The Albanian communist regime was one of the cruellest in Europe. It executed around 25,000 of its own people and sent tens of thousands to labour camps.
Neil Skene: Barry Gibb is getting me into the rhythm of running and Rumba’s help has me Stayin’ Alive
Well hopefully you survived January and are ready to kick on into 2019.
Let’s be honest: every year, many of us take a moment to reflect on the past year and set goals for the coming year.
Do you remember the lady from my hotel in Sukhumi? The one who seemed to enjoy scolding me for treating the place “like a hotel”?
This will be my first Christmas as a mother and that in itself is rather special and remarkable, to me at least.
I’ve just about survived the past few weeks.
“Relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”
With festive decorations bedecking our cities and villages, Christmas trees aglow and stocking fillers being advertised, you would be forgiven to find it a bit odd that this first week of December is also Anger Awareness Week.
I was part of an official foreign press tour of the Jewish communities on the Israeli side of the Gaza Strip.
We are all aware of the shortage of teachers across the north of Scotland and the range of ways local authorities have tried to support teachers to come and teach in our rural schools.
Blind comedian Neil Skene on why mud, sweat and tears of joy sum up his last few weeks.
From early childhood, most of us are encouraged not to be selfish and to consider others, whether they are family members, friends or colleagues.
Governed by Hamas, whose long-held aim is the destruction of Israel, the Gaza Strip is home to almost two million people. It has been under severe blockade by Israel for more than 10 years.
Most of us casually talk about ‘being obsessed’ with a new song/ book/food or being "a bit OCD" about cleaning the house before guests arrive, for example.
After a few weeks back home, visiting Peterhead Prison and interviewing the brave ex-prison warder Jackie Stuart, it was time to leave the UK again. And that’s me until Christmas.
Hats off to those stylish bikers who rode through Aberdeen the other day dressed in sharp suits rather than leathers to raise awareness of prostate cancer.
Diary of a first-time mum: I was told I needed mum friends, it sounded hideous but now I know they are vital
Ellie House has learned, amid the tears, vomit and tantrums, that parenthood is a long journey and you are going to need some friends to come along for the ride.
Built in 1888, Peterhead Prison housed some of Scotland’s hardest and most violent men for the next 125 years. It didn’t close its doors until 2013.
What a few weeks it’s been, I did the Great Aberdeen Run 10k this year and actually led the race until around the 1-mile mark!
Built in 1888, Peterhead Prison housed some of Scotland's hardest and most violent men for the next 125 years.
It’s funny how life passes us by so quickly.
Last month I found myself reading two children’s books, pondering which of the two I’d rather read to a group of toddlers who would soon be learning about ‘critters in litter’ (wee beasties in the undergrowth). One was about a badger and one was about a worm.
Professor Ewan Gillon is a Chartered Psychologist and Clinical Director of First Psychology Scotland. Centres are located in Aberdeen and throughout Scotland.
Fascinated by the lives of others, George R Mitchell gets under the skin of a country, often uncovering the dark corners of culture, politics and people. He now has 25 years of off-grid travel and 85 countries under his belt, and he's in no mood to stop just yet...
My son is now five months old and I feel about 500.
Al-Anfal was a campaign of genocide in the late 1980s waged against the Kurdish people by Saddam Hussein’s regime.
We’ve just witnessed a remarkable weekend of sport.
Professor Ewan Gillon is a Chartered Psychologist and Clinical Director of First Psychology Scotland with centres in Aberdeen, Dundee, Perth, Inverness, Edinburgh, Glasgow & Borders.
The recent warm weather spell we have enjoyed fairly played havoc with my senses - and that from a non-hay fever sufferer.
After numerous weeks in Israel and the West Bank, I actually went back into Gaza for a second time and another three days. I finally left at 8am, going once again through the immense security to enter Israel. It’s so tight right now with all the recent killings on the Gaza border. On the Israeli side, I had no option but to take a taxi for 150 USD, direct to Tel Aviv airport; ouch that hurt the old pocket.
Inon Dan Kehati is an ex-Israeli Defence Force soldier. He was recommended to me by a friend, so I personally met with him in Jerusalem. We spent two hours together talking and drinking coffee. However, due to time constraints and other commitments at the time, this interview was done via Skype, after I had left Israel.
Taking a break from our everyday routine can have huge mental health benefits and it doesn’t need a big holiday to make the difference.