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Martyn McLaughlin: Dubai yet to make good on promises for a queen now in exile

Half a century after the launch of the QE2, the ocean liner faces an uncertain future, writes Martyn McLaughlin

Pocahontas wearing a string of Luckenbooth-style brooches around her collar

The Scottish roots of a prized Native American decoration

They were gifted by Scots as a love token or sometimes pinned to petticoats by the superstitious to ward off witches.

Balla Bherlin ga leagadh an 1989: dh'fheuch an teaghlach Schmidt ri teicheadh mun deach a thogail

Nobhailean taobh muigh na h-imire: eachdraidh ’s an còrr dhen t-saoghal

Tha mi a’ cur fàilte shònraichte air dà leabhar, An Creanaiche agus An Uinneag don Iar, a chionn ’s gu bheil iad taobh a-muigh na h-imire a tha a’ mhórchuid de nobhailean Gàidhlig a’ treabhadh, se sin, Gàidhealtachd agus Galldachd an latha an-diugh. “Dé mu dheidhinn eachdraidh?” bidh mi a’ faighneachd. Agus: “Dé mu dheidhinn a’ chòrr dhen t-saoghal?”

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The ruins of Lennox Castle Hospital hide a sad and traumatic history. Picture: Ron Shephard/Wikimedia Commons

The sad secrets of Glasgow’s abandoned mental hospital

Hidden away in a secluded rural spot north of Glasgow, Lennox Castle Hospital is an abandoned building with a very interesting history.

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Refurbished New Cumnock open air swimming pool is attracting thousands of visitors. Picture: Contributed

New Cumnock’s revamped open air pool attracts record numbers

One of Scotland’s last remaining open air swimming pools has attracted a record number of visitors after undergoing a major refurbishment.

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Video: Flying Scotsman struggles to climb hill

The world’s most famous railway locomotive required a helping hand to climb a hill following a period of wet weather.

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Calum Peutan a Staoinibrig a' cluich aig banais ann an Ile

Guthan - agus ceòl - a’ tighinn beò tro theigneòlas an latha an-diugh

Tha e annasach an cumhachd a th’ ann an guthan agus ann an ceòl. Agus tha e air leth inntinneach a bhith a’ cur beagan eòlais air na daoine air cùl nan clàran.

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Artists impression of new distillery. Picture: Annie Kenyon Architects Ltd.

£5m Speyside distillery to celebrate illicit whisky history

Work is expected to start next year on a new Speyside distillery which uses historical methods of distilling and bottling, after plans were approved by the Moray Council this week.

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Joan Eardley  after her election to the Royal Scottish Academy in 1963.

12 inspirational Scots commemorated with plaques across nation

The artist Joan Eardley is to be commemorated with a plaque on the cottage in Aberdeenshire where she spent her final years.

The cottage near Tomintoul where Toplis was spotted by gamekeeper, Percy Toplis and the bullet he used to shoot PC George Greig.

Highland hideout of Britain’s one-time most wanted man

He was a blagger, a dandy, an army deserter and a murderer. Percy Toplis also became Britain’s most wanted man after he shot dead a taxi driver in Kent in April 1920 with the former First World War soldier retreating to the far north of Scotland to evade capture in one of the most sensational cases of the 1920s.


A brief history of the Forth Bridges

The newest addition to the Forth Estuary, the Queensferry Crossing bridge, is set to open on 30 August 2017.

Mechanics servicing the engines of a Short Stirling heavy bomber, World War II, circa 1943. Picture: Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Wreckage of Second World War bomber found in North Sea

Wreckage of a British Second World War aircraft which assisted efforts to drive the Nazis out of Norway is thought to have been discovered in the North Sea.

The TS Queen Mary has found a permanent home on the Clyde. Picture: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Historic TS Queen Mary finds permanent home on the Clyde

Historic Scottish steamship the TS Queen Mary is to be berthed permanently on the Clyde.

Glasgow & Strathclyde
The Waverley crashed into Rothesay Pier. Picture: Matt Cardy/Getty Images

Waverley paddle steamer crashes into pier with passengers on board

The world’s last remaining sea-going paddle steamer suffered minor damage after striking a pier at Rothesay.


Video: Singing Psychic gives chart-topping Edinburgh history lesson

One eccentric psychic is letting her powers loose on the streets of Edinburgh during this year’s Festival Fringe.

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Transport Scotland of Transport Minister, Humza Yousaf unveiling a plaque to commemorate the awarding of World Heritage Status to the Forth Bridge. Picture: Peter Devlin/Transport Scotland/PA Wire

Minister hails status of bridge ‘nobody can hold a candle to’

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has claimed “nobody can hold a candle” to Scotland’s bridges after unveiling a plaque commemorating the Forth Bridge’s world heritage status.

Queensferry Crossing bridge. Picture: Greg Macvean

Leader comment: The greatest Forth crossing

Scotland is good at bridges – and the bridges over the Firth of Forth are among the greatest of all. The new Queensferry Crossing is not just an economic lifeline but a graceful and elegant tribute to Scottish bridge engineering.


Edinburgh World Heritage backs bid to stretch out festivals

The body responsible for protecting Edinburgh’s world heritage site has thrown its weight behind the idea of the city’s festivals being spread out – weeks after it warned the city is at risk of being over-run with tourists.

When public sex was a part of bathtime

When public sex was a part of bathtime

British bathing habits were brought to you by the Italians, Muslims and the mucky-pups who worked up a froth down the stews.

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