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1st August 2018

Tinder

The modern workings of finding love Tinder! The magical app bringing single people together. An app full of topless men showing off their guns whilst sporting a feminine snapchat filter and a Victoria Beckham pout.  An app providing many ten to two’s with these facial filters, which are more fearsome than back in the day, when beer goggles where in…
Music
26th July 2018

Born Under A Bad Sign?

The life & times of Alabama 3 Digging a rich seam of post-modern, musical super-fusion, the band, Alabama 3, are a heady mix of eclectic beat cocktails. Simultaneously as explosive as a Molotov, and at...times, as soothing as sunlight on skin."You can't be too careful sometimes," Larry Love (AKA Rob Spragg) Alabama 3 vocalist pointed out when he spoke to…
Interview
26th July 2018

Kirsty McCabe

The weather report Waiting on the sun. Time spent wrapped up against winter's icy cold, our hair flattened by spring showers, bathed in sunshine in summer or, more often, disappointed, consoling ourselves with the subtle colours of autumn...May and June 2018 have been - let's say it - sun-kissed. We've been drinking in clear blue skies beneath a huge orange…
CultureInterview
24th May 2018

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale

Truly a man for all seasons A boy’s own childhood, playing among the beauty of the glens and mountains of the island. In spring, sheep from the farm would be vigilant over their lambs as they playfully gambolled on the lower slopes. Summer would bring a long-lasting sun over the fields, Autumn delicately coloured skies and Winter, well, sheep in…
CultureInterview
22nd May 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

From Ayrshire to Holyrood On November 20, 2014, Nicola Sturgeon succeeded former incumbent and Russia Today presenter Alex Salmond, to become the first ever female First Minister. To lead the Country is the toughest of political assignments, and for the last four years this lady from Ayrshire has led the nation at home and abroad. She has gained in the process…
CultureInterview
13th May 2018

Fred MacAulay

30 Years of Laughs It is hard to envisage a more paradoxical career path to comedy than that of Fred MacAulay. The financial accountant defied the odds by delving into the world of being funny at the somewhat late age of 30. Now approaching three decades in the laughter industry this former Rector of the University of Dundee has enjoyed…
FoodInterview
25th March 2018

Zac Burinski

The evolution of a young Ayrshire Move & Shaka Zac Burinski lives in Cumnock and Doon Valley with mum Nicola. This is an area of Scotland which since the demise of the coal industry, has had its problems and unemployment is high. At first glance there is nothing unusual or special about Zac. He looks like any other fifteen year…
Culture
20th March 2018

Natasha Radmehr On… #metoo

Our columnist on what we can learn from the #metoo movement Trigger warning. Until very recently, whenever these words preceded a social media post or podcast episode, I’d charge ahead without hesitation. It was almost a delicious challenge. A trigger warning was Liam Gallagher and I was 1997 Mel C, kitted out head to toe in a premium trackie while…
CultureInterview
16th March 2018

Ed Byrne

The new tour, spoiler alert... it's heading for Ayrshire I have always thought - as in the Kate Bush song, “We’re all alone on the stage tonight (Kate Bush ‘Wow’ 1979)” – that standing alone in front of the microphone with an expectant audience out front, must be one of the loneliest situations anyone could experience? Like standing in that long darkness of ambition waiting for the spotlight to shine on you. Yet, there is something weirdly life affirming about great comedy. It allows us to forget ourselves, suspend our individual realities, de-stress with laughter. Of course, and perhaps most significantly, the best comic material is not only funny but also makes us think. Take Ed Byrne... “I absolutely love it,”…
BusinessCultureFood
4th March 2018

Cecchini’s

An Ayrshire Institution An institution in Ayrshire hailing all the way from Italy, the Cecchinis and their train of restaurants have come from humble beginnings to now be known as one of the most popular restaurateurs in all of Ayrshire.The Cecchini family hails from the relaxed old town of Barga in Tuscany. Affectionately known as the “The most Scottish town…