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Star Wars favourite Ian McDiarmid to play Enoch Powell on stage in Scotland

He is known to millions of movie fans as the man behind the villainous Emperor Palpatine in the Star Wars blockbusters.

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44 Scotland Street: The slush pile

44 Scotland Street: The slush pile

At the very time that Stuart was waiting outside that fateful promotion board door, Matthew was crossing Dundas Street to open up his gallery. It was already nine forty-five, the later opening hour being an inevitable concomitant of his having moved out of town to Nine Mile Burn. Matthew had explored the various ways of getting into work and had opted for what he described as the semi-green option. This involved a car journey into Fairmilehead, where he could park well beyond the limits of the controlled parking zone. Then he would wait to catch a bus that would take him all the way into the city centre, dropping him off a mere five minutes from Dundas Street. The entire journey took forty-five minutes, which meant that he had to leave the house at nine if he were to open the gallery before ten.

James McCune Smith became the first African American to receive a doctorate. Picture: University of Glasgow

University of Glasgow honours life of James McCune Smith

He was born a slave but would go on to become the first African American to receive a doctorate after being thrown an academic lifeline by a Scottish university.

Advertising appears in the background at the Euro 2016 match between France and England.

Kevan Christie: Danger of alcohol’s links with sport being noticed by children

Alcohol and football have gone hand-in-hand for years like a warring couple who constantly fight – but love the making up part.


Video: the enduring mystery of the Lewis chessmen

Countless tides have rolled over the enchanting Lewis chessmen as they lay hidden under the sands of Uig Beach.

Rosehearty Tower was built to be bombproof. Picture:

‘Bombproof’ home for sale in Aberdeenshire for £350k

The UK’s toughest home - designed to withstand the blast from a 2,000lb bomb - has gone on sale for £350,000.

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Warning of fracking threat to whisky industry

Warning of fracking threat to whisky industry

Potential fracking activity in Scotland could damage the whisky industry, which supports more than 10,500 Scottish jobs, according to campaigners.

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Loch Hakel. Picture: Contributed

Project launched to celebrate the Gaelic bard, Rob Dunn

HE is arguably as important to Gaelic poetry as his contemporary Robert Burns is to poetry in Scots.

Franz Ferdinand's selt-titled debut album sold more than two million copies. Picture: Toby Williams/TSPL

Star of Franz Ferdinand song Jacqueline stands for the SNP

It’s the opening track on one of the best-selling debut albums ever released by a Scottish band.

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The unassuming exterior of the Hotel du Petit Moulin.

Travel: Hôtel du Petit Moulin, Paris

Winding through the streets of Le Marais, I found myself gazing in awe at the graceful buildings, atmospheric cafés and fashionable Parisians that surrounded me. With clear blue skies and crisp cold air, it was the perfect day for a wander around the oldest quartier of Paris, studying every rooftop and elegant street I stumbled across.

The antics of Jack and Victor have generated a tourism spin-off for Scotland.

VisitScotland reveals tourism spin-off from Still Game

Smash hit comedy Still Game is helping to fuel a booming Scottish tourism spin-off from films and TV shows.

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Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows, 1829, by 
John Constable at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Art review: Constable & McTaggart: A Meeting of Two Masterpieces | The Tomb: Ancient Egyptian Burial

The Scottish National Gallery’s pairing of two masterpieces – a ‘new’ Constable and McTaggart’s The Storm – is inspired and impressive

Author Mark O'Connell. Picture: Rich Gilligan

Book review: To Be A Machine, by Mark O’Connell

This exploration of the transhumanist dream of defeating death by turning into machines is riveting, comic, fascinating – and appalling

Was Ernest Hemingway really a spy?

Book review: Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway’s Secret Adventures, by Nicholas Reynolds

Was America’s Nobel laureate also a Soviet spy? asks Vin Arthey

Becky Holdstock and Rob Everitt walked up Ben More to get married, with dogs Benny and Lindy in attendance. Picture: Richard Kellett

Couple have white wedding at the top of Ben More on Mull

A bride who shunned a traditional wedding to marry her fiancé in a secret ceremony on a Scottish mountain had a white wedding after all.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe chief executive Shona McCarthy, centre, launches World Fringe Day with staff members Navida Galbraith and Rachael Cowie. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Leader comment: Fringe’s global celebrations

The development of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe into the world’s largest arts festival has been an extraordinary phenomenon which will be rightly celebrated across the globe to mark its 70th birthday in August.

44 Scotland Street: Stuart has lunch

44 Scotland Street: Stuart has lunch

Leaving the office, Stuart was light-headed, almost to the point of feeling intoxicated. The full enormity of what he had done was yet to come home to him, but he knew that his life had changed – and changed irrevocably. Handing in his resignation to the Supreme Head of Personnel had been a simple enough affair: a few minutes with her assistant, the dictation of a resignation note in the language that bureaucrats so loved, and then … into the street – not metaphorically, he thought wryly.

The tax has been described as 'ill-suited' and 'poor'.

Experts say Scottish Government’s property tax is ‘flawed’

Experts commissioned by the Scottish Government have blasted its stamp duty replacement scheme, describing the modelling as “ill-suited” and “poor.”

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Eugene Kelly

Music review: Eugene Kelly

“I usually have someone standing next to me for this one,” indicated Eugene Kelly; literally, his right arm raised almost as though it were around an invisible partner. Of course he’s talking about Frances McKee, his partner for three years in the late 1980s and for nearly the last decade in the Vaselines, to not inconsiderable cult success. “Francis and Eugene,” he sighed, “like Ant and Dec. She’s always there.”

The RSNO's Principal Guest Conductor Thomas S�nderg�rd PIC: Andy Buchanan

Classical review: The RSNO and Thomas Søndergård

Thomas Søndergård exercises a magic touch with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Of all its regular conductors – he is principal guest – he is the one who makes this orchestra really live, responding to his un-showy authority with tangible passion and corporate vitality.

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