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By John Knox On Saturday, June 17th, 2017
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Letter from Scotland

Dark clouds over the buttercups A cycle ride through the corn and buttercup fields of Fife, the other day, reminded me of the real world, beyond the politics of Brexit and the shenanigans at Westminster.  Here More...

By John Knox On Saturday, September 17th, 2016
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Letter from Scotland

Leaping wildlife…not always It’s so good to hear from my wildlife friends that they’ve seen 30 or 40 dolphins in the Firth of Forth in recent days.  They describe, with great excitement, how these large More...

By John Knox On Friday, July 1st, 2016
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Letter from Scotland

Great crested grebes enjoying family life. Down at my local nature reserve, at the foot of Arthur’s Seat, we were rather proud of our family of great crested grebes. It was just the second year we had seen them More...

By John Knox On Friday, March 18th, 2016
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Letter from Scotland

Rabbits not for turning I’m told that Scotland’s rabbit population is in sharp decline due to a devastating new virus. The James Hutton Institute reckons we are down to our last million.  But on Wednesday the More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016
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Holyrood to consult on Air Passenger Duty

The Scottish Government has announced that it will now consult on the reform or abolition of Air Passenger Duty. It seems to have been a long time coming, but finally the tax is to be devolved to Holyrood. The More...

By John Knox On Friday, February 19th, 2016
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Letter from Scotland

Much ado about ” in” or “out”. Mention the word “referendum” in Scotland and you’d better duck behind the stockade because the empty Irn Bru cans will come flying. But it looks like More...

By John Knox On Friday, February 12th, 2016
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Letter from Scotland

Cooking with gas, Shetland This week we started pumping gas out of the seabed west of Shetland. It’s a huge and pioneering operation. Four sub-sea wells have been drilled at depths of 600 metres in stormy waters More...

By John Knox On Saturday, January 9th, 2016
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Letter from Scotland

Noah looks for an end to the floods The year has begun with rain storms of almost biblical proportions, at least for us in the so-called “temperate” part of the planet. We have endured Storm Frank and Storm More...

By John Knox On Friday, November 27th, 2015
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Letter from Scotland

May the spirit of St Andrew be with you. According to the Gospels, it was St Andrew who suggested Jesus might like to feed five thousand people with a wee boy’s lunch of five loaves and two small fishes.  Earlier More...

By Phyllis Stephen On Thursday, June 25th, 2015
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Future of Green Investment Bank called into question

The Deputy First Minister says that the future of the Green Investment Bank must be guaranteed, despite plans by the UK Government to privatise it. The UK Government has announced plans to begin the process of moving More...

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