The seats that could decide the election – BBC News

April 23, 2017

… seats. There’s not much point in spending lots of time and money in constituencies that they already hold comfortably, or where they’re so far behind they have no realistic chance of winning. There are exceptions to this. In 2015 the SNP surge in Scotland was so powerful that apparently “safe” seats fell. And the collapse of the Lib Dems saw them lose some seats they’d held with sizeable majorities. Such large swings are rare though. And even in 2015 the …

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At least 12 suffer burns from ‘noxious substance’ at Hackney bar – BBC News

April 17, 2017

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the 10 people were treated for minor burns at the scene before being taken to hospital. No arrests have been made and officers are continuing to investigate, he added. Witness Phie McKenzie tweeted: “Scary scenes tonight, we have heard reports of chemical burns of people in the building here”. London Ambulance Service said it sent a number of ambulance crews and a hazardous area response team to the venue. Sign-up to get news from the BBC in …

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Roslin Institute awarded 29m for infectious diseases work – BBC News

April 12, 2017

He added: “The Roslin Institute is a great example of Scotland’s world-class bioscience sector and exactly the sort of project our industrial strategy will support.” Prof Sir Timothy O’Shea, principal and vice-chancellor of the university, said: “The institute plays a pivotal role in the university’s mission to tackle the many pressing issues in animal health and welfare, including those which have implications for human health and sustainability of …

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Wood, fire and metal: How fine whiskey gets its flavor

April 4, 2017

(CNN)“The story of the barrel is one of the overlooked crafts of whiskey-making,” says Jeff Arnett, master distiller of American whiskey brand Jack Daniel’s. Indeed, the type of barrel the spirit is stored in has an enormous influence on its taste, making the art of cooperage — the crafting of the barrels — an essential part of the whiskey-making process. It’s a process that still relies on a huge amount of human skill despite advances in technology …

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Windermere lakeside piano memorial concert held – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image copyright Police Scotland/Family photograph Image caption Tim Newton and Rachel Slater were reported missing after failing to return from Ben Nevis The grand piano arrived by ferry and was carried on a special frame to Claife Heights, an elevated area above the lake. Image caption The grand piano was carried up a track by Windermere Michael Richmond, whose father organised the concert, said the couple had “strong feelings” about the mountain rescue operation. …

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Greek Thomson: Scotland’s other great visionary architect – BBC News

April 2, 2017

Image caption The Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals was threatened with demolition in 1966 When Glasgow council was planning to demolish one of Thomson’s landmark churches in 1966, influential American architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock made a plea for them to stop. He said: “Glasgow in the last 150 years has had two of the greatest architects in the world.” Image caption The church was described as one of the finest Classical Romantic churches in …

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MSPs to back call for Scottish independence vote – BBC News

March 28, 2017

… referendum “to give the people of Scotland a choice over the future direction and governance of their country”, to be held between Autumn 2018 and the Spring of 2019. The motion “mandates the Scottish government to take forward discussions with the UK government on the details” of this and also calls for Holyrood to set the question, timing and franchise for the vote. Related Topics Scottish independence Nicola Sturgeon More From this publisher : HERE Recommended …

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Looking back on the political gambles of May and Sturgeon – BBC News

March 19, 2017

… constituency vote than the Tories took in the last Westminster election – and of course Mrs May’s government has a single MP north of the border. However that was a UK election, just as the EU referendum was about the UK’s membership of the European club. And in that referendum, as many people voted Leave in Scotland as voted SNP a few weeks earlier (both figures just over 1m) – and both of those figures are dwarfed by the number who voted No in 2014. David Mundell said …

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