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14 June 2006
ISLANDERS FIGHT FOR THAI PAL

CAMPAIGNERS battling for the release of a Thai man facing deportation took the fight to Holyrood yesterday.

Sakchai Makao, 23, who has lived in Lerwick, Shetland, for more than 10 years, was arrested by immigration officials in a dawn raid last week.

Makao served eight months of a 15-month sentence for an "out of character" fire-raising offence in 2004.

He has not been in trouble since his release, and campaigners say he's being held by the Home Office as a "knee-jerk reaction" to foreigners with criminal records.

About 7000 people - a third of Shetland's population - have signed a petition and 20 protested outside the parliament yesterday, including local MSP and Transport Minister Tavish Scott.

He said: "I want to reflect the strength of feeling on Shetland about people's views on how this young Shetlander has been treated."

 

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14 June 2006
PRAISE FOR FIGHTER, 74

AN OAP has been praised for battling a drug addict who tried to snatch her handbag on her 74th birthday.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen hailed Claire Celli for her "fortitude" after she refused to let go of her bag when thug Colin MacDonald, 43, struck.

MacDonald, of Muir of Ord, Easter Ross, admitted the drug-fuelled attack outside an Inverness shop in February. He was jailed for 27 months.

 

 


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HISTORIC SCOTLAND: KINGS OF THE CASTLES

CASTLES have played a huge part in Scotland's history. Traditionally they have been fortresses to ward off invaders, and the scene of a succession of bloody battles.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the country's most famous landmarks, such as Edinburgh Castle, each year.

But just how much do we know about the many other significant fortresses on our doorstep?

There are many worth visiting - particularly in the Highlands and Islands of the country.

Many are, or were, ancestral homes of the largest Scottish clans and, as a result, have direct relevance to Scots today.

Here's a selection of some of the most popular and significant:

BALMORAL CASTLE

Where is it? Nine miles west of Ballater in Aberdeenshire.

Website: http://www.balmoralcastle.com

Tel: 01339-742534.

It was bought for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert in 1852, having been first leased in 1848.

The original castle was considered too small for the needs of the royal family and a new building was designed.

Granite from the neighbouring quarries of Glen Gelder was used in the building, which produced a near white stone.

When Queen Victoria died in 1901, Balmoral Estates passed to King Edward VII and from him to each of his successors.

The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince of Wales take a close personal interest in running and improving the Estates.

BRODICK CASTLE

Where is it? The red sandstone castle nestles in trees at the foot of Goatfell mountain, 1.5 miles outside of Brodick on the isle of Arran.

Website: http://www.nts.org.uk

Tel: 01770-302202.

Brodick Castle, its gardens and country park stretch from the shore to the highest peak on Arran.

The site has been occupied by a stronghold of some kind since the fifth century, when an ancient Irish tribe came over and founded the kingdom of Dalriada.

It was possibly destroyed and rebuilt many times during its turbulent history, but parts of the present castle date from 1588.

The castle was occupied by Cromwellian troops during the Civil War in 1648.

Since the death of Mary, Duchess of Montrose in 1957, the castle has been owned by the National Trust for Scotland. Its gardens are well worth a visit.

DUNVEGAN CASTLE

Where is it? One mile north of the village of Dunvegan in the north-west corner of Skye.

Website: http://www.dunvegancastle.com

Tel: 01470-521206.

Dunvegan Castle has been the stronghold of the Chiefs of MacLeod for nearly 800 years and remains their home.

Built on a rock once surrounded entirely by salt water, the castle, which has a Gothic appearance, has miraculously retained its roof throughout the centuries.

It has survived the extremes of feast and famine, clan wars and social, political and economic change.

In July every year the chief of the Macleod clan holds a series of chamber music concerts, whereas his ancestors are rather more famous for bagpipe music.

Boat trips are available from the castle to the nearby seal colony.

CASTLE OF MEY

Where is it? On the north coast of Caithness, 15 miles east of Thurso and six miles west of John O'Groats on the A836.

Website: http://www.castleofmey.org.uk

Tel: 01847-851473

The castle is constructed on a Z-plan and was built between 1566 and 1572 by George, 4th Earl of Caithness.

Originally known as the Castle of Mey, the name was then altered to Barrogill Castle.

It changed hands several times before coming into the possession of Captain F B Imbert-Terry in 1929, who sold it to the Queen Mother. In 1996, she gifted it with an endowment to a trust. It's a very unpretentious, comfortable old castle and is still a Royal residence as Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, the trust's President, stays there every August for a week.

