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Becoming a better kinder country? ‘Quantifying kindness public engagement and place: Experiences of people in the UK and Ireland’ –

Becoming a better kinder country? ‘Quantifying kindness public engagement and place: Experiences of people in the UK and Ireland’ – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
This report from the Carnegie Trust adds a further strand to the debate, mostly here admittedly, about whether or not Scotland is to some extent distinct from rUk in terms of core values and how they are expressed in common behaviour, including in political decision-making. In particular, the evidence seems to point to a greater…
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Will BBC Scotland report as NHS Scotland surpasses ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ target? –

Will BBC Scotland report as NHS Scotland surpasses ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ target? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The current Scottish Government target to reduce Hospital Standardised Mortality Ratios (HSMR) or ‘unexpected hospital deaths’ is 10% from December 2015 to December 2018. By end June 2018, the HMSR level had fallen by 11.2%, exceeding expectations. If an HMSR value is less than 1 then this means that the number of deaths within 30…
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Flying Scotsman? Shock as Scotsman article does not hit any buffers –

Flying Scotsman? Shock as Scotsman article does not hit any buffers – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Credit where credit is due. This piece by Alistair Dalton is pretty positive, perhaps ever-so-slightly over-so and misses several opportunities to slag ScotRail en passant. What will BBC Scotland’s Douglas Fraser make of this? Did they mention it? Here’s just a wee taste: At least 1,000 jobs will be created at a train-building factory to…
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IT’s back! ‘The Demonising 2’: BBC Scotland remove all Brown stuff in preparation for backdoor examination of Salmond –

IT’s back! ‘The Demonising 2’: BBC Scotland remove all Brown stuff in preparation for backdoor examination of Salmond – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
‘Sex rap case cops’? Is that a self-mocking parody of journalism by a wee trainee? No, it’s the Daily Record innit? Is ‘assisting’ usually a euphemism suggesting dirty deeds? Me paranoid? Wait, isn’t the National on ‘our side’? What ‘balanced professional journalism’? They had to give it prominence like the Nomedia? Why?  BBC Scotland’s callous…
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More reader misery for Scots as news misrepresentation hits new low –

More reader misery for Scots as news misrepresentation hits new low – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
After NHS Scotland, Scotrail features as a regular target of faked news, forming a central plank in the Loyalist Nomedia agenda, attempting to undermine the SNP administration by association with some kind of constructed failures. The two headlines above say it all and, probably, for many, are all that they see as they drift past…
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‘Scottish’ Daily Express fake news on obesity –

‘Scottish’ Daily Express fake news on obesity – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
There’s evidence and there’s evidence in the debate about obesity. There’s ‘research’ by a company manufacturing a natural alternative sweetener, NatVia, sold in competition with cane sugar. There’s research by Atomik who provide ‘business insights that support decisions’ and ‘research that hits nationwide headlines.’ Or, there’s research by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.…
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Reporting Scotland cuts cost by using cheap but unreliable Labour feed –

Reporting Scotland cuts cost by using cheap but unreliable Labour feed – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) Evening Express Convener of the Holyrood Health & Sport Committee, Lewis Macdonald, has told everybody he can that there aren’t enough policies aimed at disease prevention. Lewis is the husband of one of the Aberdeen councillors who were suspended for going into coalition with the Tories, despite their social and economic policies being at…
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Is fear of crime rocketing but only in non-Scottish parts of UK? –

Is fear of crime rocketing but only in non-Scottish parts of UK? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Reported in the Independent today, based on research by BMG with ‘1,506 GB adults online between 6 and 9 November’, we read: ‘Almost 80 per cent of people believe police force spending cuts have made them less safe on the streets of Britain, an exclusive survey has shown. Some four-fifths of those questioned in the exclusive survey…
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‘But who are the ones that we call our friends — These governments killing their own?’ –

‘But who are the ones that we call our friends — These governments killing their own?’ – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Listening to Jackson Browne again, his words continue to resonate years after they were written: I've been waiting for something to happen For a week or a month or a year With the blood in the ink of the headlines And the sound of the crowd in my ear You might ask what it takes…
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As NHS England cancer treatment wait statistics ‘set to be worst on record’, NHS Scotland’s success is ignored –

As NHS England cancer treatment wait statistics ‘set to be worst on record’, NHS Scotland’s success is ignored – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
In the Guardian yesterday: ‘The NHS [England] is on course for its worst annual cancer waiting statistics on record, official figures suggest. In eight out of nine published cancer targets, between April and September, the health service treated the lowest or joint lowest percentage of patients since operation standards were introduced, according to official figures…
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BBC Scotland promotes Fraser of Allander Nice Neoliberal Institute’s latest daft idea –

BBC Scotland promotes Fraser of Allander Nice Neoliberal Institute’s latest daft idea – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Pay £28 000 to train as a nurse but hopefully earn too little to pay it back? © Daily Record One of Reporting Scotland’s favourite sources of ‘news’ is always a new report from the Fraser of Allander Nice Neoliberal Institute (FANNI). Their latest warns, oh my god, that health care will cost more as…
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Glasgow Gallery and Museum beats Edinburgh and London –

Glasgow Gallery and Museum beats Edinburgh and London – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
© Getty From Glasgow Live, yesterday: A Glasgow attraction has been ranked as the top art museum to visit in the UK - and we’d be remiss not to agree. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum has made it to the top of TripAdvisor’s best rated art museums, bypassing the National Gallery in London, the British…
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A tidal surge for Scottish energy? –

A tidal surge for Scottish energy? – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
© Mike Brookes/Aquamarine Power In Energy Voice today: ‘A “nice little industry” is emerging in the north of Scotland tidal energy sector, a top renewables analyst has said. Adam Forsyth, director of renewables and infrastructure at financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald, said last night that the continued success of Scottish tidal firms such as Simec…
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Stevie Wonder foresees the Donald, years before he becomes POTUS –

