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Outlaw King continues to dominate conversation

If you live in Scotland right now, it will be difficult to avoid conversations about the new Scottish movie Outlaw King.

The movie has had select showings in theatres around the country, while most people have been watching from the comfort of their own home on Netflix.

Outlaw King stars Chris Pine as King Robert The Bruce, and portrays the Bruce's fight for Scottish independence.

The movie is an unofficial sequel to Braveheart, continuing where it left off, but taking a far more historically accurate account.

The Bruce fights for Scotland's independence from England, beginning a campaign of warfare against King Edward I, played by Stephen Dillane.

The battle scenes in the film are gory and brutal, and make for captivating viewing.

The Bruce marries an English woman, Elizabeth de Burgh - played by Florence Pugh.  As he travels around Scotland, trying to evade capture by the English, he makes plans to defeat the English in battle.

The movie premiered at the Toronto Internationa…

Scottish Government demands clarity over Brexit deal

As speculation grows that Theresa May has almost reached a deal with the European Union, the details remain secret up until now.

The Scottish Government are now asking to see the full details of the current proposals so that they can analyse the implications for Scotland.

Prime Minister Theresa May is due to meet with her cabinet today.  The devolved assemblies plan to meet later on this afternoon.

The SNP have told Theresa May that details of the deal must now be shared with both the government and the devolved parliaments.

Despite having reached an important deadline, as of last night, the deal had not yet been finalised, but talks are said to be "positive."

The issue of the Irish border is said to be the main issue that's holding back progress.

Several of Theresa May's Cabinet Ministers have now resigned as they've not been happy with the Prime Minister's handling of Brexit.

Jo Johnson resigned during the weekend from his role as Transport Minister.  Johns…

Scottish high streets continue to suffer amid economic uncertainty

Scottish high street stores continue to close at an alarming rate according to the latest research.

The causes are believed to be, perhaps unsurprisingly, the rise in online shopping, and the rise in home entertainment and leisure.

So far in 2018, while 58 new stores have opened, 107 have closed their doors.

Aberdeen is believed to have suffered the most, when compared to other Scottish towns and cities.

Ayr and Leith were the only areas which saw an improvement.

Research by PwC indicates that there is a shift from high street shopping, to retail parks.  67 closures have occurred on the high street, 40 in shopping centres, but leisure park stores have been spared closure.

High street fashion stores appear to be the worst affected by consumers switching to buying online, according to the research.

Mark Addley from PWC said "Our analysis reveals a retail map which is continuing to change beyond recognition from a generation ago.

"The convenience of online shopping is making it…

Comfortable victory over Fiji for Scotland at Murrayfield

A hat trick for Tommy Seymour helped to secure an impressive 54 - 17 victory at Murrayfield for Scotland this weekend over Fiji.

The latest win marks 10 victories from the last 11 games at Murrayfield.

Tries from Allan Dell, Fraser Brown, Sean Maitland, Jamie Ritchie and Adam Hastings helped to secure the win.

Throughout the game, Scotland retained 70% possession.

Within the first 20 minutes of the game, Dell and Brown secured tries, before the visitors took Scotland by surprise with tries from Mata and Radradra.

After 30 minutes, Murrayfield became silent when Fiji were leading by 17 - 14.  A couple of Fiji yellow cards and fouls later, Tommy Seymour secured his first try.  The first half ended with a 21 - 17 lead for the Scots.

Soon into the 2nd half, Maitland's effort was rewarded, followed by the completion of Seymour's hat trick.

All in all, it was a great day for the Celtic nations.  Wales achieved victory over Australia (9 - 6), Ireland had an impressive victory over A…