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Charlotte Prodger the latest Glasgow-trained artist up for the Turner

It is the contemporary art prize that has become synonymous with one Scottish institution in particular.

The new Beano X Stella McCartney kid clothing range, which features Beano and Dandy favourites Minnie the Minx and Dinah Mo. Picture: PA Wire

Stella McCartney teams up with Beano and Dandy for new fashion range

Your offspring may have the manners of Minnie the Minx or Dennis the Menace, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be ‘down with the kids’.

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The Silver Chanter competition was first held at Dunvegan Castle in 1967. Picture: Robert Perry/TSPL

Silver Chanter piping competition switches to Glasgow from Skye

One of the most prestigious events in the Scottish traditional music calendar has been forced to leave its home for the last 50 years due to rising costs.


Edinburgh social media users react to Avengers: Infinity War

Fans have shared their opinions on the latest addition to the Marvel Universe following the release of Avengers: Infinity War.

Professor Sue Black, forensic anthropologist and author

Book review: All That Remains - A Life In Death, By Sue Black

Is Death the new New Nature? Publishing trends are always inexplicable; but recently we have had Raymond Tallis examining his own future cadaver in The Black Mirror, Richard Holloway contemplating mortality (and even immortality) in Waiting For The Last Bus, Maggie O’Farrell chronicling her 17 brushes with death in I Am, I Am, I Am and Kathryn Mannix’s subtle With The End In Mind. It is a veritable reliquary out there.


Under the Radar: Home$lice

Glasgow five-piece Home$lice create frenetic guitar-driven anthems, influenced by Glaswegian acts such as The Pastels and Orange Juice as well as bands like New Order, Pixies and The Smiths. Their debut album Howdy, which was released via Glasgow garage label Spiral Oh last week, explores the reality of growing up and getting older.


Fan review: Avengers Infinity War will live long in the memory

It was always going to be one of the biggest blockbusters of 2018. The hype around Infinity War began before a single shot had been captured on screen with a buzz in the media and from fans that is seldom seen.

Esme Macfarlane, Lewis Macfarlane and Cameron Macfarlane dressed as their heroes with driver Michael Rigg

Children dressed as superheroes to ride Lothian buses for free

Kids will get the chance to zoom around Edinburgh for free this weekend - if they dress up as their favourite superheroes.
Sting and Shaggy

Album reviews: Sting & Shaggy | Chas & Dave | Alexis Taylor | Josh T Pearson

Sting’s smooth style sits awkwardly with Shaggy’s Jamaican dancehall vibe in an unexpected collaboration

Kirsty Logan

Book review: The Gloaming, by Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is very talented and in tune with current literary fashion. She calls her new book “a queer mermaid love story set on a remote island that slowly turns its inhabitants to stone – when they feel death approaching they go up a hill and become statues”. That is interesting and what’s impressive is that she embeds fantasy themes or devices comfortably in what is a satisfying and well observed, felt and imagined realistic framework. Selkies and other creatures of fairy-tales are offered us side by side with a bored girl pulling pints in the island pub or the proprietor of the only shop poring over the island’s newsletter.It’s a difficult marriage to make, a fine balancing act; Kirsty Logan brings it off, daringly skirting disaster.

The Doge's Palace, 1908

Art review: Monet & Architecture, National Gallery, London

As Richard Thomson, curator of Monet & Architecture, remarked at the press view for the exhibition, at first sight the title sounds counter-intuitive. On the one hand Monet was first of all a landscape painter and on the other the formalities of architecture seem scarcely to fit the art of atmosphere and dissolving light he pioneered. If you accept that architecture can mean often quite humble buildings, however, then the show makes wonderful sense. The first part covers Monet’s career from the 1860s to 1890s. The paintings include, sometimes quite inconspicuously, churches, houses, bridges, villages, city streets and a railway station. In most of the 70 or so pictures, people are either insignificant or altogether absent, unless implied in a building or buildings. These are not just compositional devices, however, nor merely accidental. Standing for time and history, for modernity, for the human presence, even for personal association, they open up Monet’s subject matter in unexpected ways.

