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Gap years could be the equivalent of Highers

Sir Andrew Cubie is the chairman of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

GAP years could be given the same value as Highers according to one of Scotland’s leading figures in education. Sir Andrew Cubie said he wanted to see travel abroad placed on the same level as some academic qualifications. Sir Andrew, chairman of the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF), suggested such a move might increase […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

£1,500 drone camera catches amazing basking shark footage

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TWO boat tour guides using a £1,500 drone camera have produced a beautiful video of a basking shark in Scottish waters. Shane Wasik and Luke Saddler have used the new technology to achieve David Attenborough-style images without the £1m-an-episode price tag, The pair also captured remarkable overhead footage of dolphins racing alongside their boat in […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Hilarity after cops brand Sheeran a crime threat

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POLICE Scotland caused hilarity yesterday (fri) after appearing to suggest that singer Ed Sheeran posed a serious crime threat.   Sheeran was due to perform the second of his sell-out shows at the Hydro, Glasgow, last night.   Police covering the Govan and Craigton area of the city used twitter to give a well-intentioned crime […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Scandal of 11 foreign drivers a day who escape speeding fines

Speed cameras caught an average of 11 foreign drivers a day - none of whom were fined.

MORE than 7,000 foreign drivers have been caught by speed cameras in Scotland since the start of 2013 – but not one of them was fined. Several of the reckless motorists escaped justice despite driving in excess of 100mph. The figures, released under the Freedom of Information Act by Police Scotland, show that 7,196 foreign […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Council admits defeat in the battle of Greyfriar Bobby’s nose

The statue of ScotlandÕs most famous dog, Greyfriars Bobby, is to get a facelift this week following a Facebook campaign that highlighted how the practice of rubbing the statueÕs nose for luck was wearing off the colour on his nose.

SCOTLAND’S most famous dog statue is to be left with a shiny nose.   Greyfriars Bobby’s nose has been rubbed down to the bronze as a result of the modern “tradition” of touching it for good luck.   Edinburgh Council spent £400 on a nose job for the celebrated pooch a year ago, bringing in […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Supersonic RAF jet suspected of causing panic in Western Isles

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ISLANDERS thought their roofs were about to fall in following a suspected sonic boom.   Residents of the Western Isles reported a massive blast which caused windows to rattle and bottles to be knocked off a bar.   The RAF has admitted the panic could have been caused by one of its jets breaking the […]

October 31st, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Sheriff Liddle claims courts in crisis

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A SERVING judge has angrily complained that his court is in “crisis” as a result of “gross overloading”.   Sheriff Gordon Liddle launched an outspoken and unprecedented public attack from the bench after being told cases were being sent to his already “clogged up” court from other areas.   The long-serving judge, who is also […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Court & Crime,News,Top Stories | Read More »

Bobbe the bulldog’s breeding chances “ruined” by surgery

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A DOG owner claims her £3,000 pedigree pet’s chances of breeding have been ruined after surgery spoiled his “good looks”.   Bobbe the British Bulldog underwent an operation on folds of skin on his face to improve a painful skin condition.   Owner Victoria Van-Beck, 39, reckons the £350 op should have been restricted to […]

October 30th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Tower of London poppies banned from war graves

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RELATIVES of soldiers who died in the First World War have been banned from placing Tower of London poppies on their graves in France and Belgium.   The Commonwealth War Graves Commission said it would remove any of the £25 ceramic poppies placed on headstones to the fallen because of rules about the appearance and […]

October 29th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World | Read More »

Robert Carlyle pays tribute to tragic co-star

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ROBERT Carlyle has paid a moving tribute to a tragic Scots actress and co-star who has died.   Jenny McCrindle, who was 46, appeared alongside Carlyle in films such as Looking After Jo Jo.   Early yesterday morning (Wednesday), the Scottish actor tweeted: “Devastating news…RIP Jenny McCrindle.”       Alongside a picture of the […]

October 29th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Top Stories | Read More »

Deaths of rare turtles could be linked to jellyfish numbers

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A BIG increase in the number of jellyfish in Scottish waters could be linked to the reported deaths of five rare leatherback turtles.   Experts suspect the endangered species have followed their prey close to Scottish shores and have become entangled in creel ropes.   A photograph of a dead leatherback recovered off the coast […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Photobambi: wild deer barges into woman’s mountain picture

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HILARIOUS pictures show the moment a woman was photobombed by a deer as she tried to snap one of Scotland’s most iconic mountains. Alison Neilly was transfixed by the image of mist descending on 3350ft (1022m) Buachaille Etive Mor, Glencoe, and stopped to capture the scene. But just as she took what should have been […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Video captures woman trying to fight her way into cab

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AMAZING video footage has emerged of a woman trying to fight her way into a taxi in the middle of a busy street.   The clip which was filmed in Dundee and appeared on YouTube and Facebook, shows a woman in black arguing and shouting at a man in the taxi’s driver seat.   The […]

October 28th, 2014 | Posted in Local News,Scottish News,Top Stories,Uncategorized | Read More »

Stolen sheepdog was recovering from road accident reveals heartbroken owner

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THE owner of a stolen sheepdog has said she is “spitting blood” after her pet survived being run over – only to be snatched by thieves from just outside her front door. Marion Lauder’s working border collie Floss was stolen from its kennel outside her house on Saturday night. Ms Lauder had been on holiday […]

October 27th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Ghost image found in National Trust for Scotland stable

The misty apparition in Drum Castle was caught by a motion sensitive web-cam in the stables.

THE National Trust for Scotland think they have snapped a ghostly apparition in stables in Drum Castle. The vapourous, misty apparition was shot by a motion activated web-cam in the stables by the National Trust’s wildlife team to monitor a nesting family of swallows during the summer of 2015. The 14th Century Drum Castle is […]

October 27th, 2014 | Posted in News,Top Stories | Read More »

Daughter reunited with dad – two days before he dies

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A DAUGHTER was reunited with her father after 43 years apart – only for him to die two days later. Mary Garcia flew 4,600 miles from Texas to Kirkcaldy, Fife, to meet the father she had not seen since 1971. But by then Jim McKelvie, 66, was dying of cancer and passed away – holding […]

October 27th, 2014 | Posted in Scottish News,Top Stories | Read More »

Leaked gig rider suggests Biffy Clyro went a bit Spinal Tap

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SCOTS rockers Biffy Clyro may have gone a bit “Spinal Tap” during their rise to the top, if a document detailing their special requests is anything to go by.   The leaked “rider” for the band’s 2012 festival appearances shows the group’s management insisted on “isolated compound” of at least eight rooms arranged around a […]

October 27th, 2014 | Posted in Entertainment,Scottish News,Top Stories,UK & World,Uncategorized | Read More »

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, […]

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 »

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