Scotland’s Storm Lee shows Braveheart in bid to win X Factor

By Christine Lavelle

SCOTS X FACTOR hopeful Storm Lee Gardner is gearing up for tomorrow night’s live show final by watching re-runs of hit film Braveheart.

He also wants to wear a kilt to perform on stage but has so far been thwarted by show bosses.

Older brother Gary Gardener, 40, who will be in the audience, said it was his way of trying to psyche himself up and counter the loneliness of being the only Scot left on the show.

Gary, from Sighthill in Edinburgh, said he thinks his younger brother Storm has been performing “incredibly well” on the show and all he needs to do now is to keep his focus.

He also travelled to London last weekend for the live shows with stepdaughter Shian, 25, and two children Amy, 14, Danny, 12, but only got a few minutes to speak to 37-year-old Storm.

He said: “I think he might be struggling a bit and is finding it hard to keep his focus because he is a bit lonely as he is the only Scot left in the competition, but I think seeing all of us there cheering him on really helped.

“He has been watching Braveheart repeatedly for the past couple of weeks, and really wanted to wear a kilt on stage but the show producers wouldn’t let him.” Continue reading

Locals in Tillicoultry all turn out for Gamu

By Amanda MacMillan

GAMU fever swept her adopted hometown of Tillicoultry in Clackmannanshire on Wednesday as around 100 fans gathered outside her flat in a defiant show of support for the X Factor sensation.

Toddlers, schoolkids and silver haired grannies flocked armed with hand painted posters calling for her to be allowed to stay in the competition – and the UK.

Gamu faces being deported after allegations her mum Nokuthula Ngazana claimed benefits which she shouldn’t have.

Under the terms of a visa allowing the family to live in Britain the UK Border Agency are now said to moving to send them back to poverty in Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Scots councils pay for weather forecast

By Cara Sulieman

THREE SCOTS councils are shelling out £90,000 for someone to predict the weather.

Falkirk, Stirling and Clackmannanshire Councils are paying the Met Office to provide them with a detailed forecast so they can decide how much grit is needed for roads in their area.

It comes after the country was brought to a standstill last winter when local authorities across Scotland ran out of salt.

But motoring organisations say they need to prepare for a bad winter no matter what the forecast says to avoid a repeat of last year’s chaos.

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War veteran gives up driving over wrong way motorway charge

By Michael MacLeod

A 90 year-old World War II hero charged with driving the wrong way down a busy duel carriageway hero has vowed never to drive again.

Chartres Baillie was accused of dangerous driving last year on the A720 Edinburgh city bypass.

But today (Friday) it emerged the case could be thrown out of court after he offered to surrender his driving licence.

Prosecutors agreed to reconsider taking the OAP to trial on the grounds he never gets behind the wheel of a car again.
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Heavy rain threatens T in the Park

By Cara Sulieman and Michael MacLeod

REVELLERS heading for this year’s T in the Park were put on flood alert last night after heavy rainfall swamped the area.

The Met Office said it expects “torrential downpours” right up until the weekend sparking fears of a washout.

Dozens of flood emergencies were reported yesterday with Tayside Fire and Rescue Service receiving its first calls from worried residents at about 9.30am before pumping out water from various locations.

Most of the calls came from the Kinross and Milnathort areas – both within a few miles of the festival site in Balado.

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White van man escapes jail after hitting family

01 Charles PerrieBy Lauren Crooks

A WHITE van man has been found guilty of careless driving after mowing down three children and their grandmother.

Charles Perrie, 55, from Alva, Clackmannanshire, lost control of his van and mounted the pavement, smashing into the family as they walked to school.

Pensioner Sarah Montgomery was left with countless breaks in her leg while youngest grandchild Emma, three, was rushed to hospital after the crash in Blackridge, West Lothian.

During a lengthy trial Perrie consistently denied the charge against him, claiming black ice on the road had been to blame. But yesterday at Linlithgow Sheriff Court, Sheriff William Muirhead found him guilty and fined him £300.

He was also given eight penalty points, bringing the total of penalty points on his licence to 12.

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Sir Fred Was Pinball Wizard

Fred Goodwin

By ALEXANDER LAWRIE

DISGRACED banker Sir Fred Goodwin was an “unremarkable” student – because he wasted his time at university addicted to pinball machines.

The vilified former-banking boss would “dodge lectures” while studying law at Glasgow University just to get in extra practice, a close friend has revealed.

Goodwin was also exposed as a right-wing “true blue Tory” who was in favour of maintaining the university’s controversial male-only bar which was decorated with tasteless murals of naked women.

Alan Smart, 49, a former-head of broadcasting at the Scottish Parliament, admitted Goodwin was a “likeable guy but he didn’t shine” during his spell studying law in the 1970’s.

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