SMOULDERING dead flies which had been zapped by an electric insect killer are being blamed for starting a fire that ripped through a Grade II listed hotel.
Today's debate on the consequences of the Scottish independence referendum will be a chance for Westminster to consider its response to what was certainly the political event of the year, and quite possibly this entire parliament.
Nigel Farage has said Ukip would prop up a minority Conservative government if the Tories agreed to a swift and fair referendum on Britain's membership of the European Union.
When big parties lose by-elections, or scrape home with majorities sliced to the bone, old excuses are trotted out.
There's nothing worse than when you think you have something glorious and someone pricks the pin into your political vow.