The Diary

  • OLYMPIC rowing champion Katherine Grainger from Bearsden is back in training and considering a shot at the 2016 Games in Rio.

  • THE Herald ran a story yesterday about youth worker Katie Carmichael having a watercolour, which she painted at the kitchen table, being chosen as the official poster of this year's Ryder Cup. Her dad Duncan in Selkirk reveals: "As a very proud dad my first reaction was to phone her and say, 'At least all that time spent not cleaning the kitchen has finally paid off'."

  • SO Alex Salmond is to step down as First Minister.

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Ken Smith at Large