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We are getting used to a new – and much reduced – timetable on Scot Rail, our rail service. And this just two months after it was “nationalised.” The number of services has been...

Scotland’s fly fishing ladies fourth in the Home International at the Lake of Menteith

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Scotland's ladies fly fishing team failed to capitalise on home advantage when they finished fourth in the Home International at the Lake of Menteith near Stirling.The 12-strong team totalled 22 fish with Ireland third on...

Four nations test for Scottish Hockey men at Uddingston

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A men’s 4-Nations tournament featuring Scotland, Ireland, Wales and USA will be held at Uddingston on 29 June to 3 July as a test event ahead of the men’s EuroHockey qualifiers, also at Uddingston,...

Coach Duncan praises squad after Scotland sweep two-game series against Wales

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Sarah Robertson (pictured) claimed a glory double as Scotland women defeated Wales 2-0 in Altrincham to secure their second series victory in a week.They also beat Wales, ranked No 23 in the world, five...

Rugby – Edinburgh v Pau and Scotland Women v France Women

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Two big games over the weekend were on the cards as first Edinburgh and then Scotland Women played vital matches in their respective tournaments against French opponents.Edinburgh were up first on Friday in the...
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Letter from Scotland

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The world-wide rise in gas prices, and the horror of importing gas from Putin’s Russia, has re-ignited the debate in Scotland over our energy supplies. Compared with most other countries, we are blessed with our...

Letter from Scotland

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The Scottish Parliament not only flies the Ukrainian flag, it is constantly condemning Putin’s invasion and expressing its support for the Ukrainian people.  The government has added £2million to the £10million already donated to...

Letter from Scotland

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There is nothing much else to talk about this week except the war in Ukraine. The horrors grow worse by the day.  I feel guilty just looking on, as cities are destroyed and people...

Letter from Scotland

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We woke on Thursday morning to the sleet and snow at the tailend of Storm Franklin and to the news that war had broken out in Europe again. There is a small Ukrainian community...

Letter from Scotland

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Storm Dudley blew in on Wednesday afternoon, as predicted by our new climate change weather schedule. It was the third storm of the winter – with another due as I write, apparently with the south...

Letter from Scotland

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As our schools reach the half-term break, it’s a good time to reflect on how hard the royal road to learning has been in the last two years.  Around half of Scotland’s 307,000 secondary...

Letter from Scotland

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Perhaps because we’ve got so much of it, we Scots have been slow to realise that the price of energy has to rise.  So it has come as a shock to us to learn...

Letter from Scotland

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This week I had my home fitted with two smoke alarms and a heat alarm, all interlinked.  I was only just in time to comply with a new law in Scotland requiring all homes...

Letter from Scotland

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Where does Scotland stand at the beginning of census year 2022? We have come a long way since King Angus looked up into the sky before the battle at Athelstaneford in 832 and saw...

Letter from Scotland

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Who would have thought we would be entering another year riding out a fourth wave of Covid?  And each wave seems bigger than the last, simply because we are getting tired and the damage...

Scotland enjoy double success

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Coach Iain Strachan believes that edging Ireland 2-1 in the women's indoor mini-series was a real bonus.The Dundee-based playcaller used three different systems and experimented during the three games in Antrim this week.And this,...

Coronavirus – First Minister addresses the nation

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Earlier on Tuesday evening the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, addressed the nation following an earlier statement to MSPs at The Scottish Parliament.https://twitter.com/scotgov/status/1470849260258213897?s=20This is what the First Minister said:The last two years have...

Letter from Scotland

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We’ve been mining coal since the 13th century and, without realising it till recently, polluting the planet with its noxious fumes.But on Thursday morning, we finally left the Age of Coal behind us.  The...

Letter from Scotland

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We’ve had the first storm of the winter, Storm Arwen.A week later, we are still recovering from its 90mph battering.  In the North East and the Borders, electricity and water supplies were cut...
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Coronavirus -omicron variant identified in Scotland

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The Covid-19 omicron variant has been identified in Scotland with four cases in Lanarkshire and two others in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area.The government announced that Public Health Scotland and local health protection...

Letter from Scotland

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Now that the world leaders have jetted home from the climate conference in Glasgow, we are being left to pick up the pieces.The 6,000 pieces of IKEA furniture have been taken away for...

Letter from Scotland

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As I stood watching the Armistice Day service at the Scott Monument in Edinburgh on Thursday, I tried to imagine the sense of utter despair there must be when a world war has finally...

Letter from Scotland

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Halloween is a time of scary surprises. And as I wandered through my local woods scary visions of the future emerged from the fallen leaves. Floods and fires, and my old English teacher reciting...

Invitation to dress up for Scotland’s biggest ever Hallowe’en party

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BT Murrayfield is warming up to host Scotland’s biggest ever Hallowe’en Party – and everybody’s invited.Fans will be able to watch the national men’s team live in a home international for the first time...

Letter from Scotland

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Although autumn is a season in itself, it’s also a time of transition from the highs of summer to the depths of winter.  And there’s been much talk of transition this week. Transition out...

Letter from Scotland

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The last time Scotland played host to a gathering of world leaders, 200,000 of us turned out to insist that they fulfil their promise to “Make poverty history.”That was at the G8 summit...

We’ve got McGinn, Super Paul McGinn

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Twelve years after making his debut for Queen’s Park and then plying his trade in the lower divisions with St Mirren, Dumbarton, Dundee, Chesterfield and Partick Thistle, Paul McGinn has been capped for Scotland.The...

Letter from Scotland

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On a walk over the Eildon Hills in the Borders last week, I came across a smart modern memorial to a very old poet, Thomas the Rhymer (1220-1298). Tom was not just a poet,...

Letter from Scotland

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We have been given another reminder this week that our grand western civilisation is really quite precarious. And isn’t it ironic that all our woes are so intertwined?Gas and electricity prices rise, causing...

Coronavirus – drop in clinics for 12 to 15 year-olds open

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Young people aged 12 to 15 will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine at drop-in clinics across Lothian from Monday.Mass clinics are set up in West Lothian, Midlothian and Edinburgh and will open...

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