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104-year-old credits long life to midnight bowl of porridge

Neil with his favourite porridge

A 104-year-old greyhound enthusiast has revealed his secret to longevity – a bowl of porridge as a midnight snack. Neil McNeil, a former greyhound breeder from Paisley, was just six months old when the Titanic sank, lived through two world wars and has celebrated the births of four great-grandchildren. But on October 4, he was […]

October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Gene research aims to save Scotland’s most famous dog

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

SCOTLAND’S most famous dog has another reason to wag its tail – as new research hopes to eradicate a deadly disease which places it at risk of dying out. The Skye terrier, celebrated in the world-renowned tale of Greyfriars Bobby, has been threatened with extinction for years. Many of the pooches are affected by a […]

October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Michelle Mone suggests bankers use X Factor-style employment tactics


LADY Michelle Mone has revealed her number one idea as the government’s new business tsar – X Factor for bankers. In August Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the bra brand founder would be heading up a review of small businesses as the government’s new “entrepreneur tsar.” Since taking up the post she has travelled […]

October 12th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Hedge war “victor” devastated by mess after leylandii chopped

The hedge has been left "a complete mess"

THE victors of a 35-year-old hedge row say they are devastated after approved work to reduce 40ft leylandii left an “appalling mess”. Audrey Alexander, from Balfron, Stirling, was delighted earlier this year when the council issued a High Hedge notice to owner Jeanette Robson, ordering her to cut the trees to half the height. But […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Drinkers complain about Scottish Oktoberfest prices higher than Munich

'Worldwide Oktoberfest' is visiting Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Dundee this autumn

SCOTLAND’S Oktoberfest has been slated for sky-high prices after it emerged beers cost more in Edinburgh than Munich. Revellers have complained about “ridiculous” prices and underwhelming choice of beers after the first Scottish event opened on Wednesday. A ‘mass’ of beer – which holds one litre – costs between £7.36 and £7.66 at the official […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rich Chinese takeaway many of Scotland’s finest homes

Windmill House in Edinburgh has been looked at by wealthy investors

RICH Chinese investors are snapping up multi-million pound Scots homes – because they are “inexpensive”. Wealthy Chinese families have been showing growing interest in Scotland’s “affordable” high end property market. Interested buyers have even flown halfway across the world to view extravagant mansions that most would only be able to dream of acquiring.   And […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Dog owner left with £7K bill after dog attack gets just £500 compensation


A DOG lover left with vet fees of £7,000 after her pet was almost ripped in half by an American bulldog has criticised a court for ordering the owner to pay just £500 compensation. And to add insult to injury, Valerie Millen will receive the sum at the rate of just £5 a week. Valerie’s […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Schools should have Twitter – says Scots tech guru

Very few schools actively use Twitter

MORE schools have a Twitter account, according to a Scots tech guru. William Jenkins- an educational tech blogger – is calling on Scots schools to step up and use Twitter to better communicate with parents and engage with pupils. His research has found that only 600 of the 2,700 schools across Scotland use Twitter – […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Rankin’s old school in “pioneering” £90,000 bid to crack down on troublesome pupils

Rankin has developed a very devoted fanbase over the years

IAN Rankin’s old high school has been forced to spend almost £90,000 hiring extra staff dedicated full-time to tackling bad behaviour. Beath High, in Cowdenbeath, Fife, has taken the controversial step after finding that even the “ultimate” sanction of excluding the worst-behaved pupils did not work. A “Learning and Behaviour Development” teacher on a salary […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rankin has “evidence” left for him at his favourite bar

Rankin's mystery evidence

FAMED Scots crime writer Ian Rankin has had a mysterious bag of evidence left for him at his favourite haunt. The author frequently has post and messages left for him at The Oxford Bar – a pub near Edinburgh’s upmarket George Street – which also features heavily in his detective series. In the past the […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Entertainment,Scottish News | Read More »

