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Scotland officially earns more than England, so let’s all pack up and move to Glasgow

| blog, L&B World, Money, Scotland, UK | January 18, 2016

Scotland officially earns more than England so let's all pack up and move to Glasgow Getty
It’s a wee bit better up north (Picture: Getty)

Scots have long suspected it, but now they have extra proof that living north of the wall is better.

Average workers in Scotland now earn more than their English counterparts for the ‘first time ever’, earning a typical £11.92 an hour, compared with £11.84 across England.

Think tank the Resolution Foundation (not biased, as it’s based in London) is about to release a report called ‘The State of Working Scotland’ – and it looks like Scots have more reason to celebrate than just having certain cool words English people don’t… Read the full story

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Two men found dead after climbing together in Scottish Highlands

| blog, L&B World, Scotland, UK | January 17, 2016

The two men were climbing in Glen Coe (Picture: Alamy)
The two men were climbing in Glen Coe (Picture: Alamy)

Two climbers have died in the Scottish Highlands in what may have been an avalanche.

The two men, who have not yet been formally identified, had been climbing on Stob Coire nam Beith in Glen Coe and are believed to have been roped together.

Police were alerted to concerns for the climbers’ safety at 4.25pm on Saturday.

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The Coastguard and Glencoe Mountain Rescue joined officers in searching for the pair.

Their bodies were found at 6.55pm.

MORE: There’s a… Read the full story

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Glasgow will host a 10k run that offers wine at rest stops

| blog, Glasgow, L&B World, Scotland, UK | January 13, 2016

(Picture: Flickr/Wineathlon)
(Picture: Flickr/Wineathlon)

When a pub crawl meets a marathon, you get a Wineathlon, a 10-kilometre race which offers wine, rather than water, at rest stops.

Those two things may not seem to go together, but Glasgow, the site of the event, is a city used to contradiction. (After all, this is a place that managed to hold simultaneously the title of UK’s friendliest city and murder capital of Western Europe.)

Hundreds of people have already signed up for the September 24 race, described as an ‘easy trail’ that puts ‘the fun back into running.’

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Two women filmed in brutal fight outside kebab shop

| blog, Crime news, L&B World, Scotland, UK | January 12, 2016

This is the shocking moment that two women began brutally attacking each other outside a kebab shop in Aberdeen.

In the footage, a brunette woman can be seen violently kicking and punching another woman outside the takeaway on Belmont Street – with friends appearing to desperately separate the pair as the brawl escalates.

But the brunette woman, wearing a white strapless dress, refuses to stop the attack – launching herself at her rival once again.

The fight is believed to have occurred at the end of December, and was captured on a mobile phone before being uploaded to Facebook.

The brunette woman later commented on the clip, writing: ‘Wow yes the video is going round… Read the full story

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A Scottish castle is falling into the water due to recent floods

| blog, flood, L&B World, Scotland, UK | January 4, 2016

Sunday 3rd January 2016, Ballater Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Parts of Scotland are still being warned that flooding is likely, with rivers expected to peak later. The Met Office has issued amber "be prepared" warnings of rain for much of north east and central Scotland. Pictured: Abergeldie Castle on the banks of the River Dee (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)
Uh oh (Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)

A 450-year-old castle belonging to the Queen’s neighour is in danger of falling into a river due to recent flooding.

Sitting alongside the River Dee, Abergeldie Castle is surrounded on three sides by the Queen’s summer residence Balmoral.

But owner John Seton Howard Gordon had to flee his home in the Cairnigorms National Park… Read the full story

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Shetland Islanders claim Chanel has ripped off their knitting patterns

| blog, L&B World, Scotland, UK | December 7, 2015

German designer Karl Lagerfeld (C) walks the runway at the end of the 12th Chanel Metiers dArt show "Paris-Rome", an annual event to honor craftsmanship that artisan partners bring to the houses collections, on December 1, 2015 at the Cinecitta studios in Rome. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Chanel designs on the runway last week (Picture: Getty)

Shetland Island knitters claim high fashion house Chanel checked out their jumpers for ‘research’ and then ripped off the designs.

Designers from Fair Isle, in the far north of the UK, say they were surprised to see sweaters which looked very familiar at the Chanel Metiers d’Art show last week.

The island, part… Read the full story

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The Forth Road Bridge is closed until next year – cue hilarious memes

| blog, L&B World, Scotland, UK | December 4, 2015

A general view from the south side of the Forth Road Bridge after it was closed to traffic, as Scotland's Transport Minister Derek Mackay has said the bridge will remain shut until the new year after faults were discovered in its steel work. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Friday December 4, 2015. The decision to close the bridge was taken by the Scottish Government after inspections carried out by specialist engineers and following advice and assessment of the fault by independent experts. See PA story TRANSPORT Bridge. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
The Forth Road Bridge is closed until January (Picture: PA)

The Forth Road Bridge in Scotland is closed until… Read the full story

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Man murdered mother then met stranger for casual sex hours later

| blog, L&B World, Scotland, UK | November 26, 2015

CCTV from a pawnbrokers of Ross Taggart who has been convicted of murdering his mother Carol-Anne Taggart. See Centre Press story CPMURDER; A man who violently killed his own mother before hiding her body at a caravan park has been sentenced to life imprisonment. Ross Taggart, 31, was found guilty at Edinburgh High Court yesterday (Wed) of murdering Carol-Anne Taggart, 54. He was also convicted of trying to pervert the course of justice by wrapping her body in bedding and hiding it at a caravan site in Pettycur Bay, Kinghorn, Fife. Taggart strangled his mum at her home in Dunfermline, Fife, on December 21 or 22 2014.
Ross Taggart, here shown on… Read the full story

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Sailor crashed 7,000-tonne ship after downing half a litre of rum

| Belfast, blog, L&B World, Russia, Scotland, UK | November 23, 2015

File photo of the Lysblink Seaways after it ran aground in Scotland. See SWNS story SWDRUNK; A Russian sailor was almost EIGHT times over the alcohol limit when he crashed his 7,000-tonne ship and wrote it off, a report has found. The 36-year-old chief officer fell asleep on the bridge of the 394ft-long Lysblink Seaways after downing half a litre of rum and ran it into the Scottish coast. The cargo ship ran aground at full speed and remained struck for two days in February pounding against the rocks due to adverse weather. The hull was damaged and 25 tonnes of marine gas oil leaked into the water near Kilchoan on the Ardnamurchan peninsula,… <a href=Read the full story

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CCTV films takeaway couple being beaten up as they close shop

| blog, Fife, L&B World, Paris attacks, Scotland, UK | November 16, 2015

Owners of a takeaway have been left needing hospital treatment after they were set upon in what’s believed to be a racially motivated attack.

Mohammed Khalid, 53, was closing Caspian Fast Food in the early hours of Sunday morning in Fife when they were set upon.

He needed hospital treatment while Mrs Khalid received minor injuries while trying to protect her husband.

Daughter Shama posted CCTV footage of the assault on Facebook.

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