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

“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 — Smells like '90s nostalgia.

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 — New picture books include Adam Auerbach's "Edda: A Little Valkyrie's First Day of School."

Bookshelf: Oh, Brother — New picture books include David Soman's "Three Bears in a Boat."

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...

Pol tweets Nixon: ‘F-- you, governor’ — A Missouri state senator has had some choice words for Gov. Jay Nixon over Twitter over the past two days. “F-- you, Governor,” Democratic State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal tweeted at the governor, also a Democrat, on Thursday. “I’m calling your bulls--!” Chappelle-Nadal’s tweet came as the protests in...
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Sep 29, 2014

.Also discussing Iraqi air strikes and IS threat with @StewartHosieMP and @GemmaWDMP on @BBCScot2014 at 10.30 tonight

Sep 29, 2014

Can Tories make a post-referendum Scottish comeback? Win more than one seat in 2015? On @BBCScot2014 we discuss how to detoxify the brand

Sep 23, 2014

@BBCScot2014 want to hear a bit more of what David Cameron had to say about the Queen's and the #indyref result. Tune in at 10.30 om BBC 2

Sep 23, 2014

@lawrencedonegan @BBCScot2014 Salmond staying in Holyrood. Promising not to make mischief for his successor. Whoever she may be

Sep 23, 2014

Alex Salmond says he will stay in politics. Will stand again as MSP in 2016. And will see iScotland in his lifetime. All on @BBCScot2014

Sep 23, 2014

Just interviewed a reflective, contemplative yet optimistic Alex Salmond. Very different from on the campaign trail. @BBCScot2014 10.30pm

Sep 23, 2014

Off to Edinburgh to interview Alex Salmond on where we go from here and what his role will be in delivering more powers for Scot Parliament

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