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Review: Rod Stewart re-releases his first five solo albums

One of the biggest selling artists of all time has put out a solid new CD set made up of the following classics: "An Old Raincoat Won't Ever Let You Down," "Gasoline Alley," "Every Picture Tells a Story," "Never a Dull Moment" and "Smiler."

Director Danny Boyle confirms Trainspotting 2

Nineteen years after they memorably burst on to the big screen, the main cast of this highly quotable cult classic are set to return for a much-anticipated sequel.

New health data released for Scotland with mixed messages

Edinburgh - Two contrasting reports have emerged about Scotland. One highlights a decline in smoking rates while the other highlights concerns about some of the people in the country, relative to others in the U.K.

UN investigates UK Govt. over human rights welfare reform abuses

The United Nations plans to visit the UK to investigate whether Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith's welfare reforms have caused harmful and systematic abuses of disabled people's human rights, The Independent reports.

GMO (genetically modified) crops to be banned in Scotland

GMO (genetically modified) crops are going to be banned in Scotland. The move is to protect the country's "clean, green" status.

New Scottish independence vote 'inevitable' says ex-leader

London - Former Scottish nationalist leader Alex Salmond said Sunday that another referendum on independence from the United Kingdom was "inevitable" because of policies pursued by Prime Minister David Cameron's government in London.

Interview with Alan Mair of The Only Ones Special

The Glasgow-born singer/songwriter/bass player/guitarist, also a former member of The Beatstalkers - "the first Scottish pop stars" - filled Digital Journal in on his new solo project.

Church of Scotland decision on married gay clergy delayed

London - A Church of Scotland decision on whether to allow the ordination of married gay ministers was delayed on Thursday to allow wider consultation.The Church's presbyteries, or local areas, will now be asked to vote on the issue before it can be approved.

Church of Scotland to allow gay ministers in civil partnerships

As Ireland prepares to vote on allowing gay marriages, progress on LGBT rights is also making headway in nearby Scotland. The Church of Scotland has voted to allow gay ministers in civil marriages to serve the church and its parishioners.

'Lion roars' as Scottish nationalists score historic sweep

Glasgow - The Scottish National Party (SNP) won a landslide in Scotland on Friday, destroying the Labour party north of the border in a historic leap forward which could increase pressure for a fresh referendum on independence.

All eyes on Scotland in Britain's knife-edge vote

Glasgow - All eyes will be on Scotland on Thursday as the Scottish National Party looks set for a landslide victory in Britain's general election, a result that could hand it the role of kingmaker.

Scotland to have country's first official Nudist Camp this summer

The first official nudist camp in Scotland is set to lay bare convention in the country and let it all hang out in August. The two-day event is being hosted by Scottish branch of a group called British Naturism (BN) and is taking place in a forest.

Eyeing power, SNP launches British election manifesto

Edinburgh - The pro-independence Scottish National Party offered a "hand of friendship" Monday to voters across Britain, offering reassurance about the key role it could play in government after May's tight election.

Nationalist landslide in Scotland holds key to UK vote

Edinburgh - Scottish nationalists are preparing for landslide election gains at the expense of Labour next month but also holding out the offer of a pact that could put the centre-left party in power.

Scottish nationalists offer to help Britain's Labour to power

London - The Scottish National Party leader offered to help British Labour party leader Ed Miliband become prime minister, while raising the possibility of seeking another independence referendum after 2016.

Less than one-third of Scotch Whisky distilleries Scottish-owned

Glasgow - New research published today in the Glasgow-based The Herald newspaper reveals that a high proportion of Scotch Whisky drunk in the world today isn’t very Scottish at all, at least when it comes to ownership of whisky distilleries.

Black Market Tune: An intriguing musical prospect Special

Digital Journal talks to Paul Dangl, violinist and vocalist with the Austro-Scottish folk quartet who are currently in the middle of their first Australian tour.

J.K. Rowling's Scottish haunt—The Elephant House coffee shop Special

Edinburgh - If, when visiting Edinburgh, Scotland, you feel like a warm drink and a bite to eat, wander over to the Old City and find The Elephant House, the eatery voted the best coffee shop in Edinburgh and where J.K. Rowling became inspired to write Harry Potter.

