All of Renfrewshire’s schools and pre-five establishments will close at 1pm tomorrow (Thursday 8 December). All special schools, including Hollybush Pre-Five centre will be closed all day.

The decision to close the schools was taken after the Met Office issued a red alert, warning of gale force winds potentially reaching 90mph.

The Renfrewshire Council Schools’ Music Service Christmas Concert, scheduled to take place in Paisley Town Hall tomorrow evening has also been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

Red alert warnings are highly unusual with only one or two being issued a year.

Councillor Lorraine Cameron, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Education Policy Board, said, “The safety of our pupils is our chief concern. We have been given a clear warning from the Met Office to expect severe weather that could damage buildings and cut power supplies.

“We realise that this decision will cause parents some inconvenience but in these circumstances we have no other choice given the severity of the weather predicted.”

The Met Office warning said, “Through the day on Thursday winds will strengthen with severe and potentially damaging and dangerous gales developing through the central belt during the afternoon and into the evening rush hour with winds as high as 80 mph, and a risk of some gusts to 90 mph. Transport disruption, including complete closure of bridges, power supply disruption and structural damage are all possible with gusts of this magnitude.”

Press release issued: Wednesday 7 December 2011, 5pm



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Whats going on with our weather, its been a nightmare for days and only to get worse…



Westender one of our moderators on the website took this shot of the Hammills today, go to his flickr set for more shots from around Paisley. Including a shot of the launching of the Scarborough ship down at the Clyde shipyards.

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Dr Robert Broom:

Robert Broom was born in Scotland in 1866 to a poor family. Educated as a doctor specializing in midwifery, he used that profession to support himself while travelling the world. Fascinated by the origin of the mammals, he travelled to Australia in 1892. Five years later, he went to South Africa, where he would stay for the rest of his life.

In 1910 Broom’s insistence on the theory of evolution cost him his position at the University of Stellenbosch, an extremely conservative religious institution, and he started practicing medicine in the remote Karroo region of South Africa. He also practised paleontology, becoming the world’s leading expert on the mammal-like reptiles which were found in abundance in the region. His paleontological work was so highly regarded that in 1920 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

In 1934, aged 68, he gave up his medical practice to take a position at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria. In 1936 he decided to search for more of Dart’s australopithecines, and in the same year found a fragmentary skull of an adult at Sterkfontein (which he initially placed in a new genus, Plesianthropus). In 1938, he found the first robust australopithecine skull at Kromdraai after a schoolboy discovered some teeth at the site. Further finds followed, but it was not until Broom published a major monograph on the australopithecines in 1946 and the influential British scientist W. E. Le Gros Clark examined the fossils in 1947 that most scientists finally accepted that the australopithecines were hominids. Other major finds included Sts 5, a superb fossil skull, and Sts 14, a partial skeleton which consisted of much of a pelvis, femur, and vertebral column and proved convincingly that australopithecines had walked upright.

In 1948 he started excavating at Swartkrans, which yielded remains of what was later determined to be Homo erectus, as well as further australopithecine fossils.

Somewhat of an eccentric, Broom, conscious of his standing as a medical man, always dressed in a formal dark suit even when fossil hunting, but would strip naked when it got too hot. He remained prodigiously energetic until the end of his life. Broom had promised that he would “wear out, not rust out”, and was true to his word. In 1951, after writing the finishing lines of his monograph on the australopithecines, he whispered “Now that’s finished … and so am I”. He died moments later at the age of 85

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We recieved yet another new Famous person from Paisley nomination from Peter Evans “thanks Peter” the nomination is Neve McIntosh.

neve mcintosh

Neve McIntosh (born January 1, 1972) is a Scottish actress.

Neve McIntosh has the British nationality. She uses the name Neve McIntosh as an artist name, but was born under the name of Carol McIntosh.

Born in Paisley, Neve McIntosh grew up in Edinburgh, where she attended Boroughmuir High School. She moved to Glasgow to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, after which she was in repertory companies at Perth and at The Little Theatre on the Isle of Mull. She next played in a Glasgow stage production of The Trick is to Keep Breathing. She also appeared in American director Mark L. Feinsod’s first film, Love And Lung Cancer. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Fuchsia in the 2000 BBC and WGBH Boston production of Gormenghast, a lavish mini-series based on the first two books of the trilogy by Mervyn Peake.

In 2004, McIntosh starred in Bodies, a medical drama produced by BBC3 and based on the book Bodies by Jed Mercurio. She has also appeared in several other television dramas, including Psychos, Ghost Squad, Miss Marple, Murder City, Bodies-2 and Low Winter Sun. It was during the production of Psychos that she met her cameraman husband Alex Sahle. Alongside her television work she has appeared in the films Gypsy Woman and One Last Chance, and in the theatre, playing in the RSC production of Dickens’ Great Expectations in Stratford.

She is currently starring as Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum in Edinburgh.

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