CAWDOR CASTLE

Where is it?: Six miles southwest of Nairn, off the B9090

Website: http://www.cawdorcastle.com

Tel: 01667-404401.

A fairytale castle that has been the home of the Thanes of Cawdor family since its construction in 1370. The castle is associated with Shakespeare as it is known as the site of Macbeth's murder of King Duncan. There are superb gardens and nature trails, a golf course, restaurant and picnic area.


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The Sunday Times July 09, 2006

Defenders of British measurements fight for right to serve a litre in Glasgow


THEY are staunch defenders of imperial measurements, opposing patriotically what they see as a Brussel-inspired conspiracy to undermine British values.

Now the Metric Martyrs — a group campaigning against the enforced metrication of produce sold in Britain — is backing a Glasgow-based brewer which has been threatened with prosecution for selling his beer in litres.

The West Brewing Company, based at Glasgow Green, insists on selling its German beer in authentic “steins” — one-litre drinking pots that allow for the distinctive large frothy head. It has attracted interest from the city’s trading standards department, which insists that serving ale in anything other than pints or half pints is illegal.

The local authority has informed the brewery that under the 1985 Weights and Measures Act, it is a criminal offence to offer beer in dimpled litre steins and it could face prosecution.

A compromise measure, letting customers choose to drink in metric or imperial measures, has so far failed to placate licensing bureaucrats.

The Metric Martyrs — known for backing greengrocers who defied the authorities by selling fruit and vegetables by the pound and ounce — is providing support and legal advice to Gordon Wetzel-Stewart, the embattled licensee.

Neil Herron, the group’s campaign director, said: “Nobody goes into a German bar, which brews its own beer, and asks for a pint. This is the same law that made selling a pound of bananas a criminal offence; it isn’t working, was brought in by stealth and should be scrapped.

“We have assisted Gordon with his response to Glasgow city council and if it goes to court we will set up a fighting fund for him and raise money for his costs. We don’t think that will be a problem, people in the past have been very generous because they realise this law is ridiculous.

“Gordon has a fantastic business, a staff of 30 speaking different languages. If Glasgow wants to drive businesses like that out of the city, then you have to seriously consider what public officials are paid to do. We hope officials see sense and realise there are more important things to do than prosecute people who wish to sell beer by the litre to people who want to drink it.”

Herron says that Metric Martyrs is pro-choice rather than anti-European and claimed the group had already backed the owners of an Austrian restaurant in Worcester that also faced prosecution for selling beer by the litre.

In a bid to be as authentic as possible the brewery employs the principles of Reinheitsgebot, the 16th- century German legislation that insists only the finest, purest beer is deemed fit for consumption.

As part of this, beer is served in specially designed litre glasses imported from Germany to preserve the flavour and prevent it going flat.

Wetzel-Stewart, 38, studied brewing in Germany and now, with his German wife Petra, produces six German beers at his brewery beer hall in a converted carpet factory in the city’s east end.

“Why should legislation enforce a particular system of measurement onto a customer?” asked Wetzel- Stewart, who is also a doctor of economics.

Despite now offering both systems of measurement, with prices adjusted for pints, not one of his customers has chosen to have beer in a pint glass. “Customers love the glasses and don’t want to give them up. You’d have a lot of disappointed Glaswegians if they had to give up the German measures.

“Supermarkets are allowed to sell in both measures, but not pubs. There are inherent contradictions in the legislation. As a brewer and licensee I can’t sell glasses of beer by the litre, however I can sell bottled beer by the litre. It’s ridiculous.”

Glasgow city council is determined to enforce the imperial system.

“As a result of a complaint we served an enforcement notice which is a warning to stop serving in these metric amounts. It is up to the owner to comply,” said a spokesman.

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Metrication shambles

Compulsory metrication is now in total disarray. The Government had been so intent on satisfying the EU that UK metrication was duly completed, by reaching 1st January 2000 without arousing public awareness or media interest, that it failed to prepare any strategy for enforcement. The EU having issued the Directives, while leaving each Member State to devise means of implementation, Westminster simply imposed the regulations nationally but made local authorities responsible for ensuring compliance.

County and Borough Councils resent being left "hanging out to dry". They have no incentive to enforce regulations that are unpopular with shopkeepers and customers alike, especially with the prospect of local elections on 4th May! So Trading Standards Officers also feel betrayed, having to coerce traders into converting, yet aware that their Council employers will not prosecute. The Weighing Machine Manufacturers Federation is equally aggrieved by lack of support from central government, its members holding over 25,000 machines in stock for which orders have dried up or been cancelled.

