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Church of Scotland to raise thousands of pounds for worldwide organisations

The Church will help raise money for charities across the world

SIX worldwide organisations are set to benefit from thousands of pounds raised by the Church of Scotland’s Guild. Care for the Family – a Scottish charity helping new parents through the tough times after having a baby – is one of the organisations which will benefit from the much-needed funds. All Friends Together, a project […]

April 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Anonymous donor gives football legend’s signed shirt to charity shop

The shirt was left by an anonymous donor

A SIGNED shirt belonging to a Scots football legend has been anonymously donated to a charity shop. Workers at Shelter Scotland’s shop at Clarkston Toll, East Renfrewshire were shocked to find a football shirt signed by Scotland and Rangers legend Colin Stein. The retro shirt, of the kind worn by the Scotland team in the […]

April 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots town to host a two-wheeled festival this weekend

The challenge will include  various stages in different sports

A SCOTS town will turn into a two-wheeled festival this weekend as hundreds of bikers head to the Borders. The Selkirk Mountain Bike Marathon and British Mountain Bike Marathon Championships will begin this Friday evening on the High Street in Selkirk. Top class entertainment includes a new Pump Track (a huge airbag on which to […]

April 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Property developers to build underpass for newts

1,040 homes are set to be built in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire

AN UNDERPASS for newts will be built to protect the species during a large-scale property development. 1,040 new homes are set to be built in Glenboig, North Lanarkshire, and developers have pledged to protect the Great Crested Newts that dwell in the area. Banks Property has been granted a ‘Great Crested Newt Development Licence’ by […]

April 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

New art gallery to open inside a pub

The bar is set to sell original works from world class artists

A new gallery showcasing famous street artists is opening inside a pub – so you can buy a Banksy with your beer. The Street bar in Edinburgh is set to sell original works by world-class artists, such as Keith Haring, Banksy, New York’s Shepard Fairey and even pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein, through its Street Art […]

April 27th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Poshest car boot sale in Scotland

MORE THAN 60 castle owners have cleared out their unwanted knick-knacks for the poshest ‘car boot sale’ in Scotland. For the first time bargain hunters will have the chance to buy into the lifestyle of some of the countries’ most impress and historic homes in the jamboree sale with a difference. China tea services, antique […]

April 26th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

‘Vettriano of Violence’ sells out show before it’s even open

DAVID BOWIE and Madonna are fans and now the Scottish artist known as the ‘Vettriano of Violence’ has managed to sell out his entire exhibition before it even opened. The critics might not like Peter Howson but that hasn’t deterred one buyer snapping up every piece of work in the ‘Demokratia’ show. The painting – […]

April 26th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

River city actor Scott Vickers takes on muddy challenge for Erskine


River city actor Scott Vickers made a splash last week when he took on a wet and muddy challenge for Erskine in a bid to encourage others to sign up to the fundraising event. Scott, who is a celebrity Ambassador for the veterans’ charity, ran, climbed and slithered through the 5k ‘No Man’s Land – […]

April 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

15% of travellers fail to declare medical conditions to insurers, new research shows

People hope to save money on travel insurance by omitting facts

A WHOPPING 15% of travellers fail to declare medical conditions to their insurers, new research shows. An alarming number of middle aged men and women with pre-existing medical conditions are placing themselves at risk when holidaying abroad, according to travel insurance provider AllClear. New data reveals that many people are deliberately failing to declare their […]

April 24th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Road safety charity dismayed at parties for not tackling road death initiatives in manifestos


The Institute of Advanced Motorists has reacted with dismay at the lack of priority given to cutting deaths on UK roads by the main political parties in their election manifestos.     Despite road accidents being the leading cause of death for males and females between five and 19, no party has published any long […]

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Tickets for schools programme reaches 5,000 mark

MORE than 600 local schoolchildren will attend this weekend’s Championship match between and Hibernian FC and Alloa Athletic at Easter Road as part a Tickets for Schools programme.   In total more than 5,000 tickets have been distributed to schoolchildren for league matches at Easter Road Stadium so far this season under the scheme.   […]

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Aspiring writers given chance to see their work appear in print

Aspiring writers have the chance to see their work appearing in print alongside some of Scotland’s top young literary talents in a new anthology. ‘Logos in the Foam’ will be published in August this year by Dundee-based Teckle Books and Members of the public are invited to submit short stories and extracts of novels of […]

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost getting ready for his first marathon


Edinburgh’s Lord Provost is gearing up to tackle 26 miles on Sunday (26 April) when he takes on the Virgin Money London Marathon 2015. He will join over 960,000 runners, including Scottish TV presenter Jenny Falconer, F1 racer Jensen Button, and supermodel Christy Turlington in the annual race to the finish line in The Mall […]

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Danger warning as cyclinders of laughing gas stolen from Scottish hospital

CYLINDERS of laughing gas have been stolen from a Scottish hospital. The cylinders containing nitrous oxide were taken from Perth Royal Infirmary. Police said the gas, used medically as a painkiller, could be used illegally as a recreational drug or as a fuel additive.   A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Nitrous oxide can be […]

April 22nd, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots scientists show true extent of Amazon deforestation damage

The study shows the true extent of damage to the rainforest

A STUDY carried out by Scots scientists is the first to show the true extent of Amazon deforestation damage. The research, published by the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences, shows the extent of damage by determining the impact humans have had on the ability of the rainforest to store carbon. Their findings showed that […]

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scottish Opera appoints new director after worldwide search

Stuart Stratford has a range of professional experience

THE SCOTTISH Opera has appointed a new music director after a worldwide search. Stuart Stratford, who is half Scottish himself, was chosen due to his talent, vision, and recent work with the company. Stratford impressed audiences and critics during his recent engagement with Scottish Opera, conducting Janácek’s Jenufa to acclaim. He trained in clarinet and […]

April 21st, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Election penalty shootout puts Labour in the lead

Labour won against the Conservatives today in a dramatic penalty shoot out at Spartans Community Football Academy in Edinburgh. Both teams got off to a nervous start with both Labour’s Ken Macintosh and Conservative staffer Graeme Rose missing from the spot. Assistant General Secretary of Community the Trade Union, John Park, pulled off two solid […]

April 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Body of Ben Nevis hillwalker found

Royal Navy Helicopter R177 from HMS Gannet found the body on Friday afternoon

  THE body of a hillwalker reported missing on March 31 was found by rescue teams on Friday afternoon. The body was identified as that of Kyle Knox, who had been missing for some two and a half weeks after severe weather swept across the peak. Rescue helicopters found his body in the Surgeon’s Gully area, […]

April 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Laphroaig to celebrate 200 year anniversary with return of 15 year old whisky

The 15 Year Old whisky has been resurrected in honour of the 200th anniversary

  ON 20 April 2015 Laphroaig will celebrate its 200 year anniversary by releasing a limited edition 15 Year Old single malt. Laphroaig 15 Year Old was originally launched more than 30 years ago, with a lower level of peat and a higher bottling strength of 43%. The £75 bottle has been resurrected by Distillery Manager John […]

April 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Country dwellers warned to keep dogs on a leash

Farmers are allowed to shoot dogs if they threaten their livestock

DOG owners have been reminded to keep their pets on a lead near livestock this Spring, as farmers have the right to shoot them if they they threaten the safety of livestock. John Cousins BVSc, MRCVS, Director of VioVet said today: “Sheep are flight animals, and will flee at full speed when around an unpredictable dog.” […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

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