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People feared dead in Glasgow city centre bin lorry crash

heraldscotland.com — Officers were called to George Square at around 2.30pm. Eyewitnesses said fire engines and an ambulance were also at the scene. A police spokeswoman said officers were called to a report of a road traffic accident. Early unconfirmed reports suggested a number of fatalities. The city centre was packed with Christmas shoppers.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @Herald_Editor: At least two dead, double figure casualties after Glasgow city centre bin lorry crash bit.ly/1t1qJ18

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Eye-witness: the George Square bin lorry crash

heraldscotland.com — Just one street away, in the city's busy centre, emergency services are fighting to save the lives of pedestrians hit by a bin lorry that went out of control. Minutes after the accident happened, security staff from George Square, police and ambulance crews arrived on the scene.

Scottish SPCA called out to aid of injured parrot that turned out to be Christmas hat

heraldscotland.com — A woman called the Scottish SPCA after she spotted what she thought was an injured creature while driving home in Aberdeen on Friday. But when Scottish SPCA animal rescue officer Karen Hogg arrived at the scene she found the call-out had been caused by a knitted hat lying in the middle of the city's Great Western Road.
Dec 22, 2014

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Dec 22, 2014

SSPCA called out to aid of injured parrot that turned out to be Christmas hat heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Dec 22, 2014

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My mum is singing along to the Pogues

heraldscotland.com — Mum and I. Saturday evening. Dark outside. We've just been in Bridge of Allan for a late lunch. Tomorrow we're taking her to the circus in Edinburgh [1]. But right now we're killing time on this pre-Christmas visit. J and the kids are inside picking up bits and pieces [2].

Ken Clarke: independence referendum result created uncertainty

heraldscotland.com — The comments by one of David Cameron's former ministers came just a day after Alex Salmond predicted there would be a second vote. The former First Minister and ex-SNP leader predicted : "I think we would win if there was another referendum."
Dec 22, 2014

David Cameron insists it was decisive, but Ken Clarke says the #indyref created more uncertainty than it solved ... heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Dec 22, 2014

Indyref caused more uncertainty than it solved, says Ken Clarke. heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Memories of Christmas past

heraldscotland.com — We had decamped from our house in the city to a farm my grandfather also kept in the country. It must have been the first Christmas after his death, for I was sent on my own to the couple who ran it, with the promise of my mother arriving after Midnight Mass.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @heraldmagazine: Sorry for delay - here is a quite beautiful Christmas column by @fidelmacook heraldscotland.com/comment/column…. No idea why it didn't go up originally

David Torrance: Beware stirrings of the mad men in the attic

heraldscotland.com — Everyone, ran the simile, knew they were there because they could hear them moving around, but at the same time no one was prepared to do anything about them. That was true for a long time, although of late there's been something a response.

Scottish artists to adorn major London railway station

heraldscotland.com — Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright, both winners of the Turner Prize, will have their work installed at Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station in central London. Gordon's commission will be installed in the station's western ticket hall in Dean Street, Soho and will feature a series his video work.
Dec 22, 2014

Tottenham Court Road Crossrail in London to feature art by two of Scotland's Turner Prize winning artists. More: heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Dec 22, 2014

Just in: Douglas Gordon and Richard Wright art to adorn one of London's busiest stations. Story: heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Dec 22, 2014

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Tory minister accused of snubbing families of victims of North Sea helicopter crash

heraldscotland.com — Four people were killed when a Super Puma ditched two miles west of Sumburgh Airport in Shetland in August last year. It was the fifth helicopter accident involving the transfer of oil and gas personnel in the North Sea since 2009.
Dec 22, 2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin accused of snubbing grieving relatives of helicopter crash victims heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Is policy racing ahead of evidence in dementia care?

heraldscotland.com — The fund, announced in September has been heavily oversubscribed. The idea of helping society adapt to rising levels of dementia, by making services, buildings and transport better suited to their needs and the general public more aware, is all the rage.
Dec 22, 2014

