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Neighbours Laura and Ashlay give birth early and on same day

Louie on the left, Tom on the right

TWO pregnant next-door neighbours called Laura and Ashlay both went into labour a month early, gave birth on the same day and ended up in hospital beds next to each other. Laura Hood and Ashlay Smith already had two children each when they discovered this spring that they were both expecting again. Laura and Ashlay, […]

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News | Read More »

Rare white Arran hind “safe” from deer cull

The rare hind

MARKSMEN on a Scottish island have agreed to spare a stunning and very rare white hind from the deer cull. The red deer – which is snow-white and has blue eyes – lives in the south-west of Arran and was captured on camera earlier this year by local photographer Jackie Newman. It is currently open […]

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

13-year-old Hearts fan makes generous £900 donation to Foundation of Hearts


  A 13-year-old Hearts fan has made a generous £900 donation to the Foundation of Hearts after saving up his pocket money. Daniel Morrison raised that amount by doing extra chores around the house, and dad Alan – a FoH pledger – agreed to match what his son raised, with the father and son handing […]

October 28th, 2015 | Posted in Community,In Brief,News,Sport | Read More »

Vigilante biker risks disaster to shame van man on mobile

The biker shaming the driver

A “VIGILANTE” biker has been accused of risking his own life in a bid to shame a white van driver using his mobile. Dramatic helmet footage shows the biker on a busy dual carriageway gesturing at the driver – who responds by taking his other hand off the wheel to make an obscene gesture. Motoring […]

October 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Cops ridiculed after consulting on Gaelic uniform plan

The new branding

POLICE Scotland have been ridiculed on social media after asking Scots what they think of plans to have the force’s name in Gaelic on their uniforms. The force recently confirmed it is considering having “Poileas Alba” added to uniforms as part of the SNP government-required commitment to the language. Edinburgh-based officers decided to test the […]

October 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Benedetti calls for more music in schools

Nicola Benedetti

NICOLA Benedetti has hit out at a lack of musical education in schools, claiming that children are missing out on opportunities for a better life. The world-renowned Scottish classical violinist, who was born in West Kilbride, North Ayrshire, said she had heard “hundreds” of stories about how music had improved people’s lives. But Benedetti suggested, […]

October 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Entertainment | Read More »

Deer culls leave fawns left “to die a slow death from starvation”

Lamping is used at night to spot the deer

GOVERNMENT culls of deer are leaving fawns abandoned – left “to die a slow death from starvation” – according to experts. More than one in five deer killed by Forest Enterprise Scotland (FSE) – the body which runs the country’s woodlands – are shot at night using a technique known as “lamping.” The agency has […]

October 18th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Veteran calls on government after wave of “Walter Mitty” con men faking military careers

There has been a wave of con men pretending to have a military career

A SCOTS veteran is calling on the government to act after a new wave of brazen con men faking military careers to blag benefits. Dr Hugh Milroy – a former RAF Wing Commander, now chief executive of Veterans Aid – has said that the charity is seeing the fake soldiers trying to access their benefits […]

October 18th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

Boy racers use police HQ as pit stop

Police efforts to stop the drivers have so far failed

AUDACIOUS boy racers have claimed an abandoned police headquarters as a base for their late night meets. A group of the speed-obsessed youngsters are regularly meeting at the old police HQ on Pitt Street in Glasgow – before racing around the city centre at top speed. The huge command centre – which was emptied in […]

October 18th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Court & Crime,Scottish News | Read More »

Students take over island school

The children are planning lessons

THE only high school on a remote Scottish island has allowed pupils to take over from teachers. But unlike William Golding’s hit novel Lord of the Flies – where a student-run island society descends into chaos and violence – this island school has seen a 14% increase in exam passes. The 230-pupil Tobermorey High School […]

October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News | Read More »

London exhibition on Scottish Celts slated for “excruciating” pan pipe music

An example of a Celtic horned helmet

A LONDON museum has been slated by visitors for using “cliche” pan pipe music during its latest Celtic exhibition. The British Museum said it intended to give visitors an immersive experience into the heritage of the Celts – the tribe which ruled Scotland some 1,200 years ago. But instead they have received complaints describing the […]

October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Outraged Scots start petition to ban English currency north of the border

The petition page online

DIE-HARD Scots have started a petition to ban English currency north of the border. Outraged nationalists have set up an online page calling for the SNP to refuse English notes in the wake of a video which went viral last week. The clip, which was viewed 425,000 times, showed shop workers in Milton Keynes refusing […]

October 13th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,UK & World | 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 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 »

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 »

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 »

Family of drowned biker ask motorcyclists to accompany coffin

Andrew Gordon from Tranent, East Lothian

THE family of a tragic biker who drowned after swimming off Skye have asked that motorcycle fans accompany his coffin on his last journey. The family of 54-year-old Andrew Gordon from Tranent, East Lothian have taken to social media to ask bikers to attend his funeral and give him the send off he deserves. And […]

October 5th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

AI will replace “rubbish” teachers says games guru

Van Der Kuyl, chairman of games development firm 4J Studios

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE could replace “rubbish” teachers in the classroom, according to a leading technology expert. Chris Van Der Kuyl, an entrepreneur at the forefront of Scotland’s compute gaming industry, claims that sub-standard teachers may lose their jobs to technology in the near future. He made the provocative statement during his closing keynote speech at last […]

October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Celebrity campaign to save D Day castle fails

The country house was built in the Gothic Revival style

A CELEBRITY campaign to save for the nation a historic country house where D-day was rehearsed has failed. Stars including Downton Abbey actress Joanne Froggatt, theatre legend Brian Cox and radio DJ Edith Bowman all backed the campaign to save Castle Toward from falling into private hands. The sprawling Argyll stately home – built in […]

October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Community,Top Stories | Read More »

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