Rugby legend leaves £2 million will

Dr John Borthwick (top right)

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

ONE of the last remaining Scottish rugby players with first hand links to the great 1938 Triple Crown-winning team has stunned friends and colleagues – by leaving over £2 million in his will.

Dr John Borthwick MBE, a popular Borders doctor for over 40 years, passed away in November 2008, aged 96, and his recently published estate has revealed the extent of the retired physician’s wealth.

Dr Borthwick, known to his friends as Jake, is thought to have been the second last player to survive from the famous team before he passed away at a Galashiels nursing home.

Included in his legacy is the family home in Galashiels, cash, shares and investments worth £1.5 million.

The philanthropic OAP’s bequest also reveals extensive gifts to charities, family and friends.

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It’s Dundee Jim – but not as we know it

intrepid_tal_poster-shirt1By Paul Thornton

TREKKIES from around the world are beaming-up a low budget Star Trek fan-film which was shot in a Dundee tenement.

Nick Cook – a nurse at Ninewells Hospital in the city – produced and wrote the latest instalment of the Star Trek Intrepid series.

The 39-year-old turned his home into the bridge of a starship while filming the £4,000 movie, which he also wrote.

He and a cast and crew of 40 Trekkies used kitchen units and camping gear to mock up sci-fi sets while they filmed Transitions and Lamentations.

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Former-Royal couple “going through a living hell” in Dundee

Cory and Lisa Campbell

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

A HUSBAND and wife who worked for the Queen say their life has been made a living hell by teenage neds terrorising them after they settled to start a new life in Dundee.

Cory Campbell worked as a butler and wife Lisa as a catering manager until retiring from the Royal Household in 2001 so she could try a new career.

But a new life in Scotland for pair, who claim to count Princes’ William and Harry among their friends, has turned to one of despair.

Instead of what they hoped would be an idyllic lifestyle near the River Tay, their daily routine has become a living nightmare leaving them living in fear of violent teenage gangs they claim rampage nightly outside their dream home.

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JK Rowling beats Efron and Obama to Lego makeover

01-jk-rowling-in-lego-mediumBy Michael MacLeod

HARRY Potter author JK Rowling got the Lego treatment yesterday after kids voted her as their ‘ultimate hero’ from the last decade.

She swooped to the title ahead of perma-tanned High School Musical star Zac Efron and US president Barak Obama, who came third in the Lego poll.

A spellbinding giant mosaic of the Edinburgh-based writer was unveiled at Legoland Windsor to celebrate her win.

Almost 40 per-cent of the children polled the world’s top-selling author as their top hero.
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Gail Porter asked to front National Bald Out day

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By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

AN INTERNATIONAL alopecia campaigner is appealing to Edinburgh sufferer Gail Porter to help them spearhead her new worldwide campaign to raise awareness of the condition.

Mary Marshall, from San Diego, California, is organising a worldwide National Bald Out – a day where women across the world are being urged to ditch the wigs and go out in public bald.

Mary suffers from alopecia areata and is hoping thousands of other sufferers will join her in celebrating their baldness on July 19, 2009.

Women’s groups in Scotland are being urged to organise their own event in an effort to promote public awareness and the acceptance of bald women – and she hopes Gail will help them.

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Scotland’s gay footballers win national cup

Hotshots - Nick Dickson with cup

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

SCOTLAND’S only gay football team has won their first trophy of the season after defeating a top English team to lift the Gay National League Cup.

But the triumphant Hotscots team has been denied a full public celebration because some of their players have not come out yet.

The Edinburgh-based squad – who were only formed in 2007 – defeated their much-fancied opponents, crack outfit GFC Bournemouth 1-0.

The toughly-fought match was decided in the first half when midfielder Craig P rifled in a 20 yard shot into the bottom corner.

The Scots then clung onto their lead as their vastly more experienced opponents threw everything at them in the second half.

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Crash a day for ambulance service

By Paul Thornton

SCOTTISH ambulances were involved in a crash almost every day of last year on average, it has been revealed.

Vehicles run by the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) were involved in 330 collisions over the 12 month period.

Of the smashes, 67 happened while an ambulance was responding to a 999 call.

Despite the high accident rate, only one driver has been suspended over a smash, according to figures released through the Freedom of Information Act

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Celebs back new Leith campaign

The Proclaimers

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

SCOTTISH celebrities including The Proclaimers, award-winning author Irvine Welsh and former-world champion boxer Ken Buchanan have joined a campaign to boost trade hit by Edinburgh’s controversial tram works.

Famous Leither, and millionaire businessman, Sir Tom Farmer has also joined the battle to help beleagured shopkeepers as the tram works threatens to destroy their livelihoods.

The stars have all agreed to help out the businesses on the capital’s Leith Walk by appearing on huge ‘I Love Leith’ banners.

Images of Hibernian’s ‘Famous Five’ forward line and the Royal Yacht Britannia have also been put up along the historic port’s main shopping street.

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Old Age Peregrines hatch miracle chick

By Paul Thornton

RANDY old birds of prey have successfully hatched a falcon chick almost a decade after they normally stop breeding.chick4

The peregrine chick was born in the early hours of Monday morning after the mother and father – both in their mid twenties – had clutch of eggs.

Peregrine falcons rarely live to beyond 20 years old and it is unusual for them to breed after 17.

Animal workers were amazed the OAPs – Old Aged Peregrines – had bred for the first time in five years but assumed the eggs would be infertile.

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Rare space atlas up for grabs

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By Cara Sulieman

A RARE atlas of space is up for grab after being donated by a mystery benefactor.

Stunned Christian Aid volunteers found a pristine copy of an 1822 celestial atlas by Scottish amateur astronomer Alexander Jamieson among donations to their annual book sale.

With 30 colour plates illustrating the stars in the night sky, it is not only well preserved but also a valuable volume.

Dr Ried Zulager, an expert on antique books who flies from Washington DC every year to help with the specialist books in the sale, said he was delighted to have found such a gem. Continue reading