Style with the personal touch

Alison Buchan has owned and run her clothing shop, Tuleni, since 1991

HOW DID TULENI START OUT? It was just after the birth of my son, he was a year old. I just wanted to do something a bit different, so the shop started off in Whitehills, in May 1991. We moved the shop here, to Banff, over 10 years ago, in January 2006. WHERE DID YOU... Read Full Story

Twitter gives users more leeway with their 140 characters

Twitter is adapting to give users more space to express their views

Twitter users will be given extra room to rant, rave and reach out after bosses announced changes to its signature 140-character limit amid efforts to compete with its rivals. The site has confirmed much-mooted plans to stop attachments and links from contributing to its strict total as part of the overhaul. Twitter said the simplified... Read Full Story

Google search: Paris office raided in ‘tax fraud and money laundering’ probe

Google's Paris office was raided

Google’s Paris office has been raided by French police as part of an investigation into tax fraud and money laundering. It is reported that 100 investigators entered the US internet giant’s office in a dawn raid as Google stands accused of “aggravated tax fraud”. It comes as the firm faces mounting pressure over its tax... Read Full Story

Appeal launched to find new home for adorable Shetland pony and foal

Missouri with foal Jefferson

A Scottish animal welfare charity have launched a special appeal to help find a new home for a Shetland pony and her foal. Staff at the Scottish SPCA’s centre in Drumoak are caring for three year old Missouri and her six week old son Jefferson and want to find the pair a home together. Centre... Read Full Story

North-east charities to reap benefits of beer festival

Shelley Paton serving at the inaugural Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven's Baird Park. Picture by Kevin Emslie

Three north-east charities will be saying cheers to thousands of ale lovers after an annual beer festival next month. The Midsummer Beer Happening will be held in Stonehaven’s Baird Park on June 16-18. Each year, organisers nominate three charities to benefit from the hugely popular event – with this year’s being unveiled as Stonehaven Sea... Read Full Story

I like having a goal

She’s in her 40s, juggling a
hectic work and family life, but newsreader and Chelsea Flower Show host Sophie Raworth has no complaints

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. “It’s nice to have a lot of different... Read Full Story

The magic of Madeira

Madeira

Affectionately nicknamed the Floating Garden, Madeira is a flower-filled paradise with vibrant bougainvillea, poinsettias and lilac jacaranda trees dominating the landscape of this beautiful island retreat. Situated in the North Atlantic Ocean, Madeira is an autonomous region of Portugal and is a classic holiday destination for lovers of elegance, old world charm and breath-taking scenery... Read Full Story

Debit cards ‘set to overtake cash as most-used payment by 2021’

Debit card payments, including contactless payments, are on the rise

Debit cards are set to overtake cash to be the UK’s most frequently-used payment method by 2021, according to a payments industry trade association. Payments UK said card use is being boosted by the rising popularity of contactless “tap and go” payments, with mobile payment services such as Apple Pay and Android Pay also providing... Read Full Story

Book review: The Brilliant & Forever by Kevin MacNeil

Book review

Welcome to The Brilliant & Forever – a unique literary festival for a unique Scottish island. This new novel by award-winning author, Kevin MacNeil, takes us to a surreal world where people live alongside talking alpacas, albeit uneasily. The plot revolves around three island friends – two human, one alpaca (called Archie, since you ask)... Read Full Story

Book review: The Last of Us by Rob Ewing

Book review

You know the phrase, stick to your day job? Well I am so glad that Rob Ewing didn’t follow that way of thinking. Although a practising GP living in Edinburgh, Ewing also spends his time writing and while living on Barra in the Western Isles, he was inspired to write the stunning and interesting novel,... Read Full Story

Tourism ‘booming’ after visitors head to UK in record numbers

Tourists take photos from the external terrace at the Sky Garden in central London

Visits to the UK by overseas tourists increased by 5.1% last year, according to official figures. Foreign residents made 36.1 million visits to the UK in 2015, which is the highest number since the international passenger survey began in 1961, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said. Earnings from the visits also reached a record... Read Full Story

Sunshine in Sorrento – exploring the Bay of Naples

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A Press & Journal Travel favourite, Sorrento has proven to be one of the most popular Italian destinations for a number of years. We take a look at some of the highlights of this beautiful region. Pompeii & Vesuvius Once a thriving city, the victim of a major eruption from Mt. Vesuvius, Pompeii is now... Read Full Story

Contactless card spending tops £1.5bn in month for first time

There are around 86.5 million contactless cards in issue in the UK, including debit and credit cards

Contactless card spending has topped £1.5 billion in the space of a month for the first time, according to an industry trade body. The UK Cards Association said contactless payments totalled a record £1.508 billion in March. The milestone was reached just four months after contactless spending reached £1 billion for the first time in... Read Full Story