Official confidence is further shaken by media interest – all the more intense and sympathetic to the rebels because of government’s policy of secrecy throughout these past years – as well as by the campaign of opposition, which is successfully encouraging growing resistance from retailers. Finally, it has become clear that the regulations are in fact unlawful, so that any prosecution promoted as a test case would fail and thereby send the Government back to the drawing board. That could lead to a possible "group action" for compensation against the Government by retailers who had been forced unnecessarily to incur the expense of going metric.

The issue has to be resolved. Otherwise, the regulations become a "dead letter". A Council should bring a prosecution in order to lose it and leave the Government to face the consequences!


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1263 - Battle Of Largs

   
Kintyre and the Western Isles had been acknowledged as the property of the Norwegian crown in a treaty between Edgar, King of Scots and Magnus Barefoot, King of Norway, in 1098.

By the mid-12th century the Norwegians appeared uninterested in their Scottish lands, and by 1156 Somerled, descended from Dalriada royalty, had become their lands’ ‘sub-king’ and son-in-law of Olaf, King of Man. In 1263, Alexander III made an offer to Haakon IV to buy Kintyre and the Isles back. Haakon rejected his offer and instead, hearing of Scots attacks on Skye, set sail with a fleet to do battle with Alexander.

Sailing via the Hebrides to collect additional men and ships, the fleet eventually numbered some two hundred ships. Ewan MacDougall was now on the Isles. Trying to remain neutral, he refused to join Haakon but surrendered the islands to him.

With his men hungry to pillage, Haakon sent part of the fleet to Bute and Loch Lomond, which was reached by dragging fifty galleys across the land at Tarbet. he main fleet was sailed past Alexander’s position at Ayr and anchored off Largs.

On the 30 September a gale struck the area, wrecking and sinking the galleys. A sea battle began which lasted for four confused days. When the gale subsided on the 5 October Haakon withdrew and headed for the Isles.

Ewan had, by this time, decided which horse to back, and attacked the remaining Norse fleet. Haakon died in Orkney at the year’s end. In 1266 the Treaty of Perth returned the Isles and Kintyre to Scotland.


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Murray confident ahead of final
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Murray will be playing in his third ATP Tour final
Andy Murray is confident he can win his second career title on Sunday when he faces Arnaud Clement in Washington.

The 19-year-old Scot takes on Clement in the final of the Legg Mason Classic.

"I've played well all week, I haven't dropped a set all week, I'm feeling confident, but it's going to be tough," Murray told Five Live's Sportsweek.

"If I play like I did (on Saturday) I've got a good chance but you can't afford to give too many cheap points away because he' so consistent."

Murray beat Dmitry Tursunov in the semi-finals on Saturday and will face Clement at 2000 BST on Sunday.

The Scot lost to Clement in five sets in their only previous encounter at last year's US Open, but has since won a title in San Jose and risen to 35 in the world rankings.

"This time I'm a bit fresher," said Murray. "Last year I'd played nine weeks in a row.

Having Brad Gilbert in your corner is an unbelievable confidence booster

Andy Murray

"I came back from two sets down but started to get a bit tired, which I think was understandable."

Murray has teamed up with new coach Brad Gilbert for the first time this week, but insists the American's influence so far has been largely in terms of confidence.

"He hasn't changed my game," said Murray. "The only other thing that's changed is that he's given me extra confidence.

"Having Brad Gilbert in your corner is an unbelievable confidence booster. Tactically, he's great, but in terms of my game he hasn't changed too much."

Murray added: "I like having someone who's positive and upbeat and I love the way that he is.

"He gets up early in the morning, he loves life, he's never negative and although he talks a lot, it's good stuff.

"He realises the way that I am. I'd much rather get up and practice at 11 o'clock and have two great hours of practice than get up at seven and have two bad hours of practice.

"He understands that, he worked with (Andy) Roddick when he was 19, he's got kids my age, so he's used to being around youngsters and he's dealt with me very well so far."

  • Murray revealed that he has not yet been contacted by the LTA regarding the appointment of a new Davis Cup captain.

    John Lloyd is the favourite, with an announcement expected next week.

    "I haven't spoken to anyone about it," said Murray. "I think John was a very good player in his own right.

    "He's commentating on tennis so he knows what quite a lot of the players play like.

    "I get on with him well, we've had good fun when we've been together, but I'd probably like to speak to someone first before the decision is made."


