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What are fidget spinners and where can I find them?

Have you heard of fidget spinners yet? If you haven’t, it’s a safe bet that you will soon.

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How well do you know these Scottish Tartans?

How well do you know these Scottish Tartans?

Tartan is a Scottish staple, like Tunnocks Teacakes and Irn Bru.

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Rosslyn Castle cottages. Picture: The Bryce Collection

April showers to May flowers

As we cross under the Gardener’s Brae, the right-of-way footpath is difficult to make out on account of the big landslips of the past two years.

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The cast of The 306: Day by the National Theatre of Scotland

Untold stories of the women left behind

The second part in a powerful new First World War drama that will tour Scotland looks at an aspect of the war that is still rarely talked about.

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A group of people enjoying a picnic in Midlothian in the 1920s. Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

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A World War Two Christmas greeting telegram. Photo: Scottish Life Archive/Scran

Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Christmas greeting telegram

This image, taken from the Scran archive, shows a World War Two Christmas telegram, stamped 25th Dec ‘41, Dalkeith, Midlothian.

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Jay Hutton, Alice Perrin and Steven Porter of E4's Tattoo Fixers

E4’s Tattoo Fixers looking for ink disasters in Midlothian

Do you have an embarrassing tattoo?

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Shocking statistics on electrical safety in the garden

Shocking statistics on electrical safety in the garden

Ahead of the May bank holiday weekend, Electrical Safety First is reminding gardeners of the importance of using a Residual Current Device (RCD) outside. Research undertaken by the charity shows that one in 10 people in the UK have experienced an electric shock or accident while using an electrical appliance in the garden.

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Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Scotland and England?

Quiz: Can you tell the difference between Scotland and England?

Across the UK, you will find spectacular scenery, quaint villages, dazzling architecture and bustling cities.

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Treasure trove...of historical information has been unearthed by society members at kirkyards, like Lennel, and war memorials in our local communities.

Borders historians build database of local history

You could not accuse members of Coldstream and District Local History Society of lacking ambition.

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10 places to visit in Scotland you may not know about

Scotland is famed for its beautiful landscapes and welcoming people and there are many a tourist guide that cover the length and breadth of the country, however not all attractions are as well known as Edinburgh Castle or the Fairy Pools of Skye.

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Revealed: the UK’s favourite TV scenes

Revealed: the UK’s favourite TV scenes

Brits are a nation of telly watchers, and according to a new survey, comedy is always what has kept us glued to the small screen.

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Chapel Loan, leading to Rosslyn Chapel

April showers and May flowers

Among the many visitors to Roslin during the spring and summer, the botany students are easily recognised as they arrive by the early afternoon train, with their vascula slung over their shoulders, and step blithely through the village, making their way to the Glen, or in the evening with boots and clothing somewhat mud-stained, and walking less blithely they reach the station for their homeward journey to town.

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9 maps that tell the history of Scotland

9 maps that tell the history of Scotland

Scotland has had a long and varied history, which has been told in word and song down the centuries.

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“Kids shouldn’t be allowed to cross the road alone until they are 14” say scientists

Children aren’t safe crossing the road on their own until they’re 14, say scientists.

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Cycling to work may reduce risk of premature death

Cycling to work may reduce risk of premature death

Using your bike to get to work could cut your risk of developing cancer and heart disease by almost half, according to new research by the University of Glasgow.

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Four wheelwrights outside their workshop at Fala Dam, c1890. Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

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A close up of the intricate tiling on the chapel floor at Newbattle Abbey. Photo: Newbattle Abbey/Scran

Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Newbattle Chapel floor tiling

This image, taken from the Scran archive, shows a close up view of one of the impressive circular designs that can be found in the middle of the chapel floor at Newbattle Abbey.

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Quiz: Can you tell a flower from a weed?

Quiz: Can you tell a flower from a weed?

More Brits are gardening than ever before - but many can’t tell the difference between flowers and weeds, according to a new poll.

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Women ‘more susceptible’ to smartphone addiction

Women ‘more susceptible’ to smartphone addiction

Women are more hooked on smartphones than men... making them vulnerable to problems at home, work and with friends, according to new research.

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