As musical comebacks go, it’s up there with Take That and the Stone Roses.
Long after their death was foretold with the arrival of the CD – and despite the convenience of digital downloads and music streaming services – sales of vinyl records are at a 22-year high. Groucho’s in Dundee and Perth’s Concorde Records have stood strong through it all and in this Saturday’s Courier Weekend magazine, Michael Alexander goes for a rummage through their racks to try to pin down the enduring appeal of the LP.
Another local business that needs no introduction is Vissochis in Broughty Ferry, although most people don’t make it past the legendary ice cream counter. Pull up a chair with restaurant reviewer Kerry Moores as she puts its lunchtime menu to the test.
Sometimes something new comes along that does make you sit up and take notice. The Dragon Quest fantasy game at Monikie Woods was such a success last year that it’s back again as Dragon Matrix. Gayle Ritchie has pulled on her cloak of mystery and tried her hand at the augmented reality sensation that’s taking Angus by storm.
And if more traditional outdoor pursuits are your thing, we’ve got plenty of ideas for making the most of autumn’s bounty – from John Stoa’s gardening tips to chef Tim Dover’s advice on cooking with quince. Or maybe you’d like to learn from champion vegetable grower Alistair Gray, from Brechin, who has let Caroline Lindsay in on the secrets of cultivating 6ft long parsnips and an onion with a 22in waist.
Elsewhere, we’ve got Christina Miller’s hints on making the best of London Fashion Week work for you, the latest autumn interiors, the best travel, TV and nature writing, plus a unique look at life from columnists Fiona Armstrong and Rab McNeil. There’s really no need to go anywhere else this Weekend.