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Neil Thomas Douglas spots a familiar face on a Ryanair flight. Picture: PA

Neil Thomas Douglas spots a familiar face on a Ryanair flight. Picture: PA

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TODAY’S top stories on social media from Scotland and beyond, including Doppelgangers, Surveillance powers and Winter weather.

SCOT SITS BESIDE DOPPELGANGER ON PLANE TO IRELAND

Scots photographer Neil Thomas Douglas ended up sitting next to his doppelganger on the Ryanair flight from Stansted on Thursday evening.

The ‘stranger’ has been identified as 35-year-old Robert Stirling from London, who was travelling to the West of Ireland for a ‘quiet weekend away’ with a few friends - and he admits he’s ‘not sure why people are that interested’.

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SCOTTISH LABOUR CONFERENCE HIT BY SPELLING BLUNDER

Scottish Labour have issued a promotional video to tie in with the party’s 2015 conference - but misspelled one of the key messages in the clip.

The original quote is: “The test for everybody in Scottish politics is whether or not we secure a better future for the next generation.”

However, the video flashes up ‘for the next genertaion,” in an embarrassing gaffe for the party - especially given recent attacks by Ms Dugdale on the SNP’s education record.

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SCOTLAND SET FOR ‘WORST WINTER IN 50 YEARS’

Transport minister Derek Mackay has confirmed he is preparing for the worst amid predictions of the coldest winter for 50 years.

There will be a record 205 snowploughs and salt spreaders available following the acquisition of 57 new gritters and a “healthy supply” of salt, he told MSPs.

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POLICE SEEK NEW POWERS TO VIEW EVERYONE’S INTERNET HISTORY

The new plans would force telecom firms and internet service providers to keep records of the internet histories of all customers for a 12-month period, the Daily Telegraph reports.

Police have claimed that the scale of activity being carried out online makes the powers necessary, with media reports suggesting that police have lobbied the Government for the change.

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GLASGOW LORRY DRIVER QUITS COUNCIL ROLE

HARRY Clarke, the driver of the bin lorry that crashed in Glasgow’s George Square killing six people, has quit his job at the city council, according to reports.

Clarke resigned minutes before he was due to face a disciplinary hearing today.

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