Visser provides Scots' best hope

Tim Visser has a message for those who automatically assume he will instantly provide the answer to Scotland's lingering try-scoring problems at Murrayfield on Sunday. "I'm not the saviour," said the giant Dutch-born wing, who will make his home debut for his adopted country in their opening autumn Test against the All Blacks. "I can't just score tries from nothing. I live off what other people do. It all comes from a very complete team."

City's new slogan makes officials see 'red-inburgh'

Edinburgh is having trouble with its tourism branding. City councillors have derided the work of Marketing Edinburgh after they were presented with its new slogan: "Incredinburgh". The city was expecting a major rebrand, but Marketing Edinburgh has been forced to delay its plans, reports the Edinburgh Evening News, after officials called the proposed slogan "twee" and "appalling".

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Traveller's Guide: Garden tourism

Explore Britain's green and pleasant land, then set off around the world in search of all things bright and beautiful. Cathy Packe celebrates flower power.

Johannes Heesters: Actor dogged by his Nazi associations

The Dutch-born entertainer Johannes Heesters, who made his name performing in Germany and was dogged later by controversy over his Nazi-era past, died on 24 December at the age of 108. Born in the Netherlands on 5 December 1903, Heesters made his stage debut on the big stage at the Volksoper in Vienna in 1934. His career took off in Berlin where, he became a crowd favourite at the Komische Oper and Admiralspalast. He gained fame appearing in films such as Die Leuchter des Kaisers [The Emperor's Candlesticks] and Das Hofkonzert [The Court Concert].