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Academic study of Harry Potter earns at least 59 top degrees

Rowling's stories have proved to a hit with boffins

AT least 22 academics across the globe have earned their PhDs after spending years studying Harry Potter. And a further 37 master’s degrees have been awarded following scholarly research into JK Rowling’s celebrated series of wizarding novels. The learned papers included an examination of magical food in the series, the theological implications of Harry Potter […]

November 26th, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Lost pictures show WW1 victims fitted with prosthetic limbs

The incredible decades-old snaps

AN AMAZING collection of long lost images show victims of the First World War being fitted with prosthetic limbs and hands. The remarkable chance discovery was made by staff researching the history of Erskine Hospital in Renfrewshire, which celebrates its centenary next year. Almost 10,000 wounded soldiers passed through its doors after losing limbs whilst […]

November 25th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Greene King issues terror advice to 24,000 members of staff

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STAFF at one of the UK’s biggest pub chains have been told to practice bomb scare evacuations and inspect window boxes for explosives. A document given to managers at Greene King yesterday warned managers at its 1,800 pubs that their premises are a “potential target”. The two-page document, issued following the Paris attacks, gives detailed […]

November 19th, 2015 | Posted in News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Whisky fan camps in rain for four nights – so he can spend £17,000 on a bottle of Scotland’s finest

The pricey bottle

A DIEHARD whisky fan camped out in the November rain for four nights for the chance to spend £17,856 on a single bottle of Scotland’s finest. Bruce Langereis pitched up in a chilly car park in Vancouver, Canada, for the best part of last week for the chance to bag an ultra-rare bottle of 50-year-old […]

November 12th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

World curling federation bans controversial “Frankenbrooms”

Scotland has a rich history of success in the sport

THE WORLD Curling Federation, based in Perth, has banned controversial “Frankenbrooms” from this year’s Pacific-Asia Championship. The 2015 Championship kicked off on Sunday in Almaty, Kazakhstan, with thirteen of the hottest curling teams in the world competing for the much-coveted men and women’s titles. But on Friday the Scotland-based WCF issued a last-minute ban of […]

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

Scots-launched rocket shot down in space during exercise


A BALLISTIC missile launched from Scotland was shot down in space by a US warship just off the coast. The missile was launched from the isle of Benbecula – flying as high as 120 miles – before being blasted from the sky by a warship moored in Hebridean waters. The USS Ross – a destroyer […]

November 5th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Rowling says Israeli government must account for brutality but no cultural boycott


JK ROWLING has publicly slammed the Israeli government for its “brutal” and “unjust” treatment of the Palestinian people. But the Harry Potter author said she opposed a wider cultural boycott of Israel because it would “silence” the voices that need to be heard. Rowling took to Twitter after a number of fans used her Harry […]

October 27th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Dog seller battered in own home for £1,500 pup

Police issued this photo of the pug.

A WOMAN has been left battered and bruised after two men who claimed to want to buy her pups beat her up before stealing one of the dogs. The woman from Abergavenny, Gwent, had placed an ad on pets4homes hoping to find new homes for a litter of eight-week-old pure breed pugs – worth up […]

October 27th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Fish promises one last album

One more album could be on the cards

FORMER Marillion front-man Fish has revealed that he will write one last album before turning his attention to screenplays and an autobiography. Currently preparing for his European and British tours later this month, Fish spoke of his plans to start work on his final album – Weltschmerz – before taking it on the road in […]

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

London exhibition on Scottish Celts slated for “excruciating” pan pipe music

An example of a Celtic horned helmet

A LONDON museum has been slated by visitors for using “cliche” pan pipe music during its latest Celtic exhibition. The British Museum said it intended to give visitors an immersive experience into the heritage of the Celts – the tribe which ruled Scotland some 1,200 years ago. But instead they have received complaints describing the […]

October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Outraged Scots start petition to ban English currency north of the border

