The Vikings are coming… and so is Hogmanay! Scotland gears up for New Year in fancy dress

The Vikings are coming… and so is Hogmanay! Scotland gears up for New Year in fancy dressMore than 7,000 join torchlit procession through EdinburghCapital hosts 30million extravaganza to celebrate New Year | UPDATED: 21:24 GMT, 30 December 2012 The streets of Scotland's capital were overrun by a horde of Vikings – in a festive invasion to celebrate Hogmanay. Dozens of Vikings from Shetland, clad in armour and holding shields, joined around 7,000 others revellers in a stunning torchlit parade through Edinburgh to mark the end of the year.

The great Christmas Eve skive! Record numbers head to work on Monday

The great Christmas Eve skive: Record numbers head to work on Monday… but many admit to focusing on online shopping | UPDATED: 20:27 GMT, 21 December 2012 Many workers suffer the Monday blues, a day where they try to shake off the excesses of the weekend and prepare themselves for yet another week of work