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By John Knox On Friday, September 15th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Blackford Pond, my Sea of Tranquility It was a moment of peace in an otherwise rather below par week for me.  Stopping by Blackford Pond, not far my house, has always been a time to find happiness. When the children More...

By John Knox On Tuesday, September 12th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

The Great Michael returns to Newhaven for a relaunch. Leith artist, Frank Forsgard Manclark. It was the week of the Great Relaunch last week. Not since the launching of the Great Michael in 1511 has Scotland set More...

By John Knox On Friday, September 1st, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Is it art or engineering ? Isn’t she beautiful ? Our new bridge over the Forth has won me over with her sheer elegance and white-cabled grace.  I have to admit I was against the whole Queensferry Crossing project More...

By John Knox On Friday, August 25th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Festival fatigue. It’s been a long show but a good one. All good things must come to an end.  I suppose all bad things do as well but this year’s Edinburgh Festival has, I think, been a good one and will More...

By John Knox On Friday, August 18th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Empty classrooms no more. Photo by Allison Meler I see them every morning “creeping like a snail unwillingly to school”. They’re back. The new term began this week for Scotland’s 700,000 school pupils. Some More...

By John Knox On Monday, July 31st, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Undeterred…they’re still coming after 70 years. Edinburgh was an unlikely place for the largest arts festival in the world to begin, 70 years ago. Yet the project has proved an ever record-breaking  More...

By John Knox On Sunday, July 16th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Too many Nessies Right in the middle of the holiday season, worries are beginning to emerge that we are over-doing our tourism industry.  The numbers of tourist trips last year – by overseas visitors and UK visitors More...

By John Knox On Sunday, July 9th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland 

Goat Fell, Arran Island, photo by James StringerThey say the island of Arran represents Scotland in miniature. If so, I have just been cycling round this virtual Scotland without ever leaving the Firth of Clyde. More...

By John Knox On Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
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Bridgend farmhouse wins heritage grant

Renovating Bridgend and its memories The fascinating history behind Bridgend farmhouse is going to be brought to life, thanks to a substantial grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  People who once worked on the More...

By John Knox On Friday, June 30th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

This week we launched the UK’s biggest ever warship, the 65,000 tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth. It slid gently out of its dock at Rosyth and squeezed under the new Forth Bridge…another recent icon More...