Saturday headlines: Northern Lights this weekend, Scots dad’s airport routine goes viral

Welcome to the Daily Record’s Saturday briefing.

The top stories you need to know today include a Scots dad’s airport routine going viral, Northern Lights in Scotland this weekend, as well as the Lanarkshire man who thanked his trainer for helping him improve his IVF chances.

Here are the latest headlines from Scotland and beyond today.

Daughter goes viral after posting Scots dad’s airport routine

The video showed Alastair Taylor and his intense airport schedule
The video showed Alastair Taylor and his intense airport schedule

A Scots daughter has gone viral on Tiktok after posting her dad’s airport routine.

Sacha Taylor’s video got 1.7 million views after showing Alastair Taylor, 64, and his intense holiday schedule.

The 26-year-old, from Perth, filmed her dad’s military precision of charging everyone’s phones, trusting no one to hold their own passports, and being ‘bambozilled’ by security staff.

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When Northern Lights will appear in Scotland this weekend as Met Office predicts auroras

The Aurora Borealis over Stac Pollaidh, in the Highlands of Scotland.  North of Ullapool.  Also known as the Northern lights
There’s a chance of seeing the Northern Lights in Scotland this weekend

Scotland could see the Northern Lights this weekend due to a high-speed blast of solar wind hitting the atmosphere.

Following auroras spotted earlier this week, the Met Office Space Forecast says the auroras will make another showing as soon as this evening.

People in the north of Scotland can expect to see the Northern Lights, says the Met Office, with the best views possible tonight, Saturday, February 12.

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Lanarkshire man hails personal trainer after increased sperm count improves IVF chances

Jason Griffin (left) has thanked his personal trainer Barry Martin (right) for helping improve his fertility chances

A Lanarkshire man has thanked his personal trainer for the part he’s played in improving his fertility chances.

Jason Griffin saw his sperm count increase to more than five times what it was last year, after months of life-changing fitness work and nutritional advice.

He and wife Kate, 39, are now hoping to conceive a baby through in vitro fertilization (IVF) in the coming weeks and months.

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Cheapest time every day to use your washing machine and keep energy bills down

Hands of a young girl put clothes in the washing machine drum
Hands of a young girl put clothes in the washing machine drum

Gas and electricity bills for around millions of households across Scotland and the rest of the UK will increase by £693 from April after Ofgem, the industry regulator, reviewed its cap on energy bills.

So, if you’re busy trying to figure out ways to budget your energy bills without making too many compromises, Deyan Dimitrov, laundry expert and CEO of Laundryheap, has shared some clever hacks for keeping the washing cycle going this winter – including the cheapest time of day to stick to load on.

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DWP confirms State Pension payments will rise in April – here are the new weekly rates

State Pension payments will be rising in April by 3.1%
State Pension payments will be rising in April by 3.1%

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has confirmed that State Pension payments will increase by 3.1% in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) from April 11, 2022.

People receiving State Pension can choose to be paid either weekly or every four weeks – not to be confused with being paid monthly as the DWP makes 13, four-weekly payments each year over a 52-week period which can result in two payments being made in the same calendar month.

The upcoming increase means that the basic State Pension will rise to £141.85 per week from £137.60 and the full new State Pension will go up to £185.15 from £179.60.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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