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  • Labour to 'reach out' to Yes voters

    BBC News - Scotland
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Labour is to reach out to supporters who voted for independence in last week's referendum, the party says.
  • Schools selected as regional role models

    Berwick Advertiser - News Feed
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Two Berwick schools have been selected to join a team of education providers which will lead and develop teaching across the north east.
  • Parishioners’ £8000 boost for Mary’s Meals

    Linlithgow Journal and Gazette - News Feed
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The weather was kind when the parishioners set up their stalls for the first fete for a number of years at a local church.
  • Argyll and Bute says ‘No’ to independence

    The Campbeltown Courier
    cc
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Argyll and Bute said No to an independent Scotland by more than a 10,000 majority . At 5.55 am this morning (Friday), Sally Loudan, chief counting officer for the region, said 37,143 people had voted No in the referendum, accounting for 58.52 per cent of the 63,516 votes cast. 26, 324 voted Yes. In total 88.2 per cent of the electorate cast their votes. The count of Argyll and Bute votes began at Lochgilphead Joint Campus at 10pm yesterday, September 18. At 1am, the No camp was becoming increasingly confident of a victory. Alan Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute, said: ‘I am certainly very…
  • David Cameron forced to make a 'no ifs, no buts' commitment to deliver his vow on more powers for Scotland

    dailyrecord - News
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    THE Prime Minister faced fury from Scots voters and opposition politicians after trying to insist a new devolution deal would have to include that only English MPs would get to vote on English laws.
 
 
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    The Campbeltown Courier

  • Argyll and Bute says ‘No’ to independence

    cc
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Argyll and Bute said No to an independent Scotland by more than a 10,000 majority . At 5.55 am this morning (Friday), Sally Loudan, chief counting officer for the region, said 37,143 people had voted No in the referendum, accounting for 58.52 per cent of the 63,516 votes cast. 26, 324 voted Yes. In total 88.2 per cent of the electorate cast their votes. The count of Argyll and Bute votes began at Lochgilphead Joint Campus at 10pm yesterday, September 18. At 1am, the No camp was becoming increasingly confident of a victory. Alan Reid, MP for Argyll and Bute, said: ‘I am certainly very…
  • Win an autumn break on Skye

    CCcomp
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    The 18 bedroom Duisdale House Hotel, which looks out over the Sound of Sleat to the Knoydart wilderness peninsula, was named Best Hotel at the Scottish Thistle Awards held by VisitScotland last November.  The former hunting lodge was also judged the UK’s best small five star hotel at the International Hotel Awards in London last year. The Isle of Skye in autumn is truly a sight to behold with mountains and glens turning every shade of copper and gold, and the jewel-bright lochs and seas deepening in hue. After exploring the area’s forests and dramatic coastlines, Duisdale guests can…
  • Magic Kintyre music festival

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Mull of Kintyre Music Festival has been described as bigger and better than ever after a long weekend of musical talents heard in venues across Campbeltown. See the full report and three pages of photos i n the Campbeltown Courier, Augsut 30 2014. Also online at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital  
  • Giant wind farm at Glenbarr a ‘monstrosity’

    admin
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Plans for 19 giant wind turbines near Glenbarr would be a ‘horrific development for a beautiful area’ Argyll and Bute councillor Robin Currie has warned. Plans for 19 giant wind turbines near Glenbarr would be a ‘horrific development for a beautiful area’ Argyll and Bute councillor Robin Currie has warned. Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee voted unanimously to oppose the plans but the Scottish Government has the final say. Full story in the Campbeltown Courier, Augsut 30 2014. Also online…
  • Story goes on despite Picture House closure

    cc
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:55 pm
    High hopes remain for the future of Campbeltown’s historic Picture House – despite the news that it is closing with the loss of seven jobs. Read the full story in the Campbeltown Courier,  August 22 2014, also on line at www.campbeltowncourier.co.uk/digital
 
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    The Orcadian Online

  • Strongman Stewart steals the show

    newsroom
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Eighteen year old Stewart Flett was the victor in this afternoon’s Northern Isles’ Strongest Man competition. The youngster edged out Paul Suggitt into second place, across five different events at the Orkney Riding Centre, to take the title. The two then combined to win the team deadlifts competition. Shetlander Jonni Manson was third overall and [...]
  • NHS screening for men over 65

    newsroom
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A simple scan to detect a condition that affects one in 20 men over 65 is being offered by NHS Orkney. The condition is an abdominal aortic aneurysm (known as ‘triple A’— AAA) which is potentially fatal. Screening will take place at the Balfour Hospital on September 30 and October 1 and is by invitation [...]
  • Who will be crowned the strongest man in the Northern Isles?

