Day: 11 September 2021

Travel: A musical pilgrimage – following in the steps of The Dubliners, Bono and the Waterboys

A musical pilgrimage began with a pint in Dublin’s southside at the famous O’Donoghue’s where The Dubliners began playing in 1962. A pint of Guinness lands on the bar as I look around at the many artefacts which celebrate the band’s much-loved members including Luke Kelly. The gravel-voiced folk-hero who sang The Black Velvet Band …

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Leigh Griffiths denied his big moment as stubborn Livingston secure vital point

WITH around ten minutes to go until kick-off, the Dundee players jogged towards their corner of the main stand and saluted the home support.  But just as the last blue shirt disappeared down the tunnel, the Dee fans spotted one man yet to make his way across the Dens Park pitch. Cheers broke out. Some …

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10 things to do this week in Scotland: From Jodie Prenger and Lloyd Webber to talking statues

Every Saturday September-October. Tickets from £20. Mercat Cross, High Street, Edinburgh. This new storytelling project invites audiences to reclaim narratives of statues already in place and celebrate the stories of Scotland’s unsung heroes. This special walking tour explores the stories of people immortalised as well as the statues we don’t have and should be celebrating. …

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Actor David Harewood on the racism that led to his psychotic breakdown … and how Homeland turned his career around

David Harewood was just 23 and fresh out of Rada when he suffered a psychotic breakdown during which he had to be physically detained by six police officers, sedated and then sectioned under the Mental Health Act. He had spent weeks walking all over London talking to strangers and blacking out, waking up in a …

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The April Dead, by Alan Parks. Bloody Scotland extract

To celebrate this month’s Bloody Scotland festival, we are running pieces from Britain’s best crime writers all week. Today, The April Dead by Alan Parks ‘Who on earth is going to set off a bomb in Woodlands?’ asked McCoy. ‘It’s the back arse of Glasgow.’ ‘The IRA?’ asked Wattie. ‘Maybe,’ said McCoy. ‘It’s Easter Friday …

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British As Folk: Fern Brady, Darren Harriott and Ivo Graham take a comedy road trip

British As Folk. I’ll need more information. It is a new six-part series on Dave that sees comedians Fern Brady, Darren Harriott and Ivo Graham embark on a road trip seeking answers to a burning question: what does it mean to be “British” today? Traversing the highways and byways, the trio will delve into age-old …

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The rise of Liam Scales: How Celtic’s newest signing became Ireland’s hottest property

DAIRE O’CONNOR barely batted an eyelid when Liam Scales conducted his first press conference at Celtic in Irish. After all it was the Ayr United winger’s mother who taught the Glasgow club’s recent signing from Shamrock Rovers how to speak the language at Gaelcholáiste na Mara school in Arklow. O’Connor and Scales were team-mates at …

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Alex Salmond and Kenny MacAskill confirmed as Alba leadership team

Alex Salmond and MP Kenny MacAskill have been confirmed as the leader and depute leader of the Alba Party. At the party’s first-ever conference in Greenock, Mr Salmond – who has led the party on an interim basis since its inception in March of this year – was elected unopposed, receiving a standing ovation from …

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