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Scottish Natural Heritage unveil the winners of their urban deer photo competition

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THE Monarch of the glen has been snapped in one of Scotland’s most notorious housing schemes. The image of a deer wandering across Milton in Glasgow against a backdrop of high rise flats has scooped first place in an ‘urban deer’ photography competition.   Other photos in the running included a deer and a cat […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

CalMac ferry meets Queen Mary 2 in Oban Bay


The 90-metre-long passenger ferry MV Isle of Mull was dwarfed in by a 345-metre luxury liner in Oban bay yesterday. The massive ocean liner RMS Queen Mary 2  is on day two of her Scottish visit to celebrate Cunard’s 175th birthday. The QM2 boat has displacement of 75,000 tonnes, the capacity for 2,620 passengers and […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Deaf minister’s dog is alarm clock, doorbell and does Sign of Peace

Mary relies on her dog to help her with everyday tasks, such as answering the doorbell

THE Kirk’s only deaf minister has revealed she relies on her dog for an alarm clock, doorbell and fire alarm. Rev Mary Whittaker, 55, who was born with no hearing, relies on a five-year-old labrador retriever called Scott as her ears. Scott is responsible for waking her up when her alarm goes off, and gives […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Romantic Japan proposal almost scuppered by airport security

The surprise ring was almost revealed by airport security

A BOYFRIEND’S bid to surprise his partner with a wedding proposal in Japan was almost scuppered by airport security. Chris Harkin wanted to produce an engagement ring for girlfriend Claire Marriott under a cherry blossom tree in Kyoto. But as the couple went through security at Glasgow Airport, Chris’s bag was selected for a spot […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

OAP falcon has chicks

The chicks will grow into powerful birds of prey

AN OAP falcon has fathered two chicks – despite being the age equivalent of an 80-year-old human. The stud is 14 years old, two years more than the normal life expectancy of the species. And most falcons cease to be fertile around the age of 10 or 11.   According to his owners, the elderly […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Brown rats on Rum could face £4.6m eradication scheme


AN ISLAND’S rat population will be eradicated under a £4.6m scheme being considered by wildlife chiefs. Scientists have been studying brown rats on the island of Rum on the west coast of Scotland amid fears they are eating seabirds. But it is still not clear if the rodents have an impact on the populations of […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Ben Nevis is off limits to amateurs this summer

Ben Nevis is the highest peak in the UK

OFFICIALS are warning amateur hillwalkers to steer clear of Ben Nevis this summer as treacherous winter conditions are persisting longer than usual. High winds and snow in excess of two metres deep are making navigation a challenge on Scotland’s highest peak, and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland is asking climbers to steer clear. Ben Nevis […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service facing huge funding gap

The fire service is facing a funding black hole

THE Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is facing a multi-million pound funding gap, according to official figures. New figures from Audit Scotland reveal the SNP’s single fire service is facing a £42.7 million financial black hole. The single fire service was set up in 2013 and was the result of an amalgamation of eight regional […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Scottish adventurer beats long distance cycling record

The route took him past many iconic sights

A renowned Scottish adventurer has smashed the Cairo to Cape Town cycling world record, completing the trip in just 42 days and beating the previous best time by more than two weeks Mark Beaumont’s incredible feat has seen him take an astonishing 16 days off the existing world record of 59 days and eight hours […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

“Unwanted” castle artworks sell for almost as much as castle


AN “unwanted” collection of marble sculptures has sold for a record-breaking £1m – twice the estimate and almost as much as the castle in which they were housed. The remarkable artworks were owned by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) and kept at Carbisdale Castle in the Highlands. But the buyers of Carbisdale decided they […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Councillor reported to ethics watchdog over osprey remark

The rare sea birds have been mating at the T in the Park site

A COUNCILLOR has been reported to Scotland’s ethical standards watchdog – for making an “offensive” remark about ospreys. Tom Gray has apologised and is facing calls for his resignation after speaking in defence of T in the Park’s controversial move to a new site at Strathallan Castle. The music festival faced being cancelled at the […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

Rowling begs Potter actor to put some clothes on


JK ROWLING begged a Harry Potter actor to “put some clothes on” after he stripped down for a magazine photoshoot. Matthew Lewis appeared as nerdy Neville Longbottom in the hit Potter films, and had to wear a fat suit and prosthetics to fit into the role. Fans hardly recognised him when a recent picture showed […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Baby snake missing for six months found hiding in neighbour’s kitchen


A BABY pet snake given up for dead six months ago has been found alive and well – after hiding in the neighbour’s kitchen. Percy the black and white Kingsnake escaped his flat in Haddington, East Lothian, last December when he was just a hatchling. His owners had lost hope of ever finding him again […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Nursery worker called colleague a c*** in front of kids

Mrs Cattanach put children "at risk of emotional harm"

A NURSERY worker called a colleague a dour-faced c***” in front of nursery-aged children. Lynne Cattanach, a 54-year-old grandmother, has been sanctioned by the profession’s watchdog for putting young children “at risk of emotional harm”.   The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) found that Mrs Cattanach used foul language and offensive hand gestures while working with […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Students pay cabbie £50 extra to bring home bath

The students brought the bath home and left it in their kitchen

AFTER many decades spent stealing traffic cones on nights out, students have worked their way up to bathtubs. Freshers at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University found a bath after clubbing and bribed a taxi driver with £50 to let them bring it home.   Their flatmate, 19-year-old Ally Shepherd, had no idea of their shenanigans until he […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

German writer says SNP ideology is like “national socialism”


A TOP German journalist has sparked a row by claiming the SNP’s “ideology” is “modern national socialism light”. Reiner Luyken is based in the Highland village of Achiltibuie and writes for the respected Die Zeit newspaper. His article for the newspaper appeared to compare the SNP with Hitler’s political party the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, the first word of […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Number of Scots living on canals quadruples

More than 100 people now live on the water

THE NUMBER of Scots living and working on the country’s canals has quadrupled in three years. More than 100 people have now forgone traditional bricks and mortar and chosen to join the floating communities on Scotland’s 137-mile canal network. The latest addition to Scottish Canals’ 11 mooring sites is at the recently regenerated Speirs Wharf […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

New funding for active and independent living

The scheme will keep individuals recovering from injuries independent

A new £3 million fund has been announced to enable active and independent living for people who are recovering from illness or injury. The fund will aim to find new and innovative ways to help people with illness, disability or injury to lead healthy lives and stay in their own homes.   The programme will […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Edinburgh Uni link stress to liver disease death

Photo:Philip Allfrey

A groundbreaking study from Edinburgh University has shown that suffering from anxiety or depression could carry an increased risk of death from liver disease. The study is the first to identify a possible link between high levels of psychological distress and deaths resulting from a variety of liver diseases. Reasons for this are unclear as […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Underground drones used to fix gas pipes in Scotland for first time

Drones are an increasingly regular sight in the air

UNDERGROUND drones are being used to repair gas pipes for the first time in Scotland – in a bid to cut down on roadwork chaos. The remote-controlled robots work inside the gas pipes to spot leaks and carry out repairs. The technology means less road has to be dug up, reducing the need for dreaded […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

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