A Perthshire businesswoman who made a viral success of an "emotional" post about the toils of parents who work from home has had her LinkedIn account suspended without warning and £100,000 worth of contracts consequently jeopardised. Cara Mackay – managing director for Errol-based, family-run shed manufacturer Gillies & Mackay Ltd – posted an article titled 'how to f*****g work from home', which sought to relate to working parents in her position and generated over 100,000 views and 800 comments before being shut down. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/perth-kinross/349627/perthshire-shed-makers-swear-filled-post-lights-boring-linkedin/ A minority of LinkedIn's more traditional users had taken umbrage at Cara’s forthright delivery. "Profanity is uncalled for and inappropriate," said Len Latona. "This person should be banned from LinkedIn." Glen Kyle said: "Despicable, insolent and arrogant, this author has all the makings of a 'back woods hillbilly.'" "There were some pretty brutal personal insults fired at me," said Ms Mackay. Upon noticing that she was no longer receiving messages from the network, which contained contacts vital to her business, Ms Mackay sought answers from LinkedIn. "Immediately I tried requesting a new password, that worked and then took me to the 'your account has been suspended' page. Now I'm raging," said Ms Mackay. "I wrote that article because I wanted to find real business people, who related to me because of how I run my life. "I wanted to find them and tell them they could just tell their story and be free to be themselves. I found those people and I believe that for some, ringing home the truth, made their f*****g day." The controversy surrounding Ms Mackay's post had brought about a spike in sales worth an estimated £100,000 to the business, which she now stands to lose if LinkedIn don't return access to the account. "I'm in the middle of courting six clients on very large projects on this platform, which are to be exported down south," she said. "Now they're going to be wondering where I've gone. That is behaving unprofessionally. "I have absolutely no way of contacting those six clients." Although the post had its detractors, there was a far higher proportion of vocal supporters for its tone. Ms Mackay believes she was taken offline for one simple reason. "At the last check it was at 100,000 views and I'm sure they were aware of it. If I was to pin point – I'd say it's probably got something to do with me saying f*****g. “Swearing is an emotional thing – especially in the Scottish dialect – not necessarily an aggressive or foul thing. The way we express ourselves sometimes requires these words." The defiant entrepreneur says will not be left browbeaten by the row. "I've money to make and an audience to serve. A revolution can't happen without the person who started it," she said. The ban happens to coincide with a new UK-wide initiative from the Transforming Mental Health charity, which encourages the public to 'swear' to take on mental illness in young people. A Courier poll inspired by the unconventional marketing post found that 57% of respondents are never offended by swearing, 38% are sometimes offended and 5% are always offended by it. Those wishing to pledge support for Cara's freedom of expression on LinkedIn are encouraged to use the hashtag #swearygate on social media. Despite holding a 'premium' account with the network, Ms Mackay has not received an explanation for the ban. The Courier contacted LinkedIn for comment but they are yet to respond. "This is how you handle it?" Opinion and support from the business community and general public alike has flooded in since Ms Mackay's account was taken offline. Denise Cowie raised the question: "Should LinkedIn have suspended [Cara's] account for 'objectionable content'? Or is it censorship?" https://twitter.com/dinnydaethat/status/821627405123063808 Forfar photographer Anne Johnston said: "Come on LinkedIn, get with the 21st century and restore Cara's account now." https://twitter.com/Annejphotos/status/821603649902276612 Ross Coverdale offered an alternative solution to the problem. "If LinkedIn dislike curse words they could easily star them out." https://twitter.com/radcoverdale/status/821625350992068613 Bristol literature event promoters Novelnights said: "I'm with writers, shed lovers and mums in supporting [Cara]." https://twitter.com/novelnightsuk/status/821669193359695873 Aberdeenshire marketing consultant BrandHouzz said: "For once you are getting people to pay attention to you LinkedIn, and this is how you handle it?" https://twitter.com/BrandHouzz/status/821646365872754689
The cream of early 90s American chart rap is heading to Scotland next year. Vanilla Ice, who first shot to the top of the charts with his Queen-sampling hit 'Ice, Ice, Baby', headlines the 'I Love the '90s' tour alongside New York hit factory Salt-n-Pepa and 'Gangsta's Paradise' rapper Coolio. Representing the even smoother, shoulder padded side of 90s r'n'b are Color Me Badd, Tone Loc and Young MC. The full ensemble will come to Glasgow's SSE Hydro on 30 September. Although this particular era in music became the subject of parody in the years since several of these artists shifted millions of albums, a newfound appreciation has emerged in recent times. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0A7tLVIsuNw Vanilla Ice – real name Robert Van Winkle – made headlines in October when he ignored an evacuation order and weathered Hurricane Matthew in his South Florida home. More recently, his scheduled 'Vanilla Ice on Ice' show – where fans at London's Alexandra Palace bought tickets to skate during one of his performances at Christmas – was pulled without explanation.
