Willie Shand traces the history of the Canals of Falkirk, in the June 11, 2022 issue of “The People’s Friend”.
Scotland can boast many great engineering feats, including the Falkirk Wheel, which was opened twenty years ago, on May 24, 2002. It is our most exciting example of 21st-century engineering – the world’s very first rotating boat lift.
It stands at the meeting point of two of Scotland’s major canals – the Forth and Clyde canal, just outside Falkirk.
Join Willie as he visits the area, taking in the Wheel and the famous Kelpies sculptures nearby.
Hearts & Minds
Actress Carmen Pieracchini’s performances have been seen by millions. However, it’s playing to an audience of one that gives mum-of-two Carmen the greatest satisfaction – and it always involves a bit of clowning around. She is one of the talented performers who dress up and delight children through their efforts as Clowndoctors.
It’s a programme run by charity Hearts & Minds with the aim of improving the lives of vulnerable individuals, one smile at a time, by using therapeutic clowning.
Bill Gibb finds out more in the magazine.
With brightly coloured beaks and a comical waddle, puffins are one of the UK’s most easily recognisable birds. However, you have to be lucky to spot one.
These elusive birds spend a lot of their time far out at sea and only come ashore for the short breeding season, when they rear their young in clifftop burrows, which are often on uninhabited islands.
Janey Swanson heads to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick. hoping to see some of these delightful birds, fondly known as the clowns of the sea.
Find out in the magazine whether her quest was successful.
In June 1921, more than 38,000 enumerators captured the details of almost 38 million people.
This included over 8.5 million households as well as all manner of public and private institutions. These ranged from prisons and military bases to public schools and workhouses.
For the first time, people were asked not only about their occupations but also their place of work and employer. They were also asked about their marital status, and “divorced” became an option.
These records reveal what has changed and evolved over time but can also provide familiarity with our lives today.
The publication of the 1921 Census of England and Wales is a great opportunity for history fans, as Marion McGivern discovers.
Elsewhere in the June 11, 2022 issue, we have a collection of healthy recipes that will help you towards your five-a-day! Plus we have a knitting pattern to make a lovely dress for a little girl.
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