Woman stranded two weeks after going to get turkey

By Cara Sulieman

A WOMAN who went out to buy the Christmas turkey almost a week before the big day still hasn’t managed to get home thanks to the weather.

Kay Ure has been staying in a friend’s caravan as she can’t get back to her remote home in Cape Wrath.

She and her husband John run Scotland’s most isolated restaurant– Café Ozone – in an old lighthouse and have been separated since December 19 when Kay went to Inverness on a shopping trip.

John said: “Kay left for Inverness on December 19 before the heavy snow came. She was part of an organised shopping trip going by mini-bus.”

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Tobin trial inspires change in law

By Cara Sulieman

THE SCOTTISH Government is considering a move to allow a violent criminal’s past to be used as evidence in trials against them.

It comes after the jury on Peter Tobin’s trial in England heard about his previous murder convictions.

And now Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill has asked the Scottish Law Commission to look into whether this would work north of the border.

Stewart Maxwell, SNP MSP, has written to both Mr MacAskill and the Lord Advocate Elish Angiolini, urging them to allow the change to go ahead.

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Glasgow to London in three and a half hours

By Cara Sulieman

A TRAIN company have said that they can dramatically cut down the journey time between Scotland and London without installing a new costly high-speed track.

Virgin Trains claim that a series of improvements to the West Coast Main Line would make the Glasgow to Euston route a mere three and a half hours by 2018.

The company currently holds the franchise to provide intercity services on the route until 2012, and is preparing to bid for the contract again.

The planned improvements will form a vital part of their bid, but industry experts are warning that they may be too good to be true.

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Unsuspecting shopper buys world’s most expensive truffles

By Cara Sulieman

AN UNSUSPECTING shopper accidentally purchased the most expensive box of truffles in the world.

Marjorie McLeod thought she was bagging a box of luxury chocolates for £21.50 from Scottish chocolatiers Cocoa Mountain – but was actually snapping up the last box for an eye watering £100,000.

She purchased the chocs online and didn’t look at the price as her credit card payment went through.

And when Britain’s most remote chocolate makers gave her a call to let her know she’s bought the £5,000 each truffles she got the shock of her life.

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Banker gives up high life to help Africa’s sex workers

By Rory Reynolds

A HIGH-flying finance executive has quit her lucrative job to lead a project helping stricken sex workers in South Africa.

Ellen Crabtree, a senior marketing manager at Scottish Widows, left her successful corporate career and pledged to dedicate her life to helping those in poverty.

The 50-year-old, who also ran her own consultancy in Edinburgh, says she’s using her business skills to make a difference in one of Johannesburg’s worst districts.

She intends to help woman leave the world of prostitution – which is expected to boom during the World Cup this summer – and set up their own catering, sewing and beauty businesses.

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Gaelic Facebook “waste of money”

By Rory Reynolds

A GOVERNMENT-backed ‘Gaelic Facebook’ that received £250,000 in taxpayers cash has attracted just 1,500 members.

MyGaelic.com, a social networking site launched by culture minister Linda Fabiani last year, has cost the public purse a staggering £156 per member.

The site, which also allows users to “keep up to-date with all Gaelic goings on with news and reviews” has been branded a waste of public money after just 1,574 users signed up, despite almost 60,000 people in Scotland speaking the ancient tongue.

And just 1,500 watched the 12 films on its video website, MyGaelicTube.

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Teabags banned for crafty prisoners

By Andrea McCallum

TEABAGS have been banned at a prison – after inmates used them for lighting up instead of for their brew.

Prisoners within the Isle of Man Prison found the jail’s smoking ban too much and took drastic action.

The crafty criminals used the contents of the tea bags to make their own cigarettes.

But prison guards caught inmates puffing in the cells and were forced to seize the remaining teabags.

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