Elle Duffy

Online journalist, STV News

Location icon Scotland, UK

A 19-year-old journalist from Scotland.
Multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Previous online reporter, feature writer and production journalist with STV in Glasgow. Occasional lifestyle blogger.

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How a deaf teenager from Congo found her voice in poetry

Forced to escape war-torn country of DR Congo, the 16-year-old has been brought up in Scotland from a very early age. Not only faced with the difficulty of communicating with strangers, Keren also had to learn British Sign Language.

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Author of mystery message in bottle tracked down to Scotland

It was a calm September evening when Jimmy Robertson signed off a hastily written letter, crammed it into a tiny bottle and threw it into the North Sea. It was 1970 and he had been aboard the MV Gosport for four long days, working below deck on the donkey boilers that were too hot to touch.

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Husky pup rescued from Ayrshire harbour by coastguard

The husky was found nearing the point of exhaustion on Monday evening and it was clear she had been in the water for some time. Ardrossan Coastguard Rescue Team was called out to Irvine harbour shortly after 5pm.

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'Greek' Thomson: Remembering Glasgow's overlooked architect

Yet when Mackintosh was still a child, another architect had already spent his life designing a great city of towers and churches. Born 200 years ago on Sunday, Alexander 'Greek' Thomson is often overlooked as one of Glasgow's leading designers but he was responsible for some of the city's most beloved buildings.

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Gongo the survivor: A three-legged dog's journey to Scotland

It began in a small village - a figure sprinting towards a cowering Tanzanian street dog, machete in hand, striking the tiny pup's leg. Another figure approached, laughing. "That's not how you do it," he said, as he took the weapon, " This is how you do it."

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Food lovers in meltdown over sell-out Cheese Toastie Festival

Fluffy toasted bread, bubbling cheese and a not-so-healthy array of glazed meat and fresh tomato; whatever the definition of a perfect cheese toastie is, Scotland has it sussed. An institutional part of Scotland's homemade cuisine, the seemingly simple snack has captured the hearts (and stomachs) of a nation.

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Mother completes 18 random acts of kindness in memory of her son

Inside a white envelope with a candy cane border, there was a picture of a young boy with a blue and yellow scarf and a toothy grin. It was one of Lynne McKenzie's favourite pictures of her son, Jack, the boy who was "always smiling and laughing" and playing with his favourite spiky ball.

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Twelve of Scotland's most enchanting forests to explore

Laura Piper Eleanor Duffy With almost one fifth of its land area covered in woodland, it's no wonder that Scotland's forests hold pride of place in some of our favourite landscapes. Staggering pines, tranquil lochs and wild animals all play their part in creating our iconic forests, with the UK's oldest tree, a 3000-year-old Fortingall Yew, still growing in Perthshire.

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National Library of Scotland finds new home at Kelvin Hall

The recently refurbished Kelvin Hall in Glasgow plays host to the new National Library premises, which sees an extension to the library's reach outside of its old home in Edinburgh. Visitors to the National Library of Scotland will have the chance to explore 100 years of Scottish life across film and video, and also delving into the Library's widespread digital collections covering maps, books, manuscripts, reference works and business information.

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Kilted walker losing use of legs braves all to cross Canada on foot

Its owner sits nearby, silently planning how he will walk the short distance between his couch and the kitchen. He takes a deep breath and stands - not too quickly, but fast enough that he does not need to grip his wooden walking stick. He stops, and slowly turns right.

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Scotland's tribute: The famous faces gone too soon during 2016

From actors and comedians to musicians and athletes, we want to remember these well-known figures who are no longer with us. Starting with the sad news of David Bowie's death in January, we've since had a stream of household names who have died including music legend Prince, Harry Potter star Alan Rickman, beloved Terry Wogan and Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher and singing giant George Michael.

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Paws off: Tourists under fire for rubbing Greyfriars Bobby nose

The affectionate tradition of touching the statue's nose for good luck has left the pup sporting a shiny bronze snout, despite being treated to a nose job in 2013. The criticism comes three years after Edinburgh City Council arranged for the statue to undergo restoration, after frequent nose rubs caused up to £400 worth of damage.

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Four lion cubs make first public appearance at safari park

Visitors to the park in Stirlingshire were introduced to 12-week-old cubs Murray, Reid, Thistle and Isla on Tuesday. Vet Patrick Day gave the cubs their last inoculations and a final health check before letting the new arrivals join the rest of their pride in the drive-through reserve.

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In pictures: Scottish Nature Photography Award winners

Gordon Rae, from Lockerbie, snapped the diving bird at Rothiemurchus, near Aviemore, in the Cairngorms. "My winning image came by chance one morning when the light was in my favour really early on," says Gordon.

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Residents urged to hit new heights in Monumental Challenge

Edinburgh City Council is giving residents the chance to win a "Hogmanay of a lifetime" by challenging them to climb two of the city's tallest monuments. People have between October 8 and December 8 to climb all 430 steps to the top of the Scott Monument on Princes Street and Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.

