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US links to exiled 17th Century Scots soldiers revealed

The US ancestors of dozens of 17th Century Scottish soldiers who were exiled following one of Scotland’s most brutal battles have been informed about their long lost family members.

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The post-nose job statue of Cilla Black is revealed in Liverpool. Picture: Getty Images

Cilla Black statue unveiled at Liverpool’s Cavern Club

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool.

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At a fraction of the �750m cost of the new concert hall in Hamburg, Leith Theatre could be brought back to life and rekindle its key role in Edinburghs music scene. Picture: Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Why I’d love to see a favourite venue rock again

Hamburg may now boast a sexy new concert hall but Aidan Smith yearns for Leith Theatre to be re-born

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Nordic ski-ing.

The growing popularity of Nordic cross-country ski-ing

NORDIC skiing, also known as cross-country skiing, is a sport growing in popularity in Scotland.

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Is a child losing a favourite toy really national news?

Jane Bradley: Lost toy? Oh dear, never mind

When I was seven, my teddy disappeared. He wasn’t anything special, a smallish, mid-brown, soft bodied, run-of-the-mill sort of bear, but I’d had him since I was born and I loved him.

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The new Skara Brae stamp which marks the Orkney prehistoric site. PIC Contributed.

Ancient Orkney site of Skara Brae to feature on new stamp

The prehistoric village of Skara Brae on Orkney that was inhabited more than 4,000 years ago is to feature in a new series of Royal Mail stamps.

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The Old College Bar is thought to be the oldest pub in Glasgow. Picture: Wikicommons

Glasgow’s oldest pub threatened with demolition

It is one of the last visual reminders of Glasgow’s ancient past and a time when the High Street was the bustling heart of the city.

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Capacity crowds should be a cause for celebration, writes Brian. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Brian Ferguson: It’s not the time for Council cuts to Hogmanay funding

Only a few years ago the waning popularity of Edinburgh’s Hogmanay was a serious concern for Council leaders, now is not the time to cut funding, writes Brian Ferguson.

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Scottish writer Irvine Welsh. (Photo by Ulf Andersen/Getty Images)

Irvine Welsh: ‘Leith is yang to stuffy Edinburgh’s yin’

Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has described the Leith district as the “yang to stuffy, bourgeois Edinburgh’s yin.”

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Sofitel Macau, in the heart of the Asian Vegast Photograph: Getty

Take a gamble on the other side of Macau

There’s more to this former Portuguese colony than gaming

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Cave Castle Hotel near Hull, East Yorkshire

Do Not Disturb: Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club, Brough, East Yorkshire

A city coming out of the shadows” as it was described when it was declared UK City of Culture 2017, Hull is hoping to experience an upsurge in visitors over the next 12 months. It certainly deserves to. The port of Kingston Upon Hull, to give it its Sunday name, on the north bank of the Humber in East Yorkshire, has a fascinating history, is well endowed with theatres and museums and has a vibrant nightlife. What it lacks though – and it is hastily playing catch-up – is quality hotels suitable for couples and families seeking a city break with a difference. Which is where Cave Castle Hotel and Country Club comes in. This Victorian manor house set amid 150 acres of the Yorkshire Wolds has been refurbished and extended to provide 70 bedrooms, as well as a golf course, spa and restaurant. And it is just a 25-minute drive from the nascent City of Culture itself.

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Blue Aeroplanes

Music review: The Blue Aeroplanes

“This is not a nostalgia exercise,” glowered Gerard Langley. As far as we could tell he was glowering behind the sunglasses he wore throughout, a lone Blues Brother powered by mordant English wit and the propulsive affection of late ‘80s/early ‘90s indie fans for whom The Blue Aeroplanes’ personal impact was in inverse proportion to their lack of fame.

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Martyn Brabbins

Music review: BBC SSO: The Last Supper

Harrison Birtwistle’s “dramatic tableaux” The Last Supper is a curious and engaging concoction of anomalies. The subject itself, a reunion of its original guests some two millennia on, with review of the Christian project on the agenda under chairman Christ, smacks of Hollywood fantasy sequel.

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Llyr Williams

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra / Alexander Janiczek / Llyr Williams

I love self-sufficiency in an orchestra – where the body corporate dispenses with conductor and self-governs in a dynamically intimate way that is chamber music writ large. It’s what the SCO does extremely well, even when working semi-automatically with soloist/directors.

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Carly Connor  PIC: Robert Perry

Music review: King Tut’s New Year Revolution

New year, new faces. The budding A&R man or confirmed starmaker could do worse than dip into the King Tut’s New Year Revolution, their annual January run of local band bills, offering four upcoming acts, a DJ and an aftershow gig in the bar each night as a shrewd way of showcasing new talent and getting the venue full of music-loving locals at a quiet time of year (at least until Celtic Connections kicks off).

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(L-R) Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Amber McMahon, and Arielle Gray in Picnic at Hanging Rock

Theatre Review: Picnic at Hanging Rock

It’s only 85 minutes long, its visual style is deliberately austere, and its cast consists only of five young women dressed in contemporary school uniforms of the most traditional kind. Yet the Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne’s stage version of Picnic At Hanging Rock – co-produced by Black Swan Theatre of Perth – begins the Lyceum’s spring season with an explosion of theatrical power as fierce as it is contemplative, and so original that no-one who sees it is likely to forget it.

There’s never any sense, here, that the whole story of Joan Lindsay’s great 1967 novel will be “acted out”. Instead, in Tom Wright’s adaptation and Matthew Lutton’s production, we see five schoolgirls who exist both now, and in 1900, and at any time between, standing on a deep blue stage – almost bare, but strangely angled – retelling this great Australian myth, the story of three girls and a schoolmistress who disappear completely during a picnic at the ancient aboriginal site of Hanging Rock, on Valentine’s Day 1900.

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Natalie Portman Picture: Buckner/Variety/REX/Shutterstock (7689200aj)

Interview: Natalie Portman on making her new film, Jackie

Natalie Portman gives the performance of her life in biopic Jackie, which focuses on the immediate aftermath of the assassination of JFK. Jackie emerges as a powerful champion for her late husband’s legacy, while struck down by her own grief. Janet Christie hears more

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Still from a cine film of Bothwellhaugh, the village that now lies beneath the loch of Strathclyde Country Park, Lanarkshire. The film was made by Joe Griffiths and has been restored by the Scottish Film and Television Archive.

The former mining village submerged under Strathclyde Loch

A legacy of Scotland’s rich industrial past, Bothwellhaugh in the Clyde Valley was once a thriving mining village which now lies under water.

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Trainspotting 2 is out in January. Picture; PA

Blue Monday: 20 reasons to be cheerful on year’s most depressing day

HOLIDAYS are over and it’s back to work with expanded waistlines and shrunken bank balances.

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