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Donald Runnicles to become BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's Conductor …

Ken MacQuarrie, Director of BBC Scotland, said: “Any of the countless number of people who have seen or heard the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra perform under Donald Runnicles over the past years can be in no doubt about the special connection …

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In pictures: 20 hilarious Scottish snaps that have gone viral

Well sit back as our team have rummaged around and come up with some of the funniest Scottish pictures on the net which have set the heather on fire. Let's face it, us Scots have the best sense of humour on the planet, so sit back and celebrate with a …

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Scottish business failure rate down 16.4% in three months to September 30

The rate of corporate business failures in Scotland dropped 16.4 per cent in the three months to September 30 official figures show. Latest quarterly figures from the Accountant in Bankruptcy show there were 209 notices of Scottish registered companies …

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Smith Commission: Party representatives hold first meeting on more Scots power

The Smith Commission, set up to consider more powers for the Scottish Parliament, is to hold its first full meeting later. Chairman Lord Smith of Kelvin will meet representatives of Scotland's main political parties at the Green Investment Bank in …

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Scottish surfers declare independence from Team GB for world championships

Team member Mark Boyd said: "We are all really excited about going to represent Scotland on the world stage – it's a great thing for Scottish surfing to be competing at an international level. "Being on the world stage will help raise the profile and …

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New sponsor for Scottish cross country

Laura Muir is to return to cross country action at Saturday's Scottish National Cross Country Relay Championships, the first event to be held under the new sponsorship of the Scottish cross country season by law firm Lindsays. The partnership between …

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Andrew Coltart urges culture change in Scottish golf

Coltart believes that the pervading culture of Scottish Golf has to change and top players have to take the opportunities available to be complete athletes. “We said a couple of years ago when we started this it wasn't going to be something that would …

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Scottish fact of the week: The telephone

WHO invented the telephone? Historians, politicians, and even judges have tried, with varying degrees of success, to answer the question. The truth is a bit of a mess, which belies the elegance and simplicity of an innovation that transformed how …

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Scottish youth unemployment at six year low

Youth Employment Secretary Angela Constance said: “Consistent growth in employment shows that the policies of the Scottish Government to create jobs and boost the economy are making progress. “We want to see employment opportunities for all of our …

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Gregor Cubie :Scottish Devolution – My Submission to the Smith Commission

I'm currently rereading Catch 22 and, in doing so, have come to realise that the Smith Commission on Scottish devolution – which meets on October 22 for the first time – finds itself in a position with certain parallels to that of Captain Yossarian in …

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Scottish surfers declare independence from UK team

Scottish surfers have broken away from Team GB in the lead-up to the sport's world championships. The six competitors – from Edinburgh, St Andrews, Fraserburgh, Elgin and Thurso – decided to go it alone just weeks after Scotland voted to remain in the …

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Giant leatherback turtles found dead on western Scottish beaches

The turtles, which are thought to have travelled from the Caribbean, are the first to wash up in Scotland since 2009. Dr Andrew Brownlow, director of the Scottish Marine Mammal Stranding Scheme, said: “We've had three dead turtles in the space of weeks.

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Scottish phrase of the week: Doon the watter

Glaswegians could often be found holidaying near the Scottish coast in trips that were affectionately known as going 'doon the watter'. Going doon the watter referred to the practice of going down the Clyde and also, by extension, to holidays by the coast.

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Scottish September retail sales weakest since records began 15-years ago

The value of Scottish retail sales in September fell at the fastest annual pace since since records began in 1999, new figures show. Figures compiled by trade body the Scottish Retail Consortium (SRC) show overall sales dipped 2.9 per cent year-on-year …

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Just call me… Tosca-Deanie

The assistant conductor will get the nod to lead the orchestra and chorus at The Scottish Sun's Night At The Opera on Thursday if his boss William Lacey's wife gives birth. And he also gave me a masterclass on conducting. Glasgow-based Oliver, 36, says …

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Scottish government considers 'revenge porn' legislation

The Scottish government is considering the introduction of new legislation designed to tackle the growth of so called 'revenge porn, by making it a specific criminal offence to publish explicit images of someone without permission. Mirroring separate …

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Three giant turtles found dead off the Scottish coast

Three giant leatherback turtles have been washed up dead on west coast Scottish beaches within days of each other after travelling thousands of miles from the Caribbean. A leading marine scientist described the strandings as “unprecedented.” They are …

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Doubling of public-sector contracts for Scottish firms

