Craig Chalmers, who performs under the name Ryan Ryder, shot to fame after making it to the finals of a BBC talent show Any Dream Will Do.
But 32-year-old was axed from a Dunfermline production of Cinderella after an anonymous tip off from a member of the public.
The Scot was nominated for the for the Best Foreign Male award at the AVN Awards – known as the Oscars of porn.
Mr Chalmers, who films include Hotel Voyeur and Fade Into You, had previously said: he was “delighted with the nomination.”
His wife Jennifer Smith, who performs under the name Jasmine Jae, was also up for Best Foreign female.
But at a glitzy ceremony in Las Vegas at the weekend it was revealed both had lost out on the gong.
Craig lost out to Italian porn veteran Rocco Siffredi who has starred in more than 1,300 films.
Meanwhile his wife was pipped to the post by French star of Ultimate French Girls 3, Anissa Kate.
The AVN Awards are sponsored by the adult video industry trade magazine AVN and is aired on American TV.
It was two years ago when Mr Chalmers lost his leading role in Cinderella with his X-rated revelation also seeing him axed by his talent agency.
The Alhambra Theatre in Dunfermline even removed his face from the poster for the show and replaced him with CBBC star James Mackenzie.
Now Edinburgh-born Chalmers, who was also part of the short-lived boyband No Reason and an all-male strip group G-Force, is also turning his hand to producing adult movies.]]>
The celebrated science fiction author has been immortalised in the names of two ships that will be used to recover rockets sent to the International Space Station (ISS) and deliver satellites into space.
The ships have been called Just Read The Instructions and Of Course I Still Love You.
As fans of Banks’ science fiction will probably know, these were the names of imaginary space ships from his 1988 novel The Player of Games.
The tribute to Banks, who died of cancer aged 59 in June 2013, was the idea of the boss of California-based SpaceX.
Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk hopes his rocket ships will provide a reusable way of getting astronauts to and from the ISS.
His transport solution involves using a pair of remote-controlled ships on which the rockets land.
The ships – on the east and west coast of America – are 300 by 100 feet, with wings that extend its width to 170 feet.
Musk, who counts PayPal among his earlier creations, revealed the Banks tribute on Twitter.
He tweeted: “Repairs almost done on the spaceport drone ship and have given it the name Just Read the Instructions.”
He later tweeted: “West Coast drone ship under construction will be named Of Course I Still Love You.”
Wayne Cunningham, a follower of Elon Musk on Twitter said: “Excellent, I love the Iain Banks shout-out.”
Scott Manley said: “First Culture ship confirmed.”
Another, Amanda Westwood said: “I see you’re a Culture novels fan.”
The reusable rockets have to be landed at sea because the re-entry system is too inaccurate to risk a ground landing.
The ships, however, can be moved to the spot within 10 metres of where the rockets are predicted to come down.
The retirement of NASA shuttle fleet in 2011 means that all forms of space travel currently rely on hugely expensive, one-shot rockets.
Musk hopes to offer a reliable, cheaper alternative.
The novel The Player of Games was Banks’ second installment in his Culture series and is set in 2083 AD. It follows a successful board game player, Jernau Morat Gurgeh, who is blackmailed into taking a long journey after cheating at a game.
Iain Banks wrote both mainstream fiction and Sci-Fi fiction under the name Iain M Banks. His Culture series includes nine novels.
The writer, who lived in North Queensferry, Fife, died on June 9, 2013 of cancer of the gall bladder.]]>
Deadmau5, a Canadian electronic dance musician, took to Twitter on Sunday evening to let the Scots DJ know the framed award had been sent to his house by mistake.
Deadmau5 – real name Joel Zimmerman – has a house in Ontario, whereas Calvin’s US home is over 3,200km away in Beverly Hills, California.
He uploaded a picture of the packaged certificate with the caption: “Congrats for the double platinum album. Sucks that it got shipped to my house!”
The photo clearly shows a framed certificate which states that Calvin’s song ‘Sweet Nothing’ was awarded ‘Certified double Canadian platinum’ for its digital downloads.
Luckily, Calvin took the news well, and replied that the mistake was ‘amazing’.
Deadmau5 also took to Instagram to share the blunder.
