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”

Christmas treat from Paul Gurvitz

Veteran rocker Paul Gurvitz and The Acoustic Army will be blowing away the Christmas cobwebs on Boxing Day with a livestream concert. Paul has been touring since 1964 with The Londoners, The Knack, The Gun, Three Man Army, The Graeme Edge Band, Parrish and Gurvitz, and The Baker Gurvitz Army with Cream legend Ginger Baker.Continue reading “Christmas treat from Paul Gurvitz”

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”

Government must pump cash into Scottish Water to avert crisis

A surface water expert in urging government ministers to pump cash into Scottish Water to avert a drainage crisis. Frank O’Donnell, AKA the Surface Water Guy, said the huge job ahead for Scottish Water to disconnect properties from storm drainage systems must receive additional government cash. Frank said: “The Scottish sewerage system is under aContinue reading “Government must pump cash into Scottish Water to avert crisis”

Water expert demands public sector green action

A surface water specialist is urging Scottish public and third sector organisations to use carbon-negative drainage systems on new construction projects. Frank O’Donnell, The Surface Water Guy, insists organisations should take proactive steps to reduce their carbon footprints. He said: “These bodies should embrace the need to deal with the surface water and sewage dischargeContinue reading “Water expert demands public sector green action”