Born in London in 1942 to an Irish mother and a Glaswegian father, Andy Irvine started out as a child actor, before he was inspired as a teenager by the songs of his great hero Woody Guthrie to move into singing. Playing in the Irish folk tradition of his youth, he corresponded with Guthrie during the final years of his life, and his songs retain a strong commitment to themes of social justice. Moving to Dublin in the 1960s, mandolin player Irvine helped form the Irish folk-rock group Sweeney’s Men, and went on to co-found the highly successful group Planxty. Later works included the album Parallel Lines with Leith’s Dick Gaughan and the group Patrick Street, while more recent work includes 2013’s Irish-Australian folk record Parachilna with Rens van der Zalm and 2015’s live collaborative project Usher’s Island at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QhJIMIcxFb0 The Newport, Newport-On-Tay, October 5; Links Hotel, Montrose, October 6 More info: www.andyirvine.com
Cellardyke resident and Domino records folk maverick James Yorkston has announced the next season of his ongoing Tae Sup Wi' A Fifer gig series. Featuring across the three concerts starting this spring will be Carnoustie boy, Idlewild frontman and moonlighting solo artist Roddy Woomble, Yorkston's own acclaimed trio Yorkston Thorne Khan and sometime touring mate Seamus Fogarty, who will be unveiling songs from his long-awaited second album. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ld3yoMgk5qg Prolific writer and musician Duke Special will also be making his first appearance in the Langtoun, alongside acoustic guitar and banjo virtuoso Martin Simpson. Rising Dublin quartet Lynched headline a night which also boasts 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion Harry Giles and finger picking genius Michael Chapman, a considered player in the vein of John Martyn and Bert Jansch. The full lineup for Tae Sup Wi' A Fifer is as follows: April 1 Roddy Woomble / Oliver Coates / Yorkston Thorne Khan (tickets) May 13 Lynched (Lankum) / Michael Chapman / Harry Giles (tickets) June 10 Martin Simpson / Duke Special / Seamus Fogarty (tickets)
The Broons return to their spiritual home of Dundee as part of a nationwide tour next week. Maw and Paw take us behind the curtain of a stage show 80 years in the making. Scotland’s best-loved family has just rolled into Kirkcaldy when The Courier joins them to talk about their quasi-musical stage debut. The Broons production is already in full flow after a successful run in Perth and Inverness; the ‘Auchenshoogle’ clan must be starting to feel like a seasoned rock band on the road. Known to millions as the hapless Winston from Still Game, Paul Riley is expertly cast as the perpetually put upon Paw Broon. “We’ve had a great time so far,” he says, still breathless from rehearsal. “Perth was a wee bit fraught because it was the first time we’d put it on the stage. We saw a great reaction there and Inverness was particularly crazy – there were standing ovations. There’s a number of musical and vocal numbers in this show that are really accessible to folk and that makes for a really good night out.” Who better to play formidable matriarch Maw Broon than Joyce Falconer, previously immortalised onscreen as the no-nonsense Roisin in River City. “Most folk coming to see the show already have a deep affection for The Broons,” she says. “They’re familiar with the characters before they come; it’s unusual when you’re doing a theatre show to have that head start with the audience.” Award-winning playwright Rob Drummond scoured the archives of the long-running Sunday Post comic strip to find an adaptable plot for Andrew Panton’s soulful production. Then came the issue of the cast's collective dialect; The Broons are unique in that their vernacular is a patchwork from all over Scotland. “That was one of the first things we spoke about in the rehearsal room,” says Paul. “Do we commit to saying it is a place? Of course, that would be to ruin it in people’s heads.” Such conversations brought a collaborative spirit to the project, which turned into a classic Broons tale (split between their Glebe Street residence and But ’n Ben holiday home, of course) mixing that familiar dry wit with a wistful melancholy. “The show is about the lead up to Maggie’s wedding and the various obstacles that brings to the characters," Paul reveals. "For example mine – as the father – is 'how am I gonnae pay for it all?' Then of course there’s that classic Broons