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    BBC News - Scotland
    25 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    The front pages of Scotland's newspapers.
  • Dementia awareness gets boost in Berwick

    Berwick Advertiser - News Feed
    25 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    Berwick residents have boosted the campaign to turn the town into a dementia-friendly community.
  • Vince geared up to help Fern raise Genesis funds

    Linlithgow Journal and Gazette - News Feed
    25 May 2015 | 1:20 am
    A Bo’ness policeman joined TV presenter Fern Britton on part of her 21-day fundraising journey from John O’Groats to Lands End.
  • Southend Highland Games cancelled

    The Campbeltown Courier
    cc
    21 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Organisers of Southend Highland Games were forced to cancel this year’s event after the village games field was turned into a construction site. The hugely popular showcase of athletics, piping and Highland dancing from Kintyre and beyond, due to be held on Saturday, July 25 this year and stretching back to the 1930s, has been wiped from the Kintyre calendar. Huge tyre tracks have been left across the games field from construction lorries heading to and from the nearby Dunaverty Village Hall. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.
  • Police slammed for keeping pictures of innocent Scots on controversial facial recognition database

    dailyrecord - News
    26 May 2015 | 12:19 am
    OFFICERS admitted using the special technology hundreds of times in a bid to identify faces captured on CCTV and other images.
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    BBC News - Scotland

  • The Papers

    25 May 2015 | 11:15 pm
    The front pages of Scotland's newspapers.
  • Sturgeon to attack UK spending cuts

    25 May 2015 | 10:36 pm
    In her first major economic speech since the general election Nicola Sturgeon will attack the "scale and speed" of spending cuts planned by the UK government.
  • Ofgem to investigate pre-pay meters

    25 May 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Ofgem announces it will investigate after figures reveal more than half a million pre-payment energy meters were forcibly installed in homes over the last six years.
  • Health board facing GP shortage

    25 May 2015 | 4:26 pm
    Dumfries and Galloway could be facing a serious shortage of GPs unless 25 new recruits are hired by the end of next year, BBC Scotland can reveal.
  • Teachers 'must not be scapegoats'

    25 May 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Teachers must not be used as the "scapegoat" for problems in Scotland's education system, the country's largest teaching union warns.
 
 
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    The Campbeltown Courier

  • Southend Highland Games cancelled

    cc
    21 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Organisers of Southend Highland Games were forced to cancel this year’s event after the village games field was turned into a construction site. The hugely popular showcase of athletics, piping and Highland dancing from Kintyre and beyond, due to be held on Saturday, July 25 this year and stretching back to the 1930s, has been wiped from the Kintyre calendar. Huge tyre tracks have been left across the games field from construction lorries heading to and from the nearby Dunaverty Village Hall. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.
  • Green light for Sunday flights

    cc
    21 May 2015 | 9:46 am
    Air passengers in Kintyre can look forward to a Sunday link with Glasgow for the second summer running. One return flight from Campbeltown Airport to Glasgow International Airport will operate every Sunday from mid-June until the end of September, in keeping with last year’s summer service. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.
  • Spirits are high at Glen Scotia Distillery

    cc
    21 May 2015 | 6:42 am
    A Campbeltown distillery is aiming to put itself back on the world whisky map – and the man in charge cannot wait to see it unfold. Iain McAlister, manager at Glen Scotia for the past eight years, believes the distillery has a bright future under the Loch Lomond Group, which took over the brand in March last year. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.
  • Clean up sees town ‘spring’ into life

    cc
    21 May 2015 | 5:05 am
    A group of volunteers swept through Campbeltown Sunday ahead of a bustling week for the town. Fifteen hardy volunteers took part, collecting eight bags of rubbish, numerous sandbags, traffic cones, and even a fridge in a bid to clean up the town just days before the Campbeltown Malts Festival and week before the 10th annual Mull of Kintyre Run. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.  
  • Six of the best as ‘Dale lift league cup

    cc
    21 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    CARRADALE are on the treble hunt after a storming league cup victory of rivals Inchinnan Valley. The East Kintyre side travelled to Shettleston FC’s ground in the east of Glasgow knowing they had already secured a trophy after finishing on top of their league split. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier, May 22, 2015. Also available online.
 
