I’m not bitter, says Heather Mills

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Entrepreneur, environmentalist and campaigner Heather Mills believes she lost her reputation during her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney. She tells us how she’s turned her life around and why her daughter and skiing have made her feel like a winner again A meeting with Heather Mills feels rather like being at the centre of a whirlwind... Read Full Story

Enjoy island life with a view in Skye Window House

Skye Window House

Having enjoyed numerous holidays in the Inner Hebrides, Torsten Mansonn, who spends much of his time in England and Gothenberg, was delighted when a plot close to his favourite spot – Sleat in Skye – came up for sale. He bought the land and with the help of architect Elena Kindelan, came up with a... Read Full Story

Grill Academy a great day out


As the weather improves and we spend more time outdoors, our thoughts turn to barbecues and cooking great food to share with friends. If you are looking for some inspiration and new ideas, then why not try out a new barbecue cookery course? The Grill Academy experience at The Cowshed Cookery School in Banchory, under... Read Full Story

Guess which famous artist used to live in this Hamptons home?

Andy Warhol was a strange, shy fellow of few words who invented an image for himself so wacky that he couldn’t be ignored. His timing for his white fright wig and pop art paintings of soup cans was well timed as post Eisenhower era society was looking for something fresh with a little more wild... Read Full Story

The perfect home to suit your busy working life in Aberdeen

Bethany Gardens, Aberdeen

Working life in Aberdeen isn’t always as steady-paced as we’d like it to be. Sitting in gridlock traffic for miles during rush hour, and then struggling to find a parking space when you come home at 6pm is far from the definition of paradise. That’s why, when choosing a new home, it’s important to keep... Read Full Story

Doctor’s life-changing decision


An Aberdeen doctor was so impressed by a weight-loss programme at a private health and rejuvenation clinic in the city that she resolved to work there. And now Dr Joanna Green is seeing the benefits of the Temple Medical programme personally, having shed more than four-and-a-half stone – three stone of that on the programme.... Read Full Story

Book review: The Not-Dead And The Saved And Other Stories by Kate Clanchy

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Published by Picador Kate Clanchy won the BBC National Short Story award for the title story of her debut collection, and it typifies the themes that run through these other 15 stories: families wrestling to understand their love for each other; how we live alongside degenerative disease; the false hopes that our dreams bring. When... Read Full Story

EE offers up sub-£50 4G smartphone

The new EE Rook is the cheapest 4G phone ever in the UK

EE has launched the UK’s cheapest ever 4G smartphone; costing less than £50 and running the newest version of Google’s Android software. Called The Rook, it will cost £49 – or £39 for existing EE customers, and the telecoms giant says the aim is to give more pay-as-you-go customers access to 4G – the fastest... Read Full Story

Charities face fundraising probe

Four charities have been accused of taking money over the phone from people with Dementia, Alzheimer's Disease and memory problems.

Four of the country’s biggest charities are being investigated amid claims fundraisers contacted people on the Government’s “opt-out” database. The NSPCC, British Red Cross, Oxfam and Macmillan Cancer Support have been accused of making fundraising calls to people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), which protects them from receiving unsolicited sales or marketing calls.... Read Full Story

7 sneaky causes of weight gain

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According to research, noise pollution could be making us fatter. But why else are we struggling to lose weight? Raiding the biscuit tin has probably played a part in my total failure to achieve that must-have ‘beach body’ this year, but that’s OK – thanks to scientists in Sweden, I have the perfect excuse. You... Read Full Story

An oasis of peace


The three-hour journey from Aberdeen to Stobo Castle near Peebles was a breeze. We arrived at four o’clock, leaving us plenty of time to stretch our legs in the castle’s extensive grounds, including the spectacular Japanese gardens with its abundance of waterfalls, majestic specimen trees and rhododendrons and azaleas in full bloom. We were greeted by... Read Full Story

Nude time travel? An interesting one…

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Playing heroine Sarah Connor in the latest Terminator film required a lot from actress Emilia Clarke. There were all those fights with evil robots, the nail-biting car stunts on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the daily training sessions with “guns, lots of guns, and then some more guns”. One section of the Terminator Genisys script... Read Full Story

Fancy a home beside the seaside?


Weather forecasters have predicted that Scotland is in for a sunny treat this week – although the rays of sunshine are sandwiched between periods of grotty rain. Given that we might only have a small window of time in which to enjoy the summer weather, many of us will flock to the seaside to make... Read Full Story

Mary’s a national treasure


Mary Berry is one of the best-loved and most respected cookery writers and bakers of our time. She has a way of passing on her knowledge that has made home cooking exciting – and simple. An updated version of her hugely popular book, Mary Berry Cookery Course: A step-by-step masterclass in home cooking is now... Read Full Story

Book review: Grey by EL James

Published by Arrow Books When the original Fifty Shades Of Grey came out, I chose not to review it. And then it exploded – and everyone read it, even my mum, swiftly followed by the film version. What started as fan fiction has snowballed into a marketing phenomenon, and the latest instalment came recently when EL... Read Full Story