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 and Welsh police sent to help control riots in England

Scottish First Minister voices concern that violence in neighbouring nation could damage Scotland's reputation as a tourism destination.

Scottish First Minister voices concern that violence in neighbouring nation could damage Scotland's reputation as a tourism destination.

Although police forces in Scotland and Wales refused to release figures for operational reasons, it was understood that 250 Scottish officers and around a hundred Welsh officers were sent to help English forces tackle outbreaks of violence in England.

During the period August 6th - 10th, sporadic violence and looting broke out in several cities around England. The riots were initially reported in the British and international media as "UK riots".

Speaking about the riots in the neighbouring nation, the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond said "Obviously we've got an obligation to help if we can, and that's what's being done".

However, the Scottish First Minister expressed his concern about the media inaccurately reporting "UK riots" when no disorder had actually happened in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Tourism is a vital sector of the Scottish economy and the Scottish Government feared that tourists would cancel visits to Scotland after a number of foreign agencies advised travellers against going to the UK.

Mr Salmond stated: "It is important that we try and make the distinction. One of the bright spots in the economy right now is the surge in tourists numbers round Scotland. We don't want anything to damage that, so it is really important that... we see things properly presented."

After the First Minister expressed his concerns publicly, the main British broadcasters amended their headline reporting as "England riots" instead of "UK riots".

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