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Energy firm releases confidential details of raptor breeding sites

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AN energy firm has admitted accidentally revealing the locations of breeding sites used by endangered birds of prey.   EDF disclosed the sensitive information in documents about their Fallago Rig wind farm in Roxburghshire.   The details of where the merlin falcons breed was included “in error” by environmental consultants working for the firm.   […]

January 29th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Amateur photographer captures three galaxies in single shot

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A STUDENT and amateur photographer based in Edinburgh has captured three galaxies in one stunning photograph – at the edge of a 70 foot cliff on a windy night.   Tom Foster, 24, from Edinburgh captured the Milky Way, Andromeda and the Triangulum galaxy above Newark Castle near St Monans in Fife two weeks ago. […]

January 28th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Unseen painting by famous Scottish artist discovered by accident

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A PAINTING by a Scottish artist who died almost 80 years ago has been unearthed on the reverse of a painting being prepared for exhibition.   Francis Cadell, the Scottish colourist painter, renowned for his elegant depictions of the Edinburgh, and Iona died in 1937 and the newly discovered painting of George Street in Edinburgh […]

January 28th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Postman Pat claims denied by creator.

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THE creator of Postman Pat has caused consternation in the Highlands by flatly denying 30-year-old claims a local postie inspired the children’s classic. Many residents of tiny Arisaig and beyond have been certain for years that postman Pat McCarthy, who died in 1994, was the basis for the series. The cherished belief, backed by local […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Teacher struck off for lewd photographs

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A TEACHER has been struck off after he sent a photograph of his privates to a teenage girl. Chemistry teacher Thomas John Docherty received a picture of his sixth year student in return, a hearing was told. After he was suspended in January 2013, the 29-year-old arranged to meet the girl outside school, taking her […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

ASDA axes full-size veggie haggis

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ONE of Britain’s biggest supermarkets has taken a Burns Night bashing – after axing veggie haggis. Asda is no longer putting full-size vegetarian haggis on the shelves of all stores, claiming lack of demand for the meat-free product.   From now on, instead of the standard 1lb (454g) beastie the firm will only stock tiny […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Exhibition tells the story of German air raid on Scotland

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THE STORY of the first German air attacks to hit Britain will be told in a museum exhibition opening today in Edinburgh.   The pop-up exhibition, titled ‘The Forth Bridge Raid’, is taking place at the Queensferry Museum and will feature photographs, film footage, and eyewitness accounts of the deadly air raid, which saw German […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Edinburgh offices sold for record breaking sum

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THE LARGEST ever transaction for offices in Edinburgh has been set after a property was sold for more than £100 million.   The Scottish Widows Headquarters at Port Hamilton in Edinburgh was sold for around £105 million, making it the largest ever office transaction in Edinburgh.   The 271,637 square feet building is located in […]

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

Dramatic fall in drink driving offences in northern Scotland

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The number of people caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol offences have fallen by almost a quarter in the north of Scotland according to figures released by Police Scotland.   Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray has seen a 23% over the festive period, with a total of 52 people caught, compared to 68 […]

January 14th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Local News,Police | Read More »

Scots uni buzzed by sex toy drone

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A JOKER flew a drone close to one of Scotland’s most iconic buildings – with a sex toy attached. The bizarre craft – dubbed a “dildrone” – was filmed outside the main building at Glasgow University. The short clip shows the pilot using his or her flying skills to make the payload waggle suggestively as […]

January 12th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Borders railway lines nearing completion

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The new Borders Railway rout has entered its final phase of installation with the end of the line in sight.   Following a break over the Christmas and New Year period the works to complete the Borders railway commenced today (Mon 12 January).   Around 34 miles of track, including three double track sections, have […]

January 12th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Local News | Read More »

Folk star boycotts festival opening night concert over BBC’s indie ref “bias”

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ONE of Scotland’s top folk musicians is boycotting a major music festival’s opening night concert in protest at BBC coverage of the independence referendum.Dick Gaughan was invited to play at the opening night of Celtic Connections at the Royal Concert Hall in Glasgow on 15th January. He now says he will not take part because […]

January 7th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,In the Scottish Press,Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Loretto school pupils create touching memorial to Heart of Midlothian players who died in WW1

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TWO SCHOOL boys have created a memorial flag for Heart of Midlothian Football Club in recognition of many of the players who lost their life in World War 1.   Loretto Junior School pupils, Harry Sangster and Kyle O’Brien, both aged 11 from Musselburgh, designed a memorial flag to remember the profound impact World War […]

January 7th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Sport | Read More »

Bagpipe under threat unless they are taught in school, say experts

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The iconic sight and sound of pipers playing Auld Lang Syne at Hogmanay Street Parties could be under threat – according to concerned piping enthusiasts.   Experts believe that the national instrument is under threat due to a lack of opportunities for pupils to learn the bagpipes in school.   More than 75,000 people are […]

December 30th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In the Scottish Press,Local News,News,Quiet News Day,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Abandoned pooch called Ugly Betty faces fourth Xmas in kennels

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SCOTLAND’S saddest pooch – a staffie called Ugly Betty – is facing her fourth Christmas behind bars at an animal rescue centre.   The five-year-old’s miserable face and nervous behaviour mean she has not even come close to being rehomed since arriving as a stray in July 2011.   While hundreds of other dogs have […]

December 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Third death at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary from C-diff infection

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A third patient has died from the C-diff infection at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.   The infected patient was said to be very unwell from another illness for which they were receiving treatment.   There have been 14 cases of the Clostridium difficile infection which has prompted infection control experts to start an investigation. Melanie Johnson, […]

December 22nd, 2014 | Posted in Health,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Scots fossil expert finds asteroid that wiped out dinosaurs almost killed mammals too

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The extinction of the dinosaurs 66 million years ago is thought to have paved the way for mammals to dominate, but a new study shows that many mammals died off alongside the dinosaurs.   Dr. Steve Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences was one of a team of paleontologists who discovered that […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,UK & World | Read More »

Churches targeted by thieves

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THIEVES have been targeting churches in Edinburgh with multiple reports of lead being stolen from church roofs.   Broxburn Parish Church in West Lothian has been the main target with three separate thefts with the latest occurring on 11 December.   A builder working in the church discovered the missing lead when he was repairing […]

December 17th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Police,Scottish News | Read More »

£5 million redevelopment plans for historic Edinburgh park

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Edinburgh’s Saughton Park will undergo a major multimillion pound redevelopment.   The initial designs for the new-look Saughton Park and Gardens will go on display to the public at a special event on in the park’s gardens on Tuesday (16th December).   Visitors to the drop-in exhibition will be able to discuss the provisional £5.3 […]

December 15th, 2014 | Posted in Local News | Read More »

Aberdeen man banned from owning dogs for life

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An Aberdeenshire owner dog owner has been banned from owning dogs for life after leaving his pet starving to death.   Gary Thomson, 30, of Bethelnie Cottages, Oldmeldrum, was sentenced at Aberdeen Sheriff Court on Friday (12 December).   Thomson pled guilty to causing unnecessary suffering to his six year old American bull dog named […]

December 12th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

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