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Enjoyed my trip to Toronto over the weekend and early part of this week. The weather was great and I got to visit the Aviator restaurant which is Alex & Verities new place where they also have a very nice 3 bedroom apartment upstairs which is to be given to Alex's mother. They have wee cards on the tables which are meant to be used as talking points for their clients to discuss and so help to break the ice if you are on a first date. Learn more about it at:


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Scottish News from this weeks newspapers
Note that this is a selection and more can be read in our ScotNews feed on our index page where we list news from the past 1-2 weeks. I am partly doing this to build an archive of modern news from and about Scotland as all the newsletters are archived and also indexed on Google and other search engines. I might also add that in newspapers such as the Guardian, Scotsman, Courier, etc. 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.

Sterling crisis? What crisis?
Even if sterling remains weak, a more competitive currency has significant economic benefits too

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Sir Malcolm Rifkind on China, Trump and the ‘real risk’ to the UK
Our guest this week is a true heavyweight of the British political scene.

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The Revival of European Identity Politics
It isn't just nationalism subnational groups are reasserting themselves, posing a challenge to the clumsy EU.

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Will H Ogilvie
How a Borders boy became a leading bush poet

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The primary school teacher taking fun lessons beyond the classroom
There's rarely a dull moment in Blair Minchin's classroom - where fun is a mandatory ingredient for his lesson plans.

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New domestic abuse laws
More than 400 crimes recorded

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Inveraray crowned piping world champions in Glasgow
They saw off their nearest rivals, last year's winners, Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band from Northern Ireland.

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Conservatives take 14 percent point lead over Labour - Kantar poll
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party has opened up a 14 percentage point lead over the opposition Labour Party as Johnson’s tougher stance on Brexit wins back supporters

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Europe's defence - high on ambition, low on capability
France and Germany damage their own interests by eschewing US-UK defence initiatives

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What is the UK's Single Market?
What Brexit will mean for the UK’s trading relationships with the EU and the rest of the world remains an open question. But there is one thing of which we can be certain: whatever happens, free trade within the United Kingdom will continue as before.

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Many wanted him to fail, but Boris Johnson triumphed in Berlin
Mr Johnson passed with flying colours. More than that he pulled off a diplomatic triumph. He was charming, good-humoured, and got on far better than expected with the veteran German Chancellor.

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GERS 2019 and indyref2
The size of Scotland’s inherited fiscal deficit, and how best to deal with it is likely to remain a highly relevant issue if the prospect of a second independence referendum rises.

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Pictish occupation of Aberdeenshire hill fort confirmed
Radiocarbon samples submitted by the university's Northern Picts project have now confirmed Pictish occupation in the 7th and 8th centuries AD.

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Electric Canadian

The Canadian Horticulturist
45 (1922) can be read at:

This is the final issue I was able to find.

The Canadian Printer and Publisher
January 1919 can be read at:

More copies are available on the Internet archive in our Magazines section.

Forest Preservation in Canada (pdf)
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A German Traveller in Upper Canada in 1837
Translation from the German by the Hon. William Renwick Riddell (pdf) and you can read this at:

Down the Yukon and up the MacKenzie 3,2OO Miles by Foot and Paddle
By William Ogilvie (pdf)

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Recollections of a Police Magistrate
By Colonel George T. Denison (1920) (pdf)

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Pioneers of Menard and Mason Counties
Made up of personal reminiscenses of an early life in Menard county, which we gathered in a Salem life from 1830 to 1840, and a Petersburg life from 1840 to 1850; including personal reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln and Peter Cartright by T. G. Onstot (1902) (pdf)

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Deeds of Heroism and Bravery
The Book of Heroes and Personal Daring, Introduction by Rupert Hughes, edited by Elwyn A. Barron (1920) (pdf)

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Will H. Ogilvie
Scottish-Australian narrative poet and horseman, jackaroo, and drover. I discovered him when reading the BBC article and so here is some additional information about him which you can read at:

The Life and Times of Prince Charles Stuart, Count of Albany
Commonly called the Young Pretender from the State Papers and other Sources by Alex. Charles Ewald, F.S.A. (1904) (pdf)

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Alexander Waugh
With selections from his Epistolary Correspondence, Pulpit Recollections, &c., by The Rev. James Hay, D.D., and the Late Rev. Henry Belfrage, D.D. (Third Edition) (1839)

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The Popular Superstitions and Festive Ammusements of the Highlanders of Scotland
By W. Grant Stewart (1823) (pdf)

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Proceedings of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
Volume 1, December 1832 to May 1844 (pdf)

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Home Preacher
Got up the service for week 2 which is by Dr. Vaughan. at:

The Fringes of Fife
New and Enlarged edition by John Geddies (1921) (pdf)

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The Story

Celebration of Gaelic music and culture at north Skye fčis
In excess of 50 children took part in this year’s Fčis Thrňndairnis, the annual celebration of traditional Gŕidhlig music and culture which took place in north Skye last week.

Attending this year were several younger children who were new to this Fčis, as well as children who have been participants for a few years; all were equally welcomed by the organisers and tutors.

Tuition was offered in Gŕidhlig drama, Gŕidhlig song, fiddle, accordion, keyboards/piano, clŕrsach, guitar, chanter and piping, whistle, drumming, arts and crafts and shinty. Children from age 7 upwards took part.

Most of those taking part were from the north Skye schools but there were children visiting grandparents attending too. The main focus of the Fčis was to foster the area’s rich Gŕidhlig language and culture.

The traditional “tutors’ cčilidh” was held on the Tuesday evening with the children showcasing their skills at the final concert on Friday afternoon.

Bun-sgoil Stafainn, Staffin Community Hall and Columba 1400 were the venues for the various Fčis activities.

This year’s tutors were Eoghan MacDonald, Graham MacKenzie, Allan MacLeod, Ian Ruari Finlayson, Andrew MacPherson, Murdo Cameron, Sileas Sinclair, Lilidh Campbell and Katie MacKenzie.

Fčis Thrňndairnis is well supported each year by an active local committee and by its parent body, Fčisean nan Gŕidheal.

And that's it for this week and hope you all have a great weekend.