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Scotland if you haven't been living under a rock has been experiencing 'the beast from the East' Amber and red warning which for Scotland the red warning is a first. The government is advising that until Friday lunch time you only go out if you have to as the red warning is 'threat to life' Please stay off the hills is you are not fully equipped or you don't wish to risk your life or the lives of those who have to come out and rescue you.
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Scotland has been voted the most beautiful countries in the world to visit accourding to the readers of Rough Guide. The millions of visitors who step onto our shore must agree as they come back year after year. If you have been to Scotland before we want to know all about it all click here and tell us about your last visit, tell us the truth if you came up against any problems if you don't tell us we cannot try and fix it. Thank You
Congratulation to one of the greats Cameron McNeish, former editor of The Great Outdoors and renowned mountain writer, has won the Scottish Award for Excellence in Mountain Culture in 2018. Well done. May you continue to give the UK the encouragement to get out there and discover the hills and mountains which many never see even though they are on their door step. Photograph courtesy of The Great Outdoors TGOMagazine
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Celtic Connection Start their winter music festival starts today
Even as unprecedented thousands flocked to the very first Celtic Connections, back in 1994, no-one could have foreseen the festival it is today. Its development since then has paralleled Scotland’s extraordinary musical flowering over the past quarter-century, with both becoming a magnet for musicians the world over.
Tonight’s opening gala celebrates that history with a panoply of artists who’ve featured prominently over the years, reflecting such Celtic Connections hallmarks as its multi-generational breadth, its internationalism and its collaborative, cross-genre spirit. With pianist David Milligan – one of 1994’s original performers – as musical director, expect plenty of mixing and matching among the cast, creating a wealth of fresh connections as well as aptly session-style festivity.
This once-in-a-lifetime line-up includes: Cherish the Ladies, Sharon Shannon, String Sisters, Eddi Reader, Drever McCusker Woomble, Tryst, Michael McGoldrick Trio, Maya Youssef, Ian McCalman, Ross Ainslie & Ali Hutton, Louis Abbott, Sharat Chandra Srivastava, Gyan Singh, Siobhan Miller, Saltfishforty and yet more surprise guests.
The first snow of winter 2018-IMPORTANT
More snow to hit the highlands and the lower hills, if you are planning to head for the hill please make sure you are prepared for the winter. Warm clothing thin layers rather then one thick layer - Good waterproof boots designed for winter walking & waterproof, emergency blankets or survival bags, winter coats designed for the hills 3 in 1 and make sure its bright colour or take a reflective vest so you can be seen against the snow or the hill. food such as chocolate and high protein bars all in a good waterproof rucksac. If you can get a flare then take it, a good bright torch or a signal mirror - If you are not sure then don't go take advice from websites belonging to mountain rescue or mountain safety groups - If you get lost or injured you are putting yourself at risk and those volunteers who will come and rescue you. - Before you start make sure you tell someone when you set off, Where you are going using map reference or GPS and when you will be back - Leave this information on the inside your vehicle on the dash so it can be seen.
If your driving to the hills then make sure your car if ready, blankets and a spade with some road salt and a flask of hot coffee & tea. - Access to the higher ground and skiing area via the road you may find the snow gates closed this is action taken bythe police when the higher patches are not passable, phone the ski centres or check the local roads for more information.
2018 Fringe Schools Poster Competition!
We believe Scotland’s young people are the future custodians of the Fringe. The Fringe prides itself on its extraordinary ability to applaud diversity, promote inclusivity and inspire courage and creativity in those who take part. This year, we would like children and young people to design a poster for the Fringe. Once again, we will be awarding three winners from three age categories. Other than age, all posters are judged blind, and we are looking for the most creative design that captures the spirit of the Fringe.
Porridge Making Championship 2017
A Swedish woman has been crowned the winner of the 24th World Porridge Making Championships in Carrbridge.
Ellinor Persson won the Golden Spurtle trophy, with fellow Swede Per Carlsson taking the Speciality title.
Competitors came from the USA, Russia, Switzerland, Holland, Iceland, Sweden and across the UK and Ireland.
In the main competition, only oatmeal, salt and water can be used, with the porridge judged on consistency, taste and colour.
Ms Persson, who works in the steel industry, has won the Swedish Traditional Porridge Making Champion title two years in a row. In her spare time she runs food tours in the woods and fields around her local town of Halmstaad in south west Sweden 'Jumping up and down'
She said: "It's a real honour just to compete in the competition, never mind to win. I can't really put how I'm feeling into words, it's just a fantastic feeling.
"I was very excited when Per won the Speciality title and when the judges called out my name as World Champion I couldn't believe it - I was jumping up and down, it was very exciting."
In the "Speciality" competition, oatmeal must be the main ingredient in any sweet or savoury porridge-based dish.
Mr Carlsson impressed judges with his dish Nordic Porridge - Caramel Sweet and Sour, a porridge made with oatmeal, cloudberry liqueur, orange peel and whipped cream, topped with flambéed cloudberries and whipped cream.
Mr Carlsson describes himself as "an extremely devoted porridge maker".
The event is organised by Carrbridge Community Council. Organiser Michelle Green said: "It's been a fantastic day for the competitors, judges, visitors and villagers alike, and we're already looking forward to the 2018 competition, when the Golden Spurtle will be celebrating 25 years as one of Scotland's favourite culinary events."
Origin BBC News Scotland
Found the Old Fox
A COFFIN will be opened by a world-renowned scientist this week to see if it contains the remains of a notorious clan chief executed 270 years ago.
Scottish forensic anthropologist Dame Sue Black and her team will carry out an on-site examination in the crypt of the Wardlaw Mausoleum near Kirkhill to hopefully ascertain once and for all if the bones belong to Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat. Nicknamed the Old Fox, he was the last person to be beheaded in Britain.
TV presenter Dan Snow is also filming at the mausoleum and Culloden Battlefield for his history podcast, Dan Snow’s History Hit.
Lord Lovat was executed in London in 1747 for supporting the Jacobite rebellion and Bonnie Prince Charlie despite previously doing deals with the cause’s enemies.
His body was buried under the floor of a chapel at the Tower of London but, according to the Lovat Fraser clan, it was intercepted by his supporters and brought back to the Highlands where it was laid to rest in his family’s mausoleum.
In recent times, the site has drawn in visitors, with the Old Fox known to fans of the popular Outlander books and television drama as the grandfather of lead character, Jamie Fraser.
Erik Lundberg, custodian of the mausoleum, is looking forward to finally getting some answers on who lies in the coffin.
"It is very exciting," he said. "I have had a 20-year interest in the building and been aware of this question. It has been a bit of a quest and finally, we might be getting an answer. I am reasonably confident it is him."
He said Dame Black and her colleague would "carefully and respectfully" lift the contents from the crypt to carry out an anatomical study, particularly focusing on the top vertabrae on the neck.
"One of Sue’s main skills is that she is an expert in beheadings," Mr Lundberg said. "She will look for axe marks on the vertabrae which can be matched to those of the actual axe in the Tower of London. To my mind, that will be conclusive evidence."
Dame Black will also look for evidence of gout which Simon Fraser suffered from and whether the remains are consistent with a famous portrait by William Hogarth when he was taken to London.
She will also try to extract any DNA samples, although it may not be viable as the remains have been stored in a lead coffin.
The results are expected to be revealed in Inverness in November.
Mr Lundberg hopes the worldwide interest in the story will help to raise £100,000 to carry out vital repairs to the mausoleum.