From Sassoon and Owen to Thomas and Rosenberg, the work of wartime poets is widely recognised as some of the most powerful poetry in existence.
Alicia Vikander ended 2015 the same way she started the year - with a clutch of award nominations to her name. But all the industry nods in the world haven't stopped her from feeling nervous when she doesn't have her next job lined up.
As an eight-year-old boy, former Top Gear host Richard Hammond received a book which was to spark a “lifetime obsession” – not with cars but with nature.
THE BIG SHORT (15) 5 stars A fool and his hard-earned money are soon parted and, in 2008, many of us turned out to be unwitting fools when the mortgage crisis in America catalysed the collapse of financial institutions, resulting in an ice age of global austerity that has yet to thaw.
It's eight years since I swapped Aberdeen for a life in the Highlands but I still visit the Granite City regularly. Each time I return I'm struck by how the city continues to evolve and grow, and that extends to areas outwith the city centre, such as Dyce. What was once a sleepy parish is now bustling alongside Aberdeen International Airport. With holidaymakers, business travellers and thousands of offshore workers visiting each week, Dyce has more than its fair share of places to eat, but new venues are always welcome.
TRUMBO (15) 4 stars Hollywood is in the throes of a highly publicised civil war about ethnic diversity.
Head to Peacock Visual Arts to see Show and Tell, an exhibition of works by artist Jack Davidson who graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 1981, before moving to London.
The first major British exhibition on the Celts for over 40 years opened at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh last week.
THE MARTIAN (12) 4 stars The six-strong crew of the Ares 3, led by Commander Melissa Lewis (Jessica Chastain), are gathering samples on Mars when sensors pick up an approaching storm. Lewis gives the order to evacuate and, during the trek back to the ship, botanist Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is hit by flying debris.
Russell Crowe has a reputation for being tricky in interviews, but the actor appears in good spirits today.
In 1973, Martin Cooper, of Motorola, made the first handheld mobile phone call in New York City in a celebration of cutting edge technology. Halfway around the world, another first was taking place, but it bore a strong traditional Scottish flavour.
Claire Paul is a member of STACK Collective, an Aberdeen-based art collective who are displaying their work at Spectra, Aberdeen’s Festival of Light.
We've all heard of Peter Pan, Captain Hook and Neverland from J.M. Barrie's novel, but movie director Joe Wright has decided it's time to completely reframe the story, and explore the origins of Peter and his companions.
When does your weekend start? I don’t really have weekends with this job. That’s not to say I don’t get drunk and have fun. I do. But on weekends I’m normally gigging until about 11pm, so sometimes I want to get drunk, and other times I want to go to bed. But on tour I also have lots of midweek gigs, so it’s the same thing. I’ll accidentally get drunk on a Wednesday if the audience are particularly fun.
Soon after Jada Pinkett Smith announced she was boycotting this year’s Oscars because of the lack of diversity among the nominees, her husband Will Smith (along with director Spike Lee) followed suit.
Since Aberdeenshire novelist Lewis Grassic Gibbon wrote Sunset Song in 1932, people have been raving about his book, which is regarded widely as one of the most important Scottish novels of the 20th century.
ROOM (15) 5 stars Home is where the broken hearts are. In Lenny Abrahamson’s riveting drama, based on the book of the same name by Emma Donoghue, a twentysomething mother and her child are imprisoned in a shed that has been their home since she was abducted at the age of 17.
GRANDMA (15) 4 stars In 1980, a group of rosy-cheeked children from St Winifred’s Roman Catholic Primary School in Stockport famously topped the UK Christmas singles chart with There’s No One Quite Like Grandma.
Ardent fans of unlikely kung fu-fighting warrior Po will happily grin and panda bear this derivative yet breathlessly energetic third instalment of the computer-animated adventure series.
Walking the red carpet in little more than a grubby polo neck, blue Y-fronts and socks-and-slippers combo is a humiliating concept for most stars.
In 45 years of writing cookery books, Mary Berry has seen many a newfangled device bid for a permanent space on her spotless worktops. But the latest one – the spiralizer – hasn’t passed the all-important Berry test.
Kate Hudson has given up on striving for perfection. Born into showbiz royalty, as the daughter of Goldie Hawn and step-daughter of Kurt Russell, her life might be based in Hollywood, where a glossy megawatt veneer is the order of the day, but she insists her own outlook is firmly rooted in reality. “Some days I feel quietly confident, and other days I don’t,” explains the 36-year-old. “Certain days I feel like, ’Wow I’ve come so far’, and I feel really open. And other days I feel like, ’Should I have done that? Should I do this? I don’t know...’. “It’s life, isn’t it?” she reasons. “We’re always trying to figure it out.” Clearly it’s a subject Hudson, whose biological father is the musician Bill Hudson, has been thinking about a lot recently.
Self-proclaimed ‘absolute lad’ Joe Lycett, recently announced as the new host of the Radio 4 panel show It’s Not What You Know?, is back with a new stand-up show which visits Aberdeen next week
The Cult’s Ian Astbury has been singing the praises of getting grounded and reconnecting with simple values for eons. After 33 years in the music business, he explains how the masses are finally starting to agree.
Next week, Michael McIntyre will head to Aberdeen to do what he does best: stand-up comedy.
ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL (12 4 stars At the behest of his parents (Connie Britton, Nick Offerman), socially awkward high-school student Greg Gaines (Thomas Mann) visits estranged childhood friend Rachel (Olivia Cooke), who has been diagnosed with leukaemia.
THE HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY – PART 2 (12A) 4 stars At a critical juncture in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, Woody Harrelson’s grizzled mentor Haymitch Abernathy pays tribute to his battle-scarred protegee, Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence).
She may have made her mark anchoring the BBC News, but Sophie Raworth has proved she’s no one-trick pony. From presenting and co-presenting TV shows to making film cameos and storming marathons, the 47-year-old is a tour de force – and she wouldn’t have it any other way.
Kate Beckinsale only joined social media a few weeks ago - but she's already made quite an impression.
LEGEND (18) 3 stars On the mean streets of London, Reggie Kray (Tom Hardy) and identical twin Ronnie (Hardy again) continue a brutal turf war with Charlie Richardson (Paul Bettany) and remain one step ahead of Detective Superintendent Leonard “Nipper” Read (Christopher Eccleston).
It’s his eighth movie and Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight is already getting people talking. Kurt Russell and Tim Roth talk to YL about stage fright, Stockholm Syndrome and whether the violence really is that shocking