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.

Holy roller: Motorbike lover"s coffin carried to church in 24-foot-long trike hearse

Holy roller: Motorbike lover's coffin carried to church in 24-foot-long trike hearse | UPDATED: 14:47 GMT, 15 December 2012 Motorbike lover Mark Nuttall made his last journey in style when his coffin was carried to an abbey in a 24-foot long trike hearse. Mr Nuttall, 58, who was passionate about motorcycles, died this month after a three-year battle with cancer. His wife, Sharon, rode his Harley-Davidson in a procession of around 50 motorbikes to the service near Romsey, Hampshire

Children banned from dressing up as gingerbread men

Children banned from dressing up as gingerbread men… because school says costumes are racist | UPDATED: 16:08 GMT, 10 December 2012 Schoolchildren in Sweden have been banned from dressing up as gingerbread men for a Christmas parade because their teachers fear the costumes could be considered racist.

Egypt prepares for another day of demonstrations as pro and anti Morsi protestors take to the streets

Thousands of pro and anti Morsi protestors once again take to the streets in Egypt as angry clashes continue into a third day An vocal throng gathered outside a mosque for funeral of two fundamentalist group members killed during Wednesday's clashes Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets after midday prayers today to take part in rival rallies and marches across Cairo | UPDATED: 16:37 GMT, 7 December 2012 Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets after midday prayers in rival rallies and marches across Cairo today, as the standoff deepened over what opponents call the Islamist president's power grab, raising the specter of more violence.