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    Holyrood saltire stars in space
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    The saltire will boldly go into space
    A saltire that has flown above the Scottish Parliament is to be taken into space on a Nasa mission.

    Astronaut Nick Patrick, whose mother is from Skye, will take the flag with him on his first space flight.

    He said he is "delighted" to be carrying the national symbol when he goes into space in December.

    Mr Patrick, 42, is assigned to the crew of the space shuttle STS-116, which will visit the international space station on a construction mission.

    The flag has been proudly flown in honour of royalty and visiting dignitaries from around the world
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    The mission will be the British-born astronaut's first flight into space since he began his training in 1998.

    He said: "I am delighted to be able to fly the Scottish flag in space."

    The saltire was presented to Mr Patrick on Tuesday at Nasa's Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas, by Alex Blackwood, the head of enterprise and education for Careers Scotland.

    The organisation runs a special space school, which is supported by the Scottish Executive. It aims to inspire thousands of youngsters to take up careers in science and technology.

    'Historical journey'

    Every year 3,000 students from schools across Scotland take part in distance learning courses as part of the project and about 50 are selected to attend a 10-day space school at Nasa's space centre in Texas.

    Mr Patrick said: "I love Scotland and am always delighted to meet such inspiring young Scots when the space school comes to Houston.

    "I look forward to coming to Scotland next year after my shuttle flight to return the flag through the Careers Scotland space school to the Scottish Parliament."

    Holyrood Presiding Officer George Reid said: "The flag has been proudly flown above the Scottish Parliament in honour of royalty and visiting dignitaries from around the world.

    "We are delighted to donate it for this historical journey and we look forward to seeing pictures and hearing about the saltire flying in honour of Scotland in space."


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    The Times September 14, 2006



    It has taken Ranald MacDonald 20 years to be officially installed as chief but his victory has not been welcomed by everyone. Photo: David Cheskin/PA

    Clan chief wins 20-year battle



    The MacDonalds of Keppoch, a particularly warlike branch of the Clan MacDonald, have their first chief in 158 years after a 20-year battle in the Scottish courts.

    Ranald Alasdair MacDonald, 75, a retired hearing aid specialist from Edinburgh, acquires no lands and no castle, only a coat of arms and the satisfaction of having defeated his enemies who claimed he was descended from a distant illegitimacy.

    Following his installation ceremony in Fort William, capital of the clan’s historic territory, Mr MacDonald can wallow in his full title of 22nd Chief of the Honourable Clan Ranald of Lochaber Mac Mhic Raonuill. Kinsmen may address him by the sobriquet, Ready Warrior.

    Mr MacDonald spent decades searching his family tree to prove his claim, a task made more difficult by the Gaelic tradition of sloinneadh, by which male family lines were passed from one generation to the next by word of mouth, in the MacDonalds’ case by a storyteller known only as Donald the Drover.

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    THEY were once one of the fiercest clans in Scotland - proud Highland warriors who were the first to rally to the support of Prince Charles Edward Stuart when he raised his standard at Glenfinnan in 1745.

    Now the MacDonalds of Keppoch are engaged in a new battle over who has the right to be installed as their next chief.

    The bitter clan uprising is threatening plans by an Edinburgh pensioner, now officially recognised as Chief of the MacDonalds of Keppoch, to be formally installed as the first new clan head for almost two centuries in a ceremony in the heart of the clan's ancestral homeland in Lochaber.

    Ranald MacDonald, 75, a retired hearing aid practitioner, is due to be officially inaugurated as clan chief in a ceremony in Fort William next month.

    The ceremony will mark the end of a long legal fight to secure the title, which has been fought out in Scotland's court of heraldry and finally in the Court of Session in Edinburgh.

    But the fiery cross has already been lit in the lands of the MacDonalds of Keppoch, with claims by fellow clansmen that the pensioner has no right to the title because he comes from an illegitimate side of the family.

    They maintain one of his ancestors, Alexander, was born in 1832 out of wedlock. And they are warning the new chief that there will be no welcome for him in their historic heartland.

    Mr MacDonald won his lengthy legal battle to be recognised as the 22nd chief of the MacDonalds of Keppoch in a ruling by judges at the Court of Session two years ago. The title had lain dormant for 156 years because the 21st chief died without male heirs in 1848.

    His formal inauguration is due to be held on 13 September, when the new chief's Letters Patent and Ensigns Armorial will be presented by Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, QC, Rothesay Herald of the Lyon Court.

    But Rory MacDonald, a fellow kinsman and top clan historian, yesterday challenged Mr MacDonald's right to the title.