misunderstanding. It’s very, very close to what you see on the page.” How surreal has it been to play such an iconic duo they've both known since childhood? "I’ve never really played a character in the theatre that I’m this familiar with," says Joyce. "Usually you go into a rehearsal room and you’ve to really discover the character for yourself, whereas that familiarity with Maw Broon helped a lot. I pulled out some of the annuals that are still at my mum’s and refreshed myself with the stories.” "The fact that Joyce Falconer and wee Maureen Carr [as The Bairn] are in this was a big draw for me, as well as the prestige of playing Paw Broon," says Paul. "That combined with the character of Winston that I play in Still Game – I’m the go-to guy for old people, it would seem.” The dynamic between Maw and Paw is crucial; fortunately Paul and Joyce were already well-acquainted, having met and acted together in drama school. “I’ve played Paul’s wife before. I’ve played his ma. We used to get cast opposite one another all the time," says Joyce. It always helps when you’ve got history with a fellow actor, but a lot of the young cast were completely new to me. It’s a lovely balance; we all get on very well which helps a lot when you’re playing a big happy family.” Rounding out the brood are Kern Falconer as Granpaw, Kim Allan as Maggie, Tyler Colins as Hen, John Kielty as Joe, Laura Szalecki as Daphne, Euan Bennet as Horace, Kevin Lennon and Duncan Brown as The Twins. Given the debut tour's runaway success so far, can we hope to see an encore? “It’s like The Simpsons in that regard,” says Paul. “You could just keep going and keep going. Once you’ve set up the community, as it were, you can go anywhere with it. There’s no reason why this can’t be a yearly or bi-annual thing whereby the Broons would pop up, be it The Broons at Hogmanay or whenever. There’s definitely scope to do more, I would say.” “I think the likes of a Hogmanay show would work well, agrees Joyce. “There’s such an endless wealth of material – 80 years’ worth – to delve into.” It’s fair to say that throughout those decades, The Broons have become a touchstone for most of the situational comedy it preceded. “It’s one of these things – like Tunnock’s teacakes or shortbread,” says Paul. “The Broons have always been there, if you’re Scottish, for as far back as you can remember.” “Apart from the poetry we got at school, it was pre-James Kelman, pre-Irvine Welsh – nobody else was writing in Scots,” says Joyce. “I think that’s why so many folk took The Broons to their heart.” Whaur are they fae? We know that original writer R.D Low was a Dundee man himself, yet the contentious battle over where precisely in Scotland The Broons herald from rages on. Joyce 'Maw Broon' Falconer taks an educated guess. “My mother always thought it was Glasgow the Broons were from because they lived in a tenement. Linguistically it couldnae be Glasgow because Glasgow’s aboot the only place in Scotland they dinnae say ken. They’re nae necessarily 'Scots' speakers. "It’s no Dundee because Dundee city is, I think, such a specific accent. Obviously it’s nae Aiburdeen, because then you’re into Doric Scots which is a slightly different form of language. "They’re possibly fae the west coast and have come slightly east. So then you’re in the central belt, maybe The Broons are fae Perthshire way – mid-east.” Gardyne Theatre, October 27-29 selladoor.com/productions/the-broons
The elderly owner of a 7-year-old black poodle named Rags is fraught with worry after her beloved dog went missing on Saturday afternoon. The dog first went astray around the Stobswell area of Dundee at around 3pm. Drivers in McGill Street taxi rank near the local Co-op last saw her running towards Kemback Street. The dainty dog can fit in a handbag and may be mistaken for a puppy at first glance. "She is so very precious to my mum and our family," said daughter Irene Stewart. "My mum is still getting over chemo so this happening with her little one has taken the wind right out her sails." "Rags may be hiding in a garden shed, bin recess or huddled in a corner as she is so tiny can get into the smallest of gaps." "If she hasn't already been picked up we are sure she will still be in the Albert Street area. Please, please keep sharing and looking for her." Mrs Stewart continued: "Lots of us have been out searching for her but no joy. It's so cold out and we're worried sick. Please help get her home." Anyone with information should contact Missing Pets, Dundee and Angus.
