Ford’s Focus has been one of the most familiar sights on Britain’s roads since it was launched more than 20 years ago.
I had gone to Ullapool to pick up my husband from the Stornoway ferry.
Ever since I saw Cinderella performed by Scottish Ballet as a little girl, I was hooked.
It may have been created to go head to head with five-seat MPV rivals such as the Ford C-MAX and the Renault Scenic, but Citroen’s C4 SpaceTourer, the car once known as the “C4 Picasso”, feels cut from rather different cloth.
Within minutes of the curtain rising on opening night of Madagascar the Musical, the stage at Eden Court was bursting with colour, action and music.
The XE was Jaguar’s attempt to take on the category dominated by the BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 and Mercedes C-Class.
It was a cold day outside which made the warmth of the smile that greeted us even more heartening.
Owning an MPV, particularly a large one, isn’t supposed to be one of life’s memorable experiences.
Think of all the reasons not to like a large, luxury SUV. Thirst. Poor performance. Huge tax liabilities. Wobbly handling.
There are some automotive names from the past that are guaranteed to bring a sparkle – or even a tear – to the eye of a committed petrolhead.
That name first. That had us all guessing.
Susan Welsh saw The Opera Boys at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court.
It was in March 1984 that The Smiths first visited Aberdeen with a gig at the Fusion Nightclub, now Atik, and they returned just twice more during their five years together.
Susan Welsh saw Touching the Void at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
Next time you’re at the hairdresser, stylist or barber, it might be interesting asking them what they drive.
Aviemore is a thriving wee town, and no wonder. It is the gateway to the magnificent Cairngorm mountains so is a draw for skiers and climbers. But even if you are no fan of outdoor sports, it still offers a lot for visitors.
When my parents handed me my brand new ghetto-blaster for my 10th birthday I had limited material to hand to try it out.
No sooner has Christmas passed and it is birthday month in our house. None of us has ever dared attempt Dry January or count the calories, as every week there are celebratory meals out, copious amounts of birthday cake and of course a cheeky fizz!
Stan Arnaud watched Fame the Musical at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
In Aberdeen, Club Tropicana is that place where the drinks are not free and you spend more of your evening trying to peel yourself from the sticky dancefloor than you do enjoying the ’80s beats.
Dougie Burns saw Creedence Clearwater Reimagined at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness
In Nish Kumar's eyes we are destroying ourselves and, during the politically fuelled hilarity of his show, I truly was killing myself laughing.
Susan Welsh saw The Classic Rock Show at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness.
They’ve been having a whale of a time in Fortrose recently.
"Why would anyone confess to a crime as serious as murder, which they could be sent to death row for, when they did not do it?"
P-A-N-T-O. Trust me you will be singing this (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O) right up until Santa comes down the chimney.
Music maestro Jools Holland had Aberdeen in the palm of his hands last night as he put on fantastic display at the city’s main arena.
Susan Welsh saw Let’s Inherit The Earth at the One Touch Theatre, Eden Court, Inverness.
Had I been driven there wearing a blindfold – stay with me on this one – when the blindfold was removed, I’d have thought I’d been magically transported to the Swiss Alps.
Dougie Burns saw Bad Touch on their Shake a Leg Tour at the Ironworks, Inverness.
Highland Council has revealed the results of its controversial public loo review, to mixed results from the winners and losers around the north.
Dougie Burns saw, On the Road and in the Round, at Eden Court, Inverness.