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Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling

Martin Compston and friend Phil MacHugh are back in Martin Compston’s Norwegian Fling, which follows on from the success of Martin Compston’s Scottish Fling - a six part series that aired in 2022. The road trip travel series sees the Line of Duty star and his friend take in almost 2,000 miles across Norway. From Oslo to the North Arctic, they take in some dramatic remote scenery and unexpected urban exploits. The duo immerse themselves in modern Norway, sometimes literally, and get under the skin of what it means to be Scandi.

What is Trident and why is is based in Scotland?

Away from Westminster, one of the larger stories of the day has been the reports of a misfired Trident missile.

The UK government retains “absolute confidence” in the UK’s nuclear deterrent despite reports of a Trident missile test failure, defence secretary Grant Shapps has said

HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent. Picture: PAHMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent. Picture: PA
HMS Vigilant at HM Naval Base Clyde, Faslane, which carries the UK's Trident nuclear deterrent. Picture: PA

Nuclear missile misfire represents ‘wider failing’ in UK defence strategy, SNP claims

The UK’s failed nuclear missile test launch represents a wider failure in the UK government’s defence spending and strategy, the SNP has claimed.

Martin Docherty-Hughes, the SNP’s defence spokesperson, claimed the failure to test launch one of the UK’s nuclear missiles, combined with perceptions of the immorality of the weapons, showed the Tories poor choices when it came it priorities.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has confirmed an “anomaly occurred” during a an exercise that took place on January 30 on board the nuclear-powered submarine HMS Vanguard, which is based on the Clyde.

Undated handout file photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of the test firing of a Trident missile.Undated handout file photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of the test firing of a Trident missile.
Undated handout file photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of the test firing of a Trident missile.

UK government branded 'cavalier and reckless' for 'bourach' dog ban

New laws to ban XL bully dogs in Scotland are being described as a “bourach” that risks pitting neighbours against each other.

The UK government has been accused of “cavalier and reckless behaviour” that shows a “shocking disrespect” for the Scottish Parliament.

From Friday, dog owners in Scotland will be banned from selling, breeding or abandoning XL bully type dogs.

XL bully dogs are set to be banned from Friday. Image: Jacob King/National World.XL bully dogs are set to be banned from Friday. Image: Jacob King/National World.
XL bully dogs are set to be banned from Friday. Image: Jacob King/National World.

Who is the richest actor in the world 2024?

They're amongst the most lauded and famous people on the planet - and the leading lights of the acting world can command millions of dollars to sign up to star in the latest blockbuster movie.

Add in enormous bonuses for box office success, advertising deals and shrewd investments, and actors can become extremely wealthy.

Tom Cruise stars in Jerry Maguire.Tom Cruise stars in Jerry Maguire.
Tom Cruise stars in Jerry Maguire.

Rangers eye major windfall

Rangers could net a potential £1.2m windfall this summer after Malik Tillman strongly hinted that he will complete a permanent transfer to PSV Eindhoven this summer.

That's all folks

That's PMQs over, but the debate over the ceasefire will come soon. Say what you like about British politics, it's never dull (citation needed).

About time

Labour's Kate Osborne accuses Rishi Sunak of disrespecting the Post Office Horizon victims, and asks if a bill to exonerate post office operators will come before the election. He insists legislation will come "soon".

Trans rights are human rights

Labour's Ben Bradshaw says Kemi Badenoch, the equalities minister, told MPs that she had engaged extensively with LGBT groups, only for an FOI to reveal she only met two groups, both of whom were hostile to trans people.

Rishi Sunak claims the Government is committed to LGBT rights, which would be headline news if true, and that biological sex matters, because of course he does.

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