News The new series of 'The Voice' got underway last weekend

ITV makes complaint in its submission into the Culture Committee's inquiry into the future of the BBC

Murder hunt extended

DETECTIVES are widening the search for a gunman who murdered an Asian waiter at an Indian restaurant on Orkney. Officers plan to extend inquiries after the investigation into the murder - the first in 25 years on the island - failed to produce any positive leads in its first 10 days.

Government inquiry decides satanic abuse does not exist: No evidence in 84 cases of alleged black magic rituals - Evangelical Christians and self-styled 'experts' blamed for scares

SATANIC abuse does not exist, a Government inquiry has concluded. A three-year investigation funded by the Department of Health has found no evidence to substantiate any of the 84 cases in which it was alleged that children were sexually abused during satanic, black magic rites.

Football: Blue Brazil, masters of the pitiful game: It is 37 matches since Cowdenbeath last won at home. Phil Shaw reports

THERE are few things the Reverend Ronald Ferguson would not do to raise a bob or two for his beloved Cowdenbeath. Going down on his knees in the dressing-room to seek divine assistance for the benefit of a tabloid photographer happens to be one of them.

MUSIC / Quick and dead: Stephen Johnson on Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and the Duke Quartet

One-composer concerts are risky, and not only in box- office terms. Even the biggest names can be too much when heard in quantity, and with difficult modern composers fatigue can set in early on.

Seabirds dying

The mass death of seabirds is on a larger scale than anything on record in the UK, according to new figures. Up to 50,000 dead and dying guillemots are estimated to have been washed ashore this month in the Shetland Isles, the worst-affected area. There have been at least 1,500 victims on the Orkney Isles and hundreds more on mainland North Sea coastal stretches.

Obituary: Laura Grimond

Laura Miranda Bonham Carter, politician: born London 13 October 1918; married 1938 Jo Grimond (created 1983 Baron Grimond, died 1993; two sons, one daughter, and one son deceased); died London 15 February 1994.

Thousands of dead birds washed up on coast

THOUSANDS of dead birds have been washed up on the east coast of Scotland in what the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds describes as one of Britain's worst sea-bird 'wrecks', writes Oliver Gillie.

FOOD & DRINK / Scottish beer in full flower: Heather ale, the secret weapon of the Picts, is still being brewed in Scotland, says Michael Jackson

Chew on this sprig of heather, suggested Bruce Williams. 'Now try this one. See] The bell heather is sweeter, but the ling heather has more perfume. Do you get the spiciness, the astringency?' Such matters are of great importance to Mr Williams. He wants us to enjoy the flavours of this particular flower of Scotland.

The warnings that Scotland's patient nationalism could turn nasty

HOW agreeable it is to have a prejudice confirmed - a solid clunk-click in the mind] When Settler Watch, a group dedicated to driving English immigrants out of Scotland, appeared a few months ago, there were nods of recognition south of the border. The English have always assumed that Scottish and Welsh nationalisms are fuelled by ethnic Anglophobia. Most Scots, however, are appalled.

Scots radicals aim to drive out English

RADICAL nationalists launched a campaign of direct action yesterday to 'cleanse' Scotland of 'English white settler exploitation'.

Travel: Viking whispers on the wind: Orkney has terrible weather and a dark reputation. You land there, and you're in a cowpat. But people love the island, says Clare Jenkins

There were just six of us, plus pilot, on the eight-seater plane from Kirkwall to North Ronaldsay. They included the district nurse, the island policeman and the local Episcopalian minister and his wife. 'Don't worry,' said the minister, 'if there's an accident, the policeman can identify you, and I'll bury you.'

Abuse case children to get more say: Bottomley announces sweeping reforms in wake of Orkney controversy

SWEEPING child-care reforms for Scotland, giving young people a greater say in their future, were announced by the Government yesterday.

Orkney pay-off

Paul Lee, the director of social work suspended over his handling of the Orkney child sex abuse allegations, is to receive a pounds 57,000 pay-off after agreeing to resign. Disciplinary proceedings against him will be dropped, the Orkney Islands Council said.

Islanders angered by Braer disaster 'secrecy': Will Bennett in Lerwick reports on the mood at the Donaldson inquiry

THE sense of outrage felt by Shetlanders over the Government's decision not to appoint a public inquiry into the grounding of the oil tanker Braer was thrown into sharp relief yesterday.

Orkney acts on child abuse report

THE HEAD of the social services department at the time of the Orkney child abuse scandal was suspended on full pay yesterday, writes James Cusick.
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