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COTLAND’S older gen­er­a­tion are amongst the least lonely in the UK, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port com­mis­sioned by McCarthy & Stone, which re­veals l one­li­ness now af­fects over a mil­lion peo­ple – and has a detri­men­tal im­pact on health akin to smok­ing 15 cig­a­rettes a day.

The re­port – com­piled by cross-party think tank Demos and en­ti­tled Build­ing Com­pan­ion­ship: how bet­ter de­sign can com­bat lone­li­ness in later life - also says the high lev­els of com­pan­ion­ship found in pur­pose-built re­tire­ment de­vel­op­ments could be em­u­lated in the wider com­mu­nity, with build­ing de­sign and town plan­ning key f ac­tors t o help ad­dress s ocial iso­la­tion.

Next moo-ve?

LOOK­ING for a state­ment piece for your home?

One of the more un­usual items in the 700 or so items go­ing un­der the ham­mer at Swan and Turner’s sale rooms in Jed­burgh on July 16 is Lot 637, a 19th cen­tury High­land cat­tle horn arm­chair.

It is un­der­stood to have orig­i­nated from the Bal­moral Es­tate, and is es­ti­mated to achieve £300 to £500.

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