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Sunday at T in the Park 2014

Indie rockers The Arctic Monkeys, Bastille and Reverend and the Makers were among the acts who performed during Balado’s final ever day hosting T in the Park.


See Friday and Saturday‘s pictures of the iconic Scottish festival.

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Multimedia,News,Scottish News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Saturday at T in the Park 2014

Saturday brought acts like Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini and Rudimental to Balado for T in the Park 2014.

See Friday’s pictures here.

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Local News,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

T in the Park Friday 2014

The sun shone as the gates opened at T in the Park Festival on Friday. We captured the excitement as festival goers entered Balado campsite.


See Saturday and Sunday’s pictures

July 11th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In the Scottish Press,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Tributes paid to Bockarie Sonnah, boy who died in Edinburgh reservoir

FOURTEEN year old Bockarie Sonnah from Musselburgh died while swimming at Torduff Reservoir in Bonaly Country Park. We visited the scene of his tragic death.

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Local News,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Orange parade, Glasgow, 5 July 2014

As the marching season for the Orange Order peaked on Saturday, thousands took to the streets for the Annual Glasgow massed parade with bands and Lodges coming from far and wide, including Northern Ireland.


July 9th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Multimedia,News,Top Stories | Read More »

Direct Savings to give staff Referendum day off

A SCOTTISH company is giving its staff the day off on September 18 to vote in the independence referendum.

Direct Savings, an energy efficiency company based in Bathgate, West Lothian, is believed to be the first business in the country to make the move.

All 55 staff have been given a holiday to encourage them to cast their vote – but the managing director insists he doesn’t mind which side they back.

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Both the Yes Scotland and Better Together campaigns have given their support to the decision.

Jed Smith, Managing Director of Direct Savings, has called on other companies in Scotland to follow his lead and do the same.

He said: “I’d be keen to see other companies follow our initiative. In fact, perhaps there is an argument for public sector organisations to make the decision to close also on September 18?”

He added: “This is a huge decision for the country and it’s absolutely essential everyone gets their say on Scotland’s future.

“The polls will be open for a long time on the day and there are other options like postal votes, but sometimes people’s plans fall through.

“We think by giving the full day off we can minimise these potential issues.”

An SNP spokesman added: “The chance to vote for an independent Scotland is the biggest opportunity people will ever have to ensure that the great wealth of our country works better for everyone who lives here, and that never again will Tory governments Scotland has rejected be foisted on us.

“The decision by Direct Savings reflects the importance of the vote, but of course it is for each and every company to decide what if anything it wants to do.”

Scottish Conservative chief whip John Lamont warned against other businesses following suit.

He said: “Of course private companies can give days off to staff whenever they please, and I’m glad they’re encouraging employees to vote.

“However, we can’t have the whole country shutting down on September 18.

“Polls are open from 7am until 10pm, so flexibility is already very much built into the system, while the option of postal voting is available too.”

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Business,In the Scottish Press,Local News,News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

VIDEO: 1,000 volunteers test safety of Edinburgh’s trams in ‘Exercise Salvador’

AROUND one thousand eager travellers took up an invitation to be among the first passengers on Edinburgh’s controversial new tram system.

The volunteers turned out at the new tram stop beside Murrayfield Stadium last week to help transport chiefs test safety and crowd control procedures.

The Murrayfield stop is one of the biggest along the new route, which runs from Edinburgh Airport to  the city centre.

It will have to cope with massive crowds when the stadium hosts international rugby matches or major concerts, such as the highly anticipated One Direction gig coming up in June.

Dubbed ‘Exercise Salvador’ the morning event saw the travellers flock to the station, before boarding a tram for a short journey.

The tram line, which has been dogged by delays and a massive overspending controversy, is due to start carrying paying passengers from May.

March 17th, 2014 | Posted in Top Stories,Videos | Read More »

Terry Butcher Officially Presented as Hibernian Manager

Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas were officially presented as Hibernian’s new management team this afternoon by Hibernian Chairman Rod Petrie, after a six-figure compensation package was agreed between the Easter Road club and Inverness Caledonian Thistle.

It emerged last night that Malpas had been offered the manager’s job by Inverness, but has opted instead to join Butcher in Edinburgh.

November 12th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Radio Forth Awards 2013

Radio Forth’s tenth annual star studded awards ceremony took place on 7th November. The event welcomed the UK’s hottest musical talent to the stage to celebrate the remarkable stories and achievements of Edinburgh, the Lothians and Fife’s unsung heroes.

Guests included Susan Boyle, Boy George, JLS, Neon Jungle and Tom Odell.

November 8th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Filth World Premiere

All eyes were on Edinburgh as the world premiere of Irvine Welsh’s novel adaptation, Filth, took place at the Vue Cinema, Omni Centre.