Exam report reveals crocodile question was the killer in maths higher exam

The killer question

A NEW report has revealed the higher maths exam question so hard that it reduced maths higher students to tears last May – forcing examiners to drop the pass mark to just 34%. Students and parents were up in arms last Spring over the difficulty of THE higher maths exam – with many fearing that […]

October 9th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Lewis photographer captures amazing images of northern lights

The lights of Coll can be seen in the background

THESE incredible pictures show the Northern Lights illuminating the skies over Lewis on Wednesday night. Local photographer Colin Cameron captured the stunning images of the green-streaked night sky of the Isle of Lewis between 9:00pm and midnight. The 39-year-old chip-shop-manager-by-day used long exposures to capture the dramatic lights on Braighe beach, over the Callanish Stones […]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Mansion once owned by Scotland’s bloodiest judge for sale

Bannatyne House in Angus

A STUNNING mansion once owned by Scotland’s most “bloody” judge is up for sale. Bannatyne House in Angus was built in the 16th century and boasts a wealth of renowned Scots owners. But its most famous proprietor was a judge who imprisoned over a thousand Scots and left many of them to die – earning […]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Community,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Scots gamekeeper branded “world’s worst author” hailed literary giant

An illustration from the book

A SCOTTISH gamekeeper once branded “the world’s worst author” is now being hailed as a literary giant. Exactly 200 years ago, Angus McDiarmid wrote a book describing his estate and its surroundings, intended as a guide for visitors. The 1815 work was written in English, the Gaelic-speaking author’s second language, and most readers at the […]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News | Read More »

Cat called Boris Noris Basil the Third found after 15 months on the run


A “LAZY” house cat called Boris Noris Basil the Third has been found 15 months after going on the run and being given up for dead. The pampered feline decided to try living rough when its owners went on holiday last year and left the then three-year-old with a cat-sitter. Despite repeated appeals for information […]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

New Fleming letter reveals Bond lost golf match against Goldfinger

Connery played Bond in the iconic 1964 film

NEVER-before-seen letters by Ian Fleming reveal that James Bond lost his famous game of golf against notorious baddie Goldfinger. In the 1964 film of the same name, an undercover Bond – played by Sean Connery – tees off in a game of golf against Goldfinger to gather information on the villain’s gold-smuggling racket. In the […]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,Sport | Read More »

Carlyle demands ban on wild animals in circuses

Carlyle  has joined the new PETA campaign

TRAINSPOTTING star Robert Carlyle has called on the government to ban wild animals from circus rings in Scotland. The 54-year-old actor has joined 8,000 other campaigners demanding that the government ban animals such as bears and tigers from performances in the country. In a letter addressed to rural affairs minister Richard Lochead the Glasgow-born actor […]

October 8th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Police investigate laser pen attack on train driver


A LASER pen attack on a train driver near Montrose last week has prompted a police appeal for witnesses. The driver had to shield his eyes when a laser was shone through the front window of the train on Tuesday 29 September, endangering everyone on board. The incident occurred when the ScotRail service between Carnoustie […]

October 7th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Stars take over 650-year-old Scots pub to shoot murder thriller


A STAR-studded cast boasting the likes of Truly Madly Deeply’s Juliet Stevenson and Game of Thrones actor Joe Dempsie took over one of Scotland’s oldest pubs today. The stellar line-up, which also included Breaking Bad’s Laura Fraser and The Fall’s John Lynch, were in Edinburgh shooting for a major four-part BBC One thriller, One Of […]

October 7th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Delight as council backs down over street’s bra bunting for breast cancer tribute

The council threatened to remove the bra bunting

FRIENDS of a breast cancer patient who decorated the street with bunting made from bras are celebrating after the local council backed down over its threat to tear down the tribute. Chestnut Avenue in Kirkcaldy, Fife, is adorned with thousands of bras in support of Angela Taylor, 41, who was diagnosed with the disease in […]

October 7th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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