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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.

Towell urges Lennon to give him another taste of action

Irish youngster Richie Towell has told Celtic manager Neil Lennon that he has plenty more to offer after the player made his competitive debut for the club at the weekend. And the 19-year-old has urged Lennon to have faith in him as he bids to cement his place in the team in the weeks and months ahead.

Church sued over Peruvian boys' deaths

The Free Church of Scotland is to be sued in South America after two Peruvian boys died in a car crash on a trip to the Highlands organised by the church.

Weir wants Rangers to bounce back

Rangers captain David Weir has called for a positive response to his side's shock defeat to Hibernian as they prepare to face Aberdeen this weekend.

Roads and ferries hit by early snowfall

Early snowfall and high winds brought disruption to parts of the UK today, affecting roads and ferry services.

Whittaker says Rangers' eyes are all on Inverness

Steven Whittaker insists there is no chance of Rangers being distracted by next week's Champions League game in Valencia and risk blowing their 100 per cent Premier League record when they face Inverness today.

Briton kidnapped and tortured in Portugal over 'unpaid debts'

A British man had an ear, two fingers and three toes cut off after being kidnapped in Portugal and tortured for 13 days over an alleged debt.

And This is True, By Emily Mackier

Nevis Gow, the 15-year-old narrator of this dark novel, has spent 11 years living in a van with his father Marshall, a frustrated writer. The squalid existence has left him damaged: in the absence of any other contact, Nevis developed an obsession with – and, later, an erotic fixation on – his dad.

A guide to A-road Britain: A82

Richard Wilson takes the high road from Glasgow to Fort William and the foothills of Ben Nevis. Scotland's great contrasts are here, from busy city streets to the empty beauty of Glencoe

No longer unknown: Stories behind portraits of First World War soldiers are revealed

When hundreds of photographs of soldiers from the First World War were found, each portrait was a mystery in its own right. Here, John Lichfield tells the story of one of them

McCourt's wizardry staggers Inverness

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Camping without all the carry on

Good planning will ensure a trip with a tent is a delight for you and your children, says Alan Murphy

On The Road: Once bitten, twice shy of tiny scourge of the Highlands

Dangers are few and far between in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland: getting rained on is an obvious one, getting stuck in the middle of nowhere on the Sabbath is another, or perhaps, if you're really unlucky, a spot of light cattle rustling by a rival clan. And there's Culicoides impunctatus – or the midge, as it's more commonly known – a tiny flying creature that is savage and merciless in the extreme and hunts in huge packs.

Danny Alexander: strait-laced loyalist who played a key role in coalition negotiations

Danny Alexander is rewarded for his commitment

UK looks forward to an early taste of summer

Britain basked in sunshine today, enjoying the hottest day of the year so far, and temperatures are set to rise even further.

Temperatures set to soar

Temperatures in the week ahead are likely to soar to up to 10 degrees above the average for this time of year, a forecaster said today.

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Smash hit go under the hammer

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Twenty years ago, Belle & Sebastian was a fey indie band from Glasgow. It still is – except today, as prime mover Stuart Murdoch admits, it has a global cult following, from Hollywood to South Korea
America: Land of the free, home of the political dynasty

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Winston Churchill: the enigma of a British hero

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