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Markus is safe and sound, thanks to Shelter Scotland

From childhood, life has dealt Markus a difficult hand. There has seldom been a safe place to call home and, at his lowest ebb, he struggled to see a way forward.

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Call to action...rather than celebrating its 50th birthday, Shelter Scotland is planning a 12-month series of events and promotional activities under the banner We're Still Fighting.

Shelter Scotland: we’re still fighting, 50 years later

It is 50 years since Shelter Scotland was formed to help deal with the unique challenges of homelessness and bad housing in Scotland.

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That's my girl...Duncan Slater can now enjoy going out for a walk with his daughter Lilly (8), after having both his legs amputated. Despite life-changing injuries, he has no regrets about his RAF service.

Duncan Slater: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Despite almost every bone in his body being broken, Scotsman Duncan Slater remains both proud of the RAF and his service in it.

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Daddy's girl...Grace was just six months old when Kevin Ogilvie was injured while serving with the RAF. He and his family received a tremendous amount of support from the RAF Benevolent Fund as he tried to overcome his injuries.

Kevin Ogilvie: So proud to be part of the RAF story

Kevin Ogilvie was just 20 when he signed up to join the RAF and two years later, the young Scotsman’s life changed forever.

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Discussion days...were held across the country, including at Stirling University where interim planning group members asked their peers for their views.

No matter your age, get involved in Year of Young People

Unless you’ve been living in a bubble for the last few months, you’ll know 2018 is the Scottish Government’s Year of Young People.

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Iris makes up her last floral tribute before retiring

Floral tributes for Iris

After an amazing 58 years of service to one business in Newton Stewart, florist Iris McLelland has now officially retired.

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The scouts on their last trip to Kenya in 2015.

Castle Douglas scouts heading back to Kenya

Castle Douglas Scouts are going back to Kenya later this year. Following a similar successful trip in 2015, pictured above, 10 scouts from the troop will team up with Kenyan students from Ekalakala Youth Polytechnic in October to build Ventilated Improved Pit (VIP) latrines in rural schools in the north of Machakos County. They will also help a community to construct a sand dam to counter the impact of sand harvesting on water conservation.

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Vintage tractor cheque for charity

Vintage tractor cheque for charity

Glenluce Vintage Tractors are pictured presenting a cheque to Rowan Main, area organiser for Cancer Research UK.

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How far will your car run on the fuel warning light?

How far will your car run on the fuel warning light - and can you get in trouble for running out of petrol?

It’s a feeling every motorist has experienced at least once in the run-up to payday: you’re trying to scrape every last drop of fuel out of your tank, and the dreaded fuel warning light comes on.

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Musical partners...Felix Slavin and Andrew Pankhurst are ably backed by Rosie Gemmell (13), Sarah Edwards (12), Freya Edwards (14) and Calum Shand (12).

Readers asked to play their part in Pass It On Week 2018

Zero Waste Scotland is asking readers to help make sweet music for this year’s national re-use week, which runs from Saturday, March 10, to Sunday, March 18.

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Making their voices heard...Enable's magnificent seven Change Champions have already given their own presentation to MSPs at the Scottish Parliament.

Help Enable Scotland stamp out bullying: Be The Change

Nine out of 10 people with a learning disability have been bullied in their own communities.

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All mapped out...VisitScotland celebrated our own stars of the big screen with its Six Degrees of Scotland map, linking this year's Oscar contenders with film locations across the country.

Scotland’s Oscar links mapped out by VisitScotland

There were no big Scottish winners at the 90th Academy Awards but Scotland is out in front in the Hollywood filming stakes, with a host of big-budget movies now being shot here.

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Staying power: Nearly a fifth of Scottish households have never switched energy provider

Staying power: Nearly a fifth of Scottish households have never switched energy provider

New research has found that nearly a fifth of Scottish households have never switched energy provider, despite average savings of up to £250 a year being available.

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Killer set...Seal turned on the style with his big band at the Usher Hall in Edinuburgh on Saturday night, performing Standards as well as some of his biggest hits. (Pic: Robert Kidd)

Seal is a sensation singing Standards in Scotland

From the second Seal swaggered onto the stage, clicking his fingers as the big band played the opening chords for Luck Be a Lady, everyone in the audience knew they were in for a treat.

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Red flags...should be flying for potential puppy owners if they are ever asked to pick up their new pet from a car park. So it's best to Adopt, Don't Shop. (Pic: Courtesy of the SSPCA)

Readers can help improve animal welfare in Scotland

The Environment Minister, MSP Roseanna Cunningham, has asked our readers to have their say on the public consultation to regulate and license animal sanctuaries and rehoming centres in Scotland.

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Video: How to make the ‘perfect’ pancake

Whether you like to have them savoury or sweet, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day as it’s also known in the UK, is the perfect excuse for a treat this Tuesday.

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On the street...and in classes across Scotland, No Knives, Better Lives positive message has witnessed an 80 per cent reduction in young people carrying knives.

Scotland is a role model for the UK on knife crime

Scotland is leading the way in tackling knife crime and is now being held up as a role model for others to follow.

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Just walking the dog...is proven to improve your health, as dog walkers are usually fitter and healthier than people who don't go walkies with man's best friend!

Simple changes could reduce your cancer risk

It’s World Cancer Day on Sunday, February 4, but are there steps you can take right now to safeguard against the dreaded disease?

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This is what the law says you can do when someone parks in front of your house

This is what the law says you can do when someone parks in front of your house

Other cars pinching your perfect parking space is always a particular annoyance, especially when that spot just happens to be in front of your house.

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