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30 Oct 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Ross Brannigan argues that General Election leadership debates should include UKIP

Politicians across the spectrum have come together to express their frustration at the recent announcement of who will be in the next TV Leader’s Debates before next May’s General Election.

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30 Oct 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Ross Brannigan blogs on the Labour Party's struggles

Ed Miliband would have been dreading Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

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11 Jul 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Ross Brannigan on the legacy the Games must leave

Capturing the Commonwealth Imagination Recently, the Queen's Baton Relay passed through my hometown of Tillicoultry as it continued on its tour around the Commonwealth countries of the world.

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27 May 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

New Survey Shows We May Not Be Religious, But The UK Is

Prime Minister David Cameron last week called on the United Kingdom to embrace its Christian heritage and for Christians to become “more evangelical” in their faith.

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4 Apr 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Acceptance should be at the heart of any view on breastfeeding in public

Thousands of mothers across Britain took part in demonstrations last month in support of a woman’s right to breastfeed in public, after one woman was labelled a “tramp” for doing so.

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7 Mar 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Ross Brannigan on the importance of young people exercising their DUTY to vote

Turnout for young people in the 2010 General Election was terrible. Just 44% of people aged 18-24 bothered to cast their vote.

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7 Mar 2014 09:30 • Ruth Taylor

Ruth Taylor on the benefits of volunteering

I wrote a piece for the Alloa Advertiser on the Royal Voluntary Service when I was on work experience with the paper in late 2013.

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28 Feb 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Ross Brannigan: PMQs Democracy in Action Or Televised Playground?

House of Commons speaker John Bercow has taken up the position of a nursery-school teacher, as he attempts to beat back the beastly boys and girls shouting and screaming over one another during the half-hour session of comedy that is Prime Minister's Questions.

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17 Feb 2014 09:30 • Ross Brannigan

Onwards and Upwards: Make a February resolution in Clackmannanshire's great outdoors

Community blogger Ross Brannigan from Tillicoultry tells us about hillwalking in the Ochils

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7 Feb 2014 15:30 • Animal Rescue

Our new community blog with Lorraine Gow from the SSPCA in Fishcross

Working with wildlife at the SSPCA’s rescue centre here at Fishcross gives us a unique insight into the passing seasons from nature’s perspective.

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4 Jan 2011 09:30 • The Big Climb

Finding the hill is the toughest part!

As I have written before sometimes finding the start of a walk is harder than doing it as I found with this one.

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4 Nov 2010 09:30 • The Big Climb

Bonny Buachaille Etive Mor

IT was a case of one eye on the temperature gauge and the other one on the lookout for suicidal Roe deer

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Updated: 9 Sep 2010 09:27 • The Big Climb

Seven Munroes on the South Shiel Ridge (again!)

As I drove past some of Scotland's giants slumbering in bluish dusky silhouette, Ben Vorlic, Ben More then Ben Dorian felt like old friends.

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Updated: 18 Aug 2010 10:52 • The Big Climb

The hills of Lochnagar

Some 20 odd years ago we skated on a frozen Loch Muick so I was really looking forward to revisiting this area again.

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Updated: 3 Aug 2010 12:42 • The Big Climb

Kenny tackles Schiehallion

Schiehallion is probably one of Scotland's most famous mountains - in fact it was used in an experiment in 1774 to measure the mass of the earth.

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Updated: 27 Jul 2010 12:50 • The Big Climb

Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime by Arrochar

The path you're following has concrete bases every so often left over from a hydro project, it looks like you're about to walk into a large rock but trust me just go straight over and keep going.

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26 Jul 2010 10:15 • The Big Climb

Beinn Narnain and Beinn Ime by Arrochar

The path you're following has concrete bases every so often left over from a hydro project, it looks like you're about to walk into a large rock but trust me just go straight over and keep going.

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Updated: 23 Jun 2010 11:59 • The Big Climb

Ben Vane by Loch Lomond

This may be one of the smallest Munros but it has a great wee climb with a well defined path up and down from the summit.

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Updated: 23 Jun 2010 09:21 • The Big Climb

Five Munros at Glen Ey

This is a mammoth walk and not one for the faint hearted, this walk takes in Carn Bhac, Beinn Iutharn Mhor, Carn an Righ, Glas Tulaichean and An Socach.

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Updated: 12 Apr 2010 16:32 • The Big Climb

Reaching 50 is no bad thing

According to my Munro book Ben Challum is a dull walk! I disagree - there's a false summit, a lovely ridge walk and fantastic views of the better known hills in the area.

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