News archive from 15 May 2015, page 1

Night at the Festival of Museums is not so scary

Night at the Festival of Museums is not so scary

Festival of Museums offers something for everyone at museums large and small across the country, from tractor rallies to Viking taverns, as Joanne Orr reveals Have you noticed that Vikings, Pharaohs and Romans have all been jostling for your attention...

 
44 Scotland Street: The dastardly plot is revealed

44 Scotland Street: The dastardly plot is revealed

Volume 10, episode 45: "Well, William, how are things up in Aberdeen?" asked the former chairman. "In the movement, that is?" William Macdonald, the chairman of the Aberdeen branch, was a thick-set man with a fresh, ruddy...

 
Greece rules out Elgin Marbles legal action

Greece rules out Elgin Marbles legal action

GREECE has ruled out making a legal challenge to reclaim the Elgin Marbles from the British Museum, rejecting the advice of international lawyers. The country’s culture minister Nikos Xydakis said Greece would instead pursue a “diplomatic and...

Scotsman, 00:19 in Hot News
 
Sun creams ‘fail to provide promised protection’

Sun creams ‘fail to provide promised protection’

Two sun creams from leading brands are failing to provide the protection they claim, say tests by a consumer watchdog. Boots Soltan Protect & Moisturise Lotion SPF30 (200ml) and Hawaiian Tropic Silk Hydration Lotion SPF30 (180ml) both offered only...

Scotsman, 00:19 in Hot News
 
George Osborne pledge on cities devolution plans

George Osborne pledge on cities devolution plans

CHANCELLOR George Osborne has promised a "revolution" in the way England is governed, with elected mayors presiding over far greater powers in major cities. Mr Osborne is urging England’s big cities to take on powers over transport, policing...

Scotsman, 00:19 in Hot News
 
Briton among dead after Taleban guesthouse assault

Briton among dead after Taleban guesthouse assault

A TALEBAN attack on a Kabul guesthouse has left 14 people dead, including nine foreigners, in the most brazen assault by the insurgents in the Afghan capital since the start of their spring offensive. Among the nine foreigners killed in Wednesday’s...

Scotsman, 00:19 in Hot News
 
Napoleon’s gold eagles reunited in Scotland

Napoleon’s gold eagles reunited in Scotland

THEY were the iconic emblems used to provide a rallying point during the Napoleonic Wars. The gold standards were created to inspire pride and loyalty among the French forces – to lose them in battle was considered the ultimate shame. Just two...

 
Exercise is all about timing and choices

Exercise is all about timing and choices

Staying fit is much easier if you enjoy it, writes David McLean THE United Kingdom has been fascinated by choices this May – who to vote for to run the country, what the new royal baby will be called and what to watch on a Sunday night now that...

Scotsman, 00:20 in Health
 
Forest swallows the Beatles' Indian retreat

Forest swallows the Beatles' Indian retreat

The ruins of an Indian spiritual retreat in northern India have become a place of pilgrimage - but not because of the guru who once lived there. It's all about the Beatles, and the time they spent there meditating and writing songs in 1968. In the...

BBC, 00:20 in World News
 
Eight surprising consequences of Ghana's power outages

Eight surprising consequences of Ghana's power outages

Ghana has been experiencing power outages for the last three years, making them the longest the country has experienced. Here are some consequences you may not have expected. An annoying buzzing When you walk through central Accra, you hear this...

BBC, 00:20 in World News
 

Avon shares soar 20% after mystery firm files improbable bid

Shares in the cosmetics company Avon rose by 20% after an apparently nonexistent firm incorporated in a remote archipelago in the Indian Ocean offered to buy the company for almost three times its market value. The purported acquirer, which identified...

Guardian, 00:21 in Business
 
Coding the future: What will the future of programming look like?

Coding the future: What will the future of programming look like?

It's three years now since the credit-card sized Raspberry Pi launched. And with five million sold it is today Britain's fastest-selling personal computer, a $35 (£25) successor to kit computers like the Heathkit H8. The Pi, and its community...

 
Karachi bus massacre: The survivors who drove to hospital

Karachi bus massacre: The survivors who drove to hospital

The massacre of Ismaili Shia Muslims in the Pakistani city of Karachi was not only shocking because of its scale - but also because survivors who had been left for dead then had to drive themselves to hospital. The BBC's M Ilyas Khan reports. About 60...

BBC, 00:23 in World News
 
Suntan lotions failing protection tests, says Which?

Suntan lotions failing protection tests, says Which?

Two of the UK's most popular brands of suntan lotion do not offer as much sun protection as they claim, according to the consumer organisation, Which? It is advising consumers not to buy the products, both of which are labelled as sun protection...

BBC, 00:24 in Business
 
Inside Laos: A former US beauty queen's quest for change

Inside Laos: A former US beauty queen's quest for change

More than three decades ago, Amy Chanthaphavong's parents fled their home country of Laos. Her father had been a fighter pilot in the Laos air force, supporting the Americans in their war on neighbouring Vietnam. As communists tightened their grip on...

BBC, 00:24 in Business
 


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