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  1. I worked for a company which was a Vendee Globe sponsor back in the late 1990s. The mention takes me back...
  2. As a child I was a member of BR's "Railriders Club", as was my brother. Our school holidays were often slightly different from my mum's and childcare fell to my dad who lived in a bedsit so we had to go out. He had a family railcard so he travelled for half price and my brother and I paid £1 each. Our Railriders Club membership gave us vouchers for money off train tickets and also entry to attractions. Each year we got two £1 vouchers for money off train tickets, plus a number of 50p vouchers, and one day we had a return trip from Glasgow to London where my dad paid a half fare and my brother
  3. @LHCityyou have just confirmed that the outbound route I had booked for this summer is the one I should be booking for next summer.
  4. It's an expression I hear regularly on the radio too and I know what it means.
  5. Mallaig to Armadale is still running. https://www.calmac.co.uk/mallaig-armadale-skye-ferry-winter-timetable
  6. We have been woken up by this on Normandie for the last few summers on our way to the Vendee (24/6/16 was scary as hubby returned from the gents at 5.30am with the news that the UK had voted to leave the EU). Last autumn I booked us on Bretagne because I realised that travelling from central Scotland with a teenager rather than small children was feasible for check-in for the St Malo crossing (breakfast at Tebay services and then no stops before PIP other than toilets works for us).
  7. It's in Arizona in the USA. The guy who bought it and shipped it there though he was buying Tower Bridge.
  8. Stick an SNP badge on any candidate and they will get elected in many constituencies. The other parties just don't have the presence in Scotland and many are voting SNP because they see them as the least bad choice rather than because they necessarily want an independent country. Having lived in the Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency for many years, I know that the SNP has a lot of talent locally. When Margaret Ferrier won the seat for the first time, she overturned a Labour majority of over 21000 and was perhaps not expected to win so may have been put up as a token candidate. She lost
  9. She used to be my MP and she's not the brightest of folk. She is a nice enough person and works very hard. Social media is going wild tonight.
  10. I've had too much wine too to work out the order of the others.
  11. I believe that universities were trying to put students in accommodation with others on the same course in an effort to create bubbles. That might mean that students have something in common with those living around them. My student daughter is in 3rd year and like many from Central Scotland lives at home; that scenario has its own issues. Her lecturers were on strike at the start of 2020 and classes had just begun to return to normal when lockdown happened. She has been able to keep in touch with uni friends via social media and Zoom but last night had to leave a Zoom meeting when it al
  12. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54268780 It was interesting listening to the phone in on Radio Scotland this morning. A couple of people called in who have offspring in the halls in Murano Street and who are having to self-isolate. Despite what the university is saying, one claimed that his daughter, who has tested positive, is not being supplied with food; how long will students stay in isolation if that is the case? A local resident also called in and said during freshers week the students were partying and making a general nuisance of themselves in the street with no social dist
  13. @neilcvx this resonates with what you said about St Andrews https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-54209452
  14. Did the Aberdeen situation not start because an oilrig worker had been tested as positive and prevented from travelling to his rig so he went to the pub?
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