Flaxman launch album at Drummonds

By Marcus MacBeath Aberdeen band Flaxman launched their new album Lambs at Drummonds on Friday night Easing into the 10-song set with the delicate title track Emma Harkins slowly caught the attention of the audience before Martin Wyllie took to the mic. He set the tone of the rest of the night with his rumblingContinue reading “Flaxman launch album at Drummonds”

Life lessons launch

A former teacher is on a mission to equip young people with the life skills often glossed over by mainstream education. Kristina Neeme created Kea Academy to help guide pupils through what can be a daunting transition to adulthood. She said: “I’ve been working with young people for a long time and met so manyContinue reading “Life lessons launch”

John Stewart

Following the heartbreakingly untimely passing of John Stewart I wanted to air as many tributes to him that I could as there were far too many to include in a single press article. In no particular order here is what others wanted to say. Deirdre Robertson. John was an exceptional extraordinarily passionate, authentic life force,Continue reading “John Stewart”

Commando crooner sets sights on music career

A Scottish war veteran who swapped his assault rifle for a guitar released his first solo single. Former Royal Marine Nicky Aiken from Aberdeen drew on his gritty experiences in war-torn Afghanistan and gruelling commando training when writing I’m on Fire. The track is all about not giving up and pushing through barriers to getContinue reading “Commando crooner sets sights on music career”

Niche planning consultancy takes off

An aviation expert has set up Scotland’s first planning consultancy for airport safety zones. Nyree Millar-Bell spent years as a senior manager with Edinburgh Airport assessing and at times objecting to planning applications that did not satisfy Civil Aviation Authority [CAA] rules. She now works solely with property, renewables and construction companies across Scotland thatContinue reading “Niche planning consultancy takes off”

Green solution for flood-hit park

A popular Edinburgh park plagued by years of flooding will have a new lease of life thanks to an innovative carbon-negative solution. Inverleith Park has been beset with drainage problems since 1894 and various preventative steps had been taken over the decades but now work has begun to install a sustainable drainage system. During extremeContinue reading “Green solution for flood-hit park”

Art is for life – not just lockdown

By Patrick Barnham An Aberdeen painter is urging people not to ditch art projects started during lockdown as rules further relax. Neale Bothwell, 56, said virtual art clubs championed by the likes of Grayson Perry opened up the world of creativity to countless people but insists it should continue post-covid. Neale said: “It was greatContinue reading “Art is for life – not just lockdown”

Fab Folkestone Four called to the capital

Four of Folkstone’s coolest teachers are hitting the big time after being booked for a gig in the capital. The King Rooks thought their first gig of the year at the Beehive was doomed but at the eleventh hour heard their London debut can go ahead on January 15. Formed by childhood friends and nowContinue reading “Fab Folkestone Four called to the capital”

Green light for Aberdeen’s new mosque

Award-winning consultancy Aurora Planning has helped Aberdeen’s growing Muslim community secure permission to convert part of a former school into a mosque. The C-listed Frederick Street School was later used as office space by Aberdeen City Council but has lain empty for three years. Aberdeen Mosque and Islamic Centre (AMIC) will turn the building intoContinue reading “Green light for Aberdeen’s new mosque”

South Wales shoe seller bucks trend

While so many businesses are moving online one Blackwood shop owner is bucking the trend determined to save high street shopping. Owner of Footastic Footwear Rhodri Watkins opened his shop in October and vowed to keep in-person shopping alive. Rhodri said: “Instead of just looking at pictures online people need to really see and feelContinue reading “South Wales shoe seller bucks trend”