Some-fin special for Christmas

SHOPPERS are being offered the chance to snap up a Christmas present with a little more bite this year – shark diving.

Deep Sea World at North Queensferry in Fife say they are cutting prices in the hope a dive with the feared beasts at Scotland’s national aquarium may hook those looking for the special something.

The aquarium based in the waters if the Firth of Forth is the only place in Scotland where it is possible to get up close and personal with the notoriously feared water creatures.

Adult divers are able to swim alongside three-metre-long sand tiger sharks, giant stingrays and many other sharks, rays and other fish species including angel sharks, tope and bull huss.

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Friday 12th November 2010

Mystery glider pilot almost downed Typhoon fighters

A MYSTERY glider pilot came close to downing two of the RAF’s new £65m super jets, a report has revealed.

The Typhoon fighters were flying in formation and had to manoeuvre violently to avoiding hitting the glider, according to the report by air accident investigators.

The pilot of one of the 1,300mph jets reported that the risk of hitting the glider had been “high”.

Incredibly, the glider was flying on the runway approach to RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire, and did not have the correct equipment to warn other aircraft of its presence.

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Edinburgh hosts European Military Climbing Competition

By Christine Lavelle and Clare Carswell

EDINBURGH played host to military climbing teams from across Europe this week for the European Military Climbing Competition.  The British team consisting of service men and woman from the Royal Navy, the RAF and the Army, made their final preparations for the competition at Edinburgh Castle.

There were more than 100 participants at the Edinburgh International Climbing Centre during the two day event from Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Romania, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.

Housing minister Alex Neil unveils a sculpture for veterans charity

By Martin Graham

VETERANS from all three of the armed forces gathered in Edinburgh yesterday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Scottish Veterans Residences.

Alex Neil and veteran Kenny Kerr at the sculpture unveiling

A service of thanksgiving was held at Canongate Kirk, then the residents and their guests, including the Lord Provosts of Edinburgh and Dundee, walked down the Canongate to see a special sculpture unveiled.

Communities and Veterans minister Alex Neil unveiled the specially created bas-relief sculpture by artist Billy Teasdale at Whitefoord House opposite the Scottish Parliament.

The minister paid tribute to charity’s founders, saying: “I commend the foresight of Charles Pelham Burn and Chilton Smith who saw the need for the residences back in 1910.

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Luftwaffe raid on Forth Bridge inspires Commando comic

By Martin Graham

A DARING Luftwaffe bombing raid on the Forth Bridge has provided inspiration for a new graphic novel from Commando action comics.

The story is based on a 1939 dog fight over the Forth when Spitfires from RAF 603 Squadron engaged 12 Luftwaffe Junkers Ju 88 bombers as they tried to destroy the iconic Forth Rail Bridge.

The battle which for the skies over Edinburgh and Fife ended with one of the German aircraft being shot down near to Dalkeith, the first German aircraft to be shot down by the RAF in World War 2.

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Fears grow for future of Scotland’s RAF bases

By Paul Thornton

FEARS that sweeping defence cuts could force the closure of a Scottish RAF base have been met with defiance by the SNP.

RAF Lossiemouth in Moray is thought to be included in a shortlist of operations which could face the axe under the new Westminster coalition government’s defence review.

The base employs around 3,000 staff directly and, along with nearby RAF Kinloss, is thought to support as many as 7,000 jobs in the North of Scotland, pumping £76m into the economy.

But – with the MOD facing a £36b budget shortfall – Defence Secretary Liam Fox has ordered military chiefs to make cuts in the Strategic Defence Review (SDR).

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