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  • No excuse for poor mobile phone signal in Kintyre

    The Campbeltown Courier
    cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Pressure is being put on mobile phone companies to immediately improve their poor signal coverage in Kintyre. Extensive research by Mary Galbraith, Argyll and Bute Labour candidate for next year’s general election, has established how simple it would be for EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to use the Airwave – the emergency services network – infrastructure. Read the full report in the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Dropped Scots given whiff of hope

    BBC News - Scotland
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:26 am
    Dropped captain Kelly Brown and other high-profile absentees are given some solace by Scotland coach Vern Cotter.
  • County tops poll for highways improvements

    Berwick Advertiser - News Feed
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Northumberland County Council has been named as the most improved county council in the country for its highways and transportation services.
  • High School students were up to scratch for this title

    Linlithgow Journal and Gazette - News Feed
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:05 am
    Queensferry High School has scored a par-fect win after taking the Edinburgh High School golf title on the very first occasion it entered the competition.
  • Oscar Pistorius sentencing: Live updates as athlete jailed for FIVE years for killing Reeva Steenkamp

    dailyrecord - News
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:29 am
    All the latest updates from court in Pretoria as the Olympic sprinter learns his fate
 
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  • County tops poll for highways improvements

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:38 am
    Northumberland County Council has been named as the most improved county council in the country for its highways and transportation services.
  • Lib Dems push A1 dualling

    21 Oct 2014 | 2:36 am
    Lib Dem campaigner Julie Pörksen has raised the importance of dualling the A1 as a key driver for economic growth in the north east.
  • Wildlife group wants help to monitor grey seal deaths

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    Northumberland Wildlife Trust is asking for help from anyone who may come across a dead seal.
  • Pub break-in at Rennington

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    Police are appealing for information after a burglary at a vacant pub. It happened between 3.15pm on Friday and 8am on Saturday at the Mason’s Arms at Rennington. Major damage was caused but it appears nothing was stolen.
  • Red Lion pair celebrate 25 years

    20 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    A party was held on Saturday night to mark the 25th anniversary of Joan and Paul Angus taking on the Red Lion in Spittal.
 
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    The Campbeltown Courier

  • No excuse for poor mobile phone signal in Kintyre

    cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 10:44 pm
    Pressure is being put on mobile phone companies to immediately improve their poor signal coverage in Kintyre. Extensive research by Mary Galbraith, Argyll and Bute Labour candidate for next year’s general election, has established how simple it would be for EE, O2, Three and Vodafone to use the Airwave – the emergency services network – infrastructure. Read the full report in the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Campbeltown Courier at the Royal National Mod 2014

    cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    Jumping for joy, Emma MacFarlane and Hannah Prill, from Tarbert, won a silver medal in the duet competition for 16 to 18-year-olds at the Royal National Mod in Inverness. Emma also took second place in the solo singing competition for the same age-group. For more Mod coverage and photos see the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014. Also available online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Kidney dialysis campaign must double its funding

    cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    The Kintyre Kidney Dialysis Campaign has learned it must double its original £35,000 fund-raising target to assist in the kidney dialysis unit being set up in Campbeltown. Campaign chairman Councillor Donald Kelly said: ‘I am confident we can raise the £70,000-plus figure’ For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also available online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Campbeltown nursery manager says farewell

    cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Viv Campbell was living in Nottingham and looking for a change of scenery when she took a holiday in Kintyre. Suddenly, she found herself applying for the manager’s job at Campbeltown Nursery Centre. That was in October, 1991 – and now she has just retired after 23 years there. Read her story in the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014, also online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Grammar school keeps eye on Ebola epidemic

    cc
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    The Ebola virus epidemic which has killed thousands in West Africa and is threatening to spread into more countries is being watched very closely by pupils and staff at Campbeltown Grammar. The school is heavily involved in charity work in Gambia and a party of 14 pupils and four staff made a hugely successful aid trip there in February. Campbeltown Grammar’s Agnes Stewart, who is helping oversee the school’s continuing aid work with Gambia told the Courier: ‘We are keeping a very close eye on the situation.’ For the full story see the Campbeltown Courier, October 17 2014,also…
 
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    The Orcadian Online

  • Disruption to ferry services

    newsroom
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:50 am
    Due to worsening weather conditions, Orkney Ferries, Pentland Ferries and Serco Northlink have all announced disruptions to their normal schedules today. Anyone planning on using the ferries is advised to visit the websites of the corresponding service — at www.orkneyferries.co.uk, www.pentlandferries.co.uk or www.northlinkferries.co.uk — for regular updates
  • What you need to know about the council by-election

