Falkirk tourist attractions

Falkirk is trying hard to market itself as a tourist attraction. The Falkirk Wheel is the main attraction for tourists in Falkirk . Callendar House is also an interesting place to visit . The Helix is the next big Falkirk tourist attractions
Today is Mega Monday according to Visa, which says people across the UK will use its credit cards to spend £222,222 per minute, making 4,722 transactions every 60 seconds – an increase of more than 20% on last year.

In keeping with the annual trend, Mega Monday falls on the first Monday in December when consumers are spurred on by payday falling on the last Friday in November.

Having earmarked their favourite items in-store over the weekend, shoppers log on typically after dark. The busiest time online is between 20:00 and 21:00.
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Online specialists like Amazon.com have been gearing up for Mega Monday
But not everyone finds it necessarily the best way to do their shopping.

Outside the very physical presence of a supermarket, there are different opinions about online shopping.

“I’d actually rather go and touch it and see it, to be honest, rather than go online,” says one woman.

Another says she does about half her shopping online. “Convenience,” she adds, “and it’s easier to compare prices. If it’s something expensive I’d go and look at it at the shop first and then buy it online at the best price.”

Elton John concert at Falkirk Stadium today

Elton John fans are flocking to the Falkirk Stadium for his  concert  today. Sir Elton had to cancel some concerts in America due to illness but he is in good health now after his appearance at the Diamond Jubilee concert on London on Monday on front of the Queen. The Falkirk stadium is about a mile from the town centre. The nearest railway station is Falkirk Grahamston. Trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh stop at Falkirk High station. The quickest way to transfer to the stadium is by taxi. Phone 01324-883305 to book a transfer

Olympic Torch route in Falkirk announced

The Olympic Torch will travel through Falkirk as part of its 70-day tour around the UK. The historic symbol of the Olympics will visit Larbert, Camelon, Falkirk and Skinflats on Wednesday, June 13, in the lead-up to this summer’s Games in London.

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Organising Committee, said: “Today we bring the Olympic Torch Relay to life.

“The Flame symbolises the Olympic spirit and its journey around the UK will bring the excitement of the Games to our streets.

“Now the people know the route the Olympic Flame will be carried along and the Torchbearers for their community, they can start planning how they might celebrate and make it Falkirk’s moment to shine.”

Falkirk, travelling from Glenfuir Road, through West Bridge Street, Cockburn Street, Hodge Street, Arnot Street, St Crispins Place, Callendar Road and Bellsmeadow Road. The police will set up some traffic restrictions during the day and some disruption to local traffic is expected.

The Skinflats leg of the journey is due to start at 2.40 p.m. before the torch heads across the Firth of Forth to Cairneyhill.

In the 1948 Olympic Games  James “Jimmy” McColl  represented Great Britain at the 1948 Summer Olympics, making two appearances. McColl had been with amateur club Queen’s Park until the Summer of the Olympics in which he played.He later played for Falkirk. There has been some controversy over the Great Britain football team for the 2012 Olympics with three Home Nation Football Associations refusing to allow players to be selected for the team . A large number of players have been contacted individually about playing in the GB team and most of them want to play for the team . There is very little the SFA can do to prevent players taking part.

 

Linlithgow Palace pictures

Linlithgow Palace HDR picture

Linlithgow Palace HDR picture

Linlithgow Palace is a popular subject for pictures because of its attractive location next to Linlithgow Loch. The Palace is the birthplace of Mary , Queen of Scots . The fountain in the courtyard has been restored recently. This picture is an HDR image produced using Photomatix. The picture is available as a screensaver

Top ten tips for a perfect Christmas

Everyone is looking forward to having a nice break at Christmas . Here are 10 tips for having the perfect Christmas

1. Create good first impressions when guests arrive with fairylights , candles and Christmas cards

2. Decorate the tree with colourful decorations , gifts and  interesting baubles

3. Bake cookies and biscuits cut into festive shapes

4. Create a Scandinavian gingerbread house

5. Use Christmas theme dressings and centrepieces for the dining table

6. Enjoy delicious hot drinks such as mulled wine or hot chocolate

7. Fill your house with fairylights of all colours to add a sparkle

8. Shop online for presents for a less stressful experience

9.Wrap and tag all your gifts in advance

10.Organise all your Christmas jobs so none are left until the last minute

Pippa Middleton , the younger sister of Duchess Catherine – has penned a guide for the Party Times online magazine she edits as part of her family’s mail order business in order to help people have a “stress-free” festive season.
Pippa cites “first impressions” as the most important thing to remember and goes on to offer advice on decoration, food, gifts and entertainment.

