February 16, 2012 |
The date for a referendum hasn't even been set. But Prime Minister David Cameron made an impassioned appeal directly to the Scottish people Thursday to keep Britain intact, imploring them to vote no on the question of whether Scotland should become an independent country. "Of course Scotland could govern itself. So could England," Cameron declared in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. "My point is that we do it so much better together. " In a dog-eat-dog world, he said, the Scots would be better off remaining joined to England, Wales and Northern Ireland under the shelter of collective British diplomatic, military and economic might.
April 21, 1991
In his fine article, James Hill refers to rail as being the crowning achievement of Victorian England but laments "British trains today lumber along, and the service is nonchalant at best." For the last 16 years, Intercity High Speed trains have been "lumbering along" at speeds up to 125 m.p.h. between London and Edinburgh, Bath and Bristol, to name just a few cities. And in May, British Rail will introduce the newest generation of high-speed trains on the London-to-Edinburgh route.
December 26, 1987 |
Two young Scotsmen were killed while skiing on a slope near Val d'Isere in the area's first ski fatalities of the season, police said. The victims, identified Thursday as Alan Webb and Stephan Bottrill, both 18, of Edinburgh, were fatally injured when they skied over a rock barrier and fell about 700 feet.
March 17, 2014 |
Clarissa Dickson Wright, the star of BBC's "Two Fat Ladies," has died. Christened Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmerelda Dickson Wright, the television cook and author passed away Saturday in Edinburgh, Scotland, at 66 of an undisclosed illness. Her television partner, Jennifer Paterson, the other Fat Lady, died of lung cancer in 1999 at 71 during the production of the series' fourth season. Neither woman was the sort to trade a long life for one poor in cream, butter or animal fat. Wright, who was also a guilded butcher and accredited cricket umpire, began her adult life as England's youngest barrister.
June 14, 1987 |
A picture-post card sunset on the stormy Northumberland coast: Bamburgh Castle's brooding towers jutting up from the rocky headland, a stark silhouette against the fire-gold sky and threatening clouds. In the dramatic twilight, fishing trawlers make their way toward this tiny port on the British coast, great flocks of sea gulls wheeling in their wake. On the darkening skyline to the east are the Farne Islands and the North Sea.
September 12, 2013 |
TORONTO -- How far would you walk for a fun screening? Would you walk 500 miles? And if you were told you were only halfway there, would you walk 500 more? I know, I know, too easy. But it's an appropriate question to ask for "Sunshine on Leith. " The Scottish musical is a set of interconnected love stories based on the music of the Proclaimers. And given how enjoyably airy it is, people have been lining up to see it, if not pounding the pavement until they start havering. The Toronto International Film Festival can be a place of rigorous drama, where even the comedies come with a spoonful of vinegar.