Here are some of the compelling stories around this week which caught our eye.
To tax or not to tax?
Edinburgh City Council estimates it can raise £29m a year in a tourist tax – but hotel operators are furious. Here’s the Herald’s take:
Bitcoin is exciting but turns out it can also be addictive. FutureScot reports on a new rehab programme for compulsive traders of cryptocurrency.
Plastic not fantastic
Here’s something to lift your spirits if you are fed up seeing baby seals and deer dying because of the scourge of plastic waste in out oceans. The Daily Business features an initiative in Glasgow where plastic packaging is banned and buyers bring their own bags and bottles.
A lot of wind
Want to see something that makes President Donald Trump really angry? Energy Voice has a video of the nine-turbine windfarm off the coast of his golf course in Aberdeenshire.
The redoubtable Simon Jenkins delivers a master class in contrarian column writing. UK cities like Glasgow and Manchester vying to be the new Channel 4 hub are taking part in “an exercise in provincial humiliation”. Read with smashed avocado and a turmeric latte.