Top Scots chefs’ favourite meat up in smoke

Campbells Factory Fire

By Michael MacLeod

SEVERAL of Scotland’s top hotels and restaurants were last night scrambling to find new meat suppliers after a massive early morning blaze destroyed one of the country’s biggest family firms.

Maximum security Saughton Prison in Edinburgh was one several other places to have their food supplies badly disrupted after fire ripped through Campbells Prime Meat factory in Broxburn, West Lothian.

Football clubs Rangers, Celtic and Hibernian are also among the high profile clients serviced by the devastated processing works.

More than 300 workers based at the factory are also facing an uncertain future as company owners hunt for new premises to salvage their business following the 12-hour blaze thought to have been sparked by a gas leak.

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Oprah Winfrey’s secret tour of Susan Boyle’s home

boyletva-largeBy Michael MacLeod

A TV crew was given an exclusive guided tour of Susan Boyle’s house yesterday – for the Oprah Winfrey show.

Footage from inside her modest council house in Blackburn, West Lothian, will be beamed to millions of viewers across America when singing sensation Susan is interview by the Queen of American TV.

The US chat show host has had the Scottish spinster on her radar ever since her stunning performance on Britain’s Got Talent.

And yesterday she began to make good her promise of featuring the Scot by having a camera team film a day in the surprise singing sensation’s life.

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Housing Minister Alex Neil MSP unveils new homes for Scottish war veterans

By Oliver Farrimond

NEW homes for Scotland’s war veterans were officially unveiled in Edinburgh yesterday by Housing and Communities Minister Alex Neil.

The development features nine spacious flats for ex-servicemen and women, allowing them to live independently and near to local amenities in the Capital’s Gilmerton Road area.

The flats, funded jointly by the Scottish government, veterans’ charities and the Hillcrest Housing Association, will provide full living facilities, including a kitchen, bedroom, dining room and bathroom.

Re-adapting to a civilian lifestyle is often very challenging for war veterans, and it is hoped that the flats will provide a base for those looking for a fresh start.

Ex-Royal Navy serviceman Alex Menzies is moving into the flats next week, and said that the project was an important step for former soldiers looking to start again.

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Brave pensioner battled mugger

By Paul Thornton

AN ELDERLY lady fought off a blade-wielding mugger after the would-be thief tried to steal a bag containing pictures of her late husband.sheriff-court-stock-pic

Brave Georgina Henderson, 66, struggled with vicious Susan Taylor after the callous thug cornered her with a Stanley knife and demanded her bag.

Mrs Henderson was knocked to the ground during the struggle and said it will be “a long time” before she is confident to go out again, but rescued the sentimental pictures.

Taylor, 28, made off after the incident drew the attention of nearby people but police later found the knife and the clothes she was wearing after scouring CCTV footage.

And on Tuesday at Edinburgh Sheriff Court Taylor admitted assault and attempted robbery.

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Animal worker escapes pet ban for neglect

By Paul Thornton

AN ANIMAL care worker who neglected her own dog has escaped a ban on keeping pets.lisacaldwell

Lisa Caldwell, 21, left her 10-month-old German Shepherd, Max, locked in a tiny cage which was soaked with urine and littered with faeces as she cared for stray animals.

A five-year-old dog, Ty, was also found in her filthy Edinburgh home after an anonymous call alerted authorities to the neglect.

Police officers who found the animals said the scene they were presented with was like that usually associated with a rotting corpse.

Caldwell was suspended from her post as a kennel worker at the Edinburgh Dog and Cat Home following the revelations and has now been sacked.

But on Tuesday at Edinburgh Sheriff Court she escaped a ban on keeping animals after the Scottish SPCA passed her fit to keep Ty and returned the dog her. Continue reading

Eating disorder sufferers to get new Scots unit

NHS Lothian

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

SCOTS suffering from eating disorders are to be treated at the country’s first ever dedicated unit.

Anorexia and bulimia patients across the country are to be housed at the specialist ward at St John’s Hospital, Livingston under new plans revealed yesterday.

Scots sports stars David Coulthard, Chris Boardman and Craig MacLean are among the country’s high-profile sufferers of the sometimes fatal condition,

And one mother, who has been campaigning for the new facilities for the past five years, has claimed if the centre existed before her daughter “would be alive today”.

The innovative treatment is expected to be radically different from that already provided in psychiatric units.

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Edinburgh Festival cancels Fringe Sunday

Edinburgh International Festival Performers

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

EDINBURGH’S Fringe Festival has been hit by the credit crunch – after announcing the cancellation of its biggest event.

Fringe Sunday, which regularly attracts over 250,000 people to the capital’s streets, is to be scrapped after organizers failed to attract backing for the event.

Officials have admitted defeat after nine months of trying to secure the finance needed to hold the parade.

The news comes just days after it was revealed the festival’s traditional curtain-raiser is to be relocated from Princes Street due to the ongoing tramworks.

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Bob Dylan still breaking records after 40 years

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

ROCK legend Bob Dylan’s first chart-topping album for almost 40-years has seen him rewrite the history books – and spark a huge surge in sales for his back catalogue.

His new disc means he becomes the artist with the longest gap between chart number ones – an incredible 38 years and five months.

The crown was previously held by Tom Jones – whose 1999 comeback Reload topped the UK charts in October of that year – just over 31 years after his career-defining Delilah reached the top of the charts in August 1968.

And sales of Dylan’s back catalogue have also rocketed with purchases of his most notable recordings almost trebling their sales over the past month.

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Rare Ardbeg whisky breaks record

Ardbeg Supernova

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

AN ICONIC whisky distillery who have won the World Whisky of the Year two years running have sold 3000 bottles of their new product in a record 112 minutes.

Enthusiasts and collectors from across the world rushed to snap up the rare bottles of Ardbeg Supernova when they were made available online.

And the tiny Islay distillers have now decided to launch the new £80 single malt worldwide.

The record sale of the 3000 bottles is the fastest-selling whisky in the company’s 194 year history.

Members of the Ardbeg Community – a group of 47,000 whisky enthusiasts from 112 countries – snapped up the new whisky after the company decided to release 3000 advance bottles.

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