FWIW towns could mint it if they became "dementia-friendly". Here's @Stephennaysmith on disease's social complexity: heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Linda Kennedy Inside Track: Hypothermia hypocrisy in Hong Kong

heraldscotland.com — Not by clouds or winds, but by people. There is a wildly popular app here from the Hong Kong Observatory. It shows temperature range and carries symbols, and offers advice on accessories that may be useful to get through the day. Usually the emblems are a sun, maybe a cloud, and often rain drops.
Dec 22, 2014

Hong Kong store sells thermals as air conditioning ramped up. Wee insight from Linda Kennedy in today's Herald: heraldscotland.com/comment/column…

Rosemary Goring: A hidden treasure of a book about the First World War

heraldscotland.com — Called King Albert's Book, this handsome, illustrated work was published late in 1914 as a joint enterprise between The Glasgow Herald, The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Sketch. The copy Val Cook of Dunoon lent me had originally been given as a present on December 25, 1914, by a mother to her son whose name, I think, after much deciphering, was Bannister Augustus Pietlofs.
Dec 22, 2014

Rosemary Goring: A hidden treasure of a book about the First World War | Herald Scotland heraldscotland.com/comment/column… via @hsnewsbreak

Support for SNP in UK general election at record high, according to new poll

heraldscotland.com — The Survation poll of 1,001 people found that 48% of people would vote for the party in a Westminster election, with Labour trailing on 24%. Support for the Conservatives was at 16%, 5% backed the Lib Dems while 4% would vote for Ukip and 1% for the Greens.
Dec 22, 2014

Another poll showing SNP taking nearly half of all Scottish votes at next year's UK general election: heraldscotland.com/politics/scott…

Hydro nets £130million for city in first year of business

heraldscotland.com — Since opening in late 2013, the Hydro Arena has hosted 93 events and 165 performances, from the Commonwealth games to Beyonce, Prince, Michael Buble, Fleetwood Mac, the MTV Awards and the BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Other popular acts included Still Game's Jack and Victor in a live show.
Dec 22, 2014

How Glasgow's Hydro sucks trade from one part of the city to another. A special report from @Gerrybraiden: heraldscotland.com/news/home-news…

Ministers under pressure to fine councils who missed teacher targets

heraldscotland.com — Unions fear councils will continue to cut teacher numbers to save money Unions are demanding the Scottish Government takes action after new figures showed school staff were axed in around half of local authorities. The largest fall was in Fife where 67 teaching posts were lost followed by Edinburgh with a cut of 63 teachers.
Dec 22, 2014

Revealed - the Scottish councils who cut teacher numbers despite a deal to protect them. bit.ly/1zUSrxb

Dec 22, 2014

Ministers under pressure to fine councils who missed teacher targets, reports @Adenholmherald: heraldscotland.com/news/education…

Graphic Content: the best of 2014

heraldscotland.com — JP Ahonen & KP Alare, Published by Abrams Comic Arts If Pixar were ever to make a film about a Finnish metal band, Satanic demons and an ursine drummer (a bit of a stretch I know) then JP Ahonen and KP Alare's Sing No Evil would make the perfect storyboard.

JP Morgan plans to boost Glasgow workforce

heraldscotland.com — The banking giant has recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of opening a European technology base in Glasgow. The workforce there is now more than 1,000, having grown by around 200 people across the past 18 months. The bank now hopes to grow that by 50 per cent over the next few years as a result of rising demand for software and new technology products.

The end: McCoist leaves Ibrox, put on gardening leave

heraldscotland.com — It was announced last Monday that the 52-year-old had handed in his resignation but McCoist was adamant when he spoke to the press on Friday that he would see out the 12-month notice period of his contract. But he lasted just two days more before his time in charge of the Glasgow giants was brought to an end.

Billie Whitelaw, star of Beckett plays and The Omen, dies at 82

heraldscotland.com — She was famous for her roles in films including The Omen and worked alongside Irish playwright Samuel Beckett. Whitelaw also starred in the 1990 movie The Krays and appeared in police comedy Hot Fuzz in 2007. She was made a CBE in 1991.
Dec 21, 2014

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