During the 2015 statutory bathing season (all of 107 days from 1 June to 15 September), SEPA monitored Scotland's 84 official EU designated bathing waters. These run alphabetically from from Aberdour (Silversands) graded Excellent through to Yellow Craig graded poor.
The ‘like’ or thumbs up style button will be complimented soon by a “dislike” or thumbs down graphic. Apparently it is reported that Mark Zuckerberg CEO and co-founder feels it is important to give people more options than just like. But hey you can always comment (or simply ignore the faces of others!!)
Anyone who loves their library, must look in awed wonder at the offering from the USA's Sacramento Public Library becoming a LOT (Library of Things). Will Scottish libraries ever have the courage and finances to put such a Library of Things in place?
Following globally acclaimed ‘Wheel of Life’ and ‘Kung Fu Masters’ tours, the Shaolin Monks return to London with a new show simply titled SHAOLIN. Twenty Shaolin monks will take to the stage to demonstrate their martial arts expertise in an awe-inspiring performance.
Orkney is named the best place in the UK to raise children according to the 2015 Bank of Scotland Children’s Quality of Life Survey. Bank of Scotland also runs the Orkney Disability Forum, a Stronsay Parent and Toddler Group and has a presence in Stromness and Kirkwall
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
HSBC showed less than impeccable timing when it reported a computer glitch today, Friday, which reports Reuters, it said prevented some of its British business customers from making payments, and thus leaving thousands of workers without wages ahead of a three-day weekend.
Historic Scotland has responded to the convincing persuasions of the determined campaign that sees listed amongst Scotland’s National Monuments, the gypsy travellers’ meeting and wedding place in west Cowal, known as The Tinkers’ Heart.
Scotland has launched its first ever Ice Cream Trail (from Kirkwall to Castle Douglas) designed to celebrate and promote one of the nation’s favourite dairy delicacies. Everyone can enjoy this new edible adventure, which highlights over 100 different ice cream businesses, from Kirkwall to Castle Douglas all selling homemade ice cream.
Although Gaberlunzie has never been into taking selfies, he does find it quite an amusing sideline activity thanks to the ubiquitous smart phone. But its hats off to NASA and Corey S. Powell @coreyspowell
Gaberlunzie is impressed by the DxO’s ONE recently-announced “connected camera,” that has just been awarded the prestigious EISA Award for 2015-2016 in the category of "Best European Photo Innovation". The European Image and Sound Association, more than 15 of the biggest photography magazines through Europe, praised the design of DxO’s first ever camera, as well as the company’s ability to go beyond the conventional approach when creating a camera of this quality.
If ever Gaberlunzie longed to be a fly on the wall, the 3rd HLF (Heidelberg Laureate Forum), from August 23-28 is where scientists and the ethical challenges of computational science will be aired at the multi-faceted discussion on Big Data and resolving challenges produced by computational science.
Gaberlunzie, always moth to spectacular flame, would draw your attention to two spectaculars. The manmade is the US-China Renewable Energy Partnership (USCREP) the Huanghe Qinghai Delingha Solar Thermal Power Project and from your nearest dark place go and watch the Perseids meteor shower.
For Argyll is one of those splendidly sound Scottish web sites, with the most stunning photography. Its site is placed well alongside the company of Rampant or Reform Scotland. It has now quietly got itself a revamped into such elegance, that Gaberlunzie is almost licking the screens!!
Why is Google trying to wipe itself out of use by its original supporters? Gaberlunzie, busy with a lot of things, trying to make ends meet, is greeted on a Sunday morning by Chrome refusing to link him to his email box and despite a decade of a gmail address, have a new one thrust upon him and only managing to get on with things by using Safari!!
The issue of outages and internet break-in are the bread and butter of the security industry and the occasion of sometime great furies from the public plagued by issues they are quite incapable of sorting or fixing.
Gaberlunzie lays down a brief blog and his one white camellia of 2015 on, alas,
the day when the pink paper (early recognition that many dyslexics read print better in a pale pink background) that redoubtable and magnificent "Financial Mail" has moved into Nikkei stables in Japan.
Gaberlunzie is awed by the thorough approach adopted here. Shown below, is an actual letter sent to a bank by an 86 year old lady. The bank manager thought it sufficiently amusing enough to have it published in "The Times."
An Infographic that illustrates UK’s litter is worth £1billion pounds has emerged! Alongside it comes a game to play. Just how nimble are you at picking up litter?? Gaberlunzie tried it and got stuck at some early level that involved retrieving a bit of bubble gum packet. He suspects that later levels may actually include gum and cigarette buts, so has undeftly bowed out!! But he does feel that street and countryside litter is way beyond price and a gaming approach, as a major issue that needs to have everyone on side.
Gaberlunzie ponders really lovely IT jobs in the Academic and University sectors and offers alternatives to Google as an information search engine as Google seems to be determined to ignore editorial and rather focus on its own advertisements. But he hastens to point out that for graphic search Google still holds peer position.
Gaberlunzie is sure that not many people will have missed the latest lullaby music. People since time immemorial have been dozing off in concert halls, reports Reuters on the British composer Max Richter who has written an eight-hour-long piece called "SLEEP" which he says is designed to make people nod off during the performance -- with beds provided.
For anyone concerned over the inability to attract women into computing and science disciplines, the "New York Times" Opinion page on"What its Like as a 'Girl' in the Lab" contributed by the molecular biologist Sarah Clatterbuck Soper, probably says it all.
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