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“Why does a salmon take a fly?” That’s the question asked by Eric Steel’s quietly beguiling documentary. Its subject is Megan Boyd, a woman from the West Highlands who became celebrated for her extraordinary skill at tying fishing flies. Boyd, whose  fervent admirers included Prince Charles, died in 2001. Steel speaks to those who knew her or used her flies, and films the rugged Scottish landscapes where she lived and worked.

Beach-goers near South Parade Pier in Portsmouth

Summertime, and the living is easy... at least until next week

After being spoilt by the Indian summer of last October, and the brief arrival of unseasonal sunshine in February, it had begun to seem as if the real thing would never arrive this year following the wettest April in years. But now those comparisons of Britain to stereotypically hot places around the world where temperatures are, for once, marginally cooler than here – the Bahamas! Hawaii! Ibiza! – can finally be brought out in force.

McDermid (left) says: 'We always find something to giggle about. We're like schoolgirls, but with gallows humour'

How We Met: Val McDermid & Professor Sue Black

'We always find something to giggle about. We're like schoolgirls, but with gallows humour'

Donald Trump surveys his new golf resort in north-east Scotland

Wind farms will kill tourism, says Donald Trump

US tycoon Donald Trump has told the Scottish Parliament that wind farms will destroy tourism.

A US Marine is reunited with his beloved dog

Donald MacInnes: Confessions of a dog-loving emotional meringue...

There is nothing wrong with Glaswegian men having a good cry

Cairngorms snow-stranded hillwalkers rescued

Nine hillwalkers, including six teenagers, who became stranded after heavy snowfall have been rescued, police confirmed.

Lie back and enjoy the sunshine: two women recline in deckchairs in St James' Park ahead of what could be a glorious Bank Holiday weekend

Warm weather set to continue

Britons will enjoy another day of unseasonably warm weather after temperatures reached a new record.

Showman's Wagon, Shropshire

The Big Six: Wildwagons

Showman's Wagon, Shropshire

Rangers’ Sone Aluko celebrates scoring in the rout of Inverness

Rangers' rout restores battered pride

Ally McCoist, the Rangers manager, spoke of his immense pride in his players after their 4-1 victory at Inverness yesterday.

Chris Townsend: The campaigner says the plan defeats the point of having a national park

The Scotsmen who will go up a mountain – and decide if it should be a wind farm

Decision on whether turbines on the edge of Cairngorms National Park will ruin the view

Co-op buys David Sands convenience store chain

A 200-year-old family-owned store chain has been snapped up by the Co-op as part of the latest expansion at the UK's fifth biggest grocer.

Scott Allan set for West Brom move

Ally McCoist has urged Scott Allan to opt for Rangers over a potential move to the Barclays Premier League.

The West Highland Line

The way to see Britain? Take to the open rail

There's one train ticket that hasn't gone up – and it's worth the money. Andrew Spooner explains

Taliban tortured lost soldier

A young British soldier was executed by the Taliban in Afghanistan after leaving his checkpoint to search for missing kit.

Byrne says: 'People who say that travel is half the fun must be having really bad holidays'

My Life In Travel: Ed Byrne, comedian

'I would like to trek up to Everest Base Camp'

Hurricane causes £100m blow to economy

The single day of hurricane-force winds that battered Scotland could cost the country's economy around £100 million, business experts have warned.

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