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      May 1, 2015

      The SNP has let down Scotland's poorest students

      At the 2007 Holyrood elections, the Scottish National party campaigned to “dump the debt” accrued by students at...

    2. September 11, 2014

      Special Ayr Service parachutes in to Scottish vote debate

      Scottish banks are readying plans to become English following a Yes vote, which Gordon Brown hopes to forestall with a...

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      September 9, 2014

      An optimist argues for a No vote

      In 2003, Carol Craig published The Scots’ Crisis of Confidence, a book that led to a lot of debate in Scotland. A mix...

    2. August 22, 2014

      ‘Andrew Marr’s Great Scots’, BBC 2

      Last week, the first of Andrew Marr’s Great Scots: The Writers Who Shaped a Nation (Saturday BBC2 9.15pm) was James...

    3. April 30, 2014

      Dear Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh – review

      There are five months to go to Scotland’s independence referendum, and in a hall of the Scottish National Portrait...

    4. April 14, 2014

      No winners in UK’s battle of the bards

      Is there no modern issue on which William Shakespeare does not have something to say? Daniel Hannan, a UK Conservative...

    5. January 17, 2014

      First Person: Chris Tait

      Next Saturday it’s Burns Night and I’ll be in a castle in Aberdeenshire delivering the “Address to a Haggis” for a big...

    6. August 23, 2012

      US general blames fasting for attacks

      The top US military commander in Afghanistan said on Thursday that fasting during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan may...

    7. February 19, 2012

      Lawyers confirm new trend among shipowners

      Struggling international shipping companies are increasingly lodging cash with US law firms in the hope of using US...

    8. January 27, 2012

      Untied kingdom

      It was a day of rejoicing and feasting in London. On May 1 1707, Scottish parliamentarians were welcomed to the English...

    9. January 12, 2012

      Scots elsewhere in UK must also vote on independence

      From Mr Clark McGinn. Sir, As no opinion poll in three decades has produced a majority in favour of Scottish...

    10. September 12, 2011

      Orpheus in the Underworld, Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

      It looked like a coup for Scottish Opera when Rory Bremner was announced as scriptwriter for its new touring production...

    11. August 13, 2011

      Mark Wilde: Britten: Complete Scottish Songs

      Britten made his first setting of Robert Burns, the Scots bard, aged nine. His last song-cycle, premiered shortly...

    12. July 16, 2011

      Battlefield Band: Line-Up

      The bagpipe drone and fiddle patterns of Scottish folk ring oddly close to modern dance music. Amid the jigs and...

    13. June 20, 2011

      A new revenue model can prove a pivotal moment

      When Robert Burns wrote his line about the “the best laid schemes of mice and men” often going awry, he was probably...

    14. February 5, 2011

      Emily Smith: Traveller’s Joy

      Emily Smith Traveller’s Joy (White Falls) Hard on the heels of her collection of songs by Robert Burns comes this...

    15. January 28, 2010

      Recluse JD Salinger dies at 91

      JD Salinger photographed at his home in Cornish, New Hampshire , in 1961 from behind a fence The news that J D Salinger...

    16. January 22, 2010

      Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan: Adoon Winding Nith

      Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan Adoon Winding Nith White Fall Ready for Burns Night, the Scottish singer Emily Smith...

    17. January 20, 2010

      Conversion of inquiries into orders key to upturn

      Weir Group is one of the venerable names in Scottish engineering. Founded in 1872 by two brothers - descendants of the...

    18. December 22, 2009

      Time for the blinkers to come off in business class

      In his poem "To a Louse", Robert Burns, Scotland's bard, set out the first principle of public relations: O wad some...

    19. December 21, 2009

      Time to take off the blinkers in business class

      In his poem “To a Louse”, Robert Burns, Scotland’s bard, set out the first principle of public relations: O wad some...

    20. November 25, 2009

      Burns anniversary brings extra boost

      Homecoming Scotland - a year of events to mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns - is expected to...

    21. September 22, 2009

      Empty Chambers

      Sad to hear Chambers Harrap, publisher of Chambers Dictionary , is closing its Edinburgh office with the likely loss...

    22. May 23, 2009

      Galloway’s unspoilt charm

      Foodies love Castle Douglas The road between Dumfries and Kirkcudbright is a little-used highway of extravagant...

    23. May 15, 2009

      When a shared working culture extends into later life

      P auline Eastman is reading a Robert Burns poem to fellow housemates in a voice that is surprisingly strong and clear,...

    24. May 14, 2009

      After work culture

      Pauline Eastman is reading a Robert Burns poem to fellow housemates in a voice that is surprisingly strong and clear,...

    25. April 9, 2009

      Missoni makes light of gloom

      Given the gloom over Scotland's financial sector, this might not seem a great time to launch a five-star hotel in...

    26. April 8, 2009

      Missoni makes light of gloom

      Given the gloom over Scotland’s financial sector, this might not seem a great time to launch a five-star hotel in...

    27. March 26, 2009

      Witching hour at Edinburgh

      The hounding of Sir Fred Goodwin may be transfixing Scotland, but the Edinburgh International Festival yesterday...

    28. March 26, 2009

      Witching hour at Edinburgh

      The hounding of Sir Fred Goodwin may be transfixing Scotland, but the Edinburgh International Festival on Wednesday...

    29. February 17, 2009

      Waking the dead

      Scientists at Glasgow Caledonian University plan to create a DNA profile of the poet Robert Burns, who fathered 12...

    30. February 16, 2009

      A threat to the state? You decide

      Next month brings the 25th anniversary of the start of the 1984-85 miners’ strike. Even today, Margaret Thatcher’s...

    31. January 26, 2009

      The Bard

      The Bard: Robert Burns, A Biography By Robert Crawford Jonathan Cape £20 350 pages FT Bookshop price: £16 This January...

    32. January 24, 2009

      TV choice Karl French

      Anyone seeking a break from anxieties about the current global financial crisis will find precious little solace in...

    33. January 24, 2009

      Non-fiction - The Bard:Robert Burns A Biography

      Te Bard:Robert Burns A Biography by Robert Crawford This January 25 is a special Burns night - it marks the 250th...

    34. January 24, 2009

      The musical creations of poet Robert Burns

      When the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’s birth is celebrated on Sunday at countless suppers round the globe, few of...

    35. January 10, 2009

      Pop - Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

      Lady GaGa The Fame Interscope ** Unfortunate name, Lady GaGa - it brings to mind confused elderly dowagers, not The...

    36. January 7, 2009

      Statue boom

      UK Notebook (Andrew Bolger): Visitors to Scotland will notice that Edinburgh appears to be enjoying a golden age for...

    37. January 7, 2009

      Hoping for healthy Homecoming

      Scots hope the pound's weakness will help to alleviate recession by boosting tourism, which has suffered in recent...

    38. January 7, 2009

      Statue boom

      Visitors to Scotland will notice that Edinburgh appears to be enjoying a golden age for statues. This welcome trend...

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