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Paw patrol: Meet the cuddly newest recruits to Police Scotland

Springer spaniel brothers Archie and Mac will be trained as drug detection dogs, and have already begun their intensive eight-week police training with handlers PC Stewart Rae and PC Ian Nicholson The ten-week-old pups were specially chosen by police dog handlers for their high levels of intelligence and their character.

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Heartbroken boy reunited with teddy bear lost on Isle of Arran

There is nothing better than going on holiday with your best friend, but what happens when you lose that friend on an island in the middle of the sea? Seven-year-old Cole Bruce has been best buddies with his teddy bear Jude since he was two weeks old, and was devastated when the bear suddenly vanished during a family holiday on the Isle of Arran.

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Death-defying Darcy up for pet survivor award after 60ft dam fall

Stretching her legs en route to a family holiday, two-year-old Darcy inexplicably jumped down a 60ft dam, leaving her fighting for her life. As her desperate owners struggled to save her, hypothermia set in and the little dog had to battle against all odds to survive.

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Vampire urban myth that caused mass hysteria in 1950s Glasgow

Socks pulled up high and bags hastily slung over shoulders, children begin walking to school, not knowing that their bags would later be traded for stakes and their socks would be covered in the mud of the necropolis. Break arrives, and playgrounds begin to talk. Two children are missing.

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Couple create picture book on Alzheimer's for baby daughter

He and his family were gathered around the kitchen table, talking about the changes to their grandmother's personality and trying to come to terms with what this would mean for her. His wife, Nina, was pregnant with their first child, due in just a few months time, and suddenly Matthew had an unnerving thought.

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Scots designer to launch pop art fashion line with Kanye West

Nothing interested him at school and despite earning a degree in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews, Philip struggled to find a post-graduation job. To fill his time, he began making scarves inspired by traditional Russian pieces and soon began creating his own wacky suits to wear, embellished with fried eggs and pretzels.

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Time flies: World's shortest flight celebrates a million passengers

Have you ever jumped into a taxi and found that by the time you finally manage to click your seatbelt into place, it's time to pay the fare and hop out? That is the exact feeling passengers experience on the world's shortest flight in Orkney, which lasts an average of just two minutes.

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Scot plans world record attempt to enjoy longest Christmas Day

The anticipation of Santa's arrival would begin from as early as November, with his annual trip to Glasgow's George Square to see the city glow with twinkling lights. Then, tucking himself into bed on Christmas Eve in his little house in Clydebank, he'd squeeze his eyes shut, knowing his favourite day of the year was on its way.

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Christmas adverts through the years as John Lewis unveils latest hit

If the dark mornings and gingerbread-spiced drinks aren't enough of an indication, the release of the John Lewis Christmas advert is a sure sign that the festive season is just around the corner. With scarily powerful telescopes, loved-up snowmen and lonely penguins, the retail giant has left a tear-stained trail for the past few years with their heart-wrenching festive campaigns.

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Desert dog Gobi home at last after Scots ultra runner's epic quest

Louise Scott Eleanor Duffy Nobody knows why a scruffy little dog with pointy ears showed up at the starting line of a 155-mile desert ultra-marathon in China. It was the middle of summer in June last year and the nearest village was several miles away.

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Dippy the diplodocus to arrive at Kelvingrove as part of UK tour

Embarking on Britain's first dinosaur tour, the 109-year-old replica diplodocus skeleton, known as Dippy, has dominated the entrance to London's Natural History Museum since 1979. But it will soon be replaced with a blue whale skeleton, allowing Dippy to tour eight UK venues from 2018 to 2020.

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Brave Lucy, six, battles illness to raise thousands for charity

Armed with a fluffy pink pen and a notebook full of ideas Lucy Stewart is on a mission to make people smile. Despite having spent most of her life in hospital battling a life-threatening illness, even fighting on when both her lungs collapsed, she has been determined to reach her goal.

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White wedding: Skiers tie knot on snowy Scots mountain

Bridget and Jonathan Reid, originally from Moy, a small Highland village near Tomatin, were together for over six years before tying the knot on Friday. After reciting their vows and exchanging rings, the newlywed couple then skied off Aonach Mór, a mountain in the Nevis Range ski resort near Fort William.

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Sea lion's remarkable recovery after major eye surgery

Californian sea lion Bella, 22, needed treatment after developing keratitis in both eyes. The ocular disease is an inflammation of the cornea and is found in more than 60% of sea lions over 14 years old. But just weeks after surgery Bella is already on the mend.

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Young musician living with MS vows to keep on playing

Guy Fortieth was just 16 when he was called into a stuffy doctor's office and told he had Multiple Sclerosis. The teenager did not realise just how much the disease would affect him for the next eight years of his life.

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Parents spread acts of kindness in memory of baby daughter

She was the first child of Colin and Liann Weir and was born in the neonatal unit of Wishaw General Hospital. But a mere week into her life, Emily developed severe complications and tragically lost her brave battle on October 17, 2006.

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