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Find wartime bombing sites in Aberdeenshire

Two Google maps showing areas where raids were carried out during World War II have been created using records from the time.

One map shows areas where bombing raids caused damage and can be found here, and shows all the known attacks from 26 June 1940, until the last raid on 21 April 1943.

Some of the areas affected are quite small, so it’s best to zoom in on any area of interest as the marker may not be visible when he map is zoomed out to cover a wide area.

The other shows areas where enemy aircraft carried out attacks, and can be found here, and shows those recorded in the Aberdeen County Register of Air Raids and Alarms from 1940 – 1944.

Via: Map charts WW2 bombing of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire

March 3, 2016 Posted by | council, military, World War II | , , , | 2 Comments

Help catch the scum that threw a cat out of a car in Aberdeen

The Scottish SPCA has launched an appeal for help in identifying those responsible for throwing a cat from a red hatchback car travelling on Cairngorm Drive, Kincorth, on Tuesday morning at approximately 7:45 am.

Witnesses to the incident saw a following car run over the cat, after which the cat tumbled to the side of the road before darting away through gardens and settling on a window ledge.

Remarkably, the grey and white female tabby cat escaped with minor injuries and is now recovering at the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre at Drumoak, where staff have named her Delilah.

I suppose it’s relatively unlikely anyone will be held to account for this act of animal cruelty, but it is right that efforts should be made to find those behind it.

I recall reading a number of papers published some years ago, where it was found that people who carry out such acts were likely to carry on and become child abusers, and that this sort of activity with people’s pets was merely practice for more serious form of abuse.

Animal Rescue Officer Karen Hogg said: “Understandably Delilah was absolutely petrified when I came to collect her and she just wanted to coory into me for comfort.

“I took her straight to the vet to be examined but amazingly she has survived her terrifying ordeal with only scuffing to the pads of her feet and a small scrape on her nose, although we’ll continue to monitor her condition in our care.

“The couple who witnessed the incident said they saw something being thrown from the car before it sped off and then they saw the cat lying on the road. Unfortunately they said the car travelling closely behind ran right over the top of her and she tumbled to the side of the road before darting away through gardens and settling on a window ledge.

“Delilah has used up at least two of her nine lives in what appears to have been an incredibly cruel act.

“Although this was a fairly quiet, residential street, it is just off a busy main road so someone may have seen the car in the area and may have noticed the occupants acting suspiciously.

“We are very keen to trace the person or persons responsible for Delilah’s abandonment so we are asking anyone who recognises the cat or witnessed the incident to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.”

Via Cat in care after being thrown from car in Kincorth area of Aberdeen | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

Delilah Car Throw Cat

Delilah, thrown from car. Pic via Scottish SPCA

I can’t lay hands on it again, but just a few weeks ago, had a video from Russia which actually caught someone doing this in the centre of a road junction – the driver threw the kitten out as he crossed the junction. I don’t know what happened, as this was only a short clips only showing this action.

Delilah was very lucky, as these two videos show, and also highlight the difference between animal care in the US and the UK, where we have organisations such as the Scottish SPCA:

August 21, 2013 Posted by | Appeal | , , , | Leave a comment

Appeal (successful) over blind arthritic cat found in Aberdeen

(Good news since the appeal went out, as Opal – Daphne’s real name – was reunited with her family only a day after the publicity given by the media.

Via Lost blind arthritic Aberdeen cat reclaimed by family)

No let up in news of lost cats appeals, and this is particularly sad.

The Scottish SPCA has ask for help to find the owner of a lost blind pet cat which was found bumping into things in Aberdeen:

A resident of Greenbrae Crescent in the Bridge of Don area spotted the white and black female struggling last Friday.

It is thought the cat – aged about eight – also has arthritis.

She has been named Daphne and is being cared from (sic) at the charity’s Drumoak rescue centre.

Centre assistant manager Debbie Innes said: “The person who contacted us about Daphne was worried as she kept bumping into things.

