Harry Potter book sells for £220,800: First edition signed by J K Rowling is snapped up by a buyer

Harry Potter book sells for £220,800: First edition signed by J K Rowling and gifted to sisters in 1997 is snapped up by a mystery buyer at auction JK Rowling gave hardback copy to neighbour in Edinburgh for young relatives She inscribed it ‘To Jenny and Lucy, with best wishes, JK Rowling’ dated 1997  Siblings … Read more

Ukraine sent a message that they belong at a World Cup – but tears will only flow when war is over

CRAIG HOPE: Ukraine’s remarkable performance sent a message of defiance and dignity and showed that they truly belong at World Cup level… but tears of joy will only flow when the war is over Police were not needed here for an occasions governed by a longing for peace In a better world, Ukraine fans would … Read more

Wetlands could be key to saving our bumblebees as they provide essential environment, study shows 

Wetlands could be key to saving our bumblebees as they provide essential environment for some species, study shows  One third of the UK’s 24 bumblebee species are endangered, Dr Whitehorn said  Bringing back wetlands could save UK bumblebees, Beewalk data has found Over 500 Bumblebee Conservation Trust’s BeeWalk volunteers collected data Moss, brown-banded carder and … Read more

Self-charging smartwatches a step closer after engineers develop tiny devices powered by MOVEMENT

Self-charging smartwatches and health trackers could be a step closer after British engineers develop tiny mechanical devices powered by MOVEMENT Biggest drawback of smartwatches is the requirement to charge them nightly  University of Edinburgh engineers have developed tiny motion-powered devices These are twice as powerful as similar existing devices, researchers claim They could offer an … Read more

Tiny studio flat in Edinburgh that is so small the ‘bedroom’ is on a SHELF up for sale for £149,000 

Tiny studio flat in Edinburgh that is so small the ‘bedroom’ is on a SHELF and accessed by a stepladder goes on the market for £149,000 A very unique studio flat that offers a bed on a shelf, or ‘mezzanine’, has gone on the market in Edinburgh  The particularly small sleeping area is so cramped … Read more

Self-driving vehicle will take to the roads for trial on famous Forth bridge

First driverless bus goes Forth! Self-driving vehicle will take to the roads for trial on famous bridge Stagecoach is starting on-road trials of autonomous buses from this summer The five single-decker buses will operate over the Forth Bridge in Scotland The vehicles can carry 36 passengers for the 14-mile route between Fife and Edinburgh  By … Read more

Humans may be getting worse at ‘thinking things through’ due to social media, warns top scientist

Humans may be getting worse at ‘thinking things through’ due to bite-sized social media posts and videos ‘shortening our attention span’, warns scientist Scientist and Radio 4 host Jim Al-Khalili said ‘we are arguably getting dumber’ The web and social media shorten our attention spans and squash brain capacity He told The Mail: ‘We are … Read more

Mighty Thunder has a chance of winning Lucinda Russell a second Grand National insists the trainer

Mighty Thunder has a chance of winning Lucinda Russell a second Grand National insists the trainer despite pulling up on his last two starts after Derek Fox’s mount has rectified a breathing issue Trainer Lucinda Russell believes Mighty Thunder can win the Grand National  The Scottish trainer won the Grand National back in 2017 with … Read more

Antiques Roadshow guest ‘absolutely staggered’ after being told Rolex is worth £20k in Edinburgh

An Antiques Roadshow guest said he was ‘absolutely staggered’ last night, after learning that an old Rolex he’d left in a drawer for 30 years is worth £20,000. The man, whose name was not shared on the show, brought the timepiece to the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh to be valued by expert Richard Price. According … Read more

Harry Potter-themed flat in city where JK Rowling wrote fantasy novel goes on sale for £315,000

A Harry Potter-themed flat in the heart of the Scottish city where JK Rowling began writing her stories about the boy wizard has hit the market for £315,000. The two-bedroom home in the Canongate area of Edinburgh is filled to the brim with enchanting decor, and went up for sale on Thursday.  The master bedroom … Read more