It's typical that we make lists at this time of year as a way to take stock of what has passed, but the subject of death is always difficult to digest. From David Bowie and Prince through Gene Wilder and Leonard Cohen, the loss of major pop cultural forces has been well-documented throughout 2016. Scratch beneath that surface and there are countless other figures from the more local worlds of sport, entertainment, architecture, politics and beyond who have perhaps been overlooked as we recover from the shell shock. It would be impossible to attempt a comprehensive list of the people who have touched our lives during their time on earth, but here The Courier recognises some of the Scots who have left us in the past 12 months. Our readers are welcomed to submit photographs of those we have been unable to find to firstname.lastname@example.org. January • Jim Ross, 89, Scottish-born Canadian ice hockey player (New York Rangers). • Gareth Hoskins, 48, architect. • Sir Albert McQuarrie, 98, politician, MP for East Aberdeenshire (1979–1983) and Banff and Buchan (1983–1987). • Robert Banks Stewart, 84, television writer (Doctor Who, Bergerac, Shoestring). • Angus Ross, 59, darts player. • Tommy Bryceland, 76, footballer (St Mirren, Norwich, Oldham) • John Dowie, 60, footballer (Fulham, Celtic). • Ian Murray, 83, Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Argyll and the Isles (1999–2008). • Jimmy Bain, 68, bassist (Rainbow, Dio). • Tommy O'Hara, 62, footballer (Queen of the South, Washington Diplomats, Motherwell). • Dave Thomson, 77, footballer (Dunfermline Athletic, Queen of the South). February • Harry Glasgow, 76, footballer (Clyde). • Alastair Biggar, 69, rugby union player (national team, British and Irish Lions, London Scottish). • Walter McGowan, 73, boxer, world champion (1966). • W. F. H. Nicolaisen, 88, German-born Scottish scholar. • George Robin Henderson, 74, mathematician. • Jim McFadzean, 77, footballer (Kilmarnock, Heart of Midlothian). • Michael Bowes-Lyon, 18th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, 58, aristocrat. • John Cameron, Lord Coulsfield, 81, Scottish judge (Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial), Senator of the College of Justice (1987–1992). March • Michael White, 80, film and theatre producer (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), Tony winner (1971). • Billy Ritchie, 79, footballer (Rangers, Partick Thistle). • Lord Michael Jones, 68, judge. • Sandy McDonald, 78, Christian minister, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland (1997–1998), pulmonary fibrosis. • Ken Barr, 83, artist who worked for DC and Marvel Comics. • Ian Britton, 61, football player (Chelsea, Blackpool, Burnley) and manager (Nelson). • Jimmy Toner, 92, footballer (Dundee, Leeds United). • Ronnie Corbett, 85, comedian and actor (The Two Ronnies, The Frost Report, Casino Royale). April • Jock Scot, 64, poet and recording artist. • John Lumsden, 55, footballer (Stoke City). May • Gordon Strachan, 68, rugby union player. • Chris Mitchell, 