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    The Orcadian Online

  • Crowd funding appeal to seek MP’s removal from office

    newsroom
    25 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    Following this morning’s news that Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael will not be standing down from his position in UK parliament, Yes Orkney are to launch a crowd funding campaign seeking Mr Carmichael’s removal from office. Announced through the group’s facebook page, the crowd funding appeal’s goal will be to raise the £6000 needed ...
  • Road work under way

    Editor
    25 May 2015 | 2:07 am
    Orkney Islands Council will be carrying out surface dressing and road marking operations this week at a number of locations. The work is planned for: The Old Finstown road between Sunnybank and Bloomfield, and between Cursiter Quarry and Cruan. The Stromness to Finstown road between the Germiston road and the Brodgar road. The Evie to ...
  • Lib Dem leader backs Carmichael, calling for a ‘second chance’

    Editor
    24 May 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Amid calls for Alistair Carmichael’s resignation, the leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats has said today that Northern Isles MP deserves a second chance. Commenting on Mr Carmichael’s admission, on Friday, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador, Willie Rennie has given his backing to the MP. He ...
  • Protestors call for MP’s resignation as SNP urges investigation by parliamentary standards commissioner

    Editor
    23 May 2015 | 3:45 pm
    The SNP has back calls for a formal investigation by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards, following Alistair Carmichael’s admission, yesterday, that he was responsible for leaking a false memo about Nicola Sturgeon’s conversation with the French Ambassador – and the fact that he denied any knowledge of it until after the General Election. Stewart Hosie MP, ...
  • The Old Man of Hoy – an aerial view

    Editor
    22 May 2015 | 11:55 pm
    On holiday in the county in April, Jason Baxter managed to capture some amazing aerial footage of the Old Man of Hoy and, as an extra bonus, managed to film some climbers resting atop the stack!
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    The Shetland Times » The Shetland Times

  • Tub-thumping piety (John Tulloch)

    Shetland Times
    25 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    It’s a time for piety from the SNP and Robbie McGregor, “lawn sleeves billowing”, gives us the text. “Thou shalt not lie!” he thunders. Thumping the “Good Book”, he demands atonement and warns of judgment to come: “The most important consideration must be that an apology is due by the MP to the people of Shetland many of whom voted for Mr Carmichael under a false impression of his integrity.” Finally, he offers to take “confession” from the local Lib Dems: “I await comment from the Liberal Democrat MSPs and the local…
  • Carmichael staying put as Northern Isles MP, he says

    Ryan Taylor
    25 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    Alistair Carmichael has vowed to remain as MP for the isles despite widespread calls for him to step down after he admitted leaking a private memo in a bid to smear First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Just three weeks after narrowly retaining his seat by a massively reduced majority of just 817, Mr Carmichael has insisted he will not bow to pressure to give up his Orkney and Shetland seat, and will stand on his record within Westminster over the last 14 years. However, local SNP convener Robbie McGregor has called on the Liberal Democrats to condemn the former Scottish Secretary’s…
  • Waiting for Lib Dems’ comment (Robbie McGregor)

    Shetland Times
    25 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    I write on behalf of the many SNP members and activists who feel very aggrieved at the way Alistair Carmichael has behaved. We spent a considerable amount of time and effort on the campaign and now feel that not only was a dirty trick deployed but a lie was concocted to cover up responsibility for it. We feel cheated by methods that are totally non-Shetland or typical of the people who live here. The most important consideration must be that an apology is due by the MP to the people of Shetland many of whom voted for Mr Carmichael under a false impression of his integrity. I await comment…
  • Samaritans branch celebrates its 30th anniversary

    Jim Tait
    25 May 2015 | 2:54 am
    Samaritans and invited guests outside the branch headquarters in Charlotte Street, Lerwick. The Shetland branch of the Samaritans celebrated its 30th anniversary on Saturday with an event in the Lerwick headquarters. The organisation was founded by Anglican vicar Chad Varah in 1953, its aim being to provide support to anyone in emotional distress or at risk of suicide. Mr Varah’s inspiration came from an experience he had as a young curate when taking the funeral of a 14-year-old girl. She had killed herself because she feared she had contracted a sexually transmitted infection, when in…
  • Isles left with MP of questionable integrity, says Skene

    Jim Tait
    24 May 2015 | 12:10 pm
    SNP candidate Danus Skene, who ran Alistair Carmichael close in the General Election, speaks after the election count last month. The SNP General Election candidate for the Northern Isles says the people of Shetland and Orkney have been left with “an MP of questionable integrity”. Danus Skene’s comments came after the revelations that Alistair Carmichael lied about his involvement in the release of a memo attempting to smear Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. Mr Skene, who slashed Mr Carmichael’s majority to 817, said: “It is now established that Alistair…
 
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  • Motherwell Away 2 Tickets Wanted....