New figures show 12,000 firms were awarded work through the Public Contracts Scotland portal, twice the number seen two years ago. There are currently 86,000 businesses — the majority of which are SMEs — registered as suppliers with PCS. Finance …

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Scottish Devolution Impact on Britain Talks to Kick Off in Edinburgh

"Today's talks give them the chance to sit down around the table together, find common ground and begin the process of delivering what the people of Scotland expect – a substantial and cohesive package of new powers which will strengthen the Scottish …

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Mark Wotte steps down as performance director of Scottish Football Association

SFA chief executive Stewart Regan added: 'On behalf of the board and staff at the Scottish FA I would like to thank Mark for taking the performance strategy from an ambitious goal in the early days of our strategic plan, Scotland United: A 2020 Vision …

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Scottish retail sales drop at fastest pace on record

David Martin, head of policy and external affairs at the SRC, highlighted the fact that the year-on-year movement in Scottish retail sales value in September had been the worst since comparable records began in January 1999, excluding distortions over …

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Scottish FA performance director Mark Wotte quits after just three years in job

'With the performance schools now into their third year, the successes in qualification for finals by our national youth teams, and of course the great work by Gordon Strachan and Anna Signeul in the men's and women's A squads, I am confident that …

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Nicola Sturgeon: Not my job to prove how different I am to …

Nicola Sturgeon seen here outside the Scottish parliament after being confirmed as the only candidate to succeed Alex Salmond as SNP leader. …. 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights …

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Scottish university staff back strike action

The nine Scottish institutions where UCU members were balloted were Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot-Watt, St Andrews, Stirling, Strathclyde universities and the Scottish Association of Marine Science, part of the University of Highlands …

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Scottish Premiership: Johansen backs Delia to be a success at Celtic

Celtic have struggled for consistency under Deila and sit fifth in the Scottish Premiership, but the reigning champions showed their attacking threat in Saturday's 5-0 win over Ross County. Midfielder Johansen won the Norwegian league title under Deila …

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Sales take Scottish independence referendum hit

“There can be little doubt that the engagement in the referendum debate and the uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the contest cast a shadow over the spending of the Scottish consumer in the first half of the month and impacted the value of sales, …

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Greater hope for Scottish amateur golfers

Thanks to a welcome upturn in fortunes following the failure of a single Scot to be selected for last year's Walker Cup – the first time that had happened since 1949 – the Scottish Golf Union's end-of-season report for the campaign does not need to be …

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Symphony Environmental CEO Critizises Scottish Bag Tax

Michael Laurier, CEO of Symphony Environmental Technologies, specialists in technology which makes plastic biodegradable, believes the Scottish government is acting unjustly in subjecting all plastic bags to a charge, without making any exceptions for …

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Bog material reveals 11500 years of Scottish history at prehistoric hillforts …

Peat from a bog near Edinburgh contains 11,500-year-old vegetation and glimpses of the impact made by humans on the landscape from as far back as the Neolithic period, say experts who have foraged seven metres into the earth across parts of a site …

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Football Development Officer – Fixed Term 18 Months

Based at Sports Services, West Primary School, Newton Street, Paisley. Renfrewshire Council's Sport Service In partnership with Scottish Football Association is seeking to employ Football Development Officer across Renfrewshire. The post holder will …

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Mark Wotte: Future is bright for Scottish football

Wotte said in a statement: “I am proud to have been the Scottish FA's first performance director leading this nationwide project and I leave safe in the knowledge that this great football nation is on the rise again.” Wotte oversaw the establishment of …

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Namvula review – half Scottish, half Zambian newcomer is a true original

Namvula Rennie is a singer-songwriter whose attractively cool, unusual songs reflect her interesting history. Born in Zambia to a Zambian mother and Scottish father, she has lived in Switzerland, Kenya, the US and now London, developing a hybrid style …

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Scottish farmers consulted on extra devolution powers

While farming is already devolved to the Scottish Parliament, the reality is that many of the big decisions which affect the sector are taken at EU level and European representation is the responsibility of the UK Government, not the devolved …

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Street Level Photoworks, Glasgow

On Friday this week, Paul Seawright will deliver the annual Photographer's Lecture for the Scottish Society for the History of Photography. On Friday morning in Glasgow, Seawright will deliver his lecture in the Glasgow Film Theatre as the Glasgow …

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Painting a picture of Scottish Renaissance Jewellery

The Scottish National Gallery will scrutinise their impressive collection of portraits and examine the finer details of jewellery that is now largely lost. The event is free and begins at 12:45pm on October 22, at the Hawthornden Lecture Theatre.

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