Apr 302014
Tribute Gig Poster

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In association with New Level Entertainments, Radio Saltire are offering two tickets to the Tribute gig of the year in Musselburgh this May.

If you want to join Robbie Williams, Neil Diamond and Kenny Rogers for a night of great music and entertainment, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

What is the County Town of East Lothian?

A – Musselburgh

B – Haddington

C – Tranent

Email Competition@RadioSaltire.org and tell us your answer, name and phone number.

The gig is at the Glasshouse in Musselburgh on Saturday 10th May. The winner will be drawn on Thursday 8th May at Noon.

If you want to listen to Duncan’s promo for the comp, click the player below:

Of course, if you don’t want to risk missing out, tickets are for sale too!

Good Luck 😉

Apr 302014

Police ScotlandPolice Scotland officers in Midlothian and East Lothian are urging members of the public to be wary of criminals targeting bank ATMs in the area.

The warning comes after the bank details of several customers were obtained and money unlawfully taken from accounts during incidents last week.

One person saw the message “your card is being retained” while using the Co-Operative ATM on Clayknowes Road in Musselburgh on Wednesday 23rd April, and then soon after had £300 withdrawn from their account without their knowledge.

A ‘card-skimming’ device was discovered on the same day at a Co-Operative ATM in High Street in Bonnyrigg. Also on Wednesday, a ‘cash trap’ device – which is fitted to the cash dispensing slot and stops money from being delivered to the customer – was believed to have been fitted to the ATM at Tesco, Olivebank Road in Musselburgh.

A ‘cash-trap’ was recovered on Thursday 24th April on the Co-operative ATM on Tranent High Street, while a recording device was found stuck to the surface of the Co-operative ATM on Links Road, Port Seton, on Saturday 26th April.

Detective Sergeant Keith Mackay said:

Police in Midlothian and East Lothian are working hard to catch those responsible for targeting ATM’s and attempting to steal money from bank customers. We are advising members of the public to remain extra vigilant when withdrawing money.

The criminals have been using a number of different devices on ATM machines in the area. Some, such as ‘card skimmers’, capture the account details from the customer’s cards, and a second device, which is fitted with a miniature camera, records the keystrokes on the ATM’s keypad.. Both devices are made to look like they belong to the ATM so customers are urged to take extra care.

Once the card details are obtained, the criminals make cloned cards and, along with the Personal Identification Numbers (PINs) they have captured, use them to withdraw cash from the victim’s account from any ATM.

This can continue until the customer or bank notices some unusual withdrawals, which could result in hundreds of pounds being stolen.

Other devices are being used to ‘trap cash’ in the dispensing slot, making the customer believe the machine is faulty. This can also put the machine out of service. The criminal then removes the trap with the customer’s cash.

Police Scotland is keen to keep these type of crimes to an absolute minimum, and the Safer Communities department at Dalkeith police Station, has today issued the following advice:

These are steps you can take to lessen the possibility of becoming a victim.

  • Check the card reader before inserting your card. If you are suspicious, then do not use it and contact the bank or police immediately.
  • Check for additions to the ATM that look out of place, such as a leaflet holder which could also contain a hidden camera.  Do not attempt to remove any suspicious device, as the criminals are likely to be nearby and watching the machine.
  • Always cover your hand fully as you enter your PIN by using your other hand or a purse or wallet as a shield.
  • Also be aware of your surroundings at all times – is someone standing behind you watching you as you use the ATM? If you are not comfortable then stop the transaction and inform the bank, security staff or police.
  • Finally, check your account balance regularly and inform your bank immediately if your account shows any transactions you did not make.

Enquiries are ongoing into these incidents. Anyone with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or, alternatively, the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Apr 272014

Enjoy Leisure LogoThe Loch Centre in Tranent has developed a brand new gym session which allows senior customers to have access to a trained instructor in the gym.

Many customers are keen to use the gym facilities but are often put off by the equipment and a lack of knowledge on how to use it. The introduction of Mature- Fit aims to build confidence so senior members feel at ease within the gym environment.

The class has been developed in response to customer feedback. Kim McGeary Loch Centre Manager said:

Many of our senior customers had expressed that they did not feel fully at ease working out in the gym and wanted to make better use of the equipment to achieve their fitness goals.  We responded to this request by allocating dedicated sessions where customers can speak to an instructor.”

Mature-Fit takes place on Thursdays 9:15am – 10:00am.  We are hopeful that following this trial, more classes can be introduced. A similar class is run for our teenage customers: Teen-Fit, which takes place Mondays 4.00pm-5.00pm and Fridays 1.30pm-2.30pm.

enjoyleisure members can book Mature-Fit for free otherwise adults cost £5.75 and concessions are £2.90. You can book into these classes by contacting reception, either by phone: 01875 824140 or in person within the centre.

All inclusive memberships from enjoyleisure start at £19 a month for concessions (over 60s) and £29 for Adults. Memberships provide unlimited access to all 7 of East Lothian Sport Centres’ Gyms, Pools and over 260 fitness classes per week.

For more information go to: www.enjoyleisure.com

Apr 252014

In a packed programme this week I will be chatting live here in the studio to Jim Hume, the Scottish Liberal Democratic MSP for the South of Scotland.

Jim Hume
Jim has had a brilliant career to date and I will be finding out a bit about his farming background in the Scottish Borders, his hobbies, interests and music preferences when I talk to him after the news at noon.

There are the usual regulars of course including at about 10.30 a look back at ‘Today in History’ to see what happened here in the UK on 29th. April in times past – helped along as usual by Howard and his terrific website – BeautifulBritain.co.uk

This week’s ‘Classical Corner‘ – the spot for classical music dummies like me takes us into world of George Frideric Handel, the German born but nationalised British composer famed for his love of religious and royal music which has really stood the test of time. Some of his pieces are still regularly played today despite being written over 300 years ago and the piece I have chosen today – ‘The Entry of the Queen of Sheba’ will probably be familiar with most of you even if you don’t recognise it by name.

As you know, I’m a self-confessed Classical Music Dummy so I have been researching this piece of music and I’ll be sharing what I found out with you – and listening to it too of course at around 11.30.

This week’s artist of the week is Michael Bolton and then there’s the competition. Once again, we have three Radio Saltire Car Stickers up for grabs and all you have to do is answer a simple question and email or text me during the show with your answer. All correct entries will be entered into the hat and the winners drawn out and announced at around 12.45 pm. And this week’s question is:

What year did the County of ‘Haddingtonshire’ change its name to ‘East Lothian’?

Was it   a) 1921     b) 1925   or c) 1928

Please remember that this particular competition is only running WHILE THE SHOW IS ON AIR (so don’t try to enter it at any other time) and entries must be by email: studio@radiosaltire.org – or by text: 07 55 33 47 0 24
And don’t forget to give us a contact number so we can call you back if you’ve won – to find out where to send your sticker.

I’ll be opening up a link too on our Facebook page during the show so if you would like a request or a dedication, you can post it there, email me or text me – and I’ll do my best to oblige.

Its all happening and kicks off as usual at 10.00 of the clock in the forenoon.
I do hope you can join me.

And don’t be late – or you might have to sit at the back!