The petition page online

DIE-HARD Scots have started a petition to ban English currency north of the border. Outraged nationalists have set up an online page calling for the SNP to refuse English notes in the wake of a video which went viral last week. The clip, which was viewed 425,000 times, showed shop workers in Milton Keynes refusing […]

October 13th, 2015 | Posted in Community,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Michelle Mone suggests bankers use X Factor-style employment tactics


LADY Michelle Mone has revealed her number one idea as the government’s new business tsar – X Factor for bankers. In August Prime Minister David Cameron announced that the bra brand founder would be heading up a review of small businesses as the government’s new “entrepreneur tsar.” Since taking up the post she has travelled […]

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

Scot opens casino in Siberia


AN entrepreneurial Scot is set to open one of the world’s largest gambling resorts in the far east of Siberia. Craig Ballantyne, now 64, ditched a safe job in banking to take a risk on the gambling industry, and it looks set to pay off. Intended to rival Las Vegas and Macau, the half-billion-dollar Selena […]

October 2nd, 2015 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

£300k to help refugees in Europe

THE Scottish Government will provide £300,000 of humanitarian assistance to the many thousands of vulnerable refugees arriving on mainland Europe. The aid funding will be divided mainly between the British Red Cross and Mercy Corps charities who with their partners have significant humanitarian operations on the Greek islands where the emergency situation is severe. Donations […]

October 1st, 2015 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Icelandic volcano’s toxic gas is treble that of Europe’s industry

Bárðarbunga volcano

A huge volcanic eruption in Iceland emitted on average three times as much of a toxic gas as all European industry combined, a study has revealed. Discharge of lava from the eruption at Bárðarbunga volcano released a huge mass – up to 120,000 tonnes per day – of sulphur dioxide gas, which can cause acid […]

September 25th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

US artist brings Harry Potter’s parents to life in hilarious cartoon strip

Fans submit questions through Tumblr

AN AMERICAN artist has brought the parents of Harry Potter to life by creating a series of hilarious comic strips, proving a massive hit with fans. The New York-based blogger, known as Julvett, answers questions to Lily and James Potter by creating a illustrated response – which is occasionally X-rated. Fans submit their questions for […]

September 24th, 2015 | Posted in UK & World | Read More »

Trump says Aberdeen golf course is the “best ever built”

The US presidential candidate  has been embroiled in a lengthy battle over a wind farm

DONALD Trump has claimed his Aberdeen golf course is “the greatest ever built” – despite being ranked 48th in a recent survey. Golf World Magazine placed Aberdeen Golf Links far below a host of famous names – including St Andrews, Augusta National and the Royal Melbourne – in their ‘Top 100’ list. But Trump, who […]

September 9th, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

First Minister announces funding to help refugees integrate into Scotland

The funds will help to integrate refugees into Scottish society

THE work of the taskforce co-ordinating Scotland’s practical response to the humanitarian crisis in southern Europe will be supported by an initial £1 million in Scottish Government funding to ensure that services across Scotland are prepared to deal with the arrival of refugees. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed the funding will help the taskforce as it […]

September 7th, 2015 | Posted in Politics,UK & World | Read More »

Scotland to ban GMOs

The government is moving towards a ban on GM crops

GROWING genetically modified (GM) crops will be banned in Scotland, Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead has announced. Mr Lochhead has confirmed that the Scottish Government intends to take advantage of new EU rules allowing countries to opt out of growing EU-authorised GM crops. The Scottish Government will shortly submit a request that Scotland is excluded from […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Business,Scottish News,UK & World | Read More »

Fulbright students return to US with new insights into Scotland

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Trip showcased the ‘complexities of Scottish identity’. A group of American undergraduates have returned home having undertaken a five-week exchange trip to Scotland as part of the prestigious Fulbright-Scotland Summer Institute. The annual event was hosted by the Universities of Dundee and Strathclyde and offered the ten visiting students the opportunity to learn about and […]

August 10th, 2015 | Posted in Community,In Brief,Scottish News,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

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