    Rory MacDonald, who lives in Spean Bridge, said: "He might be recognised as chief, but I don't think his right to the title will be recognised here. My view is that his branch of the family were not legitimate and that he therefore is not entitled to the chieftainship. It could be argued his family may possibly come from the chiefly line, but if he is not legitimate it doesn't mean he has a claim.

    "I think people with any knowledge of the clan history are upset. He has been a bit of a thorn in our flesh for a long time, but we didn't think that anyone would take him seriously."

    The history of the MacDonalds of Keppoch is as colourful as any in Scotland. The clan's 17th chief, Alexander, was among the thousands of Jacobites who were slaughtered by the Duke of Cumberland's force on the battlefield at Culloden in 1746.

    A century earlier another chief of the clan, also known as Alexander MacDonald, and his younger brother Ranald were stabbed to death by rivals in a clan feud. Their murderers were hunted down and decapitated.

    At his home in Edinburgh's Lauriston Place, Mr MacDonald dismissed the illegitimacy claims as "codswallop".

    "My claim comes from the legitimate line - without question. My claim to the title is irrefutable, they are trying to continue to oppose something that is unopposable. And if they wish to do something about it they have to produce the evidence and go to court.

    "I have been officially chief of the clan from the day I won that court action in January 2004. But next month's ceremony means that the world will know that the Keppoch clan are back in the homeland where they have been absent for 158 years."


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    29 September 2006
    I'M ON TOP FORM
    Richard Hammond on stretcher
    Hammond jokes with medics as he takes big stride back to health.
     

    TOP GEAR star Richard Hammond has taken his first steps in public since the day he cheated death in a 300mph dragster crash.

    The brave presenter, known affectionately as Hamster, managed to walk a few yards yesterday as he was moved to a hospital nearer his home.

    Earlier, Richard delighted well-wishers by laughing and joking with helicopter medics on the first leg of his journey.

    And the consultant who treated his "significant brain injury" predicted that he would be "back to his old self" within six months.

    Richard's wife Mindy said the support of his millions of fans was helping him fight back to fitness.

    She added: "It's been amazing. That's what is really chivvying him along.

    "He can't believe it when he sees it - he is so heartened by everything. Knowing so many people are out there rooting for him is a tremendous boost for him."

    Richard, 36, showed his battling spirit by walking to an ambulance at Filton Airport in Bristol. He had just been flown in from Leeds, where he had been in hospital since the crash just eight days before.

    Mindy, 35, and a paramedic watched anxiously as the star covered the short distance under his own steam.

    Richard was then taken to the BUPA hospital in Bristol's Clifton Road.

    Staff were waiting for him in reception. And when he arrived, he gave them a cheery wave.

    The hospital has a specialist brain unit and is known for its work helping patients with rehabilitation.

    The move to Bristol will help Richard see more of his daughters, Isabella, five, and Willow, two. The family's home near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, is about 40 miles away.

    Richard was taken to Bristol from Leeds General Infirmary, where doctors saved his life after the crash on September 20.

    He started his journey in the same helicopter that flew him to hospital from the crash site.

    Richard was filming for Top Gear at an airfield near York when his jetpropelled dragster veered off course and flipped over at almost 300mph.

    His family didn't know at first whether he would live or die.

    But just two days later, he was well enough to be moved from intensive care to a high-dependency unit.

    Richard was transferred again, to a side room of a general ward, on Saturday.

    And he was alert and cheerful yesterday as he was wheeled on a stretcher to the helicopter.

    Mindy was with him on the short flight to Leeds- Bradford Airport.

    Martin Eede, chief executive of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said his crew were delighted to have Richard back on board.

    He added: "We a re pleased it has gone full circle and we were able to help out once again.

    "We were doing a routine training flight to the hospital, and it coincided with the need for Mr Hammond to be taken to the airport."

    Richard faces months of slow recovery. But the consultant who took charge of his treatment in Leeds is confident he is on the right path.

    Neurosurgeon Stuart Ross said yesterday: "He has to rest and allow his brain to recover and that takes time. I'm sure that once that period is over, he will be back to his old self."

    Asked when that might be, Mr Ross said: "In about six months' time."

    The surgeon added: "He has had what I have already termed a significant brain injury. There is no getting around that.

    "There comes a period now which is slow and difficult to get through. But he has to get over the injury.

    "I'm very pleased with his progress. Considering the potential injury he might have had, he has made a very good recovery."

