Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Folk star boycotts festival opening night concert over BBC’s indie ref “bias”

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ONE of Scotland’s top folk musicians is boycotting a major music festival's opening night concert in protest at BBC coverage of the independence referendum.Dick Gaughan was invited to play at the opening night of...

Scottish llama declared oldest in UK

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A PET llama living on the windswept north east coast of Scotland has been declared the oldest in Britain. Paddy the llama, who was 25 this year, has lived happily in a muddy field in...

Bagpipe under threat unless they are taught in school, say experts

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The iconic sight and sound of pipers playing Auld Lang Syne at Hogmanay Street Parties could be under threat – according to concerned piping enthusiasts.   Experts believe that the national instrument is under threat due...

More than a reeling – trad bagpipers freestyle jam contest

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YOUNG bagpipe players are being encouraged to break Scottish stereotypes and rock out at a leading competitive event.   For the first time ever, the Scottish Schools Pipe Band Championships (SSPBC) will feature a ‘freestyle’ category.    The...

Plucky poultry hop all over Highland deer

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THE Monarchs of the Glen are proving a walkover for hungry chickens at one Highland hotel.Amazing pictures show the plucky poultry perched on stags weighing up to 200kgs at the Doune Knoydart.The wild deer...

Miss World hopeful travels 7,000 miles to get her teeth fixed in Scotland

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A MISS World contestant is travelling 7,000 miles to Scotland to get her teeth fixed - using a 3D printer.Miss Singapore will undergo pioneering cosmetic dental treatment at a clinic in Edinburgh so she...

Dolphin superpod stuns Skye

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A “SUPERPOD” of 400 dolphins has caused massive excitement on a Scottish island after coming to within a few hundred metres of the shore.The huge group has been feeding in the narrow Sound of...

Salmond under fire for dishing out luxury chocolates worth £100 to his pals

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ALEX Salmond has been condemned for dishing out luxury chocolates worth up to £95 to his friends in high places.The first minister was accused of having a "penchant for luxury" after it emerged he...

£1.3m spent spent ferrying pupils between schools for lessons

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SCOTS councils are squandering millions of pounds ferrying pupils between schools by taxi for lessons.Teacher shortages mean youngsters are getting cabs from their own school to another to study a specific subject.Five councils have...

Police reverse ban on colour-blind cops

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POLICE Scotland have reversed their blanket ban on recruiting colour-blind officers.An aspiring police officer, who was rejected from the force, mounted a legal bid to have the decision overturned.The recruit had passed all of...

Recycle crew rubbish at road safety

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RECYCLING workers have been snapped parking their vehicle on a pavement and zig-zag lines - outside an off licence.A passer-by photographed the vehicle in Edinburgh as the apparently thirsty workers made a pit stop.While...

Nurse altered patients’ records to prescribe herself drugs

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A NURSE used confidential patients’ medical records to prescribe herself powerful sedatives.Rebecca Preston sneaked into GPs’ consulting rooms and used their computers to create false prescriptions for real patients.The Glasgow-based practice nurse obtained diazepam...

Homebuyers flock to try out des res’s fireman’s pole

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HOUSEBUYERS are flocking to an unusual des res - to try out the fireman’s pole.Joiner Kevin Wallace has put his Edinburgh bachelor pad on the market and hopes to get at least £250,000.But while...

Scots “hensioners” to get the benefit of chicken power

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CHICKEN power is set to transform the lives of lonely Scottish pensioners.OAPs at risk of social isolation and depression will be given hens to care for under the inspirational charity scheme.Already a big success...

Scottish government plans drone and laser attacks on geese

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DRONES and lasers are set to be deployed by the Scottish Government in a £41m bid to rid an island of its rampaging population of geese.Islay has 70% of the world’s barnacle and white-fronted...

1,000 racist incidents recorded in nine Scottish council primaries

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A SICKENING catalogue of racist abuse in Scottish primary schools has been unveiled by education chiefs.Nine of Scotland's biggest councils confirmed there had been almost 1,000 racist incidents serious enough to be recorded in...

Mums to blame for chubby footy fans’ weightloss failures

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CHUBBY football fans have blamed their failure to lose weight on their mothers.The Football Fans in Training (FFIT) programme allows men to take part in a group weight-loss programme which includes exercise sessions at...

Teachers face Amazonian forest of paperwork

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STRESSED teachers have complained about an “Amazonian forest” of paperwork preventing them from doing their job.Teachers across Scotland claim that Government efforts to reduce red tape bureaucracy has failed - despite intervention by ministers...

Ante natal classes for pet pooches

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PET pooches are getting antenatal classes devised by an animal behaviour expert.Expectant mums and their partners are being taught techniques such as playing CDs of baby noises in a bid to stop dogs getting...

Chimp murder as bad as Mexico say Scots academics

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THE murder rate among chimps in the wild is similar to the worst parts of drug-ravaged Mexico, according to Scots academics.A team from St Andrews set out to test whether lethal violence among chimps...
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