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Actor, author and poet Alan Bissett talks about British Nationalism and the independence debate.
 
A Yes vote means the people have demanded a better country, regardless of who is in power following independence, he tells the audience.

A crowdfunding appeal that will see ten thousand large Yes Saltire flags flown throughout Scotland this summer has reached over three quarters of its £9400 total.
 
The appeal - 10,000 flags for Yes - was launched on April 4th by Yes supporter and campaigner Mark Piggott.

SCHOOL children from across Scotland would enjoy hands-on lessons about rural life and renewable energy, if a classroom on the site of a wind farm is approved.

Wind energy specialists, Banks Renewables, hope to promote teaching among the turbines at its proposed Bandirran Wind Farm, near Balbeggie in Perthshire.

First Minister Alex Salmond chaired a further meeting of the Scottish Government Resilience Committee (SGoRR) this afternoon where he was given an update on the work being undertaken by Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) to identify the cause of last night’s power outage.

SSEPD confirmed they have now visually inspected some 90km of lines where the fault is believed to have occurred. This was carried out by helicopter and by staff on the ground but as yet no visible damage or signs of the fault have been identified.

Local communities in the north of Scotland hit by a power outage on Wednesday evening have had their electricity fully restored.  The power cut, which hit supplies around 20:30 affected areas from Fort William in the Highlands through Moray and Caithness to Orkney and Shetland.  Also hit were the Western Isles and Skye.

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