New tartan commemorates Burns’s 250th anniversary

Burns Rug

By Domenica Goduto

A new tartan has been created to honour the 250th anniversary of Robert Burns’ birth.

The patterns will feature colours that represent his most famous poems, and it is hoped that money from the special tartan will go towards a museum to celebrate his life.

The luxury Scottish fashion brand Johnstons of Elgin has designed a limited edition range featuring the new Anniversary Check pattern.

The collection includes two scarves and a travel rug made from lambs wool and cashmere, with one pound from the sale of each item going towards the building of the National Trust’s Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway. Continue reading

Alan Cumming damages New York bar by ‘stretching’


By Domenica Goduto

Scottish film star Alan Cumming has trashed a bar in New York after getting drunk on tequila.

In a bizarre accident, the X-Men actor ripped the top off the bar while “stretching” at hipster drinkery The Bowery.

The bizarre incident occurred while Cumming, 44, was drinking tequila at the trendy hang-out.

He explained: “I was hanging on to the edge of the bar with my feet on the bottom and stretching my back out, and the whole top of the bar came away.

“I went for a meeting there the next day with my friend, and I thought, ‘Gosh, did that really happen?'”

But bosses at the nightspot insist that despite the damage, the Scottish screen actor is welcome back any time. Continue reading

Investigators to question Scottish suspect in McCann case

By Oliver Farrimond

DETECTIVES are to question a Scottish suspect over the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

Private investigators working for the McCanns have confirmed that they want to question the man, who is currently awaiting trial for murder and child sex offences in Barlinnie prison in Glasgow.

Already wanted by Spanish police in connection with the disappearance of a German boy, the man was spotted by a prison officer at Barlinnie due to his likeness to a pencil sketch of the chief Maddie suspect.

The insider said: “This man looks like the Maddie suspect drawing that has been in the papers.

“He is also well known to have spent a lot of time in the Spanish region – staff at the prison want the investigation team to speak to him.” Continue reading

Guru behind barcadi cat turns attention to Scotch whisky

By Domenica Goduto

THE WOMAN who turned Pot Noodle and Barcardi Breezers into household names is turning her attention to Scotch whisky.

Marketing guru Stella David has been tasked with giving the dram a “cooler” image, to appeal to younger drinkers.

Responsible for the iconic “Bacardi Cat”, who went on sneaky night-time excursions to clubs while his elderly owner was sleeping, David is credited with inventing the alcopop.

David, 47, will assume her new role as chief executive at William Grant and Son on August 10th, after leaving her job as Bacardi’s chief marketing officer earlier this month.

It is hoped that she will galvanize the whisky industry by increasing the drink’s appeal for a younger market, as well as becoming the first woman to head a whisky company, according the Scotch Whisky Association. Continue reading

Spice Girls image maestro behind Murray’s new look

Andy Murray6

By Oliver Farrimond

GLOBAL tennis superstar Andy Murray is the latest project of makeover expert Simon Fuller – the man behind the Spice Girls and David Beckham.

Fuller has been credited with transforming the image of the surly Scot from a scruffy, shaggy-haired youth into an athletic phenomenon who could be worth up to £100 million.

Murray, hotly tipped to challenge for this year’s Wimbledon crown, signed with Fuller’s 19 Entertainment firm, which holds the rights to American Idol and stars like Will Young and Geri Halliwell.

Sporting brand giants, including Adidas, are now said to be clamouring for the signature of the Glasgow-born star, who already counts RBS and Fred Perry among his sponsors.

With the ambition of reaching the pinnacle of the sport in the mould of Tiger Woods or David Beckham, Murray settled on the firm after leaving former management company Ace. Continue reading

Leith dentist lets patients watch Wimbledon

Lubiju Dentists

By Craig McGill

MURRAYMANIA is even reaching Scottish dentists with a posh Edinburgh dentist getting TVs in so people can watch Andy Murray’s Wimbledon progress while having their teeth out.

Cosmetic dentists Lubiju in Leith has had £3,000 worth of 26” flatscreen Samsung TV’s installed in five suites just as Wimbledon begins helping to make sure tennis fans needing treatment don’t miss a shot.

But the TVs aren’t in reception – they are ABOVE the dentist chairs.

The TVs were the idea of pioneering cosmetic dentist Dr Biju Krishnan, who co-founded Lubiju with dental partner Doctor Lubino do Rego.

Biju said: ““Even in this day and age, there are people who still have nerves over the dentist, so watching the TV can help take their mind off of things – it’s about distracting them from the work at hand and watching TV is great for that. Continue reading

Sexual assault at Royal Highland Show

By Oliver Farrimond

A TEENAGE girl was the victim of a serious sexual assault at the Royal Highland Show in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The 17-year-old was attacked outside portable toilets near a marquee where the Young Farmers Ball was being held.

Although not physically injured by the assault, a police spokesman said that the teenager was extremely shocked and distressed.

The spokesman said: “The incident happened between 00.30am and 1am and there would have been a lot of people in the area at the time.

“Party goers would have been queuing for the toilets and we are urging anyone who perhaps saw an incident involving a man and a young woman or the victim in a distressed state to contact us.” Continue reading