0 Have your say AN American historian has uncovered the roots of how the Unicorn became Scotland’s national animal in the late 1300s. Elyse Waters, who is hosting Unicorns: A Zoological Analysis as part of Scotland’s history festival, first became interested in the subject when she discovered a medieval cookbook that included a recipe for how best to cook the mythical beast. During her research, the historian found that the Unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion - a symbol that the English royals adopted around a hundred years before. According to folklore, the lion and the unicorn hate each other - a tradition going back to the ancient Babylonians in 3,500 B.C. The second natural enemy? The elephant.“It was always said that the unicorn would always defeat the elephant, that it had this immense strength to it, even despite its diminished size, it couldn’t be beaten by something as large and powerful as an elephant. … [Read more...] about Why is the Unicorn Scotland’s national animal?
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ATOL protection is a term which always comes up when travel firms go bust or when booking a holiday. But what does it actually mean, and why is it so important? Here's our handy guide explaining the scheme? What does Atol protected holiday mean? By law, every UK travel company which sells package holidays and flights is required to hold an Atol, which stands for Air Travel Organiser’s Licence. If a travel company with an Atol ceases trading, the scheme protects customers who had booked holidays with the firm - making sure they don't get stranded abroad or end up out of pocket. It's designed to reassure consumers that their money is safe, and it helps customers if their travel agent goes bust - such as All Leisure Holidays ltd. Atol protection doesn't apply if you buy your flights directly from your airline. And flight-only arrangements bought through a travel agent are not always protected under the scheme - so make sure you always ask. After the airline Monarch collapsed … [Read more...] about What is Atol protection? What it means for you and why it’s so important when you book your holiday
“The issues that we are talking about aren’t exactly seen as ‘hot shit’ by the German public.” Those were the blunt words of Green party leader Katrin Göring-Eckard in the spring of 2017 after they failed to win the 5 percent of votes necessary to stay in the state parliament in Saarland. That humiliation was followed by months of polls which suggested the German public were contemplating throwing the environmentalists out of the Bundestag too. Given the circumstances, a result of 8.9 percent in the national election almost seemed like a success. A year later and the Green party’s ambitions have radically changed. In the state election in Bavaria earlier this month the Greens became the second biggest party, more than doubling their vote share to 17.5 percent. On Sunday they are projected to win around 20 percent of the vote in Hesse, potentially giving them the power to form a government in the wealthy central state. Meanwhile if a national … [Read more...] about Why is the Green party suddenly flying high in Germany?
This article is available to Members of The Local. Read more Membership Exclusives here. Sweden imports around 1.3 million tonnes of rubbish each year, most of it from Norway and the UK, and has long been hailed for its efficiency in handling waste. Waste to heat Only one percent of waste produced in Sweden ever reaches landfill, with the remaining 99 percent recycled, reused, or converted into energy. It's that last option which is most controversial: a large amount of rubbish, including a lot of the imported waste, is converted to heat and electricity at so-called 'waste-to-energy' centres. This is done through incineration. Waste is burned at the more than 30 plants across the country, and then used to make heat and electricity. In 2016, that included 1.3 million tonnes of waste from other EU countries, which accounted for between 20 and 25 percent of all the rubbish which was burned in the plants that year. Because Sweden's plants can charge other countries for the … [Read more...] about Why Sweden’s waste imports may not be as eco-friendly as you think
Chips could be shorter in 2018 due to the dry summer, say farmers. Picture: Nick Butcher Archant © 2018 Oven chips could be 5mm shorter this year – because of the baking hot Norfolk summer. Tony Bambridge, managing director of B&C Farming at Marsham. Picture: Brian Finnerty / NFUThe parched conditions in major potato-growing areas like East Anglia earlier in the season has reduced the size and quality of this year’s crop.But Norfolk farmer Tony Bambridge, who grows about 4,500 tonnes of potatoes a year for McCain, said his end customer had agreed to reduce its specifications this year, so more of the crop could go through its processing factory.Mr Bambridge, managing director of potato specialists B&C Farming at Marsham, said: “I’m sure people walking down the street won’t appreciate this, but there is a minimum length for chips. “But this year’s potato crop will be much smaller than usual, so some of the processing companies … [Read more...] about Why will our oven chips be 5mm shorter this year?