Grant Mckelvey, who played at Murrayfield against South Africa in 1997, got top prize in the bizarre charity competition at Haddington Rugby Club, East Lothian.
The pitch was divided into 2m by 2m squares and competitors paid a £20 entry fee before guessing where Dylan the goat (below) would “perform”.
To avoid disputes over the winner, Dylan was followed about by an adjudicator and the result confirmed Global Positioning System (GPS).
After a tense, 20-minute wait, Dylan did his business and a delighted Grant was informed by phone that he was the proud owner of a brand new Vauxhall Corsa.
He explained: “They put the goat on the pitch and the adjudicator followed it about until it had a dump.
“They used GPS to determine the co-ordinates.”
Mr McKelvey, now a Scottish Rugby Academy manager, said: “I bought three tickets – one for me, one for my wife, Rona, and one for a consortium of Scottish Rugby staff.
“When I got the call I thought they were having a laugh. It’s a fantastic win, I’m delighted.”
Dylan, an Angora cross Pygmy goat, lives at East Links family park.
Farm manager Grant Bell said Dylan did not need any special training or diet before the big day on Saturday.
Grant, 50, said: “He was only doing what comes naturally. He obviously wasn’t nervous. He treated it like a holiday.
“He was probably getting lots of snacks from passers-by.”
Grant added that Dylan was natural public performer.
“He’s mischievous. He jumps out of pens and chews people’s prams.”
The club’s official emblem is a goat.
Club vice president Keith Wallace acted as adjudicator, following Dylan at a safe distance until the deed was done.
The club bought the first prize – a 1 litre red Vauxhall Corsa Sting – from a local dealer at cost price, meaning they made a profit on ticket sales.
By Bob Malcolm
The number of women in employment in Scotland also stands at a record high of 1,284,000 – with the female employment rate in Scotland standing at 71.4 per cent compared to a UK figure of 68.1 per cent.
Commenting, SNP MSP Maureen Watt said:
“These figures are a welcome endorsement of the Scottish Government’s efforts to boost the economy and create jobs in the face of the UK Government’s austerity agenda.
“That female employment is standing at a record high is particularly welcome and testament to the Scottish Government’s success in this area.
“John Swinney’s budget last week set out a series of key measures to boost employment in Scotland even further – including £16m extra investment to tackle youth unemployment and a £4.5bn investment in infrastructure projects.
“With the limited economic powers currently in Scotland’s hands, the Scottish Government has managed to take action to mitigate the worst excesses of Westminster cuts.
“But with extensive new powers over the economy we can take stronger action to end Westminster’s austerity agenda, invest further in our public services and create more and better jobs here in Scotland.
“These extensive new powers were promised to Scotland during the referendum – Westminster simply must deliver. Failure to do so would be completely unacceptable.”
By Tony Connelly
London Metal quartet The Defiled staged their latest gig on a floating iceberg in the Greenland close to the small town of Kulusuk.
Locals from the town watched the 30-minute set from fishing boats and leisure crafts after helping the band ferry their equipment across the water and on to the iceberg.
In order to capture the gig and the breath-taking surroundings, the expedition team used remote controlled state-of-the-art ‘octocopter flying drone cameras’ to hover above and alongside the iceberg.
Before the performance the band spent time getting to meet local musicians and watched them perform their own traditional music.
Front man of the band, Stitch D, said: “This has to be one of the most insane gigs we’ve ever played! You see these things on TV documentaries but it’s not until you get to see them in real life that you realise just how big and amazing icebergs are.
“Although it was cold, I don’t think any of us noticed once we got started as the stage location literally takes your breath away.”
After hearing that the Kulusuk village community hall had burnt down in a fierce winter storm, the band decided to donate their equipment to the locals as a thank you.
Stitch D, said: “We’ve made a lot of friends during our short stay here and donated some music equipment to the local people, so we look forward to coming back one day and playing a joint gig out here next time – maybe the first ever gig with two bands playing on two icebergs at the same time!”
The gig was part of the German drinks company, Jägermusic’s Ice Cold Gig Challenge where bands and artists perform in various freezing conditions.
Tom Carson, Jägermeister music manager, added, “As far as stage backdrops go, I don’t think you’ll find anything more impressive than this.
“We’re used to staging events at music venues and summer festivals, so it made for an interesting change to be checking ‘berg suitability’ as part of the pre event checks as opposed to the typical band riders and sound systems.
“We’ve worked with The Defiled for a number of years now as part of our Jägermusic programme and we’re extremely grateful to them for accepting the Jägermeister Ice Cold Gig challenge and staging one of the most unique sets we’ve witnessed – we hope the locals of Kulusuk enjoyed it as much as we did.”
By Tony Connelly
The resurgence was part of an overall upward trend across Greater Glasgow and the West of Scotland which showed transactions up 40% on the same period last year with a total 288,000 sq. ft snapped up.
The findings showed a total of 51 deals, 34 of which were for properties in the city centre.
Alistair Reid, Director for JLL in Glasgow, said: “As predicted, we have seen a significant spike in take-up during the third quarter of the year, with the average size of floor space transacted up by 83% compared to the previous quarter.
“Supply has been consistently decreasing over the past year, with an overall vacancy rate of 10.2% and new build Grade A vacancy is positioned at 1.5%.
“That figure is expected to continue to tighten until speculative developments come to the market in mid-2015, bringing approximately 418,000 sq. ft. of available office space to the market.
“Glasgow continues to be an attractive proposition for a wide range of businesses, and has benefitted hugely from the attention that came with the Commonwealth Games this summer.
“We now expect a knock-on effect in terms of enquiries and anticipate a strong finish in the final quarter of the year, with a number of deals due to complete before the year end.”
By Tony Connelly
But yesterday (Thu) the force issued a statement in which it confirmed the birds were not buzzards.
A spokeswoman added: “Our understanding is that the birds are for domestic or food purposes. They are somewhere between a chicken and a turkey.”
A source with knowledge of the inquiry said the birds were hens – which are about half the size of a buzzard.
Jim Scott, 38, a local joiner, confirmed he had been DNA-tested and fingerprinted in relation to the “Buzzard” deaths.
He said: “I was sitting watching telly when the police showed up.
“I told them it was awful funny to find six buzzards shot. or poisoned there. I said to them as a joke, ‘Are you sure it’s not hens you’ve found? They never really said much to that.
“They should have got their facts right first. I never thought it would go so far.”
Local farmer Donald Mackenzie said he and his daughter’s partner were DNA tested.
He said: “I was very surprised when the police turned up.
“They should have got their facts straight and identified the animals before taking such drastic measures.
“We knew they weren’t buzzards because you could stand there all week and you wouldn’t be able to shoot six buzzards.”
An insider said Police Scotland had been left with egg on their face.
“It’s quite hilarious really although local people have been worried. Police have put people through an ordeal.”
Police Scotland said in a statement that they could “confirm that extensive enquiries and specialist examination of remains has taken place after officers were made aware of the reported death of six buzzards in the Fordoun area”.
The force added: “Following close liaison with partner agencies officers can now confirm the birds were not Raptors or a protected species.
“The remains of the birds were discovered in a field approximately one mile northwest of Fordoun on an unclassified road leading from Fordoun to Auchenblae at around 1530hrs on Wednesday 1st October 2014 and it is understood they had been there for several weeks.
“Wildlife Crime is a priority for Police Scotland and within Aberdeenshire and Moray Division we take such reports very seriously and were grateful to be notified of the incident, however enquiries will now be drawn to a close.”
By Katherine Sutherland
By Xantha Leatham