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SERGEANT CHRIS TURNER is no ordinary American paratrooper. For a start, he's Scottish. And for someone who earns their living jumping out of aircraft and helicopters, he has the unusual trait of being scared of heights. As a frontline army medic - accustomed to treating gunshot wounds - he also insists he can't stand horror movies as "there's too much blood and gore, it makes me nauseous".
IN TURN a farmer, inventor, mechanic, saw-mill operator, wanderer, novelist, and poet, the conservationist John Muir spent just 11 years in Scotland before emigrating with his family to America in the mid-19th century. But his rigorous childhood in Dunbar undoubtedly defined the man who would become known as the father of the US national park system, whose legacy lives on through the wildernesses he helped preserve in his adopted land.
SIR Tom Farmer is to be awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Philanthropy, it was announced today.
SHE IS one of the bravest and most romantic characters in Scottish history, immortalised in the Skye Boat Song for the selfless deed of helping Prince Charles Edward Stewart flee from Hanovarian forces after Culloden.
INTERNATIONAL experts on world affairs are to visit the birthplace of Scots philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
WHEN the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announced plans for its 2005-06 season recently, the big news - besides the appointment of former Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) chief conductor Neeme Jarvi as its new music director - was a gift of $3 million (£1.6 million) from the Newark-based Prudential Foundation.
FOR A small country on the north-western fringes of Europe, with a population of only five million people, there is no question that Scotland has had a disproportionately strong impact on the planet. And even a cursory look at the maps of countries which have been colonised in the past couple of centuries confirms the extent of the Caledonian influence.
THE precious cargo of two dozen gutta-perch balls, three woods, three irons and a putter arrived at the doorstep of John Reid's new home in Yonkers not a day too soon.
TOURISM Minister Patricia Ferguson was today due to visit the birthplace of the renowned conservationist John Muir in East Lothian to celebrate the success of a new visitor centre there.
A COLLECTION of letters by John Muir, the Scottish conservationist who established the United States’ National Park system, has been posted on the internet by an American historical society, offering a glimpse into his reflections on journeys across the Mississippi and into the mountains.
SCOTLAND’S bard is about to set out on his first overseas tour. Preparations are being made to make Robert Burns the centrepiece of Tartan Week in the United States.
THE DRESS code is uncompromising: "Collared shirts for men. No trainers, work boots, baggy clothes, hats or men wearing chained jewellery. Dress jeans only. "
THE CITY that never sleeps was given good reason not to yesterday as 30 pipe bands from three countries and nine US states were due to march down New York’s 6th Avenue to kick off the annual Tartan Day parade.
IT’S TIME for Scotland to swagger like its American cousins. Many of us look up to the United States as the icon of democracy and everything cool and creative. But were it not for Scotland and the hundreds of thousands of its people who planted their feet on its soil, America would have been a much different place – a country craving character.
THE Tartan Army have been exploiting it for years, but now the sheer potency of the kilt as worn by a true Scot has been seized upon by a new breed of American romance writers - with profitable results.
E PLURIBUS unum - out of many, one - is a phrase that perhaps best sums up the Scottish environmentalist and father of the American national park system, John Muir.
THE RISE to fame of Andrew Carnegie is the classic rags-to-riches success story. Born in Dunfermline the son of a humble handloom weaver, he grew into one of the best-known industrialists in the world, dominating the burgeoning American steel industry in the 19th century.
STIRLING played host to a cast of thousands last night as crowds flocked to welcome the Hollywood actor Mel Gibson in his latest guise as William Wallace.