What we discovered this week…
Matt Hancock on I’m a Celeb
FORMER well being minister Matt Hancock managed one thing which has appeared unattainable in latest months when he united the Westminster political firmament after confirming he had signed up to participate within the new sequence of I’m a Celeb…
Nevertheless, Hancock’s resolution solely served because the catalyst for derision and disdain from even his personal colleagues and he instantly had the whip suspended.
Ian Houlder, a Conservative councillor, accused Hancock of getting “no disgrace”, whereas Tory MP Tim Loughton stated his occasion colleague had been an “absolute prat”. Sadly, these have been the kinder feedback about his imminent flirtation with Ant and Dec and no matter excruciating insect-chomping trials they’ve devised for him in Australia.
FIREWORKS have been withdrawn from sale in any respect Asda, Tesco and Morrisons shops in Dundee after footage of riots in Kirkton have been broadcast internationally and varied commentators described the scenes as resembling Beirut or Baghdad.
Pyrotechnics have been thrown at law enforcement officials and automobiles throughout an evening of dysfunction on Halloween which was branded “shameful” and “disgraceful” by metropolis officers.
On Tuesday, Joe FitzPatrick, the MSP for Dundee Metropolis West, contacted Asda, which has a retailer in Kirkton, asking for fireworks gross sales to be halted, which they agreed to do with “rapid impact”. However the injury had been achieved.
Fireworks withdrawn from sale at Dundee supermarkets after Kirkton riots
Tributes to Peter de Savary
TRIBUTES have been paid, following the dying at 78, of Peter de Savary, one of the vibrant and flamboyant figures within the historical past of Highland possession.
He acted as my host at Skibo Fortress on the time of the well-known Madonna/Man Ritchie marriage ceremony, but it surely was a measure of his act-now-think-later character that he acquired the constructing virtually on a whim. Legend has it that, whereas driving within the area, he noticed it within the distance and instructed his spouse: “I simply have a sense that if I get out of this automotive, I’m going to purchase this fortress. And I don’t want to purchase a fortress.” However he did.
ADELE is among the most well-known figures on the planet, but individuals have been mispronouncing her identify for years. However now she has clarified: “It’s Ah, not Uh.”
The singer-songwriter was talking in the US when the topic cropped up and praised a fan who stated it appropriately on the primary strive.
She stated: “Love that. She stated my identify completely. The right pronunciation is ‘Ah-dell’ and never ‘Uh-dell”. Good work. It’s solely taken about 15 years to kind that out.
Calvin Ramsay’s desires come true
FORMER Aberdeen defender Calvin Ramsay stated it was a “dream come true” to make his Liverpool debut in the Champions League. The 19-year-old was launched in its place within the 87th minute of Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat of Napoli at Anfield.
And his household have been within the stadium to look at the right-back carry out for the six-time European champions after becoming a member of them in a club-record switch from the Dons.
Ramsay instructed the Liverpool FC web site: “It’s one thing I’ve dreamed of as a little bit child. To really be enjoying within the Champions League is simply superb.”
Street upkeep staff dealing with abuse
ROAD upkeep staff are being supplied with bodycams and particular alarms to take care of harmful and abusive motorists. Highways operator Bear Scotland confirmed that its staff risked harm and even dying when unauthorised automobiles drove recklessly into their coned-off work websites.
They revealed this had occurred when drivers jumped pink lights or tried to race via site visitors administration set-ups and workers additionally confronted verbal and bodily abuse, with one worker, Duncan Crilley, primarily based in Corpach close to Fort William, being struck by a bottle of urine that was thrown from a shifting automotive.
Britain’s highest railway
BRITAIN’S highest railway may very well be again in service once more in 2023 – virtually 5 years after structural issues shut it down, because the prelude to interminable delays.
The Scottish Government has offered £16m in the direction of the price of fixing the Cairngorm Funicular, owned by public physique Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the latter organisation stated there was a chance it may very well be out there through the imminent snowsports season, if work to get it operational once more progresses as deliberate.
The funicular connects a base station with a restaurant and a ski space a little bit matter of 1,097m (3,599ft) up Cairn Gorm mountain close to Aviemore.
Orkney Islands Council’s new chief government
ON the topic of delays, it has solely taken two years, 58 failed candidates and an exhaustive interview course of for Orkney Islands Council to discover a new chief government.
The appointment of Oliver Reid was introduced this week by the native authority, who have to be relieved after being unable to discover a appropriate candidate through the first three rounds of interviews, whereas spending greater than £20,000 on their search.
Elon Musk row with Stephen King
MULTI-multi-billionaire Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter bought off to a rocky begin when he discovered himself in a public row with horror author Stephen King.
Musk, who’s discussing charging individuals with blue ticks on the social media platform, responded to King’s risk to stroll away with the phrases: “We have to pay the payments one way or the other! Twitter can not rely completely on advertisers. How about $8?”
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[What We Learned this week… Matt Hancock’s trip to Australia and Adele’s name]