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Bin lorry in ‘serious accident’ in Glasgow

scotsman.com — SEVERAL people have reportedly been injured after a bin lorry crashed into the front of the Millennium Hotel in George Square in Glasgow. Emergency services were called to the scene after reports of a 'terrible accident'. The area, close to Queen Street station, was closed by police just after 2.30pm on Monday.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Bin lorry involved in 'serious accident' in Glasgow's George Square; reports of casualties: bit.ly/1v95vbN pic.twitter.com/jBCowKgFm0

Dec 22, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Bin lorry involved in 'serious accident' in Glasgow's George Square; reports of casualties: bit.ly/1v95vbN pic.twitter.com/jBCowKgFm0

Dec 22, 2014

RT @p_mcpartlin: Bin lorry involved in 'serious accident' in Glasgow's George Square; reports of casualties: bit.ly/1v95vbN pic.twitter.com/3Dtodmmse5

Bin lorry crash: ‘Fatalities’ in Glasgow accident

scotsman.com — SEVERAL people have reportedly been injured after a bin lorry crashed into the front of the Millennium Hotel in George Square in Glasgow. Emergency services were called to the scene after reports of a 'terrible accident'. The area, close to Queen Street station, was closed by police just after 2.30pm on Monday.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Bin lorry crash in Glasgow: 'fatalities' & 'double figure casualties', says ambulance service bit.ly/1v973T3 http:…

Drink-drive ‘elf’ facing charges in New Jersey

scotsman.com — POLICE in New Jersey have indicated that a sozzled elf is facing drink-driving charges after being found passed out in a car on Friday morning. Riverdale police told NJ.com that Brian Chellis, 23, was found slumped in a van in the early hours of Friday wearing an elf costume. Lt.

Interview: Joel Edgerton on Exodus: Gods and Kings

scotsman.com — Actor Joel Edgerton has been on our screens for 20 years, but his new role is likely to make him a star, says Siobhan Synnot Joel Edgerton is counting the cost of an active movie career. Two years ago he was chucked off a horse when learning to play polo for The Great Gatsby.
Dec 22, 2014

"Christian Bale told everyone that I had a fancy pair of gold underpants" Why I like Joel Edgerton: scotsman.com/what-s-on/film…

SNP’s record backing at 48% for general election

scotsman.com — A NEW poll has put support for the SNP in the UK general election in May at a record high. The Survation poll of 1,001 people for the Daily Record found that 48% of people would vote for the party in a Westminster election, with Labour trailing on 24%.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: New poll on UK general election puts SNP backing at record 48% high as Labour trail with 24% bit.ly/1zb6mLq

£125 view of a lifetime for Forth Bridge visitors

scotsman.com — PEOPLE will have their first chance to ascend to the top of the Forth Bridge next year as part of the iconic rail crossing's 125th anniversary celebrations. The move comes in ­advance of a new visitor centre ­connected to a viewing platform by "panoramic" lifts, which is due to open at the north tower in 2017.

Cat Boyd: Westminster simply doesn’t work

scotsman.com — It hardly matters who wins next May's election - the whole system is facing a crisis of legitimacy, writes Cat Boyd For decades, British politics has been drifting apart from British society, and the new year offers no possibilities of happy reconciliation.
Dec 22, 2014

RT @kittycatboyd: My piece in today's @TheScotsman discussing an unhappy year ahead for British political elites. scotsman.com/news/cat-boyd-…

Ally McCoist steps down as Rangers manager

Dec 21, 2014

Inevitable it would happen soon RT @TheScotsman: BREAKING: Ally McCoist has left his position as Rangers manager bit.ly/1rb2e0f

Film reviews: Exodus: God and Kings | Unbroken

scotsman.com — RIDLEY Scott's new Gladiator revamp is heavy on the make-up, says Siobhan Synnot Exodus: Gods And Kings (3D) (12A) Director: Ridley Scott Running time: 150 minutes *** Things you didn't know before the advent of Ridley Scott's bombastic Old Testament tub-thumper.
Dec 21, 2014

Exodus:Take a drink whenever an Egyptian aristocrat is depicted as effete, and you'll smashed long before the Red Sea scotsman.com/what-s-on/film…

