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    Electric Scotland News

    Looks like we may be set for a Donald Trump presidency in the USA and also a Conservative win in Canada in their next elections. The UK looks like going the other way with a potential Labour win in the next UK election.

    According to the Guardian polls show Trump maintaining a significant lead in South Carolina, so it is unclear how that primary might reshape the dynamics of the race. After Trump’s wins in Iowa and New Hampshire, more and more Republican lawmakers are lining up to endorse him. Despite Haley’s claims to the contrary, Democrats also clearly believe the Republican presidential primary is effectively over, and they are already turning their attention to the general election.

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    News Bias
    I noted Jordon Peterson in Canada talking about how hard it is to get unbiased news these days. The main stream press is biased but also when Facebook and Twitter banned Trump from their platforms that also made me consider their bias as well so social media is also an issue when seeking unbiased news.

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    All snow now gone in Chatham with rain washing it away.


    Scottish News from this weeks newspapers

    I am partly doing this to build an archive of modern news from and about Scotland and world news stories that can affect Scotland and as all the newsletters are archived and also indexed on search engines it becomes a good resource. I might also add that in a number of newspapers you will find many comments which can be just as interesting as the news story itself and of course you can also add your own comments if you wish which I do myself from time to time.

    Here is what caught my eye this week...

    Trump wins 2024 New Hampshire primary as Haley vows to continue fight
    Trump's win in the Granite State dealt a blow to Haley's efforts to unite an anti-Trump coalition of moderate Republicans and independents capable of slowing his march to the nomination.

    Read more at:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...pshire-primary

    McMafia: inside the SNP's secret state
    The UK Covid Inquiry has now moved to Edinburgh and the level of gangsterism and duplicity it has exposed at the heart of the SNP is shocking. But this will have come as no surprise to Scots who have become used to their government covering up bad leadership in the pursuit of independence at all costs.

    Read more at:
    https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/...-secret-state/

    Scotland's tastiest Scotch pie crowned as baker crowned best of the best
    The winners of the annual World Championship Scotch Pie Awards have been announced, with a beloved Perth and Kinross butcher taking home the top prize at the ceremony.

    Read more at:
    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/scotla...owned-31918348

    Why we need a New Deal for Parents
    From Neil’s Substack

    Read more at:
    https://www.neilobrien.co.uk/p/why-w...al-for-parents

    Jordan Peterson: I Can't Hold This Inside Anymore
    Join Jordan Peterson as he dissects the leadership of Justin Trudeau, addressing Trudeau's rise to power on the coattails of his father's legacy. Peterson criticizes Trudeau's governance, questioning his merits and highlighting the consequences for Canada. Get ready for a no-holds-barred analysis of Trudeau's leadership style and the impact on
    Canadian institutions.

    Watch this at:
    https://youtu.be/OirxHcQCYnc?si=C_JdF-jf_CTrwmmB

    Sunak vows that Ukraine will never be alone as he pledges 2.5bn package
    It is the UK's largest annual commitment since Russia's full invasion of Ukraine in February 2022.

    Read more at:
    https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-67954152

    Scots pubs closing at twice the rate of boozers in England
    Landlords have called for the Scottish Government to help as dozens of community pubs across the country call last orders.

    Read more at:
    https://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/p...-rate-31922213

    The Future of The Scottish Health System
    Prevention, Precision & Personalisation

    Read more at:
    https://ourscottishfuture.org/the-fu...rsonalisation/

    Britain’s deadly new laser weapon that can cut through targets at the speed of light
    Defence Secretary hails new addition to military arsenal in interview with Express.co.uk.

    Read more at:
    https://www.express.co.uk/news/polit...e-weapon-laser

    Conrad Black: Liberals taxing Canadians into oblivion
    We are obviously facing an economic growth crisis

    Read more at:
    https://archive.is/0u0NH#selection-1905.0-1905.49

    The Revolution of German Farmers
    Dr. Jordan B. Peterson speaks with German farmer Anthony Lee and journalist Eva Vlaardingerbroek. They discuss the ongoing farmers' protest, the war on efficient agriculture, what is now being panned as the failed German state, the ludicrous net-zero goals creating excess electric vehicles while cutting off the generation of power, and how a grassroots movement can make genuine change at the local and national levels.

