Mother’s Day treat: Win a luxurious escape to Edinburgh

The stunning 21212 restaurant, in the heart of Edinburgh

The Press and Journal has teamed up with 21212 and Edinburgh Gin to offer lucky readers a fantastic one-night stay for two complete with five-course dinner, matching wines and champagne 21212, Edinburgh’s only Michelin restaurant with rooms, is an exquisite Georgian townhouse which is ideally located in Edinburgh’s city centre. They have four beautifully appointed… Read Full Story

Council take legal action to remove travellers from Aberdeen park

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Aberdeen City Council is taking legal action to remove a group of travellers who set up camp near the entrance to Hazlehead Park. Residents said yesterday they have been left frustrated and concerned for their safety by the continued presence of the unauthorised encampment. A spokeswoman for the council said: “The council’s traveller liaison officer… Read Full Story

Photo Diary: Befriend a Child’s 40th Anniversary Big Kids Ball

What: Befriend a Child’s 40th Anniversary Big Kids Ball. Where: Mercure Ardoe House Hotel. Who: More than 200 supporters from the local business community in Aberdeen were in attendance including event sponsors; AVC Media, 80:20 and The Ardoe. Why: The event was held to raise vital funds to provide a 1:1 befriending service for more… Read Full Story

8 things you didn’t know about Maserati

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Here are 8 things you didn’t know about Maserati:   M – Mistral The Maserati Mistral was introduced in 1963 and was the first model to take on Maserati’s new strategy of naming its models after winds. The Mistral wind is a cold northerly wind in the south of France.  A – A6 1500 The… Read Full Story

6 adorable pictures of pets sent in by our readers

Meeko the Pomeranian lives with Melissa in Dyce.

Would you like the chance to win a wonderful personalised pet canvas? Well, just send your hi-res pet images to pets@ajl.co.uk with your pet’s name, your own name and address. Each week we will select a winning photograph and the lucky owner will receive a personalised 20″ x 18″ montage canvas of their pet’s best… Read Full Story

Photo Diary: The Great Granite Cook-Off

What: The Great Granite Cook-Off hosted by Junior Chamber International (JCI) Aberdeen. Where: The Norwood Hall Hotel. Who: The popular annual event was attended by 110 guests including JCI Aberdeen Patrons and members of the Board of Inspire. Why: This was the final event by JCI Aberdeen to raise money for their 2014 charity Inspire… Read Full Story

Net snoops ‘won’t snare terrorists’

Apple boss Tim Cook says privacy is a basic human right and data snooping will not stop terrorists

The head of technology giant Apple has said privacy is a “basic human right” and no government or private company should be able to access personal information. Tim Cook, CEO of the US firm, also said invading people’s privacy would not solve the issue of terrorism and would punish the “99.999% of people who are… Read Full Story

Jersey Boys

Jersey Boys

The internationally acclaimed stage sensation Jersey Boys heads for Aberdeen on Tuesday for a two-week stint during its first UK tour. This smash-hit musical, which will be performed at HM Theatre, has won 55 major awards worldwide, including the Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Jersey Boys tells the true life story of Frankie Valli… Read Full Story

Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock dies at 83

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Leonard Nimoy, who was loved by millions in his role as Mr Spock in the television series, Star Trek, has died at his home in Los Angeles, aged 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy, who appeared in Star Trek from 1966-1969, was loved… Read Full Story

In pictures: Behind the scenes at Toyota’s Motomachi plant in Tokyo City

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Toyota ushered in a new era in vehicle technology last November with the launch of production of its Mirai hydrogen fuel cell-powered saloon. The factory chosen for the task is the Motomachi plant in Toyota City, home to many landmark models, most recently the Lexus LFA supercar. The small but dedicated facility is charged with… Read Full Story

Ford Focus ST is the hatch of the day

2015 Ford Focus ST hatchback and Wagon

The hooligan of the hot hatch brigade is back, and badder than ever. Sharper styling, better interior design and a popular new colour are the main highlights of Ford’s updated, but still completely rabid, basket-case of a hatchback, the Focus ST. The ancient and tiny single-colour main screen – though it barely deserved the title… Read Full Story

Plaster and faster

Newly plastered walls and ceilings look great, but painting them can throw up problems. Julia Gray is here to help   Before painting newly plastered walls and ceilings, you first need to seal the plaster. New plaster is very absorbent, and although there are paints and sealers designed for it, a common way to seal… Read Full Story

Two become one with nature

Two of Scotland’s prestigious nature festivals are uniting for the first time to showcase more than 150 family friendly events which will take place in the south of Scotland between April and June, 2015. The Dumfries and Galloway Wild Spring Festival, which is Scotland’s largest and longest-running wildlife festival, has joined forces with the Scottish… Read Full Story