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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,”…
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CultureInterview
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…
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3rd February 2018

Ken O’Hara

Behind the scenes with a music, art & drama creative He is seated by the window looking relaxed, his arms stretched out across the top of the half moon booth seat. Looking a little like Al Pacino from a scene in ‘Sea of Love’, he waits for me in the fading light of late afternoon. Over his shoulder through the…
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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…
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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…
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