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Travel firm targets expansion in Spanish cities

An Edinburgh-based travel firm that organises short-stay language immersion trips focused on Spain is adding new destinations to its offering. The Pack Language Experience was founded by Spaniards Adrian Lago and Ana Sanz. Lago said they wanted to tap...

Saturday, 23:20 in Politics

Subversive sewing book gets straight to the point

SS leader Heinrich Himmler’s struggle with the French Resistance for ownership of the medieval Bayeux Tapestry, and elderly men in Edinburgh compiling a collage on sectarianism, are just two of the stories in a debut book about subversive needlework...

Saturday, 23:14 in Politics

Pregnant IS teen fears baby will be taken away in UK

A pregnant teenager who went to Syria to join the Islamic State group fears her unborn baby will be taken away from her as her family pleaded for the runaway schoolgirl to be allowed back to the UK urgently. Shamima Begum said she understood the...

Saturday, 23:00 in Hot News

No-fly zones extended at all airports following drones chaos

A hardline UK-wide crackdown on the use of drones near airports has been announced in a drive to avoid any repeat of the chaos witnessed at Gatwick in the run-up to Christmas. The “no-fly” zone around all UK airports, including those such as Edinburgh...

Saturday, 23:00 in Hot News

This £5m castle in Ravelston has been named alongside the UK’s most ‘unloved’ homes

AN Edinburgh castle which once hosted the likes of Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen and Sir Walter Scott, has been included in a list of Britain’s most ‘unloved’ properties after its asking price dropped by £1 million. Situated in the affluent...

Saturday, 21:46 in Politics

All Aberdeen flybmi flights cancelled as Brexit blamed for airline’s collapse

All flybmi flights to and from Aberdeen have been cancelled after the airline filed for administration. The immediate cancellation of all flybmi flights, including the three served by Aberdeen International, was announced on Saturday night. The...

Saturday, 21:04 in Politics

Flybmi suspends all flights as airline blames Brexit for collapse

Airline flybmi has suspended flights and is filing for administration, blaming uncertainty around Brexit. The airline, which had operated 17 regional jet aircraft on routes to 25 European cities and served Aberdeen as its only Scottish destination,...

Saturday, 19:42 in Politics

15 Edinburgh department stores that are gone but not forgotten

With a plethora of different department stores to choose from the shopping experience of yesteryear in central Edinburgh was markedly different than it is today. As the building that was once home to Fraser’s flagship Edinburgh store at the West End...

Saturday, 19:15 in Lifestyle

The Big Interview: St Andrews Old Course Hotel general manager Helen McBride

‘My family keeps telling me I should write a book,” laughs Helen McBride, saying her near three decades working in hospitality – including a stint at Sir Richard Branson’s tropical paradise Necker Island – have provided days at work she’s told could...

Saturday, 14:59 in Business

Silent protest as Orange Walk passes Glasgow church of attacked priest

A silent ‘no anti-Catholic marhces’ protest was held today outside of St Alphonsus in Calton as an Orange Walk passed by. The church was where Canon Tom White was spat at by Bradley Wallace during an Orange march last year. Posting on Twitter last...

Saturday, 14:54 in Politics

Scots foundry rings changes for Big Ben

A Scottish foundry has been given a key role in the restoration of Big Ben. Ballantine Castings, which is based in Bo’ness, West Lothian, is creating thousands of cast iron tiles to adorn the roof of the Elizabeth Tower, the structure that encases...

Saturday, 13:56 in Politics

Scottish Labour defends offering free passes to party conference

Scottish Labour has defended offering free passes to the party’s annual conference to new supporters, pensioners, the unemployed and youth amid a fall in members. The party has lost nearly 5,000 members over the past year – about 20 per cent of its...

Saturday, 12:35 in Politics

Runaway schoolgirl Shamima Begum fears her unborn baby will be taken away

Runaway schoolgirl Shamima Begum fears her unborn baby will be taken away from her as her family pleaded for the teenager to be allowed back to the UK “as a matter of urgency”. Ms Begum said she understood the controversy and intense media scrutiny a...

Saturday, 11:55 in Politics

ScotRail contract could have been stripped over falling performance

Lowering ScotRail’s passenger satisfaction targets two years in a row allowed Abellio to avoid the possibility of being stripped of its contract to run the franchise, Scottish Labour has suggested. Under the terms of the franchise agreement, a breach...

Saturday, 11:55 in Politics

Crown Office baulks at role in cyber kiosks as police offer contrary view

Fresh concerns have emerged over the legality of plans to roll out police “cyber kiosks” across Scotland after prosecution chiefs warned they can’t get involved. Senior officers had indicated the Crown Office (COPFS) would be providing advice in...

Saturday, 06:52 in Politics

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