Arts and Entertainment

“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.

Amec in US tie-up for Dounreay

Amec, the FTSE 100 engineering group, is understood to have teamed-up with US nuclear giant Energy Solutions to bid for the £2.6bn clean-up of Dounreay power station in the Scottish Highlands.

Ben Rivers, Kate MacGarry Gallery, London

An industrial building by the canal on Vyner Street in London's East End is the last place you might expect to find a glimpse into a world of rural, isolated wilderness. But venture down that street you should, to spend a few moments listening to a man who lives alone in the wild, and to see the landscape of this very country as if it were totally alien – a glorious planet of fetid flora and kaleidoscopic colour. This is the first solo exhibition in a London gallery of artist Ben Rivers, an award-winning film-maker from Somerset in his late thirties, who has a long-term, almost anthropological interest in those who live in isolated locations. Inside Kate MacGarry gallery, you will find a shed-like structure built from discarded building materials: corrugated metal, old windows, garden gates and industrial waste. All surplus to requirement, unwanted and disregarded.

Passengers stranded as snowdrift traps train

More than 100 rail passengers were stranded for nearly six hours overnight after their train was stuck in a snowdrift.

Avalanche kills climber in the Highlands

A Scout Association member was killed in an avalanche on a mountainside, police said last night.

Terence Blacker: A land despoiled by pylons

The reason for not putting cables out of sight is that it'd be more expensive

The wilderness school that can't find a head

It sounds like the ideal job for a senior teacher looking for the next promotion: a headteacher's position with a £43,968 salary, working in a school with only 11 pupils. Plus, there's an annual bonus of £2,124.

Jonathan Brown: How I bared all on a walk with Gough

I would like to think it was the power of my reportage that made my naked rambling assignment with Steve Gough in the Scottish Highlands so memorable for so many people.

Scottish woman shopping for turkey still stranded

A wife who went to the shops to buy a turkey for Christmas dinner still hasn't made it home after being cut off by heavy snow.

Search is on for holder of £3.6m jackpot ticket

A mystery winner is sitting on an unclaimed Lottery jackpot of more £3.6 million, it was revealed today.

LDC backs renewables group

Lloyds Development Capital (LDC), the private equity arm of the Lloyds Banking Group, has sunk £17 million into Subocean, the Aberdeen-based renewables group.

The real Rudolphs

You don’t need to visit Lapland to see Santa’s other helpers – there’s a herd of wild reindeer in Scotland. Lucy Gillmore meets Hobnob, Flapjack and friends

Witness appeal after three die in road pile-up in Highlands

A woman and her two sons were killed in a car crash yesterday in the Scottish Highlands.

One Minute With...Mary Beard

Where are you now and what can you see?

I'm in a little rented cottage in Aberdeen. It's midday – so it'll soon be dark. I can see my laptop, and I'm about to write a lecture.

Autumn blows in with a vengeance

Heavy rain and high winds hit large areas of Britain

Climbing the Munros: On top of the world

At 66, Peter Gillman thought his climbing days were over – until his young grandson, Jake, inspired him to complete a challenge he'd set himself more than 20 years before
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Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

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Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

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Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

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Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

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Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture