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The best child-friendly art galleries in Central Scotland

27 Feb 2015

Any contemporary art gallery with good accessibility and ideally a decent café and bathrooms is worth a visit with the kids – if only to get some interesting conversations about the art on the go and take advantage of the facilities. Yet many go one…

The best things for Dads to do with kids in Edinburgh

27 Feb 2015

Top activities and days out in the capital, including Dads Rock, Happy Ears and Rugby Tots

1 Dads Rock Trailblazers in the field of encouraging dads and male carers to spend more solo time with their kids, enthusiastic outfit Dads Rock run two play groups in Edinburgh on Saturday mornings featuring a fun blend of play, snack, stories and…

Game of Thrones: the characters we love and hate

27 Feb 2015

We take a look at the best and worst traits of the series’ five most conflicting characters

So, you love Game of Thrones. When somebody tells you they haven’t seen it, you get on your high horse (or direwolf, depending on how committed you are to the whole thing), call your banners and seek to put an end to such injustice. You explain to…

Super Furry Animals announce tour dates

27 Feb 2015

Following the re-release of Mwng the Welsh group head out on a short UK tour in May 2015

Super Furry Animals will go on tour for the first time in six years this May. The re-release of their classic fourth album Mwang - in its 15th anniversary year - kicks off a short tour of Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester and London. In 2000, Mwang…

Harrison Ford to return in Blade Runner 2

27 Feb 2015

Craggy leading man confirmed for long-awaited future-noir sequel

Harrison Ford will return to the rain-lashed future-noir streets of Los Angeles in a sequel to Blade Runner, with Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve in negotiations to direct. The long-mooted follow-up will be produced by original director Ridley Scott…

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Radio preview: Rik Mayall season, Radio 4 Extra

27 Feb 2015

BBC radio marks Mayall's 57th birthday with series of broadcasts

Rik Mayall was such a physical presence and scene-stealing whirlwind that radio might not seem to be an adequate avenue for his talents. Yet it did allow his comedic voice to come through loud and clear, possibly heightened in quality when it’s divorced…

Orchard fresh apple juice from Angus

27 Feb 2015

Ella Drinks of Brechin using windfall from local orchards to expand range of Scottish soft drinks

Established in 1998 in Alloa, Ella Drinks hit the market with their now widely marketed fruit juice Bouvrage, the intention of which was to make a drink which tasted as close as possible to fresh Scottish raspberries. Although Bouvrage contains some…

Arbroath smokies making a splash

27 Feb 2015

Few Scottish delicacies are as firmly rooted as the Arbroath smokie, yet this fish is on the move

When Iain Spink and his mobile smoking barrel are in town, the public tend not to need directions as to where to find him they just follow the smoke. Organisers are aware that what I do attracts a lot of attention, he says, referring to the various food…

Forfar’s dairy still going strong

27 Feb 2015

Family-run North Street Dairy in Forfar produces milk, butter and cream with traditional values

Four generations on and 100 years later, North Street Dairy remains a local family-run business still at the original site in Forfar. ‘From what we remember, our great-grandfather William Hebenton came to this dairy around 1914 when it was a small croft…

From seed to spirit: the Angus potato journey

27 Feb 2015

Tatties, one of Scotland’s most important crops, now diversifying into production of local vodka

Cheap to produce, easy to grow – even in poor soil – and highly nutritious, the potato transformed the peasant diet when it was introduced in 1739. It soon comprised a large chunk of the average Scot’s daily food intake, and proved crucial to the…

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The cattle breed that made Angus famous

27 Feb 2015

Discovering the history and heritage of the world famous Aberdeen Angus beef cattle

Over the centuries, Scotland’s regions have reared, and named, droves of native cattle breeds, such as the Highland, Ayrshire, Shetland, Galloway and Luing. But it’s the youngest, the Aberdeen-Angus, that grew up into the world famous breed and brand…

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

26 Feb 20154 stars

Brecht's revolutionary play gets with the beat

Mark Thomson’s direction of Bertolt Brecht’s celebrated The Caucasian Chalk Circle takes the potent script and ramps it up, thanks to the Lyceum’s ability to gather a large cast and capture the dynamic storytelling that drives the clear political message.

