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Online trolls abuse Games marathon winner for not helping Hawkins

Commonwealth Games marathon winner Michael Shelley has been targeted by a torrent of online abuse for failing to stop and help stricken Scottish runner Callum Hawkins.

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Social media giants such as Facebook are facing potential new laws in Britain. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Jeremy Hunt flags new rules to crack down on Facebook

New laws to crack down on social media giants that allow flagrant breaches of age limits are being considered by ministers.

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The Brough Superior 981cc SS100 has fetched almost 265,000 pounds at auction

Vintage bike used to fight crime in Edinburgh bought for £265,000

A vintage police motorbike once used to pursue criminals through Edinburgh’s streets has been sold at auction for almost £265,000.

Dave Gornall and his daughter Abby. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Youth bands and orchestras at mercy of council cuts

Parents fear the postcode lottery in musical instrument tuition will stifle the promise of a generation.

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Kate Hudson is bringing her fitnesswear brand Fabletics to the UK. Picture: PA Wire/Handout

Kate Hudson’s style tips as she launches fitnesswear label Fabletics in UK

While many actresses dabble in fashion design with the odd collaborative collection here or there, Kate Hudson has become a fully-fledged fitnesswear mogul with her hugely successful Fabletics brand – which later this year celebrates five years in business, and has just opened its first UK retail space.

The Skoda Karoq with a 1.5 petrol engine and DSG gears costs �25,815.

Review: Skoda Karoq and Superb

Skoda has a new family car, the Karoq. It says it is designed around what matters to us – mentioning the gym or heading off on a cross-country adventure. Nailing this activity label, it adds “it’s a self-assured compact SUV with a big sense of adventure… a spacious home from home, whatever you’re packing into your day”.

Actor Verne Troyer, best known for his role as Mini-Me in the "Austin Powers" movies, has died. Picture: Getty

Verne Troyer, actor, dead at 49: Mike Myers leads tributes

Mike Myers has led tributes to his Austin Powers co-star Verne Troyer, who has died aged 49.

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Drinking gin and tonic could help reduce hay fever symptoms

A study has found that drinking gin and tonic can help ease the symptoms of hayfever.

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Cringletie House Hotel near Peebles. Picture: Contributed

Travel: Cringletie House Hotel - stunning views at home away from home

I just love the timeless glamour and old world charm of a large baronial house. If these walls could speak, what stories would they tell, what would the wooden panelling whisper? I could happily spend an entire day relaxing here, in the Maguire lounge of the Cringletie House Hotel near Peebles.

Cat Thomson visits the Kintyre peninsula. Picture: Contributed

Travel: Exploring the Kintyre penisula

Travelling to the west coast of Scotland is always an experience as you never know what the weather will bring.


Interview: Director Joe Russo on filming Avengers: Infinity War in Edinburgh

After a decade of blockbusting superhero films, the Avengers franchise is bowing out with a double bill, beginning with Infinity War. Co-director Joe Russo talks to Alistair Harkness about maintaining the secrecy surrounding the shoot and and delivering a film worthy of the hype

BBC Scotland studios in Glasgow. Pic by John  Devlin

John McLellan: New BBC Scotland channel may send news providers the way of Toys R Us

The BBC’s plan to launch a new Scottish channel has potential to seriously damage commercial news providers, writes John McLellan.

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The energy providers have taken the opportunity when we're thinking about better weather to hike their prices for gas and electricity, so now would be a good time to switch. Picture: Getty

Martin Lewis: Compare before paying Big 6 prices

Spring has sprung. The weather’s warming up, and the last thing on anyone’s mind are energy bills. That means the energy firms have got you just where they want you – it’s the perfect opportunity for them to pump up prices, and they’re doing just that.

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Win Butler  and bandmates brought the party and some guests. Picture:  Theo Wargo/Getty Images

Music review: Arcade Fire

ARCADE Fire first toured this “in the round” show to Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange on election night 2017 and, while the production has been up-scaled considerably to fill arena venues, the goal was still the same – to bring the party.

The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

Music review: BBC SSO, Laura Samuel & Claire Booth

EVERYONE might be able to sing along to it, but it’s not often that Mozart’s bubbling Eine kleine Nachtmusik actually gets an airing in concert. It made the ideal launchpad, however, for the slimmed-down BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra’s conductor-less performance, directed from the leader’s chair by Laura Samuel – fresh, breezy, sparklingly detailed and full of impetuous energy.

Benny Young and Joyce Falconer provide a real picture of the deceased Sandy

Theatre review: Eulogy | The Shadow of Heaven

GREAT matters of life, death and eternity loom large in both of these new shows just premiered in Scotland; but in Rob Drummond’s Eulogy, which arrives at the Traverse on Tuesday after its run at Oran Mor, they are handled with such lightness of touch –and such intermittently outrageous humour – that the audience is never in any danger of brooding too deeply on mortality.

Cellist Philip Higham

Music review: Scottish Chamber Orchestra

THERE’S always a bouncy exuberance in the SCO’s step when conductor Richard Egarr comes to town and this concert was no exception. The opening salvo of chords in Haydn’s Symphony No 93 grabbed the attention from the get-go, paving the way for the whimsical allegro. Egarr doesn’t miss a trick when it comes to Haydn’s hijinks especially in the waltz-like allegro with the trumpets injecting rapid-fire flashes of subversive brilliance.

Gary Barlow showcased his singer/songwriter chops, not his pop persona

Music review: Gary Barlow

ALTHOUGH Gary Barlow’s sporadic solo recording career has taken a backseat in favour of keeping the Take That juggernaut (now down to three members but still going strong) rolling as long as possible, he’s proving to be a master of cultivating what’s known in the age of social media as his “personal brand”. From stints as a television talent judge on X-Factor and Let it Shine to – as he noted here – leading his usual band in playing Rule the World at Buckingham Palace and the Olympics, he’s been making a concerted play in recent years for “national treasure” status.

Sam Palladio and Chris Carmack made good on their onscreen bromance. Picture: Myles Wright/ZUMA Wire/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Nashville Live

AS IF REAL life country music isn’t already enough of a soap opera, the hit show Nashville has dramatised the lives, loves and machinations of an intersecting bunch of fictional musicians in the titular city across six seasons, becoming a lucrative franchise along the way – not least for the actor-musicians and the actual Nashville songwriters who contribute to the show’s very convincing soundtrack, in some cases bettering the output of genuine contemporary country stars.

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