She suggests: “Have guests met by a beautiful red berry wreath and windows decorated with silver snowflake cut-outs, reindeers and Christmas trees using snow spray.

“At this time of year everything seems to gleam so fill your house with lots of tiny lights such as green Christmas fairy lights.

“Fairy lights play an essential part and can be draped from beams, twisted round staircases and hung around door frames for a winter sparkle.
Rustic rattan reindeers nestled in a corner and wrapped with fairy lights look stunning and magical,

Airport Transfers Stirling

Stirling is in an ideal position for commuting to either Edinburgh or Glasgow, being located right in the centre of Scotland. Airport transfers from Stirling are fairly short journeys . Edinburgh Airport is about half an hour away from Stirling by airport taxi and Glasgow Airport is about an hour’s journey. Edinburgh Airport caused controversy recently with their drop-off charge and it now looks as if the charge is going to be subject to a legal challenge . Edinburgh Airport had its busiest month ever in July
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The Park Gallery, Falkirk shows In Visible Ink exhibition

A unique exhibition of the work of world-renowned artists is being shown at The Park Gallery in Falkirk in July and August. Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from, talk to and learn from Kip Gresham, the master printmaker behind the work. The exhibition, In Visible Ink, features a selection of original prints created by artists at The Print Studio in Cambridge. One of a very small number of professional, multimedia and experimental workshops in the UK, the studio produces beautiful images in collaboration with the artists. The results of that collaboration can be seen in the work on display with, for example, etchings by Willard Boepple sitting alongside screenprints by Stephen Chambers RA and plate etchings by Trevor Sutton. Many of the pieces are already in major art collections worldwide and the artists on show regularly feature in major exhibitions like the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. “In Visible Ink is a walk through the variety of methods used by a range of different artists at The Print Studio,” master printmaker Kip Gresham says. “Each piece is beautiful in its own right. Together, the collection presents an astonishing array of talent and techniques.” Kip Gresham will be explaining the printmaking process further in a Printmaking Master Class at Forth Valley College in Falkirk

Falkirk Council increases finance by £1 billion

Falkirk Council has announced plans to launch a tax increment financing (TIF) scheme it believes could deliver £1bn-worth of investment.
It has completed an ambitious bid to tap into Treasury funds to get dozens of projects which could create hundreds of jobs off the drawing board. The UK wide economic downturn has had a major impact on development across Falkirk. A viable business plan has been produced to deliver not only Falkirk Gateway but many other key projects as well. The Council has produced a very exciting and innovative proposal which could bring absolutely massive benefits.

A business case to win the cash through the Tax Increment Financing scheme will be put to the Scottish Government’s Scottish Futures Trust team by the deadline of August 19.

The council has been working on a bid for the last 18 months. It hopes it will see funding made available to get massive projects including the upgrading of the M9, A9 and A801 Avon Gorge road links and development at the Falkirk Gateway, Grangemouth Docks, Earls Gate, Gilston and Helix sites started.

Approval allows councils to borrow cash from The Public Works Loan Board to deliver essential infrastructure like roads, lighting and utilities which have to be in place before building can start. Once completed and the sites are occupied, the rates the council receives from its new tenants is used to repay the money.

The idea has been used elsewhere and, in the current economic climate, is seen as an important regeneration tool. The TIF idea is already understood to have cross-party support in principle.

Councillor Craig Martin, leader of Falkirk Council, claims it is an opportunity the council cannot afford to miss.

Edinburgh Airport favoured by Falkirk holiday makers

Edinburgh Airport is the most convenient airport for Falkirk holiday makers and it continues to grow in popularity across the board.

March, April and May were the busiest in Heathrow and Edinburgh airports’ history, according to BAA’s latest figures.
Heathrow Airport handled 5.9 million passengers last month, while Edinburgh Airport handled 826,000.
Traffic at BAA’s six airports increased by 9.2% on last May to 9.3 million passengers, although the airport operator said the figures were skewed by last year’s figures that were affected by volcanic ash and industrial action.
Edinburgh screensavers can be downloaded at Edinburgh castle Screensavers