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FORGET about booking that trip abroad and enjoy our gallery of places you'd never believe were in Scotland.

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Ros Lymer - This piece is made out of fabric and paper scraps; they have been dyed, printed on, batiked, heat pressed, arranged, embroidered and stitched.

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Surrey Satin Grey and Nickel

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Readers' tips: bookshops around the world

Booksellers ranging from quirky shops in quiet corners of Britain to city centre emporiums in Florence and New York, as recommended by Guardian readers.

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Zero-carbon eco home is light years ahead

The world's first Active House stands at the crest of an estate. Its south-facing roof is covered in solar panels and solar cells, which between them harness more than enough power to keep the occupants warm and the appliances running. In around 30 years' time, if designers have got their sums right, the excess electricity flowing from the house into Denmark's grid will have cancelled out the energy costs of building it, leaving a non-existent footprint on the earth's resources.

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''If everyone had a cob tub it would be a different world''. Listen to Becky Bee at www.naturalhomes.org/timeline/cob-hot-tub.htm about why the first thing she recommends you do is build a cob hot tub on your land.

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