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Taxpayers fork out £4 a time for council’s toe curling soap operas

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A CASH-strapped council has been condemned for squandering £10,000 on toe-curling soap operas.   Only 2,500 people have watched the East Lothian Council mini-dramas on YouTube – meaning they cost taxpayers £4 every time they were viewed.   The River City-style episodes, featuring professional actors, are meant to provide a handy guide to services.   […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scots restaurant has made 430,000 pizzas with 18-year-old dough

18 year old sourdough

A SCOTTISH restaurant has served up more than 430,000 pizzas – all made with dough that is now 18 years old. The Glasgow eaterie created a sample of “sour dough” at its opening in 1998 which it has kept alive ever since. Chefs regularly take a small sample of the original dough and add it […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Exotic lizard left to die in its tank

The SSPCA said they receive a lot of unwanted exotic creatures because people underestimate the hard work and knowledge required to look after these types of animals

AN exotic lizard was dumped and left to die in its tank next to a waste disposal site. The badly malnourished bearded dragon, called Chaplin, only survived after a chance discovery by a dog walker. An animal charity condemned Chaplin’s owner for throwing him away “like a piece of rubbish” and warned that, if caught, […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Gulf War vet lived in garden shed for 15 years

Gulf vet in uniform

  A TRAUMATISED Gulf War veteran has revealed that he lived in his garden shed for 15 years to help him get over the war.   Vince Davidson, from Coldstream, Scottish Borders, only emerged from the windowless, 10ft by 10ft shed earlier this year.   The 49-year-old fought with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

OAP couple first to climb all 726 Scots peaks over 2,000ft

Sheila, 65, and Bill Simpson, 70, from Arbroath

A SCOTS pensioner couple have completed a 20-year mission to climb all 726 of Scotland’s hills over 2,000ft.   Sheila, 65, and Bill Simpson, 70, from Arbroath recently finished their mammoth feat – climbing the equivalent of around two million feet – or 30 Mount Everests.   To do this they tackled all 282 Munros […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Police Scotland chief angered by altered figure allegations

Pic Katielee Arrowsmith/Deadline News..Lothian and Boarders Police

POLICE Scotland’s chief constable has angrily hit out at claims the force has been manipulating crime figures.   Sir Stephen House said he was “annoyed” and “upset” by allegations the figures had been altered for political ends – and vowed that he would not tolerate such activity.   His comments came ahead of a Scottish […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Police,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Delight as Mackenzie, 10, “beats cancer’s butt”

Mackenzie is all smiles as she takes in cancer and wins

A BRAVE schoolgirl who whose treatment for cancer made Scottish medical history has beaten the disease.   Mackenzie Furness, 10, told her delighted fans on social media that she had “kicked cancer’s butt”.   Mackenzie, from Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, was the first person to have a haploidentical stem cell transplant in Scotland.   The treatment, carried […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Veteran teacher struck off after challenging schoolboy to a fight

Maths teacher Francis Carlton was struck off after squaring off with a pupil

A VETERAN teacher with a volcanic temper has been struck off after a hearing was told he once challenged a schoolboy to a fight.   Maths teacher Francis Carlton was “out of control”, frightening senior staff and pupils alike with his outbursts.   The 65-year-old threatened one boy with revealing highly sensitive information about him […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Top website condemned over “neanderthal” portrayal of Glasgow food scene

Charlet Duboc buys Buckfast before drinking it with drunken youths

AN influential website has been condemned for its “neanderthal” video guide to Glasgow and its food.   The Vice documentary – which has been viewed 160,000 times – shows a subtitled, Buckfast-swigging chef swearing as he makes recipes with the fortified wine and Irn Bru.   Munchies Guide to Scotland also shows a group of […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Health,Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Edinburgh Airport car park fire firm under investigation

