January ’16 news

Weather: After the wettest month on record, both in the UK and in Scotland, there was more and more bad weather, to begin with mostly affecting the North-east and Tayside. At least they later opened a temporary road replacing the washed-away part of the A93; later still Glenridding, Cumbria was flooded for the fourth time this winter and Scotland saw yet more high winds.

World: Sweden began treating the immigrant influx more realistically, presently followed by Denmark and Germany. Unrelatedly, international sanctions on Iran were lifted; whether for good or for bad, time alone can tell.

Politics & business: IrnBru no longer pay for returned glass bottles. The Tory Scottish Secretary, David Mundell, came out as gay, only he knows why now. More interestingly, employment rate in Scotland for September to November was reported as having reached 74.9%, finally higher than the pre-recession 74.6%, with unemployment down to 5.4% (5.1% for the whole of UK).

Deaths: David Bowie (can’t exactly say I know any song of his) and Terry Wogan (apparently a household name for mainstream public).



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