Wife Kylie pays tribute to best friend Tam Mason as Black Watch soldier loses brave fight for life

by Shaun Milne

THE wife of a Scots soldier who died after a brave six week battle to overcome injuries suffered in Afghanistan tonight described him as being her “best friend”.

Kylie Mason said she knew she had “struck gold” when she met and later married Corporal Tam Mason, 27, who passed away on Sunday.

Last night said she was “devastated” by his death.

Corporal Thomas Mason - Pic courtesy of the MoD

TRIBUTES: Thomas 'Tam' Mason

Her 27-year-old husband, who was born in Bellshill in Lanarkshire but brought up in Rosyth, Fife, served with The Black Watch as part of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Regiment of Scotland.


The martial arts expert was evacuated to hospital in the UK for specialist treatment having been injured by an IED – improvised explosive device in Kandahar province on September 15.

But despite the best efforts of his army buddies, field medics and latterly specialists at the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine in Selby Oak Hospital, he succumbed to his injuries.

Last night Kylie paid a moving tribute to her “honey”. Continue reading


Former games champ Alan Ogilvie had cyber sex with boys

by Michael MacLeod

A FORMER Commonwealth Games weightlifting champion lured young boys into having “cyber sex” over the internet.

Eight-time European weight lifting champion and four-time Commonwealth Games medallist Alan Ogilvie was a Scottish sporting hero in the late 1980s.

But  in court today the 41 year-old admitted a sordid fascination for young boys. Continue reading

Heartfelt tribute paid to Queen’s “debonair” former press secretary Michael Shea

By Rory Reynolds

THE FORMER presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament Lord Steel paid a touching tribute to the Queen’s former press secretary Michael Shea as he was laid to rest yesterday.

Lord Steel, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, described how his life-long friend had touched the lives of everyone he met with his kindness and humour – including the Queen herself.

He described to a packed Warriston Crematorium in Edinburgh how he spoke to the head of state herself just after his friend’s death, saying that she was “saddened” by the news of Mr Shea’s death.

He said: “I know she was fond of him, because the Queen told me herself last week, ‘nobody told me he was ill’ – not the kind of remark you would expect of some routine ex-employee.”

“He leaves behind an extraordinary record of public service, a treasure trove of books, and a huge host of admiring friends and colleagues. Continue reading

Luxury Scots hotels blasted over “anti-Scottish” article


By Cara Sulieman

TWO top Scots hotels have been blasted over an “anti-Scottish” article in a luxury magazine supplied to their guests.

The Scotsman and Glasshouse hotel’s in Edinburgh supply a free a copy of “Lusso” in every room for their customers to read during their stays at their five-star venues.

But in an article in the magazine’s most recent edition, writer Chris West brands Scots “drunken spongers”.

He goes on to say that the SNP should put up candidates in London as the rest of the UK would “be happy to vote ourselves rid” of Scotland.

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One in five people in Scotland fear they will become a victim of crime – ID theft and credit card fraud top list

by Cara Sulieman

SHOCK new figures released by the Scottish government today (Tues) show that one in five people are likely to be a victim of crime.

More than half of violent offences in Scotland is alcohol related, sparking calls from opposition parties for the government to crack down on “drink fuelled” crime.Deadline Photo Sales - 0131 561 2233

But most Scots are still more worried about identity theft or having their credit cards ripped off, than being attacked.

The statistics were unveiled by Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill (right) as part of the official Scottish Crime and Justice Survey.

 They revealed that while the risk of becoming a victim of crime was generally lower north of the Border than in England and Wales, Scots are more at risk of suffering from violent crime.

Over one million crimes featured in the survey, but just 38 per cent of crimes were reported to police. Continue reading

Edinburgh embraces shock jobs boom for financial workers

by Shaun Milne

SCOTLAND’S beleaguered financial markets are celebrating a shock jobs boom.

There are currently now more financial job vacancies being advertised in Edinburgh than since the recession first hit the banking capital late last year.

The city has suffered more than most as bank staff and those from related finance industries found themselves out of work because of the credit crunch.Deadline Photo Sales - 0131 561 2233

Economic analysts feared the concentrated cluster of financial institutions – such as RBS and Bank of Scotland – could see Edinburgh experience a crash in confidence.

But newly released data shows that from the 2972 vacancies advertised through local job centres, some 1464 of them – 49 per cent – were in the finance industry. Continue reading

Newspaper round-up Tuesday 27th October