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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 »

Islanders dismayed after realising new £42m ferry has no bar

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A SUPERFERRY costing £42m which is too big to berth does not have a bar, angry islanders have complained. The giant MV Loch Seaforth is so big it will have to wait until the summer for port facilities on the Western Isles to be upgraded before it can transport cars and foot passengers. But islanders’ […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in 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 »

Canadian leader wades into Clan controversy

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The Premier of Nova Scotia has waded into a growing controversy of the origins of an ancient Scottish clan.   Worldwide DNA tests have proved that the MacNeils of Barra in the Outer Hebrides are descended from Vikings rather than Irish royalty.   The revelation has generated a social media sensation with MacNeils from Australia […]

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

UFC Hydro date confirmed

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) series will come to Scotland for the first time ever this summer when it will host an event at the Hydro.   The world’s biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) association will stop by Glasgow’s Hydro on Saturday 18 July.   The news was announced today by Scottish UFC women’s strawweight […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Sport | 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 »

It’s light Jim, but not as we know it

Light which passes through a 'mask' is slowed down

SCOTTISH scientists have worked out how to put the brakes on the speed of light. Generations of school pupils have been taught that light slows down in water and glass but speeds up again afterwards. Researchers based in Glasgow and Edinburgh have now managed to slow down light as it passes through air – without […]

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

Top university may name building after cat

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ONE of Scotland’s top universities has revealed that it may name one a building after its beloved campus cat who passed away. Miller, an 18-year-old tabby cat, became Glasgow University’s unofficial mascot when he began to hang around campus buildings as a kitten. The announcement of his death on Wednesday prompted hundreds of online tributes […]

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

Lucky to be alive fisherman tells of rescue

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A DECKHAND has told how he and his father clung to each other in freezing Scottish waters as their fishing boat sank beneath them. Micheál Ó Conghaíle paid tribute to the the Scottish Coastguard for rescuing him and four others from the Irish vessel Iúda Naofa on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile the search and rescue winchman […]

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

Family appeal after Porridge the amazing returning bear goes missing for 13th time

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A TOY bear called Porridge has gone missing for the 13th time in seven years – including disappearances in Africa and France.   Antique dealer Rob Armstrong takes Porridge on trips because his son Luca wants him to ride along as a lucky mascot.   Amazingly, the bear was returned after a two-week spell missing […]

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

Scots birdman’s amazing pictures from “flying parachute”

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AN intrepid Scottish birdman using a £7,000 “flying parachute” has shared his amazing images from up to 10,000ft.   Gordon Robertson uses a paramotor – a parachute with an engine on his back – to soar above the mountains, lochs and coastline.     The sport – which is less than 10 years old – […]

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

American Civil War items on display at the National Library of Scotland

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A COLLECTION of American Civil War memorabilia including a signed request by Abraham Lincoln has gone on display at the National Library of Scotland to mark the 150 anniversary.   The display, titled ‘Yankee Cries and Rebel Yells: The American Civil War’, features rare letters, political pamphlets, newspapers, and memoirs from the war.   One […]

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Bungee jump boast hilariously backfires

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A SCOTS holiday goer’s bid to make his brother jealous backfired after his nerve failed him on one of the world’s most spectacular bungee jumps.   Connor Robertson hates heights but decided to do the 150ft leap in New Zealand just so he could boast about it to his brother – who is desperate to do […]

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

Video shows ship’s crew feet from propeller during rescue

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Astounding footage of fishermen clinging onto a sinking boat before being thrown into the sea in north of Scotland has emerged.   The terrifying video shows the crew of Irish vessel, The Iuda Naofa, swept into the Atlantic Ocean by waves at the Coastguard struggle to grab them and winch them to safety.   The […]

January 21st, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Fife police break taser rules

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POLICE in Fife have been found to have broken guidelines after a taser was discharged accidentally in Glenrothes police station.   The discharge of the taser could have been prevented according to the body that investigates the police.   Yesterday (Jan 21) the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner (PIRC) said that the device fired within […]

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

Huge owl on the loose in Scottish town

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A HUGE owl said to be capable of killing pet cats and dogs is on the loose in a Perthshire town, according to locals. The European Eagle Owl – which has a wingspan of six feet – is thought to have escaped from a private owner as the birds are not believed to live in […]

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

Old Bilbo Baggins: Scots cops fans of Lord of the Rings

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SCOTTISH Police appear to have let slip that they are big fans of the Lord of the Rings saga. The force has named an operation “Mithril” – the magical armour donned by actor Elijah Wood who plays Frodo Baggins in the blockbuster movies. But anyone expecting a titanic struggle between good and evil, is likely […]

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

Fishing boat used on WW2 missions on sale for £1

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ONE of the UK’s oldest fishing boats – which may have been used in the legendary ‘Heroes of Telemark’ raid in World War 2 – is on sale for £1. The 75ft Excellent, built in 1931, was based in Scotland for part of the war and used for “clandestine” operations in Norwegian waters. A Glasgow […]

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

How a generation – and 113 miles – separate today’s pensioners from their children

Around 10% of over-35s saw, or worried about, their parents' wellbeing while visiting over the festive season

SCOTS aged 35 and over now live an average of over 110 miles from their parents, a new survey reveals. It means most OAPs and their grown-up children are at least two hours’ drive away by car. The research by private health care firm BUPA also found that 10% of over-35s worried about, or actually […]

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

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