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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.

Firefighters battle to control blazes

Heathland fires were still raging across parts of the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and England yesterday after an extended dry spell.

Heathland fires continue to rage across the UK

Heathland fires were still raging across parts of the Scottish Highlands, Ireland and north west England today after the record-breaking dry spell.

Met Office comes to the rescue as hayfever sufferers wilt in heat

Britain's millions of hayfever sufferers have a new helping hand: the Met Office has introduced daily pollen forecasts on its website.

Lennon's squad at near full-strength

The Celtic manager Neil Lennon has a near full squad to choose from for the Scottish Cup semi-final against Aberdeen tomorrow.

Craig Murray: A secret history of the kilt

The fashionistas in New York went wild for men in tartan last week. Our writer extols the garment with magnificent sway

Heavy snow returns to the Highlands

Between 15cm and 25cm of snow is predicted over the weekend in the Highlands, after much of Scotland and Northern Ireland were blanketed by snow yesterday.

Bodies of couple found in house



The bodies of a husband and wife have been found in the bedroom of their home by police.

Arctic Circle? No, Aberdeen

To many Scots, "The Northern Lights of Old Aberdeen" is a popular traditional song by Mary Webb – the sort of thing your Uncle Jimmy might sing after too many wee drams at Hogmanay, writes Victoria Summerley.

Storms make a splash across the North

The waves came crashing in on Blackpool yesterday as high winds gusted across northern Britain.

Aberdeen fail in bid for Blackburn midfielder

Aberdeen have been foiled in their attempts to sign Blackburn midfielder Jason Lowe.

Search for 'missing' ferry passenger halted

Rescuers have called off a search which was launched amid fears that a ferry passenger had fallen into the sea.

Coldest December for 120 years

The past month was Britain's coldest December for 120 years, meteorologists said yesterday.

Official! December coldest for 120 years

The past month was Britain's coldest December for 120 years, meteorologists said today.

Roads, trains and planes all hit as big freeze returns

Britain ground to a halt today as the big freeze returned, throwing early getaway plans into jeopardy and threatening to leave homes without heating or presents at Christmas.

Brown defends his right to join Dons

Craig Brown admits that he is being a "bit selfish" in quitting Motherwell for a "better job" at Aberdeen but defended his right to change his mind.

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