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Scotland’s answer to School of Rock gets £300K to triple numbers

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SCOTLAND’S real-life answer to School of Rock has been awarded a £300,000 grant by lottery chiefs. Dads Rock in Edinburgh is a nursery group run by men where youngsters get a healthy serving of Queen classics alongside their morning snack. Like something out of Jack Black’s classic comedy, youngsters get to play guitars, drums and […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Taxpayers fork out £4 a time for council’s toe curling soap operas

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A CASH-strapped council has been condemned for squandering £10,000 on toe-curling soap operas.   Only 2,500 people have watched the East Lothian Council mini-dramas on YouTube – meaning they cost taxpayers £4 every time they were viewed.   The River City-style episodes, featuring professional actors, are meant to provide a handy guide to services.   […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Top Stories | Read More »

Heavy waves and wind left Lewis beaches plastered with foam two feet thick

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LEWIS is in a lather after heavy waves and wind left beaches plastered with foam two feet thick. The island’s Dalmore beach was covered in a mass of froth on Tuesday morning as a result of organic matter in the water being whipped up. Chris Murray, from Inverness, took pictures of his dog playing in […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Pink Floyd legend condemns “tragic” plan to deport top US musician from Scotland

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A LEGENDARY American session musician who worked with David Bowie and Pink Floyd as well as creating music for countless movies is battling deportation from Scotland.   Percussionist Steve Forman has been passing on his skills to dozens of students at The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow – without costing UK taxpayers “a dime”. […]

October 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

OAPs body-swerve cops to occupy Scotland Office

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PENSIONERS breezed past police to “occupy” the offices of the Secretary of State for Scotland yesterday – only to discover he was on holiday.   Veteran anti-nuclear campaigners targeted Alistair Carmichael’s workplace amid the stately surroundings of Edinburgh’s west end.   The protesters, who normally attempt to blockade the gates of Faslane in the west […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Teacher threatened to sue girl over mental health problems

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A FURIOUS teacher blamed pupils for his mental health problems – even threatening to sue one girl. Francis Carlton’s conduct at two Glasgow schools was “so serious” he could not be allowed to remain in the classroom, the profession’s watchdog revealed yesterday (Mon). In another incident, a fellow teacher placed himself between Mr Carlton and […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Teuchter Wagons website celebrates the Highland’s worst cars

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A HILARIOUS website has been set up to celebrate the battered, tattered and shattered vehicles used by many residents of the Highlands and islands. Teuchter Wagons shows incredibly crumpled cars, pickup trucks piled high with hay – and even a sheep wearing a seatbelt. For the benefit of townies, the Facebook page defines a Teuchter […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Sir Chris – I won’t be a pushy dad

Hoy believes that parents risk putting their child off a sport for life if they are too hard on them.

SIR CHRIS Hoy has vowed not to be a pushy parent and make fun “the centre of everything”. The cycling legend, who became a father last week , said he did not want to be a parent who “screamed” at their children and told them off for not performing. His wife Sarra gave birth to […]

October 21st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Sport,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Northern Lights photographed above Callanish Stones

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A PHOTOGRAPHER has captured a breathtakingly beautiful image of the Northern Lights above one of Scotland’s most iconic neolithic monuments. The image of ghostly green lights dancing above the Callanish Stones on the Isle of Lewis was taken by Sandie Maciver. The unforgettable sights was the result of crystal clear skies and a peak of […]

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Police investigation which DNA-tested suspects thought poisoned hens were buzzards

Police believe the dead birds may have looked something like this

POLICE DNA-tested at least three men suspected of poisoning buzzards – even though the dead birds turned out to be hens. Police Scotland said a fortnight ago that it had launched a probe into the deaths of the six raptors, whose remains were found in a field near Fourdon, Aberdeenshire. Although police did not point […]

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Teacher free to return to classroom less than a year after being struck off for racially aggravated conduct