    Watch this at:
    https://youtu.be/LR2Yx7jV-H8?si=kHNWETZPEOkSCaoU

    Dr. Jordan Peterson; freedom in Canada is gone
    Dr. Peterson talks about the lack of freedom in Canada, his future, and whether he will go ahead with remedial social media training.

    Watch this at:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5QgPiTXHG8


    Electric Canadian

    History of the Grange in Canada
    By Members of the Dominion Grange (1876) (pdf)

    You can read this at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/tran...ure/grange.pdf

    The Gateway
    Official Publication of the Students Union of the University of Alberta, October 4, 1940 (pdf) Includes an article on "Canada's Debt to Scotch Pioneers".

    You can read this issue at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/maga...1940100401.pdf

    Correspondence respecting the North-West Territory and British Columbia
    To an Address of the House of Commons, dated 17th March, 1868; for Copy of all Correspondence had with the Government respecting the North-West Territory, including British Columbia, since the 5th December, 1867. By Command. Hector L. Langevin, Secretary of State. (pdf)

    You can read this at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/hist...espondence.pdf

    Canadian Veterans of the War of 1812
    Edited, with an Introduction, by Eric Jonasson (1981) (pdf) (Note: Difficult to read)

    You can read this at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/forc...rans00unse.pdf

    The Canadian Corps in the Great War
    A Learning Organization in Action, A Monograph, by Maj David G. Fearon, Canadian Army (2016) (pdf)

    You can read this at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/forc...dianCorps2.pdf

    Thoughts on a Sunday Morning - the 21st of January 2024 - Values
    By the Rev. Nola Crewe

    You can watch this at:
    http://www.electricscotland.org/foru...ry-2024-values

    Canada's Fertile Northland
    A Glimpse of the enormous resources of part of the unexplored regions of the Dominion - Evidence heard before a select committee of the Senate of Canada during the Parliamentary Session of 1906-7, and the report based thereon, edited by Captain Ernest J. Chambers, Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod (1907) (pdf)

    You can read this book at:
    http://www.electriccanadian.com/tran...no0000unse.pdf


    Electric Scotland

    The Life Story of Aunt Janet
    Authoress of “Aunt Janet’s Legacy” by George Lewis (1902) (pdf)

    You can read this book at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...00lewiuoft.pdf

    Riverside Rambles of an Edinburgh Angler
    By Duncan Fraser, First President of the Edinburgh Saturday Angling Club (1895) (pdf)

    You can read this book at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...rgh_angler.pdf

    Glimpses of Peebles
    Or Forgotten Chapters in its History by the Rev. Alex. Williamson, FSAScot (1895) (pdf)

    You can read this book at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...00willuoft.pdf

    Deloitte Attitude To Trade Survey 2024
    Our Attitudes to Trade Survey 2024 finds that business sentiment towards UK trade policy is generally positive and in many areas has improved notably from our last survey in early 2023 (pdf)

    You can read this report at:
    https://electricscotland.com/indepen...urvey-2024.pdf

    Scotland Closely Monitors Brexit Developments
    Brexit seems a lifetime ago. The 2016 EU referendum vote to leave Europe (but not by Scotland voters) still has economists remaining in a 50-50 split as to the advantages or otherwise. This is to be expected, given the old chestnut - if you place two economists in a room you come out with three opinions.

    You can read this article at:
    https://electricscotland.com/magee/article003.htm

    An Interview with Sir Tom Devine
    Sir Thomas Martin Devine and, Kevin J. James with contributions from, Gavin Hughes, Andrew P. Northey, Dylan Parry-Lai and Wilda Thumm (2023) (pdf)

    You can read this at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...tom-devine.pdf

    The Church in the House
    Or Primitive Christianity as Exhibited in the Acts of the Apostles by William Arnot, Minister of the Free Church in Edinburgh (1875) (pdf)

    You can read this book at:
    https://electricscotland.com/bible/c...ouse00arno.pdf

    The Country and Church of the Cheeryble Brothers
    By the Rev. W. Hume Elliot (1893) (pdf)

    You can read this book at:
    https://electricscotland.com/bible/c...00elliiala.pdf

    Jury Out On Independent Scots Currency
    Fresh talk of a Scots pound brings to mind Scotland's traditional monetary values that, some might say, are perhaps rather old fashioned and ill-suited to a digital era. Not so. They're needed more than ever. As for an independent currency, not so sure. By Bill Magee

    You can read this article at:
    https://electricscotland.com/magee/article002.htm


    Story

    DONALD MACGILLIVRAY

    We are pleased to be able to present our readers this month with a portrait of Mr. Donald MacGillivray, who has just been elected as Honorary Secretary of the Gaelic Society of London.

