Black Friday, the Christmas rush, Boxing Day sales. You could be forgiven for believing the retail world looks forward to January for a well-earned break from the frenetic pace of the last quarter of the year. In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. The challenge for all involved in and around the industry is to build on the success of 2014.
Last weekend, five people had a lucky escape after being swept nearly 1,000ft down Ben Nevis by a human-triggered avalanche. Stories like this are still common during the Scottish winter, giving rise to the question: What more can be done to make winter accidents and fatalities in the mountains a thing of the past?
Get ready for Aberdeen’s packed 2015 programme of sights and sounds. Andrew Youngson reports
Each week, The Press and Journal's Your Weekend supplement features words direct from the mouths of the actors, comedians and artists who bring the cultural scene of the north to life. Sometimes weird but always wonderful, our interviewees are a joy to chat to, but sometimes they can go on a bit.
The north-east is renowned as a significant contributor to innovation in the global energy sector.
Poppy the cat tottered jerkily through her Aberdeen flat as the P&J photographer and I lay in wait to capture her on camera.
Performing in beautiful classical productions one minute, then in stunning contemporary pieces the next, Andrew Peasgood has never been happier with the variety of dancing with Scottish Ballet, writes Andrew Youngson
The population of the Ghanaian city of Takoradi is increasing fast, doubling in the last 10 years. People have moved to the western regions of the country hoping to gain employment in the emerging energy industry.
Glasgow’s Merchant City is the ideal hub for a glamorous weekend, writes Andrew Youngson
Before she joins the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (RSNO) to take the reigns as narrator for their Christmas Concert performance of The Snowman, actress of stage and screen, Blythe Duff, takes time out to talk about her Christmastime, and what 2014 has brought her
Jersey Boys brings the music for the generations singing into the future. Andrew Youngson catches up with the cast ahead of their appearance in Aberdeen this spring
Denholm Valvecare Ltd, the Aberdeen-based valve company at the heart of Denholm Oilfield Services Division, has been awarded a landmark framework agreement to service two sites for the Scottish Energy giant SSE at Aldborough and Hornsea.
Ahead of her concert with the Aberdeen Choral Society on December 16, soprano Lisa Milne, 43, tells Andrew Youngson why she likes nothing more than to perform in her home city
From finally getting to visit Aberdeen’s Maritime Museum, to treading the boards as a Broadway producer, Jason Manford’s forthcoming tour is a dream come true, writes Andrew Youngson
Demand for tablet devices in the harsh environment of the offshore oil and gas industry has rocketed in 2014. Companies are turning to tablets to enhance operational performance, streamline processes and deliver better services to clients.
When even a simple walk outside can result in fainting, the world can seem a dangerous place. But for one Moray woman who can collapse up to three times a day, it is now just a horrible fact of life
When she attended a Nia fitness class in her native USA 13 years ago, little did Cathy Ferris realise that she would one day be teaching the sensory-based movement practice in Aberdeen one day.
For Aberdeen’s favourite panto performers, getting the formula right is all about getting your story straight. Andrew Youngson catches up with the cast and director before Beauty and the Beast bounces on to the stage
Peter Gabriel visits Aberdeen next week with his Back to Front Tour which features some of his greatest hits, including Sledgehammer. Andrew Youngson catches up with the musician and activist
For Daniel Sloss, taking offence to stand up comedy is like hearing a story out of context. Andrew Youngson speaks to the Scottish comedian ahead of his Inverness and Aberdeen gigs this weekend
We often think of the term “transferable skills” as meaning “soft skills”, the kind of life knowledge we gain not through, but alongside our specialist activities – those which are of additional value in the workplace.
As a base for exploring the north-west Highlands, you couldn’t ask for more in terms of beauty or comfort than the spectacular Treetop House
From budding TV showman to fully fledged board-treader, Brian Conley has ever been on a high wire to theatrical greatness, writes Andrew Youngson
To some, oil and gas is where it’s at in Aberdeen – the only sector to aspire to work in. But the energy sector has created a unique environment in the city and beyond, in which a multitude of sectors can flourish and provide dynamic career paths with exponential opportunities.
Sixty years ago this week, a football match in Florence was halted when UFOs were spotted overhead. But not long after, and a lot closer to home, the sky in north-east Scotland was just as busy, raising the question – are we alone?
We live in a consumer society. We consume, in vast amounts, everything from junk food to clothes, household niceties to too many pairs of shoes.
A north-east businesswoman has been recognised with a national award for her part in an Aberdeen company’s continued success.
The Offshore Contractors Association’s annual golf day this month saw services company Pyeroy Group Ltd triumph at Aboyne Golf Club.
Finding her inner rock chick has helped Cordelia Farnworth show the entertainment industry who’s boss, writes Andrew Youngson
Innovation and technology have always been used to drive efficiency in the oil and gas industry – from finding new ways to unlock complex oil reserves, to improving the health and safety of personnel.
An organisation which aims to promote engineering as a career choice, particularly among people from under-represented groups, is to host two events in Aberdeen.