With the UK braced for an extremely cold week of ice and snow, drivers will be faced with the prospect of defrosting their cars in the morning.
But what is the best way to deal with this chilly problem?
Watch the video above for our 8-point guide for getting up and running quickly and safely.
The interiors of a landmark new development in Glasgow will be revealed on Thursday, 22 February, with the opening of a marketing suite and show apartment at Park Quadrant Residences in the city’s west end.
A new nine-hour documentary series charting the rise and fall of some of the most important civilisations in history is coming to BBC2 next month.
Civilisations begins on 1 March, and will aim to be just as encyclopedic as the series it is spiritually succeeding – Kenneth Clark’s Civilisation, from 1969.
The nine-part series aims to introduce new generations to the artistic works of the past, using each as a point to examine the civilisations they came from – from the marks on cave walls made 40,000 years ago, to the art of the present.
Travelling across six continents, Civilisations will compare those societies to today’s modern, globalist population, looking at paintings and sculptures to answer fundamental questions about human creativity.
Historian Simon Schama heads up the trio of presenters. The Professor of History and Art History at New York’s Columbia University is no stranger to extensive documentary projects, having fronted the 15-part series A History of Britain between 2000 and 2002.
Another well-known face, Mary Beard is Professor of Classics at the University of Cambridge and Royal Academy of Arts Professor of Ancient Literature, and has fronted recent BBC documentaries on Ancient Rome and Pompeii.
David Olusoga has presented a number of historical documentaries (most recently A House Through Time), and has written award-winning books on military history.
With an academic focus that also includes the histories of race and slavery, he’s perfectly poised to provide deeper context to some of the darker periods of humanity’s history.
Even the trailer for Civilisations runs to nearly seven minutes, a reflection of the show’s mammoth scope.
“It’s taken three years of thinking, writing, filming and editing, every shoot, every encounter with great art, a daunting challenge and an immense satisfaction,” Schama revealed.
Beyond the TV series, there will also be the Civilisations Festival, which will see the BBC partner with more than 250 museums, galleries, libraries and archives across the UK.
Then there’s Civilisations Stories, a collection of 11 programmes on BBC1 exploring the art of each region, and what they say about the communities in which we live.
Beard will also present Civilisations on your Doorstep, a one-off programme that will explore the stories and controversies behind extraordinary works displayed in museums across Britain.
There will also be two special Performance Live programmes, special broadcasts on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4, and The Civilisations Podcast will explore the themes raised in the main programme.
Civilisations begins on BBC2 on Thursday 1 March. More info on the BBC website.
• Have your say on the latest TV with Screen Babble, the television discussion group on Facebook.
This article originally appeared on our sister title, iNews
After spending more than a century delighting visitors in London, Dippy the Diplodocus has embarked on a UK tour.
The 26 metre long plaster cast of the dinosaur skeleton has stood in the entrance hall of the Natural History Museum in London since 1979, but now it’s on the move for the next three years.
It’s estimated that 5 million people will see Dippy at the eight locations across the UK, which have all been chosen to cover the grand sweep of geological time.
The tour begins on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, and ends in Norwich, exploring how we might secure a sustainable future. It will also visit Birmingham, Belfast, Glasgow, Newcastle, Cardiff and Rochdale.
Dippy only just squeezed into Dorset County Museum in Dorchester, with 4in (10cm) to spare, where it went on display at the weekend.
10 February – 7 May 2018: Dorset County Museum, Dorchester
26 May – 9 September 2018: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham
28 September 2018 – 6 January 2019: Ulster Museum, Belfast
22 January – 5 May 2019: Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow
18 May – 6 October 2019: Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle upon Tyne
19 October 2019 – 26 January 2020: National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
10 February – 28 June 2020: Number One Riverside, Rochdale
11 July – 31 October 2020: Norwich Cathedral, Norwich
Dippy has delighted visitors since he arrived in London in 1905.
Philippa Charles, Director of the Garfield Weston Foundation, which is supporting the tour, said: “Generations of children have been awestruck by Dippy’s spectacular presence at the heart of the Natural History Museum and we hope he continues to inspire the nation to rediscover nature as he works his way round the UK. The Foundation’s Trustees are looking forward to Dippy taking pride of place in the different venues and to seeing children enthused and engaged by the wildlife around them.”
Dippy has been replaced by a blue whale skeleton at the Natural History Museum.
Dippy – a member of the Diplodocus carnegii species – would have lived between 145 million and 156 million years ago in North America, at the end of the Jurassic period.
A Diplodocus has 292 bones, although Dippy comes together in 86 pieces.
The meaning of the name Diplodocus is ‘double beamed lizard’ – in reference to its double-beamed chevron bones located in the underside of the tail.
They were plant eaters with peg-like teeth, designed for stripping the leaves from ferns
Early research believed that Diplodocuses would have stood with their necks high in the air. However, more recent studies have suggested the neutral position was more likely to have been horizontal.