Lead Actor James McAvoy, Director Jon S Baird, Producer Ken Marshall and author of Filth Irvine Welsh, as well as fellow cast members were on show for the debut.

Celebrity guests included Judy Murray, Pan Stanton and boxer Alex Arthur.

For full interviews click here.

September 24th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Tibor the Tiger celebrates 6th Birthday

Tibor, Edinburgh Zoo’s male Sumatran tiger, turned six today! To celebrate, keepers have arranged a special breakfast treat for the ferocious birthday boy. Born on the 16th July 2007, Tibor came to Edinburgh Zoo in October 2008 from Heidelberg Zoo in Germany.

While tigers are already impressive to see, Tibor looks especially fierce as he only has one eye. Just before arriving at Edinburgh Zoo his right eye was injured and despite treatment its condition continued to deteriorate. The eye developed glaucoma, which can be very painful in both people and animals, so surgery was performed to remove Tibor’s right eye.

Alison MacLean, Head Keeper Giant Pandas and Carnivores at Edinburgh Zoo said:

“For Tibor’s birthday we will be tying a joint of meat to one of the trees in the tiger enclosure as enrichment. We often provide our animals with enrichment activities, which help to keep them in good physical condition and to provide mental stimulation similar to what they would experience in the wild.



July 16th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Teenager Show Offs Amazing New Controllable Bionic Arm

A TEENAGER yesterday showed off his amazing new £30,000 bionic arm.

Delighted Patrick Kane can instruct the “i-Limb” to carry out a vast range of tasks via his mobile phone.

The artificial arm gives the 16-year-old — who lost his left arm to meningitis as a baby — 24 movements including a handshake, pinching and a trigger movement.

Full Story: http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2013/04/23/hands-app-patrick-shows-off-the-bionic-limb-which-he-can-control-from-his-iphone/

April 24th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Edinburgh Pub Stock Up For St Patrick’s Day

The Three Sisters in the Cowgate is planning to celebrate March 17 with an Irish drinking extravaganza with pints filled with Guinness and Magners.

More than 150 kegs of Guinness and 75 kegs of Magners have been delivered to the pub to help it break two two world pint-pulling records.

March 13th, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

The Restaurant Where There Is No Beef About Horse Meat

Horse meat is proving so popular that a Scottish chef has now doubled his weekly order. The Mongolian-style restaurant, Khublai Khans, in Edinburgh put horse meat on the menu a few weeks before the horse meat scandal broke out, and diners are going mad for the new delicacy.

February 21st, 2013 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Edinburgh Zoo’s Lion Celebrates Birthday

Edinburgh Zoo’s very own ‘king of the beasts’ – as lions are sometimes known – celebrated his 2nd birthday in style.

Asiatic lion juvenile Jayendra, known as Jay to his keepers at the Zoo, celebrated his birthday in style with some special birthday themed enrichment. Unfortunately for Jay, Kamlesh, the lioness who he is hoped to be mated with, decided to crash the party and keep all the treats for herself.

December 21st, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Labrinth ROX Up In Edinburgh

No.1 chart sensation Labrinth swept into Scotland’s capital city today and declared he wants to be king of Edinburgh Castle.

The urban music star was in Scotland to attend a glitzy jewellery store opening on Edinburgh’s prestigious George Street.

The 23-year-old, who is currently no.1 in the charts with his new track Beneath Your Beautiful with Aberdeen singer Emeli Sande, revealed his love of Scotland, including its national soft drink.


Full Story here

October 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

The Iron Bruna Curry

CHEFS have married Scotland’s other national drink with curry to create the Iron Bruna.
Brothers Abdul and Akbar Ali have blended the famed orange fizzy drink with bhuna sauce.
The result, they claim, is a mild curry with a distinctive after-taste of Irn Bru.

The Iron Bruna was created at their Kismot restaurant in Edinburgh to mark National Curry Week.
Akbar Ali, 32, said: “We thought, we like Irn Bru, we like curry, why not make it into a curry?

October 10th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Garry Haldane is Scotland’s most bitten postie

GARRY Haldane has emerged as Scotland’s most bitten postie after suffering 15 pet attacks in the past 12 years.

The 51-year-old has been chewed, scratched and chased so many times he is spearheading a campaign called Posties Bite Back.


September 7th, 2012 | Posted in Videos | Read More »

Madness singer Suggs discovers his dad is dead by reading Wikipedia

MADNESS frontman Suggs discovered his heroin addict Scottish father had died – by reading his own Wikipedia page.

Suggs – real name Graham McPherson – has spent years searching for his father, William Rutherford McPherson.

Scots-born McPherson Snr father walked out on him and his family shortly after he was born in Hastings, East Sussex, in 1961.

Suggs regrets not getting the opportunity to meet his dad again before he died (Credit: livepict.com)


After seeking advice, the 51-year-old checked the internet encyclopaedia which has over 22million entries.

