As the 140th anniversary of the Tay Bridge Disaster is remembered in Dundee and Fife, Michael Alexander discovers the human impact of the tragedy is still being felt to this day.
Descendent of Tay Bridge Disaster victim praises trustees for the memorials to the 59 souls ‘known to have died’
A Fife councillor who is a direct descendent of one of the Tay Bridge Disaster victims has praised the trustees of the Tay Bridge Disaster Memorial Trust for all the effort they out in to raise funds and erect memorials in 2013.
It was the year that the deadliest outbreak of ebola started in West Africa and began to spread, the year that Russian conflict in Ukraine and Crimea raised global tensions and the year that a Malaysian Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur destined for Beijing vanished – just four months before a different, unrelated Malaysian Airlines flight was shot down near the Ukrainian border.
From uprisings across the Arab world and the deaths of Osama Bin Laden and Kim Jong-il, to a magnitude-nine earthquake that shook north-eastern Japan unleashing a savage tsunami, 2011 was a tumultuous year worldwide.
It was a year that saw a number of notable deaths, including Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and Hugo Chavez, the Pope's resignation and a meteorite crash in Russia.
It was the year that the Queen celebrated 60 years on the throne, the UK basked in the reflected glory of its Olympic and Paralympic athletes and the US re-elected Barack Obama as president.
It was the year that David Cameron and Nick Clegg joined forces at Westminster to send Labour’s Gordon Brown packing and when thousands of US embassy cables by Julian Assange’s Wikileaks website caused global controversy.
HOGMANAY: Award-winning Scots language expert Billy Kay on why Scotland’s traditions are the toast of the world
As Hogmanay approaches, Michael Alexander speaks to Scots expert Billy Kay about the world’s fascination with Scottish New Year traditions.
Dundee and Angus College is leading the way with efforts to combat climate change, discovers Michael Alexander.