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In the Scottish Press Today

Your news summary podcast with DEADLINE NEWS every week day

Latest Episode: March 3rd, 2015

JK Rowling was left “crying her eyes out” over the ending of her televised novel The Casual Vacancy, despite fans complaining about changes.
The Harry Potter author gave her seal of approval to the series which was based on her first adult book –  even after writer Sarah Phelps altered the original ending to make it “less grim”.
The three-part BBC version brought an alternative, happier ending, with one character spared a tragic and untimely death.
The final episode, aired on Sunday night, saw 4.6 million people tune into BBC One, two million fewer than its launch.
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JK Rowling – “cried her eyes out”

Rowling, who watched the final episode live, took to Twitter to congratulate the screenwriter and production team, thanking them for their adaptation.
She wrote: “Well, that’s me crying my eyes out, so job done. Serves me right, some might say. Thank you, thank you xxx.”
Phelps praised Rowling for being “so classy and generous and brilliant” about the changes, after she was granted the seal of approval to have free reign over the characters.
The different ending brought mixed reactions from fans who took to social media to express their views.
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The multi-million selling author was praised for being “so classy and generous and brilliant”.

Superfan Johnnie Blue, who has in the past received a letter of support from Rowling after he revealed he was bullied at school, wrote: “Even though the ending was different, it really does capture the book perfectly.”
Catriona Child wrote: “Almost glad they changed the ending, that was heartbreaking enough.”
However, Alexandra Hepburn disagreed: “The tragic, harrowing ending is one of The Casual Vacancy book’s best redeeming features. The TV adaptation made it a bit empty and pointless.”
The novel, set in Pagford, a fictional West Country village, explores poverty, deprivation, drug addiction, child neglect, domestic abuse and a middle class turning a blind eye. Its teenage protagonist must cope with a drug-addled mother and the demands of looking after her infant brother.
The drama stars Michael Gambon, Julia McKenzie, Keeley Hawes and Rory Kinnear.

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Business Pages Round-Up

Latest Episode: February 4th, 2011

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Quiet News Day

Scotland's leading journalism, PR & social media podcast with hosts Scott Douglas & Shaun Milne every Wednesday

A PET llama living on the windswept north east coast of Scotland has been declared the oldest in Britain.

Paddy the llama, who was 25 this year, has lived happily in a muddy field in Cullen, Morayshire since 1989.

His owner Helen Bream bought him after seeing an advert in their local chip shop when he was just a few months old.

 

But they were astonished after officials confirmed this week he is the oldest living llama in the UK.

 

Paddy is considered 100 years old in llama terms, as there are 4 llama years to every 1 human year.

 

 

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He lives in a field at the couple’s pet shop and boarding kennel business with a white pony called Thelwell. The unlikely pals have been together for most of their lives.

Vivienne Ives, registrar of the British Llama Society, confirmed last night:  “He’s the oldest llama that I know  of. It’s a rarity for them to get to that age.  Llamas go into the elderly category at age 12 – I don’t know why one would be the exception, maybe it’s genetics. “

 

 

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Helen, 66, said: “We don’t do anything really. I just feed him and brush him. I honestly don’t know

why he’s lived so long.

 

“He’s part of the family – he’s the same age as my youngest son. He’s just always been with us.

 

He’s only seen a vet once, when he was castrated.”

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Despite Paddy’s advanced age, he  lives outdoors and endures the harsh Scottish weather all

year round.

 

He eats an unenviable diet of alfalfa, grass and spiky gorse bushes harvested from around his pen.  His owners say he is shy and only spits occasionally, when the pony steals his food.

 

Although he is missing several teeth and suffers from arthritis, Paddy is in perfect health and has only seen a vet once in his life.

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Paddy is the star attraction for customers at the pet shop, but is wary of adults and only allows children to pet him.

 

Mrs Bream said: “He’s quite shy and reserved really. He lets children pat him, but he backs away from adults.

 

“We won’t be throwing him a birthday party, but he likes eating spiky things so he will probably get a holly branch to celebrate.”

 

Specialist llama vet Janet Nuttall, of Heathfield Vets in Heathfield, Sussex, said: “There is no doubt that a few individuals have exceptional life spans but late teens or early 20s is the upper age limit often quoted. A llama of 25 years old is roughly equivalent to a centenarian in human terms.”

 

Despite his status, Paddy’s title as the UK’s oldest llama could yet be challenged  – only half of an estimated 3,200 llamas living in the UK are registered.

 

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