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BBC news and current affairs presenter. New show Scotland 2014 launches in May

Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge compares music streaming to killing an elephant — Blink-182's Tom DeLonge likes a lot of things like chasing UFOs, making jokes about your Mum, and writing songs about dicks. But one thing he really, really doesn't like is music streaming services. Speaking to FL's Jody Macgregor about his forthcoming record with sideproject Angels & Airwaves, DeLonge compared the effect that streaming services were having on the music industry to killing an endangered animal.

“They need something edgy" — Is going indie on her next record? According to Ariel Pink, Madge is looking for a change in direction and has enlisted the LA-based singer to help write the followup to 2012's EDM-centric MDNA. "Interscope are calling me to help write Madonna's record," Pink revealed in an interview with FL's Doug Wallen."They need something edgy.

Break out the hair fudge! Rage is screening a Recovery special this weekend

Rich pensioners targeted in new breed of luxury retirement homes — By Sarah Smith Margaret Thatcher famously moved into The Ritz when she could no longer manage the stairs in her Belgravia home. Who wouldn't want to spend their final years in the lap of luxury? Indeed, for an increasing number of retired professionals, who are not ready for a care or nursing home, something similar (albeit not quite The Ritz) is a viable option.

Australia gets another New Year’s festival — Australia is getting yet another boutique camping festival, with the organisers behind Sydney's Lost Picnic announcing the brand new New Year's Eve event, Lost Paradise . Held in the picturesque surrounds of Glenworth Valley, about one hour north of Sydney, the festival is being billed as "a three day glamping escape of live music, art installations, yoga, food and much more, all lovingly wrapped in community."

Lightning from storms torches 2 dining spots in small Dorset, Minn. — High winds, rain and hail rolled through many parts of central Minnesota as daybreak came Thursday, with the most severe damage coming when lightning torched two dining spots in a small town in Hubbard County.

Bookshelf: Back to School

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And Pitchfork says the best song of the decade is.... — To mark "the explosion of EDM, the birth of drill and the rise and fall of chillwave" over the next week Pitchfork is looking back on the best music of the decade so far.

James Risen: 'Happy to carry on the fight' — While New York Times reporter James Risen claims he didn’t start the fight over press freedom with the Obama administration, he said Thursday he is more than happy to continue it. “The Justice Department and the Obama administration are the ones who turned this really into a fundamental fight over press freedom in their appeal to the Fourth...
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Dec 16, 2014

And what's the point of re-casting Pip if Ruth & David are really going to move out of Ambridge? #archers

Nov 26, 2014

Also on @BBCScot2014 I've been talking to Sir Jackie Stewart on his struggles with dyslexia - he is facsinating and really lovely

Nov 26, 2014

Get the very latest on what new powers will be coming to Scotland via Smith Commission on @BBCScot2014 at 10.30 tonight

Nov 25, 2014

Tonight on @BBCScot2014 I ask @jimmurphymp about his change of heart of on devolving income tax powers to Scotland. Principle or practical?

Nov 25, 2014

Read the exciting first chapter of Simon Conway (my husband)'s new spy thriller in this @TheScotsman extract.

Nov 19, 2014

In the official Bute House dining room waiting for FM. Think they'd miss any of the rather fine silver collection?

Nov 19, 2014

A woman gets her picture on the official wall of First Minister photos. Good day for Scotland whatever your politics

Nov 19, 2014

I'm in Bute House. Official residence of Scottish First Minister waiting to interview the brand new FM.

Oct 30, 2014

Anas Sarwar is standing down as dep leader Scot Lab. Is he is convinced @jimmurphymp will win and they cant have 2 MPs at the top?

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