Orkney

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The dog was domesticated 4,500 years ago. Photograph: Santiago Arribas/Historic Environment Scotland

The head of a dog that lived on the Orkney islands in Scotland 4,500 years ago has been recreated in what experts believe is the world’s first canine (...)

Billy Connolly revealed he had Parkinson’s disease   in 2013. Photograph: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

Billy Connolly has announced that after a half-century career in standup, music, film and television he is retiring from live performing. The news ca(...)

Microsoft: after each five-year cycle, the vessel would be retrieved, reloaded with new computers and redeployed. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Microsoft has sunk a data centre off the coast of Orkney to create quicker, “eco-friendly” internet. The 40ft cylinder is powered by tidal turbines a(...)

The black-legged Kittiwake in classical pose, perched on a coastal cliff face.

The survival of the Kittiwake, a small cliff-nesting species of gull which breeds in colonies around the Irish coast, is globally threatened, accordin(...)

Tony and Steph on Alnmouth beach in Northumberland in north-east England. Tony, who died in September, was an actor, best known for his role as Mike Rawlins in the BBC series Till Death Us Do Part. His daughter, Cherie, is married to former UK prime minister, Tony Blair.

I have made my first trip alone, in contrast to simply travelling alone. When I was writing my doctorate I travelled widely through the Czech Republic(...)

Anne Rendall, the millionth passenger of the Orkney Inter-Isles service and Loganair Inter-Isles Air Service Captain, Alex Rendall. Photograph: Ken Amer/Loganair/PA Wire

The world’s shortest flight, which can take less than a minute, has celebrated its millionth passenger. The 1.7-mile hop between Westray and Papa W(...)

Loganair’s millionth passenger, Anne Randall, frequently uses the service for work.  Photograph: Ken Amer/Loganair/PA

The world’s shortest flight, a short hop between two islands off Scotland, celebrated its millionth passenger on Monday. The 2.7km (1.7-mile) flight b(...)

Ballots are counted at the Glasgow count centre at the Emirates Arena, Glasgow, Scotland,  after polls closed in the referendum on whether the UK will remain in the European Union.  Photograph: Robert Perry/AFP/Getty Images

Scotland is highly likely to hold a second independence referendum, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Friday, adding she would do what w(...)