Aberdeen & North East

Aberdeen & North East

Oil company Xcite Energy heading for liquidation

Concerns have been raised over the future of the key Bentley oilfield in the North Sea after shares in Xcite Energy were suspended yesterday and the firm looked set to be liquidated.

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The Old Post Office Crathie at  Ballater was built 200 years ago.

Queen Victoria’s former post office goes up for sale

One of Scotland’s earliest rural post offices which became a lifeline for the royal family is up for sale.

Forests have been long associated with dark happenings and supernatural events. PIC Contributed.

Six Scottish ‘haunted’ woodland spots with a dark past

The history of Scotland’s woods are soaked in mystery, bloodshed and strange goings on. Where better to have a genuine fright night on All Hallow’s Eve? Forestry Commission Scotland has published an essential guide to the dark happenings of our woodland, should you need any convincing.

Ecclesgreig Castle, St Cyrus, Aberdeenshire. The property has not been lived in since the 1950s. PIC Contributed.

Then and now: Five Scottish castles fading from the landscape

From their once mighty pasts, many of Scotland’s castles now lie damp, empty and ruined. For hundreds of years they symbolised wealth and power but fading fortunes, changed times - and sometimes bad marriages and even a lightning bolt - have left the residences mere crumbling relics of a lost age.

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A  Typhoon F2  escorting a Russian Bear-H aircraft over the North Atlantic Ocean .

Picture: MoD

RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers off Scottish coast

Britain have scrambled Typhoon fighter jets to intercept and escort Russian bombers approaching UK airspace - twice in one week.

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Lucy Lintott, Scotland's youngest person living with MND, is in line for a key charity role. Picture: Contributed

Young MND sufferer Lucy aims to be UK face of global drive

A woman who is the youngest person in Scotland living with motor neurone disease (MND) has told how she is motivated by fundraising for research into the condition.

Wood Group's deal with Hibernia has the potential for two further five-year extensions. Picture: Contributed

Wood Group wins deal for Newfoundland oil platform

Energy services firm Wood Group has won a five-year contract to deliver work on a major oil platform in Canada.

Bateria in soil which can sometimes contaminate heroin supplies causes the rare condition. Picture: TSPL

Drug user admitted to hospital with suspected botulism

A patient has been admitted to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with suspected botulism.

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Christmas cancelled after Santa’s little helpers resign

Christmas has been cancelled after a group of Santa’s little helpers who organised the festive fun resigned en masse.

The Marcliff Hotel in Aberdeen: Picture: Google Maps

Owner of top Aberdeen hotel apologises for homophobic remarks

One of Scotland’s top hoteliers who is close friend of Donald Trump and former First Minister Alex Salmond has issued an apology after making homophobic remarks at a fund-raising dinner.

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The Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre project is due for completion in 2019. Picture: Contributed

AECC developer Henry Boot rides out ‘uncertain’ market

The property company behind Aberdeen’s new £333 million conference centre is eyeing a strong end to the year despite tough conditions facing the construction sector.

Edinburgh's Waverley Station. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor / J P License

ScotRail admits service ‘not good enough’

ScotRail has admitted its performance “isn’t good enough” after the reliability of train services fell below target.

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Close-up of HMS Unicorn figurehead. Pic: Wikimedia Commons

Five Unicorn emblems to be found around Scotland

It’s been Scotland’s national animal since at least the 1300s, and, unsurprisingly, it can be found absolutely everywhere up and down the country - not a bad feat for a mythological beast.

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Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing and Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired. Picture: Contributed

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Aberdeen

ABERDEEN’S Winter Festival is set to return next month with the hugely popular Christmas Village, Christmas Tree Maze, Wooden Sculpture Trail and much more.

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Aberdeen legend Joe Harper will take part in 40th anniversary event.

AFC 1976 stars reuniting for first time to support charity

ABERDEEN Football Club legends are reuniting from across the globe at a charity lunch this month.

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A 1970s Russian advertisment for Crombie. PIC Crombie.

The world’s coolest coat - made in Aberdeen

The Crombie has for generations been associated with men seeking a certain edge with everyone from skinheads to politicians, KGB agents and royalty all adopting the thick wool overcoat.

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Councillor Angela Taylor and Phil Masson from Maersk along with Noemi Napoletano, 7, and brother , Alex, 6. Picture: Contributed

Oil company donates Lego boat to Aberdeen library’s appeal

MAERSK Oil UK has donated a Lego boat worth hundreds of pounds for Aberdeen’s first Lego Club.

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Mitsubishi boss visits ‘Scottish samurai’ home in Aberdeen

The boss of Japanese firm Mitsubishi UFJ has flown to Scotland to visit the family home of the 19th century industrialist and founder of the company, known as the Scottish Samurai.

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More than three billion barrels of oil remain untapped in the North Sea, according to the OGA. Picture: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

North Sea industry seeks to tap into ‘small pools’

The regulator for the North Sea industry has highlighted the “very significant” potential of more than three billion barrels of oil waiting to be tapped in UK waters.

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Hotel Chocolat opened seven outlets during the year, including at Braehead shopping centre. Picture: Jane Barlow

Hotel Chocolat profits sweetened by ‘hedonistic’ demand

Consumer demand for “hedonistic chocolate” has helped drive up sales and profits at Hotel Chocolat, with the firm gearing up for its best ever Christmas.

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