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Articles from The Scotsman Online (February 20, 2021)

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"There is ample space to find your little piece of heaven". Salt & Pine, from the couple behind The Crepe Shack, is opening in Tentsmuir Forest; The newly rebranded business will have a lifestyle flavour. Gaby Soutar 593
'Absolutely gut-wrenching' - Barry Ferguson admits he is 'praying' for Rangers ace; Rangers legend Barry Ferguson has admitted that he is "praying" that James Tavernier's recent injury blow is not serious. Jason Jones 631
'Form goes out window': Livingston not flustered after being held by St Mirren; David Martindale insists Livingston do not have a confidence issue ahead of next weekend's Betfred Cup final. Angus Wright 507
'It's not right or ethical': Celtic boss Neil Lennon hits out on 'dramatically changed' interviewing; Celtic manager Neil Lennon has challenged the "ethics" of the attack-dog style interviews to which Scottish managers have been increasingly subjected to pre-and-post match this season. Andrew Smith 594
'This is nicer and less stressful!' - Hibs midfielder Alex Gogic on some key differences; Alex Gogic has the requisite insight to be able to warn his Hibs team-mates about the threat posed by Hamilton, especially at this stage of the league campaign. Moira Gordon 580
Adam Hastings is focused on Glasgow's game v Leinster but would jump at Scotland recall; Adam Hastings believes he may have to play several more games for Glasgow before winning a Scotland recall, but has admitted he would jump at the chance to be involved against France next Sunday. Stuart Bathgate 542
Aidan Smith's TV week: Devils, Behind Her Eyes, Framing Britney Spears, Crime Scene; The first disconcerting thing about Devils, the new Sky Atlantic thriller, is a key character being called Ed Stuart. Though spelled differently from the old Radio 1 DJ and kids' TV presenter, every time his name is mentioned I want to shout out "Stewpot!" and "'ello darlin'!" and "Crackerjack!" This is not very helpful when I'm trying to follow a tricky plot. Aidan Smith 946
Alan McGee talks about Creation Stories, the film of his life starring Ewen Bremner; 'Ewen Bremner, he's a brilliant actor. He totally gets me. You watch it and you go 'that's f***ing me', know what I mean?'. Janet Christie 2742
Allan Massie: This has been a dead season for a crop of young players; The two signings Glasgow have announced this week should offer some cheer to their supporters deprived at present both of the opportunity to attend matches and, equally sadly, of success, though at the moment of writing one hopes they have managed to beat Ulster last night. Allan Massie 687
Analysis: The endgame of the Alex Salmond Inquiry is upon us; Holyrood's inquiry investigating the Scottish Government's botched handling of harassment complaints is set for its final act in the coming fortnight. Conor Matchett 906
Another injury worry for St Johnstone as they warm up for Betfred Cup final in style; St Johnstone manager Callum Davidson hopes they caught David Wotherspoon's groin problem in time to safeguard his chances of playing at Hampden next weekend. Philip Graham 533
Art reviews: Barbara Rae / Chris Johanson / Jesse Wine; An online exhibition of work by Barbara Rae shows what can be achieved when a great artist teams up with a master printmaker, writes Susan Mansfield. Susan Mansfield 1089
Ask Gareth Shaw: What are the inheritance tax pitfalls to look out for when I buy a flat for my son? QuestionI am in the process of buying a flat for my son. It costs [pounds sterling]95,000 and I am providing [pounds sterling]85,000. The flat will be part of his inheritance. I have three other children who know about this arrangement and are prepared to wait for their share until the appropriate time. I am 73 years old. Can you please advise me of any pitfalls in this arrangement? 637
Bank of Scotland owner Lloyds expected to reinstate dividend this week; Profits are expected to have plunged when Bank of Scotland owner Lloyds Banking Group reports its 2020 results this week but shareholders will be firmly focused on the bank's dividend. Scott Reid 241
Bob MacIntyre relishes being 'thrown in at the deep end' on American odyssey; The bigger the better for Bob MacIntyre. "I love getting thrown in at the deep end," he admits with a wry smile. "That's when I feel like I play my best golf - when I'm fit and healthy and just get thrown right into the deep end.". Martin Dempster 1026
Building tax holidays help push housing transactions to highest level since financial crisis; Stamp duty and building tax holidays have helped push housing transactions to the highest level since the financial crisis, new figures reveal. Scott Reid 463
Call for urgent government action as plunge in aircraft orders rocks aerospace sector; Aerospace industry leaders have stressed the need for urgent government support after a slump in aircraft orders. Scott Reid 341
Children's charity The Archie Foundation Highland celebrates ten-year anniversary; The Highland branch of The Archie Foundation is looking for stories from families they have supported over the last decade to help them celebrate their ten-year anniversary. Beth Murray 738
