News archive from 30 May 2013

Moaning on $150k? You need a reality check

Australia, where a coffee can cost you $5. Photograph: Steve Cavalier/Alamy I know we live in a country where $5 will leave you little change when buying a cup of coffee. In Australia, a lime can set you back $2.25, rents are sky high, and the median...

 
Rockall expedition: the final checks have been done

Rockall expedition: the final checks have been done

Nick Hancock: 'It looks like we’ll have a brief window of near perfect landing conditions on Friday morning.' Photograph: Murdo MacLeod I'm sitting here now at Lickisto Blackhouse on the Isle of Harris, having carried out some minor final checks of...

 
Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims

Afghanistan war has cost Britain more than £37bn, new book claims

British soldiers in Helmand province. A new book claims despite the cost of the war, not a single al-Qaida operative has been killed and war's main beneficiaries arms dealers and Afghan drug lords. Photograph: Cpl. Timothy L. Solano/PA The war in...

 
Images of Scotland: The Torridon Mountains

Images of Scotland: The Torridon Mountains

Two hillwalkers were photographed by reader Robbie McFedries on the snow-dusted ridges of Liathach, which rises to 3,461ft in the Torridon Mountains in the far North-west View more images of Scotland on our Facebook page • To submit your picture for...

 

Sam Mendes in new Bond film talks

Filmmaker Sam Mendes could make another Bond movie

 
Tavish Scott: A tribute to our fallen war heroes

Tavish Scott: A tribute to our fallen war heroes

This week, an exhibition opened at the National War Museum in Edinburgh Castle on how the allies supported the Soviet Union in the Second World War through Arctic convoys to the north Russian ports of Archangel and Murmansk. The convoys plied some of...

 
Edinburgh facing cuts of £100m every year

Edinburgh facing cuts of £100m every year

Edinburgh is facing annual budget cuts of more than £100 million, with council services in the firing line as the climate of austerity continues to bite. The figure accounts for about a tenth of the capital’s annual spending and there are concerns...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Scottish independence: Chris Hoy ‘abused’ online

Scottish independence: Chris Hoy ‘abused’ online

ONLINE criticism aimed at Sir Chris Hoy over his views on Scottish independence amounts to "abuse", a UK minister has claimed. The six-time Olympic gold medallist used a radio interview yesterday to declare he would not be getting involved...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
SNP hits out at ministers joining accountancy firms

SNP hits out at ministers joining accountancy firms

THE SNP last night hit out at the number of former Westminster ministers and senior civil servants moving to highly paid jobs with three of the so-called "big four" accountancy firms. Stewart Hosie, the party’s Treasury spokesman, raised his...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Number of firearms in Scotland hits ten-year high

Number of firearms in Scotland hits ten-year high

THE number of guns held in Scotland has reached a ten-year high despite a decrease in the number of firearms certificate holders, new figures reveal. The statistics mirror a rise in the number of shotguns to a decade-long high, while the number of...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Cameron’s ‘English Tea Party’ Eurosceptics attacked

Cameron’s ‘English Tea Party’ Eurosceptics attacked

A LEADING EU mandarin has described David Cameron as a "hobbled" prime minister in a speech in which he blasted the state of the continent and declared that "Europe is ripe for an overhaul". Günther Oettinger described Bulgaria,...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Hugh McLachlan: Extremists have right to expression

Hugh McLachlan: Extremists have right to expression

Political response to terrorism poses more of a threat to British way of life than any murder, writes Hugh McLachlan In his response to the wicked murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich, David Cameron said some sensible things. However, his comments...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 
Moggy Thatcher could solve Holyrood mouse problem

Moggy Thatcher could solve Holyrood mouse problem

There's been a moose, loose aboot Queensberry Hoose. There have also been sightings in Holyrood's Garden Lobby, the MSPs' restaurant and the Scottish Parliament toilets. The increasingly brazen activities of the parliamentary mice have led to bid to...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Politics
 

90 Afghans held at Camp Bastion says minister

As MANY as 90 Afghan nationals are being detained in a holding facility at Camp Bastion, the defence secretary admitted

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 

Oxford ‘should name college after Thatcher’

BORIS Johnson has called for Oxford University to endow a college in honour of Margaret Thatcher to make up for denying the former prime minister an honorary doctorate. In 1985, Oxford dons refused to grant the honour to the then premier, who studied...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Hot News
 


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