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More than £45k spent on massage oils, hair dyes and nail varnish for Scots inmates

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MORE than £45,000 has been spent on massage oils, hair dyes and nail varnish for Scots inmates in the last three years. The Scottish Prison Service has revealed that they are supplying products used to provide “luxury” treatments for prisoners. Extensive lists provided under the Freedom of Information show that hair masks and treatments, rollers, […]

August 13th, 2014 | Posted in News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Edinburgh’s Panda Has a Bun in the Oven

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EDINBURGH Zoo have confirmed Tian Tian the giant panda is pregnant and is due to give birth to a cub at the end of the month. The news follows months of speculation after the panda underwent artificial insemination in April this year. But after a long wait scientists at the zoo yesterday (Tues) revealed the […]

August 12th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Meg-nificent Birthday Celebrations as Scotland’s Second Oldest Woman Turns 108

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A SCOTS pensioner who was eight-years-old when the First World War broke out is set to become Scotland’s second oldest woman – at 108-years-old. Meg Melvin was born on 7 August 1906 and worked as a cleaner until she was 92-years-old. Born in Dundee but brought up in Govanhill in Glasgow, she credits her long […]

August 8th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scotland a Hit for Bucket Lists

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SCOTLAND has proven a popular choice for people compiling bucket lists of things to do before they die. Nearly 5,000 “life goals” on the social media site Bucketlist.org involve Scotland, with 2,000 people naming Nessie hunting as their top pick. The bucket list site shows eating haggis, learning to play the bagpipes, and even eating […]

August 6th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Highland rescue by heroic Scottish postie

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A HEROIC Scots postie has been praised by rescue services after she saved a pensioner who had fallen into a fast-flowing river. Lyndsey Holt, from Invermoriston in the Highlands, came to the rescue of the 71-year-old tourist after he fell into the River Moriston near Loch Ness on Thursday afternoon. The pensioner, from Australia, plunged […]

August 1st, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Sir Chris says go see the Old Man of Hoy

Chris Hoy Gets Freedom of Edinburgh

SIR CHRIS Hoy has urged visitors to the Commonwealth Games to take the opportunity to see Scotland – and the Old Man of Hoy is one of his top destinations. The Olympian was asked to select his top five Scottish sights to recommend to visitors and said the iconic outcrop of rock was “amazing.” He […]

August 1st, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Munro bagging pooch aims for peak number nine

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A MUNRO-bagging Jack Russell is about to tackle his ninth Scottish peak over 3,000ft. Cluanie, three, last year managed 4,406ft Ben Nevis completely on his own tiny legs in just eight hours. And on Tuesday this week he managed another remarkable feat – bagging five Munros in one day. On September 6 the pint-sized canine […]

August 1st, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Prison seizures of drugs, booze, weapons and mobiles a “huge problem”

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SCOTS prisoners have been caught with more than 67,000 pills, 11kgs of cannabis and 2.4kgs of heroin in the past three years alone. And more than 1,000 weapons – many of them home-made – and 1,400 mobile phones have also been seized since 2011. Some 550 litres of alcohol have been confiscated in the past […]

August 1st, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish Council Drivers Crash 570 Times in Three Years

Council crashes are becoming a problem

WORKERS at a Scots council have crashed 570 times in three years – despite having just 385 vehicles in the fleet. Staff at Scottish Borders Council were deemed responsible for more than a third of the smashes, resulting in payouts of more than £270,000 over the period. The dreadful accident rate at Scottish Borders Council […]

July 24th, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scottish prison officers crack down on inmates’ secret Facebook use

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PRISON chiefs shut down 80 Facebook accounts used by inmates last year, after investigations into the use of social media behind bars. Out of 118 “potential” accounts identified by bosses two-thirds were removed from the popular site following investigations by officials. Despite measures taken by the Scottish Prison Service to limit access to the internet […]

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

BBC criticised for ‘ludicrous’ bureaucracy

BBC Scotland office. Photo: Peter Nugent

THE BBC has been condemned as “ludicrous” after it emerged that staff in Scotland have to call an office in England – for permission to open the blinds. The corporation has outsourced facilities management to a West Midlands-based firm which has to approve the movement of blinds 307 miles away at BBC Scotland’s HQ in […]

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Vicious swan from Newcastle leads to boating ban for Edinburgh pond

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BOATING has been banned on a pond in a leafy Scots suburb – after a vicious Geordie swan moved in. The male bird and its mate, originally from Newcastle, have taken over Craiglockhart Pond, Edinburgh, and are rearing cygnets. The Geordie swan flies across the pond and attempts to pick off any straggling kayakers.   […]

July 22nd, 2014 | Posted in 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 »

Police Scotland accused of treating female officers “like pieces of paper”

Police Head Quarters

POLICE Scotland has been accused of treating female officers like “numbers on a piece of paper”. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) says the new force has centralised requests for flexible working that used to be left to local commanders. As a result, there has been a big increase in complaints about flexible working refusals and […]

July 17th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

DJ hospitalised after gull attack

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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 »

Fire hero is new face of Irn Bru Glasgow 2014 campaign

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A SCOTS “superman” who saved a disabled woman from a burning flat has become one of the new faces of Irn Bru. Brian Provan, 43, will be appearing on bus stops across the country along with other winners, who have become the Scottish drinks latest “models” on the lead up to Glasgow 2014. A delighted […]

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

Girlfriend of stab victim pays tribute to her “hero”

Jordan Mackay & girlfriend

THE GIRLFRIEND of a young man who was killed in the street has paid a heartbreaking tribute to her “hero.” Jordan Mackay, 20, was fatally wounded in South Queensferry at around 1.30am on Sunday morning. His girlfriend Nicole Mckay, 21, said that she was waiting to wake up from the “nightmare,” and that “Jord” was […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Community,Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Police,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Haggis star of Fringe show

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A HAGGIS maker has teamed up with a playwright in a bid to rescue the reputation of Scotland’s national dish. ‘Haggis, Haggis, Haggis,’ by playwright Stuart Delves, will tackle foodie prejudice against the meal made from sheep’s lungs cooked with oatmeal and spices in stomach lining. And haggis makers MacSween’s will even provide hungry audiences […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,In Brief,News,Scottish News,Uncategorized | Read More »

Fans booked B&B near new home of T in Park before 2014 event started

MUSIC lovers booked up accommodation near the new home of T in the Park before the first note of the 2014 festival was played. Some B&Bs near Strathallan, Perthshire, are already sold out for the weekend in July 2015. After 18 years at Balado, festival organisers announced they were moving because of safety concerns over […]

July 15th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Community,In Brief,News,Scottish News | Read More »

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