27, footballer (Queen of the South, Clyde). • George Ross, 73, footballer (Preston North End). • Bobby Carroll, 77, footballer (scored Celtic's first goal in European competition). • Joe Temperley, 86, saxophonist (Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra). • John Coyle, 83, footballer (Dundee United). • Ken Cameron, 74, trade union leader. • Ian Gibson, 73, footballer (Cardiff City, Coventry City, Middlesbrough). June • Alex Govan, 86, Scottish footballer (Plymouth Argyle, Birmingham City). • Willie Logie, 83, Scottish footballer. July • Sir Malcolm Macnaughton, 91, obstetrician and gynaecologist. • Jimmy Frizzell, 79, football player and manager. • James Gilbert, 93, television producer (The Two Ronnies, Last of the Summer Wine). • Jackie McInally, 76, footballer (Kilmarnock, Motherwell, Hamilton Academical). • Tom McCready, 72, footballer (Wimbledon F.C.). • Dick Donnelly, 74, footballer and journalist. • Thomas Sutherland, 85, Scottish-born American academic and Islamic jihad hostage. • Ian King, 79, footballer (Leicester City F.C.). • Maggie Macdonald, 63, Gaelic singer. • Anne Hepburn, 90, missionary and teacher. August • Jonathan Borwein, 65, mathematician. • Joe Davis, 75, footballer (Hibernian, Carlisle United). • Samuel Robin Spark, 78, artist. • William Landles, 92, sculptor. • Danus Skene, 72, politician. • Rab Stewart, 54, footballer (Dunfermline Athletic, Motherwell, Falkirk). September • Frans ten Bos, 79, British rugby union player (Scotland). • George McLeod, 83, footballer. • Max Murray, 80, footballer (Rangers, West Bromwich Albion). • Matt Gray, 80, footballer (Third Lanark, Manchester City). • Alan Cousin, 78, footballer (Dundee, Hibernian, Falkirk). • Ronald King Murray, Lord Murray, 94, politician and jurist, Lord Advocate (1974–1979). • Mike Towell, 25, professional boxer. October • David Herd, 82, footballer (Arsenal, Manchester United, national team). • Alistair Urquhart, 97, author and soldier (Gordon Highlanders). • Angus Grant, 49, fiddler (Shooglenifty, Swamptrash). • Gerry Gow, 64, footballer (Bristol City, Manchester City, Rotherham). • Eddie O'Hara, 80, footballer (Falkirk, Everton, Barnsley). • Ricky Callan, 54, actor (Rab C. Nesbitt, The Acid House). • John Mone, 87, Roman Catholic prelate, Bishop of Paisley (1988–2004). • George Peebles, 80, footballer (Dunfermline, Stirling Albion). • Gordon Hamilton, 50, climate scientist. • Benjamin Creme, 93, artist, author and esotericist. • Bobby Wellins, 80, jazz saxophonist. November • Ian Cowan, 71, footballer (Partick Thistle, Falkirk, Dunfermline Athletic). • Jim Gillespie, 69, footballer (Dunfermline Athletic). • David Provan, 75, footballer (Rangers). • Duncan B. Forrester, 83, theologian. December • Dave MacLaren, 82, football player and manager (Plymouth). • Alex Johnstone, 55, politician, MSP for North East Scotland (since 1999). • Allan Stewart, 74, politician, MP for East Renfrewshire (1979–1983), Eastwood(1983–1997). • Tommy McCulloch, 82, footballer (Clyde). • Ian McCaskill, 78, weather forecaster.
