I suppose you would call it a boyhood dream, if one fulfilled gaspingly late: me, on vinyl (and CD and iTunes and Spotify) with my band.
Brexit cast a long shadow over Derek Mackay’s budget when he stood up at Holyrood to announce his tax and spend plans for 2019/20.
Scrap tax breaks for the oil industry or wave goodbye to the planet – why we cannot wait to become zero-carbon
We have only twelve short years to avoid a catastrophe across our planet - less than the time taken for a child to complete school.
In many ways, 2018 has not been the best year.
It is perhaps no surprise that the BBC will broadcast next year’s Winterwatch, Springwatch and Autumnwatch series all from the Cairngorms National Park.
How about this for a menu of the day?
Ron Cluny, Official Council Spokesman
There are many exquisite humiliations in the so-called “deal” with the EU that parliament is being asked to endorse on Tuesday – but the essential problem can be boiled down to this: Theresa May’s deal hands the EU the indefinite power to bully and blackmail this country to get whatever it wants in the future negotiations.
Such a bittersweet month, December: the delicate scent of clementine oranges and the silvery flash of tinsel and the dance of fairy lights in the winter dark, all of it threaded together with the cheer of a Christmas yet to come and the aching, aching nostalgia of all the Christmases gone by.
In 1943 the US psychologist Abraham Maslow set out his Hierarchy of Needs.
The BBC Sports Personality of the Year has always been a curious beast whose relevance has declined in recent times.
I have to hold my hands up and say that I was duped, 100%, by the team behind a ‘prank’ TV show about drug misuse on Channel 4.
Long before Brexit was even a word (let alone the epoch-making political event that lies round the corner), David Lidington was holding forth in a smart restaurant in Belfast.
In my travels around Scotland, I found myself sitting down with a recently retired community midwife who had worked in one of the most deprived parts of Scotland in the heart of the Press and Journal’s wide circulation area.
I don’t for a minute think that half of the good folk of Nairn are popping anti-depressants - after all, with its bracing sea air and lovely beaches there is so much to be happy about.
Leadership means different things to different people, but it is something that we 'bestow’ on an individual to make the difference.
Ron Cluny, Aberdeen Council Spokesman
By the time this is printed, I may well have been proved wrong, such is the lot of a columnist. But so far, this year’s I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, is the perfect antidote to the madness that surrounds us.
“So……what’s your favourite walk in all of Scotland?”
If you have ever heard an elderly person describe how Christmas used to be then you will know two things.
Charles Kennedy would no doubt have had a few choice words to say about those in power today, be it on Theresa May’s bungling of Brexit or Donald Trump’s daily diatribes.
It's official. I am now a pensioner, which means that should I be stupid enough to commit a crime or unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident, newspapers will refer to me as "elderly".
I had not heard of Aberdeen University Medical Society until a few days ago, but I would have assumed they were a fairly austere and studious bunch with heads buried in a mountain of medical works and earnest discussions.
There are many momentous political events in the news at the moment and yet I find myself, once again, drawn back to domestic matters.
View from the midden – rural affairs with MTV (Meikle Wartle Television) presenter Jock Alexander
There's an old, probably apocryphal, story, which tells that in medieval Glasgow, workers downed tools if they were fed salmon more than three times a week, so plentiful were the fish in the River Clyde.
On my first day back after maternity leave, my greatest achievement was probably buying a suffragette bath duck from the Commons shop as a gift for my daughter.
On 26th March 2006, Scotland, under the leadership of Labour First minister Jack McConnell, showed it was one of the most enlightened countries in Europe when the Scottish Government introduced a ban on cigarette smoking in public enclosed places.
If there were a national to-do list, a piece of paper itemising tasks that need attending to if Britain’s to be made a better place, what might that list contain?
The mature phase of oil and gas operations on the UK continental shelf is proving to be more complex than we could have imagined even a few short years ago.
As we ponder life's big questions, the answers are right in front of our faces most of the time.
I am sitting in the autumn sun outside a hostelry in Whitehall.