IT’S never too early to learn something new like which Scottish novel is finally a film and where are the nicest drives in Scotland?
Scottish Ebola nurse returning to Glasgow
The Scottish nurse, Pauline Cafferkey, who contracted Ebola while working in Sierra Leone, has been released from isolation after being treated for meningitis caused by the deadly virus.
The 39-year-old Scot, who contracted Ebola last December, was re-admitted to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in London on October 9, months after she was thought to have fought off the infection.
At one point she was described as “critically ill” but the Royal Free announced yesterday that she had been discharged from its care and transferred to Glasgow’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to continue her recovery.
The nicest drives in Scotland
Mountains, sea and islands will unfold before you on some of Scotland’s most scenic roads, like the Bealach na Bà (Pass of the Cattle), Ross and Cromarty.
An unforgettable drive on the Belach na Ba, the road to glorious Applecross but it’s only fair that, whoever drives there, gets to be the passenger on the way back because once you’re behind the wheel you’ll miss most of the tremendous views of Wester Ross, Skye and the Outer Hebrides, such is the focus required.
It’s all eyes on the hairpin bends and narrow single track sections.
Things to remember: Keep your eyes on the road, and your hands on the wheel.
Sunset Song is finally a film
The Scottish classic novel Sunset Song has finally made its way onto the big screen - 18 years after the filmmaker started.
Terence Davies’ lavish adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Sunset Song, his much-loved story rites of passage story set in the remote Aberdeenshire countryside.
Former model Agyness Deyn, who has won widespread plaudits, in her first major film role, as farmer’s daughter Chris Guthrie, joined the director and co-star Kevin Guthrie in Edinburgh to unveil the First World War drama on Armistice Day.
Unemployment has risen in Scotland
While falling across the rest of the UK, unemployment has risen in Scotland again, figures published yesterday showed.
Scotland’s jobless total increased by 11,000 over the summer and is seen as further evidence of the divergence between the Scottish and UK economies as the impact of the oil price crash continues to take its toll.
There are now about 166,000 Scots out of work, according to yesterday’s official statistics.
The Scottish unemployment rate is 6 per cent, compared with 5.3 per cent for the whole of the UK.