As of 2020, our planet is home to 7.8 billion human beings. Back in the year 2000 we passed the 7 billion mark. Yet a century ago we numbered only 1.6 billion men, women, and children abounding on this spinning rock we call home. Is overpopulation a legitimate concern? What does the coming century hold for humanity?  By Andrew Cook There...
Did US special forces really shoot dead a 12 foot tall giant in Afghanistan? What is the truth behind the report and how does the story fit into the age-old narrative of soldiers, knights and heroes battling with and vanquishing giants? By Angus Wright Throughout history, tales have been passed down of men fighting monsters. These tales are generally loosely based...
Tyndrum
Four and a half weeks of endless exertion, nearly 300 mountaintops scaled, and finished with 48 hours of non-stop running - Donnie Campbell astounded runners everywhere by shattering the Munro running record by over a week. By Andrew Cook While Skye may be famously known for men called Donald wearing kilts instead of trousers, Skye-born Donnie Campbell has given the Isle...
199 steps Whitby
The Yorkshire town was recently named the second best travel destination in the world by Condé Nast. What makes the seaside town so popular and why should you visit Whitby? By Phil Taylor Where is Whitby? Well it is in Yorkshire. North Yorkshire to be specific. It overlooks the North Sea on the east side of England and is situated in between...
Hanns Scharff
The Nazis had a well-deserved reputation for brutality but one officer Hanns Scharff seems to have taken the opposite approach to interrogations – baking for Pows and inviting them to go on country walks. His approach was successful – and emulated by the CIA. Who was Hanns Scharff, how did his techniques work, and what is his legacy? By James...
Autumn Edinburgh Castle
Think of Autumn and fall colours and the glorious foliage of New England's woods and forests probably come to mind. But there is an equally stunning experience awaiting tourists right here in Scotland. By Phil Taylor When people discuss their favourite seasons to travel you usually get the answer - summer and winter, due to the traditional summer holidays and Christmas...
Scotland was once again lit up this weekend by a fantastical display of the Aurora Borealis. Chances of seeing the Northern Lights are not guaranteed but you can increase your odds by visiting these places in Scotland at a certain time of year. By Angus Wright There are many natural attractions to Scotland which draw thousands of tourists into the country...
''We can dance if we want to, We can leave your friends behind''. A slow burn success - Safety Dance was a minor hit in Canada becoming a global success six months after its release in the US.  The song remains popular today but what lies behind its enduring appeal? By Bev Cleary If you are of a certain age, you...
Frankfurt Christmas Market
Christmas Markets are back on for 2020. So where in Europe can you experience Christmas at its most magical? By Phil Taylor The year 2020 will go down in history as one of troubled times and strange moments. However, we can hopefully see a return to near normality by the end of the year and one of the things that makes...
There are few places on Earth like Scotland for dinosaur fans. From preserved fossil footprints to dinoparks, Scotland is a 'jurassica' for enthusiasts. Edinburgh's National Museum of Scotland is even home to 'Dolly the Sheep', the first ever cloned animal. Hopefully Dr Henry Wu of 'Jurassic World' does not get any ideas about creating dinosaur clones for a new...