Scotland’s newest piece of Modern outdoor art. It was created by artist Rob Mulholland, who describes it as “The sculpture represents the struggle between man – made structures and the kinetic forces of nature, as in an instant the tower is blown away with a sudden gust of wind scattering the branches to the ground. The exact moment is re-created and held as if time has been momentarily frozen.”
Dunnottar Castle - Sunrise. Dunnottar, Dùn Fhoithear, “fort on the shelving slope” Perhaps most famous for Oliver Cromwell’s eight month siege when the Scottish Crown Jewels were held at the castle and famously smuggled out by Mary Grainger wife of the Minister of Kinnef Kirk but I like this account from Scots makar, or poet, Blind Harry, who wrote a chilling account of the struggle for the rock in his epic poem ‘Wallace’:
Therefore a fire was brought speedily: Which burnt the church, and all those South’ron boys: Out o’er the rock the rest rush’d great noise; Some hung on craigs, and loath were to die. Some lap, some fell, some flutter’d in the sea; And perish’d all, not one remain’d alive.
On This Day 1982 - In Seville in the World Cup Finals, Scotland played Brazil and He scored THAT goal, yes we got hammered 4-1 in the end but this is the goal that turned a whole nation against BBC Football pundit Jimmy Hill who described it as a toe poke, many of us have joined in the chants at Hampden since of “We Hate Jimmy Hill…He’s a poof..he’s a poof!!!!
On this weekend in Edinburgh is The Royal Highland Show at Ingliston this is the 53rd year of the event being held here. The show first started in 1822, and between that time and 1959 the show moved around the towns and cities of Scotland. In 1960 the Ingliston site become the permanent home of the show, opening on the 21st June 1960. The move to a perment location has helped the show develop beyond its original remit, to become a celebration of Scottish food, countryside and its farming. Originally the show operated Sunday to Wednesday, but this was later changed to Thursday to Sunday, with Livestock competitions being held on the Thursday and Friday.
Political decisions made in the UK are made by MP’s. The Scottish MP’s are constantly out voted by English MP’s on some of the most important policies for the most vulnerable people. Cuts to welfare for the most vulnerable have left people who are struggling to live in a worse position where they…