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What we learned from the Scottish Premiership

124 years of history in Scottish league football has taught us that, and specifically the duopoly (now monopoly) we've endured over the last 29 years. However, any notion that this great start was nothing more than a statistical anomaly was …

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Record number of geese migrate to Scottish reserve

The Scottish Wildlife Trust Reserve Manager for the North East, Rab Potter, said:”The number of pink-footed geese at Montrose Basin this year has taken all of us by surprise. Currently, pink-footed geese outnumber people in Montrose by almost seven to one.

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Scottish Games Network calls for end to gamergate bullying

The video games industry must work to condemn online intimidation and bullying, according to a body representing more than 100 Scottish developers. In an online editorial, the Scottish Games Network hits out at gamers conducting a "campaign of hate, …

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Scottish university staff back industrial action over pensions

University staff at several Scottish institutions have backed industrial action in a row over pensions. The University and College Union (UCU) balloted members across the UK. It said more than three-quarters (78%) of those who voted supported strikes …

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Labour MP Jim Murphy rules out challenging Johann Lamont for Scottish party …

LABOUR MP Jim Murphy last night ruled out challenging Johann Lamont for the Scottish party leadership. There were rumours Murphy was plotting against Lamont after the party failed to convince people to vote No in their traditional heartlands.

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Scottish tattoo artist inks picture of Alex Salmond on her leg after referendum

A SCOTTISH tattoo artist took her support for Alex Salmond a step further by getting an image of the First Minister tattooed on her leg. Aphra Wilson, who works at Spaghetti Tattoos in Kirkcaldy, Fife, inked the politician holding up both fists with …

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Scottish food and drink a success in France

Exports to France have increased by 50% since 2007, making it the second biggest market for Scottish produce after the US. Food exports to France alone were valued at £268M – increasing 7.9% from £248M in 2012. Scotland's food secretary, Richard …

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The wild isn't too far away: Touring the Scottish Highlands …

The trip from St Andrews to Glen Coe was made in a minivan with several other people: an ex-submariner, a Canadian, a French girl, another American and a Scottish girl. I can't begin to describe what a fun …. Latest News …

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Philip Clouts Quartet set out on Scottish tour

Capetown-born pianist-composer Philip Clouts (pictured above right) is set to take his new quartet to Scotland for the first time on a tour that begins on 1 November. Clouts is steeped both in the music of his native South Africa and in a diverse range …

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Consumer confidence fell for second time this year in September unsettled by …

Uncertainty over the Scottish independence vote and the timing of an expected UK interest rate hike saw consumer confidence fall for the second time this year last month despite an increase in household spending power, research showed today.

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Celtic keeper Zaluska left bloodied after Glasgow attack by unnamed Scottish …

Celtic goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska was left bloodied in the streets of Glasgow after being attacked by an unnamed Scottish Premiership player. The 32-year-old Polish stopper was understood to be out with his partner and walking toward a taxi when he was …

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Jim Murphy denies Scottish Labour leadership bid

Mr Murphy's fellow shadow cabinet member Margaret Curran said Labour needs to return to its “socialist principles” and move away from the politics of Tony Blair. Shadow Scottish Secretary Ms Curran insisted that Labour was not the same party it had …

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Where now for independence supporters?

Among supporters of Scottish independence, a vibrant grassroots campaign galvanised energy and encouraged many who had never been involved in politics before to throw their weight behind the push for a "Yes" vote. On social media, in workplaces and …

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Crimes against Scottish birds at five year high

THE number of crimes against birds is at a five year high – following a spate of raptor poisonings last year, according to the latest Scottish Government Wildlife Crime in Scotland report. The number of raptor poisoning incidents doubled from three in …

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Legacy of Scottish war poet to be celebrated

ACADEMICS hope to restore the fortunes of a forgotten Scottish 'battle bard' who once ranked alongside the world's most famous war poets. The poems Joseph Lee sent back from the trenches in World War One put him on par with the poets Wilfred Owen …

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Police concerned about Thomas Johnstone missing from Scottish Borders

Police have said they are concerned for the welfare of a Borders man who hasn't been seen since Wednesday. Thomas Johnstone was last seen about 8.30am that day when he left the Borders General Hospital near Melrose. The 64-year-old hasn't been in …

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Scottish war hero who lost foot wins fight for fitness in battle to walk …

MICK McCONNELL lost his foot in a bomb blast in Afghanistan but has returned to fitness so he can walk his explosives sniffer dog Memphis. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. Mick with Memphis and his partner Lorna. A SCOTS war hero who was blown up by …

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14 Scottish councils see rise in teacher assaults

Ten councils saw the number of assaults drop in that period, according to figures obtained by the Scottish Conservatives following a freedom of information request. Overall, there were 1,879 incidents in 2013/14, which was down on 2012/13 but 16 …

