Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond arrives at the high court in Edinburgh on Tuesday for the sixth day of his trial over accusations of sexual assault. Photograph: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond told a court that some of the 13 sexual offences charges he faced were “political fabrications” while othe(...)

Former first minister of Scotland Alex Salmond: denies all 13 charges including one of attempted rape, one of intent to rape, two of indecent assault and nine charges of sexual assault. Photograph: Russell Cheyne

A female civil servant has accused Alex Salmond of trying to force her to re-enact a painting of an older man kissing a “scantily clad” woman by Scott(...)

‘Nothing is more empowering than towering over your boyfriend and your boss in shoes that double as an offensive weapon. Stilettos – not combat trousers and pierced tongues – are a real source of girl power.’ Photograph: Thinkstock

Many office Christmas parties, to the disappointment of some, are held on the premises with little space for dancing. But in the hospital lab where I(...)

Guitar once owned by a young Edge from U2 sold for €21,000

Auction Results March 24th-26th Mealy’s three-day Spring Sale, 65 per cent of lots sold. An 18th century “man-bag” (a Georgian gentleman’s silk(...)

Detail from ‘Waltzers’ by Jack Vettriano: it is expected to go for £200,000- £300,000 at Bonhams auction next week

The Scottish self-taught painter Jack Vettriano (63) is one of Britain’s most successful artists. His most famous painting, The Singing Butler (1992) (...)