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The high street remains quiet as online sales soar on Black Friday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
The high street remains quiet as online sales soar on Black Friday. Picture: Lisa Ferguson
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TODAY’s top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including Black Friday, forecasts of snow and portraits galore

Black Friday becomes ‘biggest UK shopping day in history’

Online retailers are reporting record-breaking sales from the first few hours of the bonanza making it likely that online retail sales in the UK will surpass £1 billion in one day.

But on the high street and in supermarkets there were no signs of the huge crowds which gathered last year, or the scuffles which broke out as customers fought over big-ticket items.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/personal-finance/black-friday-set-to-become-biggest-uk-shopping-day-in-history-1-3960610

Edinburgh diner hits back at bad TripAdvisor reviews

The sharp-tongued owner of an American-style diner in Edinburgh has taken to flame-grilling customers who leave bad reviews on TripAdvisor.

Celena Collins fears her new establishment - Bruno’s 7 Diner - is being “nobbled” by jealous rivals who put up bogus one-star reviews.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/city-diner-snaps-back-at-bad-tripadvisor-reviews-1-3960189

Two feet of snow forecast for Scotland

Snow could fall in parts of Scotland this weekend with temperatures set to plummet and freezing gales of up to 70mph forecast.

The odds of a white Christmas could be lowered with ‘wintry showers’ expected in the lead-up to December 25th - but forecasters are warning that a clearer picture will only become apparently around 10 days before Christmas day.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/environment/scotland-s-weather-2ft-of-snow-forecast-1-3960667

Alex Salmond potrait raised money for charity

Salmond missed a Westminster debate on Syria so he could help unveil a portrait of himself - but the Gordon MP revealed the painting had helped raise over £50,000 for charity.

The former First Minister was slammed by opponents after he made a public appearance at Edinburgh’s National Portrait Gallery to attend the unveiling of a portrait of himself painted by Scots artist Gerard M Burns.

Mr Salmond tweeted last night: “Many thanks to the opposition today for raising the profile of my portrait, which raised £51,500 for CLIC Sargent. A great cause.”

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/alex-salmond-reveals-portrait-raised-money-for-charity-1-3959574

Andy Murray re-imagined in surrealist portrait

Tennis player Andy Murray has been reimagined as Rene Magritte’s iconic Son of Man painting, ahead of the Davis Cup final.

The design was created by Nial Smith, the Edinburgh-based designer who also mocked up Murray as ‘Crocodile Dunblane’, and wearing a Hibs-inspired kit at Wimbledon.

Read more: http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/culture/art/andy-murray-re-imagined-as-rene-magritte-painting-1-3960254