He said: “I was scrabbling about, going to records offices and the British Library.

“Then one day my mate said, ‘Have you ever looked yourself up on Wikipedia?”

“I looked myself up and there it all was. It said that my father had died in 1975, aged just 40. The thing is  this website knew more about my life than me and my whole family combined.

“My dad had died in Birmingham, so I contacted the records office and a nice man there pieced things together for me.

“He had remarried so there was a glimmer of hope that he had turned his life around. But it was all a bit of a mess.

“He didn’t have any kids, which put paid to the chance that I might have stepbrothers or stepsisters.

“When his death certificate arrived it was a real shock.”

Suggs found out that his dad had injected paraffin into his eyes and was sectioned before his death.

He regrets not getting the chance to reunite with his dad.

The father-of-two said: “I didn’t think too much about him when I was younger. He had disappeared and had been in a lunatic asylum, as they used to call them.

“The shame was that he died when I was 15, when I was just starting in the band. If he been around a couple more years then my profile might have led him to get in touch and we

could have met up but it wasn’t to be. I missed having a father figure so I was determined to try and be around for my kids.

“They would ask what happened to their granddad. When they were old enough to understand I told them that he was mixed up with heroin and ended up in asylum.”

The singer’s father’s fate features in his Fringe Show, “Suggs: My Life Story in Words and Music.”

He said:”I went through the trauma of finding all this out and I try to express that sincerely.

“There is the notion of fate and that life can take you in different directions at a whim. Fortunately I took the path of having a lovely family and being successful.

“But my dad went down a different path altogether.”


August 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Entertainment,In the Scottish Press,Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

An OAP has been attacked for being English

A GOOD Samaritan who confronted a thug harassing people at a bus stop has told how his cheek was smashed and he suffered anti-English abuse.

Malcolm Brown, a 66-year-old retired merchant navy captain, said he had to be held back after he was punched in the face and called an “English b******”.

Malcolm, who is originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, and has lived in Scotland for 47 years, needed surgery for a broken cheekbone after the attack.


Police are appealing for witnesses after the racist attack



The assault, which was witnessed by Malcolm’s wife Ann, happened shortly before 10pm at a temporary bus stop in the Edinburgh’s Western Approach Road on 3 August.

Malcolm and his wife had been enjoying a performance of China’s Three Tenors opera at Usher Hall earlier in the evening before the assault.

He said: “This hooligan started on a guy at the other end of the queue, there were about 30 of us.

“He started offering a drink of his Irn Bru, then he started cursing and swearing when the guy refused.”

Malcolm said he was used to foul language from his time in the merchant navy but said “this was out of order”.

The grandfather of three continued: “I just told him to shut your mouth, go back in your hole and leave decent people alone.

“Then he lashed out at me for being English.

“He just kept calling me a f***ing English b******.”

“I made the mistake of turning away and then he hit me. He got me on the right side of my face.

“The other people at the bus stop had to hold me back.”

He added: “My wife was shocked, she was standing there next to me.”

It took Malcolm several days to realise he ahd been badly hurt, and a visit to the hospital later confirmed he had a fractured cheekbone.

He had to attend St John’s Hospital in West Lothian for surgery to have a plate fixed in his face.

Mr Brown says he is ready to challenge hooliganism when he sees it but hasn’t experienced such an attack before.

He said: “I will speak up if I think it’s bad. But it seems to be more common these days.

“It’s the first time this has happened, hopefully it will be the last.”

The thug then brazenly stood at the bus stop and chatted on a mobile phone, and got on a bus after Mr Brown left.

Malcolm, who raised his son and daughter in Edinburgh, said: “I’ve probably lived here longer than the guy who did it. It won’t affect me. I’ll still go about the town if I have to.”

But Malcolm does not believe anti-English racism is a major problem. He joked: “It’s the Auld Enemy isn’t it?”

Police described the attacker as mid-20s, around 5ft 10ins and wearing a white shell suit top, light coloured bottoms and white trainers.

A few days after the attack on Friday, August 3, Mr Brownwent to hospital where it was confirmed he had a fractured cheekbone.

Police are appealing for witnesses to come forward.

Officers are particularly keen to speak with two elderly women who later boarded a double-decker bus at the same time as the suspect and were at the bus stop at the time of the assault.

Detective Sergeant Dave Pinkney of Lothian and Borders Police said:
“The victim, who is English, stepped in to prevent other people at the bus stop being harassed by the suspect and has suffered a painful injury to his face as a result.

“We are now keen to speak with anyone who was in the queue at the time and remembers seeing this confrontation.

“Similarly, anyone with any other information that can assist with our enquiries, or who can help us identify the male responsible is asked to contact police immediately.”

August 21st, 2012 | Posted in In Brief,In the Scottish Press,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

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