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Referendum round-up: Four days to go

It's four days to go until the referendum and, as the debate is ramping up, it can be be easy to lose track - but we're here to help.

Every day, we'll have 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 today.

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Queen comments

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The Queen has spoken briefly to a member of the public about the Scottish referendum.

When a well-wisher outside church in Balmoral joked they were not going to mention the referendum, the Queen remarked: "Well, I hope people will think very carefully about the future."

BBC royal correspondent Peter Hunt said: "This wasn't a slip of the tongue by the head of state of the United Kingdom -- rather a reflection of how seriously, she like many others, views the significance of Thursday's vote."

Buckingham Palace has previously issued a statement saying the monarch was not trying to influence the outcome of the campaign, and her view was that "this is a matter for the people of Scotland".


Bias protest

A large crowd (estimated by police to be up to 1,000 people) gathered outside BBC Scotland's Glasgow HQ to protest about the broadcaster's referendum coverage.

It was the fifth time such an event has been held, said organisers.

The protesters said BBC coverage had been biased against independence.

But a BBC spokesperson said: "We believe our coverage has been fair and impartial and has adhered fully to the requirements of our editorial and referendum guidelines."


Indyref supergroup

Alistair Darling and Alex Salmond were both grilled on The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday morning.

Mr Salmond told Andrew the referendum was "a once in a generation opportunity" and he was aiming for "a substantial majority".

However, Mr Darling said "there is no way back" from independence and his campaign would target undecided voters.

The men then joined up with ceilidh band Feis Rois (pictured above) to form a referendum supergroup.


Polls

A flurry of new polls were released in time for the Sunday papers.

A poll of polls collating the six most recent surveys, carried out between 9 and 12 September and excluding those yet to decide, puts "No" on 51% and "Yes" on 49%.

Prof John Curtice told Sunday Politics Scotland that polls were converging, with almost every pollster putting the "Yes" campaign at, or close to, an all-time high.

You can keep an eye on the polls using our interactive poll-tracker.


Excuse Reid?

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John Reid MP caused a bit of confusion earlier when he told undecided referendum voters to not vote during an event in Edinburgh.

He told the audience: "If you don't know, genuinely, don't vote."

However, Better Together sources told the Press Association that Lord Reid "misspoke" and that he meant to say: "If you don't know, vote 'No'."

At the same event, he said: "There are a thousand ways to make a protest vote. Gambling with the future of your country and future generations is not the most sensible one of those to choose."


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