The 10 funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Festival 2019

A pun about vegetables has been named as the best joke at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe – the largest arts festival in the world. Swedish comedian Olaf Falafel was crowned the winner by comedy channel, Dave. He said he was delighted his one-liner had won the prize. Olaf added: ‘It’s been really good fun, […]

Engineer builds 4.7-metre Lego model of Forth Bridge

An engineer has constructed a Lego model of the world-famous Forth Bridge in a bid to get it made into an official product. Mike Dineen used around 3,000 bricks to build the structure over four months and has now submitted the design to the toy company’s website. The 41-year-old is now hoping to get 10,000 […]

World Rugby scraps plans for global Nations Championship

World Rugby has abandoned plans for a new Nations Championship after failing to gain the required support. The governing body needed unanimous approval from the 10 unions that make up the southern hemisphere’s Rugby Championship and Europe’s Six Nations. World Rugby says there was a ‘lack of consensus on key issues’ including the tournament’s format. […]

Heartbreak for Scotland in Women’s World Cup

Scotland are out of the Women’s World Cup after gut-wrenching drama robbed them of victory against Argentina. The team appeared to be coasting and looked almost unbeatable after going 3-0 up. But their opponents pulled two back – as deep in injury time, Argentina equalised in the 93rd minute – from a twice-taken penalty awarded after video […]

England off to a winning start at women’s World Cup

England have opened their World Cup campaign with a narrow victory over arch-rivals Scotland. The Lionesses got off to a winning start in front of a crowd of 13,188 at the Allianz Riviera in Nice. England narrowly beat a spirited Scotland side 2-1, two years after a 6-0 drubbing at the European Championships. First-half goals […]

Revealed: Britain’s worst city for traffic jams

Drivers in Edinburgh face the worst traffic congestion in Britain, according to new figures. Journeys in Scotland’s capital city take on average 40 per cent longer than they would if roads were quieter, research by TomTom, the sat-nav manufacturer, found. In rush hour traffic, drivers can expect their trip to take as much as 80 […]

Scotland sack McLeish after just 14 months in charge

Alex McLeish’s second spell as Scotland manager is over. The Scottish Football Association announced McLeish would be leaving his role ‘with immediate effect’ after board members gathered for a meeting at Hampden Park in Glasgow. SFA chief executive Ian Maxwell said in a statement: ‘The decision to part company was not an easy one, especially […]

Trainspotting 2 actor shot dead in street in Edinburgh

An actor who starred in Trainspotting 2 has died after being shot in the head. Bradley Welsh was gunned down in a street in Edinburgh’s affluent West End. The 42-year-old was a reformed football hooligan turned charity worker. Sources said the father had suffered ‘life-threatening’ wounds to the head, reported the Daily Record. The former […]

Wales crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions

Wales have been crowned Six Nations Grand Slam champions. They demolished Ireland 25-7 in Cardiff to claim European rugby’s major trophy. The champions are now 14 games unbeaten and gave head coach Warren Gatland a record-breaking Six Nations swansong. Gatland’s final Six Nations game – he leaves Wales after the World Cup later this year […]

Storm Gareth batters UK with heavy rain and gales

Storm Gareth’s strong winds and heavy rain have been causing disruption, with rail and road links across the country affected. The British Met Office issued two yellow warnings for high winds covering Northern Ireland, Wales, most of England and the west coast of Scotland. Winds of over 120kmph were seen widely across western parts of […]

Three climbers die on UK’s highest mountain

Three climbers have died and another has been injured after an avalanche on Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain. Police said they were alerted at around 11.50am on Tuesday and launched a major rescue operation. Initially, police said two climbers had died and two were injured but later confirmed one of the injured climbers had since […]

Parents urged to ban children’s phones at bedtime

Families should ban mobile phones at bedtime, according to one of Europe’s top doctors. The guidance has been published by Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood. She said social media use was disrupting children’s sleep and phones should be left outside the bedroom at night. Dr Calderwood said youngsters are waking up to read […]

William and Kate meet factory workers facing the axe

William and Kate have meet hundreds of factory workers facing redundancy. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met employees at the Michelin plant in Scotland, which is due to shut next year. The couple heard what it’s like to live under the cloud of uncertainty caused by the tyre company’s announcement. In total, 850 employees […]

Weather warnings issued as UK braces for more snow

Britain faces a week of travel chaos after a blanket of snow swept across parts of the country on Monday night. Sub-zero temperatures and gale-force winds could combine with the white stuff – especially in the South East of England – to spell disruption on the roads and power cuts as bone-chilling air from the […]

Thundersnow warning as temperatures plunge across UK

Thundersnow could strike much of Britain this week as temperatures plummet below zero and forecasters issue ice warnings for large swathes of the country. Weather alerts for snow and ice have been issued by the Met Office for most of UK, with freezing conditions likely to cause disruption for road and rail users on Tuesday morning. Forecasters […]

First snow of 2019 hits Britain as temperatures plunge

Snow has hit the length and breadth of Britain. Several millimetres of the white stuff fell in a matter of minutes in Buckinghamshire all the way up to Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh. Forecasters warned some roads and railway lines were likely to be affected with longer journey times expected by bus and train, causing social media […]