“A vet has confirmed that she is blind and possibly has arthritis in her back legs.

“She was wearing a collar with a cat flap sensor but, unfortunately, has no microchip or identification.”

Via Appeal over blind arthritic cat found in Aberdeen

Scottish SPCA

Aberdeenshire rehoming centre – Drumoak

Daphne blind cat

Daphne blind cat
pic from Scottish SPCA

Just in passing…

I noticed another cat story from the north (well, they’re all north of me) – with a good ending…

Cat rescued after getting stuck up Blairgowrie tree for three days | Dundee & Tayside | News | STV


If anyone is wondering how a blind cat gets on, then the answer is “Just fine with the right hoomins”.

This example comes from Oskar’s collection: Oskar the Blind Cat & Klaus – YouTube

April 5, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

A cat called Tigger breaks our run of ‘Lost Cat’ posts

Making a welcome change from our usual reposting of ‘Lost Cat’ stories and appeals for information, a cat called Tigger was quickly reunited with his owner after his 130 miles trip to Aberdeen from the  Deldrige area of Livingston, after wandering into the back of a van while it was being loaded.

Fortunately, Tigger was both microchipped and recorded, so his owners were able to be traced.

After a meal and night in the cages at Aberdeen’s Drumoak Scottish SPCA rescue centre, Tigger was sent home:

The adventurous moggy hitched a ride to Aberdeen in the back of the vehicle from Livingston.

Two-year-old Tigger was handed in to the Scottish SPCA’s Aberdeenshire Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre after he was found by the driver following the trip.

Iain Binnie, 35, had been clearing furniture out of a relative’s home in the Dedridge area when Tigger jumped into the back of his hired van.

He returned to his home in Aberdeen but only discovered Tigger the following morning when he opened the van to find the cat sitting at the door meowing.

Mr Binnie took the feline stowaway to the rescue centre at Drumoak where staff were able to trace Tigger’s owner through his identity microchip.

via Stowaway cat Tigger hitches ride from Livingston to Aberdeen | Aberdeen & North | News | STV.

At least this one was fairly safe, unlike those that manage to jam themselves somewhere under the bonnet, close to the engine for some heat, something still quite likely during the ‘lovely’ weather we are enjoying at the moment…

Good advice to save a hidden cat

What a nice change to be showing one of the SPCA’s appeal pics as a happy ending, instead of appealing for help to find a lost cat’s owners:

Tigger found

Tigger found – pic by the Scottish SPCA

March 22, 2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Scotland should have kept at least one asylum mothballed

Golf mad

If you or I pursued a single aim with the same single-minded zealousness with which American (ie not someone who even lives in Scotland) billionaire Donald Trump has made preventing the construction of a small (11 turbine i think) wind farm out in the North Sea, folk responsible for “Care in the Community” would be wrapping us up in blankets, sitting us in wheelchairs, and taking us to the nearest hospital with psychiatric department – for our own protection, and of those who may come into contact with us.

You can probably get a pretty good idea of his mental state by considering that he sees wind turbines as windmills… and most of us know what was in Don Quixote’s head – Don Quixote has selective vision of the real world. Windmills are giant brutes, sheep are attacking armies, and slaves are oppressed gentlemen.

That description reminds me of someone… now who might it be? Give me a moment, I’m sure the answer will come to me.

Back in the real world, he sin committed by those responsible for this particular offshore wind farm was to allow the turbines to be visible to someone who (probably) may have stood on a box, or a ladder, and got a pair of binoculars or a telescope, and looked out to sea – there’s a chance that they might see the turbines. And Trump doesn’t want their view spoiled.

I would have thought the chances of them seeing turbines miles out to sea were slight, assuming they were actually there to enjoy a game of golf, or stand slack-jawed in awe at the sight of the wondrous course Trump built on the land he “acquired”.

Or maybe he thinks they’ll be blinded, or turned into pillars of salt, or maybe even die of shock at the sight (and not pay their bill!)

