Social affairs

The Mull Drier

Don't use a tumble drier. For a family it can use as much C02 as driving an extra car. Instead get a Mull shieling drier, invented by my friends David and Moira Gracie.

Shieling self catering cottage


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IT IS prom night and the young people are dressed to the nines - the girls in elegant dresses, make-up and heels, the boys in tuxedos or kilts. Stepping out of the stretch limos and Humvees their parents have hired, they are excited, all ready to celebrate leaving school -  primary school, that is. Their average age is 11.

Across Scotland , the pre-teen prom - an American-style celebration to mark the end of primary school - is catching on. But while some parents like the idea others are concerned . Which is it: rite of passage or too much, too young?


Pregnancies that run "over".

WHAT makes an apple fall from a tree? Newton knew the answer to that one - gravity - but even he would have had trouble predicting the exact date that a particular fruit would hit the ground.

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Why children should do chores

'I REMEMBER as a child doing the washing with my grandmother. She had one of those old twin-tubs and we would haul the washing out with poles and put it through a mangle and hang it up. It was heavy work but I loved it. I liked it because it gave me a sense of satisfaction but also because I was having a great time with my gran."

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Cuts at the Herald

I believe I speak for others at the Herald when I say I am utterly heartbroken and furious at the massacre of our once great newspaper. This whole issue is about far more than the fate of one group of newspapers. It affects us all in Scotland." This cri de coeur posted anonymously on the allmediascotland website was prompted by news that one of Scotland's two quality national newspapers is facing its third round of budget cuts in three years, this time to cut the annual budget by between £2m and £3m. One hundred jobs will also go from the three titles, the Herald, its Sunday sister and the Glasgow Evening Times. The Herald had been set a target of making 39p per pound for shareholders and, because it had fallen short, cost-cutting was deemed necessary - management had even asked staff for suggestions on how to save money.

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