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Hearts go 16 points clear with easy win at Alloa

heraldscotland.com — Miguel Pallardo opened the scoring after just five minutes with a screamer from 25 yards. Stephen Simmons hit a post for Alloa before Hearts grabbed their second through James Keatings, who turned smartly before firing home in the 12th minute.
Jan 31, 2015

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Player ratings: Dundee United v Aberdeen

heraldscotland.com — ABERDEEN SCOTT BROWN: Rooted to his line as Callum Morris headed United level then looked at fault for Nadir Ciftci's winner. 5 SHAY LOGAN: Kept busy by the ever-dangerous Stuart Armstrong but still tried to get forward whenever possible.6 DONERVON DANIELS: Just days after arriving on loan from West Brom, the 21 year-old from Montserrat marked his debut by heading Aberdeen in front early in the second half and could have had two more before the half was out.
Jan 31, 2015

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Gordon Brown: Scottish Labour's secret weapon in general election

heraldscotland.com — Party sources believe the former Prime Minister can help convince disillusioned voters to return to Labour. Mr Brown has been credited by some as the man who "saved the union" following his intervention in the run up to September's vote.
Jan 31, 2015

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Jan 31, 2015

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Dundee United 2 Aberdeen 1: United fight back to take New Firm win

heraldscotland.com — On-loan West Brom defender Donervorn Daniels marked his Dons debut with a goal four minutes after half-time. But Callum Morris squared the semi-final clash at the National Stadium on the hour mark before Nadir Ciftci's deft header seven minutes from time squirmed through Reds keeper Scott Brown's hands.
Jan 31, 2015

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Tory chairman rules out a coalition Ukip

heraldscotland.com — The Tory MP said that there would be "no pacts or deals " with Nigel Farage's eurosceptics if the general election results in a hung parliament. He also accused Labour of "chaos" after Ed Miliband failed to rule out a post-election alliance with the SNP.

20 years on: the strange disappearance of Richey Edwards of Manic Street Preachers

heraldscotland.com — This Sunday marks 20 years since the guitarist checked out of a London hotel never to be seen again. Two weeks later his car was found abandoned at a motorway service station. Despite numerous and high-profile appeals in the media, no trace of Edwards has been found - either dead or alive.
Jan 31, 2015

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Orkney savers have Britain's biggest Isa balances

heraldscotland.com — Nationwide, which analysed how much money people have saved into its accounts, said the two locations are the only areas of the UK where its savers have an average Isa balance of more than £15,000. The average balance in Harrow is £15,476 and the typical amount put aside in Kirkwall is £15,442.

SNP pin election hopes on high profile Yes campaigners

heraldscotland.com — Among a number of key candidate selections made by local parties, Natalie McGarry, a founder of the Women for Independence campaign group, was chosen to stand against Labour's shadow Scottish secretary Margaret Curran in Glasgow East.

Bowleven progresses towards completing West Africa deal

heraldscotland.com — The Edinburgh-based oil and gas firm said it has received a decree signed by Cameroon's president approving the deal to sell a combined 50 per cent interest in the Etinde permit off the West African country.
Jan 31, 2015

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Banks cut lending to SMEs again

heraldscotland.com — The numbers produced by the Bank of England suggest conditions in credit markets may have got tougher for SMEs in December. The fall more than offset a £300m increase in net lending to SMEs in November, which was only the third rise in 2014.

Suspicion and surveillance have no place in Scottish universities

heraldscotland.com — Under the UK Government's proposals, speakers at universities would be vetted for extremist views and nurseries would have to monitor children for signs of radicalism.
Jan 31, 2015

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6-2 triumph catapults Celtic into new era under O'Neill

heraldscotland.com — Parkhead. Kick-off. Davie Provan: "Both managers have been trying to play it down but this is a biggy. Psychologically this is a biggy. A Celtic win today would signal a rebirth under Martin O'Neill." VERY few Old Firm games can be instantly recalled by referring to nothing except the result.
Jan 31, 2015

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Talking almost over, time for action

heraldscotland.com — The subtle narrative? Nice Aberdeen and Dundee United playing out a mere football match - bless their little cotton socks - before Celtic and Rangers take over and get down to their savage clash of the tribes.
Jan 31, 2015

Two semis: don't patronise Aberdeen & United, and don't assume the worst for Sunday. heraldscotland.com/mobile/sport/f…

Cardiac disease patients bare scars for Kelvingrove exhibition

heraldscotland.com — The Scarred FOR Life project will see a number of photos by Herald photographer Kirsty Anderson go on display at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum in Glasgow for a month from February 13. It was devised by three volunteers born with heart conditions - Evening Times reporter Caroline Wilson, Dr Liza Morton and Jenny Kumar - on behalf of adult heart charity The Somerville Foundation.

Review: Strictly Come Dancing Live, SSE Hydro, Glasgow

heraldscotland.com — A gig that begins with a funny turn before the show has even started doesn't bode well for the rest of the night. But by the end it seems clear it was probably some prophetic reaction of what was to come, rather than an extreme bout of yertigo.

TV review: Do or Dye had giggling girls and bewildering brows

heraldscotland.com — If you walk past the window, take a quick peek, and see they all have greasy hair scraped up into scrunchies then you'll simply keep on walking and find a salon where they have ludicrous, bouncy orange hair.
Jan 30, 2015

Doing and dying: .@ariel_mcdowall checks in at a Glasgow hair salon and finds some unexpected creativity: heraldscotland.com/arts-ents/tv-r…

Ken Clarke: Cameron would face 'derision' if he led the No to EU campaign - and I'd go bananas

heraldscotland.com — The former chancellor said the Prime Minister could not abandon his pro-European stance, because he would face "derision" and accusations of hypocrisy from voters. Mr Clarke added that he would "go bananas" if Mr Cameron did back a 'No'. And he suggested that the Tory leader signed up to the 2017 referendum only because of "party management".
Jan 30, 2015

Ken Clarke: Cameron would face 'derision' if he led the No to EU campaign - and I'd go bananas heraldscotland.com/mobile/politic…

Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Weddings: nothing but narcissistic cleavage conventions

heraldscotland.com — It's difficult watching people you love throw their lives away. I'd always thought marriage was something you did in your 20s to ensure you had something to regret in your 40s and remained smugly convinced that my conscience, a decade hence, will be light and clear.

'Orwellian' scrutiny of visitors' speeches at universities proposed in fight against terrorism

heraldscotland.com — Under the Home Office proposals, staff at pre-school nurseries would be required to monitor children for signs of radicalism. Speakers at universities would be vetted for any signs of extremist views that would support or encourage terrorism.
Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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Jan 30, 2015

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