Speaking to the Financial Times this week, he is reported to have stated:

“I don’t think they’ll be built,” he told the FT.

He added: “I built a masterpiece. I don’t want to see it destroyed by windmills. Windmills are going to be the death of Scotland and even England if they don’t do something about them. They are ruining the countryside.

“I’ve done a great favour to Scotland and even Great Britain… A lot of people were devastated when their houses were ruined and their values destroyed when they put up a windmill near it. But they had no voice. Now they have a voice: me.

“I’ve empowered them to fight. And people are fighting these ugly monstrosities.”

Should the “windmills” be approved, he said: “I’ll bring a lawsuit and I think it will be tied up for many years in court.”

Via Donald Trump ‘hell-bent’ on stopping Aberdeenshire wind farm | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

The developer has already been shown to employ people who will lie, and had a documentary film maker arrested on the basis of false statements about him harassing staff on Trump property.

Fortunately, that particular charge was caught on film, and shown to be nothing of the sort – in fact it was a sole Trump employee that saw the film maker off the premises in a less than friendly manner:

Documentary airs on BBC

It’s interesting to note that so appalled is Trump by the “spoiled view” from his course, that he applied to add another one:

Petition calling for Donald Trump golf public inquiry

And one had to wonder if he had anything to do with the closure of a nearby course and resort, where 25 staff have been made redundant after Inchmarlo Golf Club was placed in liquidation:

Inchmarlo Resort and Golf Club placed in provisional liquidation | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

Clearly, the only good golf course is a Trump Golf course (in at least ONE person’s mind.)

February 24, 2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

‘You’ve Been Trumped’ wins Best Documentary prize in Kermode awards

Trump golfing

Trump golfing © jurvetson via flickr

We first mentioned “You’ve Been Trumped” back in  October 2012, when it was aired by the BBC, and revealed the shocking attitude of the megalomaniac American billionaire, whose money seems to be able to buy him anything… literally… including Scotland.

The revelations presented in the documentary, which showed an almost unbelievable scene where the film-makers were forcibly bundled into a police car and driven away while filming – on the basis of information later admitted to have been false, given to police by Trump staff – led to Trump venting his anger at the BBC for daring to show the film, and Donald Trump turned his bully-boy sights on the BBC after You’ve Been Trumped was aired.

While he has sought to use his mouthpieces to spread disinformation (lies?) and rubbish the documentary and it makers, those who still have grip on reality see the disgraceful and shameful truth it portrays of Scotland’s politics and police.

The film, already an award winner, has now won another award, and scooped Best Documentary in the annual ‘Kermode awards’.

Speaking to STV after the award, director Anthony Baxter (one of those arrested by Grampian Police) said:

There is a growing feeling of anger amongst people in Scotland about the way Scotland’s Government and Grampian Police have behaved over the Trump development.

Despite recent Freedom of Information requests by us and other journalists, Grampian Police claims it is somehow protecting the public by refusing to release further information about incidents documented in the film. We think that withholding this information is a gross distortion of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act.

Meanwhile, despite receiving over a hundred letters from concerned viewers since the film was broadcast by the BBC [in October], Alex Salmond has yet to visit the residents on the site to hear their deeply-felt concerns.”

Despite his anger, Baxter declared the success of the film was as much a testimony to the spirit shown by the Menie dwellers as it was to his own efforts behind the camera lens.

He added: “Mark Kermode [the BBC’s chief film critic] was present when we played the film alongside the great Bill Forsyth’s Local Hero at the Shetland film festival — which makes the award all the more meaningful.

This award is a real and fitting tribute to the residents of the Menie Estate and the way that they have captured the hearts and minds of people across the UK, following the film’s network television broadcast and through its cinema release, for their courage, dignity and respect for their environment.”

Via You’ve Been Trumped wins Best Documentary prize in Kermode awards | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

The shame for Scotland is, that despite all this publicity revealing Trump’s methods, his plans proceed without any hindrance from the authorities, who seem to support his claims while ignoring the voice of the locals.

