Monthly Archives: June 2019

  1. Scotland’s tourism industry in fine health

    Scotland’s tourism industry in fine health

    It can boast Britain’s third oldest university (St Andrew’s 1410) and St Andrew’s the ‘Cathedral of Golf’ is regarded as the oldest golf course in the world. It’s ‘firewater’ Scotch Whisky is exported the world over.

    Steeped in Celtic culture and traditions, its rugged Highland’s and deep lochs, steeped in legend continue to attract visitors from all nations. In 2018 the sound of the pipes attracted a total of 3.4 overseas visitors, generating an impressive £2.4 billion in revenue. Up by 29% on 2017. Visitor numbers from across the UK were also up by 11% on the previous years figures.

    While the UK as a whole saw a a drop of around 2% in visitors from across Europe, Scotland bucked the trend with 29% more visitors from Europe. While England and Wales returned a verdict to leave the EU in .... .

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  2. The enduring appeal of Volkswagen’s ‘Love Bug’

    The enduring appeal of Volkswagen’s ‘Love Bug’

    The Volkswagen Beetles popular appeal has made it one of the most iconic classic cars of all time, immortalised as Disney’s ‘Love Bug’ in Herbie Goes To Monte Carlo and Herbie Goes Bananas, but it’s origins are a far cry from Tinsel Town.

    In 1934 the Nazi government in Germany began developing a car that was affordable and reliable. Dr. Ferdinand Porsche was given the task of designing the Type 1 car. A new company was set up in May, 28, 1937 and changed to ‘Volkswagenwerk Gmbh’ (Peoples Car Works) the following year, with the main factory at Wolfsburg.

    Before production could get underway on the ’Kafer’ (Beetle) war broke out and efforts were diverted to military production. A light general purpose car known as the ‘Kublewagen’ was developed. This was a basic flat panelled version of the Beetle with a retractable canvas top which was the Wehrmacht’s version of the jeep .....

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  3. Sheena Was A Punk Rocker

    Sheena Was A Punk Rocker

    Often hailed as ‘the first punk rock band’, the Ramones came out of New York’s Queen’s area in 1974… Never a big unit shifter, but the Ramones influence was felt across the USA and in the UK. Their main influences came from the garage rock scene of the early seventies.

    That and a smattering of girl bands and sixties surf sounds. Stringing out some long rapsody wasn’t in the Ramones DNA. They embraced the three minute single thrashed out with three chord energy.

    The band comprised of Joey Ramone (Vocals) Johnny Ramone (Guitar) Tommy Ramone (Drums) and Dee Dee Ramone (Bass). Not an actual family relationship, each member traded their actual surnames for that of the band name. Sadly ..

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  4. Is This a Man’s World?

    Is This a Man’s World?

    Throughout history there have been many people who have broken the mould and done immense things.

    Acts of courage, daring, ingenuity and creativity. In every culture, in every corner of the globe there are those who step forward and change the world.

    Has James Brown’s song points out ‘This is a man’s world’, and so greatness as traditionally been bestowed upon the males of our species. But Brown concludes ‘It would be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl’. Anyone who ever got somewhere as had to struggle to achieve their potential, but for women that mountain has been .......

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