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,”…
4th March 2018


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…
3rd March 2018

Kevin Carmichael

Knockentiber's Motorcycle & Car Stunt Rider You expect him to spin into a parking space, burn rubber for a few minutes, before emerging triumphantly from his car to his adoring fans. Instead I watch him pull up sedately, park neatly and climb out of his car, his Colombian-born wife emerging from the passenger side. This, after all, is the man…
20th February 2018

The Dragon’s Den

Kilmarnock's newest venue gets ready to sparkle. Kenny and Josephine Cheung of Dragon Royale are no strangers to glamorous dining, and they’re about to begin the next phase of their ambitious journey with the opening of Kilmarnock’s first Champagne Bar and Restaurant.Based in the old Artful Dodger building on the riverside, La Dragon will be their second Ayrshire restaurant, and…
31st January 2018

Jai McDowall

Looking to the future A lot of water has passed under the bridge for Tarbolton’s Jai McDowall since winning Britain’s Got Talent in 2011. When we spoke recently, nearly seven years later, that memorable evening was still fresh in his mind, especially the warm welcome he received from panel members Michael McIntyre, Amanda Holden and David Hasselhoff, not to mention…
25th January 2018

Future Histories & Burns Mysteries

Each year, Scotland celebrates its places, people and philosophies in themed years: 2016 was the year of Architecture, Design and Innovation, and 2018 is the year of Young People and Children.  2017 is Scotland’s official year of History, Heritage and Archeology, planned to celebrate and promote the landscapes and built environment, the myths and the legends, and everything in between,…
21st January 2018

Kristina Rihanoff

Go West, Strictly’s girl from Vladivostok The call goes straight to voicemail. I wait, think: ‘what if I can’t get hold of her?’ Decide to phone again in five minutes. Outside is bitterly cold, thin shafts of red and yellow streak a rapidly darkening sapphire sky. As I watch the skies, my phone rings. Her voice is clear, from the…
17th January 2018

Sydney Devine

64 YEARS OF RHINESTONE COWBOY, TINY BUBBLES & THEN MEBBE...GLASTONBURY? There is something slightly surreal about speaking to a legend. Maybe because he is so grounded and has a sharp as Sheffield steel sense of humour. His was never a direct route to the top, but rather a journeyman’s route of hard graft, of touring, recording albums, working on the…
8th January 2018

Rachel Jackson

Tales of a creative mind, acting, stand up & bunny boilers! We meet in a local Irvine Cafe. She suggests I place an Ayrshire Magazine on my table so she knows who she has to meet, no red rose between the teeth for this girl. Writer, actor, comedian Rachel Jackson makes straight for me with a wide smile and eyes…
21st December 2017

The Gift of Time

Give the gift of time... Argyll Arcade, Glasgow | Laings also has stores in Edinburgh, Cardiff & Southampton.  Jaeger LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin Moon 39 – Q1368420 | £7,350 The Ultra Thin Moon 39 by Jaeger LeCoultre is a wonderful expression of style and sophistication. At just 4.9mm thick, the 39mm steel case houses a powerful automatic movement and sleek silver dial with a clear, refined display and a moon-phase feature for added functionality. The dial is protected by scratch and glare resistant sapphire crystal classic. Water resistant to 5 bar and presented on a black alligator leather strap with a double folding buckle, this watch is the ultimate accessory for any occasion. IWC Ingenieur Rudolf Caracciola – IW380702…