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Aurora rainbow captivates Scottish islanders

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A NIGHT-time “aurora rainbow” captivated residents of one of the country’s most remote communities in the early hours of this morning (Friday).     The arc-like structure appeared above the village of Ness in The Western Isles as the area was treated to one of the best displays of the Northern Lights this year.   […]

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

Comedian Janey Godley claims Irn-Bru ripped off “crack” joke

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A SCOTS comedian has accused Irn-Bru of “ripping off” a punchline she used during an audition for their new advert. The drinks company released its commercial on Thursday, and “Scotland’s funniest woman” Janey Godley alleges they took her winning line without giving her a credit or a role. The 30-second clip features a train passenger […]

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

Christian politician gets alcoholic milkshake pulled from menu of Highland diner

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ALCOHOLIC milkshakes have been pulled from the menu of a city diner following a campaign by a controversial Christian politician. Ed’s Easy Diner, due to open in Inverness next week, included “Alco-Shakes” on its menu. The £5.45 drink, which includes a measure of Rum or Baileys, is sold at all of the chain’s 37 UK […]

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

Cow is a one in a million mother

The twins are "very healthy and happy"

A SCOTTISH cow is a one-in-a-million mother after producing two sets of twins that are different colours. Cows only have a 3% chance of having twins and it is extremely rare for one calf to be black and the other white. But an eight-year-old Charolais cross Angus recently gave birth to Salt and Pepper – […]

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

UK’s best bus shelter gets 20th birthday puffin themed makeover

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BRITAIN’S best bus shelter is celebrating its 20th birthday with a puffin-themed makeover. While most UK commuters suffer drafty, vandalised and suspicious-smelling stops, the people of a remote Shetland island are treated to the lap of luxury.       The bus stop in the village of Baltasound on the island Unst does not have […]

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

Carrier bag usage drops after charges introduced

Shoppers have started using more reusable bags

SCOTLAND’S Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced that four retailers have donated more than £1 million to good causes as a result of the single-use carrier bag charge, which came into effect almost six months ago. Ahead of the six month anniversary on Monday the figure has been revealed following retailer reports that single-use carrier bag […]

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

Scottish castle which trained troops for D Day on the market for £1.75m

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A SCOTTISH castle which played a vital but little-known role in defeating Nazi Germany is on the market for £1.75m. The buyer of 19th Century Castle Toward gets 25 bedrooms, six reception rooms and extensive grounds with stunning views over the Cowal peninsula near Dunoon.     But 73 years ago the property was commandeered […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Nightclub boss wants later opening – to save institution of marriage

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A NIGHTCLUB owner is justifying a late licence application on the grounds that his club keeps the institution of marriage alive.   Ian Hastings says his club is responsible for around 40% of marriages in the Scottish Borders town of Kelso.       The 67-year-old businessman warned that unless his club, called The Vibe, […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

More than 600 attend funeral of Private Shaun Cole

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MORE than 600 family and friends of a “highly capable, professional and experienced” soldier attended his funeral today (Thursday).     Mourners, many of them dressed in bright colours, paid their respects to Private Shaun Cole in a service at Colinton Parish Church in his home city of Edinburgh.     The 22-year-old, who served […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

People living with dementia could be tracked with GPS devices

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PEOPLE living with dementia could be issued with a GPS device in a bid to keep them safe. New research shows that the majority of people in Scotland back the electronic gadgets being used to keep track of loved ones. The devices, more commonly fitted to cars and mobile phones than people, could play a […]

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

IRN-BRU launches new ‘Gets you through’ ad online

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IRN-BRU chiefs are hoping their latest ‘tongue-in-cheek’ ad set on a Glasgow train will be an online hit with fans. The new ad has been launched on social media sites today (Thursday), 24 hours before its television premiere.       Previous adverts in the ‘Gets You Through’ series include Steamy Windows, Blind Date and […]

April 16th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

New Loch of the Lowes osprey lays her first egg of the season

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THE new female osprey at the Loch of the Lowes Wildlife Reserve, near Dunkeld, has laid her first egg of the season.   The osprey delighted conservationists by unexpectedly flying in to the reserve last month.       She soon set about mating with the resident male although it was not known if his […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Anger as police slash number of firearms enquiry officers

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THE number of dedicated Police Scotland firearms inspectors is to be slashed from 34 to just 14, a leading authority on shooting revealed yesterday. Colin Shedden, Scottish Director of The British Association for Shooting and Conservation, said he had been told about the cuts by “upset” police staff. Firearms enquiry officers are highly-trained civilians employed […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Karen Buckley – police search Glasgow park for missing student

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POLICE searching for an Irish nursing student who went missing after a night out in Glasgow are searching a park in the Kelvinside area of the city. Karen Buckley, 24, from Cork, was seen leaving the Sanctuary nightclub at around 1am on Sunday morning.       Miss Buckley’s handbag was found in Dawsholm Park […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

PETA claim video clip shows dogs being burned in an oven

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Warning: The below story, pictures and video footage may be upsetting for some readers.   ANIMAL RIGHTS group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have issued a link to a video clip they claim shows the mass killing and incineration of stray dogs ahead of the European Games in Azerbaijan.   The multi-sport games, […]

April 15th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Comedian Limmy shocks fans with massive spider crawling out of his mouth

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SCOTTISH comedian Limmy has horrified fans by posting a video of a massive spider crawling out of his mouth. The Glaswegian, who rose to fame with the BBC comedy series Limmy’s Show, revolted his Twitter followers on Monday night with the seven second video.     In the clip a three inch creepy crawly climbs […]

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Ex-servicemen hope to raise money by driving across volcanoes

The pair will drive to the summits of five or six volcanoes to raise money

TWO Edinburgh ex-Servicemen have launched a challenge to raise as much money as possible for Poppyscotland – by driving across volcanoes. Operation RagnaroK will involve driving on tricky off-road terrain to the summits of five or six volcanoes across Iceland in a pick-up truck during August. Matt McHugh, 26, and Rhys Rowlands, 29, have begun […]

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Scots student wins UK-wide photography award

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AN EDINBURGH College student has won a new UK-wide photography award. Oliver Henderson, who is studying HND Professional Photography at the college, beat more than 1,000 students from across the UK to the top spot as Student Photographer of the Year. He won a prize of £11,000-worth of photography equipment from Calumet – one of […]

April 14th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

Red deer population at “crisis point” in some areas of Scotland claim gamekeepers

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SCOTLAND’S red deer population is reaching “crisis point” because animals too weak to escape are being mercilessly killed. Gamekeepers in the north are blaming conservation groups for “slaughtering” the beasts which do not have the strength to run away. In some areas, stag numbers have dropped from 1,000 to just 350 in the past decade, […]

April 13th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

April the lamb rescued from barbed wire

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A LAMB which was found with its foot tangled in barbed wire is being cared for by the Scottish SPCA. The charity was alerted on Thursday after a member of the public spotted the female lamb in just off the A1 close to Tranent, East Lothian.   The animal is now in the care of […]

April 13th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News | Read More »

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