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Past articles by Michael:

Fire of the Dragon: Are Scottish universities 'dangerously dependent' on income from Chinese students?

Michael Alexander meets former Channel 4 Asia correspondent Ian Williams whose new book is warning about the rise of China, its global ambitions and why it's time for the West to 'wake up'. → Read More

Martin Compston says ‘Dundonians are a law unto themselves’ as TV road trip hits Tayside and Fife

Martin Compston loves Dundee and Dundonians. The former professional footballer turned actor’s first away game as a football fan was Dens Park and as a → Read More

Ukraine refugees: Meet the selfless Tayside and Fife volunteers serving up humanity on the frontlines

A month after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Michael Alexander speaks to some of the selfless volunteers from Tayside and Fife who are trying to help thousands of traumatised refugees in any way they can. → Read More

Broughty Ferry resident Olive Walker celebrates 100th birthday

Olive Walker is pictured celebrating her 100th birthday at Orchar Nursing Home in Broughty Ferry on Saturday March 19. Olive (nee Robertson) was married → Read More

How Tayside's Inspiration Orchestra is transforming disabled people's lives

Ian White was 29-years-old when, in 1985, he embarked upon a full-time career in music. Gospel music was his speciality to start with. He made a record → Read More

‘I’m buzzing!’: Fife businesswoman roars into finals of Formula Woman motor racing competition

A Fife businesswoman has roared into the finals of a UK-based international contest to find the next female motor racing champion. Viki Wright, who runs → Read More

X-Men star Alan Cumming invited to help Angus Scout group celebrate 60th anniversary

An Angus Scout group is calling for former members, leaders and families to join them to mark their 60th anniversary in 2022 by sharing memories, photographs and stories. → Read More

What are the top local tourist destinations recommended by VisitScotland's new iCentre at V&A Dundee?

VisitScotland’s Dundee iCentre has a new location within the world-renowned V&A Dundee. → Read More

Should Scotland’s ‘witches’ be pardoned?: Fife-based group steps up campaign for memorial

Michael Alexander speaks to Sheila Gaul, Fife-based chairperson of Remembering the Accused Witches of Scotland, which is stepping up its campaign for a memorial and pardon for ‘witches’. → Read More

Broughty Ferry born piper Jimmy McIntosh MBE dies at home in USA, aged 95

Broughty Ferry born Jimmy McIntosh MBE, who was regarded as one of the most influential pipers of the 20th century, has died at his home in South Carolina, USA, aged 95 after being cared for in his final days by his wife Joyce and son Cameron. → Read More

Fife geology expert explains 'earthquake swarms' rocking Perthshire towns and villages

Michael Alexander asks Fife-raised British Geological Survey head seismologist Dr Brian Baptie why there has been a spate of Perthshire earthquakes in recent months and what trends might develop in future. → Read More

Live-streamed: Dundee artists join overseas peers to discuss ‘curveball’ thrown by Covid-19

Dundee artists are joining their peers overseas to discuss the ‘curveball’ thrown by Covid-19. → Read More

REVIEW: Lament for Sheku Bayoh holds up a mirror to Scotland’s relationship with racism

The field holler was a mostly historical type of vocal music sung by field slaves in the United States - and later by African American forced labourers accused of violating vagrancy laws - to accompany their tasked work, to communicate usefully, or to vent feelings. → Read More

Remembrance Sunday: Cupar Scouts pay socially-distanced respects to war dead

Covid-19 restrictions mean that local remembrance events will not be able to proceed this Sunday. → Read More

Legacy of Donald Dewar, 'the father of devolution' remembered on 20th anniversary of death

Twenty years after the sudden death of Scotland’s first First Minister Donald Dewar, Michael Alexander explores his legacy by speaking to several former political colleagues who knew him professionally and personally. → Read More

New 'arrival' signs to welcome visitors to Cupar town centre

Three new ‘arrival’ panels are to be erected to welcome locals and visitors into Cupar town centre. → Read More

FEATURE: V&A Dundee seeks memories from staff at former city postcard firm Valentines

Michael Alexander hears why a research team attached to V&A; Dundee wants to hear from former workers and families connected with former Dundee-based picture postcard firm J. Valentines & Sons. → Read More

FEATURE: G8 summit 15th anniversary – Will poverty EVER be history?

On the 15th anniversary of the G8 summit at Gleneagles, warnings have been sounded that global poverty could be set back decades by Covid-19. So will poverty ever be history? Michael Alexander reports. → Read More

'Modern day Mary Slessor' with Fife links fights to cut cancer deaths in Africa

A Scots nurse, formerly of North East Fife, is fighting to cut cancer deaths in an African country which only has one specialist hospital for 17 million people. → Read More

The screensaver that could help scientists fight coronavirus

It was the ground-breaking “ET hunting” project that used spare computing cycles to aid the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. → Read More