English people wondering about where the extra money received under the Barnett Formula from English taxpayers actually goes, received their answer today: we drink it! The Scots drink 20% more alcohol than either the English or the Welsh; we drink an average of 23 units of alcohol per week. According to Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish health minister, this excessive consumption costs the Scottish economy £3.65 billion, or about £900 per adult which is not far off the £1100 that Scots receive from the Barnett Formula each year.
The fiery Sturgeon counters criticism: “We have already taken bold action against this most pressing of problems. Our alcohol framework outlines a package of over 40 measures to reduce alcohol-related harm.” However, the gap between England and Scotland seems to be growing which means the policy is failing. Industry spokesman denied any link between sales of alcohol and excessive alcohol consumption. (Work that out if you can!)
Scots buy approximately 11.8 litres of pure alcohol per year, compared with 9.6 for England. It is bought mainly through the off-trade (aka offies) and is often cheap vodka. As the price of alcohol is broadly comparative across the UK, the factors that drive the difference cannot be economic.
We believe that the real cause is the god-awful weather, the constant harassment from midges and having to listen to Alex Salmond on the TV too frequently.
Only having heard about Scotland’s top festivals of Edinburgh Fringe, Edinburgh International book festival or Edinburgh Art Festival and many others, people of Scotland have a new surprise to cheer on with plans of introducing a new festival, named as “Scotland’s History Festival” being revealed by the event organiser Ian Harrower and comedian Susan Morrison.
The festival of Scotland’s history which will commence during November 2011 is a ten day event and will be showcased at the city’s libraries, museums, archives, the Scottish Parliament building along with the local bars, cafes and shopping centres. Also get a look at Scottish Clans Blog From Scotland.
Aimed at attracting and bringing together local history groups, academics, students and tourists, the pair has started this special event with promises of making it brilliant. They expect the festival will see 30,000 people attending the carnival. The programme has plans to stage it through various channels like walking tours, exhibitions, debates, lectures, film screenings, comedy events, storytelling sessions and poetry nights, hopes to encourage people’s interest in Scotland’s history.
The festival which is designed to start from 17 to 27th November will be attended by reputed institutions of the National Archives of Scotland, the National Museums Scotland, Napier and Herriot-Watt universities and Edinburgh World Heritage and Edinburgh. With a budget of £10,000, the pair has plans to continue it in the future years and extend it throughout the country.
With the main objective of celebrating the richness of the history of Scotland, hope this festival will be a new contribution in molding the modern world and bring in large crowds and turn out to be a great success.
The highest standards of many luxurious hotels in Scotland being maintained, it is noticed that they are gradually becoming the hotspots out-riding Rome, Paris and Amsterdam. With higher occupancy rates recorded during the year, Scotland hotels are bringing in tourism money for the government.
The head of tourism at the Scottish Development International, Kenneth Clark is of the opinion that if investors fund growth for the numerous luxury hotels in Scotland is anything to go by then this business could turn out to be one of the most profitable in Europe. With the demand for hotels in Scotland increasing every other day, putting forth the right amount of investment in changing the selection of quality structure for each hotels can be an added benefit to the tourism industry.
It is also noted that in the month of May and June, the records showed the highest occupancy rates for Edinburgh hotels. With figures reaching 86% and 92% approximately, the hotels in Edinburgh were seen to be leading followed by Inverness and were also rated above Rome and Paris.
Known to be the largest arts festival in the world Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2011 showcases 41,689 performances of 2,542 shows in a series of 258 venues in August for three weeks in Scotland’s capital city. Crammed with stories, experiences and reflections of producers, artists and companies form all over the world; this event attracts thousands of spectators from both far away and wide.
The festival which commenced on August 5th continuing till 29th will be launched by the Chief Executive of the Festival Fringe, Kath M Mainland. In its 65th year of groundbreaking performances and events, the festival in 2011 will be the largest and most successful of its kind.
Prominently known for its variety in various terms of comedy, theatre to dance, opera, rock and cabaret, it is an art form that is appearing for the first time in its own category. A part of Edinburgh Festivals, this year’s new competitor for the Fringe is the cabaret show that features acrobats, feminist burlesque, ukuleles and mind reading psychics.
Being a launch pad for successful careers of big stars, the official programme highlights the best of performances displaying a celebration of arts and entertainment. Get a look at the best of pictures from Edinburgh Fringe 2011.
The story that dates back to 1947, which saw eight theatre groups, uninvited, coming out successfully by performing to enrich the European cultural life in the wake of World war 2 has turned into a growing trend of performances by internationally renowned artists. Year after year in every August, responding to the success, performers form all over the world delights and excites audiences from home and abroad flock to the Festival Fringe in Edinburgh’s famous historical venues and cobbled streets.
This event promotes the wealth of the country’s creative talents at the Fringe and also raises the profile of Scotland’s world class artists internationally. So come on in and join the celebration that has grown enormously important with world class festivals and arts market! Also check out the schedules for each day
With Edinburgh festival 2011 sashaying into the spotlight, there are many celebrations designated in this year’s festival brochure. With a unique explosion of creativity being, this year’s festival offers an opportunity for everybody to look forward to this event with a lot of enthusiasm and surprises! Displaying a variety of entertainment, new talents and also established names, those of whom who are on a trip to Scotland are sure love the country’s festivals and programmes. With a collection of independent festivals taking place in the same city at the same time, this largest cultural event in the world is everybody’s favourite. Here’s a look at some of the top festivals and entertainments in the country…
- Edinburgh Art Festival will be conducted at various venues and will be held from August 4th to September 4th, 2011. Featuring big game group shows with plenty of space for British and Scottish emerging talents to showcase their skills.
- Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 5th to 29th August, 2011, portraying an array of cultural performances including dance, comedy, and circus. Burlesque has also being added to the most awaited cabaret which is a definitive category of entertainment. The festival will be conducted at various venues across the city.
- Edinburgh International Book Festival, a festival of big ideas will be conducted from August 13th to 29th, 2011 that will unveil a selection of international authors, Scottish novelists, top non-fiction scribes, children’s writers and a series of interesting innovations.
- Edinburgh Military Tattoo is a festival of martial music, entertainment, ceremony and theatre which will take place from August 5th to 27th, 2001. With a series of military drum performances performed by International and Commonwealth military bands; one will be able to learn about Scotland’s tradition.
- With the festival on the go, the Edinburgh’s watering holes will be overflowing with drinks offering a special treats in10 of the best cocktail bars namely Bon Vivant, The Raconteur, Bramble, Under the Stairs, Dragonfly, Reverie, The WestRoom, Bond No9, Underdogs and Bar Missoni.
- Apart from just enjoying, each day of the week can be looked at different aspects and one among them is the best literary haunts in Edinburgh. These prominent places is known to have inspired writers like JK Rowling and Ian Rankin and are Edinburgh Books, Inky Fingers @ Forest Cafe, Literary Salon at The Wash, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Analogue Books, Elvis Shakespeare, Scottish Poetry Library, Scottish Storytelling Centre, The Oxford Bar and Spoon Cafe Bistro.
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