It’s uncertain what might have come as more of a shock to die-hard Wet Wet Wet fans – the sudden departure of the Clydebank-formed sometime teen pin-ups’ lead singer Marti Pellow in 2017, or the decision by the three remaining members to recast Pellow with former Liberty X singer and The Voice winner Kevin Simm, and just get on with it.
The story of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition is one of the most notorious and tragic in all Britain's long seafaring history.
Soft sunlight filtering through towering beech trees, the tumbling gurgle of rushing water, and wildflowers peppering the river bankside in a drift of yellow and white polka dots; it is spring and I’m down by the River Earn near Crieff.
There is barely a week passes without someone telling me they don’t like cyclists.
Are we on the cusp of a calamity in our fields where the once ubiquitous animal – the hare – disappears forever?
It was the second time in as many weeks that I had spotted a brown hare in this Kinross-shire field, and this one was moving with real purpose. The reason soon became apparent because suddenly another hare, hidden in the grass, reared-up before it and there was a temporary stand-off.
It has been 30 years since I relinquished my last staff job as a newspaper journalist, looked over the cliff edge and jumped; 30 years of keeping nature’s company and trying to write down what I find there.
Exploring the great outdoors is an activity enjoyed – or, sometimes, endured – at the mercy of the elements, as anyone caught in a heavy downpour knows only too well.
The Wedding Present back to rock Dundee: all the gigs in Courier Country from Friday March 29 to April 5
Alt-rockers The Wedding Present make a long-awaited Dundee return on Thursday. The veteran noiseniks are playing Beat Generator as part of a series of gigs to mark the 30th anniversary of their 1989 sophomore album Bizarro — with frontman David Gedge braced for the unexpected.
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.
I must be getting soft, for tears began to well in my eyes as I watched this spider monkey work her way across the rainforest canopy with a tiny baby clinging tenaciously to her belly.