Super cute pictures of pets sent in by our readers

Daisy Wood on holiday in Achiltibuie near Ullapool. Daisy lives with Alice Wood in Inverness.

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: Deveronvale FC Sportsman’s Dinner

Jeff Winter, Ray Parlour  and Dougie Thomson at the Deveronvale FC 
Sportsman's Dinner

What: Deveronvale FC Sportsman’s Dinner. Where: The Marriott Hotel, Dyce, Aberdeen. Who: Around 260 people attended from various companies and local clubs. They were entertained by guest speakers Ray Parlour, the former Arsenal footballer, and ex-referee Jeff Winter, along with compère Dave Galloway, of Northsound 1. Why: The night was held to raise funds for... Read Full Story

Book Review: The Digestive Health Solution by Benjamin Brown

Paperback by Exisle, £14.95 One in four people suffers from digestive issues which can lead to other problems such as fatigue and anxiety. For sufferers of abdominal pain, bloating, discomfort and erratic bowel movement, this book should prove useful. The Digestive Health Solution is the only book of its kind to offer well-researched, evidence-based natural... Read Full Story

Snow White On Ice

Fairy dust and magic will be sprinkled around Eden Court Theatre in Inverness next week, as the stage is transformed into a winter wonderland. The world-famous Russian Ice Stars are set to make a welcome return to the theatre, this time to present their dazzling version of one of the best-loved fairytales of all time,... Read Full Story

Aberdeenshire rider chases the ultimate dream

We catch up with biker Darren Ross as another riding season gets under way. Hi, Darren. So how did last season go? Last season started off well with the new bike. I had a few days testing in Spain prior to the first race meeting, which gave me confidence going into the first round at... Read Full Story

Computer games collection on show

The event will feature old favourites as well as modern classics

The world’s largest collection of playable computer games has gone on display covering five decades of gaming technology. Game On 2.0 will take fans on a gaming journey from retro consoles and arcade games to the very latest developments in virtual reality. Running at Newcastle’s Life Science Centre and organised by the Barbican, it will... Read Full Story

Aberdeen Artists Society

A piece by local artist Martin Stevenson

Art in all shapes and sizes is on display in Aberdeen as one of the main events in Scotland’s arts calendar takes place in a new location. Aberdeen Artists Society (AAS) has upped sticks and moved its renowned annual exhibition from the city’s temporarily closed art gallery to a new arts space at Aberdeen Royal... Read Full Story

14 black and white photos show Banchory in years gone by

Banchory in 1972

It was hailed one of the best places to live in the countryside thanks to its idyllic settings and charming character. As voted by a London newspaper, Banchory was dubbed one of the UK’s most coveted locations to live in, for those wanting a bit of peace and quiet at least. And judging by the Press... Read Full Story

DVD reviews: Big Hero 6 & Wild

BIG HERO 6 (PG) 4 stars Fourteen-year-old Hiro Hamada (voiced by Ryan Potter) idolises his older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney), who is a star pupil of Professor Robert Callaghan (James Cromwell), head of the robotics programme at San Fransokyo University. A fire on campus culminates in tragedy and shell-shocked Hiro is inconsolable until his brother’s... Read Full Story

15 handy gadgets that make wining and dining easier

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From a reusable yoghurt pot to a super-duper garlic crusher, here are 15 innovative kitchen and dining gadgets for 2015. 1. Dreamfarm’s Levoon: Scoop, scrape, level and measure with this handy set of four measuring spoons designed to make life easier in the kitchen. £9.95.   2.   Herb Scissors Three times less effort than... Read Full Story

Find out what a day in the life of an apprentice is like

Stevie Low

18 year old Stevie Low is an operations apprentice for Aberdeen Asset Management. Here is a day in her life. MY MORNING I stay at Rosehill and depending on the weather I will walk to our offices at Union Plaza, just off Union Street, or take the bus. As I’m taking driving lessons just now,... Read Full Story

This Mustang Sally is a real head-turner

2015 Ford Mustang

It’s one of the most famous name tags in motoring and still the fastest-selling car ever made. But more importantly it’s now being sold in the UK in right-hand-drive. A new Ford Mustang is news in itself, as it is one of the most iconic sports cars ever made and has a loyal following on... Read Full Story

Pedal power hat-trick for Mark

Mark Beaumont is the fastest rider to cycle the length of Africa (Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/PA)

Record-breaking cyclist Mark Beaumont has completed a rare hat-trick by becoming the fastest rider to cycle the 6,750-mile length of Africa. The 32-year-old adventurer completed the trip from Cairo to Cape Town in 42 days, beating the previous record of 59 days and eight hours set earlier this year. It marks a triple achievement for... Read Full Story

Chance to see Europe’s only private army

Blair Castle to welcome thousands for the Atholl Highlanders parade and gathering   Preparations are under way for the historic Atholl Highlanders Parade and Gathering which takes place this weekend, May 23-24, at Highland Perthshire’s Blair Castle, near Blair Atholl. The historic event, an annual gathering hosted by The Duke of Atholl, has been enjoyed... Read Full Story

Book Review: Naked At The Albert Hall – The Inside Story Of Singing by Tracey Thorn

Hardback by Virago, £16.99 (ebook £5.99) Tracey Thorn’s bestseller Bedsit Disco Queen told the story of the Everything But The Girl singer’s journey through the pop world. Topping the charts along with creative sidekick Ben Watt and the fame, if not fortune, which followed made her voice one of the most recognizable on the British music scene. But... Read Full Story