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  • Plan to end corroboration on hold

    BBC News - Scotland
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Controversial plans to end the need for evidence in Scottish criminal trials to come from two sources are put on hold for at least a year.
  • Superheroes power to victory in Belford truck pull

    Berwick Advertiser - News Feed
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:53 am
    Belford’s annual truck pull took place on Easter Sunday with a strong turnout.
  • Cash grants giveaway -apply now!

    Linlithgow Journal and Gazette - News Feed
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:40 am
    VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to apply for cash grants to help conservation and environmental projects in their community.
  • Building a better way of life in Gambia – Campbeltown Grammar report

    The Campbeltown Courier
    cc
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Each week the Campbeltown Courier has published a  report on the recent Gambia trip by students and staff at Campbeltown Grammar. In the Campbeltown Courier April 18 2014, teacher James Farren tells of the success of the building work carried out to improve the studying environment for young Gambian children: ‘Having completed all their previous tasks, the CGS students set off up country to Kalaji district, a journey of about two and a half hours into the heart of the continent, to tackle their final big project – the construction of some structures for the children of Kalaji…
  • BREAKING NEWS: Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall's brother dies following serious head injury sustained after a fall in New York

    dailyrecord - News
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    THE DUCHESS of Cornwall, who is preparing for a high-profile tour of Canada with Prince Charles next month, was said to be "utterly devastated" by the news of her brother passing
 
 
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    The Campbeltown Courier

  • Building a better way of life in Gambia – Campbeltown Grammar report

    cc
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Each week the Campbeltown Courier has published a  report on the recent Gambia trip by students and staff at Campbeltown Grammar. In the Campbeltown Courier April 18 2014, teacher James Farren tells of the success of the building work carried out to improve the studying environment for young Gambian children: ‘Having completed all their previous tasks, the CGS students set off up country to Kalaji district, a journey of about two and a half hours into the heart of the continent, to tackle their final big project – the construction of some structures for the children of Kalaji…
  • Outrage as Whitehouse wind farm decision overturned

    cc
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    The Scottish Government’s decision to grant planning permission for a controversial wind farm – originally rejected by Argyll and Bute Council – has left people questioning the democratic process. Government ministers gave the go-ahead to the proposed Freasdail Wind Farm, near Whitehouse, despite it being rejected by councillors and vehemently opposed by the local community. To read more about the decision and reaction, see the Campbeltown Courier, April 18 2014, also available on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Act of kindness tackles Campbeltown eyesore

    cc
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:58 am
    An eyesore on Campbeltown’s Main Street has this week been removed after a retailer in the town was offered a helping hand to improve the look of her shop front. Petals, a second hand store, has been given a facelift after Campbell Stone, the company currently repointing the Royal Hotel, offered to strip the layers of crumbling paint from shop’s exterior walls. See the Campbeltown Courier, April 18 2014, for the full story – also available on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Tarbert AFC player-manager sets new goal scoring record

    cc
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    Tarbert AFC enjoyed a thumping victory over Millerstone Thistle in a league fixture that saw player-manager James Prentice score eight goals in one game – a record for any Tarbert player. For the full match report see the Campbeltown Courier, April 18 2014, also available on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
  • Selling your items in the Campbeltown Courier just got better

    CCcomp
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    West Coast Classifieds has changed! FREE LISTINGS FOR ITEMS NOW UNDER £100 We’ve increased the minimum value for free listings to apply to items worth £100 or less. Plus,draw attention to your item with our new photo and description box for just £15 for two weeks. NEW PRICES FOR SELLING YOUR ITEMS: Items under £100 –FREE Items over £100 –£10 for 2 weeks Boxed ads –£12.50 for 2 weeks NEW! Add a photo –£15 for 2 weeks All inclusive of VAT. Maximum 25 words. 20 words for photo ads. Terms and conditions apply. Wyvex Media reserves the right not to use photos that do not comply…
 
