News archive from 12 May 2013, page 1

Novia Financial eye further push into Scotland

A FINANCIAL technology firm that provides key products for insurance and pensions group Aegon is eyeing a further push into Scotland. Novia Financial, which was founded by Scots-born chief executive Bill Vasilieff five years ago, specialises in “wrap...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 

Edinburgh-based FanDuel heads for the black

A SCOTTISH internet company that provides "fantasy sports" games to American customers has made a pair of senior appointments as it predicts it will be profitable by the end of the year. Edinburgh-based Fan­Duel has named former Disney and...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
ITV chief urged to splash out on more programmes

ITV chief urged to splash out on more programmes

ITV chief executive Adam Crozier is coming under increasing pressure to "splash the cash" by snapping up other production companies and investing in its own programmes. City analysts want Crozier, who took over at ITV in 2010 after seven...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Credit unions take on payday lenders

Credit unions take on payday lenders

CREDIT unions in Scotland are targeting both banks and payday lenders following the launch of a scheme aimed at boosting membership of the mutuals. The UK government is investing £36 million in the sector in a deal it claims could save struggling...

Scotsman, 00:05 in Business
 
Rod Stewart uses steroids that nearly killed him

Rod Stewart uses steroids that nearly killed him

IT WAS an addiction which threatened to bring his half-century of stardom to an abrupt and tragic end. But Rod Stewart has revealed he still relies on the steroids which almost cost him his life. Last year the veteran rock star revealed he had battled...

Scotsman, 00:06 in Health
 
Eurovision: From nul points to Number One

Eurovision: From nul points to Number One

It's Eurovision time again, and David Elder has the lowdown on the cheesiest show on TV 1: Once described by the French as “a monument to drivel and mediocrity”, this week sees the staging of the 58th Eurovision Song Contest in Malmö, Sweden. 2:...

 

The Royal Caledonian Ball keeps it reel in London

Once a year the Grosvenor Hotel in London is turned into a floor-shaking bacchanal when the tartan aristocracy take the floor for the Royal Caledonian Ball ‘WELCOME,” says Lord Biddulph with a waggle of his estimable eyebrows, “to the best ball in...

 
Borgen’s Pilou Asbaek on his Somalian pirate film

Borgen’s Pilou Asbaek on his Somalian pirate film

NOW a household name beyond his Danish homeland after appearing in political drama Borgen, Pilou Asbaek is swapping the corridors of power for the hardship of being held hostage by Somalian pirates An appealing cross between Ewan McGregor and a...

 
Now That’s What I Call Music: Then and now

Now That’s What I Call Music: Then and now

As Now That's What I Call Music celebrates its 30th birthday, Andrew Eaton-Lewis explores the enduring appeal of the strange pick and mix that has been the soundtrack to 100 million lives IMAGINE for a moment that your only experience of pop music was...

 
Restaurant review: The Pantry, Edinburgh

Restaurant review: The Pantry, Edinburgh

THERE are many things I like in restaurants, but the acronym BYOB is my second favourite - pipped only by the same letters on the door of a restaurant within 100 yards of a decent off-licence. The Pantry 1-2 North West Circus Place, Edinburgh Starters...

 
Tom Kitchin: Seafood, scallop and champagne recipes

Tom Kitchin: Seafood, scallop and champagne recipes

LEARNING to cook, no matter what level you're at, is all about a few essential things. Whether you enjoy trying new recipes or ingredients, just love cooking for your family and friends or you're training to be a chef, there are a few key things you...

 

Fordyce Maxwell: I felt I could come off the subs bench at short notice if needed. I wasn’t, so didn’t

TWENTY minutes into the demonstration I had my lightbulb moment with: "I could do that." Not the preparation and cooking of asparagus mimosa, confit sea trout and Paris brest, you understand, which Kevin was taking us through with skill and...

 
Wine: ‘Unlike oak-dominated shiraz of yesteryear’

Wine: ‘Unlike oak-dominated shiraz of yesteryear’

HEAVY, ripe and alcoholic expressions of shiraz (or syrah) have given it an unfair reputation for brashness. While this generalisation was never completely true, the current popularity of cooler-climate versions has brought freshness, subtlety and...

 
Travel: Safari in Kenya

Travel: Safari in Kenya

THE conservation message comes over loud and clear when visiting Kenya's famous animals on safari. “Black or white?” Joseph tested how much attention we had been paying. We had seen a white rhino first, extremely close up too, casually grazing while...

 
Travel: Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire

Travel: Hartwell House, Buckinghamshire

ONE of three hotels owned by the National Trust, Hartwell House, in the Vale of Aylesbury, was first mentioned in the Domesday Book as belonging to a natural son of William the Conqueror. But the stunning building that stands there now, with its...

 


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