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Scottish Natural Heritage unveil the winners of their urban deer photo competition

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THE Monarch of the glen has been snapped in one of Scotland’s most notorious housing schemes. The image of a deer wandering across Milton in Glasgow against a backdrop of high rise flats has scooped first place in an ‘urban deer’ photography competition.   Other photos in the running included a deer and a cat […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

CalMac ferry meets Queen Mary 2 in Oban Bay


The 90-metre-long passenger ferry MV Isle of Mull was dwarfed in by a 345-metre luxury liner in Oban bay yesterday. The massive ocean liner RMS Queen Mary 2  is on day two of her Scottish visit to celebrate Cunard’s 175th birthday. The QM2 boat has displacement of 75,000 tonnes, the capacity for 2,620 passengers and […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Deaf minister’s dog is alarm clock, doorbell and does Sign of Peace

Mary relies on her dog to help her with everyday tasks, such as answering the doorbell

THE Kirk’s only deaf minister has revealed she relies on her dog for an alarm clock, doorbell and fire alarm. Rev Mary Whittaker, 55, who was born with no hearing, relies on a five-year-old labrador retriever called Scott as her ears. Scott is responsible for waking her up when her alarm goes off, and gives […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Romantic Japan proposal almost scuppered by airport security

The surprise ring was almost revealed by airport security

A BOYFRIEND’S bid to surprise his partner with a wedding proposal in Japan was almost scuppered by airport security. Chris Harkin wanted to produce an engagement ring for girlfriend Claire Marriott under a cherry blossom tree in Kyoto. But as the couple went through security at Glasgow Airport, Chris’s bag was selected for a spot […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

OAP falcon has chicks

The chicks will grow into powerful birds of prey

AN OAP falcon has fathered two chicks – despite being the age equivalent of an 80-year-old human. The stud is 14 years old, two years more than the normal life expectancy of the species. And most falcons cease to be fertile around the age of 10 or 11.   According to his owners, the elderly […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Brown rats on Rum could face £4.6m eradication scheme


AN ISLAND’S rat population will be eradicated under a £4.6m scheme being considered by wildlife chiefs. Scientists have been studying brown rats on the island of Rum on the west coast of Scotland amid fears they are eating seabirds. But it is still not clear if the rodents have an impact on the populations of […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service facing huge funding gap

The fire service is facing a funding black hole

THE Scottish Fire and Rescue Service is facing a multi-million pound funding gap, according to official figures. New figures from Audit Scotland reveal the SNP’s single fire service is facing a £42.7 million financial black hole. The single fire service was set up in 2013 and was the result of an amalgamation of eight regional […]

May 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

“Unwanted” castle artworks sell for almost as much as castle


AN “unwanted” collection of marble sculptures has sold for a record-breaking £1m – twice the estimate and almost as much as the castle in which they were housed. The remarkable artworks were owned by the Scottish Youth Hostels Association (SYHA) and kept at Carbisdale Castle in the Highlands. But the buyers of Carbisdale decided they […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rowling begs Potter actor to put some clothes on


JK ROWLING begged a Harry Potter actor to “put some clothes on” after he stripped down for a magazine photoshoot. Matthew Lewis appeared as nerdy Neville Longbottom in the hit Potter films, and had to wear a fat suit and prosthetics to fit into the role. Fans hardly recognised him when a recent picture showed […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Baby snake missing for six months found hiding in neighbour’s kitchen


A BABY pet snake given up for dead six months ago has been found alive and well – after hiding in the neighbour’s kitchen. Percy the black and white Kingsnake escaped his flat in Haddington, East Lothian, last December when he was just a hatchling. His owners had lost hope of ever finding him again […]

May 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Nursery worker called colleague a c*** in front of kids

Mrs Cattanach put children "at risk of emotional harm"

A NURSERY worker called a colleague a dour-faced c***” in front of nursery-aged children. Lynne Cattanach, a 54-year-old grandmother, has been sanctioned by the profession’s watchdog for putting young children “at risk of emotional harm”.   The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) found that Mrs Cattanach used foul language and offensive hand gestures while working with […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Students pay cabbie £50 extra to bring home bath

The students brought the bath home and left it in their kitchen

AFTER many decades spent stealing traffic cones on nights out, students have worked their way up to bathtubs. Freshers at Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University found a bath after clubbing and bribed a taxi driver with £50 to let them bring it home.   Their flatmate, 19-year-old Ally Shepherd, had no idea of their shenanigans until he […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

German writer says SNP ideology is like “national socialism”


A TOP German journalist has sparked a row by claiming the SNP’s “ideology” is “modern national socialism light”. Reiner Luyken is based in the Highland village of Achiltibuie and writes for the respected Die Zeit newspaper. His article for the newspaper appeared to compare the SNP with Hitler’s political party the Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei, the first word of […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Number of Scots living on canals quadruples

More than 100 people now live on the water

THE NUMBER of Scots living and working on the country’s canals has quadrupled in three years. More than 100 people have now forgone traditional bricks and mortar and chosen to join the floating communities on Scotland’s 137-mile canal network. The latest addition to Scottish Canals’ 11 mooring sites is at the recently regenerated Speirs Wharf […]

May 20th, 2015 | Posted in In Brief,Scottish News | Read More »

Wrong type of water blamed by CalMac for ferry delays


CALMAC have been ridiculed for blaming ferry disruption on the ‘wrong type of water’. Ferry chief say “significant changes” in weather conditions are the reason for more cancelled boats. But critics have been scathing of the state owned company and say bad weather “comes with the territory” and pointed out that seas off the west […]

May 19th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Church of Scotland makes historic gay vote


THE Church of Scotland has voted in favour of allowing people in same sex civil partnerships to be called as ministers and deacons. The historic decision was made by the General Assembly on the Mound in Edinburgh on Saturday, where the motion was passed by 309 votes in favour and 182 against. The outcome is […]

May 18th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Estate agency blasts recent increase in wind turbines

Turbines at Ardrossan in North Ayrshire

A SCOTS estate agency has blasted the recent increase in wind turbines across the country. Goldsmith and Co, an Edinburgh-based agency, have said they find it “challenging” finding plots of land free from masts, generators or pylons for their clients. A recent report published by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) revealed that almost half of Scotland […]

May 17th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Road deaths increase for the first time in nearly a decade


DEATHS on Scotland’s roads have increased for the first time in nearly a decade, “worrying” new figures reveal. Research shows that the number of people killed is at its highest since 2006 – with a jump in pedestrian and motorcyclist deaths causing the increase. The figures, collated from police statements and media reports, revealed that […]

May 17th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Hundreds of vulnerable pensioners left to “fend for themselves”

Over 1,600 pensioners were waiting for care home packages last winter

HUNDREDS of vulnerable pensioners are left to “fend for themselves” as they stay stuck on waiting lists for basic care in their own homes. New figures show the extent of the crisis which is mounting pressure on Scotland’s already over-stretched hospitals. Across the country over 1,600 senior citizens were waiting for home care packages last […]

May 17th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Radio legend Tom Morton’s daughter saved his life


A SCOTS radio legend has revealed how his medical student daughter saved his life during a heart attack. Tom Morton, who has spent over 20 years with BBC Scotland, is bowing out of the show after being rushed to hospital. The 59-year-old was stricken with crippling chest pains at his remote family home on Shetland. […]

May 17th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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