Andrew Youngson

I am a features writer for the Press and Journal, covering entertainment, recruitment and lifestyle
News

Industry view: Retail sector looks to the future

January 13, 2015

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.

Lifestyle

‘SCOTTISH MOUNTAINS CAN KILL YOU’

January 10, 2015

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?

Entertainment

P&J interviews 2014: The cutting room floor

December 25, 2014

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.

Theatre

CLASSIC BALLET IS A CRACKER

December 18, 2014

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

Theatre

BLYTHE DUFF Q&A

December 11, 2014

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

Music

ROLLING BACK THE YEARS

December 11, 2014

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

News

Landmark framework agreement

December 8, 2014

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.

Music

LISA MILNE

December 5, 2014

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

Theatre

From comedian to west-end star

December 4, 2014

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

News

Industry view: Keep on taking the tablets

December 2, 2014

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.

Moray

VIDEO: Meet the woman who can’t stop fainting

November 29, 2014

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

News

Sensory awakening

November 28, 2014

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.

Theatre

BEAUTY OF A SHOW

November 27, 2014

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

Music

PETER GABRIEL Q&A

November 20, 2014

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

Entertainment

FUNNYMAN MEANS NO OFFENCE

November 20, 2014

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

News

Industry view: Challenging the status quo

November 18, 2014

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.

Travel

Taste of the north

November 17, 2014

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

News

Industry view: Building up career prospects

November 4, 2014

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.

Entertainment

CHASING THE UNBELIEVABLE

November 1, 2014

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?

News

Contractors on course

October 30, 2014

The Offshore Contractors Association’s annual golf day this month saw services company Pyeroy Group Ltd triumph at Aboyne Golf Club.

Music

This musical will rock you

October 30, 2014

Finding her inner rock chick has helped Cordelia Farnworth show the entertainment industry who’s boss, writes Andrew Youngson

News

Industry view: Embrace the change

October 29, 2014

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.

News

Events for next generation of engineers

October 28, 2014

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.

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