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    The Oban Times

  • Oban Lorne lose vital game

    ot
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    A devastated Oban Lorne saw their league title hopes slip out of their hands within a matter of minutes, as Garnock sealed victory in this top-of-the-table clash with the last action of the match. A Craig Wright penalty looked to have sealed the points for the Green Machine with five minutes to go but a . . . → Read More: Oban Lorne lose vital game
  • Get your garden in shape for Oban in Bloom

    ot
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Christine Dryden, a previous winner of Oban in Bloom. Entries are now open for this year’s Oban in Bloom competition, with the overall winner taking The Oban Times Quaich. Titles up for grabs include best small, medium and large gardens, best private garden and best garden within an Argyll Community Housing Association property. More . . . → Read More: Get your garden in shape for Oban in Bloom
  • New ideas sought to improve Fort William high street

    ot
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Fort William residents and business owners can have their say on the town’s future at an upcoming workshop. The two-day event next month will allow people to provide ideas on how to improve the town centre with presentations on development projects in other towns and cities. But Fort William Community Council chairman Neil Clark thinks . . . → Read More: New ideas sought to improve Fort William high street
  • Oban South and Isles by-election candidates announced

    ot
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 am
    Following the resignation of Fred Hall as an Argyll and Bute councillor for Oban South and the Isles, a by-election will take place on Thursday May 22 2014, alongside the election for Members of the European Parliament. The nominated candidates for the Oban South and the Isles election are: John MacGregor, North Connel, Oban – . . . → Read More: Oban South and Isles by-election candidates announced
  • Road campaign group calls for urgent action on A82 corner

    ot
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:45 am
    Road campaign group The A82 Partnership is demanding urgent action after a further spate of accidents on the same corner four miles south of Fort William. Two accidents happened over the weekend of April 12-13 2014 following the fatal accident of a Wester Ross man at the beginning of April 2014. The accidents happened just . . . → Read More: Road campaign group calls for urgent action on A82 corner
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    The Orcadian Online

  • Barriers remain closed after fatal road accident

    Editor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The first, second and third Churchill Barriers remain closed to traffic following a fatal road accident this afternoon. According to police, the emergency service are in attendance after the incident, which occurred around 4.30pm. There is still no estimated time for reopening of causeways, although a police spokesman said earlier this evening that they could [...]
  • KGS are Young Enterprise winners

    newsroom
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    Kirkwall Grammar School’s Young Enterprise team — Treecycled — have won this year’s Young Enterprise Area Award at an event held at Orkney College last night. Treecycled set up their company in 2013 and launched a limited edition of handmade Orcadian wooden prints. The local awards are made up of five categories, with the overall [...]
  • Power blackout discussed in Parliament

    newsroom
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:07 am
    The power outage at Knocknagael substation that led to a power blackout across much of the Highlands & Islands last week ,was discussed in the Scottish Parliament yesterday afternoon. The finance secretary,  John Swinney was in the chamber to answer questions from MSPs from across the region, concerned at what had happened and the impact [...]
  • Sky Notes: Saturn at Opposition – May, 10, 2014

    Editor
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    Full details at: http://www.spanglefish.com/northernskies/index.asp?pageid=276772
  • Police launch ‘Operation Route’

    newsroom
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:28 am
    Police in Orkney will be targeting speeding motorists from today, Tuesday, until Friday in an effort to ensure the safety of all school attendees and encourage motorists to drive at lesser speeds. Under ‘Operation Route’, the Division-wide initiative will focus on primary and secondary schools particularly in areas where those attending are known to walk [...]
 
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  • Emergency stop to motorsport events

    Ryan Taylor
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    Petrol-heads have been offered hope that land may become available for motor sport events, despite a move by councillors to put the brakes on high-octane attractions at Tingwall Airport. Members of today’s environment and transport committee gave their backing to a report recommending the airstrip should not be made available for “non-aviation use”. Key among concerns listed was the air ambulance, which can land at Tingwall at all times. Members were told staging motor sport events there would have meant closing the airport to all traffic, including the air ambulance. Head…
  • Free bin bags scheme dumped