It’s more like Stain’s Russia, rather than devolved Scotland, which is supposedly a nation struggling to assert its independence (according to some.)

Maybe someone should should check Trump has not already lodged a down-payment, or been buying up shares in Scotland Ltd while nobody was looking.

He has made further applications to build yet another golf course here, and clearly plans to turn Scotland into a nice little earner, once covered with greens from top to bottom.

Plans for second Donald Trump golf course in Aberdeenshire lodged


If golf courses are so good and so desirable, why isn’t someone in Scotland developing them, and keeping all the benefits here, instead of letting them fund an American billionaire?

February 22, 2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Appeal to find owner of elderly Aberdeen cat with half a tongue


Brownie – SPCA picture via BBC

That’s the elderly cat of course, with only half a tongue,  not the owner! (After all, if they knew the owner had that problem, then there would, of course, be no appeal.)

The cat was found in the area of the city’s Whitehouse Street on Friday (January 25th), weak and dehydrated and struggling through the snow.

Staff called out from the Scottish SPCA have named the cat Brownie, and estimate her to be about 16 years old. She is being cared for at their Aberdeenshire animal rescue and rehoming centre at Drumoak.

Animal Rescue Officer Amanda Clark said: “We think she may have been struggling outdoors on her own for a few days before being found.”

She added: “She’s an affectionate, friendly cat who has been well fed and cared for up until now, so we’d hope that she has an owner somewhere who is missing her.

“Although she was wearing a collar, there was no identity tag and she isn’t micro-chipped, so we’re appealing to anyone who recognises her to come forward.

“We’d be delighted to reunite Brownie with her owner, but if no-one claims her then we will find her a loving new home.”

Via: Appeal over elderly cat with half a tongue found in Aberdeen snow

January 30, 2013 Posted by | Appeal | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Donald Trump does sleazy Bohemian Rhapsody for Christmas

Just spotted this little gem in the news:

A campaign group opposed to Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf resort are vying for the number one Christmas chart spot with a single parodying the tycoon.

The Tripping Up Trump pressure group, which has been implacably opposed to the American billionaire’s golf course development at the Menie Estate, outside Aberdeen, released their spoof version of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody on Tuesday.

They originally produced a video of the song, which was endorsed by Queen guitarist Brian May, and attracted more than 25,000 internet hits in three days.

The group are aiming for Christmas chart glory with a cover of the song, which was made famous by the late Freddie Mercury and his band in the 1970s. The single has been released on the Gaeta label and features Edinburgh-based musician and composer Dmytro Morykit.

“It is already on Amazon and although there was an initial technical issue with iTunes this week, it will be available no later than Wednesday,” said Hazel Cameron, the director of Donald Trump does Bohemian Rhapsody.

“We have decided to bring it out as a single, to keep the momentum going, because the whole issue [of Trump’s relationship with the Scottish Government] has been revived recently, with the screening of [Anthony Baxter’s documentary] You’ve Been Trumped.

“This has sparked a huge amount of interest and we hope people will check out the single.

“Bohemian Rhapsody is a terrific song and we have been backed by Brian May, which means a lot to us. If it gets into the charts, that will be great. Anything else would be amazing.”

(If there’s no video below, then read here: Donald Trump video removed from YouTube – again – Top stories – to see how being a megalomaniac billionaire can have its advantages.)

Alternative source for Trump Bohemian Rhapsody video

Via: Anti-Trump campaigners launch ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Christmas single | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

If you are not already aware of what this bully (and I daren’t use the description I would like to, lest his legal team descend on me) has done, then take a look at the links in this earlier post:

Don’t miss this video of a mad bad man – Donald Trump

November 13, 2012 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Donald Trump turns his bully-boy sights on the BBC after You’ve Been Trumped was aired

Megalomaniac billionaire developer Donald Trump has threatened legal action after the BBC screened a controversial documentary about the way he has behaved against people in the way of his golf course development near Balmedie in Aberdeenshire, and apparently been able to ignore all protections  applicable to the land.