Comment: Hibs' Scott Allan deserves our respect and best wishes - and he's not the only one; It is all too easy - and far too lazy - to cast footballers in the role of spoiled rich kids, out of touch with reality and determined to shirk the rules everyone else has to live by. Moira Gordon 590
Concerns grow as 15-year-old boy is reported missing in Fife; Police Scotland are appealing for the help of the public to find a missing 15-year-old boy who was last seen in the Rosyth area of Fife on Friday. Beth Murray 205
Coronavirus in Scotland: 'Care homes aren't just for older people' - families of disabled Scots feel 'ignored' by visiting rules; Hollie Sutherland used to leave her care home almost daily, going to day services or on outings with her parents, sisters or baby nephews and niece. Elsa Maishman 1040
Coronavirus in Scotland: 803 new cases in the last 24 hours as 29 more deaths are recorded; In the last 24 hours, 29 additional deaths have been recorded in Scotland while 803 new cases have been reported. Beth Murray 199
Criticism of the First Minister and her government is seen as being 'anti-Scottish' - Susan Dalgety; Before Covid my friend Anna led a glamourous life. As befits someone who is six foot tall with razor sharp cheekbones and piercing blue eyes, she worked as a model, an organiser of fabulous events and an expert on all things fashion. Susan Dalgety 982
Dan Carter announces retirement as All Blacks legend hangs up boots at age of 38; Former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has announced his retirement from professional rugby at the age of 38. Patrick McPartlin 378
Demands grow for removal of Brexit barriers facing Scottish artists and performers; The Scottish Government is demanding action from Westminster to break a visa deadlock which is said to be putting performers and artists at risk of being cut off from the rest of Europe. Brian Ferguson 599
Don't blame MSPs who try to get at the Sturgeon-Salmond truth - Brian Wilson; With a little help from Lady Dorrian in the Court of Session, and the Scottish Parliament's Presiding Officer, the barriers of obstructiveness might finally be broken down. Brian Wilson 687
Early intervention for poorest kids must be top priority - Brian Wilson; A generation has passed since I was Scottish education minister in the pre-devolution interregnum, but one lesson never left me - the importance of early intervention to education and society more widely. Brian Wilson 269
Edinburgh 10-22 Munster: Home side pay the price for slow start; Edinburgh lost more ground on the top three in Pro14 Conference B as a much-improved second-half performance was not enough to compensate for the shortcomings of the first 40. Stuart Bathgate Conference news 521
Edinburgh University engineering students to work with 'cutting-edge' industry software; An Aberdeenshire process safety firm has teamed up with the University of Edinburgh to give the next generation of engineers the chance to work with "cutting-edge" industry software. Scott Reid 426
Failure to secure our borders was one of Britain's greatest Covid failings - Stephen Jardine; On Monday morning I sat on a bench at Cramond and watched a Turkish Airlines flight makes its slow descent into Edinburgh Airport. Stephen Jardine 584
Farming: Agritourism boost as short-term let licences put on hold; Scotland's growing rural tourism sector breathed a sigh of relief this week when it was announced that legislation requiring the licensing of short-term lets - including farm cottage holiday accommodation - was being withdrawn from the Scottish Parliament, to allow time for a fuller review of the proposals. Brian Henderson 488
Flockdown tales: The plucky goings on at the chicken coop with Sergeant Gertie; All poultry keepers of both domestic and commercial flocks are still cursed by avian flu prevention measures. DEFRA have ordered all poultry to be housed under cover until deemed safe to come out, with no casual fraternising with wild birds allowed. Cat Thomson 549
Four hospitalised as car crashes during Perthshire police pursuit; Four people have been taken to hospital after a car crashed during a police pursuit across Perth. David McLean 230
Glasgow Warriors 13-19 Ulster: Warriors' Euro hopes take a dent; Glasgow had to make do with a losing bonus point at Scotstoun as Ulster's sharper cutting edge made the difference in a 19-13 win for the visitors. Stuart Bathgate 714
Higher levels of Scots get Covid-19 jab compared to England and N.Ireland; A higher proportion of people living in Scotland have received a Covid-19 vaccination than in England and Northern Ireland, according to the latest official figures. Ilona Amos 483
Ian Blackford warns Rishi Sunak must avoid 'repeat of Thatcher years' by pledging almost [pounds sterling]100 billion in next week's budget; Ian Blackford has warned the UK must avoid "a repeat of the Thatcher years" by pledging an almost [pounds sterling]100 billion stimulus into the economy in next week's Budget. Alexander Brown 733
In pictures: Parts of Callander submerged after River Teith bursts banks due to heavy rain; Parts of Callander in Stirlingshire have been flooded after the River Teith burst its banks due to heavy rain. Catriona Thomson 293
