News archive from 22 December 2012

Restaurant review: Central Market, Glasgow

Restaurant review: Central Market, Glasgow

Textures include: exposed brick, stainless steel, slate, Carrara marble and tiles." When it came to visiting this new cafe, restaurant and deli, the above extract from the press release sold it to me. Their description did make it sound rather...

 
Travel: An isolated cottage gives new meaning to island life, as the centuries fade away on Orkney

Travel: An isolated cottage gives new meaning to island life, as the centuries fade away on Orkney

One of the best things about visiting an island is the business of getting there. The adventure must begin on what islanders call the mainland. Ours begins in Scrabster, a small, satisfyingly-named harbour settlement that hunkers at the very top of...

 

Zlatan's up to old his tricks again! Ibrahimovic conjures up scorpion kick

First there was the bicycle kick. Then there was the propeller kick. And on Friday night Zlatan Ibrahimovic showed off the scorpion kick.The Swedish striker conjured up his latest piece of showboating during Paris St Germain's 3-0 victory over Brest.

Daily Mail, 00:02 in Sport
 
CLARKE: WATSON APPOINTMENT A SHOCK

CLARKE: WATSON APPOINTMENT A SHOCK

Darren Clarke believes Tom Watson's appointment as American Ryder Cup captain has come as a "bolt from the blue" and really given Europe food for thought before they name their man. It was widely seen as a straight choice between Clarke and...

Daily Star, 00:02 in Sport
 
What If... a story by Alexander McCall Smith

What If... a story by Alexander McCall Smith

THREE friends, Tom, Douglas and Robert met every year for a Christmas lunch at the end of the first week of December. They chose that week to avoid the period towards the middle of the month when people suddenly remembered their annual office lunches...

 
All you need for the festive season... my Christmas gift guide for all sports fans

All you need for the festive season... my Christmas gift guide for all sports fans

Christmas is a time for giving. It's a time for giving your work colleague a seasonal dose of the Noro-virus. Giving the pungent postman a wide berth. And giving children chocolates you secretly suspect may have been hanging in that old sock since...

Daily Mail, 00:02 in Sport
 
Christmas companions: Santa’s litte helpers in European myth and literature

Christmas companions: Santa’s litte helpers in European myth and literature

"HE'S making a list/He's checking it twice/He's gonna find out/Who's naughty and nice" - across thousands of supermarkets, bars, lifts and radio stations the words of John Coots and Haven Gillespie's 1934 Christmas hit song will be...

 
Lost worlds, yet familiar: The Scotsman’s book reviews of 100 years ago

Lost worlds, yet familiar: The Scotsman’s book reviews of 100 years ago

READING this paper's book coverage from 100 years ago is always a strange mixture of recognition and bewilderment. I should confess that I go to it mostly for solace from contemporary writing – I have a weird nostalgia for the days when authors had...

 

Book review: Empire Antartica: Ice, Silence and Emperor Penguins by Gavin Francis

THERE'S an odd dichotomy at the heart of this fascinating book by Edinburgh doctor Gavin Francis. Empire Antarctica: Ice, Silence And Emperor Penguins By Gavin Francis Chatto & Windus, 260pp, £16.99 On the face of it, Empire Antarctica sounds as...

 

Book review: Winter: Five Windows On The Season By Adam Gopnik

WHEN Henry Raeburn painted his Skating Minister on Duddingston Loch in 1795, he was working within a specific, if fleeting, genre - the serious thinker depicted in a moment of solitary commune with raw nature. Winter: Five Windows On The Season By...

 
Actor Eddie Redmayne on his role in Les Misérables

Actor Eddie Redmayne on his role in Les Misérables

Eddie Redmayne is pouting. Actually, he's not pouting at all but rather demonstrating how his "neutral" face has a rather pouty quality to it. "I just happen to have massive lips," he says with an incredulous smile. “I often get...

 
Strictly Come Dancing final: Louis Smith favourite to win glitterball trophy

Strictly Come Dancing final: Louis Smith favourite to win glitterball trophy

Strictly Come Dancing finalists, from left, Dani Harmer, Louis Smith, Denise Van Outen and Kimberley Walsh. Up for grabs is the glitterball trophy. Photograph: Rex Features It began as a speculative celebrity reinvention of a ballroom dancing show...

Guardian, 00:03 in Showbiz
 
Potter about at Warner Bros Studios for a spell and discover the magic that made Harry happen

Potter about at Warner Bros Studios for a spell and discover the magic that made Harry happen

We are standing in the Great Hall of Hogwarts where Harry, Ron and Hermione were first sorted into their houses. We have queued past the Cupboard Under the Stairs, and the secrets and sets from the eight Harry Potter films await. Already we are...

 
Optical Express parent suffers loss as it is hit by high street gloom

Optical Express parent suffers loss as it is hit by high street gloom

THE tough retail trading environment has taken its toll on David Moulsdale's high street healthcare empire, pushing the group to a hefty loss. DCM (Optical Holdings), the Cumbernauld-based company behind the Optical Express chain, slumped to a £1.5...

Scotsman, 00:03 in Business
 
Alf Young: A reluctance to ring-fence the city

Alf Young: A reluctance to ring-fence the city

WHAT to do about our troubled big banks? Some still on state life support. Others in a shuffling queue, settling billion-dollar-plus plea bargains with regulators on both sides of the Atlantic on a succession of post-crash delinquencies, from fixing...

Scotsman, 00:04 in Politics
 


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