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Health Board Condemned for Night Discharges


A SCOTTISH health board has been condemned after discharging almost 1,400 OAPs from hospital during the night. NHS Fife admitted that 1,363 patients aged over 65 were sent home between 9pm and 9am during 2013/14. Health chiefs said 367 of the patients were aged 80 or over. The board was heavily criticised earlier this year […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Health,In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

Still Game Star’s School Challenge For Twitter Followers


STILL GAME star Ford Kiernan surprised fans yesterday by challenging them to pick him out of an old school photograph. The 52-year-old comedian posted the vintage snap with the caption “Can you see me noo?” to his 22,700 followers. The black and white image shows 34 happy pupils posing for a class photograph at Alexandra […]

August 21st, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

English teacher ad had spelling mistake

COUNCIL chiefs have been left red-faced after making a spelling mistake in an advert for an English teacher. Dundee City Council placed an advert online which invited applications from teachers of “Enlgish”. The advert, for a teacher at the city’s Grove Academy, was placed on the myjobscotland.gov.uk website. The government’s Education Scotland website states: “Texts […]

August 19th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

Pensioner’s Veg is Top Crop Once Again


A GREEN-FINGERED pensioner has broken records by winning the best vegetable garden in Fife – 24 years in a row. Jim Thomson, 88, has finished in first place with his gigantic crops – which include massive potatoes, marrows and onions. The retired civil servant from Dalgety Bay, Fife has gone from strength to strength with […]

August 7th, 2014 | Posted in Community,In Brief | Read More »

Coll gets mobile coverage for first time

SCOTS island is finally set to get mobile phone coverage for the first time as they are dragged into the 21st century. The Hebridean island of Coll is due to get mobile signal this year with construction under way on the island’s first mobile phone mast. It is hoped that the 50ft phone mast, which […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Perthshire water voles have plunged in number

SCOTS are being asked to help find out whether any water voles are left alive in Perthshire. Water vole numbers have plunged by 90% across Scotland since the 1990s. Overgrazing by the country’s booming sheep population has been partly blamed for the steep fall. Conservation group Tay Landscape Partnership fears they may have died out […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Haggis star of Fringe show

Haggis,_neeps_and_tatties feat image

A HAGGIS maker has teamed up with a playwright in a bid to rescue the reputation of Scotland’s national dish. ‘Haggis, Haggis, Haggis,’ by playwright Stuart Delves, will tackle foodie prejudice against the meal made from sheep’s lungs cooked with oatmeal and spices in stomach lining. And haggis makers MacSween’s will even provide hungry audiences […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,News,Scottish News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Fans booked B&B near new home of T in Park before 2014 event started

MUSIC lovers booked up accommodation near the new home of T in the Park before the first note of the 2014 festival was played. Some B&Bs near Strathallan, Perthshire, are already sold out for the weekend in July 2015. After 18 years at Balado, festival organisers announced they were moving because of safety concerns over […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Community,In Brief,News,Scottish News | Read More »

Prescription toothpaste “needed to protect underprivileged Scots youngsters”

OVER-the-counter toothpastes contains too little fluoride to protect the teeth of thousands of Scottish children, according to experts.   Youngsters from deprived areas of the country should be brushing their teeth with high-fluoride toothpaste only available on prescription, they argue.   More than a quarter of Scottish children suffer tooth decay, many of them from […]

April 8th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Sickness bug closes Fife school

A FIFE primary school has been forced to shut its doors after staff and pupils were struck down by a sickness bug. Sinclairtown Primary School in Kirkcaldy, Fife, has sent 306 pupils home after an unknown number were hit by an unknown virus. A notice was posted on Fife Council website stating it was closed […]

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Excitement at first city centre daylight tram run

People in Shandwick Place shared their overwhelming joy at finally seeing a moving tram

EDINBURGH experienced tram mania yesterday as the vehicles rolled through the city centre in daylight for the first time. Since construction began in 2007 the trams project has been plagued by delays and cost overruns. Until now the trams have been tested only at night or on a stretch of the 8.7mile track outside the […]

February 20th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Local News,News,Scottish News | Read More »

PASSENGERS at Scotland’s biggest bus station are being offered a first – a machine that wraps wet brollies to stop them dripping

PASSENGERS at Scotland’s biggest bus station are being offered a first – a machine that wraps wet brollies to stop them dripping . Entrepreneurs behind the clever gizmo hope rain-plagued Scots will fall in love with the technology, originally designed to prevent wet floors from posing a slippery safety risk. The  free service will be […]

February 19th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Poetic justice: Police warning to Valentine’s Day criminals

POLICE Scotland officers found themselves discussing poetry yesterday after tweeting a Valentine’s Day verse. Officers using the EdinburghCityPolice Twitter account took to verse to make it clear there would be no February 14 let up on miscreants. They tweeted: “Roses are red, Violets are blue, If you commit crime on Valentines day, We’ll put you […]

February 14th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

HIV experts warned of an ‘massive’ public health problem following sauna crackdown

EXPERTS who battled the AIDs epidemic in the 1980s have warned of a “massive” public health problem following the police crackdown on saunas.. Roy Kilpatrick, former Chief Executive of HIV Scotland, predicted an increase in HIV infections and other sexually-transmitted diseases. And he accused police and council officials of “dishonesty, hypocrisy and lack of transparency” […]

February 5th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Police Scotland have ordered new recruits to ‘declare their tattoos’

POLICE Scotland have ordered recruits to ‘declare their tattoos’ if they want to join the national force. Bosses announced they were on the hunt for new recruits on their Facebook on January 24. But  hopefuls must fill in a detailed description of their body art and hope it meets a strict set of criteria. New guidance says tattoos […]

February 5th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Scots gamblers spent £4.1 billion in just one year – new figures have revealed

Gamblers have been seen frittering away a "weeks wages"

SCOTS frittered away at least £4.1bn on slot machines in one year, a shocking new report reveals. The amount equates to £820 spent on “puggies” for every man, woman and child north of the border. Despite feeding an average of £130 every second into the fixed odds machines, Scots got back just £150m – less […]

January 31st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Frankie Boyle jokes he’s ‘moving on’ as Netflix declares he is English

ONLINE movie site Netflix has described Scots comedian Frankie Boyle as English. The nationality blunder was made in the caption on Glasgow-born Boyles’ 2008 live show. Netflix said that in Frankie Boyle Live “the sharp-tongued English comic is at his razor sharp best”. One of Boyle’s loyal army of Twitter followers, Laura Kate, spotted the […]

January 22nd, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Investigation launched into claim nurse “attacked” care home patient

AN investigation has been launched after claims a nurse attacked a patient in a care home, leaving his bed covered in blood. Brigitte Coupar is alleged to have grabbed a patient’s left ear and twisted it at Drummohr (corr) Nursing Home in Wallyford, East Lothian. Other staff later discovered dried blood on the patient’s head, […]

January 21st, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Council considers court battle over Culloden planning decision

People from all over the world have signed the petition against the controversial plans

COUNCIL chiefs are taking legal advice over plans for a housing development near the Culloden battlefield – as global outrage mounts over the decision. Highland Council may go to court to try to overturn the decision of Scottish Government planning reporter Richard Hickman to approve the scheme for 16 homes half a mile from the […]

January 10th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

Helicopter rescue after fatal crash near Torness nuclear power station

A MILITARY helicopter was scrambled to help survivors of a fatal car smash outside a nuclear power station. A 21-year-old woman died at the scene following the head-on collision near Torness Power Station near Dunbar, East Lothian, on Thursday night. Four other youngsters in their early twenties were taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.   […]

January 10th, 2014 | Posted in In Brief | Read More »

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