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Swimming - 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships - Day One - Tollcross International Swimming Centre...Michael Jamieson competes in the Mens Open 200m Breaststroke heat 5 during the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow.

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Michael Jamieson competes in the men’s open 200m breaststroke heats during the 2014 British Gas Swimming Championships at Tollcross, Glasgow.

A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their  official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes. They are constructed of structural steel with a stainless steel outer skin, they pay homage to the tradition of working horses of Scotland which used to pull barges along Scotland's canals.  They stand at the entrance to the North Sea at the Forth and Clyde canal.

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A lighting test is carried out on the Kelpies in Falkirk ahead of their official opening to the public later this month. Designed by sculptor Andy Scott each of The Kelpies stands up to 30 metres tall and each one weighs over 300 tonnes.

Edinburgh bakery Cuckoo’s launch their own referendum opinion poll survey, where you can buy your Yes, No or Undecided cupcake and the weekly results will be published on the bakery’s Facebook and Twitter sites

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Edinburgh bakery Cuckoo’s launches a referendum opinion poll where customers can buy their Yes, No or Undecided cupcake and the weekly results will be published on the bakery’s Facebook and Twitter sites

Satirical artist Kaya Mar carries one of his paintings depicting Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond with a petrol pump through Westminster, whilst both Prime Minister David Cameron's and Mr Salmond's held cabinet were holding separate meetings in Aberdeen.

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Satirical artist Kaya Mar carries one of his paintings depicting Alex Salmond, Scotland’s first minister, through Westminster. Separate meetings of the London and Edinburgh cabinets will take place on Monday in Aberdeen

George Osborne on Scottish independence ...Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne talks to Harry Bryden during a visit to Haas-Tek, an export-driven business in Lockerbie, Scotland that specialises in the relocation and installation of industrial machinery and equipment. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday February 13, 2014. Earlier today Osborne declared in a speech that he would not sign up to a currency union with an independent Scotland, saying such a deal would "not work" and was "not going to happen". See PA story POLITICS Independence.

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George Osborne, chancellor of the exchequer, talks to Harry Bryden during a visit to Haas-Tek, an export-driven business in Lockerbie, Scotland, that specialises in the relocation and installation of industrial machinery and equipment. Earlier on Thursday, Osborne said in a speech that he would not sign up to a currency union with an independent Scotland, saying such a deal would ‘not work’ and was ‘not going to happen’ Read more

Locals dressed as Vikings  march through the streets of Lerwick on January 28, 2014, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as 'Up Helly Aa'. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.

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Locals dressed as Vikings march through the streets of Lerwick onTuesday, in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. The traditional festival of fire is known as Up Helly Aa. The spectacular event takes place annually on the last Tuesday of January. The climax of the day comes with participants in full costume hauling a Viking longboat through the streets of Lerwick to the edge of town where up to 1,000 people parade and throw their flaming torches into the galley.

Eve Grayson, a Reindeer herder of the Cairgorm Reindeer Herd, feeds the deer on December 23, 2013 in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi. Starting with just a few reindeer, the herd has now grown in numbers over the years and is currently at about 130 by controlling the breeding. The herd rages on 2,500 hectares of hill ground between 450 and 1,309 meters and stay above the tree line all year round regardless of the weather conditions.

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Eve Grayson, a Cairngorm reindeer herder, feeds the deer on Monday in Aviemore, Scotland. Reindeer were introduced to Scotland in 1952 by Swedish Sami reindeer herder, Mikel Utsi.

Lieutenant Commander Kirsty Flegg hugs her two sons Jack, aged 6, and Toby, aged 4, following a deployment on HMS Defender on Friday in Glasgow, Scotland. HMS Defender is one of the Royal Navy's new Type 45 destroyers, and has returned to Glasgow where it was built for the first time since becoming a fully fledged member of the fleet and will be open to the public tomorrow.

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Lieutenant Commander Kirsty Flegg hugs her two sons, Jack, 6, and Toby, 4, on Friday, in Glasgow, Scotland, following her deployment on HMS Defender. The Royal Navy Type 45 destroyer has returned to the city where it was built and will be open to the public on Saturday.

Andy Scott stands with Clydesdale Horses Duke and Baron and Donna Auchinvole during a topping out ceremony at The Kelpies on November 27, 2013 in Falkirk, Scotland. Construction work has been completed on Andy Scott's Kelpies, the world's largest pair of equine sculptures and one of the UKs tallest pieces of public art. The 30 metre tall Kelpies have cost  5million to complete and play a central role in the  43 million, 350-hectare Helix land transformational project between Falkirk and Grangemouth.

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Andy Scott with Donna Auchinvole and Clydesdale horses Duke and Baron during a topping out ceremony at The Kelpies on Wednesday in Falkirk, Scotland. Construction work has been completed on Mr Scott’s Kelpies, the world’s largest pair of equine sculptures and one of the UK’s tallest pieces of public art.

Charity swimmer Sean Conway, 32, arriving at John O'Groats, in the north of Scotland, after being the first person to swim from Lands End to John O'Groats.

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Charity swimmer Sean Conway, arrives at John O’Groats, in the north of Scotland, after being the first person to swim from Lands End to the tip of Great Britain. The venture over 1,448 km took Mr Conway, from Cheltenham, 135 days