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Review: Ford Fiesta ST Performance

Winter weather had taken the sheen off its “Performance Blue” paint and someone had scuffed a front alloy but the small Ford was, in the vernacular of the Camshaft Arms, brilliant.

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Michael Balogun and Akiya Henry as the boy and his mother fleeing Idi Amin's rule in Uganda. Picture: Helen Murray

Theatre reviews: The Good Boy | The Dark | The Twelve Pound Look

IF MONOLOGUE is often the defining theatrical form of our time, then with Good Dog, playing at the Traverse this week, the young British writer and actor Arinze Kene proves himself a master of it. Based on his own experience of growing up in the early 2000s on a housing estate in Hackney, Good Dog is a full-length solo play – almost two and a half hours, with an interval – in which Kene tells the story of a young black boy who has internalised all the messages he has ever received, from school, from church and from his absent father, about how good things come to good people who stick to the rules and stay out of trouble. The boy is mercilessly bullied at school, and his community is full of people behaving badly and getting away with it.

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Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, Mickey Graham and Ronan Keating of Boyzone. Picture: REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Boyzone

For their final ever Scottish performance, this cleanest-cut of Irish boybands delivered a show that was sentimental but unquestionably engaging, with the surviving quartet seeming to have an awful lot of fun as they prepared to call time on their collective 25-year career. With no great stage trappings beyond a selection of costume changes and a couple of backing singers, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch hoofed their way through a series of relatively restrained dance routines and the cheesy hits that made them one of Europe’s most successful boy groups.

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Andy Clarke , Gabriel Quigley, Grant O'Rourke and Nicola Roy in Tartuffe

Theatre review: Tartuffe

PATRIARCHY, religious hypocrisy, and the desperate need for women to work together against the madness sometimes perpetrated by men in power; it’s all there, in Moliere’s 1664 masterpiece Tartuffe, and never brought to the stage with more brilliant irreverence than in Liz Lochhead’s famous 1986 Scots version, bursting with sharp-tongued street wisdom (mainly from the maid Dorine) that cuts straight through the pompous blustering of the master of the house Orgon, and the sly pieties of his overweening house chaplain, the terrible Calvinist hypocrite Tartuffe.

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Tears for Fears' Kurt Smith was less flashy than Roland Orzabal but both were the picture of stars with a healthy near 40 year success rate. Picture: Dan Reid/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Tears for Fears/Alison Moyet

Tears for Fears, formed in Bath at a time when you could call your band after primal therapy practise and get away with it, are not the most prolific band to take their place on the 80s nostalgic circuit. No touring and recording treadmill for them – they last played Glasgow in the mid-2000s, around the release of their most recent album, Everybody Loves a Happy Ending, and have been working on a sequel ever since.

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Tony Visconti was just one of the the band in this first rate showcase of David Bowie's music. Picture: Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock

Music review: Holy Holy

If none of us watching could quite believe we were in the presence of greatness, vocalist Glenn Gregory was on hand to vocalise our joy at this turn of events. “Just to let you know, he was in the Spider from Mars,” he gasped, pointing back over his shoulder at David Bowie’s stalwart drummer from the early ‘70s Mick ‘Woody’ Woodmansey.

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Bill Ryder-Jones on stage belies his reputation for gloomy introspection

Music review: Bill Ryder-Jones

Flourishing as a singer-songwriter of considerable craft since leaving The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones on stage belies his unfair reputation for gloomy introspection. Though he’s not an obvious frontman, he’s grimly funny and determined to engage the audience, even wading into the crowd towards the end of his set to quell a confrontation between two of them.

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The Kylesku Bridge in Sutherland has now officially  been renamed in Gaelic and will be known as Drochaid a' Chaolais Chumhaing. PIC: HES.

Spectacular Highland bridge officially renamed in Gaelic

A spectacular bridge in the Highlands has been legally renamed in Gaelic to mark it gaining Grade-A listed status for its architectural merit.

Kylesku Bridge in Sutherland, which sits on the North Coast 500 driving route, will now be known as Drochaid a’ Chaolais Chumhaing following the new designation from Historic Environment Scotland.

READ MORE: 9 of Scotland’s most striking bridges

The bridge now sits alongside structures such as Forth Road Bridge, Old Stirling Bridge and Erskine Bridge in terms of their architectural and historic importance.

Kylesku or Drochaid a’ Chaolais Chumhaing was build in the 1980s to offer better connections to replace an ferry service across Loch a’ Chàirn Bhàin which struggled to offer a reliable service due to the weather.

READ MORE: How good is your Scottish Gaelic ?

HES said the structure was one of Scotland’s most visually striking and technically innovative modern concrete bridges.

Built between 1981 and 1984, the quality of the bridge’s design and its method of construction have been recognised through a number of prestigious awards, including the Scottish Award for Civil Engineering Construction and the Concrete Society Award.

The decision to list the bridge follows on from a consultation launched by HES and the Highland Council, where members of the public were invited to express their views on the Bridge being awarded listed status.

Elizabeth McCrone, Head of Designations at HES, said: “Drochaid a’ Chaolais Chumhaing / Kylesku Bridge is one of Scotland’s most architecturally distinguished bridges of the second half of the twentieth century, and is among the most outstanding of its type in the country.

“As well as its architectural significance, the bridge is also an emotive and poignant reminder of the modernisation such civil engineering projects brought to remote areas of the Highlands, and the subsequent impact they had on traditional ways of life.

“Today, the significance of Drochaid a’ Chaolais Chumhaing / Kylesku Bridge is reflected in its growing status as tourist attraction along the North Coast 500 route, and we’re delighted to recognise its national importance with Category A status.”

Councillor Alister Mackinnon, Chair of The Highland Council’s Gaelic Strategy and Implementation Group, congratulated HES for awarding the bridge category A status, and also in recognising the importance of Gaelic in this part of Sutherland.

He said: “Historically most of the residents in the local area were Gaelic speakers, and the area is culturally rich in Gaelic song and stories. It is therefore appropriate that this bridge is the first in the Highland area to be renamed in Gaelic, the indigenous language of the Highlands.”

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