Michael Alexander speaks to Dundee-raised senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office official Roddy Drummond who has been on a fact-finding mission to Scotland - and found time to visit his home city - ahead of taking up a new post in the Persian Gulf.
Six hundred Royal Marines from 45 Commando in Arbroath are amongst 3000 personnel and 17 naval vessels from nine countries taking part in a major military exercise in the Baltic Sea region amid concerns over increased Russian activity.
St Andrews-raised musician Clara Curteis tells Michael Alexander why, after 15 years living in Nicaragua, she brought her family home to Fife - where she released her debut protest album - after leaving behind a violent coup.
World leading Tibetology map expert Dr Diana Lange of Germany gives Michael Alexander a preview of a talk she is giving at The McManus in Dundee on the 'Tibet Collection' of 19th Century Dundee-raised doctor Thomas Wise.
How many times has it been said the on-field theatrics of footballers deserve an Oscar? With Academy Awards weekend upon us in Los Angeles, Michael Alexander hears why Dundee United is celebrating new information about a former captain who went on to win an Oscar for real!