Comment: Sporting event to inspire a generation

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We don’t tend to make a habit of writing about Glasgow, but today is definitely the exception.

The Commonwealth Games is looking set to be an event which will excite the nation and hopefully inspire a generation.

While the main action is happening out west, the buzz and the economic benefit will certainly make its way to the Capital.

Tom Daley and Co will of course be in town to compete in the diving at the Royal Commonwealth Pool while the Commonwealth Games branding dotted around the city will ensure the spirit of the Games travels along the M8. If you are lucky enough to have a ticket for any of the action then check our handy guide today on the best way to get there on public transport.

As we reveal today you will not be able to watch any of the action on the big screen at Festival Square, although previous experience suggests that is perhaps no big loss.

Instead thousands will be glued to TVs at home, workplaces and bars across the city as a host of athletes from Edinburgh and the Lothians go for gold. Coming on the back of what has already been a fantastic summer of sport, it really can’t get much better in terms of inspiring youngsters to ditch the Playstation and take up sport.

It is going to be quite a ride and it all starts tonight with the opening ceremony, minus any exploding tower blocks, at Celtic Park.

Good luck to Glasgow and all those involved.. and Go Team Scotland!

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The soaring temperatures on wards at the Royal Infirmary are simply unacceptable.

The problems appear to be related to the design of the building, so hospital bosses must do everything possible to sort it out - and then send the bill to the private company responsible.