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Scottish League 1 round-up: Rab Douglas rolls back the years while Ayr United …

ALL the match reports from the League 1 matches where the 42-year-old former Celtic keeper produced a vintage performance and saved a penalty v Forfar. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. Richard Parker. Forfar players run to Rab Douglas after his penalty …

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It's bean a long time coming: first Scottish coffee festival announced

The Scottish Coffee Festival, held on Saturday November 29 between 11am and 6pm, will merge some of Scotland's best roasters and Glasgow's finest cafes in an unmissable event for discerning coffee lovers. The inaugural festival will feature a day of …

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Scottish Power, BNY Mellon and IHG awarded for pensions quality

Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG), BNY Mellon and Scottish Power have been awarded the Pensions Quality Mark (PQM) for their defined contribution (DC) pension schemes, while Lloyd's Register has been awarded the PQM Plus. The organisations were …

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Scottish Labour faces crisis of its own making

Concluding that Scottish Labour has become “a political machine that is angry about what has happened in Scotland in the recent past”, namely the voters turning to the SNP, Labour's last first minister, Jack (now Lord) McConnell declared in the Times …

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Joss Stone and Jeff Beck record song by Scottish folk singer for poppy appeal

The duo have recorded a revamped version of the song No Man's Land (Green Fields Of France), which was originally written by Scottish folk musician Eric Bogle in 1976. It will be released on November 3, in the week leading up to Remembrance Sunday.

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Treasury pockets £345m thanks to Scottish policies

Higher spending on affordable housing in Scotland has saved the UK Treasury £345.5 million according to new figures – money that would have been reinvested in Scotland if the Scottish Parliament had a fuller range of powers. Research by the Scottish …

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5p charge for carrier bags in Scottish shops introduced

The Scottish Government estimates 800 million single-use carrier bags are handed out by supermarkets alone in Scotland each year, and estimates councils pick up around 7.4 million bags a year. MSPs overwhelmingly backed the introduction of the charge …

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Kier wins £57m Scottish school projects

Kier will deliver two state-of-the-art schools, one in Troon and the other in Ayr on behalf of hub South West Scotland as part of the Scottish Government's Scotland's Schools for the Future Phase 3 programme. Marr College in Troon will undergo an …

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Henry McLeish: Voters do not know 'what Scottish Labour stands for'

Former first minister Henry McLeish has claimed many Scottish Labour voters don't know "what the party stands for". The party has also put forward the "least attractive" plan for devolution, according to the former Scottish Labour leader. Mr McLeish's …

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Bluefin confirms Scottish broker purchase

Greig Reid, RIG manging director, said: "Bluefin has a great reputation, is a well-established national broker and their backing will enable us to bring a fresh approach to the Scottish market." Mike Bruce, Bluefin CEO, added: "Regional Insurance Group …

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Movie lovers suggest their Scottish Horror Remakes on Twitter

MOVIE lovers have taken to Twitter to voice what horror films they would like to see with a Scottish twist. Fans posted their suggestions after #ScottishHorrorRemakes began to trend in Glasgow yesterday. The hashtag was created by Scottish novelist and …

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Key incidents from Bristol's victory at London Scottish

BRISTOL – with a try from Luke Eves and 17 points from Mark Cooke – fought back from 18-9 down to extend their winning start to the season to seven matches with a British & Irish Cup victory at London Scottish. Bristol were not at their fluent best in …

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Kier wins £57m twin Scottish school projects

Kier Construction is to deliver two secondary schools as part of a £57m design, build finance and maintain package on behalf of South Ayrshire Council and hub South West Scotland. Marr College in Troon will undergo a comprehensive refurbishment and …

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Scottish Workers See Starting Salaries Rise While Number of Jobseekers Drop

Scottish starting salaries for new recruits have risen strongly in September while the number of people available for work has fallen due to employers taking on more staff. According to the Bank of Scotland survey for September, the number of job …

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A great result for Scottish rugby: How Glasgow Warriors' Bath win can inspire …

“The performance and result was great for the whole of Scottish rugby. Bennett had a really big game at this higher level. And the defensive work of Ashe and Fusaro was amazing. “I was hugely impressed with Hoggy. He made an early mistake which led to …

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Independence vote uncertainty 'puts Scottish infrastructure …

Elizabeth Corley, chief executive of Allianz Global Investors, whose investments in Scotland include improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 motorways, told Financial News that the €358 billion asset manager had held …

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Monday's Scottish gossip

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has joined the chase to sign Celtic's Virgil van Dijk. (Scottish Sun). Celtic midfielder Calum McGregor says if Celtic beat FC Astra home and away, they'll win their Europa League group. (Scottish Daily Mail). McGregor also …

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