    Few Highlanders are better known among his countrymen south of the border than the subject of this sketch. A son of the late Mr. John Macgillivray, schoolmaster, Muir of Ord, he was born at Highfield, Ross-shire, in 1871. Leaving home in 1887, he went to Inverness, where he served for three years as a pupil with Mr. Duncan Cameron, architect and surveyor. From Inverness Mr. Macgillivray proceeded to Lancashire in 1890. During his two years in Blackburn he succeeded in rallying his fellow Scots and was mainly instrumental in founding the Blackburn Caledonian Society, which still exists and flourishes. But Blackburn to the young Highlander was merely a stepping stone on the road to London, and in November of 1892 he came to the metropolis, and at once threw himself into the Highland movement. It speaks volumes for Mr. Macgillivray’s charm of manner and the contagion of his enthusiasm, that in practically six months after his arrival in London, he founded the London Highland Athletic Club, of which he was honorary secretary and treasurer, and of the associated annual Highland Gathering, until February, 1898, when, to the great regret of the Club and of his friends generally, he had to resign on account of his health. Mr. Macgillivray, however, as chairman of committee, still guides in a great measure the destinies of the Club. The subject of this sketch is himself no mean athlete, being able to throw the 16 lb. hammer well over 100 feet. He is equally at home on the dancing platform, where he has taken first honours on more than one occasion.

    Mr. Macgillivray has also served as captain and honorary captain of the London Camanachd Club, is a member of committee of the London Inverness-shire Association, and was one of the committee of the Highland Societies which presented Colonel Macdonald, of Omdurman fame, with a sword of honour.

    For eight years Mr. Macgillivray wore the Queen’s uniform as a volunteer, having served in the 1st V.B. Cameron Highlanders, as well as in London’s crack corps, the London Scottish Rifle Volunteers.

    But though a keen and enthusiastic Highlander, athlete, and volunteer, Mr. Macgillivray has been by no means neglectful of his professional interests. High as his name stands among his countrymen for his work connected with the societies, his name is more distinguished still as an architect. On many occasions his designs and schemes have secured large premiums and taken first places in open competitions. Among other public buildings, he designed the Hammersmith Town Hall and the Leyton Town Hall and Technical Institute. He also Secured a premium for his design for the Bury Art Gallery and Technical Institute. Mr. Macgillivray is now entrusted with the designs, etc., for the public buildings of at least two of the London Vestries.

    Such then is a brief sketch of Mr. Donald Macgillivray, but it is at best but a fragmentary outline of the career of one of the cleverest young Highlanders in the metropolis, a man whom his friends expect to do greater things yet. All who know him admit his charm of manner, his courtesy, and his modesty, both as regards his work for the societies and his professional work, and it is these traits which endear him to the hearts of his many friends.

    The London Gaelic Society is to be heartily congratulated on the election of Mr. Macgillivray as honorary secretary of their ancient society. A Gaelic scholar, a gentleman, a man of brains, of infinite tact, he will make an ideal secretary, and we are sure that under his regime the annual Gaelic concert will increase in popularity and the society flourish even more than of yore.

    Wm. C. Galbraith.

    Would also recommend you read The Celtic Monthly of 1900 where we took this story from as there are many grand stories for you to read. You can read it at:
    https://electricscotland.com/history...monthly08a.pdf


    END

    Weekend is almost here and hope it's a good one for you.

    Alastair


  • #2
    I hope you're able to attend a decent Burns Night event Alastair. Enjoy!

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    • #3
      Thanks Nick... I just listened to the Burns night from the SI that we have on the site. Brought back great memories of creating it in Scotland.

      Did you manage to attend one?

      Alastair

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      • #4
        Sadly, the local organizing group took a break this year and the next closest event was sixty miles away, so I didn't have time to get there. I made it to both last year, so guess on average I'm okay but also had to settle for virtual this year.

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