Stevie Wonder foresees the Donald, years before he becomes POTUS – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
© Reuters In the latest of my ‘Songs and Politics’ series, read only by a small but beautifully-marked group, here’s the latest, based on my accidental hearing of a song on car radio and then using remarkable but odd, brain connectivity, it’s Steeevieeehhhh Wuunndderrrr! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwPsFz85gGw Stevie Wonder Lyrics "He's Misstra Know-It-All" He's a man With…
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FAKE NEWS: BBC Scotland ‘presents’ figures to suggest agriculture deaths are higher in Scotland when they are lower –

FAKE NEWS: BBC Scotland ‘presents’ figures to suggest agriculture deaths are higher in Scotland when they are lower – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
No, they are not. In a report on the BBC Scotland News Network we are presented with the headline: ‘Agriculture deaths ‘higher in Scotland’ I’ll come back to the speech marks. Regardless, the headline is wrong. In fact, agricultural deaths, per head of worker, are lower in Scotland than in the UK as a whole.…
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‘Arseholes for good souls!’ New independence party leader’s shocking policy proposal –

‘Arseholes for good souls!’ New independence party leader’s shocking policy proposal – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
The Reverend Andrews as he might look today BBC Scotland’s Disclosure Team can disclose more evidence of extremism in Scotland’s independence movement. Using an advanced Google search, they have found a secret memo from the founder of the Leftist even Marxist Scottish Independence Party (LEMSIP) to at least one current SNP member, launching the party…
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Sir David Attenborough condemns BBC Scotland decision to abandon dinosaur preservation target –

Sir David Attenborough condemns BBC Scotland decision to abandon dinosaur preservation target – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
One of the last ‘big beasts’ from the Corbyniferous period of antiquity, still found in Britain, the Broonasaurus, has died after a period of oxygen starvation caused by a decision to switch off the supply from BBC Scotland. Allegedly, Reporting Scotland editor, Edward Plantagenet, took the fateful decision after the Broonasaurus was heard, according to…
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Economic contribution of Scottish women-owned businesses grows by nearly twice the rate of UK –

Economic contribution of Scottish women-owned businesses grows by nearly twice the rate of UK – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
(c) smartchristianwoman From one of our favourite sources of evidence-based optimism for Scotland, Insider, today: ‘Women-owned businesses contribute £8.8 billion to the Scottish economy and £105 billion to the UK economy, according to new research from the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). Their contribution to the Scottish economy grew by a staggering 76 per cent…
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A truly pivotal moment as the complex Brexit process draws towards its denouement –

A truly pivotal moment as the complex Brexit process draws towards its denouement – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
From reader Ludo Thierry: The beeb RS editor Julian Parsons-Bottom is clearly a busy, busy chap and seems to have missed a fairly significant Court Case that has been passed up to the CJEU by the Court of Session for consideration (despite the Westminster Govt’s belated efforts to prevent this) – and is due to…
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BBC Scotland have only murder on their minds as Scotland’s wind turbines produce enough power on one day to power three times more homes than we have! –

BBC Scotland have only murder on their minds as Scotland’s wind turbines produce enough power on one day to power three times more homes than we have! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Starting the day as I do with the BBC Scotland news insert at 06:26am, fuelled only by coffee, is a high-risk strategy. They had only murder on their minds. There were two killings, one which was decades ago, to start with, then another of those reports by some pressure group reminding us that one of…
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Paradise lost in California and beyond –

Paradise lost in California and beyond – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Watching images of the deadly bush-fires in California today, I’m reminded of something I wrote here, just over a year ago, in that year’s, time of apparently ‘extreme’ environmental events. This year we’ve had massive deadly ‘fires’ in Portugal, Greece and Southern Australia to name only some of the worst. We’ve had deadly floods in…
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Scottish student nurse and midwifery numbers reach record high as they plummet in Toryland –

Scottish student nurse and midwifery numbers reach record high as they plummet in Toryland – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
© Glasgow Pictish University We’ve already heard of developments in NHS England: Nursing course applications fall for second year after student bursary scrapped. Applications to study nursing in England have fallen for a second year, dropping by a third since the Government removed bursaries in 2017 requiring nurses and midwives to pay £9,000 a year in fees. UCAS figures for the…
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Tories first ‘urge’ Nicola then decide to ‘blast’ her anyway! –

Tories first ‘urge’ Nicola then decide to ‘blast’ her anyway! – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
At least the headlines are more honest than usual and let the reader decide not to bother reading on once they see which eejit wants to criticise the SNP this time. In normal times, with Tom Potemkin, we’d get: ‘Sturgeon under pressure to do something!’ ‘SNP blasted for failure to something’ Then, after wasting precious…
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Nurse vacancies in Scotland only a fifth per capita of those in ‘Dear Old Blighty’ blighted by Toryism –

Nurse vacancies in Scotland only a fifth per capita of those in ‘Dear Old Blighty’ blighted by Toryism – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
© GETTY From the Independent, yesterday: ‘Brexit is set to exacerbate the NHS staffing crisis and a new report estimates that as many as 51,000 nursing staff will be needed by the time the UK leaves in 2021 after its transition period.  This would mean the health services is missing the equivalent of 45 hospitals’ worth of…
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Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England –

Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England – | Talking-up Scotland | Scoop.it
Protesters at a far-right rally in Glasgow in 2016 (PA) In UK Bulletin yesterday: ‘Figures from Police Scotland show 15 individuals on the fringes of the far right were referred to de-radicalisation schemes in 2016-2017. That is compared to eight vulnerable individuals formally referred under so-called “Prevent” strand of Britain’s Contest counter-terror strategy in 2015-16.…
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