The Sunday Post
The Sunday Post
Scotland’s mental health services are over-stretched, under-resourced, and failing some of the country’s most vulnerable children and young people. My investigation for The Sunday Post spoke to parents, young people, doctors and experts who demanded action is taken to overhaul Scotland's struggling service.
Track stars and coaches reveal why most important race is taking place in laboratories of sportswear multinationals.
When Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche first came to Scotland more than five decades ago, the young Tibetan was far from the calm and joyful Buddhist monk he is today.
Think of fearsome Viking warriors and the image of ferocious, bearded men comes to mind. But, according to National Geographic explorer and archaeologist, Ella Al-Shamahi, women were not only part of the great Vikings hordes, they may even have led them.
Award-winning actress, Brenda Blethyn, on how her super-sleuth became unlikely feminist icon for the cover interview of PS magazine.
Anyone with an interest in knitting, or indeed fashion, will be familiar with Fair Isle. Whether found cascading from home knitters' needles or gracing haute couture catwalks, the iconic and intricate pattern of repeating motifs and multiple colours has become popular worldwide.
Deep below the waves, thousands of shipwrecks lie hidden on the ocean floor around Scotland, and diver Alec Crawford has made his fortune by hunting - and finding - their lost treasures.
Susie Dent, long-reigning queen of Countdown’s Dictionary Corner and self-professed word geek, on being Word Perfect.
Having survived a near-fatal motorcycle crash, Callum Deboys was not going to let a global pandemic slow him down. Determined to represent Team GB at the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games, the 24-year-old para Nordic sit-skier has continued to train throughout lockdown.
After an enforced break, Scotland's registry offices have continued to celebrate the happiest days during the darkest times.
Childbirth should be the most joyful time in a mother's life, but it can also be a fraught experience, especially for women going through it alone. For pregnant asylum seekers and refugees who have found temporary safety in Scotland, the thought of giving birth in a strange country with no support is a daunting prospect that can, say experts, inflict further psychological trauma, putting both mother and baby at risk.
Kym Marsh might be starring in one of the biggest Christmas musicals ever to come to Scotland, but her feelings towards the festive season are best described as bittersweet. Her Scottish boyfriend, Scott Ratcliffe, is away on military duties in the Middle East.
As Black Lives Matter demonstrations sweep the country, four siblings inspired by the movement are leading calls to reform how race is tackled in Scottish schools, with backing from actors Moya and Morayo Akande.
But Carol Smillie's latest role is, as the popular broadcaster admits, a change of gear. For the last two months, Carol has been conducting humanist funerals under her married name, Carol Knight. "I was a bit worried at first that people might think they are in some horrific reality TV show when they walk into a funeral and see me there," she said.
As the dark, icy waters of the North Sea surged across the deck of the foundering Ocean Way, lifeboatman Darren Harcus realised both his rescue mission, and the ship's fate, had reached the point of no return.
Her Emmerdale character's life might be spiralling out of control but Scots soap star Natalie J Robb is starting a new decade feeling happier, healthier and more grounded than ever.
With 43 quintillion combinations but only one solution, the colourful, clacking Rubik's Cube has fascinated and frustrated generations of gamers. While it might take most of us months to solve the iconic puzzle, which first hit toy shops 40 years ago, some can master it in a matter of seconds.
When Jill Galbraith steps into the ring, as she dodges jabs and hooks, her old career in finance seems a long time ago...and she doesn't miss it for a minute. The boxing coach says taking up boxing has transformed her life and made her fit, physically and mentally, to deal with whatever blows life can throw.
INSP (International Network of Street Papers)
Bene's Luggage Porters project employs formerly homeless street paper vendors to carry people's luggage in Bratislava's train station, free of charge.
Last November, tens of thousands of Romanians brandishing placards and megaphones marched through the streets of Bucharest. They were united in fierce protest against the widespread corruption that doesn't just eat away at their country's political and media institutions - it kills.
Less than a month after angry protesters returned to the streets of central Athens in response to more austerity measures - including pension cuts and tax hikes - thousands gathered in another corner of the city to celebrate music, love and solidarity.
During the Global Street Paper Summit in Athens, Nicholas Voulelis, editor of Efimerida ton Syntakton (The Journalists' Paper) gave an inspiring introduction to his unique newspaper, which is run as a cooperative of over 100 journalists. By Laura Smith How many journalists does it take to produce one of Greece's most trusted and successful daily newspapers?
Honey Thaljieh was seven years old when she had her first taste of football in the streets of her neighbourhood in Bethlehem. "The first time I kicked a ball, I felt like I was in paradise," says Thaljieh. "It was close to a big stone and I was so excited to kick the ball I kicked my foot on the stone instead!"
Hollywood actor Colin Farrell thrilled Homeless World Cup players and supporters today with a surprise visit to the event in Amsterdam. Farrell is a long-time supporter of the tournament and was announced as a Homeless World Cup Ambassador in June. He said he is happy to support a tournament that champions the power of football to change lives.