Demand for separate Scottish representation in European Union

Edinburgh - The Scottish National Party (SNP), the governing party in Scotland’s devolved parliament based in Edinburgh, today called for Scotland to have its own representation in the European Union (EU) and other international bodies.

Six killed as lorry ploughs into Glasgow Christmas shoppers

Glasgow - Six people were killed and eight others injured in Glasgow, Scotland on Monday when a bin lorry ploughed into crowds of Christmas shoppers in what appeared to be a tragic accident.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #6: Glenlivet Special

Digital Journal presents its sixth whisky review and one just in time for the wintry festive season. This time up it is one of the most popular single malts in the world - Glenlivet 12 year-old.

Jim Murphy named leader of Scottish Labour Party

Edinburgh - The struggling opposition Labour Party in Scotland on Saturday announced that Jim Murphy will be its new leader following the acrimonious departure of previous leader Johann Lamont.

Scotland to be granted income tax autonomy

London - Scotland is set to get sweeping new powers including setting its own income tax rates, under plans unveiled Thursday by a cross-party commission on greater devolution.

Scotch whisky production resumes in Scotland's deep south

Annan - A little bit of whisky history was made in Scotland last weekend as the Annandale Distillery, near Annan, Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s far south, opened its doors to the public and resumed whisky production after a gap of 95 years.

Op-Ed: Whisky review #5: Monkey's Shoulder Special

With the fifth our whisky reviews we move into central Scotland to the region Speyside to try Monkey's Shoulder. This whisky is quite special, consisting of three whiskies blended together.

Russia's Putin, EU's Barroso burnt on British bonfires

Lewes - Russian President Vladimir Putin in nothing but green underwear and European leader Jose Manuel Barroso are among those being paraded and burned during traditional British bonfire celebrations this week.

Double boost for award-winning Scottish forest and wildlife

Edinburgh - Plans to safeguard and restore Glen Affric, one of Scotland’s most iconic and beautiful glens received a double boost last weekend when conservation charity Trees for Life secured funding of almost £80,000 for new forest conservation projects.

1,000 year old Viking treasure unearthed in Scotland

Dumfries - A retired businessman has discovered an ancient Viking treasure while exploring with a metal detector in the Scottish coastal city of Dumfries, in Dumfriesshire.

Viking treasure hoard of over 100 items found in Scotland

A retired businessman using a metal detector has discovered a treasure trove of over 100 Viking artifacts in a field in Dumfriesshire, southwest Scotland. The Viking hoard of treasure dates back over 1,000 years, and is considered an important find.

Scotland’s wild spaces could see lynx and wolf return

Edinburgh - Could these two long departed predators make a return to Scotland’s wild spaces? A leading writer and an acclaimed conservationist will today argue the case for their return.
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Some of the artifacts found in Dumfriesshire.
Some of the artifacts found in Dumfriesshire.
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Video screenshot
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Papal mass crowds
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A young humpback whale is lifted from the sea off the Isle of Mull in Scotland. Scotland's first full post mortem on a humpback whale was subsequently performed on the animal.
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A red kite flying
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A basking shark alongside the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust research yacht Silurian, off Scotland's west coast.
Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust
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Alan Hansen
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
Bottlenose dolphin pictured off the Scottish coast
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Loch Ness
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Scottish Youth Cup
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Ambulances at depot
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Paul Watt, a regular at the Clutha pub, reacts at the police cordon set up around the site of a helicopter crash on the Clutha in the centre of Glasgow, Scotland, November 30, 2013
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My ticket, Celtic v Hearts, 26 January 2011
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Mackie's of Scotland is making a big splash on the international market with their unusual potato crisp flavors.
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Sheep survives after being buried in show drift
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Malcolm Tierney in Braveheart
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Scotland - Inveraray Bridge - Loch Fyne
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Haggis - Traditional Scottish haggis, which is made with a sheep's heart, liver and lungs
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Ibrox Park, Glasgow, home of Glasgow Rangers
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England-Scotland border.
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