Students and teachers on the Lews Castle/UHI course on Uist, with Anna-Wendy Stevenson far right

Jim Gilchrist: Scotland’s thriving folk scene gets better by degrees every year

It was the legendary jazz saxophonist, Coleman Hawkins, who said that “music should always be an adventure”. Coming from a rather different genre, but surely in concurrence, traditional Scots fiddler and educator Anna-Wendy Stevenson declares: “It still feels like every year is an adventure for all of us.”


Film review: Avengers: Infinity War

The 19th movie in the now-decade old MCU is high-calorie blockbuster filmmaking, stuffed to the gills with city-levelling chaos, writes Alistair Harkness.

The Caledonian Sleeper stands at the platform at Inverness PIC: Stuart Vallis

Book review: Anglo-Scottish Sleepers, by David Meara

With the Caledonian Sleeper on the cusp of its biggest transformation in nearly 40 years, what better time to look back on and celebrate nearly a century and a half of overnight trains crossing the border? David Meara has grown up taking the Sleeper between England and Scotland. For him, there is no better way to travel, and “no more thrilling experience than being rocked gently to sleep… to awake some hours later to the sight of moor and mountain in the Scottish Highlands”.

Not every Sleeper passenger has found the experience so restful, and Meara also refers to Norman MacCaig’s poem, Sleeping Compartment, which describes being carried sideways on the transverse bunks as “like a timber broadside in a fast stream”. Such travellers will no doubt be hoping the Sleeper’s latest reincarnation, due in October, with double beds and en-suite showers for those who can afford them, will improve matters.

Conductor Peter Oundjian

Music review: The RSNO & Peter Oundjian, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

Can we really get to the truth behind Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, the “Leningrad”? Written during the city’s long siege by the German army in the Second World War, was the composer alluding wholly to that, or is there a wider truth about Stalinist Russia, or more broadly about humanity and war?

Rascalton PIC: Neelam Khan Vela

Music review: Wide Days Showcase, various venues, Edinburgh

Billed as “Scotland’s Music Convention”, the three-day Wide Days event – which sprang from the Born to Be Wide series of local music industry panels – has been slowly but steadily clawing its way to an ever-greater national and international reputation since being founded in 2010. With a day of panels on subjects including festival programming, the streaming economy and how to make a living as a gigging band, as well as a keynote speech from former specials and Bodysnatchers singer Rhoda Dakar, organisers Olaf Furniss and Michael Lambert kept things fun with whisky tasting and record shop visits on Saturday – Record Store Day.

Mike Skinner PIC: Simone Joyner/Getty Images

Music review: The Streets, O2 Academy, Glasgow

Grandiose talk about creative renewal and quitting while you’re on top is all well and good, but sometimes all a musician wants to do is crowdsurf to the nearest bar over the heads of a rowdy and adoring audience and neck a double vodka. Such was the suitably daft and lairy climax to this triumphant Scottish comeback gig from Mike Skinner’s The Streets.

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The Shonky Bar by John Walter. PIC: Ruth Clark.

Art review: Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, Dundee Contemporary Arts

The dictionary definition of “shonky” throws up words like “unsound”, “shoddy”, “of dubious integrity”. But none of these easily fits with the 14 artists in this colourful group show, curated for Hayward Touring by John Walters. His “shonky” is more to do with being lo-fi, maximalist, process-driven, handmade without necessarily being well crafted. The high priest and priestess of this aesthetic are Phyllida Barlow and Kurt Schwitters (neither of whom are in the show). The results are often colourful and kitschy; according to an essay by Louise Welsh and Zoe Strachan for the catalogue, it is “the faux leopard skin coat” of art.

Lorn Macdonald as Edmund PIC: Tim Morozzo

Theatre review: Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Citizens’ Theatre, Glasgow

There’s no doubt that Eugene O’Neill’s great 1942 masterpiece is a family drama, par excellence. The entire action is set in the summer of 1912 in the living room of the Tyrone family’s shabby seaside cottage in Connecticut. The characters are the famous if ageing actor James, his wife Mary, their two sons Jamie and Edmund, and the maid of all work, Cathleen; and the play’s subject, explored relentlessly over more than three hours, is the fraught and increasingly impossible state of relations among the Tyrones.

Kendrick Lamar has produced a mind-blowing body of work and is worthy of his Pulitzer Prize (Picture: Getty)

Darren McGarvey: The cocksure knuckledraggers who still dismiss rap

Last week, American rapper Kendrick Lamar stunned many in the Western cultural sphere by winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

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