A whole lotta love… and more

It’s not every day you get to meet one of your heroes but for John Gotts, head chef at the Thistle Inverness hotel, it was once a regular occurrence. During his 22-year career he’s cooked for the likes of Sylvester Stallone, Natalie Imbruglia and Dolph Lundgren, but it was while working at a restaurant in... Read Full Story

Ever wondered what a day in the life of a GP is like?

Rachael Crawford at Durness

Rachael Crawford is a 29 year old general practitioner for NHS Highland. Here a day in her life.   My morning I usually wake before 7am and leave the house just after 8am depending on where I am working that day. I work for NHS Highland as a rural fellow through a scheme promoted by... Read Full Story

In pictures: Check out these collections from Fashionista in Oldmeldrum

Set in the heart of Oldmeldrum in Aberdeenshire, this cosmopolitan-themed boutique has everything a fashionista could wish for. Spanish, German, Italian, Danish and last but not least British fashion, all in sizes 8-22. On trend collections fill the rails in a myriad colours, textures and structures to suit one’s individual style. Accessories such as wonderful... Read Full Story

Cornerstone charity raises almost £40,000 at fundraising dinner

The dinner was held at Ardoe House Hotel

Scottish social care charity Cornerstone raised more than £36,000 at its 12th annual dinner at the Ardoe House Hotel. The event, sponsored by BP, CNR International and Petrofac, Cornerstone’s Quality of Life programme, which helps people with disabilities and additional support needs. About 200 people enjoyed entertainment from the topical musical comedy duo Vic Rodrick... Read Full Story

Hot home with golf course to swing you

When asked what the best thing about his home, Auchendean Lodge near Dulnain Bridge, Grantown is, owner Ian Kirk said without hesitation: “Location, location, location – that saying sums it up perfectly as it is absolutely superb.” Set within the Cairngorms National Park and with fabulous views across the Rivers Spey and Dulnain, the Cromdale... Read Full Story

Aspiring Aberdeen actress to star on London West End stage

Serena Masson

An aspiring north-east actress will be given the chance to make her debut on the West End stage this summer, after being accepted into a leading theatre summer school. Serena Masson, 17, will travel to London, where she will join other up and coming talents taking part in a new performance of the much-loved musical,... Read Full Story

Major coupé for Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the Concept GLC Coupé, a near-production-standard study that carries the successful GLE Coupé formula over into a more compact segment. The company said in a press release that the dynamically expressive show car combines typical stylistic features of a coupé with the sensually pure design idiom of coming SUV generations. This appealing... Read Full Story

Revealed: The 50 most boring things in the UK

Fifty Shades Of Grey

Erotic romance story Fifty Shades of Grey has been dubbed as one of the most boring things about modern life in Britain. According to a new survey, the best-selling novel and motion picture is considered to “bore Brits to tears” alongside political broadcasts and train delays. The study which quizzed 2,000 adults about what causes them... Read Full Story

Google in ‘digital journalism’ deal

Google has announced a partnership with news organisations aimed at developing digital journalism

Google is to invest 150 million euros (£107 million) over the next three years as part of an agreement with European news publishers which aims to support the journalism industry. The Digital News Initiative, which was formally unveiled at the FT Media Conference in London, sees the technology giant joining with eight European news publishers,... Read Full Story

Aberdeen Cyrenians receives two £18,000 donations

The money will go towards the charity's street alternatives project, which provides meals, showers and laundry services to homeless people

A homeless charity has been awarded two large donations to help fund its services. Aberdeen Cyrenians received £18,000 from oil company Chevron Upstream Europe and £18,170 from law firm Raeburn Christie Clark and Wallace. The wives of the chief executives of Chevron based in London and the United States travelled to Aberdeen yesterday morning to... Read Full Story

Getting under the skin of sarcoidosis

It’s been Sarcoidosis Awareness Month, but have you even heard of it? We put this little-known condition in the spotlight   Many of us will notice little red bumps on our skin from time to time. Thankfully, they’re usually completely harmless and nothing to worry about, and will probably go away on their own, eventually. But... Read Full Story

Book Review: Based On A True Story by Elizabeth Renzetti

Published in paperback by Corvus, £7.99 (ebook £2.99) When Frances left California to become a hard-hitting newspaper journalist in London, she had no idea that redundancy lay ahead of her. Penniless, jobless and hungry, she starts to lose hope, until an old interviewee offers her an opportunity that she cannot (financially) turn down. That interviewee is... Read Full Story

This Aberdeenshire steading conversion offers something a little different

Edindurno exterior

Steading conversions are quite a common type of property to see on the market these days, but I visited one recently that really does stand out from the crowd. Edindurno in Whitehouse, near Alford, is a stunning, charming, contemporary, traditional five-bedroom steading which is unbelievably impressive inside and out. On the day that I visited... Read Full Story

Apple boosted by 61m iPhone sales

The company's continued surge in China meant 61 million Apple smartphones were sold (AP)

Apple has announced more strong financial results, with the firm selling more than 60 million iPhones in the first three months of the year. The company’s continued surge in China meant 61 million Apple smartphones were sold, contributing to a revenue of 58 billion US dollars (£38 billion), and net profit of 13.6 billion dollars... Read Full Story

Apple boosted by 61m iPhone sales

The latest Apple results were the most posted by any company in a single quarter yet

Apple has announced more strong financial results, with the firm selling more than 60 million iPhones in the first three months of the year. The company’s continued surge in China meant 61 million Apple smartphones were sold, contributing to a revenue of 58 billion US dollars (£38 billion), and net profit of 13.6 billion dollars... Read Full Story