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Emma Muldoon aoutside the Albertina, Vienna

Column: Travels with my wheelchair

Can you imagine being told by an airline that you cannot fly with them because you wear prescription glasses? That would be ridiculous, even a little hard to believe, not to mention discriminatory.

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A gas-lit Falkirk Old Parish Church in 1935

Gasworks brought heat and light to the town

This week I found myself moaning about the latest rise in gas prices until I thought of the astonishing fact that supplies of gas and electricity are delivered in wires and pipes from miles away right into our homes. Our ancestors would be utterly astonished but today we take technology so much for granted that we expect the power to heat and light our homes to be available at the flick of a switch. It is hard to imagine a world with neither gas nor electricity where houses, churches, offices and factories were lit by oil lamps or candles. That was the situation for centuries until the arrival on the scene of Scottish engineer William Murdoch who worked in Birmingham with the great James Watt. In the 1790s Murdoch discovered a way of making gas by burning coal so that it could provide continuous light and be piped from one place to another. By 1812 a small area of central London had the first gas lights and within two decades the miracle ‘‘illuminant’’ had spread throughout the land.

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At work on the Barrwood improvements

Future-proofing at Barrwood

A £100,000 project saw trees and rocks blasted away to reinstate a road and at the same time 400 metres of water pipes were laid by hand at Barwood.

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North and south, it’s all Boys’ Brigade country!

North and south, it’s all Boys’ Brigade country!

Just as 7th Falkirk (Baptist Church) were debating jam or cream first on their Devon teas at their camp 8th Falkirk (Bainsford Church) may have been pondering the delicacies of hotpot or Eccles Cakes at their camp at Kirkham in Lancashire on the campsite operated by the NW district of the BB.

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