, which aims to follow the beavers’ activities in the wild and gather information on how the presence of beavers might affect the Scottish environment and determine if the beaver might prosper again as a native species returned to Scotland’s countryside.

Reflecting on the events of the first year, Simon Jones, Scottish Wildlife Trust’s project manager for the trial, said: “After spending their first full year in Scotland, we’ve seen many positive signs to indicate that our new beaver neighbours are already behaving very naturally. “ Celtic festival Newbattle Abbey College is hosting its first Celtic Festival and to celebrate the launch, Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill, will officially declare the festival open.

The one day event for all ages is designed to celebrate Celtic culture and woodland heritage and is based in Newbattle’s historic 16th century building, extensive grounds and ancient woodlands.

Mr MacAskill commented: “Newbattle is a wonderful heritage site and makes the perfect backdrop for such an event.

“Celtic culture is something that many Scots are passionate about, illustrated by a very successful Year of Homecoming last year which celebrated our Celtic roots worldwide.

“The festival at Newbattle will be a great opportunity for people to get together, enjoy traditional music, share tales of history, and sample some delicious Scottish food.”

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