News Alex Salmond said his government believed that independence would lead to a new industrial strategy

An independent Scotland's ability to use tax powers, including a cut in corporation tax , would lead to a "jobs boom" and end Westminster's "one size fits all" economics policies, Scotland's First Minister has claimed.

Former actress escapes eviction

HEATHER RIPLEY, who as a seven-year-old actress played Jemima in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, escaped, at least temporarily, eviction from her Scottish home yesterday.

Go Higher: Scotland and Northern Ireland - The main attraction Events Diary 1999-2000

Glasgow 1999 City of Architecture and Design

UCAS Scottish course vacancies: How to use the listings guide

THIS IS the first part of the most up-to-date listing available of full-time and sandwich course vacancies remaining in the Scottish universities and colleges. The institutions are all members of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). This is the only official national newspaper listing of vacancies. Any other lists that purport to be official should therefore be disregarded.

Sketchbook: Chaos theory

The man who transformed Bilbao with his wildly curvy Guggenheim Museum is finally about to make his mark in Britain. Nonie Niesewand reveals how Frank Gehry starts with a scribble and ends with a masterpiece

Football: Bonnes exercises his freedom

CELTIC LAST night said that the French midfielder Stephane Bonnes has agreed a four-year deal to join them under freedom of contract from Mulhouse.

Midge army heads south from Scotland

THEY FAMOUSLY attacked Queen Victoria during a Highland picnic. More recently they have plagued tourists in Scotland, where it is said, if you kill one, 10,000 come to the wake. At their worst, they can leave you hospitalised. But at least they have stayed north of Hadrian's Wall.

Architecture: A monument to cancer care

A cancer victim's legacy is helping build new centres that support patients facing the terrors of the Big C. By Nonie Niesewand

Three compete to be new Scottish city

SCOTLAND IS hoping to gain its first city since Victorian times in a millennium competition launched yesterday.

Man accused of assault for smacking son

A SECOND father has been charged with assault in Scotland for smacking his young son in public.

Visual Art: Selling sculpture by the pound

Aconspiracy, perhaps. Well, it looks like it might be. I mean, when a sculptor, a conspicuously dreadful sculptor, seems to have a city pretty well on a plate, one naturally starts speculating about old chums, blood ties, kickbacks, funny handshakes and knowing where the bodies are buried. Oh, but let me withdraw those remarks unreservedly. I have no conspiracy theory to offer. I have no evidence at all. I am sure that there is a perfectly innocent explanation. And I certainly wasn't for one moment thinking of Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and the city of Edinburgh.

Musical: Faust goes North

STIFF ROYAL LYCEUM THEATRE EDINBURGH

Letter: Modified facts

WE DEPLORE your story about our review of the safety of plant viral inserts ("Super-viruses threat to farms", 21 March). It was typical of your biased scare-mongering over GM foods and crops. You state that, according to our "damning" report (it was not damning), "genetically engineered crops, altered to be resistant to common plant viruses, risk creating new strains of `superviruses' which could wipe out entire farms".

Dundee gives African tribe wet response

WHAT'S IN a name? Take Dundee. A tribal chief from Cameroon was so struck by the similarity between the internal alliterative qualities of the name and that of his own village, he wanted them twinned.

Football: Miller makes light of Dundee

Dundee 0 Rangers 4

Open Eye: A modern look at Scottish history

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