    Mr Ross revealed that he was confident about Richard's chances from the moment he arrived at the hospital. He said: "He was responding reasonably well. I had the impression of someone who should be able to recover from this kind of injury.

    "There's always something in brain injuries that makes you remember you had an accident.

    "But in terms of what he does, what he's able to do, I'm sure he will be fine."

    'He has to rest and let his brain recover. I'm sure he'll be back to his old self in six months'


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    Scotland the brave stun mighty France

    Sat 07 Oct, 7:30 PM

    Gary Caldwell fired Scotland to a famous 1-0 victory over France and gave their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2008 a massive shot in the arm.The Celtic defender became an instant hero when he grabbed the only goal of the game, as the Scots brought one of the best teams on the planet crashing down to earth.

    The victory sets up Walter Smith's men perfectly for their next qualifier against the Ukraine in Kiev on Wednesday night.

    James McFadden was given the nod ahead of both Kris Boyd and Garry O'Connor for the lone striker role in the absence of the suspended Kenny Miller.

    Another notable inclusion was Barry Ferguson, who had not featured for the national team since March through injury but who assumed the captain's armband for tonight's match at Hampden.

    France head coach Raymond Domenech was able to name both Patrick Vieira and Willy Sagnol in his starting XI after being passed fit.

    But the injured William Gallas was replaced by former Rangers defender Jean-Alain Boumsong, while Manchester United star Louis Saha had to settle for a place on the bench.

    The last meeting between the two nations ended in a 5-0 thrashing for the Scots in Paris back in March 2002, as the Berti Vogts era got off to a memorable start for all the wrong reasons.

    But maximum points from their opening two qualifiers against the Faroe Islands and Lithuania last month meant this was a Scotland team with far more self-belief and confidence.

    Those victories had propelled them to the top of Group B, ahead of France on goal difference following their own victories over Georgia and Italy.

    Smith had urged the Tartan Army to be realistic about Scotland's chances but you could sense the sell-out crowd at Hampden were anticipating a night to remember in the same mould as their last victory over Les Bleus in Glasgow in 1989 when Maurice Johnston was on the scoresheet twice.

    And 50,000 fans were on their feet when Scotland broke up the park within seconds of kick-off, with Lee McCulloch sending an inviting ball into the box but there was no blue jersey to meet the cross and Gregory Coupet comfortably smothered.

    The Scots had another chance when McFadden robbed Lilian Thuram of possession on the by-line only to see his shot cannon off the body of team-mate Paul Hartley.

    France won a free-kick on the edge of the box when Thierry Henry was brought down by Caldwell but a curling effort from the French superstar crashed off the post as the Scots breathed a sigh of relief.

    Scotland found themselves under pressure again when France were given another free-kick in a dangerous area.

    David Weir was responsible for the foul on Henry but, this time, the striker's effort was comfortably held by Craig Gordon.

    France had the ball in the back of the net when Patrick Vieira met Franck Ribery's free-kick and nodded home from six yards but the offside flag was already raised.

    The World Cup finalists were now enjoying the best of the chances and Florent Malouda sent a teasing ball to the feet of Sagnol on the right flank but his shot fell across the face of goal and wide.

    David Trezeguet then sent an acrobatic over-head kick trickling over the line but he was well offside and the flag was raised early.

    McFadden picked up the first booking of the game after 29 minutes for a challenge on Boumsong.

    And McCulloch quickly followed the Everton forward into the referee's book for a kick at Vieira with 32 minutes gone.

    Scotland could have snatched the lead before the break when Hartley's corner found the head of Caldwell but he nodded straight into the arms of Coupet from close range.

    The home side were out the traps


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    22 October 2006
    SO BRAVE

    THE family of Lisa Norris, 16, of Girvan, will be devastated. She lost her battle with a brain tumour which may have been avoided had she not been given a massive overdose of radiation. I'm sure the love and thoughts of all of us will be with them at what must be the worst time of their lives.


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    Oh how very sad news, what a tragedy the poor wee soul. My heart goes out to her family too, what a shame i thought she was doing better. God rest her soul. xxxsteeleyma

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    Oh how very sad news, what a tragedy the poor wee soul. My heart goes out to her family too, what a shame i thought she was doing better. God rest her soul. xxxsteeleyma

    Very sad Ma.....God Bless the wee one and her family and sometimes in life it just lets you realise how fortunate we really are.


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    Very true A2, we cannot be any more fortunate than having healthy loved ones, that is the only real key to the life of happiness we all take far too much for granted. xxxma

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