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Aberdeenshire artist Lorraine Gahagan provides an insight into her work… ‘I suppose art has always been an essential part of my life.  I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw or paint.  My Dad is an artist and I have fond childhood memories of the smell of oil paints and turpentine. ‘My work is…

Need for speed!

In a civilised society, drivers must adhere to certain rules of the road – do not overtake another car on a bend, do not take a hairpin turn at a speed that may cause you to spin out, and definitely do not race your friends in a head-to-head time trial. Which is probably why go-karting…

Tiny Tech

Children and technology is a difficult issue for many parents. Kids are enormously   keen to get their hands on tablets and smartphones, constantly wailing that it’s not fair and that, “Everyone else who’s six has an iPhone!” On the other hand, it’s easy for them to become enmeshed in social media and online gaming…

Behind Bars

If you ever find yourself standing in a prison yard, surrounded by unscalable walls and great looping coils of barbed wire, you may suddenly appreciate why authors have had such a long, successful love affair with tales of life behind bars. Novels like The Shawshank Redemption and Silence of the Lambs enjoy a timeless popularity,…

Glamour & Glitz

If you’re fed up with the grey and the gloom and find yourself longing for a bygone age of fabulous jewels, Hollywood stars, couture clothing and bombshell beauty, then it’s time to have a bubble bath, slip on your silk lounging pyjamas and curl up with our selection of escapist books. Time for a little…

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