Warning to stay safe this Christmas

Families are being urged to stay safe over the festive period by taking easy steps to avoid the risk of fire.

Scots typically stop receiving a stocking at the age of 20, but over one in ten Scots over 30 will be gifted one this Christmas.

‘Apples’ are the new satsumas as technology becomes stocking filler of choice

Expensive technology is contributing to a rise in the value of the average Christmas stocking, with items such as smartphones, tablets, action cameras and fitness bands easing out traditional chocolate coins and satsumas as the go-to stocking fillers.

Good manners do not come cheap with consumers splashing out �27 on thank you cards and even gifts.

Scots spend £103 over Christmas to avoid upsetting others

‘Tis the season to be jolly, yet consumers in Scotland often find themselves wrapped in guilt for all of the things they feel obligated to do to avoid displeasing friends, family and even colleagues and neighbours.

New rail timetable begins on Sunday

New rail timetable begins on Sunday

ScotRail’s new timetable starts on Sunday, December 11, and the train operator is asking customers to take a minute to check their own journeys before travelling.

Digital depictions of Robert The Bruce -  pre-illness. Credit: Professor Caroline Wilkinson, director of Face Lab, Liverpool John Moores University and the School of Humanities, University of Glasgow.

Face of Robert The Bruce finally revealed ...

For the first time in almost 700 years, Scots will be able to look into the face of Robert the Bruce, King of Scots 1306 – 1329, who won Scotland’s independence at the battle of Bannockburn in 1314.

Police dog, Bodie.

Police welcome new police dog and handler

Police Scotland is pleased to introduce a new police dog and handler pairing to the North East as the division says farewell to a formidable four legged retiree.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets with Peter Davidson and Morris Heggies to choose the design of the Christmas Card 2016

Oor Wullie to feature on First Minister’s Christmas card

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has chosen “national treasure” Oor Wullie as the illustration for her official Christmas card this year.

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People are being asked to give their views on a consultation on tissue and organ donation. Pic: Rob McDougall.

Consultation on increasing donor numbers

People across Scotland are being asked to give their views on organ and tissue donation, including the introduction of a potential soft opt out system.

Zeki Basan, from Speyside, walked and cycled all 134 miles of the John Muir Way.

Young Scottish film maker captures vision of John Muir

A 16-year-old Scottish filmmaker has followed in the footsteps of John Muir, creating a short film on the wild places found along the John Muir Way.

NHS 24 is reminding people who take regular medication to make sure repeat prescriptions are at the top of their Christmas list.

NHS 24 issues prescriptions reminder for Christmas

NHS 24 is reminding people who take regular medication, to make sure repeat prescriptions are top of their Christmas list, this year.

The winning image.

#SeeingScotland competition winner revealed

A photograph of a boy and his dog taken on the Solway Coast has been chosen by people across Scotland as their favourite image in the Parliament’s #SeeingScotland photography competition.

Light The Way is aiming to support people fleeing conflict and violence this Christmas.

Christian Aid to help ‘Light The Way’

Christian Aid is urging the Scottish public to help Light The Way for millions of people fleeing conflict and violence this Christmas.

Over 250 eminent Scots from the worlds of industry, academia, leisure, politics and media to take part in the first CEO Sleepout.

Leading Scots to sleep rough for Social Bite Village

Over 250 eminent Scots from the worlds of industry, academia, food & drink, leisure, politics and media will spend the night in the open at Charlotte Square on Thursday, December 15, for the first Social Bite CEO Sleepout.

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The law - which makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18 - comes into force on Monday.

Smoking in cars with children becomes an offence

A new law which makes it illegal to smoke in a vehicle carrying anyone under 18 comes into force tomorrow (Monday).

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Accident deaths across all age groups are rising, according to RoSPA.

Parents need more help to keep kids safe from accidents

Most parents are unaware that accidents cause the most deaths of children and young people aged 0-19, according to research conducted for the 100th anniversary of UK safety charity the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

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1 in 3 UK travellers want to see ‘quiet zones’ on flights

1 in 3 UK travellers want to see ‘quiet zones’ on flights

An online flight comparison company has revealed the most irritating disturbances that Britons encounter on flights, including crying children, rowdy stag/hen groups and parents telling their children off.

The driving test statistics suggest men are better drivers.

Some gender differences – behind the wheel

If there is one topic which is sure to cause men and women to argue it is their performance behind the wheel of a car.

Frozen and burst water pipes can be a problem in winter.

Shaun shares his plumbing tips for winter

Frozen and burst water pipes can cause flooding, damage and leave homes without water.

All supporters on deck as Historic RRS Discovery surpasses crowd funding goal & Pictured from left with the balloons to celebrate reaching the �40,000 target are Andy Lothian Chairman of Dundee Heritage Trust, Mark Munsie Operations Director, Gill Poulter Curator, John Watson Project Manager and Paul Jennings Executive Director. Picture by Graeme Hart/Perthshire Picture Agency .

Historic RRS Discovery surpasses its crowdfunding goal

Backers of a campaign to help conserve the historic ship RRS Discovery gathered in Dundee to celebrate surpassing their £40,000 fundraising goal.

A festive fund-raising pack is available online to help MRF finance vital research into vaccines to treat different strains of the disease. Information about symptoms can also be found on its website.

Expected rise in cases of meningitis

Cases of meningitis and septicaemia are expected to rise over the winter and a leading charity is urging greater awareness of the symptoms.

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