Scotland Makes History

The decision over Scotland’s future was given a date yesterday with the signing of the historic ‘Edinburgh Agreement’. David Cameron and Alex Salmond met at Bute House in Edinburgh yesterday and agreed the terms of the referendum that will decide whether Scotland should become independent. Both sides are claiming victories over the terms. David Cameron is pleased that the referendum will be limited to one question while Alex Salmond is pleased that 16 year olds will be allowed to vote and that his party can decide the wording. The date is said to have been the most important date in Scottish History since 1707 and the joining of the union. The referendum is to be held in 2014 and both sides will surely now start campaigning heavily. Let battle commence!

The Queen’s New Cairn

The Queen is to visit Ballater today as part of her Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. She will be honoured by the town with a collection of 60 stones. The stones have been collected by locals and will create a cairn on the village green. Each stone marks a year in her glorious reign. The Queen will then go on to the city of Aberdeenand open the new University of Aberdeen library.

 

From Whiskey to Wheels…

An innovative project was announced today in Scotland that will see the by-products of whiskey distilling turned into fuel for cars. The agreement was reached between the company Celtic Renewables and the Tullibardine distillery, located in Perthshire.

Much of the scientific research that supports this deal was conducted at Edinburgh’s Napier University, by the Biofuel Research Centre. Here it was discovered that bacteria can feed off the leftovers from whiskey distilling – which amounts to about 90% of the whiskey making products! – to produce butanol, a form of renewable fuel for vehicles.

This valuable project means a ‘greener’ Scotland, and it is hoped that this first step will see the start of a promising new industry that benefits commerce as well as society. The solutions to renewable energy are right on our doorstep!

Whisky… or renewable energy?!

From Whiskey to Wheels…

An innovative project was announced today in Scotland that will see the by-products of whiskey distilling turned into fuel for cars. The agreement was reached between the company Celtic Renewables and the Tullibardine distillery, located in Perthshire.

Much of the scientific research that supports this deal was conducted at Edinburgh’s Napier University, by the Biofuel Research Centre. Here it was discovered that bacteria can feed off the leftovers from whiskey distilling – which amounts to about 90% of the whiskey making products! – to produce butanol, a form of renewable fuel for vehicles.

This valuable project means a ‘greener’ Scotland, and it is hoped that this first step will see the start of a promising new industry that benefits commerce as well as society. The solutions to renewable energy are right on our doorstep!

Whisky… or renewable energy?!

Doors Open Day Edinburgh

This weekend is the annual ‘Doors Open Day’ in Edinburgh. Over the weekend, Saturday 22nd – Sunday 23rd September many of Edinburghs most famous buildings will open their doors to the public. 121 buildings which are not normally open to the public or charge admission will be available for public visits completely free of charge. Highlights of this year’s programme include the Royal Observatory, John Knox’s house, the Scottish Parliament and the Anatomy Museum. For more details on all the buildings which will be open, see http://www.cockburnassociation.org.uk/upload/File/Edinburgh%20DOD%202012%20Brochure.pdf

Edinburgh to Install Ultrafast Broadband

The city of Edinburgh has been given £10.7  million in funding to install ultrafast broadband and wi-fi on the city streets. Edinburgh will become a ‘super-connected’ city with faster broadband and wi-fi. The council are hoping to install an open access wireless zone covering the entire city centre including popular student areas such as the Meadows and Princes Street Gardens. The proposal is hoping to be put in place by 2015.

United Nations to Open in Edinburgh

The United Nations is to open a new centre in Edinburgh which will be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The centre will aim to bring together agencies working together on child welfare, women’s rights and climate changes. The centre which will be based in Hunter Square will act as a resource for academics, students and member’s of the public who are interested in the work of the U.N. External Affairs and International Development Minister Humza Yousaf said,

“The establishment of a U.N. House in Edinburgh is recognition of Scotland’s long and proud history as a nation with an international approach and a concern to play its part in tackling global poverty, inequality and injustice.”

U.S. Paralympics Swimmer Visits St Andrews

The U.S. swimmer Victoria Arlen visited St Andrews this week. The star of the U.S.swim team who won 4 medals at the recent London games visited the town to see where her grandparents were married over 40 years ago. The 17 year old swimmer has been on a miraculous journey since being paralysed at the age of 11 and spending 2 years in a vegetative state to go on to win one gold and three silver medals in the pool at the recent Paralympics. The swimmer, whose grandparents emigrated from St Andrews in 1966 said, “Although this was my first time in St Andrews, I have always had a real love for this place. When I first found out the Paralympics were in London, one of the first things that crossed my mind was fitting in the chance to come to Scotland and see St Andrews. And now I am here, it’s just beautiful. I have seen the coast and it feels so beautiful then you go into town and see all this original architecture, its amazing.”

 

Scotland Welcomes Home Olympic Heroes

Glasgow will welcome home Scotland’s 13 Olympic medallists to Glasgow’s Kelvingrove Museum this Friday 14th September. The athletes will be welcomed to the museum at 3.30pm and the event will be followed by a parade through the city and will culminate in open air celebrations inGeorge Square at 4.30pm. Scottish athletes such as Sir Chris Hoy, rower Katharine Grainger and swimmer Michael Jamieson will be attending. First Minister, Alex Salmond and Lord Moynihan, the BOA Chairman will also attend. The event is not ticketed so head along to support Scotland’s newest heroes and best ever Olympic team.

Seamus Heaney to Visit the University of Stirling

The famous Irish poet Seamus Heaney is set to visit the Universityof Stirling on 14th September. Heaney, a Nobel Laureate and an honorary graduate of the University of Stirling will be returning to campus and will be holding a session with Alasdair Macrae. Alisdair Macrae is a retired professor of the University of Stirling and a reputable literary critic. Students at the University of Stirling can attend the talk and should ensure to RSVP to reserve a place. Contact suzie.huggins@stir.ac.uk to get a ticket.  Heaney and Macrae will be talking about the creative tensions including Irish politics which have affected Heaney’s most famous works.