As St Andrews-raised musician Steve Mason’s solo UK tour brings him to Dundee, he speaks to Michael Alexander about the rise and fall of The Beta Band, his struggles with mental health – and becoming a dad.
‘Suddenly we were one country, one people’: Tayside and Fife Germans recall the fall of the Berlin Wall 30 years ago
Michael Alexander speaks to Courier Country Germans and a St Andrews University academic about the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the lessons learned – on both sides.
Climate crisis brings ‘challenge and opportunity’, says new chief executive of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust
Michael Alexander speaks to the new chief executive of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust Jeremy Harris about the challenges ahead and his vision for the future.
The art of drawing in Scotland is being celebrated in a new three-month exhibition that opens at St Andrews Museum in St Andrews on November 9 before embarking on a tour.
Catalan scholar Clara Ponsati delays extradition court fight after receipt of ‘rambling’ arrest warrant from Spain
A St Andrews University academic fighting extradition from the UK for her role in Catalonia’s unsanctioned 2017 independence referendum has delayed handing herself into the Scottish authorities.
Dundee Michelin closure announcement first anniversary: ‘Closing of one door is opening of another’, say management
Michael Alexander speaks to management and trade unions about their hopes for the future on the first anniversary of Dundee Michelin’s closure announcement.
New European arrest warrant for St Andrews University academic and exiled Catalan politician Clara Ponsati
A St Andrews University academic fighting extradition from the UK for her role in Catalonia’s unsanctioned 2017 independence referendum has had a new European warrant issued for her arrest.
Walcheren Landings 75th anniversary: Monifieth Second World War veteran, 94, recalls horror of being trapped on beaches in water-filled tank
Michael Alexander meets Monifieth Second World War veteran Ron Bruce who was in the midst of the “forgotten” Walcheren Landings during the Second World War 75 years ago this week.
1960s Love Affair music star Steve Ellis bemused to discover his name is forever linked to 1970s Dundee gang culture
He is the Middlesex-born original lead vocalist and founder of 1960s band Love Affair who had five top 20 singles including their No. 1 single Everlasting Love.
‘What would William McGonagall make of ‘extortionate’ rail fares’ to Dundee?, asks writer ahead of Rep show
If 19th century poet and tragedian of Dundee William Topaz McGonagall were alive today, what would he think of the cost of a rail ticket for Glasgow folk wanting to visit the V&A?