They are the longest known dinosaur, and could measure up to 27 metres. They weighed about 12 tons (equivalent to a large truck).
The magnificently renovated West Lodge will put its lucky owner on the threshold of one of Edinburgh’s architectural gems.
Cherry Ambrose and her father Stephen Byford combine past and present in their stylish renovation of former coast guard station Tangle Tower.
In the shadow of Arthur’s Seat, bestselling author Peter Irvine contemplates the difficult choices he’s endured on the road to producing another Scotland The Best guide. Read more
Without John Logie Baird kickstarting the home TV revolution, we would never have borne witness to the JFK assassination in Dallas, Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the World Trade Centre attack, America electing a black President or the Tiananmen Square protest.
Glasgow sculptor Andy Scott is the man behind some of Scotland’s most impressive public art, or as he likes to put it: “I make big beasties”.
He’s not wrong. Read more
Soon to celebrate his 70th birthday, The Laurieston bar owner John Clancy runs one of the most iconic watering holes in Glasgow. Read more
How is it a lowly Scottish immigrant from Dunfermline arose from poverty to become one of the richest men to have ever lived? Read more
John Muir helped federalise America’s national parks on a camping trip with President Roosevelt and yet he was relatively unknown in his native Scotland until the 1970’s.
If the hustle and bustle of Christmas and New Year has you wishing you could escape to your own remote paradise, then take a look at these five out of the way properties.
Escape the rat race with one of these Scottish country farm properties, which tick all the boxes for those looking for a more relaxed way of life in an accessible location.
Enjoy peace and quiet in the country while still being close to city life with this farm and land for sale near Glasgow.
If staying in a truly unique, luxurious Scottish hideaway is your idea of heaven then why not book into The White Tower?
When Alison Houghman decided a glorified shed wouldn’t do for her wilderness retreat, she turned to the land of
the lumberjack to find her dream log cabin.
If you dream of getting away from it all and wish to escape to a remote Scottish location then take a look at these Highland and Island croft homes, which are currently on the market.
Creative couple Katie Webb and Ian Bell were on a roll when they converted a former bakery into a four-bedroom duplex in Edinburgh’s Canonmills.
If you have aspirations of grandeur, and a bank balance to match, then why not invest in one of these stunning Scottish castles, stately homes or estates?
If you’re looking for a property that not only has beautiful views, but also offers the chance to blow away some cobwebs thanks to a breath of fresh sea air, then take a look at these coastal and loch-side properties.
The first release of luxury homes at Park Quadrant Residences has sold out since being released in August, following more than 1,000 enquiries.
A family-run building firm has show has developed a fantastic complex of high specification apartments aimed at Edinburgh’s young professionals.
It may be the former home of horses, but the Pend, Terregles, in Dumfries and Galloway is a splendidly grand property.
A recent office conversion in a Georgian building has created a beautiful and practical home, discovers Kirsty McLuckie.
An architectural gem in Edinburgh’s West End has been sensitively restored to offer discerning homebuyers a rare opportunity.
Aberdour House was built in the 17th century in the grounds of Aberdour Castle which was formerly the ancestral home of the Earls of Morton.
A Fife house which clings to the cliff and boasts stunning views of the Tay has gallons of potential, finds Kirsty McLuckie.
African-inspired designs made Stonehouses a headache to build, but the result is two striking cottages that are way ahead of the curve.
The Clowes had the expertise to build a home to their special requirements without compromising its contemporary style or traditional rural profile.
Located in the lovely seaside village of Collieston, near Aberdeen, Seaton Cottage is a traditional detached property which offers tremendous potential.
A smart townhouse has served its time as a summer haven for returning Scots, discovers Kirsty McLuckie.
If two’s company, intimate and cosy High Lodge in Dumfries & Galloway has everything you need.
Evelyn and Vince James’ elegant converted steading in Tyninghame blends contemporary style with original character.
A doctor who upgraded the grand home of Queen Victoria’s own physician is proud to have preserved its character for 30 years.
Fishing enthusiasts who are looking for a home in which to enjoy their hobby should take a look at this new to the market property.
Tired of the rat race? Scotland’s island properties offer a refreshing range of choice, finds Kirsty McLuckie.
Discerning homebuyers now have the rare opportunity to purchase one of Scotland’s most desirable historic mansion homes located close to the Capital.
With family in Scotland but living in Dubai, Jan and Ellie Felton were keen to find a business venture that allowed them to spend more time in the UK – a holiday home seemed like a good option.
Potential buyers looking for the peace and serenity of island life will find their dream property in a stunning traditional house on the banks of the Isle of Raasay.
If you’d like to move into more regal surroundings this Christmas, and help a range charities (all for the price of a pizza) then this competition ticks all the boxes.