Chrononauts – Mark Millar and Sean Murphy

26 Feb 20154 stars

Time travelling action adventure from writer Mark Millar and artist Sean Murphy

Scottish writer Mark Millar is famed for his edgy action comics. Sharp, satirical and often packed with the old ultra-violence. Through his creator-owned Millarworld imprint, he's launched a plethora of new characters and realities. His work ethic is…

Five things you might not know about . . . Count Arthur Strong

26 Feb 2015

Ex-music hall legend hits the road with Somebody Up There Licks Me

1 The man behind the pencil moustache, tweed jackets and prehistoric worldviews is one Steve Delaney. No relation, we think, to fellow comics such as the one-line gagmeister Gary or the American Catastrophe-starring Twitter sensation, Rob. This Delaney…

GFF interview: Richard Johnson, Radiator

26 Feb 2015

Screen and stage legend Richard Johnson discusses his new film, Radiator, directed by Tom Browne

Acting since he was 16-years old and having enjoyed a storied career interrupted just once by wartime national service, Richard Johnson has seen it all and then some. A founding member of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Johnson's movie credits included…

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Eden

26 Feb 20154 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Mia Hansen-Løve's heady take on the French house scene

Mia Hansen-Løve has created an insightful and involving cinematic experience with her fourth feature, which centres on the rise and fall of a French house DJ from the 1990s to the 2000s. It’s a heady trip into the electronic dance music scene that…

Force Majeure

26 Feb 20155 stars

Glasgow Film Festival: Ruben Östlund's masterful dramedy foregrounds weakness

A family skiing holiday turns rivetingly sour in Swedish writer-director Ruben Östlund's impeccably executed, discomforting dramedy, which holds humanity under an unflattering, unflinching microscope. It benefits from a simple but terrifically fruitful…

Wilko Johnson announces 2015 tour dates

26 Feb 2015

Veteran guitarist/singer beats cancer and hits the road with his band

It’s one of the more awesome comebacks in rock'n'roll history. Much-loved guitarist and singer Wilko Johnson – owner of the most intimidating glare in pub-rock, who was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer in 2013, and who gave an emotional…

Optimo's Foodbank Fundraiser aims to help Glasgow's hungry

26 Feb 2015

JD Twitch and JG Wilkes to raise money for city foodbanks at Art School event

Glasgow's Art School is being taken over for a fundraising event supporting Glasgow foodbanks on Fri 13 Mar. The line-up includes Optimo (organisers, along with Autonomous Glasgow), Nightwave, Harri & Domenic, MWX and many more, as well as visual art…

Amazon Prime announce air date for Outlander

26 Feb 2015

Amazon Prime Instant Video have announced that the smash-hit US show Outlander will be available to UK fans from Thursday 26 March. Despite being filmed and set in Scotland, the TV series has so far only been enjoyed by fans outside the UK. In the…

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BRIT Awards 2015 complete list of winners

26 Feb 2015

Ed Sheeran, Paloma Faith and Royal Blood among the winners at UK pop's annual backslapping party

The winners have been announced, the awards collected, Kanye came, Madonna fell, and Ant and Dec have skulked back into the jungle to work on their jokes. Ed Sheeran cleaned up with the two biggest prizes of the night while Paloma Faith took home…

TV highlights – March 2015

26 Feb 2015

Including Banished, Moone Boy, Powers, The Following, Community and The Royals

Three part adaptation of Julian Barne's superlative novel based on real events. Martin Clunes and Arsher Ali take the title roles, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle attempts to clear an innocent man accused of the 'Great Wyrley Outrages'.

TV review: Arthur & George, ITV1

26 Feb 20153 stars

Julian Barnes’ acclaimed novel makes for a jolly decent telly adaptation

While recent reports suggest that Neil Morrissey yearns for a Men Behaving Badly reunion, this perhaps says more about the current shape of his own career than that of his buddy, Martin Clunes. While the latter appears to have settled into appearing in…

Comic news and new releases – March 2015

26 Feb 2015

Mad Max: Fury Road spin-off and Judge Dredd among March's hottest comics releases

As if we weren’t all bloody excited enough about George Miller’s forthcoming, Tom Hardy-starring sequel to his demented petrolhead dystopiana trilogy, the comic tie-ins have just been announced. Published by DC’s long-standing mature readers imprint…

Entries open for aspiring writer programmes at the London Book Fair

25 Feb 2015

The LBF announces a call for entries for Agent One-to-One and The Write Stuff

The London Book Fair (LBF) is looking for entrants to apply for its Agent One-to-One programme and The Write Stuff competition, both of which offer unique opportunities for aspiring writers. In the Agent One-to-One, authors are given the chance to…