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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 »

Syrian and Nepalese ministers make plea to Church of Scotland

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A minister from Aleppo in Syria has made an impassioned plea for the world to focus on the war raging in his country. Addressing the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland taking place in Edinburgh this week, Rev Ibrahim Nseir highlighted the kidnapping of priests and bishops, as well as violent crimes committed against […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Scots sign-language glossary reaches milestone

The model was developed at Edinburgh uni

A vocabulary of sign language which is to revolutionise how science is taught to deaf children has reached a milestone today with its thousandth sign. The sign language for ‘fireball’ is the thousandth term to be added to a website compiled by experts for use by teachers, interpreters and pupils.   The University of Edinburgh […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Report says funeral costs will rise by nearly £1bn by 2020

Funeral costs are expected to rise higher still

2015 is expected to be a “tipping point” where the number of deaths in the UK will begin to rise after decades of falling. As the oldest of the babyboomer generation move through their later years deaths are predicted to rise by 20%. A new report suggests that this trend reversal will have significant implications […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

New female osprey at Loch of the Lowes lays second egg

Two new eggs have been laid

THE Scottish Wildlife Trust has confirmed that the new female osprey at its Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, near Dunkeld, has laid her second egg of the season. On Tuesday evening, the new female osprey laid her first egg and brought delight to osprey enthusiasts around the globe.   Ospreys can lay up to […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Disabled veteran in 1,000 mile mobility scooter marathon

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A DISABLED war veteran will attempt to break the world record for a 1,000 mile journey on a mobility scooter next month. Andy McIntosh, 42, from Strathaven will start his epic journey on May 5, hoping to break the record for “fastest journey from John-O’-Groats to Land’s End on an Electric Mobility Vehicle (individual)’. The […]

April 17th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Teenage Royal Navy reservists dies of meningitis

Patrick Clunas was struck down by the disease last week and died in hospital just two days later

A HEARTBROKEN father plans to scatter the ashes of his sea-loving teenage son on the Firth of Forth after he was killed by meningitis. Royal Navy Reservist Patrick Clunas was struck down by the disease last week and died in hospital just two days later. Patrick, from Rosyth, Fife, had joined the Royal Navy Reserves […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Music school set to take over Royal High

The Royal High School

THE iconic Royal High School building could finally have found a permanent use after lying empty for almost 50 years Edinburgh’s oldest independent music school, St Mary’s, has been tipped to take over the building. Many hoped the building, near the east end of Princes Street, would become a permanent home for the Scottish Parliament. […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Don spends £100k on “invisible staircase” at Edinburgh home

The lift lowering to street level

A FORMER Oxford don has spent an astonishing £100,000 on a “invisible staircase” at her historic home. Dr Angelica Goodden suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and needed help accessing her home in Edinburgh. The 61-year-old refused the local council’s offer of a standard lift and insisted on an eye-wateringly expensive bespoke design more in keeping […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Five medals for war hero – 40 years after he died

Christina McKay with the Arctic Star medal

THE sister of a modest war hero has finally collected her brother’s five medals – more than 70 years after they were earned and almost 40 years after he died. Merchant seaman Ian McCuaig served his country during the Second World War from the perishing cold of the Arctic to the searing heat of the […]

April 9th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Scottish team to run five marathons in five days

The team will run from Glasgow to London in five days

In two weeks time an amateur Glasgow team will run from Glasgow to London in five days, completing a marathon a day along the way. The team formed over four years ago, and have since raised over £90,000 for the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice fund. This year they hope to break the £100,000 […]

April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

£3M funding will make for warmer homes and cheaper bills

Fuel poverty is said to occur primarily among the elderly

The City of Edinburgh Council is to spend at least £3.3 million to make private homes across the capital warmer, more environmentally friendly and cheaper to heat. In a programme run in partnership with Home Energy Scotland, residents of Dumbiedykes, Moredun, West Mains, South Queensferry and Niddrie Mill will benefit from investment in cavity wall […]

April 7th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Local News | Read More »

Row over kids in primary school polling stations

PARENTS fear paedophiles will get access to their children after a Scots council decided to keep dozens of primary school polling stations open on General Election day. More than 30 primary schools in Fife will stay open to children on May 7 while still being used as polling stations. Fife Council said it did not […]

April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Family lose leylandii battle after 35 years

Audrey Alexander (pictured) says the huge trees have knocked £20,000 off the value of her house

A FAMILY who battled their neighbours for more than 35 years over a high hedge have finally been defeated. Audrey Alexander’s personal dispute with her neighbour over the giant hedge started 23 years ago, making it possibly the longest row of its kind in Scotland. But the battle kicked off 35 years ago when Audrey’s […]

April 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Community | Read More »

Scottish llama declared oldest in UK

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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 […]

January 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,In the Scottish Press,News,Photo of the Day,pic of the day,Quiet News Day,Top Stories,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

More than a reeling – trad bagpipers freestyle jam contest

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YOUNG bagpipe players are being encouraged to break Scottish stereotypes and rock out at a leading competitive event.   For the first time ever, the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships (SSPBC) will feature a ‘freestyle’ category.     The event will see musicians perform tunes under the theme ‘anything goes’, with competitors allowed to play […]

December 12th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Entertainment,In the Scottish Press,Scottish News | Read More »

Onesies for dogs are worldwide hit

Dog onsies

A SCOTTISH seamstress has proved a worldwide hit with her tartan onesies – for dogs. The garment may be losing its appeal for humans but Aileen Perry’s canine onesies have sold as far afield as New Zealand and Canada. Aileen, 50, from Elgin, Moray, came up with idea for her own pet pooch Toto, to […]

September 5th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Pensioner’s Veg is Top Crop Once Again

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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 »

Girlfriend of stab victim pays tribute to her “hero”

Jordan Mackay & girlfriend

THE GIRLFRIEND of a young man who was killed in the street has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her “hero.” Jordan Mackay, 20, was fatally wounded in South Queensferry at around 1.30am on Sunday morning. His girlfriend Nicole Mckay, 21, said that she was waiting to wake up from the “nightmare,” and that “Jord” was […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories,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 »

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