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Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara has compared the Scottish FA's disciplinary tribunal to a panto, with midfielder Paul Paton unable to appeal against his two-match ban for spitting at Jonny Hayes despite the Aberdeen winger saying the incident did …

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Brechin date for Scottish Opera's highlights tour

A great evening for those brand new to opera, seasoned fans and everyone in-between, 'Opera Highlights' features music from some of the world's most popular operas, as well as some lesser-known treats selected by Scottish Opera's Head of Music, Derek …

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Brechin date for Scottish Opera's highlights tour

A great evening for those brand new to opera, seasoned fans and everyone in-between, 'Opera Highlights' features music from some of the world's most popular operas, as well as some lesser-known treats selected by Scottish Opera's Head of Music, Derek …

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Comment: Rising tension over Cap is no good for Scottish farming

Farmers have often been accused of moaning far too much, and NFU Scotland is living up to the stereotype this week. The union has launched a fresh attack on the Scottish Government over its plans to transition from historic to area-based payments under …

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Local Produce Takes the Biscuit This Christmas – Scotland …

The retailer, which currently stocks over 1,000 local lines and supports over 100 local suppliers is Scotland, has seen a surge of local products start to fly of the shelves, particularly Scottish favourites including shortbread, tablet and … We will see Scots buying more local product this Christmas than ever before and with the ever […]

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Murphy appointed Scottish Labour leader – Scottish Statesman

FORMER Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy has won the Scottish Labour leadership battle, replacing the ineffective Johann Lamont who resigned in October following her inability to drive the party forward in Scotland. Mr Murphy, the MP for East Renfrewshire, was elected … About the Author. Scottish Statesman – The Scottish Statesman is an online newspaper, dedicated […]

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Scottish oil industry set to recover in 18 months, says tycoon …

SCOTLAND'S wealthiest oil tycoon believes the industry could shed more than 30000 jobs over the next 18 months because of collapsing prices – but he insists the sector will eventually recover. … Follow us on Twitter · Check us on Google+ · Subscribe to our rss feed. TODAY'S PAPER. todays-paper. Saturday, 20th December 2014. See […]

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Weather bomb causes 'ice pancakes' to form on Scottish river

Freezing weather in Scotland has caused unusual "ice pancakes" to form on the River Dee in Aberdeenshire. The strange formations look like a fleet of flying saucers floating in the river. According to the Mirror, the phenomenon is thought to occur when …

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Quakers appoint Scottish Parliamentary Engagement Officer

In the light of the significant and growing differences between the Scottish and UK (Westminster) parliaments, Quakers in Britain have appointed an Edinburgh Parliamentary Engagement Officer. Mairi Campbell-Jack hopes to harness the energy generated by …

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Asda enjoys strong demand for Scottish produce

CONSUMERS are increasingly opting for traditional Scottish produce such as shortbread and tablet, according to Asda, which said it expects sales of products from north of the border to grow by 35 per cent this Christmas compared to a year ago.

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Conferences boost Scottish hotel revenues

Conferences boost Scottish hotel revenues. Glasgow continued its strong summer after the Commonwealth Games. Picture: TSPL. Published on the 19 December 2014 13:56. Published 19/12/2014 13:56. Print this …

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25 funny Scottish Christmas cracker jokes guaranteed to give you the giggles

EVERYONE loves the silly little jokes that fall out of our crackers – but the Scottish gags are even funnier. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. VIEW GALLERY. CHRISTMAS crackers WITHOUT a joke in them? Bah, humbug! Christmas crackers just don't cut the …

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When Scottish football played on Christmas day

Then when the Yuletide games stopped in England in the late 1950s – with Blackpool v Blackburn Rovers in 1965 appearing out of nowhere like some freak snow flurry before the custom disappeared, probably for good – Scottish football continued to let …

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Scottish Jobs Held Hostage by Risk and Uncertainty

Scotland risks losing highly-skilled, highly-paid jobs to London despite having decided to remain part of the United Kingdom. The continuing uncertainty over Scottish independence, warns a study into the financial sector, may force large firms to move …

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Wife keeps weight loss secret to surprise Scottish sailor returning home after …

MICHELLE Dalgleish dropped from a size 16 to a 10 as a surprise for her navy commander husband. Share; Share; Tweet; +1; Email. Michelle Dalgleish. Surprise slimmer: Michelle Dalgleish lost four stone over the six months her husband was away. A NAVY …

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Scottish government hits back at CAP criticism

However, a Scottish government spokeswoman insisted there had been transparency throughout the CAP reform process and government had worked closely with NFUS to take account of industry views. “The message we have been given throughout this …

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Sturgeon 'unprepared for oil crisis'

Of course the UK Government should respond, and quickly, but the Scottish Government has to work with unions and the industry to find ways to maintain employment levels right now. "Surely we cannot have a First Minister so unprepared, so unsighted on …

