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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 »

Family call for inquiry into Outer Hebrides murder

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The family of a teenager killed in the first murder in the Outer Hebrides for more than 40 years have called an independent inquiry into those who had a duty to care for him. Liam Aitchison was just 16 when he was beaten and stabbed at least 20 times while living on the Isle of […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Court & Crime,Court & Crime,News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | 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 »

Appeal for Porridge Bear after 13th disappearance

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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 in Uganda […]

January 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | 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 »

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 »

31 NHS staff suing own health board

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A STRUGGLING NHS board has been hit with £17m in negligence claims – almost a third of them lodged by their own staff. According to the latest figures, NHS Fife is facing 77 claims of medical negligence, including one resulting in birth defect. A staggering 31 cases of liability were also lodged by NHS Fife […]

January 22nd, 2015 | Posted in Health,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 »

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 »

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 »

How Scots police “snoop” on us 53 times a day

Police Scotland uses its surveillance powers to intercept around 20,000 emails and phone calls annually

SCOTTISH police snoop on an average of 53 phone calls and emails every day, according to a senior politician. The head of the Scottish Parliament’s justice committee, Christine Grahame, warned police powers could turn into a “snoopers’ charter”. The nationalist MSP claimed the force is monitoring a total of almost 20,000 calls and emails every […]

January 20th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Rory Bremner reveals his latest impersonation

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Rory Bremner has given fans a sneak peak of his latest impersonation – Great British Bake Off star Paul Hollywood. The 53-year-old Scots comedian and impressionist Tweeted photo of himself as the expert bread maker, who is world-renowned for his baking innuendos.     He is dressed in a pink striped short unbuttoned at the […]

January 19th, 2015 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

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