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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.

Celtic on target after Maloney golden shot

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Out of this world: The Aliens

Refugees from Scotland's Beta Band, The Aliens have turned failure and despair into stirring psychedelic pop. Chris Mugan meets a trio reborn

Lynx and boars may once again roam free in Scottish Highlands

Wolves, boars and big cats might be reintroduced to the wilds of Scotland.

Lord Russell-Johnston: Liberal MP for Inverness for more than 30 years who was an enthusiastic supporter of European integration

Russell Johnston was a Liberal, an internationalist and a Scot, and passionate for all of these causes. He joined the Scottish Liberal Party when it was still tiny, won a seat which Scottish Liberalism's most colourful figure had failed to capture before him, and held it through eight elections over more than 30 years. He supported the 1988 merger with the Social Democrats, on condition that the word "Liberal" should remain in the merged party's title. A nominated member of the European Parliament when the UK first joined the European Community in the 1970s, he stood for the European Parliament in its first direct elections. Later, both from the Commons, and after 1997 from the Lords (as Baron Russell-Johnston), he became a leading member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and was its president from 1999 until 2002.

Scotsman's sporran doomed by European ban on sealskins

The Highland kilt must rank as one of the most distinctive and manly items of clothing that the world has ever seen. But it has no pockets. Braveheart warrior types, though, were never going to resort to carrying some kind of proto man bag. So the sealskin sporran was born.

So, Long John Silver, where did the leg go?

A prequel to 'Treasure Island' will give one author's answers to questions posed by Robert Louis Stevenson's classic

Global warming threat to native dragonfly species

Britain's dragonflies, which date back to the dinosaurs but are increasingly threatened by habitat destruction, pollution and climate change, are to be the subject of a major national survey.

Crofters fight for rights of indigenous people

Australia has Aborigines, New Zealand has Maoris and the US has Native Americans. Now Scotland could soon have its own group of indigenous people, in the shape of its crofters.

Extinct wildlife makes return

The sight of a moose wandering through the Scottish Highlands has not been seen for more than 1,000 years.

Queen of the South 4 Aberdeen 3: Stewart sinks Dons to make history

Queen of the South were swept to the first Scottish Cup final in their 89-year history on a tide of emotion and goals here yesterday, as John Stewart came back to haunt Aberdeen. The Scottish First Division side's substitute sealed a stunning semi-final against the club who let him go two years ago, and will be back at the national stadium on 24 May. They could even face another First Division club, as the other semi will be between St Johnstone and the winners of the Partick Thistle-Rangers replay.

Aberdeen 2 Falkirk 1: Maguire lifts Dons into top six

Chris Maguire was once again the hero for Aberdeen, scoring a crucial double against Falkirk to ensure his side leapfrogged their opponents and qualified for the top six of the SPL last night.

Mister Lonely (15)

Off-the-graph oddity. The least that can be said for Harmony Korine is that his films aren't like many others.

Mystery of the polar bear whose remains were found in Scotland

The remains of the last known wild polar bear to live in Britain are to be investigated by scientists hoping to find out what it ate and how it is related to its modern-day Arctic cousins.

Celtic 2 Inverness CT 1: Celtic's perseverance pays off to maintain title pursuit

In the pursuit of Rangers that their season has developed into, Celtic are coming to rely on the diligence of their application. This was a performance without glamour or bold imagination, but enough purpose to be meaningful. They overcame Inverness through sheer perseverance.

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