Sport Charlie Mulgrew admits the Celtic squad are not thinking about breaking any records despite 23-match unbeaten run

Mulgrew was on target as Celtic thumped Kilmarnock to edge closer to another Scottish Premiership title

Stagecoach set record of shame ful record of shame

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As Burns' Night, 1996, celebrates the bicentenary of the poet's death, a new Life examines the story of the 'lewd, amazing peasant of genius'

Burns Festival in chaos after organiser flees

Cash crisis and rumours plunge poet's bicentenary celebrations into disarray

OBITUARY:Elspeth Davie

One's first impression of Elspeth Davie was of her smallness; the second of her extreme shyness. One of her friends described her as looking like a mouse, neat, nervous, undeniably small. She could also have been mistaken for one of Miss Jean Brodie's young girls, a Morningside lady mingling the intellectual with the tearoom. This would have been an error. In her writing she may well have been the creme de la creme, but that phrase implies a certain self-esteem, an awareness of inner strength. Elspeth Davie was implacably modest, the least self-assertive of human beings or writers.

LETTER: Scottish memory

From Mr Tom Fulton

IN BRIEF: Social workers to escape prosecution

IN BRIEF

Chemicals firm wins cattle sickness case

The chemical waste disposal company Rechem International was cleared of blame yesterday for cattle sickness which destroyed a dairy herd grazing on land near one of its incinerators. The dismissal of a pounds 1.5m High Court action for damages by two Scottish farmers, Andrew and Irene Graham, marked the end of one of the longest civil trials in legal history.

Stagecoach buy referred

Stagecoach buy referred

Scottish election results

ABERDEEN

Tories are wiped out in Scottish elections

The Government suffered its worst-ever defeat early today at the hands of the Scots. With most of the votes counted in the council elections north of the border, it was clear that John Major's attempt to "relaunch" the Conservative Party had suffered a damaging blow.

`I would cry to myself: Why? Why? Why have they done this?'

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Nightmare is over for `ritual abuse' families

BY JOHN ARLIDGE

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Parents bitterly attack Ayrshire social workers whose reports robbed them of their children.

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One of three young men who died from a drug overdose at the Hanger 13 rave club in Ayr last year went to the club to buy a drug called Grievous Bodily Harm, a fatal accident inquiry was told yesterday, writes John Arlidge.
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