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A TEACHER who racially abused a nightclub bouncer is free to return to the classroom less than a year after she was struck off.   Rachael Patterson got drunk and danced on a table before making monkey noises during the incident in Aberdeen.   The 29-year-old was convicted of racially aggravated conduct, sacked from her […]

October 15th, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Exotic lizard left to die in its tank

The SSPCA said they receive a lot of unwanted exotic creatures because people underestimate the hard work and knowledge required to look after these types of animals

AN exotic lizard was dumped and left to die in its tank next to a waste disposal site. The badly malnourished bearded dragon, called Chaplin, only survived after a chance discovery by a dog walker. An animal charity condemned Chaplin’s owner for throwing him away “like a piece of rubbish” and warned that, if caught, […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Leatherback turtle may have been killed by creel ropes

Leatherback turtles are the largest living turtles and are protected endangered species

A massive 6ft leatherback turtle was discovered dead and tangled in creel ropes by a fisherman in Scotland.   The underwater giant, an incredibly rare sight in Scottish waters, is feared to have drowned off the north west coast of Scotland. A post mortem is due to be carried out later today.   The exotic […]

October 14th, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Gulf War vet lived in garden shed for 15 years

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  A TRAUMATISED Gulf War veteran has revealed that he lived in his garden shed for 15 years to help him get over the war.   Vince Davidson, from Coldstream, Scottish Borders, only emerged from the windowless, 10ft by 10ft shed earlier this year.   The 49-year-old fought with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers (KOSB) […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

OAP couple first to climb all 726 Scots peaks over 2,000ft

Sheila, 65, and Bill Simpson, 70, from Arbroath

A SCOTS pensioner couple have completed a 20-year mission to climb all 726 of Scotland’s hills over 2,000ft.   Sheila, 65, and Bill Simpson, 70, from Arbroath recently finished their mammoth feat – climbing the equivalent of around two million feet – or 30 Mount Everests.   To do this they tackled all 282 Munros […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,UK & World | Read More »

Spiderboy, 5, clambers 30ft on to roof of building

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A FIVE-year-old boy with a Spiderman obsession climbed 30ft on to the roof of his home.   Owen Allan scaled the entire three-storey building in Rosyth, Fife, by clinging to wooden slats.   Owen’s feat of daring was discovered by his horrified mother, Wendy, who spotted his legs casually dangling over the side.   The […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Police Scotland chief angered by altered figure allegations

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POLICE Scotland’s chief constable has angrily hit out at claims the force has been manipulating crime figures.   Sir Stephen House said he was “annoyed” and “upset” by allegations the figures had been altered for political ends – and vowed that he would not tolerate such activity.   His comments came ahead of a Scottish […]

October 13th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Police,Politics,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Delight as Mackenzie, 10, “beats cancer’s butt”

Mackenzie is all smiles as she takes in cancer and wins

A BRAVE schoolgirl who whose treatment for cancer made Scottish medical history has beaten the disease.   Mackenzie Furness, 10, told her delighted fans on social media that she had “kicked cancer’s butt”.   Mackenzie, from Sauchie, Clackmannanshire, was the first person to have a haploidentical stem cell transplant in Scotland.   The treatment, carried […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Veteran teacher struck off after challenging schoolboy to a fight

Maths teacher Francis Carlton was struck off after squaring off with a pupil

A VETERAN teacher with a volcanic temper has been struck off after a hearing was told he once challenged a schoolboy to a fight.   Maths teacher Francis Carlton was “out of control”, frightening senior staff and pupils alike with his outbursts.   The 65-year-old threatened one boy with revealing highly sensitive information about him […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,Local News,News,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

Top website condemned over “neanderthal” portrayal of Glasgow food scene

Charlet Duboc buys Buckfast before drinking it with drunken youths

AN influential website has been condemned for its “neanderthal” video guide to Glasgow and its food.   The Vice documentary – which has been viewed 160,000 times – shows a subtitled, Buckfast-swigging chef swearing as he makes recipes with the fortified wine and Irn Bru.   Munchies Guide to Scotland also shows a group of […]

October 10th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Health,Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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