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Global festivals celebration to mark Edinburgh Fringe's 70th birthday

A global celebration of festivals is to be staged for 24 hours in the run-up to the 70th anniversary Edinburgh Fringe - in a bit to emulate the worldwide buzz generated by St Patrick’s Day and Burns Night.
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The 18th at the Old Course in St Andrews has been named the nation's favourite golf hole.

Scotland's greatest golf holes revealed

It provides one of the world's most famous sporting backdrops and has played host to some of the historic game's most thrilling encounters.
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Philanthropist Garreth Wood opens the newest Boozy Cow in Dundee. Picture: Alan Richardson

Charity restaurant Boozy Cow makes moo-ves into Dundee

GENEROUS restaurant group that donates all its profits to good causes has opened its fourth venue and increased the number of charities it is supporting.

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Rob Woodward is leaving STV after ten years in charge 'to pursue fresh challenges'. Picture: John Devlin

STV boss Rob Woodward quits after new channel launch

The chief executive of broadcaster STV has announced he is standing down the day after the group launched its new channel, STV2.

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Goals stressed there was no certainty that a deal with Powerleague would go ahead. Picture: Contributed

Goals confirms merger talks with rival Powerleague

Five-a-side football operator Goals Soccer Centres today confirmed it was in early-stage talks over a possible merger with rival Powerleague.

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T in the Park boss Geoff Ellis says fans are no longer happy to "rough it" at music festivals.

T in the Park chief: music festivals have changed forever

For more than two decades it was a fixture of the summer calendar, with tens of thousands of Scots flocking to the nation’s biggest live music event.
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Andrew Hall, left, MD of Jasmine, and Danny Cowie, boss of parent group Jasmine Holdings, hailed the deals. Picture: Contributed

Rebranded Aberdeen comms firm seals duo of deals

An Aberdeen communications company which is finalising its rebrand today revealed its acquisition of two North-east printing businesses in a six-figure deal amid plans for further growth.

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Tourism is the lifeblood of Edinburgh. Picture: Jane Barlow

Brian Ferguson: tourism is vital to Edinburgh’s economy

On a sunny spring afternoon all appeared oddly quiet in the streets of Edinburgh’s New Town. Only a handful of weekend shoppers and tourists were wandering around on the historic thoroughfares leading downhill from the throngs on Princes Street and George Street.

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Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps tees off during the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships at the Old Course, St Andrews, in 2012. Picture: Jane Barlow/TSPL

Value of golf tourism to Scotland soars by 30 per cent

Overseas visitors driven by a long-held ambition to play on a course in the country they regard as the “home of golf” have helped boost the economic value of golf tourism in Scotland by 30 per cent over the past decade.

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The tourist industry is worth billions to Scotland. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Richard Mayne: Tourism sector needs smarter training

Whether influenced by geopolitical uncertainty or ­recognition of the long-term business value in effectively managing a talent pipeline, many in Scotland’s hospitality sector are keenly aware of the need to train and retain key staff.

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Brian Limond, creator of the hit BBC Scotland series Limmys Show, will release his second book of short stories next month. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Interview: Limmy reveals how coding skills made him famous

The creator of the hit BBC Scotland series Limmy’s Show followed an unconventional route to stardom, writes Chris McCall

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The Owners'  Room at Prestonfield House is sumptuous

8 of Scotland’s most luxurious suites

There’s no shortage of world-class hotels in Scotland, from historical castles, country houses and boutique boltholes all which offer sumptuous suites.

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The extension to Dunfermline's Carnegie Library houses a gallery, museum and exhibition space. Picture: Contributed

Dunfermline’s Carnegie Library named building of the year

A multi-million pound extension to the world’s first Carnegie Library in Dunfermline has been named building of the year in a prestigious architectural competition.

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Higher costs for screening English Premier League games dragged on Sky's profits. Picture: David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Sky profits hit by rising English Premier League bill

Sky has said rising costs from screening English Premier League football and a “weaker UK advertising market” has dragged on profits.

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Telly Savalas was hired to promote Aberdeen to the world when he was at the height of his Kojak fame. PIC: Wiki Commons.

When Kojak actor Telly Savalas was the voice of Aberdeen

Telly Savalas was at the height of his Kojak fame when he was snapped up as the voice of a new commercial to promote the Granite City to the world.

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Merlin is opening its eighth Legoland in Japan as part of its expansion spree. Picture: Contributed

Merlin casts its theme park spell further overseas

Merlin Entertainments, owner of visitor attraction centres including the UK’s Alton Towers, has announced a flurry of new international openings for this month.

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Remote areas of Scotland, such as the River Carron in Wester Ross, are increasingly at risk from increased tourism, a campaigner has warned. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Iconic Highland views being ‘trampled by herds of tourists’

The Scottish Highlands are being destroyed by hordes of tourists whose desire to capture stunning scenery on camera is damaging the environment they want to see, a leading landscape photographer has warned.

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Gambling of any kind is addictive, whether it be slot machines, horse racing or the roll of a ball in a casino, but fixed odds betting terminals have been dubbed the crack cocaine of the industry.

Jane Bradley: Gambling can be a terminal problem

The betting industry should learn to live without its addictive and lucrative fixed odds machines says Jane Bradley

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Leith Depot was opened by Pete Mason, Julie Carty and Patrick Kavanagh in November 2015.

Axe hangs over Leith Depot music venue after just 18 months

Another live music venue in Edinburgh is facing the axe - over demolition plans by the owner of the building.

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