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Scottish women would give up chocolate before shoes


A survey has today (Tuesday 3rd March) revealed that Scottish women would find SHOE SHOPPING the most difficult thing to forego – ahead of chocolate, the gym and alcohol. A huge 88% of women chose chocolate, the gym and alcohol as the things that they would sacrifice for the rest of their life; with just […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

“Chick sexing” industry faces chronic shortage of staff – despite average salary of £38,500

Hensioners, chicken rescue

BRITAIN’s “chick sexing” industry is facing a chronic shortage of staff – despite a salary of almost £40,000 a year.   The poultry trade is struggling to recruit people willing to perform the delicate task of telling whether a tiny chick is a male or female.   Chick sexers train for up to three years […]

March 3rd, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Council driver accused of using mobile while driving

The oncoming council lorry approaching the driver with the dash-cam

A COUNCIL lorry driver has been caught on camera driving in a narrow residential street with what appears to be a mobile phone pressed to his ear. The Clackmannanshire council worker in high-visibility gear can be seen in the video with a white object to his ear as he drives past the camera. Clackmannanshire Council, […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,News,Top Stories | Read More »

Video captures moment “wido” gets his comeuppance


A HILARIOUS video shows the moment a self-confessed “wido” got his comeuppance at the hands of a furious middle-aged woman.   Teenager Kieran Taylor thought it would be funny to film himself throwing a chip at the head of a customer in McDonald’s in the early hours of the morning.   But the tables were […]

February 12th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Inspirational teen left a “little bit of heaven” behind, mum tells funeral

Jak Trueman funeral

JAK Trueman “touched thousands of lives” and left behind “a little bit of heaven”, his grieving mother told mourners at his funeral yesterday.   Alison Barr said her son – who won the hearts of the nation with his brief but brave battle against cancer – showed life is not about how many years you […]

February 11th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

UFO enthusiasts around the world debate Scottish UFO sighting


SCOTLAND’S UFO hotspot has switched from Bonnybridge to the Bonny Banks.   UFO enthusiasts around the world are hotly debating video of a “mysterious”, bright object which appears to hover above Loch Lomond.   The film, taken late on Sunday afternoon, shows a bright white light moving very slowly above the treeline and hills for […]

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Teachers’ union threaten strike after cuts to primary school week

1,000 pupils in S3-S6 took part in the survey

The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) teachers union has condemned the decision of West Dunbartonshire Council to cut the teaching week in primary schools by 2.5 hours and have warned of potential industrial action.   The council made the decision in a bid to save £1m and is part of wider ranging cuts from the […]

February 6th, 2015 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Energy firm releases confidential details of raptor breeding sites


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

Cadell's newly discovered painting 'George Square and Charlotte Square from my Studio' 1909 oil on canvas

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.


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


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


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

at Gifford Next to Spitfire after Raid

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

Port Hamilton 1

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

Council crashes are becoming a problem

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


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


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”


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


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 »

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