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Fred Olsen to launch first Caribbean sailing from Scotland …

For the first time ever, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines is offering Scottish guests the chance to take a convenient, no-fly cruise to the Caribbean from 'right on their doorstep'. The 32-night 'Caribbean from Scotland' cruise, W1521, …

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Burns love poems | Poetry by Robert Burns – Scotland.org

'Now for a little news that will please you. I, this morning as I came home, called for a certain woman. I am disgusted with her; I cannot endure her! I, while my heart smote me for the profanity, tried to compare her with my Clarinda; twas setting …

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NewsDaily: Whisky gets greener as Scottish distillers burn …

SPEYSIDE, Scotland, April 4 (Reuters) – Scotch whisky distillers are burning their unwanted grain byproducts, wood chips and other types of biomass for a source of energy in remote areas of the Highlands, where gas links are scarce and fuel oil is pricey. The production of Scotch whisky has evolved …. NewsDaily — a service […]

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Alistair Darling in fresh warning about defence jobs after …

TENS of thousands of defence jobs across Scotland could disappear if the country votes for independence, it has been claimed. … Alistair Darling in fresh warning about defence jobs after Scottish independence. TENS of thousands of defence jobs across Scotland could disappear if the country …. Wednesday, 16th April 2014. See today's front and back […]

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Celtic's Beram Kayal is hoping he can finish the Scottish Premiership season well

The club have already wrapped up a third successive Scottish title but the Israel midfielder wants to make his presence felt in the final five league fixtures, starting against Motherwell on Saturday at Fir Park. Kayal, 26, started his first game since …

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Scottish National News, Saturday April 12, 2014 – Betting

Paul Nicholls will make a decision later this week on whether to let Tidal Bay turn out quickly for the Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday…

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Coming soon to Scottish skies? The 'UFO' wind farms

… to Scottish skies? The 'UFO' wind farms. An artist s impression of the wind turbines which are being developed by an American firm. Picture: Newsline Media. by CHARLOTTE THOMSON. Published on the 17 April 2014 00:00. Published 17/04/2014 00:00.

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Scottish Retail Consortium: Decline in footfall slows

"With Scottish sales figures out next week, retailers will be hoping that improved levels of footfall in March has translated into more transactions and that this momentum can be maintained over the Easter period." Diane Wehrle, retail insights …

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Scotland is the bedrock of Britain's defences

Add to this the network of radar early warning systems that are scattered around the Scottish isles, as well as sundry other military assets, and it is clear that Scotland plays a vital role in helping our Armed Forces to maintain a high state of …

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Hannah Miley heads 40-strong Scottish Aquatics team for Glasgow 2014

"Many congratulations to all the athletes selected today, it will be a truly wonderful experience to perform in front of a home crowd. The dedication of the athletes, coupled with the support they receive from Scottish Swimming and the sportscotland …

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Coalition backs powers for Scottish island councils

Scotland's island councils look certain to win increased autonomy from Holyrood regardless of the outcome of the independence referendum, after Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael threw the weight of the UK Coalition behind their demands for more …

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Defence Secretary warns Scottish airspace would be exposed under SNP plans

According to the Scottish Government's white paper on independence, the country's annual defence budget would be £2.5 billion and “a Quick Reaction Alert Squadron, incorporating a minimum of 12 Typhoon jets based at Lossiemouth”. It stated: …

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Biscuit Factory in Newcastle showcases Scottish artwork in art exhibition

FREE PIC- Spring Fling Art Exhibition at The Biscuit Factory art gallery, Newcastle-on-Tyne, 14/04/2014: Art-warming: Spring Fling festival director Leah Black with "Ash Bowl" by Lizzie Farey, as part of the first ever exhibition in Newcastle by the …

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Tax fugitive Michael Voudouri appoints Scottish lawyer Aamer Anwar

One of Britain's most wanted tax fugitives has appointed a new legal team, including Scottish lawyer Aamer Anwar. Michael Voudouri had pleaded guilty at the High Court in Glasgow in relation to money laundering linked to VAT fraud but failed to appear …

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Ed Davey's claim that Scottish energy bills would rise after independence is a …

The twin goals of UK energy policy should be to ensure security of supply for households and businesses, and to ensure the electricity we use is affordable. Unfortunately, the current UK coalition government…

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Scottish retail frailty in face of recovery

The economic challenge is one of several flagged up by the Scottish Chambers of Commerce as it publishes its quarterly Business Survey in conjunction with Strathclyde University's Fraser of Allander Institute today. Overall, the study finds a bright …

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Scottish referendum: the UK is on shifting sands we can't assume survival

It is clear that the change has followed the UK government's attempts to confront Scottish voters with some of the possible realities that would follow a yes vote. Some dismiss these attempts as threats, others as mere bluster. My own view is that they …