The DJ uploaded a picture of himself holding the award with the caption: “While someone might get fired…for shipping errors…I’d still like to thank my fans for my double platinum album sweet!”
Calvin’s song, which features Florence Welch, received double platinum status by the Canadian Awarding Industry after reaching 160,000 Canadian downloads.
Worldwide, it has been downloaded over two million times. The song, released in 2012, reached the top of the UK singles chart and was in the top ten US Billboard Top 100 chart.
Calvin already holds 25 platinum certifications for his tracks, including triple and even quadruple platinum awards for songs ‘Feel So Good’, ‘Summer’ and ‘I Need Your Love’.
Deadmau5 himself holds the ‘Greatest House DJ Ever’ award and holds the International Dance Music Award for ‘Best Canadian DJ’.
He has remixed some of Calvin’s songs in the past, including ‘I’m Not Alone’ which was released in 2009.]]>
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 media reports from the 1980s, was partly based on the notion that Postman Pat creator John Cunliffe had visited the west coast village.
But Mr Cunliffe, 81 – who lives 334 miles away from Arisaig in Ilkley, West Yorks – insists he has never visited.
The writer added that the name Postman Pat was picked at random from a phone book and revealed that he gets around half a dozen similarly ill-founded claims a year from UK communities.
In Arisaig, about an hour’s drive west of Fort William, the news was met with disbelief. One relative of Mr McCarthy even suggested the writer was hiding the truth.
The late postie at the centre of the storm, Pat McCarthy, was already a local celebrity before Postman Pat aired. Mr McCarthy starred in a 1968 BBC documentary about his life as a rural postman. He kept several pet cats, including a large black and white tom called Roguey.
Following the massive success of the Postman Pat series, Arisaig started to put two and two together. Mr McCarthy, whenever he was asked, was to smile enigmatically and shrug his shoulders.
A local newsletter called Gaelic Broadcast told its readers in the 80s: “There seems little doubt that Pat was the inspiration for the now legendary Postman Pat.
“The creator spent several days on holiday in Arisaig, and accompanied Pat around the village and district in his mail van.”
The article even added that if Mr Cunliffe “would only own up” the area could become “a centre of pilgrimage for thousands of children”.
Last month, one of Mr McCarthy’s nephews wrote about the Highland connection on social media.
Stephen McBride, 54, posted old pictures of his uncle and told friends: “Postman Pat was a Scot – not some mythical guy from the lake district. Even his cat Rougey was copied and became Jess – which curiously enough was Pat’s mother’s name.
“Here is the proof – my uncle Pat – the real one from Arisaig.”
But a bemused Mr Cunliffe said: “The nearest I came to Scotland when writing Postman Pat was Northumberland and the Lake District.
“It’s lovely when people identify with the series, but there is no connection. There are a lot of postmen called Pat and a lot of black and white cats.
“I chose the name for the series because it just sounds nice. I thought he would need someone to talk to as he went along.
“I got maybe half a dozen people last year saying they were the inspiration. It happens when it’s in the news.”
Mr McBride responded: “I don’t understand it. It was on the gaelic radio station. Maybe John Cunliffe feels if he admitted anything the family would be looking for money off him. Nobody would, of course.
He added: “Pat was a good postie, a well-liked character. He never buried the mail like some of them.
“Pat didn’t lie about anything, he was dead modest. If you asked him anything about himself he just smiled and shrugged his shoulders.”
Arisaig Post Office’s current manager, Jane Kerrall, also believed the story was true and was taken aback to hear of Mr Cunliffe’s denial.
She said: “When we were kids in the village we were told the series was based on our local postie. The local kids all thought that. It’s a wee thing Arisaig thought they had. Obviously they didn’t.”]]>
Liam Aitchison was just 16 when he was beaten and stabbed at least 20 times while living on the Isle of Lewis in the Western Isles.
The case shocked the island community, well known as being one of the safest places to live in the UK.
Now Liam’s father and stepmother have said they have “no doubt at all” the authorities “failed Liam on many occasions”.
They have raised about an internal review by the Western Isles Child Protection Committee – calling for an independent enquiry.
Liam was from South Uist but moved to Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis in June 2011.