A Fife falconry centre have shared a video clip of the precious moment a miracle baby martial eagle was hatched. The eaglet was born at Elite Falconry's Cluny Mains farm facility and arrived as a pleasant surprise to all concerned. "Historically, the first egg laid each year by the mother has been infertile," said head falconer Barry Blyther. "Despite giving the benefit of the doubt, we expected this one to be infertile. In an aviary, the egg is very vulnerable to being broken. The first ten days of incubation are crucial. That first egg, despite expectations, has hatched." What's even more anomalous is that the bird hatched during a cold Scottish winter. "There is a long way to go and the bird has some tricky days ahead of it," said said Mr Blyther. "Martial Eagles tend to breed at almost any time of year across Africa. Their status in the wild is getting poorer and poorer. When you bring them here, they have this disconcerting habit of breeding in our deepest mid-winter, which is problematic. "Not long ago they were a species of little concern, then their status changed to 'vulnerable' and now they're up to threatened on the IUCN bird list." Another factor which will be crucial in the eaglet's infancy is the dedication of its father. "With the birds we've paired together, all the female wants to do is brood and be a mum. The dad's duty is to brood the youngster when mum's off having a stretch, a wash and a feed, but this one doesn't. "If dad doesn't step up to the plate then we've got a major issue on our hands. "His input will be critical in the chick's survival when it is returned to the parents. That would normally be at perhaps three days old, but we'll hold off a few more days until the chick is a little more robust, thermo-regulating and when the forecast very cold and stormy weather has passed." The centre offers 40+ birds for the public to pre-book places and see all year-round. They offer 'birds of prey experience days', which are critical to its winter survival fund. "Most of our birds pick up a name somewhere along the line," said Mr Blyther. "We tend to resist the urge to name them because we can get quite attached and it's much harder to bear if they die. "There's a second egg that's yet to hatch and we're excited that for the first time ever we may have a pair of martial eagles by the end of winter." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nq1z7VBvu14 Facts for the eagle-eyed • Martial Eagles are the largest species of eagle in Africa and the fifth largest in the world • They're enormous. Females can have a wingspan of well over 7ft • The South African population of the species is down 20% over the last three generations of birds • The majority of losses are due to wind turbine and power line collisions • A martial Eagle in the wild typically produces one egg every two years
From a palatial hillside perch to a 16th century castle, we've scoured the property websites for your dream house to save you the heartache. Skyview, Balkeerie A "beautiful, bespoke, architecturally designed detached villa finished to extremely high standards." And that garden? You'd probably want to set up a croquet green, just for the craic. This five-bedroom detached villa comes at the princely sum of £540,000. Moiben, Barry, Carnoustie Nine bedrooms, an epic countryside view and the potential to reinstate a tennis court? Just withdraw us from civilisation now. Barry indeed. Offers are over £495,000 Osprey Crescent, Piperdam Look at it. It's like Southfork Ranch in the middle of Longforgan. You'd imagine a five bedroom villa in one of Tayside's most idyllic locations would fly off the market. With a fixed price of £459,950, you'd better eBay that prized Oasis memorabilia collection of yours now. Richmond Terrace, Dundee With three floors and a panoramic view of the Tay from the sitting room, there are probably worse vantage points to watch Coronation Street with a bowl of value spaghetti hoops on your knee from. Perched on a hillside, it's the sort of home that wouldn't look out of place on Hollywood's Mulholland Drive. The asking price? A meagre £675,000. https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/lifestyle/house-home/property/353122/hot-property-rooms-view/ Lonsdale, Invergowrie Here's a four bedroom bungalow to treat your granny with. If you plan on setting granny to work in one of the various workshops and stables in its vast landscaped garden grounds. Note: There is also a bar. Offers are over £430,000. We'll call that a bargain. Earlshall Castle, Leuchars A castle. "One of the best kept 16th century houses in Scotland," as restored by restored by Sir Robert Lorimer, no less. Situated just outside Leuchars, the walled garden is world famous and you've got 34 acres of parkland to play with. The dining room looks more like a viking banquet room. Ample space to entertain both sides of the family next Christmas, which is always the dream. And take a look at that berth! The price is available on asking so don't expect much of a discount if they take away the washing machine.
Police Scotland advise that a female body has been recovered from the River Tay near St Madoes, Glencarse, Perthshire this afternoon. A statement said that enquiries to establish the identity of the female are ongoing and that the family of missing 15-year-old Kathleen Harkin have been informed. Kathleen was last seen on Saturday evening near to Woody Island, police have been scouring the area in search for her throughout Sunday and Monday. The 15-year-old was to have been picked up in Perth by her parents after spending time with friends but never made the rendezvous. Her phone was found by a member of the public on Sunday morning, near to where her friends last saw her. More than 50 searchers have been out since first light hunting for the Perth Grammar School youngster. Friends have taken to social media in huge numbers to post hopes for her safe return and call for her to come home.