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  Can’t live without your hair straighteners? Just make sure smooth locks – and not singed skin, a la Cheryl Fernandez-Versini – is all they leave you with   Once upon a time, it was all about the big, heated rollers, and then came the glorious crimpers (as children of the 80s will remember). Tongs... Read Full Story

Some of the most adorable pictures of pets sent in by our readers

Here is Smudge enjoying the spring sunshine. 
He lives with Alexis and Duncan Henderson near Laurencekirk. He is our winner this week.

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

Book Review: Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

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Hardback by William Heinemann, £18.99 (ebook £7.47). How to approach an author’s only other novel, when the first one is a literary icon? And when the details surrounding the book’s publication appear murky at best… To Kill A Mockingbird, which won Harper Lee the Pulitzer Prize, is a near-perfect tale of childhood set in the... Read Full Story

The train accident that ruined a man’s life

The scenic railway line near Fort Wiliam

When the Kolarczyks set off on a trip to the Highlands three years ago, they had no idea of the devastation events of the day would cause. Laura Redpath  caught up with the family this week In August 2012, Gerhard Kolarczyk, then aged  87, had hopes of taking one last fishing trip near Rannoch, to... Read Full Story

We asked for your cutest pet photos… And here they are!

Sarge the Norwegian forest cat and he lives in Aberdeen with his mum Eilidh Sutherland.

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

Book Review: Dundee but not as we know it! by Susan McMullan

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Hardback by Black & White Publishing, £9.99 A few years ago, when I lived in Aberdeen, there was a certain budget hotel that used to offer Sunday night family room stays at one of its Dundee hotels for £9. It was such a brilliant deal we spent many a happy long weekend there. I thought... Read Full Story

Have a laugh with Breakneck Comedy

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Tired of the rubbish weather we’re having this summer? In need of a laugh to take your mind off the complete and utter lack of sun we are getting this fine July? Head down to the Blue Lamp, in Aberdeen, on Saturday, August 1, where the Breakneck Comedy team will have you in stitches. The... Read Full Story

Peugeot sharpen its claws with new 208

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The 208 is a big deal for Peugeot. As superminis go it sells well and is a popular and economical car. It’s not alone in the market, however, and this refresh has been designed to boost the car’s appeal, green credentials and take the fight to the likes of the Mini and Citroen’s DS3. Taking... Read Full Story

Idyllic woodland break – and Luna came, too

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Cheryl Livingstone enjoys a weekend away at a hotel in St Fillans, where even man’s best friend gets a warm welcome   Dog-owners will understand when I say how rare a joy it is to find a hotel that allows you to have a weekend away without leaving your pooch at home. So when I... Read Full Story

A mode for every mood from Yamaha

2015 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer

Yamaha’s naked MT range has been a huge success for the firm. The MT-03 is an entry-level single-cylinder, the MT-07 a (best-selling) parallel-twin, and the MT-09 is a beefier triple-cylinder and the perfect platform for a touring version; the Tracer. Yamaha has done more than just add a half-fairing, a tall screen and a new... Read Full Story

RBS says cyber attack behind online banking failure

Natwest said it was 'aware of the issue'

RBS has blamed a cyber attack for the IT failure that left many customers unable to access their online banking yesterday morning. Frustrated customers complained of problems accessing their account online and making payments. The issue lasted around 50 minutes and affected RBS and NatWest customers . It was initially thought to be the result... Read Full Story

Joker Tim on tour

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Punslinger Tim Vine is back on the road for the first time in four years with a brand-new stand-up show, new jokes, silly songs and – as if that weren’t enough – twitchy dancing. When it comes to straightforward, no-nonsense wordplay and joke telling, Tim Vine has established himself as the national cornerstone at the... Read Full Story

Celebrating a taste of Scotland for more than 40 years

Jamie's Scottish Evening

In 1973, Martin Cooper, of Motorola, made the first handheld mobile phone call in New York City in a celebration of cutting edge technology. Halfway around the world, another first was taking place, but it bore a strong traditional Scottish flavour. Now thought to be the longest-running traditional show in Scotland, Jamie’s Scottish Evening has... Read Full Story

Facebook ready to test giant drone for internet service

Facebook has built a giant drone to provide internet service to remote areas

Facebook has said it will begin test flights later this year of a solar-powered drone with the wingspan of a Boeing 737, the next stage of its campaign to deliver internet service to remote parts of the world. Engineers at the giant social network say they have built a drone with a 140-foot wingspan that... Read Full Story