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Mackintosh and Muse

                         Was Margaret MacDonald the overlooked inspiration behind Glasgow’s best-known artist architect? It used to be said that behind every great man there must be a great woman. So what about the marriage between Scotland’s most famous artist architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and one of the […]

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Driving Force

                         Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie is looking forward to a whole new game of golf. Scottish golfer Paul Lawrie isn’t particularly one for looking back, despite the British Open Golf Championship returning this year to Carnoustie, the site of his win in 1999. “Well I remember, […]

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A Scot’s Strategic Plan?

                         Paternity suits are nothing new but, with the Royal Air Force celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it’s been suggested in some quarters that its first Chief of Air Staff, Taunton-born Hugh Trenchard, 1st Viscount Trenchard, doesn’t actually deserve the long-applied moniker of “the Father […]

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Reflecting on a Dark Day for the Navy

                         When Elizabeth Scott erected a gravestone in Dundee’s Eastern Cemetery—marking the last resting place of a husband killed during the First World War, and to the memory of a son “lost on active service” during the Second, you do wonder just how much she had […]

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No Mean Film City

                         “Well, like many a teenager we’ve grown through the years, and learnt our mistakes,” says Allan Hunter, co-director of the annual Glasgow Film Festival, which this month returns to the city for the 14th time. Much has changed since 2005, not least how both Glasgow […]

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Set for a Clean Sweep?

                         Scotland has produced many Olympic athletes down the decades but, for sheer consistency, it’s hard to ignore the success of the country’s curling teams since the sport gained Olympic status in 1998. With Great Britain consistently among the world’s top seven, much of the focus […]

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Living History from Underwater

                         Most people’s idea of an archaeologist is unlikely to have them wearing diving gear, but Dr Nicholas “Nick” Dixon OBE would beg to disagree. “Scotland has an immensely rich underwater heritage,” he insists. “It is often with regret that I have concentrated my efforts in […]

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