Lough Derg: the spirit of a holy place

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A small island in a lake called Lough Derg is one of the most famous of Ireland's places of pilgrimage. About 35,000 pilgrims come to it each year intent on doing penance for their sins or seeking divine intervention in their lives. Read More...

Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany's popular leisure waterway

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The Nantes-Brest Canal is a 364 km long waterway connecting the city of Brest, on the west of Brittany, to the city of Nantes in the south east. Read More...

The shrine of the Cailleach at Glen Lyon

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Each year, in one of the most remote areas of Scotland, a family of stones are brought out of the house in the spring and returned to the house for the winter. The tradition stretches back thousands of years and the site is believed to be the only surviving shrine to the Celtic goddess Cailleach. Read More...

Newport Celtic Festival and Highland Games, Oregon

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A cultural celebration of the seven Celtic nations, the new festival on the Oregon coast features Celtic music, dance, food, drink, crafts, vendors, kids events, family histories and Highland Games. Read More...

World's largest tidal power project

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The world's largest tidal stream energy array will be built in the Sound of Islay on Scotland's west coast. Read More...

Wales' new devolution settlement

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Following the 'Yes' victory in the 3 March 2011 Referendum, Wales will now be able to pass its own laws in twenty policy fields. Read More...

The Giant's Causeway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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The Causeway Coast in Northern Ireland has an unparalleled display of polygonal columns of basalt rock resulting from a volcanic eruption 60 million years ago. Read More...

Scottish Transport Minister resigns over snow chaos

Stewart Stevenson steps down from ministerial post after severe winter conditions bring chaos to traffic in central Scotland.

Stewart Stevenson steps down from ministerial post after severe winter conditions bring chaos to traffic in central Scotland.

Mr Stevenson resigned on 11 December 2010 over controversy of his handling of the traffic chaos caused by extreme winter conditions.

Heavy snowfall brought much of central Scotland's road network to a standstill in early December.

Thousands of people were stuck in their cars overnight as the nation's busiest motorways; M8, M9 and A80- were badly affected by a significant accumulation of snow. Despite this, Mr Stevenson claimed that there had been “a first class response to difficult conditions." This prompted sustained criticism from the opposition parties and, after initially refusing to even offer an apology, he offered his resignation as it became clear that his position had become untenable.

December 2010 has been one of the coldest Decembers on record in Scotland with temperatures in the Highlands dropping as low as -20C.

In his resignation statement, Mr Stevenson accepted he "could have done much more to ensure that members of the public were better informed of the situation".

Mr Stevenson was replaced in the job by Keith Brown, an MSP for the Ochil constituency who had already held a ministerial position as Minister for Schools and Skills.

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