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Jim Murphy: 'The SNP know they're up against someone who isn't crap'

Since his victory in the Scottish Labour leadership election last Saturday, his timetable has been carefully choreographed, with speeches, events and photo opportunities almost daily, exhibiting an organisational heft and dynamism that the party has …

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Mysterious 'Ice Pancakes' Form on Scottish River

A biologist in the U.K. was surprised to come upon strange-looking ice formations the size of dinner plates floating on the River Dee in Scotland. River Dee Trust biologist Jamie Urquhart came across the "ice pancakes" and photographed them at Lummels …

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London Scottish v Worcester: Selection becoming tough – Ryan

Worcester Warriors director of rugby Dean Ryan says their excellent form has made team selection a real challenge ahead of Saturday's trip to London Scottish. Warriors have won 13 matches in a row in all competitions and a 14th would take them top of …

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TripAdvisor critics remain beyond Scottish courts

She said: "Nothing in the respondents' (TripAdviisor) terms and conditions suggests that the respondents have undertaken to be bound by the orders issued by a Scottish court." Tripadvisor claimed that the couple registered with their website in June …

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Oil price fall poses challenge for North Sea industry – and Scottish nationalists

If there is one thing guaranteed to punch a hole in the Scottish economy it is a plunging oil price. Since the summer the wholesale value of Brent crude, the key North Sea price used as a global benchmark, has nearly halved from last year's average of …

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RPGTV getting behind 2015 Scottish Derby

Won this year in thrilling style by Carol Weatherall's Holdem Spy, the Scottish Derby is one of nine Category One competitions for the first half of next year confirmed by the GBGB with the first being the Ladbrokes Golden Jacket at Crayford which has …

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Scottish Premiership – Celtic manager Ronny Deila unhappy with Tonev treatment

The report revealed Aberdeen defender Shay Logan had accused Tonev of calling him a "black c***" during a Scottish Premiership match on September 13 and the panel found the on-loan Aston Villa winger guilty after describing the Dons player as an …

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Monster hailstones battered Scottish island Isle of Lewis

Huge hailstones battered a remote village on a Scottish island with such force they smashed through a car windscreen. Chunks of ice the size of pound coins rained down on the the village of Ness on the Isle of Lewis in a freak winter storm last night …

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Peace restored at Holstein Club

Peace restored at Holstein Club. IT IS the season of peace and goodwill – and that was the order of the day at an emergency meeting of the Scottish Holstein Club in Hamilton this week, writes Douglas MacSkimming.

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Scottish marketing 2015 Star awards launches

Previous winners include Martin Reynolds from Glasgow 2014, Hunter Boots, The Scottish Government and 4cDesign. Entrants to this year's awards will have the opportunity to learn from these past winners at two Inspiring Minds Star Awards Showcases later …

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Council presses Scottish Government to help fund £40 million road changes key …

They want the Scottish Government to pay for the work, arguing that trunk road improvements are not the responsibility of local authorities. Councillor Mac Roberts, leader of the region's Conservative group, said: “The council appears to be the poor …

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The Highland Line: why a third Scottish National Park would be a fitting …

As we approach the centenary of the death of the Scots born champion of the great outdoors John Muir, the Scottish Campaign for National Parks (SCNP) and The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland (APRS) called on the Scottish Government to …

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Saints' Scottish Cup final DVD sales pass the 1000 mark as Tommy Wright …

It was a weekend St Johnstone supporters will never forget and many will be living it all over again on Christmas Day. Already more than 1000 of the club's Scottish Cup final DVDs have been snapped up. Business was brisk yesterday at McDiarmid Park but …

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Perth's successful season in the pool ended in style at the Scottish Gas …

Perth swim star Stephen Milne capped off a year to remember by clinching two national titles. Milne glided through the water of Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool to win the 400m and 1500m freestyle at the Scottish Gas National Short Course …

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Scottish Chamber Orchestra/Ticciati review – uninhibited Tetzlaff tackles …

Playing with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra (SCO) and conductor Robin Ticciati, he threw himself into the concerto's tumult and made its kinks sound essential. The solo lines are often too low to disentangle from the chunky ensemble textures (Hindemith …

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Scottish Government hits back in council budget row

The council y voted on Wednesday to fight more than £17million of budget cuts proposals — including closing schools and libraries, cutting free school milk and axing more than 160 council jobs — by asking the Scottish Government for a three per cent …

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Scottish retailers eye festive shopper rush

"Many Scottish retailers will be hoping for a strong finish to their festive sales season while consumers will be searching for that perfect gifting bargain. "Some of the sales uplift seen by retailers that weekend will have been the result of …

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New ruling on obesity will impact on Scottish business

Scottish business will be seeking guidance in how to interpret the European Court ruling that companies must not discriminate on the grounds of obesity in the workplace. European Court of Justice. The case stems from Mr Karsten Kaltoft, a clinically …

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