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Yarnbombers launch another Selkirk strike

Souters have woken up this morning to a Royal and Ancient Burgh that is decidedly woollier than it was yesterday.

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Author offers to oust ghosts and mind kids

Author offers to oust ghosts and mind kids

An American author and spiritualist has offered to help out a Borders couple who say they can’t keep a nanny because of the ghosts in their house.

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Gala Harrier Bob Johnson unveils his Mr Potato Head costume at a fundraising coffee morning on Saturday.

Harrier Bob in marathon charity a-peel

A local athlete is hoping to s-mash a Guinness world record by running the London Marathon dressed as Mr Potato Head.

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The male tourist dances in comic fashion before a Scots guardsmen makes him think again. (Photo: lokirna md45/YouTube)

‘Get yersel’ away!’ Queen’s guard soldier yells at dancing tourist outside St James’s Palace

A video showing a Queen’s guard soldier yelling in a broad Scots dialect at a dancing tourist outside London’s St James’s Palace has proved to be a big hit online.

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Working with Personal Trainer Born Barikor, pet charity Blue Cross has created a new fitness boot camp called Work Out Like A Dog which sees humans doing exercises you would normally see dogs doing. Pic: Blue Cross.

Fitness boot camp launches where humans exercise like dogs

Chasing a ball and bringing it back again may sound like fun for dogs, but for participants of new fitness bootcamp Work Out Like A Dog, it’s strictly humans doing the retrieving.

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Art gallery owner Tony Huggins-Haig and Alan Malone, head baker at Granny Jean's Home Bakery in Kelso.

Fiver worth £50,000, thanks to micro-engraving, found in Borders

A special £5 note estimated to be worth up to 10,000 times its face value has turned up in the Borders, not far from where it was put into circulation a month ago.

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Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real

Parents urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real

Parents have been urged to stop pretending Father Christmas is real in case the “lie” damages relations with their children.

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VIDEO: Borders fortune-telling goat predicts who will win presidential election

A fortune-telling goat based in Lanton, near Jedburgh, has had a go at predicting who the next President of the USA will be.

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King Charles II in the robes of the Order of the Garter, painted by John Michael Wright

Stichill baronetcy row rumbles on

Senior judges are analysing further legal argument in the dispute over who is the rightful claimant to the ancient baronetcy of Pringle of Stichill.

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The back cover page of Cameron halfpenny's new translation of Alice in Wonderland into Scots dialect to mark the 150th anniversary of the book's original publication

Hawick writer brings ‘Alice’ to life in Scots

The first translation into Border Scots of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has been done by Cameron Halfpenny, originally from Hawick.

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Kelso’s Rebecca donates her long locks for charity

Kelso’s Rebecca donates her long locks for charity

Kelso youngster Rebecca Peddie always wanted really long hair and spent the last two years growing it to the length she wanted.

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Sandy is sub-zero hero for frozen swan rescue effort

Sandy is sub-zero hero for frozen swan rescue effort

Local Tweedbank restaurant owner Sandy Craig has been hailed a wildlife hero this week for his attempted rescue of a young swan trapped in a frozen loch.

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David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick in the Scottish Borders, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic �66 million Lotto jackpot. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 13, 2016. The rollover Lotto prize was split between two tickets that had all six winning numbers from Saturday's draw - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52 and 58. See PA story LOTTERY Winners. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

LOTTERY: Nicola Sturgeon and Hawick provost congratulate lucky winners

Scotland’s First Minister has tweeted her congratulations to the Hawick couple revealed as Britain’s biggest Lotto winners.

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David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick, celebrate after winning half of the historic �66 million Lotto jackpot. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

LOTTERY: Winners asked if they will invest in troubled knitwear firm

Hawick lottery winners David and Carol Martin were asked at this morning’s press conference about what they will spend their record-breaking £33million share of Saturday’s jackpot on.

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David and Carol Martin, a husband and wife from Hawick, celebrate at the Dalmahoy Hotel & Country Club in Edinburgh after winning half of the historic �66 million Lotto jackpot.

LOTTERY: David and Carol Martin say £33M won’t change them

Hawick couple David and Carol Martin, both aged 54 , plan to take early retirement as soon as possible after being revealed as the winners of the biggest-ever Lottery pay-out in the UK.

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Borders couple win £33million on Lottery

Borders couple win £33million on Lottery

A couple from the Scottish Borders has won half of the historic £66 million lottery jackpo.

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WATCH: Peeblesshire piper plays at South Pole

WATCH: Peeblesshire piper plays at South Pole

He might only have managed one tune before the bitter cold froze his bagpipes, but Carlops adventurer Jak Kennedy’s dream had come true.

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Selkirk man shows true Xmas spirit

Selkirk man shows true Xmas spirit

Malky Smith lives his life by a simple motto that says while one person might not be able to change the world, the world can be changed for one person.

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WATCH: Gala cinema set for Star Wars ‘frenzy’

Pavilion cinema manager Andrew Poole says he has not seen such interest in a movie opening since the first Harry Potter film back in 2001.

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Train at Kelso Station

Call for Kelso railway case to be examined

Any expansion of the new Borders Railway should include consideration of re-opening the line to Kelso and on to Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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