    newsroom
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    The annual Northern Isles’ Strongest Man competition is set to be held in Kirkwall today. A total of nine men, consisting of competitors from both Orkney and Shetland, are expected to take part. They will participate in a range of events including the arm-over-arm pull, dead lifts and the atlas stones. Last year, Shetlander Dhanni [...]
  • Double disappointment for rugby teams

    newsroom
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    Orkney Rugby Club were defeated by Glenrothes RFC, 37-27, in Fife earlier today. A strong first half showing from Orkney saw them up 22 points to 5 at half-time, but the home team fought back in the second period to win by ten points. Meanwhile at home, the Club’s Under 18 side were beaten by [...]
  • Billy’s Night Oot

    newsroom
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Another Orkney Production have announced that Scottish BAFTA winner Janet McBain, former curator of the Scottish Screen Archive, is this year’s special guest for their annual Billy’s Night Oot, archive film festival, which is set to take place next weekend. Ms McBain, —who is also well-known as a presenter on television programme, The Way It Was [...]
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  • Exercise in Bressay Sound

    Rosalind Griffiths
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    Shetland Coastguard led a two-yearly “live” exercise this morning (Sunday), together with SIC ferries, Lerwick lifeboat and Lerwick Harbour boats. The exercise saw the ferry Leirna break down in Bressay Sound and two people fall into the water. Lerwick lifeboat was tasked to go to the scene, together with both the harbour boats, Knab and Kebister. Coastguard teams from Bressay and West Burra Isle were also involved. The Leirna put its fast rescue craft into the water to retrieve the two people, while the Lerwick lifeboat evacuated two injured passengers. The lifeboat then took the…
  • Exercise in Bressay Sound

    Rosalind Griffiths
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Shetland Coastguard led a two-yearly “live” exercise this morning (Sunday) together with SIC ferries, Lerwick lifeboat and Lerwick Harbour boats. The exercise saw the ferry Leirna break down in Bressay Sound and two peopls fall into the water. Lerwick lifeboat was tasked to go to the scene, together with both the harbour boats, Knab and Kebister. Coastguard teams from Bressay and West Burra Isle were also involved. The Leirna put its fast rescue craft into the water to retrieve the two people, while the Lerwick lifeboat evacuated two injured passengers. The lifeboat then took the…
  • Give us votes at 16, say young people

    Rosalind Griffiths
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    The long run-up to the Scottish Independence Referendum energised people as no other political topic has done in decades. This has been particularly true for young people, many of whom made history on Thursday by being able to vote at 16 and 17. And their teachers hope the experience will leave the “legacy” of a lifetime of political engagement. Virtually all the Anderson High School pupils eligible to vote for the first time did so, according to head teacher Valerie Nicolson. She said that 301 pupils, almost exactly one third of the school roll, which on Thursday had been exactly…
  • Call for federal Britain as way ahead

    Peter Johnson
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Better Together supporter councillor Theo Smith was “obviously delighted” with the referendum result but called for greater devolution of powers, or independence would become an issue again. Following the Lerwick declaration Mr Smith said: “I think that the margin has been greater than I originally thought it was going to be. “I think that it was down to the silent majority in Shetland that just get on with it and do not make much of a work about it and I think that’s come through here tonight. The vocal people have not produced the result that they were wanting.” Theo Smith wants…
  • Work together now, say industry leaders

    Ryan Taylor
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Fishing and oil representatives have urged both sides of the referendum debate to put their differences aside and work together for the benefit of the country. Shetland Fishermen’s Association chairman Leslie Tait urged the two sides to put their differences aside and work with the fishing industry in the isles to help it see off the threat from the discard ban. “When it comes to the major issues that the fishing industry faces, such as the discard ban, we are seeking confirmation that the Scottish government will use its devolved powers to back our communities in their fight against…
 
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  • For the Journey Home

    jacqui aka shofargirl
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    I was sat at the edge of a stage in a theatre watching a play.  The actors were American.  Someone like ‘Lucille Ball’ it’s the only way I can describe it, very fancy with her hair up was using roller skates to ‘walk’ on the stage.  Very unique and different.  Then another character came on a small dumpy person in a teddy bear outfit of a bright yellow colour.  It did very fancy twirls fast and was very funny.  I was sitting literally on the stage at the edge.  There were other people in the audience but they were in the dark.  At half time I looked at my…
  • My Dear Scotland

    Big foot
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    September 2014 Tha gaol agam ort * A thistle can draw blood, so can a rose, growing together where the river flows, shared currency, across a border it can never know: where, somewhen, Rabbie Burns might swim, or pilgrim Keats come walking out of love for him. Aye, here’s to you, cousins, sisters, brothers, in your bold, brave, brilliant land: the thistle jags our hearts, take these roses, from our bloodied hands. *I love you Carol Ann Duffy The recent political situation in Scotland is one I have held close to my heart. I have seen how it has hurt those close to me to see that their…
  • How do we make 45% a majority?

    nadianess
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    With over ten thousand people joining political parties in Scotland this weekend, it looks as though
  • Scotland - will the grass be greener on the other side for everyone?