Flying Scot Parking crams them in

AN airport parking firm at the centre of blaze that destroyed 21 vehicles is packing in twice as many vehicles as shown in council plans. And the firm based near Edinburgh Airport is under investigation over claims it is using nearby derelict land as an overspill car park without planning permission. The car park, run […]

July 21st, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

DJ hospitalised after gull attack

seagull attack

A RADIO presenter needed hospital treatment for head and facial injuries after he was attacked in the street – by a vicious seagull. Gary Robinson was left drenched in blood and needed stitches to his face and forehead after he was dive-bombed by the gull. The Dundee-based morning show presenter also suffered a broken nose […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish potato gun video goes viral

A PINT-sized, potato gun-wielding Scots kid has become a worldwide hit after a video of him shooting older boys was posted online. The fiery redhead – who could be as young as six – drops F- and C-bombs galore as he blasts his enemies in the face with a spud gun. Hilarious footage of the […]

July 16th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News | Read More »

Saturday at T in the Park 2014

T in The Park, Saturday

Saturday brought acts like Calvin Harris, Paolo Nutini and Rudimental to Balado for T in the Park 2014. See Friday’s pictures here.

July 14th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Local News,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Tributes paid to Bockarie Sonnah, boy who died in Edinburgh reservoir

Bockarie Sonnah, swim death

FOURTEEN year old Bockarie Sonnah from Musselburgh died while swimming at Torduff Reservoir in Bonaly Country Park. We visited the scene of his tragic death.

July 10th, 2014 | Posted in In the Scottish Press,Local News,Multimedia,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Festival goers can moonlight as Zombies

The undead are set to take over Edinburgh, and you can apply to be one of them. Pic: Bob Jagendorf

Scotland’s biggest jobs website has announced it’s forgoing the living and is looking to recruit the undead. s1jobs are looking for zombies to fill a three week voluntary role during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Candidates must have a proven track record in groaning and drooling, while a taste for human flesh is a preferred skill. […]

July 8th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Entertainment,Jobs,Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Direct Savings to give staff Referendum day off

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A SCOTTISH company is giving its staff the day off on September 18 to vote in the independence referendum. Direct Savings, an energy efficiency company based in Bathgate, West Lothian, is believed to be the first business in the country to make the move. All 55 staff have been given a holiday to encourage them […]

July 1st, 2014 | Posted in Business,In the Scottish Press,Local News,News,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Heroic guide dog saves blind Patricia Richmond from coma

Preston and his owner enjoy a cuddle

A GUIDE dog saved a diabetic woman’s life as she slipped into a coma. Preston repeatedly hit Patricia Richmond with his paws as she lay helpless in bed at home, hovering between life and death. Patricia, 50, eventually came round thanks to the determined efforts of Preston and was able to summon medical help. Although […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Killer Luke Mitchell’s family home for sale


THE MOTHER of convicted murderer Luke Mitchell has finally sold the home where the killer of Jodi Jones grew up. Corinne Mitchell, 55, is understood to have knocked £5,000 off the £180,000 asking price for the property in Dalkeith, Midlothian, which had been on the market for a year. One couple who viewed the three-bedroom […]

June 27th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Appeal launched to save the life of narcoleptic horse

Penny has already fallen and hurt her eye, leg and lip

ANIMAL lovers are appealing for help to save the life of a horse that falls asleep up to 10 times a day. Penny, a 14-year-old pure-bred Irish sports horse, suffers from a rare condition called narcolepsy which means she suddenly loses consciousness. At 5ft 11in and 114-stone, a fall could easily prove fatal for Penny, who was […]

May 2nd, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Hospital staff mislabel, misplace and mishandle cadavars


BUNGLING hospital staff have been accused of “sheer negligence” after more than 40 dead bodies were ‘mishandled’ by the NHS over a five year period. Scotland’s second largest health board NHS Lothian was forced to launch an investigation after it accidentally released the wrong body to a funeral home in 2013. In April of the […]

April 18th, 2014 | Posted in Health,Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

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