The 16-year-old’s body was found in a derelict military building just outside Stornoway in November 2011.
He had been beaten and stabbed at least 20 times after a row over a bottle of aftershave.
In 2013 Johnathan Mackinnon and Stefan Millar, then both 22, where convicted at High Court in Glasgow for his murder and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years.
But Liam’s family believed public bodies still need to held responsible for failing to look after the teenager.
In a statement Mr and Mrs Aitchison said: “We are of the opinion that there has been, and remains to this day, a complete lack of accountability by the responsible authorities.”
They added that they “support wholeheartedly” the call “for a full and independent inquiry”.
“We remain totally bereft to this day since Liam’s most brutal murder and have no doubt at all that the authorities failed Liam on many occasions in their duty of care obligations.”
During the case review by the committee the family claim they were only contacted on one occasion – by phone.
“This only contact was very impersonal and lacking in any sense of empathy,” they said.
Liam had been placed in the couple’s care shortly before Christmas 2010 from his aunt Kate MacDonald, who had acted as kinship carer for a three-month period.
Dr MacDonald could not cope with Liam’s aggressive outbursts and was concerned that he was putting himself at risk by abuse of alcohol and substances.
Mr and Mrs Aitchison said they were “flabbergasted” when a Review Children’s Hearing in February 2011 decided to discharge all formal supervision.
“We pleaded with the Children’s Hearing to keep Liam on supervision – our pleas were ignored,” they said.
“After his move to Stornoway we kept in regular touch with Liam and on a number of occasions attempted to get him to return home with us.
“He was often of no fixed abode, homeless, and without employment – the social workers and Children’s Hearing Panel members had told us that when Liam was discharged from all supervision that support services would remain in place on an informal basis.
“We saw absolutely no evidence of this.”
The added: “We are at present taking legal advice about how we should proceed.”
A spokesman for the Child Protection Committee said: “The family’s statement has been passed to all members of the Western Isles CPC and we will make appropriate arrangements to engage with the family.”]]>
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 for a drive and kissing her.
Mr Docherty, who worked at Linlithgow Academy, West Lothian, also told the girl that he loved his partner – an art teacher at the same school.
At a hearing of the General Teaching Council for Scotland (GTCS) in Edinburgh on Thursday, Mr Docherty was told that he was unfit to teach and banned from the classroom.
The girl at the centre of the case was referred to as Pupil A and gave evidence in private.
The hearing was told Pupil A had shown messages to an ex-pupil at the school.
Linda Forrest, the deputy head at Linlithgow Academy, said in a statement: “A photo of Mr Docherty’s genitals had been sent to Pupil A and A had shown a photo of herself to Mr Docherty.”
She added: “I didn’t know what to think. One text went into significant detail.
“It was sexually graphic – very well written – but highly inappropriate.”
Mr Docherty was suspended on January 21.
Miss Forrest said in her statement that at a meeting that day “Mr Docherty looked shocked and was quiet and said this was unbelievable”.
“I advised him to take his belongings and not contact pupils.”
Despite the warning, Miss Forrest said the suspended teacher arranged a meeting with the girl.
“On March 8 she met with Mr Docherty and went for a drive. He told her he loved his partner and then kissed her and said they could be together when things blew over.”
Mr Docherty faced eight charges before the GTCS, all of which were found proved.
They included engaging in “inappropriate communications” with a pupil and sending “sexual remarks” and “pictures… in a state of undress” to the pupil.
He was accused of arranging to meet the pupil outside school and breaching his suspension by contacting her on three occasion and asking her to “delete all Facebook messages and text messages”.
Case presenter Gillian Sim said Pupil A gave evidence in a clear, straightforward manner, adding: “Her evidence had a level of detail that would be hard to make up.”
Mr Docherty did not attend the hearing and was not represented. The hearing was told he had issued an earlier “blanket denial” of the charges.
The panel found all parts of the complaint against him proven.
The chairman of the panel, John Fitzpatrick, said: “As a consequence of the findings in this case the panel has found the respondent unfit to teach.
“The respondent must be removed from GTCS teaching register.”
Mr Docherty’s Facebook page remained open to the public even after he was suspended.