You’ve Been Trumped aired on Sunday night, and is the work of two film-makers including director Anthony Baxter.

You’ve been Trumped trailer and details.

Details of his ridiculous claims are given in this report:

Donald Trump threatens legal action over ‘appalling’ BBC documentary | Aberdeen & North | News | STV

Fortunately, the documentary actually shows Trump ignoring and insulting the film-maker when he tried to speak to him at a public news conference, and also details a visit made to the Trump office, where an employee asked him to leave and stop filming – which he did – only to find himself being aggressively arrested by Grampian Police a few hours later, after a report of a Breach of the Peace was filed against him. This arrest was recorded on film as he was filming on a local resident’s property when the police arrived, then handcuffed him and forced him into a marked police car.

October 22, 2012 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Don’t miss this video of a mad bad man – Donald Trump

I would not normally recommend anyone look at anything that involved American megalomaniac Donald Trump, but on this occasion I do recommend being in on Sunday night to watch a film about this tyrant.

There’s not a lot I can can add to any comments about vile billionaire Trump that is not already written in the press, and proven by the drivel that pours forth from his own mouth whenever he opens it, or has his mouthpiece George Sorial save him the effort.

It seems that if you have the money, and the ability to keep on repeating the lies you believe regardless of any evidence to the contrary, you can just plough on regardless over the top of anyone who might get in your way. It’s important to act fast and get in there quick too, before they have a chance to offer any resistance or defend themselves. And you want to make sure they have little, if any money to spare, so that even if they try to use the courts, they will be wiped out even if they try, as they may not be guaranteed to get legal aid.

Sunday night, October 21 at 22:00 sees the first full showing on television of the 90-minute You’ve been Trumped:

Filmmaker Anthony Baxter charts the conflict between a group of Scottish homeowners and American tycoon Donald Trump as the business mogul prepares to build a huge golf resort on an environmentally protected site in Aberdeenshire. Baxter follows the local residents as they make their last stand in the face of security harassments, legal threats and the loss of their water and electricity supplies, capturing the cultural chasm between the jet-setting Trump and a deeply rooted Scottish community.

Local Hero and Donald Trump: ‘a malign mix of bullying, muscle flexing and craven politicians’ | UK news |

To sum up, the big screen debut of the put upon citizens of Balmedie beach presents a moving depiction of human survival and dignity amidst murky doings akin to seventies Romania.

As for Mister Trump’s contribution, I see that he’s appropriated at least the cashmere coat of my own eighties’ screen villain Happer, but that’s not quite enough. Performance-wise, Trump is just “Johnny One Note” from beginning to end.

None of the on-screen events change or move him in any way. At the end of the film he’s exactly the same as he started. If he really wants to cut the mustard up there on the big screen the advice is go get yourself an arc. Problem is it usually takes a lifetime.

Donald Trump’s organisation attacks film-maker as ‘misinformed jackass’ | World news | The Guardian

The director said You’ve Been Trumped, an award-winning documentary investigating the experiences of Trump’s nearest neighbours being shown on BBC2 this Sunday, was “akin to 1970s Romania”.

He said: “We’re watching real lives and livelihoods mercilessly put to hazard by a malign concoction of egotistical bullying, corporate muscle-flexing, craven averting of gaze by national politicians and crass misreading of events by local authorities, including police.”

Trump’s right-hand man, George Sorial, retorted that Forsyth was simply trying to exploit Trump’s fame. He told the Daily Mail: “Mr Forsyth is nothing more than a misinformed jackass looking for a few headlines on the back of the Trump name.”

Sorial had initially refused to respond to Forsyth’s criticisms after being contacted by the Guardian on Wednesday.

He instead described the documentary as a “gross misrepresentation of the facts” which presented “the myopic views of a very small fringe element that are not respected and are widely regarded as a national embarrassment for Scotland”.

Earlier this week, Trump published several hostile tweets about the documentary by Anthony Baxter, describing those who objected to his golf course as “morons” who had “made my development far more successful than anticipated”.