Insight: How the opposition will tackle the SNP's dominance in May's elections; The SNP are set for the Scottish Parliament's second majority government, support for independence is riding high consistently for the first time in history, and domestic opponents are floundering - at least that is what the polls are telling us. Conor Matchett 4013
Investment 'dogs' named and shamed in funds snapshot; Investors have almost [pounds sterling]50 billion tied up in consistently poorly performing funds run by major financial groups including Invesco, St James's Place and Schroders, according to figures released today. perry gourley 328
Kevin Macdonald on new film The Mauritanian: "We're still living in the shadow of 9/11"; Kevin Macdonald's latest film, The Mauritanian, focuses on the plight of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who was detained for 14 years with no charge, after being implicated in the World Trade Centre attacks. Even now, Macdonald reckons it only got made because stars Jodie Foster, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tahar Rahim saw the importance of his story. Interview by Alistair Harkness. Alistair Harkness 1159
Lost surf board returned after incredible 400-mile journey to Shetland; A surfer has been reunited with his surfboard in "perfect condition" a month after it was lost at sea and drifted more than 400 miles away to Shetland. 209
Man arrested in Fife after being found carrying bladed weapon; Police in Fife have arrested a man in connection with reports of an individual in possession of a knife. Beth Murray 172
Mental health tech firm secures [pounds sterling]500k for expansion; A Scottish technology firm headed by veteran businessman Nick Kuenssberg has secured more than [pounds sterling]500,000 to fund expansion amid growing demand. Perry Gourley 604
Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady in Australian Open final to win fourth Grand Slam title; Naomi Osaka has won her fourth Grand Slam title with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Jennifer Brady in the final of the Australian Open. Patrick McPartlin 365
Neil Lennon questions logic of Ross County v Celtic Sunday night scheduling; Celtic being sent to Dingwall this weekend for the first Sunday night Premiership game in the history of the competition is baffling scheduling for Neil Lennon. Andrew Smith 334
Obituary: Mary Wilson: singer with legendary Motown group The Supremes; Mary Wilson, singer. Born: March 6 1944 in Greenville, Mississippi. Died: February 8 2021 in Henderson, Nevada, aged 76. Brian Pendreigh Obituary 946
Obituary: Ranald MacDonell of Glengarry, Clan chief; Ranald MacDonell of Glengarry, Chief of Glengarry. Born: November 11 1941 in Dublin. Died: 30 January 2021, in West Sussex, aged 79. Gordon Casely Obituary 817
Opinion: Janet Christie's Mum's the Word - held hairstage in lockdown; One of the joys of WFH is that you're always available to your offspring. Janet Christie 476
Paisley has been identified as Britain's top property hotspot, study finds; Paisley in central Scotland has been identified as Britain's top property hotspot, according to a list compiled by Rightmove, with asking prices there surging by 15 per cent over the past year. Beth Murray 322
Plans for new Fair Isle bird observatory return to drawing board as Brexit and Covid-19 thwart rebuilding efforts; The charity behind the world-renowned Fair Isle bird observatory has been forced to return to the drawing board in its attempts to rebuild the centre, which was destroyed in a devastating fire nearly two years ago. Martyn McLaughlin 642
Popular Kinross bird hide destroyed in suspected arson attack; A 'hugely popular' bird hide has been destroyed in a fire that police are treating as arson. Jolene Campbell 437
Prince Charles visits his father the Duke of Edinburgh in hospital; The Prince of Wales arrived earlier today at the hospital where his father the Duke of Edinburgh remains after feeling unwell. Mike Bedigan 317
Rangers boss indicates midfielder's career at Ibrox may be over; Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has indicated that Bongani Zungu's breach of coronavirus regulations has effectively ended his prospects of earning a permanent move to the Ibrox club. Stephen Halliday 325
Rangers v Dundee Utd: Kick-off time, is it on TV, stream details, odds, form guide; From Antwerp and the Europa League, to Dundee United in the domestic league - it's back to Premiership football for Steven Gerrard and Rangers on Sunday. David Oliver 826
Readers' Letters: SNP can't be allowed to rush us into election; It appears that Nicola Sturgeon has decreed that there should be no political campaigning prior to the Holyrood election in May, except for by herself obviously. In a time of Covid, leafleting is deemed to be too risky. Scotsman Letters Letter to the editor 1659
Regular visits for Scots care home residents to restart in early March; Care home residents in Scotland will once again be able to have regular indoor visits from friends, relatives and carers from early March, it has been announced. Ilona Amos 612
Relief for Derek McInnes after Aberdeen get a goal and points; Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes said the points were the most important thing as his side ended a run of six games without a goal in their 1-0 win over Kilmarnock. Peter Wales 349
