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Letters: SNP’s disappearing Brexit powers aren’t what they seem

The SNP’s claims of disappearing Scottish powers after Brexit are not what they seem, writes a Scotsman reader.

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Susheila Nasta MBE: Indians have added spice to British life for centuries

People of Indian heritage now form Britain’s ­largest ethnic minority but ­surprisingly little is known about the diverse history of their settlement.

George Street during the International Festival

Roddy Smith: There’s a lot going on behind the scenes to make Edinburgh festival city of the world

The dust has now settled on another summer ­festival season, with this year being especially important as it was the 70th anniversary edition. ­Early ­indications from the many ­promoters, venues and organisers are that ticket sales this year are up on ­previous years with thousands of visitors and residents enjoying the city’s cultural, retail and leisure ­offerings.

Samaritans Ruth and Davey at the Edinburgh office.

Jen Gracie: It’s not just about suicide – how the Samaritans help with everyday crisis

It can seem like the tiniest things tick us off sometimes. The smallest setbacks can send us into a rage or despair. Sure, giving Samaritans a call because your toaster has broken seems like an overreaction. But how about when you’ve lost your job, you’re isolated from your friends, your benefits have been sanctioned and you can only afford bread – and then your toaster breaks?

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Harry McQuillan is chief executive of Community Pharmacy Scotland.

Harry McQuillan: Joined-up strategies to meet needs of those with mental health issues is a priority

Following the launch of the Scottish Government’s Mental Health Strategy 2017-2027 earlier this year, health and social care providers across the country have been reflecting upon how their services meet the needs of those with mental health conditions.

Demonstrators in South Africa shout slogans during a protest calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma. Picture: AFP/Getty

Brian Wilson: Ask Mr Bell and Mr Pottinger their views on corporate rottenness

Lightning strikes in unexpected places. We hear a lot about what has gone wrong in South Africa and less about the resilience of its relatively new institutions. Perhaps the great corporations which are finding out the hard way should have done a little more research.

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Scottish Government ministers John Swinney and Michael Russell head to London on Monday for Brexit talks with Theresa May's deputy, Damian Green

Joyce McMillan: Tories have three options on devolution

Damian Green must tread carefully if he wants to keep Holyrood, Cardiff and Belfast onside over Brexit says Joyce McMillan

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The Strip in Las Vegas. One end of this famous thoroughfare is dominated by the presence of the Trump Hotel, one of the most expensive places in town to book a room.

Jim Duffy: Trump’s bold stance is a power game driven by economics

I’m spending a few days here in Las Vegas, the true feel of America is played out everywhere. The American corporate companies will do anything to generate a buck and relieve you of your cash. And that’s not simply on the casino floor.

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Finance secretary says he not an "idealogue" on LBTT - which we must hope means that he has the courage to address its failings.

Leader comment: Minister can’t ignore evidence over LBTT’s negative effect

When John Swinney introduced the Scottish Government’s land and buildings transaction tax (LBTT) more than two years ago, it was widely predicted to result in a slowdown in the country’s property market.

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Teddy Taylor escorts Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher on a visit to Leith during a general election campaign tour in May 1979. Also in the picture is Mrs Thatcher's daughter Carol and husband Denis.

Leader comment: Teddy Taylor had the last laugh

Sir Teddy Taylor, who has died at the age of 80, was the definition of political maverick.

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Alastair Dalton: Selfish school-run parkers must be removed

Alastair Dalton: Selfish school-run parkers must be removed

Being a parent can make you as selfish about road safety as some drivers are about ignoring parking regulations.

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Family: Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Eldest’s rock’n’roll lifestyle is derailed

"Felled" chairlift towers waiting to be removed from Coire na Ciste, part of the CairnGorm Mountain ski area PIC: PIC: Alan McKay

CairnGorm ski operator says it is stuck in the middle of chairlift dispute

As reported last week, in the second instalment of an ongoing series, emotions are running high in the Spey Valley following the removal of two chairlifts from the CairnGorm Mountain ski area. Although they had been closed since 2005 many skiers had hoped that Ciste and West Wall lifts, situated on the Coire na Ciste side of the mountain, could one day be renovated and brought back into use. Last month, however, workmen employed by the landowners Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), with support from Natural Retreats, the company that operates the ski centre, demolished all the chairlift towers and removed them from the mountain. Since then, the folks in the Natural Retreats marketing department have barely been able to publish a single post on the CairnGorm Mountain Facebook page without attracting the ire of locals, who feel that the future of their ski hill has been put in jeopardy.

David Alexander says it seems 'blatantly unfair' that short-term landlords can avoid paying rates. Picture: Ian Rutherford

David Alexander: Reconsider tax breaks for short-term lets

I don’t suppose I have very much in common with Andy Wightman, Green MSP for the Lothians, a politician with radical views on the housing system, which he believes to be “broken”.

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Kenny MacAskill: Simply tholing offensive behaviour is no longer acceptable

This weekend sees the football season’s first Old Firm fixture. The traditional Rangers and Celtic rivalry has produced some marvellous matches through the years; natural talent heightened by a passionate support has enthralled. However, it’s also been responsible for more than its fair share of troubles.

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Scots helped to develop tea estates in Assam, northern India, and Sri Lanka (Ceylon as was).

Bill Jamieson: Let’s hear it for our Scots tea heroes

Holyrood questions over the sale of English tea ahead of a Scottish brand are on to something, says Bill Jamieson

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The breath - and control of it - really is the key to yoga, says Caroline Foster.

Caroline Foster: Stressed and tense? The trick is to control breathing

For the first year or so that I attended yoga classes, when the teacher told us to breathe, I just thought ‘Well, I am breathing, obviously, otherwise I would be dead’, or something along those lines, if I gave it that much thought at all. Yoga to me, at that time, was a nice stretchy exercise class with a wee nap at the end. It was only after a few months’ break from classes that I realised the positive impact yoga was having on my life. And I wondered if maybe there was something more to all this ‘breathing’?

Scotlands education system is in crisis but hammering the private sector while affluent parents can afford to buy access to the best state schools seems to be missing the point.

Tom Peterkin: Waging a class war will not solve crisis in the classroom

John Swinney has a huge challenge to sort education but should steer clear of the private sector, says Tom Peterkin

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Scottish football mattered to Craig Bellamy when he was making a living from it as a Celtic player.

Leader comment: Craig Bellamy bites hand that fed him

Scottish football has never been short of harsh critics of the game from south of the Border. However, Celtic fans could be forgiven for feeling a bit sore reading their former favourite’s views of the club’s achievements.

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Family: Janet Christie’s Mum’s the Word

Where’s the poetic justice for Aunt Julia and Piggy?

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