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Referendum round-up: One day to go

After years of debate, and months of campaigning, the Scottish independence referendum is hours away.

Tomorrow, the people of Scotland will go to the polls to decide whether or not their country should be independent.

For one last time, here we take a look at what happened on the campaign trail today, and what you've been saying about it on social media.

So, here's what's happened on the eve of poll.

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Mappy referendum eve

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In case you haven't noticed, the referendum is big news - and not just in Scotland.

This interactive map shows where in the world people have been tweeting about the #indyref over the past month.

Obviously, most activity has taken place in the UK, but it's clearly captured interest worldwide, with tweets from the USA, Japan, South Africa and almost everywhere else.

We suspect this interest might peak at some point tomorrow night.


The final countdown

If you think the referendum campaign has been going on for a long time, spare a thought for the actual campaigners, whose efforts came to a climax today.

Independence supporters attended a mass event in the centre of Glasgow, where they were urged to "vote 'Yes' for a prosperous Scotland", before about 2,000 gathered in the city's George Square.

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At the same time, pro-UK campaigners gathered nearby to insist the case for independence had not been made.

The people of Scotland will decide for themselves tomorrow, with neither campaign able to predict victory.


Rise now, to be an animation again

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If, over the past few years, you've got tired of the same old referendum news day after day, maybe this will entertain you.

Tomo News, a Taiwanese news animation company, has told the story of the referendum through an animated Youtube video.

It features Groundkeeper Willie, Scottie from Star Trek, and William Wallace.

It's worth a watch just for the 'Scottish' voiceover, which is somewhere between Mel Gibson and Dick Van Dyke on the scale of terrible theatrical accents.


Polling down the river

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You know those polls everyone has been getting very excited about recently? Well, it turns out they might be completely wrong.

The latest 'poll of polls' puts "Yes" on 49%, with "No" on 51%, but the director of polling company ICM is worried this might be misleading.

He said: "This referendum has the potential to be a polling Waterloo. I think the best we can hope for as an industry is that we dodge a bullet, but it's entirely possible that the bullets do start spraying our way."

If the polls made you unsure of who might win tomorrow, now it's time to be even less sure.


Not O-Kay

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Sky News presenter turned the air a shade of Saltire blue today by calling a "Yes" campaigner "a bit of a knob".

Broadcasting from the streets of Aberdeen, Ms Burley, seemingly thinking she was off-air, made the comment to her news team.

She then showed a photo of the man in question to the cameras.

If you want to see the video, which of course you do, it's here.


Brace yourself

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Scotland's 32 local authorities spent the day and, indeed, the past few years, preparing themselves for tomorrow's unprecedented referendum.

Across the country, ballot boxes and other paraphernalia have been moved into the schools and community buildings that will become polling places.

With 4,285,323 people registered to vote, and an expected turnout of 80%, tomorrow will be the busiest day in Scottish electoral history.

It's been a long journey, but Scotland is finally ready to make its decision.

Countdown over.

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