    Ryan Taylor
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    The days when households are issued with free essy bags could well be a thing of the past, following council moves to stop issuing black bags without charge. A report before councillors has outlined plans to end the supply of refuse sacks free of charge to homes in a bid to save the council almost £25,000 as part of its major belt-tightening exercise. Members of today’s environment and transport committee backed calls to stop supplying 52 bags across 10,500 households in the isles each year. Instead bags will be offered at a discounted price of £3.50, rather than the current £11…
  • Festival return excites Madison Violet

    Adam Guest
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:23 am
    Having waited “five long years” to return to Shetland, Madison Violet are back for this year’s Shetland Folk Festival. Singer-songwriter Lisa MacIsaac said she and her fellow band mates loved every second of their time in Shetland “from the moment we got off the ferry with our woozy heads, to the late night jams in the festival club, to the chicken pot pies we managed to score around 1am each night, to the final wave goodbye to the festival organisers from the water as we departed on our long journey back home.” Madison Violet members Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac are excited…
  • Man accused of making threats to kill

    Shetland Times
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    A man has been remanded in custody after being charged with brandishing a knife and threatening to kill in a Lerwick address. Alexander Nicholson, 25, of Bathgate appeared in the dock in private before honorary sheriff Eric Peterson. He made no plea after being charged with behaving in a threatening and abusive manner. Bail was refused.
  • Blaze in airport freight shed

    Shetland Times
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Firefighters were called to Sumburgh Airport this afternoon after a report of a freight shed on fire. The alarm was raised at 12.41pm, and fire appliances from Sumburgh and Sandwick were called to the scene. Firefighters are using breathing apparatus while damping down the fire. Departures have been delayed slightly – the 12.45pm flight to Glasgow was delayed to 1.30pm, and the 1.30pm Aberdeen flight was delayed to 1.45pm.
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  • Why David Cameron should have just kept quiet about St George's Day

    stevensonalex2013
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    The English had better watch their step. Today is St George’s Day, an occasion traditionally reserved for self-satisfied gloating about how much better we are than everyone else. Is that really such a good idea this year? In less than five months’ time the Scots will vote on whether to leave the United Kingdom for good. Much of Scottish nationalism relies on setting itself against cruel sneering English dominance. So for heaven’s sake – everyone who doesn’t want the UK to break up should approach this St George’s Day with a bit of sensitivity. That’s…
  • A Tribute - Alan Davie

    arturasp88
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
      Images via nationalgalleries “Alan Davie, a Scottish-born painter whose audacious and colorful abstractions put a personal stamp on Pollock-like expressionism and seized on mythical and mystical imagery from cultures around the globe, died on April 5 at his home in Hertfordshire, north of London. He was 93.” (via nytimes) The NY Times article is an interesting read, highly recommended.
  • 11 Days & Counting

    wanderlustnurse
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I thought this trip would never come, and yet, here I am frantic, with a mere eleven days left until my friends and I embark on our trip to Scotland, and everything that beautiful country has to offer us! Having finished working eight twelve hour shifts in nine days, I now have a well deserved week off from the hospital. This is allowing me to get all the final details worked out before I head overseas.  Yesterday, I finished our itinerary, which was much needed seeing as once we finish the Highland Tour, it will be three jam packed days in Edinburgh. I did not go crazy and plan out our trip…
  • Bannockburns - First of the Bannockburn 700 lectures at the Smith

    smithartgalleryandmuseum
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    At 12 noon on Thursday 1 May, poet Robert Crawford will speak in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314 – 2014, which is the subject of his latest book. Robert Crawford will speak in the Stirling Smith Art Gallery and Museum on Bannockburns: Scottish Independence and Literary Imagination, 1314 – 2014, This is a rare opportunity to meet one of Scotland’s leading poets and explore the literary legacy of the Battle, which began with the great anti – war poem of the English poet Robert Baston who was captured by…
  • Up North

    brendan
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Apologies for the long time between postings, I’ve been away for the last few weeks working in Scotland.  I tend to get quite spiky about photography when travelling like this, so no subtle colours, just black & white and contrasts.  The weather was generally good, bright and cloudy, and some rain now and again.  Last traces of snow on the peaks and in the corries. I’ve been to Skye a few times now, but still never seen the tops of Cuillins- always, always with the clouds. Spikiness provided by Tri X, yellow filters and the Mamiya 7 and Rodinal 1:100 dunk and forget for 90…
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    Traveling Savage

