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November 30, 2013

Update: More reported killed in Scotland bar collapse, investigation ongoing

  • 120+ the number of people in a Glasgow pub at the time when a police helicopter hit the building, severely damaging the roof.
  • eight the number of people killed, according to the most recent report from the BBC. That includes all three people aboard the helicopter.
  • 14 the number of people currently in the hospital with serious injuries due to the incident. It’s not clear if more are injured, with Police Scotland Chief Constable Sir Stephen House putting the situation like this: “This is a complex and ongoing rescue operation. It will not be a quick operation. It is a very complicated and indeed dangerous scene.” source
13:57 // 4 months ago
It was fairly busy, we were all having a nice time and then there was like a ‘whoosh’ noise. There was no bang, no explosion and then there was what seemed like smoke and we were all joking that the band had made the roof come down, and then it started to come down more and someone started screaming, and the whole pub filled with dust and you couldn’t see anything, you couldn’t breathe.
Eyewitness Grace MacLean • Describing an incident at a Glasgow pub last night in which a helicopter crashed into the roof—an incident that led to the death of one person and the injuries of at least 32 others. (Authorities expect the death toll to increase.) The helicopter, owned by Scottish police, destroyed part of the roof while a large number of people were inside.
8:42 // 4 months ago
July 3, 2012
Nutritionally-balanced pizza set to debut in the UK; fish and chips coming soon!
Professor Mike Lean, from Glasgow University’s human nutrition department, has partnered with businessman Donnie Maclean to create and market a truly healthy frozen pizza. By modifying traditional recipes with some modern ingredients — like using seaweed in the dough to cut down on sodium —  Professor Lean says the two have perfected a recipe which is safe to eat three meals a day. Every day. Forever. Of course, the two don’t recommend doing so, but they stand behind the claim and say their pizzas taste just as good if not better than their competition. It’s worth noting, though, that their competition is named “Tombstone.” (Photo via BBC News) source
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Professor Mike Lean, from Glasgow University’s human nutrition department, has partnered with businessman Donnie Maclean to create and market a truly healthy frozen pizza. By modifying traditional recipes with some modern ingredients — like using seaweed in the dough to cut down on sodium —  Professor Lean says the two have perfected a recipe which is safe to eat three meals a day. Every day. Forever. Of course, the two don’t recommend doing so, but they stand behind the claim and say their pizzas taste just as good if not better than their competition. It’s worth noting, though, that their competition is named “Tombstone.” (Photo via BBC News) source

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14:11 // 1 year ago
May 20, 2012
Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi dies at 60
He outlived the Libyan regime: In the late 1980s, al-Megrahi, the security chief for Libyan Arab Airlines, worked covertly for Libya’s Jamahiriya Security Organization, giving him knowledge of the weaknesses that many airliners have — which allowed him to know how to place a suitcase bomb on an airliner. That plane, Pan-Am flight 103, exploded, causing the deaths of 270 people over and around Lockerbie, Scotland — one of the worst terror attacks in history. While there is some question as to whether al-Megrahi was innocent (he was linked via forensic evidence after an international manhunt), he was convicted in the bombing, which also played a role in the eventual demise of Pan Am airlines. All that would be surprising on its own — but in 2009 came another surprise, when a Scottish court allowed al-Megrahi, suffering from terminal prostate cancer, to return home to Libya. He was expected to live three months. He lived almost three years — long enough to see the demise of the Gaddafi regime which he’ll forever be associated with. (photo by Manoocher Deghati/AFP/Getty Images)

Convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdel Basset al-Megrahi dies at 60

He outlived the Libyan regime: In the late 1980s, al-Megrahi, the security chief for Libyan Arab Airlines, worked covertly for Libya’s Jamahiriya Security Organization, giving him knowledge of the weaknesses that many airliners have — which allowed him to know how to place a suitcase bomb on an airliner. That plane, Pan-Am flight 103, exploded, causing the deaths of 270 people over and around Lockerbie, Scotland — one of the worst terror attacks in history. While there is some question as to whether al-Megrahi was innocent (he was linked via forensic evidence after an international manhunt), he was convicted in the bombing, which also played a role in the eventual demise of Pan Am airlines. All that would be surprising on its own — but in 2009 came another surprise, when a Scottish court allowed al-Megrahi, suffering from terminal prostate cancer, to return home to Libya. He was expected to live three months. He lived almost three years — long enough to see the demise of the Gaddafi regime which he’ll forever be associated with. (photo by Manoocher Deghati/AFP/Getty Images)

10:57 // 1 year ago
May 10, 2012

Ye olde forcaste calls for showers: Charles and Camilla paid a visit to BBC TV Scotland for the station’s 60th anniversary on Thursday. Check out the video to see the Prince of Wales read a script that included many historical sites in Scotland. source

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23:34 // 1 year ago
November 30, 2011

It’s estimated that 300,000 people participated in the public sector strike in Scotland today, an action in protest of proposed changes to the state’s pension system which could force workers to pay in at a higher rate, and work more years before reaching retirement.  source

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20:36 // 2 years ago
October 25, 2011

Take a moment of your time to reblog this, to show respect for the man who was beaten and burnt to death for being gay.

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Rest In Peace Stuart Walker. A 28 year old, gay man who was beaten and tied to a lamp-post at the earlier hours of Saturday morning. He was then set on fire, and burnt to death. Homosexuality is found in over 400 species, homophobia is found in one. So, which is natural now?

This made me tear up. I don’t want to understand people anymore.

For those needing context, The Telegraph has more about this awful story.

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1:36 // 2 years ago
May 24, 2011
Ryanair flies plane through Iceland’s volcanic ash to prove it’s safe
How badly does Ryanair want to fly in this mess? Well, the ultra-cheap airline, which is trying to argue that the air plume from the Iceland volcano isn’t that bad, just sent a test plane through the thickest part of the plume for an hour. To put it simply, the plane got through OK, which means that now RyanAir is really arguing that officials allow airlines to fly their passenger planes through this murky soup. Look, we know your entire business model relies on tight profit margins, Ryanair, but is this really how you want to save money? (amazing eruption photo via NASA Goddard Photo and Video’s Flickr page) source
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How badly does Ryanair want to fly in this mess? Well, the ultra-cheap airline, which is trying to argue that the air plume from the Iceland volcano isn’t that bad, just sent a test plane through the thickest part of the plume for an hour. To put it simply, the plane got through OK, which means that now RyanAir is really arguing that officials allow airlines to fly their passenger planes through this murky soup. Look, we know your entire business model relies on tight profit margins, Ryanair, but is this really how you want to save money? (amazing eruption photo via NASA Goddard Photo and Video’s Flickr page) source

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11:17 // 2 years ago