Going out or staying in this weekend?

Whether out on the town, or snuggled up indoors, here are our top picks for making the most of your down time.   CINEMA Bad Moms Revealing the truth behind the perfect mother, Mila Kunis turns parenting on its head. Fed up of being the ideal mother, with a perfect marriage and home, she lets... Read Full Story

Book Review: The Hidden Life Of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate – Discoveries From A Secret World by Peter Wohlleben

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Wohlleben is a forester who’s been working on more sustainable and harmonious ways of managing woodland, especially beech forests, and is keen to share the insights thus gleaned. The key from which much here follows is thinking of forests not as a collection of trees engaged in all-out competition for sunlight and water, but as... Read Full Story

Information watchdog urges businesses to build ‘culture of confidence’

Businesses have been urged to build a culture of confidence regarding data

Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham has called for businesses to be more honest with consumers and “lead the way” in building “a culture of data confidence” in the UK. The “impetus” is on businesses to understand the risks of personal data and ensure information is “kept safe from the bad guys”, Ms Denham said in her... Read Full Story

Design your wedding invites the write way

Laura Elizabeth Patrick, 32, creates bespoke calligraphy for brides who want to add that special touch to their big day. Her style is reminiscent of times gone by and she can design bespoke stationery to suit your theme. Why have you chosen to work in a creative field? I’ve always been a creative sort. As... Read Full Story

Visit something different this weekend – a knitting festival

Drop everything – apart from a stitch – and visit the first Inverness Loch Ness International Knitting Festival For the next few days, Eden Court in Inverness will be the centre of an event that’s guaranteed to have visitors in stitches – an international knitting festival. Known as the Loch Ness Knit Fest 2016, it... Read Full Story

VIDEO: Stunning drone footage reveals why this Moray coastline is a must-see


This stunning aerial footage gives a new perspective on off of Moray’s best loved beauty spots. The video captures the very best of Findhorn, on the Moray coast, from a bird’s eye view. Filmed by Andy Innes, a local aerial photographer, and shared on social media, the incredible scenes have attracted more than 25,000 views.... Read Full Story

The Iona Fyfe Band

Eighteen-year-old Iona Fyfe, from Huntly in Aberdeenshire, classes herself as a traditional folk artist. She is moving her way up the folk music scene after studying Scots song and traditional music at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. During her last year, she was awarded a classical voice scholarship at the north-east of Scotland music school... Read Full Story

Book Review: The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway by Ben Mezrich

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The 37th Parallel: The Secret Truth Behind America’s UFO Highway tells the real-life story of UFO buff Chuck Zukowski as he tenaciously investigates paranormal happenings along a 3,000-mile highway through the centre of the USA. Chuck wants us to believe, but his sceptical wife, who he drags along for the ride, provides an interesting counterpoint... Read Full Story

The car which was owned by a World War II pilot


There are few people who have the privilege of driving a car formerly owned by a World War II pilot, who battled against Luftwaffe bombers in a Spitfire. Retired solicitor Chris Silver who lives on the Black Isle believes it is an honour to own the 1966 MGB-GT which he brought from wing commander and... Read Full Story

BlackBerry stops designing its own smartphones

A BlackBerry smartphone

Embattled mobile phone firm BlackBerry revealed it will stop designing smartphones in-house as it posted more losses and plunging sales. The Canadian firm said it will outsource hardware development to partners and focus instead on software. It comes after the group – once a ma rket leader – has lost out to smartphone rivals Apple... Read Full Story

Norvite keep countrywear cool

Through its farm and country stores, Norvite has become recognised as a leading agricultural, equestrian and rural retailer across Aberdeenshire over the past 11 years. It has manufactured specialist animal feeds and supplements for some 43 years and the company holds a Royal Warrant from the Queen. Accustomed to supplying pet and horse requirements directly... Read Full Story

Check out this Ferrari with a famous past

When Gary Dean gets behind the wheel of his Ferrari he wonders how many famous people have sat in the very same spot, before accelerating from 0-60 in five seconds. For the father of two’s pride and joy is not just any Ferrari, the Testarossa was formerly owned by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. The... Read Full Story

Drone fly-by closes Dubai’s busy airport

Drones have previously disrupted flights into Dubai airport, which is the base of long-haul carrier Emirates (AP)

Dubai International Airport had to close for half an hour after a drone flew by its airspace. Airport officials said flight operations were halted just after 8am local time on Wednesday over “unauthorised drone activity”. It said a number of take-offs and landings were delayed by the incident. It added on Twitter: “Safety is our... Read Full Story

Book Review: Undertow by Elizabeth Heathcote

Book Review

With a background in writing and editing magazines and newspapers, Eliabeth Heathcote has now turned her hand to novels, in the form of Undertow. The dark thriller follows freelance journalist Carmen as she begins to question whether the death of her husband’s former lover really was a tragic accident. Throughout the book, the author toys... Read Full Story

Would you pay £850k to own a third of this stunning Highland estate?


For offers over £850,000, you could own a third of this spectacular Highland estate, known for its superb fishings. Gualin lies around 100 miles north west of Inverness in what is a designated National Scenic Area, in the utterly unspoilt and dramatic surroundings of Sutherland. Home to some of the very best fishing in Scotland, this... Read Full Story