The Infamous Derren Brown is bringing his trademark wit, humour and mind-blowing mentalism to Scotland next month. And let's not forget that red Frisbee he likes to throw into the crowd. A supreme showman, the illusionist can reduce an entire theatre audience to stunned silence.
Still pushing the boundaries of post-rock, it's hard to believe that Mogwai have been melting minds and rattling eardrums with their guitar-driven dirges for nearly 20 years. Since forming in the mid-90s, the quintet have become known for their whisper-to-a-scream style of primarily instrumental post-rock and deafening live shows.
Street Soccer helping homeless Scots set goals for a better life. We speak to members of the Street Soccer Scotland Homeless World Cup team ahead of the 2014 tournament in Chile.
"Son I just wrote this, I thought you might like to know, that I chose to vote Yes, 'cause a Yes vote provided hope. What the future's holdin', no-one can rightly know, was tired of the same old script, and what's next only time will show."
Sharon Roony, the 25-year-old Glasgow actress known for her role as Rae Earl in My Mad Fat Diary talks about teens of TV, mental health and the new series of My Mad Fat Diary.
Children normally lying bored in bed raise their heads and rush to the windows if they can, noses pressed eagerly against the glass to get a glimpse of their new visitors. The excitement can only mean one thing - an exuberant band of Clowndoctors has arrived with the mission to brighten up sick children's lives and raise a smile on the hospital ward.
It seems everyone is getting into baking these days. Cooking shows like the Great British Bake Off have got thousands of us experimenting in the kitchen but next up to catch the baking bug could be ex-offenders. Matt Fountain, from Dennistoun, plans to help cut reoffending rates by luring ex-inmates away from crime and into the kitchen.
Despite marking her retirement seven years ago with a global farewell tour, Nana Mouskouri is stepping back into the spotlight. Nana will bring her Happy Birthday Tour to Glasgow's Royal Concert Hall on Monday 29 October, in just one of three major concerts she will perform during her UK visit.
It's a familiar state for any band on the verge of a new release, but The Twilight Sad's highly anticipated fourth studio album could potentially herald the start of bigger things for the Glasgow trio. "I'm terrified but genuinely excited about it," said the singer.
While some people might view being fired as a slight set back, being given the boot from Soccer AM actually inspired Chris Ramsey's latest stand-up show. The Geordie comedian is currently sat in a small car with his tour manager and support act fighting over who gets control of the radio as they bomb north up the motorway from Swindon to Aberdeen.
But it should be. For over a decade, Glasgow has been home to Mungo's Hi Fi, a sound system and production house renowned the world over for their inventive take on reggae and dubstep. Through their label Scotch Bonnet Mungo's have collaborated with Jamaican veterans such as Ranking Joe and Sugar Minott to Mavado, Major Lazer and Scotland's own Soom T.
Catherine Ross was just ten years old when she first encountered the Gray's School of Art Degree Show. As her imagination ran riot while staring up at seemingly never-ending expanses of colourful canvasses and wondrous sculptures, she dreamed that one day someone else might stare wide-eyed at one of her own enormous and intricately painted landscapes.
Glasgow's Prides are ready to roar with The Seeds You Sow. After winning over a legion of new fans on their recent trip to America, Glasgow three-piece Prides are back in Glasgow for a headline gig at the O2 ABC ahead of their next EP release in April.
King Creosote on From Scotland With Love: 'I'm amazed how epic it sounds'. King Creosote aka Kenny Anderson is giving voice to the ghosts of Scotland's past by writing a film score for From Scotland With Love, made from Scottish Screen archive footage for the Commonwealth Games that tells the story of Scotland.
Last year, weekends spent running through the Aberdeenshire woods covered in blood, and scaring the living daylights out of passing motorists in the process, became run of the mill for aspiring local actress Lisa Cameron. The 32-year-old takes the lead in new slasher film The Redwood Massacre, which was filmed last year by local production company Clear Focus.
Interview with Hamira Khan, the Scottish Youth Parliament's CEO.
Can comedy stop reoffending? That's the claim of a project at Glasgow's Barlinnie prison.
My interview with a Big Issue Scotland vendor featured as part of a special report published in The Sunday Herald, in partnership with INSP, investigating the effect recession has had on street paper vendors across Europe.
Catwalk reviews filed during two visits to London Fashion Week, as part of the NOIR press team, included Mulberry, John Rocha, Pam Hogg, PPQ and Betty Jackson .
Four American fashion illustrators discuss their art.
The Emmy-winning costume designer talks about the Mad Men wardrobe and dressing Don Draper. The article is followed by a "steal their style" piece discussing the allure of sixties fashion.
On behalf of NOIR Magazine I chatted to one or two film and TV actors including Jane Seymour, Claire Foy and Harry Potter stars Oliver Phelps and Natalie Tena.
Interviews with Enzoani and fashion duo Hemyca offered some fascinating insights into their design processes.
DJs, 90's dance groups and singer/songwriters all feature in my NOIR music interviews, including Sister Bliss from Faithless.