Latest Scottish people Stories

2009-04-11 05:36:58

The Road to the Isles through some of Scotland's most dramatic scenery and history has finally acquired two lanes through its entire 45 miles. Scottish Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson plans to open the fourth and final section of the route to be upgraded on Wednesday, The Scotsman reports. With luck, drivers will be able to complete the journey from Fort William to Mallaig in 45 minutes if they are in a hurry. The A830, formerly infamous for its one-lane stretches and sharp turns, passes...

2009-04-02 10:50:00

Researchers say DNA techniques may have uncovered new scientific evidence of an ancient invasion of Scotland from Ireland, BBC News reported.Scots living on Islay, Lewis, Harris and Skye were found to have strong links with Irish people, according to the Edinburgh University study.Some time around 500 AD the Gaels came from Ireland and conquered the Picts in Argyll, but the researchers said the study was the first demonstration of a significant Irish genetics component in Scots' ancestry.The...

2008-09-21 18:00:18

By IAN ROBSON WRITER Val McDermid had to make changes to her successful novel Place of Execution for its TV adaptation. The novelist, who is based in Northumberland, was happy to make amendments to get the story on screen. Val is already well-known to audiences as the creator of Wire in the Blood. Place of Execution is a three-part story about journalist Catherine Heathcote's obsession with a child's disappearance in 1963. Val gave an insight into how an already popular novel...

2008-08-29 18:00:39

By Mackenna CATHY Jamieson needs to pep up her leadership campaign. It's one thing to call for improved health screening for athletes. It's quite another to direct people to a website on the issue which is not only run by the SNP Government but which also says they have already decided to improve athletes' health screening. D'oh. (c) 2008 Daily Mirror. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights Reserved.

2008-08-04 18:00:34

IRVINE Welsh's directorial debut has been put on hold after Scottish Screen withdrew GBP 400,000 funding. Despite reportedly securing Billy Connolly for the lead, and Trainspotting's Ewen Bremner (Spud) being lined up as the nephew seeking vengeance for his murdered budgies, The Man Who Walks failed to attract the GBP 1.6 million required to shoot. The film's Edinburgh-based producer, Mark Cousins, claimed that the movie would be filmed this spring, but a 12 per cent hole in finances...

2008-07-20 18:00:23

HEART-THROB James McAvoy will pick up pounds 12million to star in two sequels to this summer's blockbuster film Wanted. Hollywood bosses have given the go-ahead to the action thrillers in which Scot McAvoy, 29, plays office nerd-turned-assassin Wesley Gibson. A studio insider said: "It'll be the biggest payday of his career. There's no way they could do the sequels without him." Angelina Jolie will also feature in the sequels, reprising her role as hit-woman The Fox. (c) 2008 Sunday...

2008-06-26 00:00:00

The title of this new musical takes its name from the Tony Hatch- penned song made a huge hit by Lulu. Shout! The New Swinging Sixties Musical: Bristol Hippodrome The slight story follows the lives of three northern girls who come to London at the start of the Swinging Sixties but the emphasis is very much on the music. You might expect a show which recalls the songs and events of this period to have a limited appeal to anyone under middle age. The teenagers in the audience however,...

2008-06-24 03:01:44

By Buescher, James By James Buescher / Sunday News Correspondent Over a pint of Guinness at a pub in Edinburgh, Scotland, or at a rugby match in Belfast, Northern Ireland - these are the places you might find a bunch of guys conspiring to form a Celtic battle-music band. The members of the Scottish band Albannach found themselves in slightly more exotic environs: at Stonehenge, dressed as Celtic warriors, charging full-tilt at television cameras filming for the Discovery Channel. It was...

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'