UFO sightings rocket after MoD shutdown alien hotline

By Rory Reynolds

SCOTLAND saw a massive increase in UFO sightings in the year the Ministry of Defence axed their supernatural investigations department.

New figures released under Freedom of Information Act have shown that reported sightings increased three-fold in the year that the MoD shut down its UFO hotline.

Last year 28 were reported to the MoD while just 10 were received in 2008 and nine the year before.

The calls varied from incidents with obvious explanations – an airborne object near Edinburgh Airport, travelling “at the speed of an airliner” – to more mysterious ones.

Among the calls that defence staff received last year include a man reporting a “bright orange bulb” in the sky in East Kilbride, that “came towards him like a tornado, then disappeared”. Continue reading

Scotty’s Scottish accent thanks to his wife

By Rebecca Jamieson

SIMON Pegg has revealed the secret behind his Scottish accent for the new Star Trek film – a little help from his wife.

Maureen, from East Kilbride, was on set in Los Angeles with him to act as his dialogue coach and to ensure his Scotty really did sound like a genuine Scot.

He also received a few tips from Tommy Gormley, the film’s Glaswegian first assistant director.

And the English actor said it was really important for him to try and get the accent right.

He said: “Obviously it’s important to me that the Scottish audience accept me as Scottish.

“Also half my family are Scottish and I want to be able to go there now and again without being booed.” Continue reading

Ultimo boss is to champion the camel foot


By Michael MacLeod

CROTCH cleavage is set to be 2009’s hottest new look – if the woman behind the Ultimo bra is to have her way.

Sexy Scots entrepreneur Michelle Mone is swapping boobs for balls by launching Ultimo for Men.

After thirteen years of looking at bras, the lingerie queen says she “can’t wait to have male models coming in for fitting sessions.”

But blokes shouldn’t fear garish gel-implanted g-strings – instead the super-pants will be padded out with fabric.

But they won’t come in boxer-shorts, because the 37-year-old Ultimo mastermind isn’t a fan.

Having made her millions in giving women their dream busts with gel enhanced bras, the East Kilbride mum of three told a weekend interview that she now has men in her sights.

She said: “We are definitely launching Ultimo for Men – it will have strong fabric where you need it, to hold you up.

“It won’t have gel, just lovely fabric. My technical teams here and in Hong Kong are working on it right now.”

Modeled by superstars including supermodel Helena Christensen, Rod Stewart’s girlfriend Penny Lancaster, Spice Girl Mel B and former page 3 queen Melinda Messenger, her uplifting bras have been a worldwide smash, raking in her company, MJM Intl, an estimated £50million.

Now, despite being happily married to business partner Michael, the stunning bra boss is itching to get her hands on the male versions of her Ultimo models.

Michelle added: “I just can’t wait to have male models coming in for their fitting sessions because I have had 13 years of female models and celebrity women coming in and seeing my husband staring at them and going, ‘Oh that wire’s not quite right.’

“Now I can go up to these men and go, ‘Oh that’s not quite right on your left ball.’

“So it’s payback time!”

It took nearly three years of research and development, testing many different methods of cleavage enhancement to come up with the Ultimo bra, a bra which enhances the bust and cleavage without the discomfort normally associated with bras.

In July 1999, Michelle had her third child Bethany yet only a month later Ultimo was launched at Selfridges in London.

Selfridges sold stock estimated to last for six weeks within the first 24 hours.

In April 2000, at a ceremony in the Epcot Centre, Florida, Michelle won the coveted ‘World Young Business Achiever Award’ beating off top entrepreneurs from 14 countries.

The following month, Ultimo launched in the exclusive Saks Fifth Avenue store in New York.

In October 2000, Michelle was the winner of ‘Business Woman of the Year’ at the Corporate Elite Awards, followed in 2001 when HRH Prince Charles asked Michelle to join the board of directors for The Princes Scottish Youth Business Trust.