News archive from 7 May 2012, page 7

Folk review: Shetland Folk Festival

IT'S fair to say that Admiral Fallow are one of the hottest (and/or coolest) bands in Scotland right now. Already this year they’ve opened for Snow Patrol at the SECC and sold out their own Celtic Connections show; their feverishly anticipated second...

 

Tim Cornwell: The future for books makes gloomy reading

IN EVELYN Waugh's classic satirical novel Decline and Fall, the headmaster of a fictional Welsh boys' boarding school, Llanaba Castle, makes sure to invite the local newspaper to a school sports day where things are certain to go calamitously wrong....

 

DVD reviews: War Horse | Four

The Scotsman film critic Alistair Harkness gives us his take on the recent films making it to DVD War Horse Walt Disney, £19.99 WHEN War Horse trotted into cinemas this year, it was disconcerting to hear so many commentators refer to it as a return to...

 

TV preview: Homeland | Planet Earth Live

ANDREA MULLANEY It’s probably not the best time to start watching Homeland, which concludes its first series this week, but for those that have been with it all the way, it’s been a hell of a ride (and for the rest, there’s always the DVD). At times...

 

Radio listener with Jim Gilchrist

jim gilchrist But does he mean it? He turns his Victor Meldrew catchphrase “I don’t believe it!” on its head in his four-part “celebrity radiography” BELIEVE IT!, in which he laces alleged reminiscences with unlikely tales and a certain surreal...

 

Janet Christie: Mum’s the Word

I HAVEN'T had parents for more than 25 years so I generally regard myself as an adult, but as far as my aunty and uncle are concerned I'm still about ten. I’m not saying I don’t love it when people parent me, I’m just not used to it. We’re staying in...

 
Interiors: When furnishing their Borders B&B one couple took inspiration from exotic trips to Phuket and Bali

Interiors: When furnishing their Borders B&B one couple took inspiration from exotic trips to Phuket and Bali

JOHN Tomnay once had the kind of relationship with DIY that found him calling on professional help to hang a picture. These days he wouldn't think twice about clambering on to a roof or under a floor. Life has certainly changed for John and his wife...

 
Gardens: No time to devote to your poor old plot? Thirty minutes is all you need

Gardens: No time to devote to your poor old plot? Thirty minutes is all you need

THERE are government recommendations for exercise, but what about gardening? Is there a minimum weekly time commitment that will keep our gardens healthy? Perhaps there aren’t any official guidelines, but if you want to spend more time enjoying your...

 

Garden works: Dahlias have come back into fashion

AS the spring garden grows, so do my ambitions to fill it with more colour than ever before. Vibrant dahlias have exactly the kind of showy blooms and bold foliage that I’m after to bring some real firepower to my late summer borders and can be...

 

Gadget: NeuroSky MindWave + MyndPlay

IT was with some trepidation that I positioned the NeuroSky MindWave EEG headset on my forehead. EEG (electroencephalogram) technology has traditionally been the preserve of medical research labs and usually involves a cap with many sensors and wires...

 
One in ten Scottish workers will be unemployed by 2016, says report

One in ten Scottish workers will be unemployed by 2016, says report

Unemployment in Scotland will continue to grow for another five years as the economy continues to struggle, a report has claimed. Scotland will not see unemployment rates peak until it hits nearly 10 per cent in 2016, the Centre for Economics and...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Politics
 
Lesley Riddoch: There’s nothing ‘local’ about it at all

Lesley Riddoch: There’s nothing ‘local’ about it at all

Almost all parties claimed to be winners in the council elections, but democracy continues to be the loser, writes Lesley Riddoch Everybody won. Somehow they always do. After each election – national, UK or local – politicians read the runes and...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Politics
 
Brian Monteith: Prime example of why the Tories must change

Brian Monteith: Prime example of why the Tories must change

If there is any doubt that the Conservatives have become a toxic brand, the council election victory of Peter de Vink will dispel it, writes Brian Monteith I’ll never forget the first time I met the estimable financier Peter de Vink. It was in his...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Politics
 

Moyra Forrest: We must be vigilant about protecting the capital’s green belt, for the sake of the city’s...

ONCE upon a time, Edinburgh and the Lothians had local planning policies which protected the green belt. Then the Scottish Government was persuaded that there was a strong economic case for RBS moving its headquarters to the west of the city. Lo and...

Scotsman, 00:27 in Politics
 
QPR 1 - STOKE 0: DJIBRIL CISSE IS A LIFE-SAVER

QPR 1 - STOKE 0: DJIBRIL CISSE IS A LIFE-SAVER

Bolton were beating West Brom 2-1, while Rangers were being held by Stoke and seemingly going down. Then Djibril Cisse popped up at the far post to bang home his fifth goal for them. And moments later James Morrison equalised for Albion 200 miles away...

 


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