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.
With all their collections telling tales, the new look of the National Museum of Scotland unveils a display of animals which will be considered a major attraction once it reopens in July. Though the highlights of the Museum are the paintings, sculptures and the graphic arts, this new feature would be a great hit among the visitors. Reopening after a £46.4 million overhaul, the Museum that showcases the Natural World section will include the evolution, diversity and the various capabilities of the animal species and also depicts the extinction of species through natural or man-made causes.
Vast number of new collections in the old Royal Museum building will be accessed through a revamped grand gallery which has an 18 metre tall with a “Window on the world Feature” that consists of 800 objects from the museum’s collection. Exhibiting tons of creatures flying, swimming, gliding and floating among other 44 new exhibits, the collections in the Natural World section will be of major benefit to the public.
It is not alone the wildlife panorama that will be depicted in the museum but also stories about Scotland and the Scots, their prehistoric developments to their travel to the 20th century. The fully reopened Museum next month will brandish the story of the place, its cultural, political and also the natural world with its 20, 000 items.
Reflecting the natural habitat with the many galleries, these new features will surely fascinate families, tourists and children of all ages.
If you are close enough to a walk, you may find a dog on the roadside but have you ever thought it might harm you or even disfigure your face, not to be recognised anymore? It is seen that Scotland has reported cases where fighter dogs or even other breeds harming children and hurting them while playing or taking the roads.
Not even a week, two cases have been reported in which one girl named Rhianna Kidd,10, was maimed by two rottweilers while she was cycling to her grandmothers home in Dundee. And another case where a vicious Akita fighting dog attacked a girl named Toni, when she was playing with the dog owner’s son, Gabriel.
In both the cases, the children suffered serious injury and lot of pain. In one case the owner of the dog was charged under the Dangerous Dogs Act in failing to keep the dogs under control. And in another case, the decision is yet to be taken because it was in the private property but what has been done to the children cannot be forgiven.
The Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010, extends the criminal liability to not just public places but also private places and it has not come into practice until February. It is also seen that the children could suffer mental scars and maybe frightened of the dogs the whole life.
To set up a new multiple sclerosis research clinic in Edinburgh, Harry Potter author JK Rowling has contributed £10million in honor of her mother, Anne who died in 1990. The money will go to a purpose built unit in the University of Edinburgh which will be renamed as The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.
With an estimated fortune of £519, it is said that this donation was her largest single pledge and the largest single donation received by the University. It is said that the writer believes that this university would become a world center for excellence in its field.
Affecting around 85,000 people, multiple sclerosis or MS is one of the most common neurological condition that effects young adults in UK and that which has no cure. Mostly it is seen that it is caused due to the combination of genetics, environmental and infectious factors.
Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal of the University of Edinburgh said:
‘This exceptionally generous donation will provide great help in the effort to improve treatments for multiple sclerosis’.
Expected to be completed within a year, this new facility will help the researchers to know more about the other incurable neurological disorders and would also help the patients to be placed at the heart of the research and training process.
The new tracks on the £330m Airdrie to Bathgate rail linking Edinburgh and Glasgow will create almost 130 new jobs. The track which is due to open in December will offer jobs like drivers, ticket examiners and station staff for Scots and is the same as the one which had operated in Scotland for 25 years
Though there was a dispute between the RMT rail union and the First ScotRail in the recent months on the fact that it may jeopardize the safety of the passengers, it is all settled now. The union had also said that it will urge the minister to ensure a guard on every service of the new link.
Designed in order to complete the ‘missing link’ between the communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh, the company declares that it is safe and is same as that which has operated in Scotland for 25 years.
The use of public transport will be beneficial with the new rail Airdrie-Bathgate. It also seems that this new form of employment will profit the economy as a whole.