Referendum round-up: Three weeks to go

It's three weeks to go until the referendum and, with the debate ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Each Friday, we'll give you a round-up of the big referendum stories, the small referendum stories, and the weird ones from the far-flung corners of the internet.

We'll also take a look at what you've been saying on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and other social media sites.

So, here's what's been going on this week.

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Best of three?
Referendum debate

A heated argument at Kelvingrove museum would usually result in a strong word from a security guard - but not on Monday night.

Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling's second referendum debate was a rowdy one, which covered topics like oil, the NHS, and currency.

It was a bout Brian Taylor chalked up as "not a knock-out, but a clear points victory" for Mr Salmond.

You had your say on Twitter too - a quarter of a million tweets were sent during the debate; the most retweeted was from Sky News which asked you to "Retweet this if you think Alex Salmond won".

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The Barn-egg Formula
Jim Murphy

It wasn't the best of weeks for politicians out and about on the referendum campaign trail.

Former PM Gordon Brown was confronted by a protestor while giving a speech in Dundee, and Labour MP Jim Murphy was hit by an egg in Kirkcaldy.

After the incident, Mr Murphy suspended his campaign tour of Scotland.

It was the first egging incident of the referendum, but adds to Nigel Farage, George Galloway and Ed Milband eggings in recent political history.

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David and devolution
Protest

David Cameron was back in Scotland this week ahead of the big vote to make the case for the Union.

More than 100 "Yes" supporters gathered to protest the annual CBI dinner where the prime minister delivered a speech.

During his time in Scotland, Mr Cameron told BBC political editor Nick Robinson Scotland would get further powers "soon" if there was a "No" vote to independence.

But Alex Salmond challenged Mr Cameron to name a single job-creating power certain to come after a "No" vote.

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#patronisingBTlady
Better Together advert

Social media plays a big part in modern political campaigning, so a campaign group would usually be thrilled to have one of their videos go viral.

However, the buzz around this video, which accidentally inspired the #patronisingBTlady meme, was probably not entirely welcome for Better Together.

The meme, which trended for two days, mocked the broadcast for a "patronising" attitude towards female voters.

It was also picked up on by Buzzfeed, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, The Guardian and The Independent.

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Political paintings
Portraits of female Scottish political leaders

Artist ID Campbell has painted portraits of Scotland's leading female politicians ahead of the referendum.

He said: "We are living in an exciting period in Scottish politics and, unusually, at the heart of the debate are three powerful women."

You can see the portraits at the Scottish Storytelling Centre, in Edinburgh, between 5 September and 4 October.

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    08:00: Greens call for SNP alliance

    Green Party MP Caroline Lucas is to call for a "progressive alliance" with the SNP as her party holds what it says is its largest ever conference in Liverpool.

    Caroline Lucas

    The Brighton Pavilion MP will say the two parties could "forge a new grouping in Parliament".

    The Greens are polling in similar numbers to the Lib Dems and say their membership quadrupled in the past year.

    But the party has faced criticism in recent weeks over some of its policies.

     
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    07:53: Historic treasures go online

    Historic Scotland has launched an online database cataloguing 400 objects from dozens of historic sites in Scotland.

    Artefacts, paintings and items spanning 200 years are available to view at the touch of a button.

    Historic archive

    The searchable online gallery includes the story of each item on display.

     
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    07:48: More M8 conjestion BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Glasgow #M8 1 lane shut RTC w/b J29 St James/ J30 Erskine Bridge. Lane two (Of two) is closed. Adding to routine congestion.

     
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    07:42: Read all about it

    Police Scotland's policy on arming officers, the experience of Scotland's asylum seekers and Harrison Ford's plane crash all make this morning's front pages.

    Paper collage

    Read our full newspaper review here.

     
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    07:34: M8 delays BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    Slow traffic #M8 Eastbound at J4 A801 (Whitburn). In the roadworks area. Travel time is ten minutes.

     
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    07:33: 'Rangers can soon be number two'

    Dave King has been speaking to BBC Scotland about his immediate plans for Rangers ahead of today's key meeting on the future of the club.

    Dave King

    He said: "Stage one, within a short time, is to have Rangers as the number two club in Scotland - that can happen very quickly."

    But he admitted it would take "some time" for the club to fully challenge Old Firm rivals Celtic.

     
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    07:25: New island ferry breaks down

    A new £42m ferry built for the Stornoway to Ullapool route has broken down forcing operator Caledonian MacBrayne to get its predecessor to take over sailings across the Minch.

    The MV Loch Seaforth only made its first passenger sailing on 13 February.

    Ferry

    It was built with three back-up engines which led to claims the ship was unlikely to ever break down.

    The ferry was stuck in Ullapool on Thursday night and the replacement was sent to take passengers to Stornoway.

     
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    07:18: Deal on power stations Douglas Fraser Business and economy editor, Scotland

    The closure of Longannet or Peterhead power stations is set to be postponed by a deal to secure generating back-up.

    The giant coal-burner in Fife was facing earlier closure than expected, with its owner, Scottish Power, blaming the expense of connecting to the grid.

    Longannet

    However, National Grid has conceded it needs back-up to avoid power failures if the wind drops and Scottish wind turbines do not produce energy.

    It is negotiating with owners of gas and coal-burning power stations.

     
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    07:15: Rangers latest Chris McLaughlin BBC Sport

    Rangers announce Sandy Easdale's voting rights in company have fallen 6% to just over 20%.

     
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    Ferries cancelled BBC Scotland Travel Latest

    All #Uig - #Lochmaddy sailings have been cancelled today due to the high winds.

     
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    07:10: Today's weather BBC Scotland Weather Latest

    A cloudy, mild day to come, with outbreaks of rain across the north and west. Across southern Scotland we may see a few spots of rain but it will remain largely dry.

    A southwesterly wind will gradually strengthen during the day, reaching gale force in exposed parts of the west coast and Shetland. Temperatures will reach nine to 12 Celsius.

     
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    07:04: Rangers shareholders gather

    Rangers' extraordinary general meeting at Ibrox on Friday is expected to be swift, but with far-reaching consequences for the club.

    Shareholder Dave King is believed to have more than enough votes to secure the simple majority required to have his five resolutions passed.

    Ibrox

    He wants chief executive Derek Llambias and finance director Barry Leach voted off the board.

    And King is nominating himself, Paul Murray and John Gilligan as directors.

     
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    07:00: Welcome Marianne Taylor BBC Scotland news

    Good morning and welcome to BBC Scotland Live. We'll be here till 19:00 with all the latest news, sport, travel and weather from across Scotland.

    Stay in touch on Twitter using @bbcscotlandnews or by emailing newsonlinescotland@bbc.co.uk.

     

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