Sign UpNicola Sturgeon led tributes to George “Doddie” Weir last night after the rugby legend died at 52. He was given an OBE in 2019 for services to rugby, to MND research and to the Borders community, where he lived on his family’s farm. The website for his My Name’5 Doddie Foundation was changed last night to show pictures of Doddie wearing his signature colourful tartan suit and in a Scotland rugby shirt running with the ball. My Name’5 Doddie Foundation continues to shine a light on MND and the need to seek meaningful treatments and one day, a cure for this devastating disease. The whole rugby world will be mourning one of the bravest, funniest and kindest men to ever grace the game for some time to come.
From comedy to Dracula and autumnal food ideas, take a look at our pick of five things to do this weekend across the north and north-east. Enjoy a comedy showThis Sunday, there are top comedy choices aplenty across the north and north-east. Festival of DarknessThe launch of the inaugural Festival of Darkness takes place in various venues across the north-east from today. DanceLive FestivalGet your dancing shoes on this weekend with the return of DanceLive Festival. Cook an autumnal feastWith the heat of summer giving way to the nippy chill of autumn, make the most of the bountiful fresh produce that’s now coming into season by cooking an autumnal feast this weekend.3 months ago Press and Journal
[[success]] Email address Sign upHang on, let me get my Democracy For Dummies book…Under our political system, we don’t vote for prime ministers, we vote for parties, based on their pledges and manifestoes. And, lo, prime ministers – and first ministers, for that matter – are spawned. If someone stops being their leader, then the party in power can choose a new one, and a new prime minister. Think of it like the producers of Doctor Who, regenerating between Time Lords when one has run their course. Why won’t the Tories call a general election today, rather than foist an unmandated prime minister on the nation?3 months ago Press and Journal
[[success]] Email address Sign upAberdeen boss Jim Goodwin is determined to eradicate any hint of a “defeatist mindset” against Rangers and Celtic. Goodwin reckons for inspiration of a “no fear” attitude players should look to internationals Bojan Miovski, Ylber Ramadani and Duk. He points to summer signings Miovski, Ramadani and Duk as evidence of the fearless self belief he wants. These players… Duk, Miovski and Ramadani don’t fear going into any games. Goodwin said: “These players, Duk, Miovski and Ramadani, don’t fear going into any games.3 months ago Press and Journal
[[success]] Email address Sign upAberdeen Women must make the most of their Scottish Cup chance when they host Hutchison Vale in the fourth round on Sunday. The Dons’ first game of 2023 feels like a really good fixture to restart with after the festive break, and one where they can get their year off to a positive start. The Scottish Cup is a good chance to set the tone for when Aberdeen return to action in SWPL 1 on January 15. 🙌 The Women's Scottish Cup is back this weekend, with 16 fixtures taking place across the country. However, Aberdeen Women’s squad is mainly made up of young players, and they should be out to impress in every single game they play.27 days ago Press and Journal
[[success]] Email address Sign upIt was with interest this week I read the assessment of Scottish FA chief executive Ian Maxwell that VAR “is working” following its introduction in the Premiership in October. As far as he is concerned, it has allowed officials to get more things right, and that was the main purpose of its introduction. And he told BBC Scotland the software and technology being used is of a “gold standard” set-up. Prior to the brave new world of VAR there had been 17 awarded in 63 games. Since its introduction, the 30 matches in the Premiership have spawned 19 spot-kicks, a number of which have appeared ludicrous decisions.2 months ago Press and Journal
[[success]] Email address Sign upHundreds of people have gathered in Inverness to express their disappointment at the IndyRef2 ruling. This morning, the Supreme Court ruled Holyrood does not have the power to hold a referendum without Westminster’s approval. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had planned to hold an independence referendum on October 19, 2023. For many across the country, this decision was a demonstration of how little say Scotland has in decisions made by the UK Government – despite being heavily impacted by them. ‘What do we want?’Campaigners from Inveryess gathered in Falcon Square from 9.30am on Wednesday, with numbers reaching their hundreds by 6pm.2 months ago Press and Journal
[[success]] Email address Sign upCaley Thistle go into the new year seventh in the Championship following Friday’s 5-1 festive roasting at Partick Thistle. Experienced striker Brian Graham slammed the hosts in front after 15 minutes for his sixth goal against ICT in two seasons. Substitute Aaron Doran found the net for ICT, but Thistle swiftly added a fifth through Danny Mullen, who was a replacement for the home side. A 4-1 thumping away at Partick in August was a sore one at the time, but ICT defeated Partick 1-0 two months later to remind folk what they’re capable of. Doran tucked away an Inverness consolation from a poor clearance, but Partick sub Mullen made it five with a powerful low drive after turning in the box.1 month ago Press and Journal