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Strike forces Scottish museums to close

Strike forces Scottish museums to close. Rebecca Atkinson, 16.04.2014. Industrial action coincides with Easter school holidays. Staff at National Museums Scotland (NMS) went on strike last week over a long-running dispute about weekend pay. The …

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Scottish fact of the week: Calum's Road

Scottish fact of the week: Calum's Road. Roger Hutchinson, author of Calum's Road, on Raasay. Picture: Ian MacNicol. by ADAM TERRIS. Published on the 16 April 2014 15:59. Published 16/04/2014 15:59. Print this. A TWO-MILE stretch of road is probably …

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Help for first-time buyers fuels house price boom | UK …

SCOTLAND's homeowners have seen the value of their properties increase by £465 per month over the past year after a surge in demand from first-time buyers.

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Scottish swimmers and divers announced for Glasgow 2014

… for the Commonwealth Games. A squad of 38 swimmers and two divers have been announced by Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS) in conjunction with Scottish Swimming to represent the nation at Glasgow 2014. Read the full article on STV via STV.

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Scottish government contractual disputes to be resolved through Scottish …

Legal Affairs Minister Roseanna Cunningham said that a new clause providing for disputes to go to arbitration would be included in contracts going forward, with the Edinburgh-based Scottish Arbitration Centre named as appointing body when required.

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Begbies Traynor: rising problems in Scottish businesses have cast doubt over …

"As more Scottish businesses continue to underperform compared to their peers south of the border, this worrying trend will only add to the growing uncertainty over the country's economic stability ahead of the upcoming referendum for independence in …

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Scottish fish and shellfish catch value drops by 8%

The value of fish and shellfish landed by Scottish boats dropped by 8% last year to £429m, according to new figures from Scotland's chief statistician. However, the quantity of fish landed remained stable with 366,400 tonnes landed by Scottish vessels.

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Scottish Widows to implement charge cap early ahead of 'comprehensive' review

Scottish Widows plans to implement the 0.75 per cent auto-enrolment charge cap for new members this month ahead of a “comprehensive review” of the provider's existing book of business. Last month, pensions minister Steve Webb confirmed plans to …

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The Fans' Choice: pick your Scottish football team of the year

Once you've made your decisions, you can share your selection via FaceBook and Twitter and see what your fellow fans think. We'll then aggregate the responses and announce soon who our readers believe make up the Scottish football team of the year.

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Scottish grassroots MMA in safe hands with SFC

With Robert Whiteford having picked up the first ever win for a Scottish fighter in the UFC, and Joanne Calderwood heavily fancied as a real contender on the upcoming 20th edition of the UFC's reality TV show The Ultimate Fighter, our elite MMA stars …

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Scottish Independence 'Nightmare' For Energy Firms, Warns Industry Chief

Scottish independence could be a "bit of a nightmare" for the energy industry that could see companies forced to pass on the costs of the extra regulation needed to the consumer, the head of the energy sector's trade body has warned. In an interview …

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Scottish independence: Female Yes vote about 'practicalities'

Angela Constance MSP, who had been promoted to the cabinet of the Scottish government by First Minister Alex Salmond on Saturday, spoke of the issues women face: "I think it's often about the practicalities of life. "Irrespective of whether you're a …

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Jackie McNamara Scottish Cup final ban threat branded 'ridiculous'

Dundee United coach Darren Jackson insists it would be “ridiculous” if manager Jackie McNamara was denied the chance to lead the team out for the William Hill Scottish Cup Final against St Johnstone on May 17. The Tangerines boss was able to take his …

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Colourist paintings included in £900000 auction haul

Paintings by Scottish artists including each of the four Scottish Colourists have changed hands for more than £900,000 at an auction in Edinburgh. Work by the renowned post-impressionist group went under the hammer alongside other Scottish items …

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United legend Frank Kopel dies

In a statement on their website, the Scottish Cup finalists said: "Everyone associated with Dundee United will be saddened to hear that Frank Kopel has lost his brave battle against his cruel illness. "Frank was the first signing made by manager Jim …

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Pair will face off for Scottish Cup

A Burnside or King's Park man will get their hands on the Scottish Cup next month. King's Park man Brian Easton was part of the St Johnstone side that shocked Aberdeen on Sunday with a 2-1 victory to reach their first ever Scottish Cup final. And in …

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Spiers on Sport: my Scottish team of the year

Wright has taken St Johnstone to their first-ever Scottish Cup final, steered his club to a very comfortable top-six place, contested a League Cup semi-final, and also seen off Rosenborg in Europe. All this, plus he had the handicap of a dodgy gall …

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Scottish Conservatives call for 'radical' education reform

The Scottish Conservatives have said radical changes are needed to Scottish schools to help youngsters from poorer families get to university. Figures released by them show a gap between the number of children from the richest and poorest families …

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