  • Impressions from the Road: The Scottish Borders

    Keith Savage
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:57 am
    After another week and several hundred more miles on the rental Hyundai, I write to you from East Lothian, where the clouds and rain have finally caught up with me after a solid week of sunshine and fair weather. In that time I’ve had the pleasure of exploring the Scottish Borders, primarily in that sweet spot from Melrose to Kelso, from the comfort and luxury of the Whitehouse Country House and Roxburghe Hotel. The experience of the Scottish Borders has exceeded my memory of the place in every respect, and on my way up to East Lothian I found myself pondering all the area has to offer…
  • Impressions from the Road: Dumfries & Galloway

    Keith Savage
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Hello from the road! As I type this I’m sitting on the sun-drenched veranda at The Three Glens watching a large red fox scour an empty field for subterranean prey. I’ve been on the road for a week now and passed through Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway on my way to the Scottish Borders. It’s a bit early for me to put together anything too in depth on things I’ve seen and done on this trip, but I do like to pass along thoughts that have struck me along the way. Despite catching a short post-trip cold, the trip has been great with warm welcomes and generally good…
  • Planning My Trip to Southern Scotland

    Keith Savage
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:10 am
    Over the last few weeks I’ve mentioned my upcoming trip to southern Scotland, and today, just before I leave, presents a great excuse to give you a peek inside my trip-planning process. For the occasion I’ve dug up some old photos, rough as they are, from my one and only trip through Scotland’s southern reaches. Back in 2006, Sarah and I traveled through Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway, and the Borders before heading north as part of a three-week trip that spanned the majority of Scotland. That trip sparked the love for Scotland that keeps me returning and that I try to…
  • Visiting Scotland’s Historic Sites

    Keith Savage
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    It’s hard to imagine a trip to Scotland that doesn’t involve interacting with at least a handful of the country’s historic sites. The bulk of my trips to Scotland revolve around visiting the innumerable castles, ruins, and other sites of natural beauty and importance that litter the landscape, and the same holds true for so many of you seeking to take a deep draught of Scotland’s historical and cultural richness. If you’re in the midst of planning a trip to Scotland, or just mulling over one in your head, you’ve probably got a list of places you’d…
  • State of the Savage: March 2014

    Keith Savage
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
    In two short weeks I zip off on my return to Scotland. This period just before leaving is always full of deep introspection, a concerted effort to maintain mental equilibrium even as the days rotate away. My brain starts to wobble like a spinning top losing its torsion. The moment I stop spinning and clatter down is the moment the world begins spinning away from me, usually that intensely hard kernel of departure, of watching the house disappear in the rearview mirror. When people ask me if I’m prepared, if I’m ready to go, they’re asking about the logistics of the trip. Do…
 
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    The Caledonian Mercury

  • The ‘partisan’ CBI

    David Calder
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Has the CBI in Scotland shot itself in the foot? For months, it has been posing dozens of awkward questions about the The post The ‘partisan’ CBI appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • Sir Chris Hoy GT Racer

    Staff Writer
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Scotland’s gold medal winning cyclist has taken up a new sport and this Easter Sir Chris Hoy left nobody in any doubt The post Sir Chris Hoy GT Racer appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • From Kirkcaldy to Kolkata, nationalism draws boundaries that don’t exist

    Guest Writer
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    By Kirsty Gunn, University of Dundee Kolkata may seem a long way from the Scottish independence referendum, but on a recent journey The post From Kirkcaldy to Kolkata, nationalism draws boundaries that don’t exist appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • Benromach Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photography Competition

    Guest Writer
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    A striking image of Duffus Castle has been selected as the winner of the Benromach Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photography competition. The post Benromach Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival Photography Competition appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 17th April 2014

    John Knox
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    Easter has been slow in coming this year. The daffodils have faded, the weather turned mild some time ago, the school holidays The post LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 17th April 2014 appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
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