The effort to break domestic violence cycle

scotsman.com — DANI GARAVELLI joins a police raid and visits a women's refuge, part of a concerted effort to break the cycle of domestic abuse which always peaks at Christmas time It starts an hour before dawn on a blustery winter's morning.
Dec 21, 2014

Brilliant, compelling piece by @DaniGaravelli1 who joins police on Xmas raid of domestic abusers and visits a refuge. bit.ly/1zQ1qj7

Dec 21, 2014

RT @JohnCarnochan: Excellent by @DaniGaravelli1 This is about men's behaviour so no bystanders. 1st priority must always be victim. m.scotsman.com/news/the-effor…

Joyce McMillan: Referendum focus of 2014 theatre

scotsman.com — THE referendum was the lens through which much of our major drama was viewed, writes Joyce McMillan Long before it began, we knew that 2014 would be a year marked by momentous events and anniversaries; the year of the Commonwealth Games, the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, and above all the year of Scotland's independence referendum.
Dec 21, 2014

Plus my review of 2014 in Scottish theatre - James Plays, Great Yes-No, good year at @lyceumtheatre, & much more... scotsman.com/what-s-on/thea…

Dec 21, 2014

"...great plays about the referendum & its outcome are probably at least half a decade in the future." bit.ly/1Cjfu4b via @joycemcm

Dec 21, 2014

Joyce McMillan reviews the theatrical year in Scotland, incl glowing report cards for @ntsonline & @lyceumtheatre bit.ly/1Cjfu4b

Travel: The Maldives’ secret paradise

scotsman.com — IN search of the hidden side of the Maldives, Tom Chesshyre headed for Banishment Island, one of the remotest parts of the archipelago When the ship carrying the French sailor François Pyrard hit a reef in the Maldives in the middle of the night in 1602, the crew believed their game was up.

‘Taxis should give unaccompanied women priority’

scotsman.com — WOMEN travelling home alone from a night out should be given priority treatment by taxi drivers, an MSP has advised. Edinburgh MSP Colin Keir said some drivers will "chance their luck" and pose as a private hire car to pick up passengers.
Dec 21, 2014

Should unaccompanied women be given priority for taxis at night? A member of the Scottish Parliament thinks so scotsman.com/news/transport…

Elton John and David Furnish officially wed

scotsman.com — SIR Elton John and David Furnish have officially got married - exactly nine years after they tied the knot in a civil partnership ceremony. The veteran musician married his partner today at their Windsor estate and a number of stars were expected to attend the celebrations, a spokesman has confirmed.
Dec 21, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish have officially married in a ceremony today bit.ly/1zkxXyV pic.twitter.com/iCLHxIWoz0

Theatre review: Night Before Christmas - Edinburgh

scotsman.com — THERE'S a cosy back room in a famous Leith pub, there's cake, there's laughter, and there's a chance to experience an evening of live script-in-hand performance, created by some of Scotland's brightest young writers and actors.

Theatre review: Cinderella - SECC, Glasgow

scotsman.com — IT'S big, it's brash and sometimes it's just very, very naughty; it's also well within the great Glasgow panto tradition, and likely to be the last Christmas show for a while featuring both John Barrowman and The Krankies, as Barrowman takes a panto break.
Dec 21, 2014

Yesterday's @scotsman_arts theatre reviews: Cinderella with John Barrowman and The Krankies at the SSEC, Glasgow... scotsman.com/what-s-on/thea…

Theatre review: Hare & Tortoise - Edinburgh

Fiction: Skating by Alexander McCall Smith

scotsman.com — A SEASONAL story of reconciliation by Alexander McCall Smith It's far better this year," he said. "Far better ..." She looked up from the magazine she was paging through. "What's far better?" He had one of the cards in his hand, and now he held it up to show her.

Five things we learned from films in 2014

scotsman.com — A WISE man once said "all of life's riddles are answered in the movies." Here are five things we learned in 2014. By Alistair Harkness 1. Scarlett Johansson rules "Where's the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie?" asked Jessica Chastain midway through 2014. It was a good question.