10 Aug 2015
Methil is a hydrogen renewable energy source for Scotland. The problem with wind tide etc is their intermittency whereas Hydrogen, which is plentiful, can be stored and use to heat housing. There is potential for Scotland to be an exporter of (hydrogen) energy and there is a proposal to set up a North Sea Grid that would entail exporting energy in the shape of hydrogen to Norway where they have the capacity using their large resources of hydro power to store the energy. The problem comes when at a time of shortage of energy, Scotland must buy back the stored energy.
VOT Bob Hamilton
15 YEARS A LORD
24 Aug 2015
Margaret entertained us with her reflections of the interesting people she dealt with as the Lord Lieutenant of Fife and events attended.
Duties included arrangements for visits by members of the Royal family, presentation of medals on behalf of the Queen, meeting Ambassadors, (the Dalai Lama), ceremonies involving the Police, Territorial Army, Boy Scouts, Boys Brigade etc., diamond wedding anniversaries and presentation of citizenship papers. Memorable events included the 50th anniversary of the coronation of HM The Queen, funerals of Black Watch soldiers.
VOT Bryan Paterson
LET THERE BE LIGHT
14 Sep 2015
Jack provided a thorough background of Andrew Carnegie`s formative years. His grandfather and father were weavers. The family moved to the USA where Andrew became the wealthiest man in the world. However, he never forgot the Dunfermline and established the Carnegie Trust endowed with £2.5m and stressed that “The child must benefit.” He donated his cottage, Pittencrieff Park; Lauder Technical College among others.
Dunfermline Library was donated in 1881- first of 2,811 worldwide. Each library is in-scribed, “Let There Be Light”.
VOT Brian Rowland