Four things you should know this morning

IT’S never too early to learn something new like why is the unicorn Scotland’s national animal and which Scottish city has been named the best by a world wide magazine?

The unicorn at Holyrood Palace is one of many across the city

Carol Smillie started her own business from scratch

Carol Smillie burst on to Scottish television screens over 20 years ago as the presenter of Wheel of Fortune.

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The show was her big break and led to her fronting several programmes including the highly popular DIY show Changing Rooms, which saw her become the queen of daytime TV. Nowadays, her days are spent in meetings, drawing up business plans or speaking at conferences. Stepping away from television, Carol, 53, has become one of Scotland’s most successful female entrepreneurs.

Glasgow has been named as a must visit destination in 2016 by National Geographic.

The global travel magazine has selected Glasgow in its fifth annual ‘Best of the World’ list comprising of must-see destinations around the globe.

The list, which also features other destinations in countries including Brazil, Greenland and Japan, will be featured in the December 2015/January 2016 issue of National Geographic Traveller, as well as on a special ‘Best of the World 2016’ on its award-winning website.

Therapet of the year awards

A lovable Boxer was named Therapet of the Year as part of the Canine Concern Scotland Trust 27th annual awards, after spending his year giving back

Bruce, owned by Patricia McMahon of Bellshill, Glasgow, is a regular face in Coathill Hospital, Wishaw General Hospital and Beckford Lodge secure unit in Hamilton where he volunteers as a therapet.

Therapets visit places including hospitals, prisons and care homes to boost health, ease loneliness and improve communication for residents.

Why is the unicorn Scotland’s national animal?

During research, a historian found that the Unicorn was believed to be the natural enemy of the lion - a symbol that the English royals adopted around a hundred years before.

According to folklore, the lion and the unicorn hate each other - a tradition going back to the ancient Babylonians in 3,500 B.C.