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Rankin says coffee is his crack cocaine

Rankin called coffee his crack cocaine

SCOTS author Ian Rankin has revealed he’s addicted to caffeine – and even compared his habit with crack cocaine. Rankin suggests his caffeine habit could be part of his success, saying some of the ideas come when he’s “wired to the universe” at bedtime. The 55-year-old admitted to his coffee habit in an article for […]

July 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Scots Cop a hit with AC/DC video

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A POLICE officer has become an unlikely hit with rock fans after sprinkling an official safety video with references to songs by AC/DC. Inspector John McQuilter uploaded a video to the Police Scotland Facebook page ahead of the legendary rockers’ sold out gig at Hampden Stadium, Glasgow, on Sunday. The wobbly video, shot outside Hampden’s […]

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Andy Murray latest subject of mouth painter

The finished portrait of Murray

ANDY Murray has received a pledge of support from an unlikely source – a paralysed ex-rugby player who drew the tennis champion using just his mouth. Henry Fraser, 23, from Chipperfield in Hertfordshire, was paralysed from the shoulders down when he banged his head while on holiday five years ago. After a long stint in […]

July 1st, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open tees off with #TartanWednesday

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GOLF fans will be encouraged to turn Gullane Golf Club into a sea of tartan next week with ‘Tartan Wednesday’ at the official Pro-Am day at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open. Following the success of ‘Tartan Tuesday’ at last year’s Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, spectators are being urged to look out those tartan tammies […]

June 30th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Play detailing the impact of war on women to be performed at Edinburgh Fringe

The show examines the repetitive cycles of war

A play about the impact of war on women is set to be performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Susanne Sulby, whose father was in the US Marines, penned the play after receiving heart-wrenching letters from soldiers in Iraq. She decided to send care packages to squaddies overseas after years of seeing conflicts on the […]

June 29th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Adopt-a-Garden Scheme launched in Aberdeen

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Aberdeen volunteer group have broken new ground as the first to sign up to the new Adopt-a-Garden campaign. The campaign is set to encourage people from across Scotland to get green fingered and help care for the gardens of vulnerable adults in their own communities. Volunteers are encouraged to register to take part and help […]

June 28th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

JK Rowling exasperated after fans are confused by Potter play

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JK ROWLING appeared to be close to breaking point after having to point out her new Harry Potter venture is “NOT a prequel” more than a dozen times. The Scottish author revealed on Friday that the Harry Potter stage play will open in London’s West End next year – but stayed tight-lipped about the story […]

June 28th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Environmental photographer of the year announced

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An amateur photographer and filmmaker from India has been named The Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year. Judges decided Uttam Kamati’s image ‘Watering Melon’ – depicting a husband and wife watering watermelon saplings on the Teesta river bed, in West Bengal, India – was the winning shot.   Kamati, who captures the work of […]

June 26th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Susan Boyle receives threatening phone calls

SuBo received the calls at her home in Blackburn

SUSAN Boyle has revealed that she is living in fear after receiving a string of abusive and threatening phone calls. The Britain’s Got Talent star, 54, said she has now contacted police after a caller warned her he “knows where she lives.” He also shouted down the phone “f**k you” and “f**k the Pope”, taking […]

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Buccleuch gundog trainer takes to the Galloway Country Fair arena for the first time

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David Lisett, the gundog manager for the Duke of Buccleuch, will make his arena debut at this year’s Galloway Country Fair at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. Mr Lisett will demonstrate some of his canine friends from the Buccleuch kennels including Naughty Nora (or Nora the Explorer, depending on her mood) and Cracker the Mighty […]

June 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Better Caul Saul star spotted on train to Highlands

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THE world’s dodgiest fictional lawyer has been spotted heading for the Scottish highlands. Breaking Bad’s Saul Goodman, aka actor and comedian Bob Odenkirk, was snapped on the train between Glasgow and Mallaig on Wednesday by fan Arnie Turnbull. The legendary lawyer explained to Mr Turnbull, 31, that he was preparing to take on the 96 […]