    Girl in Politics
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    For the last few weeks the news has been dominated, and I mean dominated, by the Scottish referendum on independence. Will they, won’t they; it was a fraught game of chess. Wind the clock back to March 2013, when the decision to hold a vote on Scottish independence was announced, and nobody seemed particularly interested; the big exception being Alex Salmond of course. People sat back and thought ‘sure, give them the vote, Scotland will never say yes’. This view seemed to be especially strong with people in Westminster. The decision to allow the referendum and all it entailed (the…
  • Scotland in chains

    daviedaw
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    width=”600″ caption=”Chained forever”] A picture of a Scottish passport . The national symbol of Scotland is the unicorn and England’s is the lion. Please note the chains drapped around the unicorn this to me symbolises that Scotland is held and controlled under chains owned  ? (OMG does this then mean that Scotland is not owned by the Scottish) And Scottish people appear to be under the assumption that Scotland needs to be ruled by Westminster. Scotland sends all its oil revenue (which I believe is the second biggest oil reserve in Europe) all its whiskey…
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    Traveling Savage

  • Yes, No, Maybe the Duke Will Know: A Timely Visit to Drumlanrig Castle

    Keith Savage
    17 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    My time in Moniaive was filled with pleasant surprises, not least the Three Glens Luxury Eco House, which turned out to be one of my favorite accommodations anywhere. Neil and Mary proved to be excellent and friendly hosts, spending their evenings with me and inviting me into their home. One evening before dinner, Neil posed a question I’m likely to hear only once in my lifetime. “Would you like to meet the Duke?” he asked, a big grin on his face. I paused, the glass of Bailie Nicol Jarvie halfway to my mouth. “Um, yes.” I believe those were my words. I’d…
  • The Lost Love of Sweetheart Abbey

    Keith Savage
    10 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    The story of Sweetheart Abbey, south of Dumfries and close to the River Nith, is a divisive one, for it will either warm your heart or make you shudder, and in that sense the ensuing story is a character litmus test. I didn’t know this prior to my visit. What I knew was that after visiting Crossraguel Abbey, Dundrennan Abbey, and Glenluce Abbey, my abbey hunting in Dumfries & Galloway would come to an end here at Sweetheart Abbey, perhaps the region’s most famous example. First of all, Sweetheart Abbey is one of a pair of amazing sites about 20-minutes drive south of…
  • Journey to the Isle of Whithorn

    Keith Savage
    3 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    You would be forgiven any confusion upon hearing that Isle of Whithorn is one of the most southerly towns on mainland Scotland. How could an island be on the mainland? That was the question that spurred me onward from Kirkcudbright and late into the day after visiting Glenluce Abbey and Castle Kennedy. Most people don’t pay much attention to the extreme south of Dumfries & Galloway, largely composed of a horn of land jutting into the Solway Firth called The Machars and variously described as disconsolate, desolate, and grim. It’s a safe bet that I will proceed directly to…
  • The Black Heart of the Dee, Threave Castle

    Keith Savage
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    I write about castles a lot. Maybe it’s the bright-eyed kid in me whose flights of fancy used to lead to devouring every Dragonlance and Forgotten Realms book I could find. That could well be the impetus for my adult escapades, the ceaseless driving over desolate Scottish moors and rolling hills in the search for ruins to lay new eyes upon. When driving won’t suffice, I take to footpaths and even boats to reach the more elusive sites, as in the topic of today’s post, and these obstacles always add to the experience. Castles are big, bold, beautiful reminders of a few…
  • The Bones of Belief: The Ruins of Glenluce Abbey

    Keith Savage
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Southern Scotland was once the setting of a huge population of Catholic monks dedicated to the various monastic orders of their time. Benedictine, Cistercian, Dominican, and Augustinian monasteries may not have taken center stage in the play of historical events – that is part of what it means to be a monk – but the past would be far more opaque without the work of monks who set about recording events in the world beyond their quiet walls. Much of what we know of the so-called Dark Ages is courtesy of the scribes of the various monasteries that thrived in that period. But…
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    The Caledonian Mercury

  • A Yes Voter’s Autopsy of a Nation

    Tony Purcell
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    By G. Moore Firstly, and to remove any doubt, I voted yes for Scotland to become an independent country. It is now The post A Yes Voter’s Autopsy of a Nation appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • Senator David Norris “Israel bombs first and weeps later”.

    Staff Writer
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    The post Senator David Norris “Israel bombs first and weeps later”. appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • OUTDOORS: THE STRENGTH OF FAMILIES

    Nick Williams
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Life without TV Adventures on a ShoestringI just had to write about this story because it made me smile. It’s appearing on The post OUTDOORS: THE STRENGTH OF FAMILIES appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 30th May 2014

    John Knox
    30 May 2014 | 5:43 am
    This weekend I will ride like an anxious shareholder on the Edinburgh trams. I will feel every shoogle, look for every fault, The post LETTER FROM SCOTLAND 30th May 2014 appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
  • Scotland could become like its prosperous Nordic neighbours, but that won’t be cheap

    Guest Writer
    30 May 2014 | 4:31 am
    By Michael Keating, University of Aberdeen and Malcolm Harvey, University of Aberdeen At the heart of the Scottish referendum campaign is the The post Scotland could become like its prosperous Nordic neighbours, but that won’t be cheap appeared first on The Caledonian Mercury.
 
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