Rod Stewart calls for manager with Hoops roots

By Michael MacLeod

CELTIC-DAFT Rod Stewart phoned the club Board to tell them the ex-Hoops star HE thinks they should hire to take over as next team boss at Parkhead.

The wrinkly rocker called up chairman John Reid and co in a bid to convince them to land the mystery former player on Monday.

A string of names have been linked with the Hoops since Gordon Strachan’s departure, only for them to rule themselves out of the job.

Now frustrated chief executive Peter Lawwell’s Board are getting tips from the 64-year-old Maggie May singer who once let Celtic play in his garden.
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Susan Boyle worried she “let down” home town Blackburn

01 subo let downBy Lauren Crooks

BRITAIN’S Got Talent sensation Susan Boyle is stressed out – because she thinks she let down her Blackburn hometown.

Since the final last Saturday night, Susan has been staying in top London clinic The Priory to be treated for exhaustion.

But according to older brother John, the exhausted star’s biggest worry is that she disappointed fans in her home town after coming second to dance group Diversity.

John said: “She feels like she has let Blackburn down. She definitely hasn’t, but that is obviously what she thinks.
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Man crushed to death at meat factory

Hall's Meat factory

The Hall's factory where the accident happened

By Oliver Farrimond & Cara Sulieman

A MAN has been killed after being crushed to death by a forklift truck at a meat factory – just a week before he was due to go on holiday.

George Hardie, 60, was struck by a forklift as he worked in the yard of Halls of Broxburn on Tuesday afternoon, and lay trapped underneath as paramedics fought to save him.

Although initially pronounced dead at the scene, Mr Hardie was soon rushed to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary with a police escort after signs of life were detected, but could not be saved and finally succumbed to his wounds at 3pm.

Workers at the factory were shocked by the accident and said that one of the claims they heard were being investigated was that the forklift may have been going too fast.

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Spaniel nose how to get his paws on the crooks’ cash

rocco cash dogBy Michael MacLeod

HARD nosed cops have unveiled their first super sleuth dog primed solely for sniffing out criminals’ cash.

Rocco, an 18-month old Cocker Spaniel, was handed in as an unwanted pet after his Scottish owners moved abroad.

He could have been orphaned or gone astray.

But instead Fife Police hope he will help them collar crooks instead after he was trained to sniff out money.

As the Fife force’s first ever cash detection dog, the new recruit will greet visitors coming off Scotland’s recently revived ferry link with Zeebrugge.
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Rare Charles Darwin book goes under the hammer

Charles Darwin


A RARE first edition of Charles Darwin’s greatest work The Origin of Species is to go under the hammer at an Edinburgh auction house this week.

Valued between £10,000 and £15,000 the stunning tome has been described as “one of the most important books ever published” and will be sold by auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull on June 5.

All 1250 copies of the first edition ever printed sold out on the first day, and a second edition of 3000 copies also sold out shortly afterwards.

 Simon Vickers, Book Specialist at Lyon & Turnbull, said “This particular copy of The Origin of Species was found in a house near Inverness, it has been in the family a long time.

“The family has no known connection to Darwin, and it may have been bought on its first publication.

“It is particularly fitting that we are selling the book in Darwin’s anniversary year.”

Charles Robert Darwin attended Edinburgh and Cambridge Universities, but it was his five year voyage on HMS Beagle that made him famous.

In 1859 his book ‘The Origin of Species’ established evolutionary descent with modification as the dominant scientific explanation of diversification in nature.

Darwin died on the 19th April 1882, aged 73, at his home Down House, Kent. In recognition of the celebrated scientist’s pre-eminence, he was one of only five 19th-century UK non-royal personages to be honoured by a state funeral and is buried in Westminster Abbey.