Restaurant Review: We try the takeaway offering from Edinburgh's Pinks at Home; While their Pinks at Dovecot cafe remains closed, we try the delivery dinner from this business. Gaby Soutar Restaurant review 1049
Saturday Interview: John Connolly, St Johnstone's all-time greatest, on League Cup heartache and his bust-up with 'posh' Sir Alf Ramsey; I think we can say with some certainty that Sir Alf Ramsey never visited what a generation of wannabe footballers in Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, called "the Big Field". It was here that John Connolly hit upon the style which would take him right to the top of the game and ultimately a disillusioning encounter with the England World Cup-winning manager. Aidan Smith 2428
Scotland wildfires: Scottish moorland chief renews call for better education on muirburn to prevent the country's fast growing wildfire crisis; In the wake of devastating wildfires that swept across Scotland's western isles, a moorland expert said he fears it will take a human to die in a wildfire before action is taken to educate the population on muirburn. Katharine Hay 926
Scots engineer who helped land a rover on Mars shares secrets of space adventures; Alex Nicolson, an engineer from Skye, worked on the Mars Rover Curiosity which landed on the red planet in 2012, tells us exactly how much work really goes into getting a robot successfully into space. Beth Murray 589
Scots who value Britishness won't find that in the government - John McLellan; The renewed row over which flags fly over Scottish Government buildings illustrates how much symbols matter, even if the effect is to entrench established views amongst those who care about such things. John McLellan 1013
Scott Bain explains what impact Celtic fan criticism is having on players; Celtic keeper Scott Bain has admitted that finding themselves on the wrong side of the club's support for the first time hasn't been easy for a number of personnel at the club. Andrew Smith 440
Teachers are the unsung heroes of the pandemic and should be recognised as such - Kirsty Strickland; The Green Grass school was opened to great fanfare in March 2020. At the time it seemed not only appropriate but necessary, to give our home-school a proper name. Kirsty Strickland 961
The economic recovery lessons from 20 years ago - Lorna Young; It was the smell that hit you first. The bitter, acrid fumes from slow burning pyres that littered a landscape emptied of animals. Travelling across Dumfries & Galloway in early 2001 was a shock to the senses. The countryside was at war with a virus. Lorna Young 504
The under-the-radar benefactor who has gifted [pounds sterling]80m to Edinburgh; She is not a household name and has deliberately kept a low profile on her way to becoming one of Scotland's most generous benefactors. Emma Newlands 1123
Thirty years on: The game that triggered the end of a revolution at Rangers - and a potential Steven Gerrard parallel; There were many memorable moments during the Graeme Souness revolution at Rangers, but one of the most significant occurred when they were not even playing. Alan Pattullo 1163
Trainspotting at 25: Where are they now? What the stars unearthed in Danny Boyle's cult 1996 film went on to do; Based on Irvine Welsh's scabrous novel, the Danny Boyle-directed Trainspotting gave British cinema a much-needed shot in the arm on its release in 1996. Gary Flockhart 958
Trainspotting at 25:Ten of the most memorable quotes from Danny Boyle's cult 1996 film (warning: Explicit Content!); Based on Edinburgh author Irvine Welsh's bestsellling novel of the same name, Danny Boyle's seminal Trainspotting is one of the most quotable films of all time. Gary Flockhart 745
UK must avoid 'repeat of Thatcher years' and pledge almost [pounds sterling]100 billion in next week's Budget - Ian Blackford; As Scotland's vaccine roll-out powers ahead, there is growing discussion across society about what sort of country we should be after the pandemic and how we can build a strong, fair and green recovery. Ian Blackford 778
Under the Radar: Midnight Ambulance; With an impressive debut track already getting airplay and some 70 songs ready to record, it feels like zero hour for Operation Midnight Ambulance, write Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon. Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon 348
We can't go back to the way things were - Karyn McCluskey; I feel at last there is light at the end of the tunnel. It's a glimmer, but it's definitely there - packaged up in shiny small vials of a vaccine created from the blood, sweat and tears of the science community. Karyn McCluskey 538
When 'Jack the Ripper' visited Skye and other odd tales from lost island newspaper; From tales of sea monsters on Skye to when islanders accused a visitor of being Jack the Ripper, there are few column inches more colourfully filled than those of The Clarion. Alison Campsie Column 677
Why O2 is helping to increase 4G coverage across rural Scotland - Derek McManus; As a proud Scot, I believe that rural Scotland is one of the world's most evocative landscapes. Its rugged uplands, beautiful lochs and weathered islands place it high on many bucket lists. Derek McManus 452

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