    Editor
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:11 am
    Orkney Islands Council is reminding people intending to vote in next month’s Kirkwall West and Orphir by-election of some important points to remember. It’s anticipated that a significant number of those who are planning to vote in this election may have voted for the first time in September’s Independence Referendum, so won’t have voted in a [...]
  • Update on Helliar and cancelled crossings

    newsroom
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Serco Northlink has temporarily replaced its freight ship Helliar with the mv Arrow, but have said this afternoon that tonight’s and tomorrow’s sailings have been cancelled in anticipation of bad weather. The Helliar broke down last Monday, with technical difficulties with one of its propellers. A Serco NorthLink Ferries spokesperson said: “We have secured a replacement vessel for [...]
  • Cargo vessel aided by coastguard

    newsroom
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:18 am
    A cargo vessel has been towed in to Scapa Flow after suffering engine failure in the Pentland Firth last night. The Nicola, which has a crew of eight, broke down just off Strathy Point, with the Coastguard tug Herakles sent to her aid after the coastguard were alerted at 10.25pm on Sunday night. The [...]
  • Sky Notes update – Mercury in pre-dawn twilight

    Editor
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Orcadian Sky Notes Update: ‘Golden’ planet Mercury in the pre-dawn twilight late October/early November 2014.
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  • Beware Greeks bearing gifts and the Labour Party bearing promises.

    Bobalot
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Can’t wait for this petition to get delivered. Or why you shouldn’t vote Labour in 2015, 2016 or until the seventh generation. Or why Labour are a treacherous pit of snakes. Labour are no longer the party of the working class, this is clearly shown by their policies and duplicities in the last few years so here’s a quick run down of the most recent ones. 1. Gordon Brown flat out lied to the Scottish people about having concrete powers that had secretly been getting sorted by the three parties in the closing weeks of the referendum. He gambled that people were totally…
  • Who is Maggie Douglas? Part Two

    thegenealogygirl
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Clydebank Townhall.  Photo Credit: Darrin Antrobus – From geograph.org.uk, CC BY-SA 2.0. In Pa
  • George Square

    BloggerPhotography
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Three shots merged into one with a twist of HDR, shaken not stirred! A wet George Square from our recent Glasgow trip.
  • Wolkenmeer [Sea of clouds]

    culturetastic
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Wolkenmeer by Milena Iciek
  • Molly and Breck with his new haircut!

    christiecoull
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Fantastic day for a walk. Windy but we had a lovely time. Got hugs from Molly and Breck looked handsome as ever with his new haircut. Breck got a leaf stuck to his face. Molly found the biggest stick. I look…not my best but hey I’m happy
 
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    Traveling Savage

  • Scotland Itinerary Ideas: Dumfries & Galloway

    Keith Savage
    15 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    Late last year I rolled out a series of Itinerary Ideas articles that each highlighted a different section of Scotland. When I’d written as many as I could, I couldn’t help but notice there were still glaring holes on the map, little wastelands of knowledge here on my site. It was this process that kickstarted the planning of my next trip – I needed to dig into and explore these areas that didn’t have their own articles, and so I hit the road this past spring to ferret out some of the great visitor experiences of southern Scotland. Coming up next – Scotland…
  • Picture This: The Glens of Moniaive

    Keith Savage
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    The high moors of Nithsdale bend the evening light into the narrow glens leading to Moniaive. A thousand years of history nestle in this crease of the southern uplands, the slow green slopes around town protecting it like inverted earthen ramparts. The stones released from the ground have become the battlements of sheep, and yet here and there a lone tree still stands against the pinkening sky. The wind speaks in my ears but the language escapes me. On first blush, this feels like a forgotten place, but after three nights there can be no doubt the memory of Moniaive is strong with those…
  • Caerlaverock Castle’s Ruinous Allure

    Keith Savage
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    The south of Scotland gets horrendously short shrift by the vast majority of visitors. Even Scots tend to go north, perhaps in an attempt to avoid the English pouring over the border (history repeats itself?). I am, of course, kidding – about the English, that is. The south is summarily dismissed by all but the most time-rich and curious travelers. More’s the pity, for, as the scene of many long-remembered battles for Scottish Independence, the south is littered with the ruins of stout fortifications and victimized places of worship. For a history buff like me, the south ranks…
  • State of the Savage: September 2014

    Keith Savage
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    Just last week, one of the most important moments in Scottish history, the independence referendum, came and went. I followed along from my home in Wisconsin by streaming BBC coverage and denting a couple bottles of whisky with friends. As the night wore on and the results came back for each voting area, it became clear that the Scottish people had voted against independence. My friends and I turned down the volume, focused on the Scotch, made plans for future weekends, had a pipe – that sort of thing. It didn’t really hit me until later. Stirlingshire came back against…
  • Yes, No, Maybe the Duke Will Know: A Timely Visit to Drumlanrig Castle

    Keith Savage
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    My time in Moniaive was filled with pleasant surprises, not least the Three Glens Luxury Eco House, which turned out to be one of my favorite accommodations anywhere. Neil and Mary proved to be excellent and friendly hosts, spending their evenings with me and inviting me into their home. One evening before dinner, Neil posed a question I’m likely to hear only once in my lifetime. “Would you like to meet the Duke?” he asked, a big grin on his face. I paused, the glass of Bailie Nicol Jarvie halfway to my mouth. “Um, yes.” I believe those were my words. I’d…
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