How to join Scotland’s landed gentry
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How to join Scotland’s landed gentry

Thousands of people from around the world are buying up plots of Scottish land - becoming Lairds, Lords and Ladies in the process – all thanks to a gift offering that promotes conservation and allows people to strengthen their ties with Scotland in a unique and novel way. 

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Chat-room rapist gets ten years

A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to ten years in prison for posing as a girl in internet chat-rooms, luring two girls to meet him and then sexually abusing them.

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Scot jailed for theft of Basel diamond

A 56-year-old Scot was sentenced on Tuesday to 18 months in prison for stealing a diamond from the Baselworld watch and jewellery show. 

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‘Hidden’ ice blamed for fall that killed five

The five members of a German climbing party who fell to their deaths probably slipped on ice hidden by fresh snow, said the mountain guide who spoke to them before their ascent of Switzerland's Lagginhorn summit.

Rodents make vole hills out of Swiss mountains

Rodents make vole hills out of Swiss mountains

An extraordinary invasion of voles has caused extensive damage to farmlands in the Jura, damaging crops and testing the patience of local farmers.

Scientists reveal ‘God particle’ find

Scientists reveal ‘God particle’ find

After a quest spanning nearly half a century, physicists on Wednesday said they had found a new sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson which is believed to confer mass.

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Foreign clients fume at Swiss banks

Swiss bank clients who live outside the country lodged more complaints in 2011 than before, according to a report released on Tuesday, with higher bank charges the main bugbear.