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I am in my fourth year at Napier University where I am doing a degree in Journalism. My main interest is sport, especially football where I follow Forfar Athletic and Scotland. Please read my blogs to find out more

Backlash to teenage oral sex plans

By Gary Philp

The Christian Institute have hit out at Scottish Government plans which will legalise oral sex for 13 year olds.

On their website they make it clear they are against the plans.

If it goes ahead, it will legalise over ten types of oral sex scenarios involving teenagers aged between 13 and 16 that are currently considered unlawful.

Dunedin Napier News asked students at Napier University what they thought.

Michelle Green, 19, said: “They can’t do that, it will lead to them having sex at that age. We shouldn’t be encouraging teenagers that young to start having sex.”

Robert McDonald, 24, said: “It shouldn’t happen, but, will making any sex act legal or illegal actually have any impact on what teenagers do? It’s not like they take any notice of the law anyway.”

Wright choice for Scotland?

Ipswich Town defender David Wright has revealed on the club’s official website that he would jump at the chance to play for Scotland despite being born in England.

David Wright. Courtesy of
David Wright. Courtesy of

Ipswich Town Official Website’s story.

Scottish supporters have reacted to the news.

21 year old Andrew Crawford, who regularly goes to Scotland games, told Dundedin Napier News: “It doesn’t really bother me as long as he’s decent and actually has a Scottish parent.

“I suppose there are a lot of full-backs but Graeme Alexander has not got long left.”

Tom McAllister from The West of Scotland Tartan Army told us: “It will just be like Nigel Quashie playing for us because he has got a Scottish relative.”

Ticket rush for rock fans

New Album, Black Ice. Image courtesy of
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Tickets for AC/DC sold out within an hour yesterday as thousands of fans phoned, clicked or queued for briefs for the Hampden Park show.

Tickets Scotland outlets in both Edinburgh and Glasgow had overnight queues for the show scheduled for June 30th.

Ricky Borthwick, Manager of Tickets Scotland, said: “We have had people asking us about it for months so we were expecting the rush, but everybody who queued got their tickets and for such a large crowd they were very well behaved.”

Fans have had a long wait to see the legendary rockers and those fortunate enough to receive tickets were ecstatic.

Jane Cameron queued from 6am in the morning in Edinburgh and said: “I am so excited! I’ve heard that they were coming for months but couldn’t believe it when they finally announced they were playing. I can’t wait!”

Another fan added: “I can’t believe they’re coming, I’ve waited years to see them and to see them at such a huge venue will be incredible.”

The show had been rumoured for months but oddly enough promoters had to wait on football results before announcing the date.

Mr Borthwick said: “They had to wait and see when Celtic went out of Europe as this could have changed the date of the Scottish Cup Final (Also played at Hampden Park).”

HMRC To Cut Thousands Of Jobs

Her Majesty Revenue and Customs have today announced that they will be axing over three thousand jobs.

93 offices will close in total and 3,400 staff will be out of work by 2011.

This includes the closure of 20 offices in Scotland and the loss of around four-hundred staff.

HMRC are responsible for all aspects of taxing including the administration and collection of Income Tax, National Insurance Contributions, Stamp Duty and Child Benefit.

The Public and Commercial Services Union said on their website that this will affect businesses and the public.

They also condemned the actions for slowing down the process to claim back billions of pounds of uncollected tax and billions lost through tax evasion.

Bank Of England Cut Interest Rates

The Bank of England have announced that they have cut interest rates by 1%.

This decision, made at noon, reduces the rate to 2% which is the lowest it has been since 1951.

In a poll by Reuters, 40 out of 62 financial experts asked, stated that they thought this was the step that the Bank of England should take.

This comes just one month after the interest rate was cut from 4.5% to 3% in order to help with the growing financial crisis which has led to unemployment rising, a downturn in mortgage lending and high street stores slashing prices in the hope of encouraging public spending.

Financial expert advisors Moneyfacts, say the latest cut will help out those with mortgages, estimating that most homeowners with a repayment mortgage of around £150,000, will save between £20-£75 a month.

Not all lenders are expected to pass on cuts, but Lloyds TSB have announced that they will be passing on reductions to their customers.

However homeowners with a tracker mortgage may not benefit from this cut as they involve tracking the Bank Rate.

This cut is another measure to help Britain fight the credit crunch, following on from yesterdays announcement that government have plans to help those facing home repossession to stall repayments on their mortgages for two years.

Singing Scots Support Children in Need

Scottish fans dismayed by their countries failure to beat Norway can console themselves with the fact that they did their bit for charity.

Around 50,000 supporters at Hampden neglected their obligatory pie and Bovril at half-time to take part in a recording of 1982 World Cup hit, “We Have a Dream”, shown in this YouTube video, led by the original singer John Gordon Sinclair, which shall be released for BBC Children in Need.

The single, available for download now, will be available in shops on November 10th. “Gregory’s Girl” star Sinclair shall be joined on the single by guests including former Scotland striker Ally McCoist and movie legend Samuel L. Jackson.

It was a small piece of consolation for supporters who were disappointed by the team’s failure to defeat the Norwegians, a poor performance summed up by Chris Iwelumo’s shocking miss, shown on this YouTube video. However upon reflection members of the Tartan Army were at least proud to have done their bit.

Darren Hendry, from The East of Scotland Tartan Army, said: “Obviously it was a disappointing day but to know that we did our bit for charity is good. It helps cement our place as the greatest supporters in the world.”

This isn’t the first time the Tartan Army has taken part in a charity single. They were recorded singing “Loch Lomond” at half-time of the international versus Ukraine, with proceeds also going to Children in Need.