He also told Baxter: “Your documentary has died many deaths. You have, in my opinion, zero talent.” The film has won 10 film festival awards around the world. The radical film-maker Michael Moore said it had “blown him away”.

You’ve been Trumped trailer and details.


The film will be available on the BBC iPlayer at:

BBC iPlayer – You’ve Been TrumpedBBC iPlayer – You’ve Been Trumped

From: Sunday, October 21, 2012, until 12:49 am, Tuesday, October 30, 2012.

Anthony Baxter’s film on the David and Goliath-style conflict between a group of proud Scottish homeowners and American tycoon Donald Trump, as he gets set to build a huge golf resort on an environmentally protected site in Aberdeenshire.

Baxter follows the local residents as they make their last stand in the face of security harassments, legal threats and the loss of their water and electricity supplies. Baxter himself becomes international news after being thrown in jail following an interview with Mr Trump’s green keeper.

Told entirely without narration, the film captures the cultural chasm between the glamorous, jet-setting and media-savvy Donald Trump and a deeply rooted Scottish community. For the tycoon, the golf course is just another deal, with a possible billion dollar payoff. For the residents, it represents the destruction of a globally unique landscape that has been the backdrop for their lives.

Unmissable, and shows Trump to be both arrogant and ignorant.

More worryingly, it shows he seems to own the Scottish Government, Aberdeen Council, and Grampian Police.

And then there’s still more bad news, as we see Donald Trump Jr in action – a true ‘chip off the old block’.

It was embarrassing to see the then current Miss Scotland giggling in front of Trump – and him telling someone she should be given a job with his organisation… apparently on the basis of her giggling or appearance.

October 20, 2012 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

More than £7 million awarded in City Heritage Trust grants

Man with big money bagFunding of almost £8 million has been awarded for heritage projects in Scotland’s six cities. The  grants from Historic Scotland will be used to enhance conservation areas and maintain historic sites.

Edinburgh projects already mentioned include work on monuments in Greyfriars Kirkyard, repairs to an original Victorian shop front, and restoration of a 19th Century listed building. Dundee will see work take place within conservation areas, including work on ‘at risk’ buildings, together with further investment in the Riverside and Crown conservation areas of Inverness.

The grants are good news, especially at the moment when purse strings are being tightened, so something somewhere has to be suffering. Something that could happen under such circumstances is the assumption that big or well-known high-profile cities can look after themselves, and have some sort of magical pot of money that can be drawn on, unlike smaller conurbations. However, as one who lives in one of those ‘big, rich cities’, I know this is far from the case, having watched many worthy building fall into decay, ruin, and eventual vandalism and demolition.

Listing etc is all well and good, but apart from legal status and little protection, it does not come with any funds to maintain or restore properties.

Press release:

6 February 2012

Historic Scotland has announced that it will be offering £7.69m in City Heritage Trust grants over the next three years to Scotland’s six cities. The grants are designed to safeguard and enhance conservation areas, the historic environment and sense of place.

Glasgow will receive £2,550,000, Edinburgh will receive £2,145,000, and Aberdeen, Dundee, Inverness and Stirling will each receive £750,000.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said: “It is vital that we continue to improve the quality of our Scottish cities to make them better places to live, work and invest.

“Managing our historic environment creatively also contributes to sustainable economic growth by growing Scotland’s construction industry and increasing the availability and quality of traditional skills and materials. Using new skills and sustainable materials in the adaptation of existing buildings will also help support the historic environment’s transition to a low carbon economy.

“This investment builds on our Agenda for Cities and £7 million Cities Investment Fund, which has been launched to build the momentum to make sure our cities and their regions make the fullest possible contribution to sustained economic recovery – stimulating economic recovery and job creation.”

via Scotland’s six cities to benefit by £7.69 million in Historic Scotland grants.

There was further information appended to the release, which helps to explain some of the terms referred to in the release:

February 6, 2012 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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