Family fun day to go ahead this Halloween in Hazlehead Park

Foreground: Maisie Brebner (8) from Airyhall Primary

Back row l-r: Monica Canale (13) from St Margaret’s School for girls, Freya Shaw (13) from Robert Gordon’s Academy, Donald Shaw – Friends of Hazlehead chairman, Mairi Christie (13) Grammar School, Peter Best - Dandara's sales manager in Aberdeen and Ken Brebner - Friends of Hazlehead member

Front row l-r: Conrad Shaw (4) from Mile End nursery, Hannah Shaw (5) from Mile End Primary, Fergus Shaw (5) from Mile End Primary, Oliver Brebner (10) from Airyhall Primary, Lucas Pilichos (6) from Hazlehead Primary and Lauren Taylor (6) from Hazlehead Primary

Witches, ghosts and cheeky devils will be running around an Aberdeen park this month as part of a family fun day. More than 170 school children aged between four and 15 have registered to run a variety of distances from a 600-metre fun run to a 5K run at Hazlehead Park on Halloween. The fun... Read Full Story

DVD reviews: Insidious: Chapter 3 & San Andreas

Stefanie Scott as Quinn Brenner in Insidious: Chapter 3

INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 (15) 3 stars Grief-stricken 17-year-old Quinn Brenner (Stefanie Scott) reaches out to gifted psychic Elise Rainier (Lin Shaye) following the death of her mother (Ele Keats) from cancer. “If you call out to the dead, all of them can hear you,” warns Elise. Soon after, Quinn is involved in an accident and... Read Full Story

Book Review: The Evolution Of Everything by Matt Ridley

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Hardback by Fourth Estate, £20 (ebook £14.99) Evolution is not just confined to the species; according to Matt Ridley’s account, it is happening all around us. Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist, likes turning conventional wisdom on its head and in this book argues that top-down control is never as effective as bottoms up, evolving... Read Full Story

No mystery behind Sherlocks’ success


South-Yorkshire indie-rockers The Sherlocks are set to play their first gig in Aberdeen. The up-and-coming band of brothers will play a headline show at The Tunnels on Saturday, October 17, as part of a three-date tour of Scotland. Their visit is only three weeks before the release of their new single, Heart of Gold, on... Read Full Story

My Weekend: Bruce Foxton


When does your weekend start? When we get a couple of days off from being on the road. Perfect night in Remote control in my hand and either Lost or Breaking Bad on the TV. Perfect night out An evening out on my boat at sunset or upriver inland near Arundel Castle. Ideal weekend partner?... Read Full Story

Geocach it if you can


Glen Tanar and the Royal Deeside area have been popular with tourists for decades, but now they’re enjoying visits from a new breed of tourist – treasure seeking geocachers. Glen Tanar’s Old Pines Trail has been a popular route for walkers for many years. but now it and the estate have become part of a... Read Full Story

Q&A: Moira Gash


We speak to Moira Gash, of Visit Royal Deeside, to find out more about this month’s Food and Fiddle Fortnight   WHAT IS THE FESTIVAL ALL ABOUT? Food and Fiddle Fortnight is a two-week celebration of food and music which takes place in Royal Deeside until Sunday, October 18. It brings together local food producers,... Read Full Story

Real-life Action Man drops into eden court


With a life that reads like a story from a boys’ adventure book, wildlife explorer Steve Backshall’s talk promises to bring out your adventurous side, writes Susan Welsh   If the toy, Action Man, was real, there’s a good chance he’d be very similar to Steve Backshall, for he’s lived a life packed full of... Read Full Story

Cinema reviews: Sicario & The Walk

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SICARIO (15) 4 stars French-Canadian filmmaker Denis Villeneuve made an impressive English-language debut in 2013 with the nihilistic thriller Prisoners starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal. Before he takes charge of the sequel to Blade Runner, the talented director dazzles with this edge-of-seat assault on unbitten nails, glimpsing America’s war on drugs through the eyes... Read Full Story

Two Years, Eight Months And Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie

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Hardback by Jonathan Cape, £18.99 (ebook £7.50). Mischievous, malevolent jinn (genies) interfere with the human world in Salman Rushdie’s latest novel, which combines a recognisable near- future with the magical world of Arabian mythology. The plot follows this ‘war between worlds’, fuelled by a fictional, centuries-long disagreement between genuine historical Muslim philosophers Ghazali and Ibn... Read Full Story

Medics ‘using own smartphones to share patient details’

Doctors and nurses have admitted they use apps, text messages and picture messaging to share clinical information about patients among colleagues

Doctors are putting patients at risk by using their own smartphones to share potentially confidential details, including photos, a study has found. Medics use apps, text messages and picture messaging to share clinical information about patients, with some forgetting to delete the details afterwards. Experts behind the study said the “lack of data encryption and... Read Full Story

O2 launches digital makeovers to address ‘alarming’ north-south tech divide

Firms will be offered a digital makeover, while grants will be given to young people to gain workplace experience

Communications giant O2 is launching a scheme to promote the digital economy in the north. The move aims to address an “alarming” north-south digital divide after a report revealed that out of almost 800,000 new digital jobs set to be created in the next few years, half will be in London and the South East.... Read Full Story

Sweet tipples

A wine or spirit paired with chocolate paves the way for some pure, unadulterated indulgence...

Why not take the cocoa challenge and double your pleasure with a wine or spirit to pair with a little something from your favourite chocolatier? After all, both treats can be fine, rich and distinctive, and wines that combine density and richness will taste twice as nice, not to mention a chocolate martini with a... Read Full Story

Man hijacked webcams to spy on people having sex

Stefan Rigo was given a 40-week suspended prison sentence by magistrates in Leeds

A cyber criminal hijacked computers to spy on people having sex through their webcams, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. Stefan Rigo, 33, used malware called Blackshades to give him control over strangers’ cameras and spent five to 12 hours a day watching what they were doing in front of their computers. The NCA... Read Full Story

Lifestyle: Kate Moss tries a new kind of fashion

Kate Moss with John Hitchcox, chairman of Yoo

Supermodel Kate Moss has shown there’s more to her than just a pretty face. She’s taken her first foray into the world of interior design with The Barnhouse, a luxury second homes development, The Lakes by yoo in the Cotswolds. Set within its own secluded one-acre plot of private woodland, the new five-bedroom home which... Read Full Story