Want to live in the Capital and have a few pounds to spend? Then take a look at these luxurious, expensive homes that are on the market now.
Those hot summer days might be over but gardens are still prized in the middle of Edinburgh, finds Kirsty McLuckie
Live like a modern day laird in this luxurious property, which boasts stunning views, loch access and all mod cons.
If you’d rather spend your hard earned cash on a Highland country bolthole rather than a city, then this charming cottage may be what you’re looking for.
Upgrade your current property to this modern, luxurious home near Hamilton, which boasts a games room, swimming pool and spa area.
Ian and Ruth Macallan’s elegant mansion house is the perfect place to entertain and impress guests.
An East Lothian house with an interesting past gets the attention it deserves, discovers Kirsty McLuckie. Read more
Invest in not one but two ready-to-move-into homes plus eight plots of land overlooking the beautiful location of Loch Voil in Stirlingshire.
Capital buyers have a rare opportunity to purchase an A-listed Pied-à-Terre within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site.
If you love the Scottish countryside and enjoy a dram or two then this property, which sits within the heart of the Malt Whisky Tour, may be the home for you.
Fans of the popular TV show can now experience the grand childhood home of Rose Leslie, who played Wildling Ygritte, as it is available to rent on Airbnb.
Enjoy city life in the capital in this beautiful renovated flat, which is now on the market.
It is convenient to have a spare bedroom for guests, but if can put all your property purchasing budget into a one bedroom place, you can get a lot more sociable space for you money says Kirsty McLuckie.
Find total escapism in this remote croft, which has been uninhabited for almost 80 years, and is now on the market.
Even in a state of disrepair, it’s easy to see that this building is something special. Built by Peter Womersley for Bernat Klein as a studio, the abandoned property has been sitting empty for years.
A collection of apartments, duplexes and penthouses that will form the missing piece of Park Circus, Glasgow have recently been released for sale, and this is what buyers can expect from their luxurious new home.
There’s no denying that the opening of the Borders Railway has made many parts of Midlothian and the Scottish Borders even more desirable for commuters, whether heading into Edinburgh for work or simply for a day out.
A Category A listed iconic home from the 1950s designed by architect Peter Wormsley and built for renowned textile designer Bernat Klein, has been put on the market for the first time and keen buyers and design lovers can soon step inside it for a viewing.
Own a piece of a Scottish castle – for a bargain price – with this two bedroom flat, which has an interesting history and links to a former British Prime Minister.
Realise regal dreams with this stunning, listed mansion home, which has just come on the market.
A contemporary luxury residential development, which will complete Glasgow’s famous 19th century masterplan within the city’s prestigious Park area, has generated more than 600 buyer enquiries.
An impressive fly-through video has been unveiled to provide a glimpse of the new residential development that will form the missing piece at Park Circus, Glasgow.
The iconic luxury of Buick motors have the distinction of being the oldest American brand of automobiles, but Scotland has the honour of being home to its founder. Read more
In the many years Jimmy McLaughlin served pints and peanuts at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union, he served up a side of ridiculous fiction that became legend on campus. Read more
‘Heather the Weather’ spent 15 years greeting the nation with her trademark “Hello there” as Reporting Scotland’s effervescent meteorologist.
Compared to the true grit of pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, accounts of Robert Watson-Watt barely appear as a blip on the radar in the history of aerial warfare. Read more
Professional gamer Alessandro ‘Palmatoro’ Palmarini has three European Championship titles under his belt and the 17-year-old hasn’t even left school. Read more
You can’t win 49 trophies and finish your career regarded as one of the greatest football managers of all time without saying a few interesting things along the way. So without further introduction, here are the seven most memorable quotes from legendary Scottish football figure Sir Alex Ferguson.
There’s an old tale which states the career of Gavin Hastings, and by extension his younger brother Scott, two talismanic figures for Scottish rugby through most of the 80s and into the mid-90s, might not have happened were it not for a freak accident involving a car, the school rugby coach and young Gavin’s leg.
When Andrew Dobbie quit his job in 2012, he had a two-week old baby and £1000 in the bank. Since then, his brand-led digital marketing agency Made Brave has grown to accommodate 30 staff offering a full service agency working for clients in Scotland and beyond.
One of the top-3 influential physicists, alongside Einstein and Newton, and responsible for the greatest revelation in modern physics.
Robert Louis Stevenson is widely regarded as one of the greatest writers to come out of the flourishing Scottish literary scene.
Donald Dewar was the man who delivered devolution and became tagged “Father of the Nation” – but he hated the title.
Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of the Sherlock Holmes novels, has had an enormous influence on popular culture over the last century.
When Billy Letford received career advice from one of the country’s highest regarded literary figures, he initially brushed it off.
Adventurous photographer Dan Bell is exploring Scotland’s great outdoors in a new series of Facebook vlogs, discovering the journey is just as important as the destination.