A Christmas Yarn for the Tightarses.

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The Yarn Begins:
An old man in Scotland calls his son in London the day before Christmas Eve and says, “I hate to ruin your day son but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing; forty-five years of misery is enough.”
“Dad, what are you talking about?” the son screams.
“We can’t stand the sight of each other any longer” the father says. “We’re sick of each other and I’m sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Leeds and tell her.”
Frantically, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. “Like hell they’re getting divorced!” she shouts, “I’ll take care of this!”
She calls Scotland immediately, and screams at her father “You are NOT getting divorced. Don’t do a single thing until I get there. I’m calling my brother back, and we will both be up there tomorrow.
“Until then, don’t do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?” and hangs up.

The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. “That’s Sorted! They’re coming up for Christmas tomorrow and they’re paying their own way.”

Rob Powell

‘Bloom’ colourful Light display, Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, Scotland
‘Bloom’, the opening event for the Edinburgh International Festival, lights up Saint Andrew Square with a colourful array of projections.
More photos of the light show in our gallery
Image Credit: Photograph by Murdo Macleod for the Guardian
Source: God’s own field and a gigantic bubble: today’s most stunning photos | World news | The Guardian

Before Bond, Sean Connery Finished Third in Mr. Universe Competition, 1953.

Sean Connery began bodybuilding at the age of 18, and from 1951 trained heavily with Ellington, a former gym instructor in the British army.
While his official website claims he was third in the 1950 Mr. Universe contest, most sources place him in the 1953 competition, either third in the Junior class or failing to place in the Tall Man classification.
Connery stated that he was soon deterred from bodybuilding when he found that the Americans frequently beat him in competitions because of sheer muscle size and, unlike Connery, refused to participate in athletic activity which could make them lose muscle mass.
In his early 20s after he had returned to Edinburgh from a three-year stint in the Royal Navy, Connery had worked through a succession of dead end jobs and had enrolled at a gym on the Royal Mile when he was selected by the college for life classes.
Connery was one of a group of models from a weightlifting club. He followed one of his friends who had started modelling at the college and had then got his friends involved.
Former art student John Houston, one of a talented group of students, told The Times: “It was a paid job and most of them stayed for six months or a year.
They would be involved in day classes twice a week, holding the same pose and working from 9.30am until 4.00pm.I vaguely remember drawing Connery, but he made no great impression.
Soon afterwards, Connery moved to London to pursue the acting career in which he would be cast as James Bond in Dr No, which was released in 1962.
Source: Before He Was Bond, Sean Connery Once Finished Third in Mr. Universe Competition in 1953 ~ vintage everyday

‘Hallowild’ Mummy haunts Tomb in Stirling.

Stirling, Scotland
Scott Meiklejohn gets into character as a mummy during a photo call ahead of “Hallowild”, Blair Drummond Safari Park’s annual Halloween event.
This year’s theme in the haunted walkway is an Egyptian tomb with special 3D effects alongside actors playing the roles of Pharaohs and Mummies.
Image Credit: Photograph by Andrew Milligan/PA
Source: Wildfires and wildflowers: Thursday’s best photos | News | The Guardian

The Mirror Man Statue at Loch Earn.

Tourists view the mirror man statue by artist Rob Mulholland at Loch Earn in St Fillans, Scotland.
The three-meter-tall sculpture made from mirrored tiles spends winters out of the water due to the inclement weather, returning again in the summer months.
Image Credit: Photograph by Jeff  J Mitchell / Getty.
Source: Photos of the Week: 7/15–7/21 – The Atlantic

Scottish Wildcat disappearing from Highlands.

The Scottish wildcat is one of the United Kingdom species most at risk of disappearing, according to the State of Nature report published this week.
A quarter of mammals and nearly half of birds assessed are at risk of extinction.
Photograph: Peter Cairns/Courtesy of Scottish Wildcat Action
Source: The week in wildlife – in pictures | Environment | The Guardian