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Obituary: PD James (Lady James of Holland Park), author — Born: 3 August, 1920, in Oxford. Died: 27 August, 2014, in Oxford, aged 94 P D James (Lady James of Holland Park), who has died at the age of 94, was the doyenne of English crime novelists. Her work bridges the "Golden Age" of detective or mystery fiction and the modern crime novel which at its best is a social novel also.

Black Friday: Tesco shuts stores as shoppers clash — POLICE had to be called to manage crowds in supermarkets as hundreds of customers flocked to midnight sales on Black Friday. Tesco at Silverburn in Glasgow was closed for a period as people clashed over discounted goods. Sarah Coubrough wrote on Twitter: "Silverburn shut cos shoppers going mental with the sales.
Nov 28, 2014

Tesco forced to shut stores in Glasgow and Dundee after shoppers clash at #BlackFriday midnight sales:

Arthur Montford, the man who lit up Sundays — Archie Macpherson pays tribute to 'immensely popular' fellow presenter, writes Alan Pattullo Sunday football now tends to mean wall-to-wall coverage. The ugly phrase "Super Sunday" has entered the lexicon thanks to Sky, whooshing into the football dictionary.

Francis Crawford tops best Scots character poll — DEVOTEES of Dorothy Dunnett, the late historical novelist, have voted the star of her acclaimed novel series into top place in a poll to find Scotland's favourite literary character.
Nov 28, 2014

Who's have thought Harry Potter would be gubbed by Katie Morag in a poll to find Scotland's best literary character?…

Nov 28, 2014

OK, hands up who's heard of Francis Crawford of Lymond, the newly-crowned best Scottish literary character ever?…

Nov 28, 2014

Who's beaten Begbie, Rebus, Brodie, Holmes & Potter to be named Scotland's greatest literary character then?

Craig Whyte set to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court — FORMER Rangers owner Craig Whyte is expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court today following his detention by police in Mexico. An arrest warrant was issued a fortnight ago for the 43-year-old in connection with an investigation into the sale of Rangers Football Club in 2011.

Distiller creates pro-independence ‘45’ whisky — A DISTILLERY in Campbeltown has launched a new limited-release premium blended Scotch Whisky inspired by the number of voters who backed independence in September. The Spirit of Freedom 45, made by Springbank Distillers, is a blend of the same number of different whiskies and has been bottled at 45 per cent ABV.

Joyce McMillan: Sweeping powers? Give us a break — Never mind all those claims that the Smith Commission has delivered devo-max. It's not even close, says Joyce McMillan THURSDAY lunchtime, and I turn on the radio to find out how the British body politic is responding to the report of the Smith Commission into further devolution for Scotland, published four hours earlier.
Nov 27, 2014

Today's @TheScotsman column: Smith Commission proposals are far from sweeping, but W'mster responds as if they were..…

Top Scots honoured at Spirit of Scotland awards — Last night actor James McAvoy, singer Paolo Nutini, artist John Byrne and broadcaster Sally Magnusson joined the ranks of the winners of Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards. This year's winners were honoured at a ceremony at Edinburgh's Prestonfield hotel.

Leader: Smith steers UK towards decentralisation — Has the "vow" made to the Scottish people by the three UK party leaders - David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg - been delivered by the Smith Commission? In our view, there is no doubt that it has.

PM plans to stop Scots MPs voting on income tax — PRIME Minister David Cameron wants to use the new devolution powers proposed for Scotland to prevent Scottish MPs from voting on income tax in the Commons, his spokesman has confirmed. In a major rift in the Smith Commission consensus, a Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister wants to apply English votes for English laws to the complete devolution of income tax.
Nov 27, 2014

Whatever Smith Commission has agreed PM has made it clear it is a weapon for excluding Scottish MPs…

Nov 27, 2014

David Cameron planning on using new devolution powers to prevent Scots MPs from voting on income tax in the Commons:

Smith Commission announces new Parliament powers — THE Scottish Parliament should be given the power to set income tax rates and bands, along with new controls over welfare, the Smith Commission on further devolution today recommended. Holyrood should also be given new powers over air passenger duty (APD) and a share of VAT revenues, according to the Commission which was established after the independence referendum.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @ScottMacnab: Holyrood should be handed major new powers over income tax and welfare - Smith Commission. Swinney says not enough…

Faster journeys for new east coast rail franchise — FASTER journeys between Scotland and London and the first new trains for up to 30 years will form part of the next east coast rail franchise, which French consortium Eurostar/Keolis is expected to win tomorrow. The move came as Scottish Labour leadership candidate Neil Findlay joined those condemning the UK Government for re-privatising the service, which has been state run for five years.

Scottish Flashback: Prince’s International Circus — PRINCE'S International Circus and Carnival came arrived in Edinburgh in late 1951. Lasting from December 15 to January 26, 1952 some of the circus arrived by train - as shown in this picture with two elephants cavorting in Market Street, behind the station.

Scottish fact of the day: Northern Lighthouse Board — THE Northern Lighthouse Board (NLB) has overseen coastal negotiation in Scotland and the Isle of Man for over two centuries, and is responsible for some of Scotland's most impressive feats of 19th century engineering. Established in 1786, the NLB was originally tasked with the construction of just four lighthouses: Kinnaird Head, North Ronaldsay, Scalpay and Mull of Kintyre.

Football legend Pelé ‘in intensive care’ — BRAZIL football legend Pelé is in intensive care in a Sao Paulo hospital, according to reports. Pelé, born Edson Arantes do Nascimento in Tres Coracoes, was admitted to the hospital's Albert Einstein clinic on Monday, with an infection of the urinary tract.

Virgin, Stagecoach land east coast rail franchise — VIRGIN and Stagecoach were today awarded the franchise to run Scotland-London trains on the east coast main line, scotching widespread speculation the French Eurostar/Keolis consortium had been successful. It comes as a final victory to the companies which had repeatedly bid for the franchise since it was first privatised in 1996.

Green energy is Scotland’s leading source of power — Green energy has overtaken nuclear for the first time to become Scotland's number one source of power, according to new UK government figures. Climate campaigners yesterday welcomed the figures, saying they mark a "crucial tipping point" and signal the "beginning of the end" for fossil fuels and nuclear power.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Green energy has overtaken nuclear to become Scotland’s number one source of power

Duncan McEwan: Russell Brand wrong about young voters — Russell Brand's outspoken political stance is apparently similar to 66% of those aged 18 to 24, who also decided not to vote in the 2010 general election. This staggeringly poor figure puts Britain well behind our European counterparts. A recent YouGov poll stated that 42% of young people support Brand, compared to only 13% of those over 50.
Nov 27, 2014

Edinburgh pupil Duncan McEwan examines Russell Brand's advice to young voters to abstain

Black Isle seal pup recovering after rescue — A seal pup rescued from a Black Isle beach is recovering well at a Scottish SPCA centre. The five-week-old grey seal was found weak and dehydrated on Rosemarkie Beach, with an injury to her tail fin. Animal Rescue Officer Clare Anderson added: "Rose, as we named her, was in a bad way when we found her.
Nov 27, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Seal pup found 'weak & dehydrated' on Black Isle beach making good recovery says @ScottishSPCA http…