The #MeToo movement went global, after taking off in the United States in 2017 as a response to the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse made against heavyweight Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. In addition, the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded jointly to Congolese physician Denis Mukwege and Yazidi assault survivor Nadia Murad “for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict.”
On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. A Republican, the reality TV star and controversial businessman had won the election in a surprise contest against Democrat Hillary Clinton in November 2016.
There is barely a week passes without someone telling me they don’t like cyclists.
Despite having driven past The Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, many times over the years, I had never eaten there. I confess to having been a little put off by the modern banqueting suite, partly obscuring the roadside view of the traditional gray stone manor house, and the signage referencing the hotel’s wedding and conference trade.
After many months of deadlock, frustration and setbacks, trying to get a Brexit deal accepted by both her own Parliament and the European Union, an exhausted-looking Theresa May resigned in July. Boris Johnson succeeded her as Prime Minister and soon called a General Election, which took place just before Christmas. In what was becoming an increasingly chaotic UK political environment, the Tories won by a convincing margin in England and made significant gains in Wales. In Scotland, however, the SNP scored a landslide victory, winning 48 seats and delivering what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called a clear message for a second independence referendum. The General Election was a disaster for Labour, which lost ground nationwide.
On Sunday December 28 1879, during a violent winter storm, the train to Dundee was crossing over the River Tay when a huge section of the bridge collapsed, taking with it 59 souls. It was a disaster beyond anybody’s imagination.
Physical theatre exponent Magdalena Schamberger draws on three decades of experience in Curious Shoes.
Earlier in the year, while exploring Deuchny Wood, on the outskirts of Perth, I enjoyed a brief dalliance with Coronation Road, a Royal route that ran between Scone Palace, where Scotland’s kings were traditionally crowned, and Falkland, in Fife.
Set in a sunny row of cottages above the harbour in Auchmithie, this little Scottish treasure has, in a very gentle way, been introducing me to Scotland since 2011. It is here, for example, that I first tasted Scottish mussels.
Three top Scottish comedians gave The Courier their take on the classic Christmas tale. Gary McNair, Farmer Jim Smith and Janey Godley all took up the challenge of writing their own Christmas story for Courier readers. Here is Janey Godley's story, as Gillian Lord says, it's reflective of her compassion, astute social commentary and her desire to make the world a better place.