His posts included a popular picture of the Star War’s character Yoda with the words: “Stupid you are. Breed you should not.”]]>
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’ dismay has been compounded by the “scandalous” revelation that the 116 metre vessel lacks a dedicated watering hole.
Instead, thirsty travellers will have to make do with buying alcoholic beverages in the ship’s fifth deck “Coffee Cabin” or “Mariners’ Cafeteria”.
Crossings from the mainland to Stornoway are well known for their “lively” atmosphere and many locals fear the three-hour trip across The Minch will become a tedious affair.
The current vessel that travels between Stornoway and Ullapool, the smaller, 100 metre Isle of Lewis, gives over much of the stern to a cavernous boozer, called the Still Bar, which is frequently jammed.
Operators Caledonian MacBrayne insist the lack of a bar on the new boat reflects a change in “public tastes”.
But island councillor Donald John MacRae complained: “It’s scandalous spending millions on a ferry with no bar area.”
He said the crossing was particularly busy in the summer, especially during the Gaelic music festivals known as the “Mods”.
Cllr MacRae said: “People would sit in the bar area jamming away. It’s great.
“And during the Hebcelt Festival that’s what they do. Not having a bar is taking that away.
“It’s a bad idea. If you get alcohol it’s better you get alcohol from a bar than a cafe.”
A Stornoway resident, who asked not the be named, said: “I know a cove who works on the ferry and he told me there wasn’t going to be a bar.
“At first I thought he was taking the p***. CalMac weren’t publicising that at all that there isn’t going to be a bar on it.
“As along as I can remember there’s always been a bar on the ferry. It’s part of the tradition of getting on the ferry.”
On social media @crispyanne joined in the row, writing: “Even my wee granny was concerned about this.”
Despite the lack of a dedicated bar, the ferry will have central arcade with a coffee shop, children’s area and games machines.
The ferry, originally due to enter service last year, has already been plagued with setbacks because it is too big to berth.
It is currently sailing up and down the west coast of Scotland on “crew familiarisation exercises” while work to the pier in Stornoway continues.
A CalMac spokesman said: “We are continually reviewing the needs of our customers and over a number of years it has become clear that the requirement for a dedicated bar has reduced as public tastes change.
“Alcoholic drinks are available on board the Seaforth through the Mariners Cafeteria and a Coffee Cabin.”
He added: “This is not unique to the MV Loch Seaforth. We have been changing the way alcohol is sold on ships for some time and the last large ship to join the fleet, MV Finlaggan, in 2011, provides alcoholic drinks in the same way.”]]>
The toy has also been recovered three hours’ hike up a mountain, fished out of a lake, found stuffed in a coal cellar and left at the side of the road. It has even been carried off by a dog.
The family, from Minto in the Scottish Borders, is now offering a £50 reward for the recovery of Porridge after his latest disappearance two months ago at a gig where Rob was playing guitar.
Heartbroken Luca, seven, got Porridge when he was two weeks old and now fears Porridge may be gone for good.
Rob, 45, said Luca loves his bear but insists he accompany his “crazy” dad on trips.
“Luca thinks his dad is a bit crazy,” said Rob. “I’m always dressing up to go and sell antiques and go and play with the band.
“He thinks normal dads just go to work and then come home, whereas I’m gone for a few days.”
The most extraordinary return happened when Rob went to Africa on business.
He said: “Some villagers in Uganda contacted my hotel after Porridge fell out of my motorcycle bag.
“They posted him back to us in a brown package tied up with string, he arrived a few weeks later.”
Rob then lost Porridge on a business trip to the French capital.
“He was found in a bag of dirty laundry in a hotel in Paris. The hotel posted him back.”
He added: “He’s been found lying in the road, a dog ran away with him, he’s been found at relation’s houses.
“He somehow always makes his way back.”
Rob plays guitar in a rock band called Tarras and on October 25 last year played a gig at the village hall in St Boswells, Scottish Borders.
Porridge was taken along by Luca to see his dad play.
Rob said: “Porridge was left at the venue and nobody has handed him in.
“Everywhere Luca goes, Porridge goes with him. He’s not interested in his other bears, he’s only interested in Porridge.
“He’s got no tags, he’s a big saggy, he’s a bit old.
