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Michelin Star Is Great Honor One Hotel No Longer Wants

Boath House joins French chef in asking to have stars removed

(Newser) - People haven't distanced themselves from a star this quickly since Mel Gibson. The BBC reports a week after a top French chef asked for his three Michelin stars to be removed , a luxury hotel in Scotland made the same request of the star it's held for the past... More »

Mother Exhumes Baby's Coffin and Finds It Empty

After a 42-year campaign, Lydia Reid's worst fears are realized

(Newser) - A mother in Scotland had her worst suspicions confirmed this week when the coffin of her baby son was exhumed but no body was found inside. The discovery was "devastating" but not unexpected for Lydia Reid, 68, who was granted a court order last week to exhume the burial... More »

Lovelorn Guy Gets Message About His Bottles: Stop Littering

Scottish widower was looking for love, found a lot of complaints about trashing beaches

(Newser) - When 49-year-old widower Craig Sullivan decided to dive back into the dating pool, he went with what he thought was a grand romantic gesture over swiping right on Tinder: The Scot took a week in mid-July and tossed 2,000 message-carrying bottles into waters around the United Kingdom, in the... More »

Scotland's New Brexit Worry: Whisky

Minister wants UK to extend EU standards so inferior booze doesn't invade market

(Newser) - Scotland has found one more thing to fret about as Britain drags it toward a breakup with the European Union: Its precious whisky. Scotland has called for Scotch to be defined in UK law so its vital whisky industry—worth about $5.3 billion in exports—can be protected after... More »

Baby Abandoned in Theater Finds Answers 60 Years Later

Thanks to Facebook and DNA evidence

(Newser) - Robert Weston first made headlines at just three weeks of age, when he was found abandoned in a movie theater bathroom in England in March 1956—left in expensive clothes, nestled in blankets, and with his head propped on a cushion. He's now in the news again, this time... More »

Woman Unwittingly Wears Engagement Ring for a Year

'It was literally under her nose'

(Newser) - An Australian man may have outdone pretty much everyone when it comes to perfecting the marriage proposal. Using only first names, the man named Terry tells HuffPost the story of how he gave his girlfriend Anna a necklace on their one-year dating anniversary. Using Huon pine, a wood native to... More »

Rescued Surfer: 'I'd Pretty Much Made Peace With It All'

Matthew Bryce says he 'knew' he was going to die after 32 hours at sea

(Newser) - The 23-year-old Scottish surfer rescued Monday night after 32 hours adrift at sea says he was prepared to die as he faced the prospect of a second night spent clinging to his surfboard, the BBC reports. "I was watching the sunset, and I'd pretty much made peace with... More »

Surfboard Helps 'Lucky' Scottish Surfer Survive 32 Hours at Sea

Matthew Bryce found 13 miles off Scotland's west coast

(Newser) - A Scottish man is "extremely lucky" to be alive after spending more than 32 hours at sea with only his surfboard. Matthew Bryce, 22, was spotted by a coast guard helicopter some 13 miles off the coast of Argyll, Scotland, around 7:30pm Monday after first jumping in the... More »

As Brexit Is Triggered, JK Rowling Has Wistful Tweet

Two-year clock is ticking to reach a deal on UK's exit from European Union

(Newser) - On March 29, 2019, Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union. That's the schedule, at least, now that Prime Minister Theresa May has notified the EU of the United Kingdom's decision to exit and set in motion a two-year clock to negotiate the details.... More »

Cast Emerges From Isolation, Discovers TV Show Got Cut

Only a few hours of footage aired after an entire year of filming in the wilderness

(Newser) - After surviving a full year in the harsh Scottish wilderness, the 10 remaining contestants of the reality series Eden emerged from their imposed isolation to discover that no one had been watching their journey. Outside of four one-hour episodes aired in the summer of 2016, t he BBC reports that... More »

Scotland's Leader: We'll Seek Another Independence Referendum

She wants to give Scotland another chance to leave UK after Brexit vote

(Newser) - Scotland's leader delivered a shock twist to Britain's EU exit drama on Monday, announcing that she will seek authority to hold a new independence referendum in the next two years because Britain is dragging Scotland out of the EU against its will. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that... More »

Archaeologists Trying to Find Legendary King's Body

'It's like 'Game of Thrones' and 'Outlander' all rolled into one—except this story is real'

(Newser) - Almost exactly 580 years ago, King James I of Scotland was murdered by a group of conspirators in a sewer tunnel beneath a monastery as he attempted to escape, recounts the BBC . Stabbed dozens of times, he is said to have died in a pool of his own blood. His... More »

TV Listing Frames Inauguration as Twilight Zone Episode

Tongue-in-cheek Scottish newspaper blurb has gone viral

(Newser) - Hey, remember that Twilight Zone episode where William Shatner sees a gremlin outside the window of his plane? Or the one where "huge sections of the US electorate have somehow been duped into voting to make Donald Trump president," a "far-fetched" yet eventually "chillingly plausible" scenario?... More »

Scottish Amazon Workers Are Sleeping in Tents

Local pol rails against company for 'intolerable working conditions,' poor wages

(Newser) - What started with photos of a handful of tents outside a Scottish Amazon warehouse has blown up. The Courier published pics over the weekend of what it said were the makeshift homes of "hard-pressed" Amazon workers now sleeping outside their place of employment to save on commuting costs, just... More »

Hero King's Unknown Face Now Revealed

Two versions, one with leprosy and one without, attempt to show us the leader

(Newser) - Robert the Bruce, King of Scots from 1306 until his death in 1329 and perhaps most famous for defeating the English army at the Battle of Bannockburn, has been dead some 700 years, but we're just now getting a good idea of what he might have looked like. Without... More »

Nazi POW Leaves Life Savings to Village Where He Was Held

Heinrich Steinmeyer wanted his money to help the elderly in Comrie

(Newser) - A former German soldier has left his life's savings to a small Scottish village where he was held as a prisoner of war during World War II, the AP reports. Heinrich Steinmeyer, a Waffen SS soldier, was 19 when he was brought to POW camp at Cultybraggan near the... More »

Growing List of Nations Tied to Trump's 'Empire'

Meaning lots of potential for conflicts of interest, per 'NYT'

(Newser) - With more than 100 companies with business interests around the world , Donald Trump has attracted the attention of ethics experts, who contend his possible conflicts of interest are "unprecedented" for a modern-day US president. Now the New York Times offers a closer look at some of these global projects... More »

Cops Want to Know Why Chicken Was Crossing Road

Rogue bird recaptured in Scotland

(Newser) - Police in Dundee, Scotland found themselves in the news across the country after publicly wondering why a chicken was crossing the road. Police appealed for information after the bird was found "giving passing motorists cause for concern" Friday morning, the BBC reports. Three officers chased the chicken through the... More »

Painting Likely by Renaissance Great Ignored for Generations

Art historian convinced 500-year-old painting is by Raphael

(Newser) - High up in a corner of a 300-year-old house in Scotland, unnoticed, hung a painting by a Renaissance master worth more than $25 million. It's getting a lot more attention now. The Guardian reports the painting by Raphael, famous Italian artist and ninja turtle namesake, was discovered by art... More »

A Giant Secret in Queen's Garden: 2 'Extinct' Trees

Few knew how to identify rare Wentworth elms

(Newser) - Botanists were sure that the Wentworth elm had gone extinct as part of a mass die-off of elm trees in the UK in the 1970s. Soaring 100 feet in the air in the garden of none other than Queen Elizabeth was proof to the contrary. Two botanists say they've... More »

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