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Top theatres tell of dismay after losing funding — LEADING Scottish theatre groups have expressed dismay after losing out on funding in the wake of a long-awaited Creative Scotland shake-up. Two of the nation's best-known performing arts venues - the Traverse and Royal Lyceum in Edinburgh - were singled out for significant cuts by the ­national funding organisation.
Oct 31, 2014

Oy, @MrDCJackson, stop writing “unhappy sounding” plays so we can get potholes fixed. See comments: @lyceumtheatre

Oct 31, 2014

Dismay from leading theatre companies as they fall victims to @CreativeScots cuts, despite rise in funding budget:…

Anas Sarwar quits as Scottish Labour deputy leader — ANAS Sarwar has quit his post as deputy leader of the Scottish Labour Party. The MP for Glasgow Central told guests at a fundraising dinner in Glasgow, attended by Labour leader Ed Miliband, that he was standing down to allow the new leadership team to be 'focused on the Scottish Parliament'.

National Museum of Scotland’s ‘Halloween’ exhibits — The Scotsman spoke to George Dalgleish, keeper at the National Museum of Scotland's Scottish History and Archaeology department, about some of the museum's more spooky exhibits. Arthur's Seat Coffins In June 1836, 17 concealed miniature coffins were discovered by a group of schoolboys in a cave on Arthur's Seat.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @NtlMuseumsScot: George Dalgleish, our keeper of Scottish History and Archaeology, discussing some of our spooky exhibits @TheScotsman

John Curtice: Scottish Labour on edge of black hole — FOR weeks now, there has been a widely held suspicion that the SNP was enjoying a post-referendum surge. The party's membership has swollen from just over 25,000 to above 80,000. But what was missing was clear evidence from a Scotland-only poll that the SNP had surged ahead of Labour.

Plans to develop Prestwick Airport unveiled — STRUGGLING Prestwick Airport aims to become a "strategic anchor for economic growth" according to the Scottish Government's long-awaited development blueprint published today. The 53-page report was based on recommendations from a specialist adviser drafted in to reverse the Ayrshire airport's ailing fortunes after ministers saved it from closure last year .
Oct 31, 2014

RT @TheScotsman: Prestwick Airport aims to become a “strategic anchor for economic growth” according to a new government blueprint

John McTernan: Jim Murphy is a proven winner — HIS battles for Scotland in Westminster make the Eastwood MP the strongest candidate to lead Scottish Labour to victory, says John McTernan. Ladies and gentleman, Jim Murphy has entered the building. The long-anticipated moment has arrived - a hugely experienced and talented Scottish politician has decided that his future lies in the Scottish Parliament, not the House of Commons.

Police ‘revolutionise’ approach to missing persons — POLICE have "revolutionised" their approach to missing person inquiries as part of their crackdown on child sexual abuse, the chief constable has claimed. Sir Stephen House told a meeting of the Scottish Police Authority that his force was keen to identify missing person "hotspots" around the country, with vulnerable young people often among the most likely to disappear.
Oct 31, 2014

Missing person inquiries "revolutionised" to help tackle child abuse, chief constable says…

Death-row Scot ‘may be transferred to UK jail’ — THE governor of Punjab has said "all necessary measures" are being taken to guarantee the safety of a mentally ill Scot on death row, and raised the possibility of a prison transfer to the UK. Mohammad Asghar, from Edinburgh, was jailed for blasphemy earlier this year and is recovering in hospital after being shot by a prison guard.
Oct 31, 2014

Punjab governor says "all necessary measures" being taken to protect death row Scot Mohammad Asghar…

Tony Grew - The Scotsman — Editor of Pink News, the campaigning newspaper, says gay men make excellent adoptive parents, following criticism of Edinburgh City Council's plans to allow a brother and sister to be adopted by a gay couple. Are children who are adopted by gay men being deprived of a female role model?
Oct 30, 2014

Mate of mine just emailed me this:… five years later I stand by every word! :)

Labour face near wipe out in next General Election — THE Labour party in Scotland faces near annihilation in the next general election, according to the latest Ipsos Mori poll. The survey, carried out for STV, puts Labour's share of the vote at 23% with the SNP on 52%, the Scottish Conservatives on 10%, Scottish Liberal Democrats 6%, Scottish Green Party 6%, Ukip 2% and 1% support for others.
Oct 30, 2014

RT @scotsmannews: Labour face near wipe out in next General Election: THE Labour party in Scotland faces near annihilation in th...

Oct 30, 2014

Labour face near wipe out in Scotland according to new General Election voting poll

Teletubby charged after stealing Chinese takeaway — A MAN dressed as Laa Laa, the yellow Teletubby, is facing charges after allegedly breaking into a Pennsylvania house and stealing Chinese food. The 20-year-old man, identified as Terez S. Owens Jr., reportedly broke into a friend's house in Bethlehem around 2 o'clock on Sunday morning, damaging a door and stealing Chinese takeaway from the fridge, which he hid in a 'man purse' before leaving the property.

Roy Lichtenstein works to go on show in Edinburgh — WORKS by American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein are to go on show in Edinburgh as part of the "Artist Rooms on Tour" 2015 exhibition which takes major art out to venues across Britain. The paintings by Lichtenstein, famous for using comic-style art to parody a range of subjects, will be displayed at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (SNGMA).

Peter Ross: Why we should protect the trees rooted in ancient history — WHEN it comes to trees, the rules of celebrity are reversed. We feel no fascination for slender striplings, the arboreal equivalents of Holly Willoughby and Ashlee Simpson that haven't lived long enough to be truly interesting; we don't admire their shallow beauty.
Oct 30, 2014

Raiders Of The Lost Bark: In celebration of tonight's Scottish Tree Of The Year bash, my piece on our ancient trees.

Andy Murray through to London ATP Finals — Andy Murray secured his place at next month's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London with a highly impressive victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters.

Edinburgh Airport trials Ebola emergency response — EDINBURGH Airport staged a training exercise today to test procedures for dealing with passengers with symptoms of Ebola. Glasgow Airport is due to hold a similar event tomorrow. Some 80 people took part, including from airlines, police, ambulance, Scottish Government and the Home Office.

Gone are the murderous days of Burke and Hare but medical science still relies on cadavers donated for doctor training — A world away from the grotesque horror of fiction, the tenderness behind work at Edinburgh University Medical School is in fact life-affirming stuff
Oct 30, 2014

RT @humanisto: Ever thought about donating your body to medical science? Oldie but goodie from @PeterAlanRoss…

Young Fathers on conquering their demons — Edinburgh-based trio Young Fathers are finally living up to their billing as the next big thing in hip-hop SITTING with Young Fathers in their basement studio in Leith, it is clear there is nothing wrong with their equipment. Many musical ideas have been spawned in this space. We are on fertile breeding ground.

Aberdeen Airport to introduce drop-off charges — DRIVERS dropping off passengers at Aberdeen Airport will be charged £1 from January, four years after Edinburgh introduced the levy, it announced today. The airport, which is Scotland's third busiest with 3.7 million passengers a year, said the move was "an attempt to tackle local congestion and safety concerns".

Winner of Scots mountain photograph competition — A photo of Scotland's Ben Lui has won the 2014 UK Mountain Photo of the Year award. The picture by Ross Campbell, 27, a mechanical engineering student at the University of Glasgow, was the runaway winner of the competition run by Trail magazine. Mr Campbell, 27, took the photo on his first wild solo camping trip.