“Luca truly believes that Porridge in alive somewhere. He does have a homing device.”
Porridge has been lost and found his way home again 12 times….but is still missing
1. 2007 – 3 weeks. “He got lost when Luca was a baby. He got thrown down the back of someone’s TV when the kids were playing. He wasn’t found for about 3 weeks.
2. 2008 – 1 night. “He got left outside in the garden. We had a barbecue, and the kids had barbecue for their bears. Everyone else took their bear away but Luca left his. In the morning Porridge was sitting on the blanket on his own surrounded by chicken wings. It looked like he had eaten the whole lot.”
3. 2010 – 1 day. We went up a big hill- Rubers Law – and he was left out on the top there by himself. I had to do a three hour walk to get him. He was there by a clump of heather.
4.2010 – 1 day. “He was found on the side of the road near our house, sitting up by himself, looking at the cars. He must have been dropped.”
5.2010 – 5 minutes. “We went sailing and Porridge fell off the boat by himself – it was Derwent Water in keswick. We had to get him back with a fishing rod.”
6. 2011 – 2 weeks. “He got lost in France, he landed up in the hotel laundry. I was away working and Luca had put him in my bag, he must have fallen out.”
7. – 2011 2 months. “He got lost in Africa. I was motorcycling in Uganda and he fell out of my bag. Some villagers contacted the hotel and when they found out where we lived they posted him back us, in a brown paper package with brown string.”
8. 2011 – 5 minutes. “We were loading stuff in the car and the bear was left on the roof. When we were halfway down the road Luca started asking: “Where’s Porridge Bear?” and we found him still on the roof.
9. 2011 – 20 minutes: “A friend’s dog came to stay. It picked up Porridge in its teeth and ran off into the village with him, for no reason. It took us 20 minutes to get him back.”
10. 2012: 5 hours: “Luca put Porridge in a bag of rubbish in the car – Luca thought it was a bag of clothes. He ended up in the dustbin at the side of the road. We looked everywhere until we tried the bin. There he was.”
11. 2012 – 2 weeks. “We moved out and put lots of stuff in a coal shed. Some mice had made a nest in one of the boxes, so we cleaned it out, and there he was under a pile of books.”
12. 2013 – 1 week. “He was left with friends in Gifford, East Lothian. He was there about a week. We asked if they had seen him and there he was, sitting on the kitchen table looking like a member of the family.”
13. 2014. October 25. Porridge disappears after being taken to one of his dad’s gigs. He is still at large.
Matt Henderson, Head of Restructuring at Johnston Carmichael Chartered Accountants, is encouraging companies to make sure they are prepared to survive the economic recovery period.
Matt believes that an improving economy during 2015 could lead to trouble for some companies.
He said: “Many companies have concentrated their efforts on surviving the recession and they might feel a sense of relief now that the economy is showing signs of recovery.
“However, their relief may be short-lived. Strangely enough an economic recovery can be a precarious time for businesses.
“During an economic recovery, there is a greater need for companies to fund growth and finance new capital investment, products, stock and recruit additional people.
“This hunger for additional capital will mean that struggling companies will need to obtain further credit at the same time when their lenders are presented with more solid alternative investment opportunities.
“Commercial lenders are currently supporting problem accounts, waiting for better market conditions when they will have a chance to offload distressed assets.
“Low interest rates at the moment reduce the carrying cost of problem debts, but monitoring and management of these companies can be time-consuming and expensive, so their support won’t remain in place indefinitely.
In addition, with the prospect of an interest rate rise in 2015, there will be increasing pressure to restructure the debt within distressed businesses.
“It seems ironic and counter-intuitive, but as the economy recovers we are likely to see an increase in activity to restructure problem debt.”
Urging companies that may be in distress to act now he added: “Companies that are currently struggling need to act now. If you are running a company that is only servicing its debt, you need to consider very carefully how you are going to survive the recovery.
“The sooner business owners reach out for help the better because early intervention and support means increased chances of survival and recovery.
“Too often, the professionals who can help are brought in too late to turn around a failing company.
“There are several options and solutions available to companies under financial pressure, but it can be difficult to implement an effective solution if there is simply no time to see the operation through.”