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    25 May 2015 | 11:35 am
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  • Weekend breaks in Edinburgh

    hannahmargaret96
    25 May 2015 | 11:11 am
    Edinburgh Castle Since coming to university, I have discovered first hand that being in a long distance relationship certainly has its perks. Luckily for me, it means going up to one of my favourite cities fairly often, and spending weekends wondering around the beautiful Scottish capital. An important note – having learnt the hard way – is that this is not a city in support of heels. The many winding, hilly, cobbled streets mean that you feel pretty much like you’re in a modern fairytale (I say modern because I imagine modern, British fairytales would be peppered with the occasional…
  • Dash Away #16 Recap - Hawick

    Cathy Little
    25 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    This past weekend took us to Hawick, located in the Scottish Borders region about 90 minutes south of Edinburgh. This is the region noted for production of wool, knits and cashmere. You can certainly see that by the number of sheep which dot pretty much every single hill.  Thousands upon thousands of sheep and baby lambs brought smiles to, and high pitched squeals from both of us as we drove through the countryside. We all loved this grand table! Our weekend was held at Whitchester Christian Guest House which is just outside of Hawick and surrounded by some of the most peaceful and…
  • Glasgow Weekender

    markcnichols
    25 May 2015 | 10:17 am
    We have had a pretty good run of things recently with trips to Rome & London together along with a work trip to the US in between. In May though it was time to go back to one of ourfavourite cities, Glasgow. This was the weekend after the 2015 general election here in the UK and Scotland as a nation had definitely let it be known how it felt about a few things. The way the sun came out on Saturday seemed to reflect the feeling of a nation empowered and the city itself was in full bloom in the spring sunshine. The real point of being in Glasgow was to see Twin Atlantic at the Hydro on…
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    Traveling Savage

  • Marveling at the Falkirk Wheel

    Keith Savage
    6 May 2015 | 1:17 am
    Most of the sites I visit in Scotland are of the historic type, and by that I mean old places reminiscent of bygone times thick with the atmosphere of age. I love the transporting effect of being in such places. But there are other sites worthy of visitation, sites that transport you into the future. Take, for example, the Falkirk Wheel. In what world does this marvel of engineering belong? Tell me, what do you see when you look at this immense contraption? If you guessed “boat lift,” you have a perceptive eye. Yes, the Falkirk Wheel is a boat lift, but not just any boat lift…
  • Powis House, a Stately Mansion in the Ochil Hills

    Keith Savage
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Stirlingshire is an area of Scotland I’ve passed through many times on journeys further north. This is the northern edge of Scotland’s populated Central Belt, and the gentle landscape turns into rolling hills before rising up into the highlands beyond’s Stirling’s watchful gaze. I’ve spent hardly more than a handful of nights here, and, unfortunately, that didn’t change on my last trip to Scotland. I had only a single night in charming Stirling to hit the town’s high points, and I chose to stay at Powis House which stands just a few miles northeast…
  • A Prisoner to Hailes Castle, Jewel of the Tyne

    Keith Savage
    22 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    During my brief stint in East Lothian I received a tip from the proprietor of Traprain Cottage B&B that would prove to be priceless. Tantallon Castle has a high level of notoriety and even Dirleton Castle possesses some celebrity among locals and those in know, but there’s another castle that only the sagest of East Lothian’s denizens champion: Hailes Castle. It is hidden along the River Tyne in a cleft in the pastoral East Lothian countryside, as if the land sought to swallow it whole, and the castle possesses quite the historical pedigree. The day was gray and rainy when I…
  • Getting to the Core of Thistly Cross Cider

    Keith Savage
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:53 am
    In recent years I’ve become a hobbyist cidermaker back home in Wisconsin. It’s not too fancy. I purchase fresh apple juice from local orchards, pitch it into a big glass carboy with some yeast, and let the magic of fermentation take over. I may not truly understand what I’m doing, but the end product usually tastes pretty good. Part of my pre-trip planning process involves seeking out producers of Scottish beverages. I’ve been to countless distilleries and a handful of breweries in my travels around Scotland, but never a ciderworks. When I learned that Thistly Cross…
  • Exploring the Wondrous Ruins of Dirleton Castle

    Keith Savage
    8 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    When the topic of East Lothian castles arises, Tantallon Castle justifiably receives the lion’s share of the attention. Less than six miles to the west, however, not far from the Firth of Forth coast stands Dirleton Castle, one of the most surprising and beautiful castle ruins in Scotland. I had never heard of Dirleton Castle before I began researching my visit to East Lothian, and I probably never would have found it had I not scoured maps and scores of Web sites in my customary pre-trip planning. There is an upside to being detail obsessed. I came to Dirleton Castle straight from…
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