June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Fiery Scotswoman wins battle for kitchen job from hell

Justin casts a watchful eye over his new employee

AN American chef who wrote the world’s most terrifying job ad has hired a fiery Scotswoman – whose idea of relaxing time off involves play fights with male friends. Justin Valmassoi got worldwide attention after advertising for someone to work in his Glasgow “kitchen the size of a closet for s*** money”. Cassandra McIntyre has […]

June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots actor Heughan in love with American breakfasts

Heughan revealed his LA lifestyle

OUTLANDER star Sam Heughan has revealed his love of the finer things in Los Angeles life – including avocado for breakfast, macrobiotic vegan salads and strong cocktails. The Scottish heartthrob grew up in a tiny village in Dumfries and Galloway where he was one of only four children in his primary class. Heughan, who plays […]

June 19th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

“Mildly comedic” Robert Lindsay tweets JK Rowling asking for film role

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MY FAMILY star Robert Lindsay is “waiting with baited breath” to find out if he has a role in JK Rowling’s new Harry Potter spin-off. Lindsay, also known for his appearances in Hornblower and Citizen Smith, took to Twitter to ask whether any positions were available in her upcoming film series.   He sent Rowling […]

June 16th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Karen Gillan gives Twitter briefing on chippy sauce

The Doctor Who star raised the controversial topic in a tweet

DR WHO star Karen Gillan has given her fans a lesson on Edinburgh’s famous chip-shop sauce. The 27-year old redhead wrote on Twitter: “Scotland tomorrow. First thing I’m doing is buying a pile of chips with chippy sauce. Edinburgh folk: you know what I’m talking about.” For years, takeaways in the capital have asked customers […]

June 15th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Scotland beats Las Vegas and New Zealand to be top cinema destination

Eilean Donan castle has featured in several films (Picture: Guillaume Piolle)

SCOTLAND has beaten Las Vegas and New Zealand in the running to become the number one cinema destination in the world. Readers of American Newspaper USA Today and travel website 10best chose the country as the Best Cinematic Destination for the silver screen. The Highlands played an important role in the decision, with familiar sights […]

June 14th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Prehistoric Scottish site to feature in fantasy video game

The site sets the scene for the fantasy game

ONE of Scotland’s most historic sites will set the scene for a computer game featuring trolls, conjurers and elves. Skara Brae, a stone-built settlement on the west coast of Mainland in Orkney, will be brought back to life in a new fantasy video game. The upcoming title, The Bard’s Tale IV, will use cutting-edge technology […]

June 14th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Plastic donkey causes confusion

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THE Scottish SPCA responded to a report of donkey neglect, only to find a life-size garden ornament. Scotland’s animal welfare charity received a call to its helpline on Tuesday and staff are unsure whether the report was made as a prank or by a well-meaning but short-sighted passer-by. Senior Inspector Bill Little said, “The caller stated the donkey […]

June 11th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

Kirsty Gallacher denies wardrobe malfunction following “lewd” comments

She took action following a barrage of comments from amused viewers

SCOTS TV presenter Kirsty Gallacher may have suffered a wardrobe malfunction according to viewers who suggested she got “a little too cold” in the studio. The Sky Sports anchor was bombarded with comments – later branded by her as “lewd” – from amused fans. Following Wednesday night’s programme, Gallacher explained on Twitter that what appeared […]

June 11th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Frankenstein author’s link with Dundee to be explored

Dundee is said to have influenced the work of the Frankenstein author

Frankenstein author Mary Shelley’s formative experiences in Dundee will be revisited at the UK’s national festival of the humanities later this year. The University of Dundee will host ‘Mary Shelley’s Dundee: Re-animating a City’ as part of the Being Human 2015 festival. The festival will see events take place at 41 universities and other organisations […]

June 10th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment | Read More »

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